Resident's outrage at the Letter from 'Ruling Group'
I read the letter in last week's
Stratford Herald from a number of Henley & Beaudesert Parish
Councillors and take objection to their comments that members of the
Reform Group, who are working hard to bring back Democracy to local
government in our town, are actually people who just cause trouble but
don’t actually do anything.
Yes there are one or two voices that
are relatively new to the town but the vast majority are residents who
have worked tirelessly over many years (and are still doing so) in many
areas of the town’s life that are not so much in the limelight
and don’t hold so much power as the JPC but are nevertheless
doing work that is an important part of what makes Henley Special. The
fact that the JPC don’t know what they do is because, with one or
two exceptions, all that most of them do is turn up for JPC meetings
and nod through the spending of our council taxes.
My husband, who I am proud to say is a
member of the Reform Group because he has a genuine concern for the way
the JPC behaves and manages matters, has been involved with running the
town's facilities and raising funds in Henley for nearly 40 years; he
would not wish me to list them here, or the many, many thousands of
pounds he has helped to raise, but I would ask if any member of the
JPC could compare with the commitment of another Reformer, Peter
Crathorne. He is too modest to mention that he is a former chairman of
High School governors (that raised £500,000 for the new
Performing Arts facilities), Chairman of the War Memorial Trust which
runs the Memorial Hall and the Playing Fields (who are putting together
a £400,000 package for a new sports pavilion), is chair of the
Hub Youth Centre and also of the elderly group called the Henman.
Don’t the JPC know this? If not,
why not? It makes a nonsense of their letter and does them no credit to
rubbish people who are in so many practical ways doing far more for the
grass roots of the community than they are themselves. Perhaps
it’s time “they stepped up to the plate”.
Susie Latham - Riverside Gardens
Cllr Matheou launches 'Human Rights Act' attack
The letters to the editor in this week's Stratford Herald
demonstrate that the ruling group of the Joint Parish Council continues
to attack those residents who seek improvements and cost reductions in
the way the parish council is managed.
In his letter to The Herald,
reproduced below, Cllr George Matheou talks about a secret agenda.
There is no secret agenda. Residents are calling for economy and cost
efficiency for their parish council and an end to the "we know best attitude"
by the vast majority of parish councillors. Cllr Matheou has repeatedly
told Councillors he wants to see Cllr Bill Leech in prison!
Henley NEWS Online has been
conducting a survey of 112 parish councils in the Stratford area and
the preliminary results show that the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden
Joint Parish Council has the highest precept (parish council tax) of
all the medium sized parishes with populations of 1,000 to 3,999. At £82,650, the JPC's precept shows the massive excess over the average for all medium sized parishes
View the Henley NEWS Online - 2010 Parish Council Survey (Interim)
Those with a secret agenda frustrate council’s work
Sir: I should like to take this opportunity to explain some of the
facts relating to the article in your newspaper last reporting
that Mr John Tristram of Prince Harry Road, had accused me of
disregarding the Human Rights Act.
First, may I say that I do not know Mr Tristram, yet, he wrote two
articles about me posted on a local website which contained
inaccuracies, were biased and offensive to me. Since I have done
nothing to infringe the Human Rights Act, in which I am a firm
believer. I should also like to add that to the best of my knowledge in
Henley we don’t torture, we do not have forced labour but we do
believe in liberty and a fair trial. To bring the Human Rights Act
simply as an argument to attack the parish council is propaganda of the
lowest form and an insult to the intelligence of the people of Henley
and to the reputation of our town.
In contrast, the parish council will continue working actively with
other local organisations, with our community and partners to promote
and improve every facet of our town. We do this because it is our job
and duty as volunteer councillors. A few people with an unknown motive
and a secret agenda who wish to frustrate our work by wasting our time,
diverting our attention and providing negative publicity will not
succeed in stopping the progress of our town.
Cllr George Matheou,
Henley and Beaudesert Joint Parish Council.
John Tristram Responds
I was intrigued and flattered to read
your letter published in the Stratford Herald on 23rd September 2010.
All this talk of ‘Secret Agenda’ makes me seem like a
character from a John Le Carré or Ian Fleming novel and borders
on paranoia. Let me assure you that I do not have a Secret Agenda. Mine
is quite open and straight forward. I would like to see a
democratically elected Parish Council which properly represents the
wishes of the electorate. I am not alone in believing that the current
composition of the JPC does not achieve this.
To quote an extract from Oliver
Cromwell’s speech at the Dissolution of the Long Parliament on 20
April 1653: "Depart I say; and let us have done with you. In the name
of God, go!" Cromwell may have gone a little ‘over the
top’, but he had a valid point, born of frustration.
Regarding the Human Rights Act 1998,
may I refer you to the Minutes of the Joint Parish Council meeting held
on 6th September 2010, Minutes which you voted to adopt. Under Item 11
AOB it says: “Cllr Matheou went through the Human Rights Act
paper article by article. He concluded that none of the articles
applied to Henley in Arden”.
I have received various interpretations
of what you meant by your dismissal of the Act, but the approved minute
accurately records what you said. Whilst I accept that there may not
been any recent cases of torture in Henley, unless you include sitting
through a JPC meeting, there are other Articles within the Act which do
apply to the JPC and to which it must pay due regard.
Finally, you say that you do not know
me, this despite your spending some time talking to me about the
problems of passing traffic not stopping to shop in Henley. You
attributed this problem to a lack of adequate parking for passing
trade, a worthy argument but the problem which has now been exacerbated
by the extension of restrictions through the inclusion of more
‘Disabled’ spaces. I assume this is legal requirement but
it does little to alleviate the problem you highlighted.
George, as a native of Athens and an
aspiring local government politician in England, you may be interested
to read Cromwell's address which is a landmark event in English
John Tristram - Prince Harry Road
Fourth Award for Henley NEWS Online
On Wednesday evening Henley-in-Arden was placed 3rd in the Communications category of the Warwickshire Best Village Competition. For Henley NEWS Online this was the fourth award in this annual county competition and it was the outright competition winner in 2007.
An unexpected entry by the Joint Parish Council of its YouTube video
was included in the town's entry. The video was the only professionally
produced item in the competition and it is expected the organisers will
change the rules in future years to specifically exclude professionally
This award comes only one week after the ruling group of the Joint Parish Council were writing in The Stratford Herald:
”We extend this invitation to all our ‘critics’
(including Cllr Leech): How about rolling up your sleeves and doing
something positive for once to help Henley?” John Latham writes
below on the residents' response to this vindictive and inaccurate
John Garner, our Business Correspondent who has written over one hundred articles, received the certificate, right, from the Lord Lieutenant Martin Dunne, the Queen's representative in Warwickshire.
The Reform Association
has provided a focus for those residents who want to see a democratic
and a transparent Parish Council that is tuned in to the residents
needs and seeks to satisfy them in the most efficient and cost
Despite a vote of No Confidence in the
present JPC being passed by a majority in a town poll, the present
Parish Councillors are obdurate in their wish to stay in power until
The Reform Association, as a result,
will concentrate on contesting the elections in 2012 and to signify
this change of focus will henceforth be known as DEMOCRACY 2012.
It will seek to attract sufficient like
minded candidates to stand for all the seats in both parishes in 2012
and after the election will disband having respected the voters'
Should you be interested in civic duty and be willing to stand in 2012, then please register at: www.tfaforms.com/178398
Mike Willmott - Chairman, Democracy 2012
Responses to JPC 'Ruling Group' Letter
It was interesting to read the letters in this week’s Stratford Herald.
Of the 5 from Henley residents, four were from residents seriously
concerned about what is, or is not, happening in Henley. One was from
Cllr Matheou bleating about being misquoted and whether or not he said
that the Human Rights Act applied in the case of the Parish Council. He
found the “misquotes" offensive.
The previous week several
members of the JPC, including the chairman, signed a letter saying that
the people in the Reform Group did nothing for the town except cause
trouble and should “step up to the plate”. How offended
must those people be? How pleased I was to see three letters from
various sources clearly refuting the JPC’s accusations and
telling us how much members of Reform do to maintain and support the
fabric of our community.
The fifth letter was from
someone, quite justifiably, appalled at the seeming apathy of the JPC
in not doing anything to find an alternative site for a market to
maintain this 900 year heritage. We have known for two years that the
existing market will close. Surely some progress could have been made
in that time. I don’t imagine anyone expects to retain a
livestock market and a horse fair but surely it would be possible to
find a site for the weekly retail market on Wednesdays, which brings a
lively atmosphere in to the town and is so enjoyed by the elderly
members of our community, of which there are many.
So there we have it. A
microcosm of Henley life at the moment. Residents of the town
addressing issues which they feel are important and in need of debate
and resolution; as against the JPC ruling group members who bury heads
in the sand and only surface when their sensitivities are offended or
they wish to slag off, with untruths, the residents who are trying to
encourage sensible debate within the community.
John Latham - Riverside Gardens, pictured right.
62nd Ploughing and Hedging Match
competitors arrived at St Giles Farm, Spernal from all parts of the
Country last Thursday to compete in the Forest of Ardens' 62nd
Ploughing and Hedging Competition.
They were given 5½
hours to see who could plough the straightest furrow. Six teams of
horses competed too, and what a crowd puller they were. Groomed until
they glistened, their magnificent presence was awesome as they strained
against the plough and one was reminded of how hard life must have been
in times past, walking behind them with tired legs on cold frosty
Just across the field one could see the huge
tractor and ploughs of today, with their air conditioned cabs which
defy any weather conditions, keeping the ploughman cosy and warm.
Hedgelayers competed too, and what a wonderful job they did weaving and
chopping the most uruly of hedges until it became a stock proof fence
with no artificial materials - a perfect habitat for birds to live in -
using only their hands and an axe.
We had Trade Stands for people to browse
round and the Ladies Produce Tent was an inspiration to us all, with
wonderful colourful displays of art, cakes, needlecraft, childrens'
displays and flowers. Mrs Angela Pinnegar of Henley took first prize in
the Flower Arranging Section. The whole of Great Alne Junior School
attended and I am assured by their teachers that they had a wonderful
day and learned a lot about where their food comes from. Mr Pete
Johnson of Johnsons Coaches of Henley very kindly sponsored their
transportation as his contribution towards supporting the Ploughing
Match. The site was kindly provided by Felix Dennis Esq and Spernal
If you missed it this year, maybe you will
be able to come next year - it is always on the third Thursday in
September, and next year it will be at Sherbourne, Warwick.
Sue Westmacott - Secretary, Forest of Arden Agricultural Society
Photos by Mrs Barbara Bicknell (Collections Dress Shop, Henley)
Shakespeare Live in Henley
hard the heels of their successful production of A Very Public Hall,
Henley in Arden Drama Society are again presenting a play involving
Henley and its residents, but this time set in the late 16th century,
when it is known that one William Shakespeare was attracted to the town
by the many inns and …… and, well, other services
provided by the local people.
Such visits may have given him inspiration
for some of his most memorable plays and sonnets and this new play
entitled Shakespeare and the Henley Chronicles, written by Ray Evans,
takes us through one such adventure.
Although the narrative is of a fairly
serious nature, like Shakespeare’s works there are joyous light
hearted moments to savour.
There was only one venue in Henley that the
author thought most suited to this performance, and with the kind
permissions of the Officers and Trustees of Henley Court Leet and the
hall curators, Alan and Carol Robson, we are honoured to be able to
present this unique production in the Guild Hall.
We open on Wednesday the 3rd of November for
four nights, ending Saturday the 6th of November and seating is
limited, so please try to book early in order to avoid disappointment.
Further publicity will be posted around the town prior to the show, in the meantime keep updated by visiting our website www.hads.org.uk
Ray Evans - HADS
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
harvest is gathered in for yet another year, and in the coming weeks
the fruits of the earth will be bottled, tinned or frozen for storage.
Arrh, with one exception!
The fruit from the Guild Hall Garden’s mulberry tree will not be boiled and bagged or made into jam.
Because Sue Dalby will be making the mulberries into a number of
individual, mouth-watering, fruit crumbles, crumbles to be served as a
dessert at the forthcoming Town Dinner.
dinner, organized by the Court Leet for the Town, is to be held on
Saturday the 2nd October in the Memorial Hall. Fancy a crumble?
Dream on, but for those lucky people attending the dinner, the dream is, will it be custard or cream?
|Roger Sutton - High Bailiff|| |
Calendar & Church Notices for October 2010
From the Rectory - Dear Friends,
As part of the serious cutbacks necessary, the government is proposing that we cut the number of months in the year from twelve to ten, with each month being 36 or 37 days long. This will reduce everybody’s income by 17%, saving the government a huge amount out of the public sector wage bill, and it will benefit private industry, giving them more resources to invest in the future. Sorry, just a joke – and not that funny, really! But in the face of the government’s real cutbacks, almost everybody needs to look at their income and expenditure, and work out what kind of lifestyle they can afford.
What are your basic requirements? Food? Shelter (mortgage)? Health? Children’s education? Clothes? What about the telly. holiday, club memberships, pension investment? What about giving to charity? These things, and many more, occupy us and worry us in hard times. But, what are our priorities? The order in which we list these things can tell us a lot about ourselves.
We are in Harvest Festival season, and nature reminds us of how many wonderful things are free. The colours of autumn by day, and the starlit sky by night, are better than anything on the telly! They are both comforting and awe-inspiring. The Bible tells us that a simple meal in the company of true friends tastes far far better than any gourmet meal eaten when miserable. The Bible also tells us that, strangely enough, a person’s real wealth can only be measured by their generosity, and not by what they spend on themselves.
Finally, to change the subject, on Sunday 31st October (Halloween), we will be remembering the departed by name in our church services, and lighting a candle for them. If you wish to have someone remembered, then drop a message to the Rectory with your name and address, their name, and your connection with them, by Friday 29th October. Then, come and join in with the service on the Sunday. Let us give thanks.
Please contact the Rector on 792570 for any enquiries about Sunday School, Church Services, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, or any other pastoral matters
From the Registers
We offer wedding congratulations to Greg & Sophie Sargeant (Lodder).
We give thanks to God for the lives of Beryl Sanders, Les Young, Joy Pearce and Peggy MacVie.
HENLEY in ARDEN METHODIST CHURCH
Services are: 3rd Mrs Anne Yelland. 10th Revd Helen Bell (Sacrament), 17th Revd Arthur Kent, 24th Miss Paddy Beardsall, 31st Revd Caroline Homan.
ST JOHN’S CHURCH
GOOD NEWS FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL!!!! During the next few weeks the congregation at St John's will have as its MISSION IN FOCUS the work amongst youth in the town. We will continue our support for the work formally delivered through Forest of Arden Youth for Christ (FoAYfC). From September, David Benskin has been appointed as a part time local youth worker based at Claverdon church but continuing FoAYfC’s work. This includes teaching R.E. lessons, taking assemblies, conducting playground duty, running the Christian Union etc in Henley High School. There are also plans for David to run youth services and a youth alpha course locally next year. David has recently worked in Bidford parish with their extensive volunteer youth service setting up outreach projects eg a Cyber Cafe and youth events.
Come and meet David on Sunday October 10th when he joins us for both the 10am Service in the Church and at 4 pm at our new and exciting "Messy church" initative in the Parish Hall in Henley. David will introduce himself and explain his plans and hopes for our local youth.
We shall be collecting packet or tinned products for Coventry City Mission again this year, to be dedicated at the Harvest Service on 3rd October. Financial donations to CCM would also be very welcome. CCM is a registered Christian charity established in 1983. They deliver food parcels all year round and are committed to serving the whole community by responding to identified needs, whether they are spiritual, physical, emotional or practical, regardless of age, status or background. Donations can be left, clearly labelled at the back of church until 3rd October.
Saturday 4th December at 7.30pm to be held in St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden in aid of Church Funds.
Tables of four people. A prize for the winning table. Book your table now. Tickets £6, to include a Ploughman’s Supper. Cash bar and raffle. To book call Daphne Jones on 01926 843515
Henley High student chosen from thousands
a Year 8 student at Henley-in-Arden High School, has won a Nintendo DSi
and Braintraining Game, after being randomly selected from thousands of
students nationwide by School Stickers, the leader in Secondary School
Every month a pupil that has registered a reward online on www.mystickers.co.uk
is randomly selected to win a fantastic prize including ipods,
playstations and Nintendo DSis. Over 3,000 schools across the UK use
School Stickers' products (stickers, certificates and postcards) to
reward their pupils. The online system makes it easy for teachers to
run competitions across the whole school and keep track of how
individual pupils are doing. Over 2 million stickers have been
registered since launch.
Beccy Stead, the winning student said,
“All the pupils in the school have been registering their rewards
online in the hope of winning one of our school prizes. I never dreamt
that I could win the national prize.”
Mr Discenza, teacher at Henley-in-Arden
High School, said, ”This is our second year using School Stickers
as our rewards scheme. We reward for both academic effort and
achievement and behaviour so all students are included and we are
really pleased with the results. I would recommend it to all other
Henry Shelford, CEO of School Stickers,
said, “Pupils work hard to receive our rewards and we like to
recognise this with our monthly prize draw. We only select from the
pupils that have registered a reward that month, so it is another
incentive for pupils to get rewards throughout the year.”
Cath Roan reporting
Dry Cleaning Service for Henley via the Web
Situated in the heart of Alcester, Crossroads Dry Cleaners and Laundry
offers a convenient, professional service designed to cater for
today’s busy lifestyle. Our range of services includes dry
cleaning of all types of clothing from waistcoats to wedding dresses,
and household items from cushion covers to curtains. Our laundry and
ironing service can help you free up valuable time otherwise spent on
chores, as well as tackle larger items such as duvets and bed and table
With just one phone call or email, you can
arrange a collection and delivery service during the week. One call or
click to us can save you two trips to the shop. www.crossroadsdrycleaners.co.uk, Tel. 01789 400 006.
THE GUITAR, VOCAL ‘N PINTS TOUR
featuring former ELOll star, now member of The Orchestra
PHIL BATES and TINA McBAIN
Opening New Weekly Open Mic Nights at
The Nags Head, Henley in Arden
Monday 4th October 2010 at 8.00pm
Please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Tina McBain and I work for Bob Geldof and two members of The
Orchestra (formerly ELO and ELO2), Phil Bates & original blue
violin player Mik Kaminski. We are involved in a project aimed at
promoting the Great British Pub and to this end please see the attached
press release which I would like you to consider for your website.
On Monday 4th October, Phil and myself will be in Henley in Arden to
open a series of open mic evenings at the Nags Head in the High
Street. The show starts at 8.00pm and really is
something quite different for us as we have never played in such an
intimate venue. Tickets for the show will be £4 which is
ridiculously low for the quality of this show. Our
show recently at the Lichfield Garrick was £18.50 per ticket,
which goes someway to show I hope, what a quality event this is.
There are only 60 places available.
Please see the attachment which we hope you can use. In the
coming months many high profile acoustic artists will be visiting the
Nags Head to perform similar guest nights.
Henley and Beaudesert Society - September Meeting
Little Known Warwickshire Part 2
Winterburn returned to give the Society some further fascinating gems
and to remind us that Warwickshire isn’t all Shakespeare and
leafy lanes. We were reminded of Warwickshire’s strong connection
with the English Civil War with the first rather inconclusive battle
being fought at Edge Hill in October 1642. High on the hill is a tower
designed by Sanderson Miller as a replica of Guy’s Tower at
Warwick Castle and which was erected in 1742 to mark the centenary. At
nearby Radway Grange, Sanderson Miller was given to entertaining many
famous people here including Henry Fielding, author of Tom Jones, who
supposedly modelled the character of Squire Allworthy on his host. Much
later in August 1914 Field Marshall Earl Haig was a guest at the house
when he received a telegram to report to the War Office.
Pub names often give an intriguing glimpse
into their historical associations. For example ‘The Case is
Altered’, a pub situated about 5 miles from Warwick at Five Ways,
acquired its name because the owner, Mercedes Griffiths, had a single
cottage with a licence to sell only beers and ales. Despite repeated
applications to be allowed to sell wines and spirits, she was always
refused on the grounds that her cottage was too small. Eventually she
was able to buy the cottage next door, and so the case was altered and
she obtained her full licence.
Claverdon boasts a picturesque smithy which
is still in use and where the entire doorway is a large horseshoe for
good luck. Also in Claverdon is the grave of Sir Francis Galton, a
brilliant scientist, who discovered the properties of fingerprinting.
He was though something of an eccentric, and being concerned that his
brain might overheat designed a hat with a slice cut into the top and
operated a flap by means of strings to open and close it. On top of
this was a small windmill to circulate the air. Even more bizarre was
his idea to keep one’s clothes dry in a sudden downpour, take
them all off!
To prove that even Stratford has historical
associations apart from Shakespeare, Harvard House, a fine example of a
Tudor town house, was the home of Katherine Rogers, mother of John
Harvard founder of the famous university in America.
But not to leave Shakespeare out of it
entirely, behind Anne Hathaway’s cottage in Shottery is a
delightful little garden in which are planted all the trees mentioned
in Shakespeare’s plays complete with the quotation and reference
to the particular play.
The Henley Society’s next meeting
will be on Thursday 21st October at 8.00pm in the Baptist Church Hall
when Dr. Gillian White will give a talk on ‘Bess of Hardwick and
Hardwick Hall’. Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Further details from Pat Kench on 795419
Andrew Yarwood reporting
Get set for an autumnal musical feast!
This year celebrates the 15th anniversary of
the annual Stratford on Avon Music Festival, with 16 concerts by
world-class musicians over eight days. As ever, the Festival has
something for everyone, with classical, folk and jazz music plus opera
and a Family concert too.
The Festival opening concert on Saturday 2nd
October sees an evening of delightful baroque music in Holy Trinity
Church with Britain‘s most popular trumpet player, Crispian
Steele-Perkins with the Handel Players. There’s a Family Concert
on Sunday 3 October with Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives. They
will perform Paul Patterson‘s brilliant musical adaptation of
Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood. Taken from Revolting Rhymes
this is ideal for children from 5-11, but is also a witty and inspiring
treat for adults and older children too.
Other names to watch out for include pianist
Melvyn Tan on Sunday 3 October at the Shakespeare Institute and cellist
Natalie Clein who, as part of the evening's programme on Tuesday 5
October at the Croft Preparatory School, will be performing the Bach
Cello Suite No 2 in D minor. Celebrated countertenor James Bowman
presents an evening of music and words from Elizabethan England in the
Guild Chapel on Thursday 7 October.
For jazz fans there‘s a treat in
store of Duke Ellington’s music on Wednesday 6 October with the
esteemed saxophonist Alan Barnes and his all-star Octet. The annual
folk event at Cox's Yard is now a firm feature of the Festival and folk
fans can look forward to Tuesday 5 October when veteran folk fiddler
Dave Swarbrick will play to his many fans.
The hugely popular Lunchtime Series in the
Town Hall continues, with young musicians at the start of their
professional careers performing between 12-1pm every weekday. There's a
free glass of sherry or cup of coffee included in the ticket price too!
Our Educational programme promises workshops by cellist Natalie Clein plus a concert for local schools.
For further information about all events see www.stratfordmusicfestival.com.
BOOKING - ALAN BARNES OCTET & OPERA GALA EVENING ONLY: phone the Civic Hall box office on 01789 207100 or book online at www.civichall.co.uk.
BOOKING - ALL OTHER CONCERTS - By phone: 0845 680 1926
In person: Shakespeare Bookshop, 39 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon CV37 6QW.
Have your say at the next Community Forum
The next Henley and Studley Community Forum is on Thursday 7 October at Studley Youth & Community centre, Studley at 7.30pm.
The main items up for discussion include:
• A voice for young people in Studley
• Developing the action plan – another chance to help shape the future of your community
• Open Space Review - Allotments, children’s play areas, sports facilities and open spaces - have your say
The local policing Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs Team
surgery will take place before the Community Forum meeting, at 7pm.
Officers will be available to provide feedback on the issues raised at
earlier surgeries and residents will be able to hear the latest on
policing in their area from Warwickshire Police.
Sergeant Bob Shaw, Team Leader for Alcester
North Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs Team said: “Your attendance and input
at forums is essential in order for us to know and address the issues
causing concern in the local community.”
Community Forums are an interactive event
enabling residents to learn about issues big and small affecting their
area, get answers to questions and influence local decision-making.
Anyone with a question about a local issue can go along and put it to
officers from a range of organisations.
If you would like to suggest an issue for a
future Community Forum meeting, or get involved, please contact the WCC
Stratford Area Office on 01789 260133
or email: email@example.com
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for August 2010:
Crime in Your Area
Studley has continued to experience the majority of anti social
behaviour incidents, although this has dropped slightly when compared
to previous months with a slight increase seen in the Earlswood area.
This appears in some cases to be alcohol related and officers will be
increasing high visibility patrols in both areas on Friday/Saturday
evenings and will continue to make use of the Alcohol Restriction Zone
in place in Studley (the Dispersal Zone has currently expired, however
officers are seeking to put a new one in place). Residents are again
encouraged to report any aspects of nuisance/rowdy behaviour to the
police as soon as possible so that we can identify and deal
appropriately with the offending person/s, however please be patient,
as we do have to prioritise our resources depending on what other
incidents are happening at the time of your call. Overall since April
the 1st burglary dwellings have reduced on the Alcester North area by
-16.4% when compared to the same period last year.
The Tanworth and Earlswood areas have been
targeted the most for burglaries with both dwellings, outhouses and
sheds being targeted. Officers have increased high visibility patrols
in the area during the past couple of months and will continue to do so
in order to reduce levels of crime experienced in the area. Officers
request that residents remain vigilant at all times and report any
suspicious activity asap so that action can be taken as soon as
possible in order to prevent crime. Overall since April the 1st vehicle
crime has reduced on the Alcester North area by -22.1% when compared to
the same period last year.
The Earlswood, Mappleborough Green and
Studley areas are experiencing the most Theft from Motor Vehicles,
residents are reminded to ensure their vehicle/s are secure at all
times whilst not attended and that whilst unattended nothing is left on
show that may lead to a person/s breaking into the vehicle. Please
remove all bags, computing equipment, sat navs (including cradle and
suction marks), coats etc.
Criminal Damage has increased slightly on
last year with Studley experiencing problems with the vandalism of
gardens and vehicles, officers are continuing to increase high
visibility patrols in order to combat the problem and request that
residents continue to report any suspicious, rowdy activity and any
incidents of damage to the police. Henley experienced damage on the 3rd
of August with the litter bin outside St Johns Church being damaged and
flower pots to the north of the High Street turned over and plants up
Information & Advice
How to Beat Bogus Callers!
Not all burglars break into homes - some will try to trick or con their
way in. They are known as bogus callers and will pretend to be on
official business from respectable concerns such as the Utility
Companies - Gas, Electricity and Water - or the Council. They may claim
to be tradesmen or workmen calling to carry out urgent repairs.
Bogus callers succeed because they sound
believable, so don't be fooled. Make sure in your own mind that they
are whom they claim to be by following these simple steps:
- Think before you open the door - use your chain and spy hole or look out of the window to see if you recognise them.
- Ask callers for proof of identity.
Genuine tradesmen should carry an identification card with their
photograph on. Check this carefully. If you are unsure, telephone the
company the caller claims to represent.
- The Utilities now offer a password
identification system. Any caller from one of these companies should be
able to give a pre-arranged password as additional proof of identity.
- Beware of callers who attempt to distract
you by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear
garden or somewhere which may encourage you to leave your house - they
may have an accomplice awaiting this distraction.
- If you are not convinced of the identity
of the caller, don't let them in. Ask the caller to come back later and
arrange for a friend, relative or neighbour to be present on their
return or ask the caller to contact this person.
Treat every stranger with caution. If you
are still worried, contact a member of the Alcester North Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Team on 01789 762207, in an emergency dial 999.
Please note it is an offence to let off fireworks after 11pm except on
Bonfire Night when the deadline is midnight and New Year’s Eve at
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities
Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 1st July 2010:
- Speeding Vehicles, Earlswood Common - 8 x
targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement
- Anti Social Behaviour, Studley Town
Centre – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers to conduct 8 x 2 hour high
visibility patrols in the area after 10 pm on Friday/Saturday evenings.
- Anti Social Behaviour, Henley Medical
Centre, Prince Harry Road - Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers to conduct 8 x
2 hour high visibility patrols in the area after 10 pm on
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
Following work by your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team a drugs warrant was
executed on the 25th August in Studley and a 41 year old male was
arrested and later cautioned for production of a Class B Drug.
Warrant Executed - Cannabis Production in Studley
A male was arrested by local officers in Earlswood for the possession
of cannabis. The male has since been charged at court for procession of
a Class B Drug.
On the 24th August Alcester North Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers arrested a 19 year old Birmingham male at an
address in Alcester. The male was wanted for a local house burglary and
for escaping prison in July 2010. Following interview the male was
returned to prison.
Local Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers visited
Wootton Wawen Summer Holiday Club and talked to the children about
subject such as Stranger Danger, Road Safety, Bullying, Cyber Bullying
as well as allowing the children to dress up in old police uniform and
explore the police car including sirens.
The next Community Forum will be held 7th October, 7pm, Studley Youth
Centre - 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, 29th September, 11:30am, Henley Baptist Church Hall - The surgery
gives you the opportunity to speak to members of the Parish Council
& Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team about the issues that concern
you, while giving you feedback regarding what is happening in the
The next Henley Police Surgery will be held
15th September, between 11am – 1pm, Henley Police Station - A
drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within the community with
your local policing team.
The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 21st October, 7pm, Henley Police Station
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
Council Tax Reform
A non party political nationwide campaign
Having consulted with its membership, Isitfair
is pleased to make these submissions relating to the proposal that
referenda should be held to veto any "excessive" Council Tax increases.
In general our members reacted positively to the proposals contained in
the consultation document, although the comments accompanying their
responses to our survey revealed a number of widely held concerns. We
believe, therefore, that there are a number of improvements that could
be made. In summary these are:
1) We believe that any "cap" or trigger point for a referendum should
be expressed in terms of pounds per dwelling for each particular type
of Local Authority. Every equivalent Authority would then be subject to
the same, identical pound cap. This means, for example, that all fire
services should have the same cap, all those county councils that do
not run their own fire services should have the same, (but a
different), cap, all those County Councils that do run their own fire
services should have a cap equal to the sum of the caps for the
separate fire service and county council caps and so on. The reason for
this proposed modification is to avoid rewarding extravagance and
punishing frugality - which is what a percentage based cap would tend
to do. An excellent practical example of this is the recent capping of
the Lincolnshire Police Authority whose proposed budget represented a
large percentage increase - partly, we suspect, because up to that
time, Lincolnshire Police had been the lowest spending Police Authority
2) We believe that Councils should not be entitled to increase their
precepts beyond the cap or referendum trigger point without their
having received prior approval through a referendum. This would obviate
the need for any re-billing. If the referendum grants approval for a
greater Council Tax increase, the difference would be collected through
the following year's Council Tax bill. The extra services represented
by the "excessive" increase could be supplied immediately once the
approval for them had been obtained. (We would expect that finance
would be easy to arrange given that the income stream to service it
would, in effect, be guaranteed.)
3) Many of our members expressed concern about the costs associated
with holding referenda. We believe that the referendum ballot papers,
where needed, should be sent out along with the Council Tax bill and
that the referendum should be a postal vote only. Our membership feel
very strongly that only those who actually pay Council Tax should be
entitled to vote on any "excessive" increase. (Voting for the Local
Council - and what the money is spent on - is a different matter
altogether.) Our proposal would ensure that only those named on the
Council Tax bill would receive a vote on this type of issue. We believe
that this proposal has additional merit, since it would appear that the
Government wishes to limit Council Tax increases. Those that do not pay
have, in effect, a vested interest in raising Council Tax on others in
order to be able to consume more services. This especially applies to
students for example.
4) A number of our members also expressed concerns about the costs
associated with preparing alternative budgets. We believe that the
solution is to have a "base" budget that is within the "cap" together
with a costed list of additional services that could be provided if the
increased Council Tax required to finance them were to be approved. In
order to avoid any emotional blackmail, it would also be appropriate to
indicate those expenditures that are already included within the "base"
5) Some concern was also expressed by our membership that some Councils
might use the anticipated additional costs of a referendum or budgeting
as a sort of blackmail to enable them "to push the limits" on
increases. We are not particularly concerned with either of these, (the
referendum is not optional so only the re-budgeting would represent an
additional cost - and this would disappear if our ideas under 4 above
were to be adopted), but we do believe that Councils might need an
additional incentive to behave responsibly. One idea is that any defeat
in a referendum would trigger an immediate local election for all
membership of the defeated authority. We note, however, that Police and
Fire Authorities are not directly elected, (and as the Audit Commission
reported, these were the ones that had the largest percentage increases
in their precepts in 2003-2004). Although not directly relevant to this
consultation, we would welcome the idea of elected Police "sheriffs"
and, if proposed, Fire bosses.
6) Although not specifically asked about in the consultation questions,
we believe that the issue of canvassing would be best addressed by
ensuring that no public money was spent on doing so. We would
anticipate that many other organisations would canvass, and it seems a
bit odd that Local Authority members should not be enabled to do so as
Mat Jackson Back On The Podium
top racing driver Mat Jackson skillfully avoided a pile-up in front of
him to come through for another Dunlop British Touring Car Championship
podium finish at Donington Park.
Mat started a disappointed 12th on the grid
in his no.5 Money Shop/Airwaves BMW but quickly made up several places
to get on the back of the leading pack and when they got into a tangle
at the chicane he made the most of his opportunity.
The Henley in Arden racer says "I think
there were six cars crashing or spinning in front of me. There were
bits of car, barrier and gravel flying up in the air and it was
difficult to pick out where to go but I somehow jinked my through it
all and came out in third place! I've had some bad luck this season so
it was nice for Lady Luck to be smiling on me for once!"
Mat's 3rd place finish came in race one of
three at Donington last Sunday. He followed it up with 5th in race 2
and 8th in race 3 but knows that should have been higher. "I was
challenging for another podium place and thought I'd made it past
Andrew Jordan but our cars touched and I ran out wide off the track and
through the gravel. It was down to me but I had to go for it - I'm a
racing driver and the moment you settle for places it's time to hang up
your helmet. Above all it was just great to be back racing at Donington
after the problems it's had over the last 12 months. The circuit was as
good as ever, the fans turned out in their thousands and we got our 5th
podium of the season."
Mat's results at Donington mean he stays 7th
in outright BTCC table but three strong races in the season final at
the world famous Brands Hatch track in Kent (October 9th-10th) could
see him challenge for a top 5 overall. Brands Hatch has been the scene
of some his greatest triumphs. In 2008 there also driving a BMW he won
twice in one day to finish BTCC Championship Runner-up! Mat will also
go to Brands one of four drivers who can win the prestigious BTCC
Independent Drivers Trophy. It's also his Airwaves team's home circuit
so all concerned will be looking to end their season on a high!
Lions Roar To A Century Against Humble Saracens
COVENTRY SARACENS RFC 5 – CLAVERDON RFC 108
Man of the match – Ian Wyllie
Try scorers – Tom Johnson x 3, Tom Bennett x 3, James Barton x 2,
Scott Conduit x 2, Mike Watts, Steven Grimsley, Dave Carruthers, Conor
Smith, Ian Wyllie & Duncan Nealon
Conversions – Ian Wyllie x 13, Dave Carruthers x 1
Claverdon travelled to Coventry for
their 2nd game of the League campaign after a hard fought victory the
previous week. The injured Andy Wenborn was replaced with James Barton
moving into the pack with Ian Wyllie in at 10, Tom Bennett at 12 and a
first start for youngster Harry Cox on the wing. The returning club
captain Tom Skinner could only manage a place on the bench with centre
The lions were apprehensive and quiet going
in to the match but in front of the Saracens vice president crowd got
off to the perfect start. Due to injury and absenteeism, the Saracens
started the game with 13 men and the advantage told immediately with a
catch and drive to send over Scott Conduit within the first 2 minutes.
This was to set the precedence for the whole
game and with a few phases of quick hands the ball found its way to
centre Tom Johnson who beat his man to score his 1st of the game.
Wyllie again kicked a tricky conversion. With Saracens short on numbers
they were still putting up a good fight and were not ready to simply
lie down and take defeat. Good place kicking saw them deep in the
Claverdon half and but for good defence by Rob Horsfall, Saracens would
have recorded their first points.
The Claverdon scrum was working very
efficiently and from one such scrum the ball was fed out to Johnson who
fed out of the tackle for Duncan Nealon to race past 2 players and
score under the posts, converted. Next it was turn for Tom Bennett to
add his name on the score sheet as he jinked past several players to
again go in under the posts for an easy conversion.
Claverdon were now playing good, flowing
rugby and excellent off loading out of tackles saw the ball go through
Chris Edsall, Chris Lowe and finally James Barton who held off his man
to score another Lions try, again Wyllie converted.
With half time drawing near, there was just
enough time for another Claverdon attack off the base of the scrum.
Conduit picked up and drew his man and found Conor Smith in space for
the captain to score his first of the season in the corner. Wyllie
narrowly missed the conversion and the half time whistle was blown.
0-40 Half Time
Half time saw Dom Gill go off with a leg
injury to be replaced by Tom Skinner and words from coach Conduit were
that he wanted a century of points as well as a clean sheet defensively.
Although Claverdon were very much in the
ascendancy, a few errors had crept in to their game and misplaced
passes and knock ons meant the score could and should have been better
after the first period of play especially as Saracens were 2 players
light. The Lions raced out of the blocks at the start of the second
period and Bennett scored almost immediately much in the same vain as
his first but this time in the corner. Wyllie again converted from a
Mike Watts then recorded his first try for
the club with a forwards effort that saw him go over near the posts
which was converted. More expansive rugby then saw Wyllie make a break
before feeding to centre Johnson to outpace his man to score under the
posts for an easy Wyllie conversion.
Smith, carrying a slight ankle injury was replaced by Blay who came in on the wing with Harry Cox moving in to scrum half.
The change didn’t affect the momentum
that had been built up and Claverdon were quick to score further points
with James Barton grabbing his second followed by a hat trick of tries
for the speedy Bennett, both converted.
With the Lions now home and dry the forwards
showed that they were not finished and Dave Carruthers finished off a
neat play to crash over under the posts. The big prop even dropped
kicked his own conversion.
Former winger turned hooker Steve Grimsley
then finished off another flowing move from the Claverdon forwards to
record a score of his own which was again neatly converted from the on
Each point scored by Claverdon only made
Saracens more determined to get on the score sheet and after a few
missed penalty attempts they managed just that. After a kick through
and a mix up in the Claverdon defence, Saracens pounced on a loose ball
to grab a much deserved score, conversion missed.
Injury then took its toll on Saracens and
the game was forced into uncontested scrums but this didn’t stop
Claverdon from their free scoring. Ian Wyllie who had been excellent
with the boot all game then scored a try of his own and ironically
missed the resulting conversion.
Great play from Skinner and Wyllie and a
switch of play to Conduit saw the big number 8 go over under the posts
for his 2nd try of the game. The conversion brought up the much desired
With the game only a few seconds from the
end, a high kick from Saracens saw full back Horsfall take the ball
under pressure. He fed Johnson who from inside his own half jinked past
numerous players before out sprinting the Saracens defence to score the
try of the match under the posts. Wyllie made his 13th conversion from
15 to cap his man of the match performance.
Credit must go to Coventry Saracens who
never gave up in the game and battled to the bitter end even with
injury and a shortage of players.
5-108 Full Time
Claverdon are at home in the Cup this
weekend to former league rivals Stourport. Kick off is 3pm at Ossetts
Hole Lane with all support both needed and welcome.
Report by Tom Johnson Photos by Will Barnes
Henley Forest Match Reports
Henley Forest Under 8s 7 - 0 Khalsa
Maine, Johnson 2, Goode [pen], Clarke 2, Lynch
Henley Forest Under 8s first match of
the season started under threatening skies at the Stratford Road
ground. A good crowd of well-prepared supporters (replete with
umbrellas and waterproofs) settled down in nervous anticipation
Kicking downhill in the first half Henley put in a sterling
performance, highlighting the passing skills they have learnt during
training. Henley enjoyed almost all the possession and regaled the
crowd with a display of expansive, passing football that would have
brought a tear even to Arsene's eyes. On the rare occasion that Khalsa
managed to break out of their own half, 'Salty' Saltmarsh revelled in
his role as libero and was on hand to clear any danger. Maine, in goal,
remained a spectator throughout. A 4-0 scoreline at halftime in no way
exaggerated the hosts' domination.
The second half continued in much the same vein although Khalsa did
enjoy more possession as they attacked down the slope. Only some
confident and competent defending by Henley maintained their precious
clean sheet. Eventually, Henley's better football won through again and
they added a further 3 goals to their tally. Despite their unassailable
lead Henley continued to play attractive football to the final whistle,
to start their campaign with a morale-boosting and confident victory.
Thanks to Mums and Dads for their positive and encouraging support.
HENLEY FOREST FOOTBALL CLUB MATCH REPORT
Snitterfield Snipers 4 Henley Forest Reserves 1
After an optimistic start to the season this
was a disappointing performance. The team had not played since their
confident win over Claverdon after the last week’s postponement
of the game with Shipston. The reserves travelled to local side
Snitterfield, still really upbeat after a good result in the first
Snitterfield too had won their first
game so both teams were confident. A good turn out for Forest saw new
signings Dan Ingram and Lee Merriman on the bench. Returning from
holiday for the first appliances of the season were Rob Westwood, Rob
Simpson, Stuart Douglas, Paul Kings, Riki Atkinson and Jo Wilkes.
The game started very brightly for Forest
and result could and should have been very different after just 5 mins.
Steve Worley rounded the keeper and shot on goal only for the Sniper
defender to use his hand to prevent a goal. Penalty and a sending
off……..NO. The only person to not agree was Andy Blair
the referee. Even the Sniper linesman called a pen! The game had
amazingly changed. Forest heads went down.
From that moment on for some reason they
could not make passes, control the ball or cope with the confidence
Snipers had gained from the ref’s decision. They then took the
lead after 20 mins and a mistake by Paul Kings passing back to the
Sniper striker made it 2-0 to Snitterfield at the break. Half time 2-0.
Jo Wilkes replaced the injured Simpson at half time and with a shift
around in formation Henley was confident that an early reply would turn
the game. Completely the opposite happened, yet another error this time
by Westwood saw Snipers now 3-0.
The game from then on just never got going
for Forest, but the very impressive Wilkes was trying to rally the boys
with some good tackles and passes. On the hour it was 4-0 from the busy
Sniper forwards. Atkinson and Ingram were on and made a huge difference
and with 10 minutes to go Wilkes won the ball and sent Atkinson through
the Snitterfield defence to slot home a consolation. This was a day to
forget, a bad performance but hopefully there will be something we can
all learn from it. There is work to be done by management and coaching
staff to reinvigorate the team to a really positive response to this
Goal scorer – Riki Atkinson: Man of
the match – Jo Wilkes: Gary Bevan , Adam Jarvis, Mike Govier,
Adam Thornton, Rob Westwood, Rob Simpson, Paul Kings, Stuart Douglas,
Geoff Adkins, Steve Worley, Mark Muddyman , Subs: Joseph Wilkes(Rob
Simpson) Riki Atkinson(Steve Worley), Dan Ingram(Adam Thornton), Lee
Merriman. The next game is on Saturday 25th September AWAY at Badsey
Rangers KO: 14.30.
Henley Forest 1st Team beat
Clements’83 4-2 and lost to Feckenham 1-0, Henley United, Henley
Vets and four junior teams also played. Meanwhile why not turn up and
support your local team on a Saturday afternoon?
Next match in 4th place in the Midland
Combination Div.2 Henley Forest 1st Team are at home against Knowle
Reserves 25.09.10 at 3.00pm.
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John Garner's Business Column
Free money from the Government?
to the HMRC website new businesses may be able to claim a holiday from
paying NIC up to a maximum of £50,000! Yes, £50,000! Surely
this is too good to be true? Well perhaps, but it’s been
announced in the Emergency Budget on 22 June this year and is an
attempt to stimulate employment.
If you are thinking of starting a business
or have recently set up a company you might be able to take advantage
of this National Insurance contributions (NICs) “holiday”
which is designed to encourage business start-ups in “key UK
It’s called the “Regional
Employer NICs Holiday for New Businesses” and it offers
substantial reductions in employer NICs for new businesses in "those
parts of the UK which are most reliant on public sector
The scheme is open to new businesses set up
on or after 22 June 2010 and will run until 5 September 2013. Under the
scheme eligible businesses will not need to pay any NICs for each of
the first 10 employees they hire in their first year of business. This
will last for the first 52 weeks the employee is in post (providing
these weeks fall within this 3 year period).
New businesses which take advantage of the
scheme will potentially be able to save up to £50,000 in employer
NICs, ie £5,000 per employee up to a maximum of 10 new employees.
Within the UK, the regions and countries
that will apparently benefit are the North East, Yorkshire and the
Humber, the North West, the East Midlands, the West Midlands, the South
West, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This bit is important because some regions
are not eligible (mainly London and the south-east), though as far as I
can see our region is.
“So what’s the catch?” I hear you ask (you old cynic you!).
Well, maybe none, but when you go into the HMRC website to investigate, it all gets a bit murky and complicated because of all the safeguards.
When you go into the bit of the government website that says whether you are in an eligible area, it no longer works properly; it’s been taken down as part of the cuts of Government Offices.
So if you think you’re eligible it
would seem worth applying, it’s a saving that could be well
worthwhile. Good luck!
More Rogue Energy Sales People
Scam Targets Estate Agents and Vendors
scam that targets both estate agents and vendors has come to the
attention of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service following
Estate agents and vendors are warned to beware of approaches to
purchase houses made by individuals and businesses offering a quick
A person has been contacting estate agents in the Warwickshire area
asking for details of vendors who are in a position to complete in six
weeks. The individual then contacts the vendors
direct and makes them an offer based upon them signing a contract which
states that the house would actually be sold to a 'third party'. If the
vendors show an interest another letter
is then sent which requests an admin fee of £392.00, which the
vendor must pay before completion. When the vendor pays the
individual/company and the money disappear and no sale
HSBC 'Phishing' Email Warning
Email users are warned to beware of a scam email that falsely claims to
have been sent by the HSBC bank and is entitled ' Incoming Payment
Error Notification Update'. The email reads:
This e-mail has been sent to you by HSBC Transfer Unit department
You have an incoming payment.
We are unable to process this payment to your account as your details cannot be verified.
To view this transaction and your current balance, please click on the link below:
As with all 'Phishing' emails, recipients
are advised not to click on any links in the message (which invariably
send them to a bogus website) or enter any personal or financial
information (which could be then used fraudulently) . Clicking on the
link may also put your PC at risk of infection from viruses.
Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
How to save on Electricity.
The above chart is a real example from someone who lives near Henley
Achieved by :-
- Gradually getting better at turning off lights and turning everything* off at the wall the moment** its not being used.
- Buying an A+ rated freezer.
- Progressively more low energy light bulbs.
- Always using the minimum amount of water for tea and cooking.
- Using a slow cooker sometimes instead of the oven.
- Only running the dishwasher and washing
machine when completely full. Also, reduced use of dishwasher. Many non
greasy items can be quickly hand washed in cold water.
- From mid summer 09, only having the
immersion heater on for baths (2 per week) and turning it off as soon
as the water is in the bath. (Better to heat water by gas if you can)
* ‘Everything’ really means
everything. Look around at what can be turned off. TV, video recorder,
PC (don’t forget the printer & modem etc.) microwave, washing
machine, Hi Fi, CD radio, security light (the motion detector uses
power all day!! what a waste. Its the same for telephone answering
machines, use BT answer instead). It sometimes helps to have things
plugged in on a short extension cable with a switched socket to make it
easier to get at.
** ‘The moment’ really means
straight away. We find that if you leave it, then you forget and it is
left on for an hour or so or overnight. It takes a while to get good at
this but it pays in the end. Many things with their own on /off or
shutdown switch are not completely off unless turned off at the wall.
Warning. Don’t try to do it all at
once. Pick on one or two things at a time and gradually get better at
turning stuff off.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Council Peer Review
District Council is a much improved authority. It provides many good
Services. Stratford-on-Avon is not a council which is resting on its
laurels.” These are just some of the comments following the
District Council’s recent Peer Review and the publishing of the
final report going to The Cabinet on Monday 4 October.
The District Council
commissioned the Local Government Improvement and Development Agency to
undertake a Peer Review and the team was onsite from 20 to 23 July 2010.
The members of the peer review team were:
- Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Hambleton and Richmondshire District Councils
- William Nunn, Leader, Breckland District Council
- David Covill, Director of Resources, Crawley Borough Council
- Alex Sutcliffe, Executive Assistant, Hambleton / Richmondshire District Councils
- David Armin, LG Improvement and Development Review Manager
During the 4-day visit, the
review team met with and talked to a cross-section of elected Members
and staff within the Council and also with representatives of partner
organisations and the general public.
Cllr Stephen Gray, Leader
says: “There is considerable change in local government and most
local authorities are trying to work out how best to respond. The aim
of the Local Government Peer Review Programme is to help councils to
assess their current achievements and to identify those areas in which
they are doing well and those where they need to do better. As a new
Leader, I have found the whole review extremely helpful. It is clear
that there are areas where we need to focus in order to deliver
benefits and deal with future challenges, which I take on board. I
particularly accept the need to be clear about the Council’s
direction and plans as well as the importance of our work with Warwick
District Council. It is interesting that the review team also picked up
on the detrimental impact adverse press coverage can have, I will look
closely at their advice. The review finds both Strengths as well as
Areas for Consideration. I’m sure some people will see only
weaknesses in the report, let’s not forget the many good points
they found or that they recognised Stratford as the 10th best place to
live in England.”
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CRAFT GROUP OPEN TO ALL
We meet fortnightly on Wednesdays from September 29th in the Baptist
Church Hall from 2pm until 4.30pm. The fee is only £2.00 per
meeting. Patchwork for beginners and improvers
plus. UFOs (unfinished objects) have you some tapestry, canvas work,
knitting or embroidery tucked away to be finished sometime? Why not
bring it along and have a couple of hours to
work on your project and the satisfaction of actually finishing it.
HENLEY COURT LEET TOWN DINNER
The High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, is pleased to announce that this
year’s Town Dinner is being held 2nd October in the Memorial
Hall, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. The evening includes a reception drink, a 3
course meal plus coffee and mints. Music will be provided by Smoothsax.
There will be a licensed bar serving a selection of wine, beers and soft
drinks. A raffle and a number of “fun things” will be held
to entertain you between courses. The cost is £26.00 per person
and bookings can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or
795701. email@example.com or 794787.
Meets on the first Tuesday every month in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.
Visitors are welcome to join us on 5th October when Harry Murch will be
giving a presentation on ‘Farms for City Children’. The WI
also have groups for walking and patchwork, 792488 for details.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
October 12th. Arnaud Metairie ‘COME FLY WITH ME’.
Competition: Contrasts and Textures. Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome
WI AND CHOIR invites you to a relaxing and entertaining concert
followed by a delicious tea at Tanworth Village Hall on Saturday 16th
October at 3.00pm (doors open 2.30pm). Tickets cost £6.00 and
will be available from The Bell pub from Monday 4th October or from Val
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Margaret Anderson from the Woodland Trust will be taking members on an
“Ancient Tree Hunt” at our meeting on Tuesday October 19th
in the Baptist Church hall. Visitors are welcome to come along and join
us from 7.45pm for only £2.00.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st October in the Baptist Church Hall
at 8.00 pm when Gillian White will give a talk on 'Bess of Hardwick
& Hardwick Hall'. Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
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 Rotarian Michael Redman
This association meets once per month to discuss its plans for the next parish council election in May 2012 when it intends to offer residents a manifesto to reduce substantially the running costs of the Joint Parish Council and to give greater participation to the community in the affairs of the town.
For further information contact Secretary - Malcolm Coulter - 01564 795504
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
MARKET DEVELOPMENT ACTION GROUP
A Town Meeting was held on 17th August 2010, when many residents expressed their concerns about the preposed development on the old cattle market site. As a result, a committee has been formed to prepare for the formal application being submitted and any necessary representations. If you wish to show your support, please register at: http://www.tfaforms.com/177141For further information contact Secretary -
John Tristram on 01564 794787 email: John Tristram
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
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 01564 794903.
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
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
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.
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