Market Site Development Plans 'On Show'
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
Court Leet Day on BBC Local Radio
Last 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
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
Listen to the Henley Court Leet edition of Wedge's Warwickshire
Roger Sutton - High Bailiff
Reform Association Holds 1st General Meeting
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.
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
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: email@example.com
Tennis Success for Wootton Wawen School
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Everything 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!
The 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
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
Ever wonder what is on your magnetic key card?
- Customer's name
- Customer's partial home address
- Hotel room number
- Check-in date and out dates
- 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
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.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
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
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
- 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
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
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 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.
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Know Your Rights! ….
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
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
World Cup Observations
Does 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
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
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
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
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
A look at Electric Bikes
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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
JPC Watch - Confused Parish Clerk
In 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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TANWORTH SINGERS PRESENT RUDDIGORE July 16th & 17th 2010.
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
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
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts
open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available.
No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer
months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises
a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested
in joining please contact Gordon Trinder
|THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN|
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please email Robin Freeman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We
meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for
yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to
be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if
you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops.
For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
- To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
- To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
- To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
- To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
- To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
- To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
- To create a network where
members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas,
exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.
The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
Henley Cricket Club fields two
teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in
friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are
always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability.
Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
meets on Monday evenings from
April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is
situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground
on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members,
whether beginners or established players. For further information
contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and
11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open
for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a
drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and
singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
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
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people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services
at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote
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Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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