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Market Site Development Plans 'On Show'


imageLast Friday over 70 residents attended an exhibition by Taylor Wimpey of their proposals for the development of the Cattle Market site. This is the second scheme proposed by Taylor Wimpey.

The previous "affordable housing" proposal was discussed and rejected by residents in November 2007. Read the Henley NEWS Online report in Edition 180.

The new scheme reduces the number of dwellings to around 42 and includes a small supermarket. Henley NEWS Online requested copies of the information panels displayed at the exhibition for inclusion in this edition but this request was refused.

Concerns about car parking for around 100 additional cars, deliveries to the supermarket at night, the known flood risk and increased traffic on the Warwick Road have already been expressed.


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The plan completely disregards the increased traffic which the development will undoubtedly generate, especially if shopping is included. There is already significant congestion on Warwick Road and the plans for this development will do nothing to alleviate the problem.
The proposed supermarket is remote from existing the retail 'footfall' in the High Street and is inappropriate in a residential development. It appears that the supermarket is included in the scheme as a means of providing funding the developer rather than any proven need from residents.
The proposed 3 floor housing is not in keeping with the contiguous housing in Prince Harry Road and the High Street. The flats on the old Golden Eagle site prove the error of allowing development which is inconsistent with the surrounding area.
Overall the developer seem to have taken little heed of the previous objections to the proposed development, relying instead on bullying and stonewalling local residents
John Tristram

I am against the existing plan for the market site on the following grounds:

  • There is just not enough room for a 4,000 square feet retail unit; 18 car spaces is not nearly enough. Delivery access for artic lorries is ludicrous. It is sited  at the only access point for the development. The traffic chaos, especially the 39 weeks the school is open, would be unimaginable.
  • Building a supermarket on the site would close down Somerfields and/or One Stop which would destroy the High Street as a trading area and - even worse - take the soul out of the town. No longer could we wander along the High Street knowing we would be sure to meet someone we know to have a chat and make us feel what a special place we live in.
  • One access for traffic and pedestrians is not enough - especially as it is so close to the traffic lights. There should be another access into Prince Harry Road for vehicles and into the High Street (via the Horsefair) for pedestrians.
  • It is unfair to have the 3 storey properties backing on to High Street properties and invading the privacy that they have enjoyed for 150 years. They should be moved to another part of the development.
  • There is no provision for the cars parked outside cottages in Warwick Road or the fact that there are 600 pupils attending the school using the same stretch of road.
  • The provision of 19% for affordable/social housing should be a minimum of 30% if it is to have any impact.

I would ask that the Joint Parish Council and/or Henley NEWS Online organise a town meeting ASAP for a full debate.

John Latham

As someone living in Prince Harry Road, I welcome the revised plans for the market development and wholly oppose the amendment suggestions from John Latham. I oppose his suggestion that there should be another entrance on Prince Harry Road. We do not want three storey properties overlooking our homes either, nor do we want to see an increase in social housing.

Passing the problem over is not a solution.

Mike Faulkner

Like Mike Faulkner, we do not want further access to the site from Prince Harry Road.  This is a narrow road, sufficient only for two cars passing, and an essential route to the Medical Centre and the rest of the estate.
Our main concern is that the proposed housing on Prince Harry Road would appear to have no frontages and will therefore be built immediately adjacent to the existing grass verge;  and since the garages for these houses will be at the rear of the properties, residents and visitors will then park on Prince Harry Road, thus causing unacceptable congestion.
We are also concerned about the congestion on the Warwick Road should there be a retail outlet, and we would also want reassurances about the proposed anti-flood measures.
Roy Eastwood

I agree that a meeting is required.

Pam Notman

It is important to hold a public meeting because any proposed development on this site will be of significance to the whole town as well as those living in that particular area. All issues should be able to be debated in a democratic and orderly fashion, so that a satisfactorily outcome may be achieved, for the better of those living in and around Henley.

Ruth McCormack

Traffic chaos is guaranteed & another Supermarket is not needed in our town. Go back to the drawing board & consider the problems, instead of the profit, before coming back with another plan!
D. Heath

I am totally against the Market Development - they should leave well alone. We do not need a supermarket as we already have a sufficient one (Somerfield) in Henley. As for the housing - well the 19% affordable housing can't be many if there are only 42 dwellings beiing built! As usual there is no consideration for the people who live in the town it's just all about money!

Lynda Maine

I do not approve. It would ruin the high street, no need for further supermarket
Mandy Znajda

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Court Leet Day on BBC Local Radio

imageimageLast Sunday, Wedge's Warwickshire on BBC Coventry & Warwickshire featured interviews recorded at this year's Henley-in-Arden Court Leet day.

Keith Wedgebury spoke to the High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, who explained all the ceremonies which were reenacted on the day. Former High Bailiff, Ray Holding, explained the Court Leet's duties in medieval times and how the Officers are appointed today.

Ale Taster Andrew Garner gave a detailed explanation about the responsibilities of ale tasting. There were entertaining contributions from Gerald Smith about his 22 years on the Court and Fred Dowling talking about resolving trading disputes in medieval times.

Listen to the Henley Court Leet edition of Wedge's Warwickshire

Roger Sutton - High Bailiff

Reform Association Holds 1st General Meeting

imageDuring the last two years many Henley-in-Arden and Beaudesert residents have found themselves increasingly frustrated by the attitude and behaviour of our Joint Parish Council.  Why has this happened?

In a nutshell, the JPC have closed the door to open discussion and lively debate. They have now created a situation where they are in open battle with local clubs and societies. They are accused of failing to listen to residents, mismanaging meetings and massively increasing the cost of running the Council. Added to this there are allegations of improper behaviour by councillors, hostility to Henley NEWS Online, withholding the grant funding to the TIC, confrontation with the Henley Society over the design of CCTV cameras and no real progress on the key issues of flood prevention and parking.

It is time for a change and in order to facilitate it in a responsible manner, The Reform Association is now up and running. It held its first public meeting last week with attendance and apologies totalling over 30 residents.

The following mission statement was adopted:

To provide an inclusive and non-party political forum to establish and express the needs and desires of residents and to ensure democracy and transparency in the affairs of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council.

imageMike Willmott, pictured left, was unanimously elected Chairman. Mike, who lives in Orchard Rise, is retired and has held a number of very senior appointments during his career, including General Manager of Rolls Royce's world wide Parts and Service Division,  Director of the Overseas Division of Lucas World Service and Marketing Director (Aftermarket) of ADTRANZ, the rail company of Daimler Benz.

Mike told Henley NEWS Online, "I am willing to put some time and effort in trying to give Henley-in-Arden a Joint Parish Council that is responsive to the residents." Malcolm Coulter was elected Secretary and John Garner the Treasurer.

With the next election almost two years distant, the Association will be planning a series of consultative monthly meetings to establish the wishes of the majority of residents. The status quo must not go unchallenged.

Anyone can join The Reform Association and will be welcome at the next meeting on September 1st in the Memorial Hall at 8 pm.

You pay your Council Tax - make sure it is working in your interest.

Jayne Bridges - Reform Association

To read many of the press comments about the Joint Parish Council, go to the Reform The JPC

If you believe that we need a new parish council, please register your support for The Reform Association

Watch the NEW HENLEY TOUR VIDEO on the Town Website


Youth Club Activities Threatened With Reduction

The Youth Club continues to provide excellent opportunities to many young people. There is a dedicated and lively group of leaders who are ably led by Robert. However his new workload and responsibilities have taken him away from direct face to face work. As suspected when the changes were announced, the detailed running of the club is in the hands of part timers almost exclusively. They are excellent but have neither the time nor the expertise to plan and execute the more meaningful and challenging activities that our young people need. The number of young people attending the club is lower, though this can be partly explained by the time of year and the relatively good weather. A recruitment drive is planned for September.

Another disappointment is that the Summer Holiday Programme has been reduced to 5 days from 10, reducing provision at a time when young people who are not able to have a holiday away are left to wander around Henley with very little to do. Even this is now at risk because those who administer the Youth Opportunities Fund, traditionally the source of funds to provide our Summer Holiday Programme, have at the last moment frozen the grants. This has affected all youth clubs in our area. The Management Committee decided to use its emergency reserve funds to ensure that at least the reduced programme of five days would take place.

In addition the Centre is appealing to members of the local community, who are over 21 years old with an hour or two to spare during the week 23rd – 27th August, to contact us. Your help will ensure that the young people of Henley do not entirely miss out on provision this summer. The Management Committee is calling on the fund administrators to release the funds immediately.

The Hub @ Henley is also facing unprecedented cuts to its budget for next year. Although there are funding issues for local government, surely the cost of reducing youth provision to our community, the legal system and social services is far greater than the amount being taken from this essential service? The committee is urging those who make these decisions to reconsider.

The Management Committee decided to approach the Joint Parish Council to seek their essential support both financially and in campaigning with the County Council over provision. In addition the committee intend to go out to the business community in Henley looking for sponsorship funding so that they can maintain existing provision and possibly raise it to four nights per week. The committee believes the argument that young people and the town as a whole would benefit from increasing youth activities. It costs about £7,000 to run one night youth club for 40 weeks in a year. The Committee hopes that there are generous people and businesses who will support this campaign.

For further information or to volunteer cash or time contact Peter Crathorne (Chairman)
(01564) 795470, e-mail: peter.crathorne@sky.com

Tennis Success for Wootton Wawen School

imageWednesday 7th July saw Wootton Wawen primary school have representation in the finals of both the Junior Girls and Boys Warwickshire schools tournament held at Billesley Tennis Club in Birmingham. Having won the preliminary round at Henley Tennis Club against eight other schools in June they faced a further six schools in the final.

The boys represented by Fraser Kent & Ollie Didlick won all their singles matches and lost one of the doubles to become overall winners, while the girls represented by Mollie Erye & Grace Turner finished a commendable 4th.

All players are members of Neil Supperstone's junior performance squads at Henley in Arden Tennis Club.

Also  Monday 12th July sees Fraser Kent & Christopher Silk representing Henley Tennis Club at Bidford on Avon in the South Warwickshire U12’s doubles; having won through their four pool matches they aim to go one step further and reach the final to be held at Stratford on Avon Lawn Tennis Club in August.

Stewart Kent reporting

Henley Stop for National President

imageThe White Swan in Henley provided a welcome lunch-time stop for Malcolm Lockey, national president of UK's 41-Clubs, during his charity walk covering the whole 100 miles of the Millennium Way.

The walk, which has been devised and way-marked by Solihull 41 Club, has now been accepted as a recognised long-distance footpath by Ordnance Survey and will be identified as such in future editions of their Landranger and Explorer maps.

The route, which stretches from Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire through to Pershore in Worcestershire, takes in Henley which Malcolm Lockey described as one of the many beautiful places he had come across en route. Seen in the picture with Malcolm is Ralph Gibb of Solihull 41 Club, one of the team leaders which completed the way-marking of the Millennium Way last year and planned the President's progress across the Midlands.

A number of short circular walks based on the Way have been created and can be found by visiting the website www.walking.41club.org 

Michael Redman reporting

The countdown to the 2012 Olympics begins!

imageOn Friday 2nd July, at twenty to twelve, pupils from Henley in Arden Church of England Primary School began the countdown to the 2012 Olympics. They were part of a national project to be participating in exercise at this particular moment to commemorate the countdown to the Olympic Games.

The children from all classes participated, dancing to the Queen anthem ‘Don’t stop me now’. The session was led by two teaching assistants from the school, Ms Julie Bradford and Mrs Sam Barker.

This routine came from an exercise program that children from Reception, Year One and Year Two participate in daily for a ten minute session at the end of each lunchtime called ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’.

The aim of the programme is to show children the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and that exercise can be fun and exciting!

Elaine Field reporting

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Go Wilde this Summer - with Rain or Shine!

What better place to spend a summer’s evening than watching theatre in the great outdoors?

This year the Gloucester-based Rain or Shine Theatre Company will be performing one of the greatest comedies of all time, Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners, morals and morality:


When two Victorian gentlemen assume the name of ‘Ernest’ to win the affections of two ladies, both determined to marry a man of that name, the scene is set for hilarious confusion in a world of handbags, perambulators, cucumber sandwiches, muffins, butlers, the English upper class and of course that theatrical ‘tour de force’ – Lady Bracknell.

Directed by James Reynard, the professional troupe’s 64-date tour encompasses outdoor venues across the UK, from the Channel Island of Alderney to Northumberland, Wales and Norfolk, visiting some of the country’s most picturesque castles, stately homes and gardens.

The tour includes a one night only performance in Upper Mill Garden, Wootton Wawen, Henley-in-Arden, on Friday July 23rd at 7.30pm. For tickets priced £12.50, (£8.50 child), ring Jayne Bridges on 01564 792533. Audiences are invited to bring their own low-backed seating or rugs and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performances. True to its name, the company is hoping for a long, hot summer, but bring your brolly – just in case! Should the weather be foul, the performance will be held in Wootton Wawen Village Hall.

Through the generosity of Canon Lawrence Mortimer, parking will be available at St peter's Church. It will be clearly signposted. 

Tickets can be purchased from each venue or online for the entire tour via www.rainorshine.co.uk

Annual Rotary Charity Walk - This Sunday

BBC's Nick Owen to start event

imageEverything is in place for this year's Henley Rotary Club Charity Walk on Sunday 18th July sponsored by Henley News On-line and the club is delighted to have had confirmation from BBC presenter Nick Owen that he will be on hand to set the walkers on their way. He will supported by the town's High Bailiff Roger Sutton.

The start, any time from 9.30 to 12.30, will be at Warwickshire College which will also be the mid-way point where a pig roast will be available for all. Walkers will by then have covered 6 miles and have the choice to continue to complete the full 10 miles through the lovely Warwickshire countryside. The main beneficiary will be Cure Leukaemia, the charity working to find a cure for this life-threatening condition, and 25% of all sponsorship money will be set aside for this most worthy cause - the remainder will go to the charity chosen by the individual walker.

Full details can be obtained from John Latham whose details are shown in the poster below. Come and join us for a great and worthwhile day out!

Rotarian Michael Redman reporting

Spending Challenge - have your say!

imageThe Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has launched a new online Spending Challenge website and is asking for your views on what can be cut from the Government's wasteful spending.

Chancellor launches Spending Challenge website

In Henley, we know that the JPC's expenditure has sky rocketed in recent years. Despite losing the "Vote of Confidence" in the Referendum the ruling parish councillors have declared that "It will be business as usual".

Support the campaign to "Cap Parish Councils" by registering your support and comments on the HM Treasury website.

Hotel  Key Cards

photoEver wonder what is on your magnetic key card?


    1. Customer's name
    2. Customer's partial home address
    3. Hotel room number
    4. Check-in date and out dates
    5. Customer's  credit card number and expiration date!

When  you turn them in to the front desk your personal information is there for any employee to access by simply scanning the card in the hotel scanner. An  employee can take a handful of cards home and, using a scanning device,  access the information on to a laptop computer and go shopping at your  expense.

Simply  put, hotels do not erase the information on these cards until an employee  reissues the card to the next hotel guest. At that time the new guest's  information is electronically 'overwritten' on the card and the previous  guest's information is erased in the overwriting  process.

But  until the card is rewritten for the next guest it usually is kept in a drawer at the front desk with YOUR INFORMATION ON IT!

The  bottom line is: Keep the cards, take them home with you or destroy them.  NEVER leave them behind in the room or room wastebasket and NEVER turn them  in to the front desk when you check out of a room. They will not charge you  for the card (it's illegal) and you'll be sure you are not leaving a lot of  valuable personal information on it that could be easily lifted off with any  simple scanning device card reader.

For the  same reason, if you arrive at the airport and discover you still have the  card key in your pocket, do not toss it in an airport trash basket. Take it  home and destroy it by cutting it up, especially through the electronic  information strip!

If you  have a small magnet pass it across the magnetic strip several times. Then  try it in the door, it will not work. It erases everything on the  card.

Information  courtesy of:  Metropolitan Police Service.

logoAlcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Community Newsletter


Incident Overview
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for June 2010:


Crime in Your Area
Anti Social Behaviour has decreased slightly on last year, the main problems have been experienced in Studley around Priory Court/Tesco Express with reports of youths playing football in the street resulting in balls ending up in the road and hitting shop windows. This area has also experienced rowdy behaviour and some violence as a result of people being drunk and disorderly, however officers are making effective use of the new alcohol restriction zone and dispersal zone in order to combat the problem and residents are encouraged to report all incidents so officers can continue to use these powers and make effective use of them. Reports have also been made of youths gathering and acting anti-socially in the vicinity of Henley Medical Centre Car Park on Friday and Saturdays from late evening until the early hours; officers are aware and are increasing patrols in the area when availability allows in order to combat the problem. Residents are again encouraged to report any problems at the time of they occur so officers can be deployed at the time of the incident, subject to commitments.

Criminal Damage has remained at similar levels to last year, however the main issues seem to have been centred around damage to private gardens and flowers planted by Studley in Bloom. Local officers are increasing patrols in the areas and times where the problems have been experienced.

Burglary Dwellings have increased slightly on last year with the Tanworth/Earlswood area being targeted. Adjoining garages have been targeted as well as the main dwellings themselves, some of these incidents seem to have coincided with the screening of England’s World Cup Matches and residents not being at home. However overall since April 1st burglary dwellings have reduced on the Alcester North Area by 34.8% when compared to the same period last year.

Theft from Motor Vehicles is again similar to the levels experienced last year and is spread across the whole area. Residents are reminded to ensure you leave nothing on display in your vehicles and that they are secure at all times when not attended. Remember it’s not just what the offender takes, it’s also the damage they cause to your vehicle in the process, so remove all items from display including: sat navs (including the cradle and suction marks), laptops, coats, paperwork etc. However overall since April 1st Theft from Motor Vehicles has reduced on the Alcester North Area by 18.7% and Theft of Vehicles has reduced by 49.3% when compared to the same period last year.

Don’t Drink & Drive!
It’s that time of year, long summer evenings and you’re out with family/friends at the local pub, at a barbecue or partying. Everyone is enjoying themselves and having a few drinks, but you're driving and possibly tempted to have one more than you should….. If you drive at twice the legal alcohol limit you are at least 30 times more likely to cause a road crash than a driver who hasn't been drinking. Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. There is no foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit or of knowing how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely.

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 where appropriate.
  • 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/an or www.stratford.gov.uk

Good News/Events
Sergeant Bob Shaw and PC Andy Dunbar have now received their bikes, equipment and training to enable them to patrol the areas on new bicycles. There are now four Police officers and two Community Support Officers trained to use cycles within the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team and we hope to be seen all over the area. The bikes will give the team the ability to access previously inaccessible areas and travel quicker than on foot patrol but being more accessible than when in a vehicle. The team will mix their duties up between vehicles, foot patrol and the bikes.

The long awaited signage is now up around Studley making the 'Alcohol Restriction Zone' active in the area. The 'Designated Public Place' gives officers a discretional power to request that persons stop drinking alcohol and a power to seize alcohol. The zone covers most of the centre of Studley and should be a very useful tool when it comes to combating anti social behaviour in the area.

A male in Bearley has been cautioned for causing criminal damage to a garage owned by Orbit Housing.

Officers from Warwickshire Police worked with officers from West Midlands Police to track down and arrest two males responsible for a burglary dwelling in Claverdon. Following sightings of the vehicle involved and excellent team work and coordination throughout, one of the males was found in possession of jewellery stolen from the Claverdon address at the point of arrest. Following further enquiries the males have since been charged with a further burglary in the Redditch area.

A vehicle stolen in the Henley area was found abandoned in Lapworth shortly after the offence took place. The vehicle has since been returned to its owner and enquiries are ongoing at this time.

Local officers have arrested and charged a male in Sambourne following an incident of violence in the area in late June.

Henley Pub Watch, with the backing of local officers, has banned a male from entering any of the pubs affiliated to the scheme for 12 months on suspicion of possessing an illegal substance on licensed premises.

Officers in Henley attended the Claverdon Fete and interacted with the local community giving crime prevention advice, providing activity colouring sheets for children and allowing them to dress up in old police uniform whilst looking around the police patrol car, which proved very popular.

Officers in Henley have attended Kid Venture and Merrydays Nursery to speak to the children about Road Safety and Stranger Danger whilst providing activity colouring sheets and allowing the children to dress up in old police uniform and look around the police patrol car.

The next Community Forum will be held on1st July, 7pm, Henley High School.   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 28th July, 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 community.

The next Henley Police Surgery will be on 21st July, between 11am and 1pm at 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 22nd July, 7pm, Henley Police Station

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207. 
E-Mail: alcesternorth.snt@warwickshire.pnn.police.uk


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Know Your Rights! ….

imageSummer is a particularly busy time for rogue traders and Trading Standards, together with the Police, have been cracking down on them with special intelligence led operations.

Whether it's tarmacing your drive, gardening or building work, rogue traders use all types of tricks and intimidation to get householders to pay high prices for poor workmanship or in some cases no work at all. Here are some of their tricks that you should be aware of:

  • Pretending to be from the local council, offering to tarmac your driveway using materials they falsely claim are "left over".
  • Claiming they are working on a neighbour's property in order to give you a false sense of "trustworthiness".
  • Making up problems which don't exist in hard to reach places eg the roof
  • Using false names and addresses and untraceable mobile phone numbers.
  • Starting work straightaway to prevent you from changing your mind and not giving cancellation rights which they are obliged to by law.

To avoid becoming a rogue trader victim, never agree to working being done by the first person who comes to your home and don’t be rushed into making a decision on the doorstep. If you need working doing, seek recommendations from trustworthy local traders.

To report a suspected rogue trader contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Pat Whorton - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
email: patwhorton@warwickshire.gov.uk

World Cup Observations

imageDoes Capello remind you of someone????

What’s the difference between Cinderella and the England football team?
Cinderella wanted to get to the ball....

Osama bin Laden has just released a new TV message to prove he is still alive. He said that the England Team’s performance on Saturday was completely abysmal. British intelligence has dismissed the claim, stating that the message could have been recorded any time in the last 44 years.

Robert Green is the only man to leave Africa without catching anything.

The England team went to visit an orphanage in South Africa. "It’s so good to put a smile on the faces of people with no hope, constantly struggling and facing the impossible" said Jamal Omboto, aged 6.

FIFA has released a statement saying a fan didn't break into the dressing room after all. He was let in by Rob Green.

What's the difference between Rob Green's spill and BP's spill? Robert Green got a cap for his.

Fabio Capello was wheeling his shopping trolley across a supermarket car park when he noticed an old lady struggling with her bags. He stopped and asked, "Can you manage dear?" To which the old lady replied, "No way. You got yourself into this mess. Don't ask me to sort it out."

The FA has launched an inquiry to find out how a fan found his way into the dressing room. And another enquiry into how Aaron Lennon, Emile Heskey, Robert Green, Wayne Rooney and John Terry found their way into the dressing room.

For further information call Freephone 0800 41 41 41

John Garner's Business Column

Business unlinked?

John GarnerThe Government announced the other day that the Business Link network is to be shut down. There has been speculation about its future for some time now.

You remember what Business Link is (or was)? There are a number of regional offices scattered throughout England all offering to help small businesses. They also have a great website where you can turn for all you need to know about issues which could affect your business (www.businesslink.gov.uk).

Business Link's closure is part of the government's decision to abolish England's nine Regional Development Agencies. The change is due to be completed by March 2012.

According to the Minister: "The regional Business Links have spent too much time signposting and not enough time actually advising.” I think he means that they’ve spent a lot of money on telling entrepreneurs where to get advice rather than actually giving it.

I’ve heard many sad stories about the lack of help given by Business Link, often due to  their so called advisors  giving the sort of advice that sells their own services.

My personal experience though is rather more positive than that. Some years ago my own company attained ISO 9001 quality accreditation and Solihull Business Link gave us a great deal of help in both advice and funding. But that was 10 years ago and this is now.

Apparently Business Link “will be replaced by a state-funded online platform plus greater use of the private sector and services already offered by organisations such as chambers of commerce. As well as being available via desktops, the new internet offering will be accessible on mobile phones and supported by a call centre.”

So that’s alright then. Let’s see if, in its new incarnation, it can actually give real help to businesses that need it rather than just pretend that’s what it's doing.

John Garner

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A look at Electric Bikes

imageCycling is good for health, fitness and your pocket. It avoids and minimises congestion and if used instead of cars it brings a major cut in carbon pollution (greenhouse gases). However, whichever direction you travel from Henley you soon encounter a steep hill which is hard work and slows you down. If you find these hills a problem the solution is an electric bike which makes hills and headwinds easy.

Having had the opportunity to briefly try an electric bike last week I’ve been looking at what is on the market and was surprised at the range on offer. Prices start at about £450. For this you get a practical bike with a range of 15 to 20 miles but, at 34 kg, a little on the heavy side. Paying another £100 gets a lighter bike weighing in at 22kg and for the same price a folding electric bike is available weighing just 24kg and a range of 18 to 25 miles. Although the batteries and motor make electric bikes a little heavier than normal bikes, the extra weight is not really a problem because the motor overcomes the weight going up hills.

imageimageThe bikes have different forms of assistance. On some you choose between pedalling without power, pedal and power together or power without pedalling. More sophisticated systems are also available where the bike senses how hard you are having to pedal and helps accordingly to take most of the load off you. You can choose how much help the automatic system provides. The bike I tried was like this. Such sophistication comes at a price though - £1,200 for a bike with this feature and a range of between 20 and 80 miles depending on how much assistance you choose and how hilly it is. For another hundred pounds you might fancy an electric scooter but you need a licence for these and they don’t help with fitness!

imageOn the bikes there are many different configurations of battery and electric motor. Some motors power the back wheels, others the front. Some bikes have the battery between the back wheel and seat column, others have it pannier style beside the back wheel. On the bike I tried the battery was retained by key lock. Some bikes have the possibility of an extra battery to increase range.

imageThe cost of electricity consumed is negligible at around 1p for 4 or 5 miles which means that the carbon pollution is also tiny – about 10 grams per mile or roughly 14 times less than the least polluting cars.

Financial assistance is available to help you buy a bike. Some employers offer help and there is more info at: www.cyclescheme.co.uk

Research shows that owners of electric bikes do ten times greater annual mileage than owners of ordinary bikes. A large amount of this extra mileage is for commuting and shopping.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Stratford District Council

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Jem Jones
S Thirlwell
Stephen Thirlwell

Full Attendance for State of the District Debate

Around 200 people packed Stratford Town Hall last Friday 2 July to participate in Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s first public debate about the big issues that affect the whole District.

New Council leader Cllr Stephen Gray is keen to engage with, listen to and involve residents in decision-making so that the District Council and its partners can deliver services and outcomes that reflect what residents want.

The event commenced with some scene setting on identifying the current big issues and considering the challenges these present. This was followed by briefings on three big topics:

  • Meeting the District’s need for new housing
  • Promoting prosperity – revitalising our towns and supporting business growth
  • Transportation, including issues around congestion, parking and public transport

It was then opened up to attendees to give their views and comments on these issues and other related matters.

The presentations were filmed and are available for viewing at http://stratcast.studio22wm.co.uk/television.html or by following a link from the District Council’s website. The briefing notes on the three big issues debated have also been posted on the District Council’s website, giving further opportunity for all residents and local business people to submit their comments which will be fed into the consultation process.

Council Leader Cllr Stephen Gray said: “I am very grateful to all those who attended the public consultation event on Friday. As Friday’s event demonstrated the Council is genuinely committed to listening to the views of residents and providing opportunities such as this to engage fully with our community. The consultation now continues on the Council’s website and I would urge residents to log on, watch the webcast, read the three briefing notes and provide their comments. All comments received will be carefully considered and may influence our future decisions and those of our partners.”

For those residents that don’t have the internet they can access it at any of the Council’s one-stop-shops at the District Council’s headquarters in Stratford, Southam and Alcester and also at the libraries in the District.

In addition to the State of the District debate the District Council is holding an Open Day at Elizabeth House on Thursday 23 September to enable residents to see the Council first hand. Further information on this event will follow in the future.

JPC Watch - Confused Parish Clerk

imageIn the Stratford Herald on 1st July 2010, there was a report of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council meeting held on Monday 28th June 2010. At that meeting Ms Walsh, parish clerk, refuted a statement made in Henley NEWS Online that the council had received notification about the other entrants from Henley for the Warwickshire Best Village Competition.

This was extraordinary observation because in the minutes of the parish council meeting of 10th May 2010, which Ms Walsh wrote, it states “…. and asked if any councillors who were considering making an entry to liaise with Henley NEWS Online and the Heritage Centre...”.

Henley NEWS Online has published over 250 editions since it began in 2004 and it is not aware of any inaccurate reporting in any of these editions as has been claimed by Ms Walsh on a number of occasions.

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Tickets for this year’s G&S concerts in Tanworth Village Hall will be on sale in the “Bell” on Tuesday June 29th 10.30am – 12 noon. Tickets cost £9.00 which includes a programme. As usual there will be a wine bar and raffle, donations will be made to local charities.
For ticket availability after 29th June please telephone Judith Allen 01527 550499.

HENLEY IN ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB meets every Tuesday at 7.15pm in the White Swan and welcomes new members and visitors. For further details contact Christine Whitehouse 792993.

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


Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please email Robin Freeman <robinf1@btinternet.com>
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Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837

The Objectives of the Club are:

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

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

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

Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837.  Meeting programme
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at 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
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10.  For further details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email karen@henleyfocus.co.uk for more information.

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


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