Why "Root and Branch" changes are needed
Mike Willmott responds to Les Goodman
Chairman Democracy 2012
The Chairman of Democracy 2012, Mike Willmott,
writes again to the Chairman of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden
Joint Parish Council, Cllr Les Goodman, about the concerns many
residents have about the Joint Parish Council. Democracy 2012
believes that the JPC needs new members and a new direction. It
proposes that all unnecessary administration costs should be eliminated
and the operations of the Council should be simplified.
Mr Willmott is a retired businessman who has
spent his professional life at senior level in the aerospace,
automotive, construction and rail industries, directing both UK and
The parish clerk, now styled as "Officer for
the Council", has concluded that Mr Willmott would find it "difficult
to have an in-depth appreciation of the Council's roles and
responsibilities". Click here to read the complete letter.
18th October 2010
Dear Chairman of the Joint Parish Council,
letter, reproduced below, fell on deaf ears at the last JPC when it was
discussed and dismissed with no understanding of what “root and
branch” meant and even less of what it entailed.
responding to your invitation to discuss the concerns that the Reform
Association has about the way in which the Council performs its duties,
it would only be fruitful if the Council were prepared to countenance a
root and branch overhaul of the way in which the Council operates.
you would consult your fellow councillors and see if there is any
appetite for change, failing which we must trust the voters in 2012."
approach is rather like that taken by our present government to ensure
that every penny taken from the taxpayer is used to generate value for
the community and not swallowed up in wasteful administration.
Here are a few examples of why change is needed in Henley:-
The Beaudesert and Henley Joint Parish Council has the highest precept for 2010/11 of all the mid-sized parish councils in the Stratford area at £82,650.
sources for the data were public records from the 2001 National Census
for Warwickshire Parishes and Stratford District Council website.
Arden, which has a similar population with 3,017 residents compared to
Henley’s 2,930, (2001 census), raises a precept of £45,500
compared to Henley’s £82,650. Tanworth’s cost per
1,000 residents is £15,081, in Henley the cost is £28,152
per 1,000 residents. Why do Henley residents pay 86% more than Tanworth residents?
Tanworth Parish Council has increased its precept by 0.55% during the last 3 years? Why has Henley increased its precept by 33.8%?
is not an isolated example of a local parish council running at a
fraction of costs of the Henley JPC. The average precept for medium
sized parishes (populations of >1,000 and <3,999) in the
Stratford area is £31,262 per 1,000. Why is Henley’s precept at £82,650 more than 2.6 times the average?
48% of the parishes in the Stratford area have had either no increase or a reduction during the last 3 years. Why has Henley increased its precept by 33.8%?
of the JPC’s activities are excessive, such as having 2 council
meetings per month and 7 sub-committees. The norm appears to be, one
council meeting per month and one sub-committee. Why can’t Henley do the same?
JPC has salary costs of around £24,000 and PR costs of around
£5,000, both of which are excessive. The JPC’s expenditure
costs will probably have to be reduced substantially when the Localism
Bill becomes law later this year. How will the JPC introduce economies!
parish clerk, who now styles herself "Officer for the Council", told
the last council meeting that the National Association of Local
Councils (NALC) and the Warwickshire Association of Local Councils
(WALC) intended to fight the Localism Bill. It does neither of these
trade associations credit to fight government policy when they should
be impartial to party politics. In fact, by declaring their selfish
interests, they only prove that a national “root and
branch” overhaul is overdue and necessary.”
the last 3 years, the JPC has introduced record precept increases and
at the same time the quality of the services has deteriorated, an
example being the grass cutting.
a result, this year about £50,000 is being taken out of the
pockets of the residents, which could otherwise be spent by the
residents of the town in the town. This would do far more for the local
economy than Cllr George Mathoeu’s wasteful business and tourism
the recent parish referendum on “the leadership and management of
the JPC”, the residents demonstrated that they want change. In
this poll the JPC Ruling Group were unable to find sufficient
supporters to win the vote, even though the turnout was very low.
Henley residents may not appreciate that the Chancellor of the
Exchequer, the Treasury and HMRC are subject to much stricter control,
accountability and probity than parish councils, which operate without
any supervision or curbs on their excesses.
the Cattle Market Redevelopment Town Meeting, councillors from the
ruling group were unable to high jack the meeting and install veteran
Councillor George Atkinson as chairman of the Market Action Group. Cllr
Atkinson neither lives in the parish nor represents it. Fortunately,
the Market Action Group now has an excellent chairman in Lucy Lunt and
this Group has nothing to do with Democracy 2012.
I look forward to your response.
Chairman Democracy 2012
View the HENLEY NEWS - 2010 Parish Council Survey
To read press comments about the Joint Parish Council, go to: Reform The JPC
If you believe that there is a need for new parish councillors, register at: Democracy 2012
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
The Mop Fair Comes to Henley.
the year 1220 Lord of the Manor Sir Peter de Montfort was granted a
royal charter by the then king, Henry III, to hold a weekly market and
an annual fair on the day of the Feast of St Giles. Subsequent Lords of
the Manor of Henley were granted similar royal charters: granting
charters for markets and fairs was one of the ways a king or a queen
raised money for the maintenance of the royal estates.
Henley Mop, as it later became to be known, is such a fair and usually
comes to town in the first weekend of October. The Mop appears to have
got its name from a time when the ‘mop and bucket’ brigade
came looking for employment as well as a bit of fun at the fair.
following nearly 800 years of tradition, it was on Friday last at
around 5.30 of the clock that the High Bailiff, Low Bailiff, Town
Crier and other members of the Court left the confines of the Guild
Hall to make their way to the fairground on the High Street. On
reaching the fair the Court was met by the fair’s master, Joseph
Danter, who asked the High Bailiff to perform the opening ceremony and
welcome the fair to the town, which he dutifully did, visiting in turn
each of the rides and stalls.
Duty done, it was now the turn of the Court to hit the bright lights and have some fun at the fair!
News from Henley Church of England Primary School
Henley in Bloom School Competition
the judging of local schools in ‘The Henley in Bloom’
competition, children from Henley Church of England Primary School were
invited to a presentation and lunch at the Baptist Church. All
children’s entries received prizes including medals for 1st to
The children’s brief was to make
animals or monsters out of fruit and vegetables. Ethan Paine –
aged 9 and his younger brother, Jacob – aged 7, won first prize
for their ‘Pineapplesaurus’; Sam Sedgwick – aged 8
won second prize for his ‘Turtle’ and Suzannah Walters
– aged 10 came 3rd for her ‘Frog’. Henley Church of
England Primary School is sharing the cup with St Mary's Primary School
over the year.
On behalf of both schools we would like to
thank the organisers - Val Johnston, Gordon Trinder and colleagues for
all their hard work and for making the children feel so welcome.
Everyone is looking forward to next year's competition!
Henley in Arden Church of England Primary School is proud to announce that its Governing Body has been awarded the prestigious ‘Governor Mark’ award.
This is the first school in Warwickshire to
gain this award which confirms excellent leadership and management by
the Governing Body.
Pictured right, Governors Rowena Silk and Katherine Walters with the Governor Mark certificate.
Elaine Field reporting
Written for National Poetry Day - 7th October
The World from above is a beautiful sight,
Created with seasons for our delight.
Spring to our awaken with thoughts anew
As golden daffodils sway into view.
Trees begin to fill with leaves
Gently swaying in a warming breeze.
Young lambs frolic and answer the call,
From Mothers who keep an eye on them all.
Summer follows with its hot warm sun,
Beaches are full with young having fun.
The cricket is finished the covers are on,
Ice-cream salesmen have come and gone.
Rivers run dry and the grass turns brown,
Forecasts are wrong and the weathermen frown.
Polluted seas with their gentle swell,
Signal a warning that all is not well.
Flowers have bloomed and reached their best,
As nature lays Autumn gently to rest.
Yellow leaves fall from trees aloft,
The ground below appears quite soft,
Winter gales blow strong and hard,
Buildings collapse and catch us off guard.
Upturned trees with leaves laid bare,
When will humanity start to care?
If spring again comes and the grass fails to grow,
It will be our great-grandchildren who will never know
If the balance of nature left well alone,
Would have let Earth's beauty unfold on its own.
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Register as a Juror
Good people of Henley!
Are you interested in preserving the rituals and traditions of this historic town? Yes? Well, please finish reading this short circular.
Have you lived, worked or run a business in the town for longer than three years? If the answer is, ‘Yes’. Then you should give some thought to becoming a juror. A juror? Yes, a juror! Jurors are ‘freeman’ of the town; of free mind, and will.
The people of Henley have for 800 years taken the responsibility of electing on an annual basis, the members of the town’s ancient Court Leet. The Court would like the town to continue to uphold this ancient tradition of electing the Leet.
Our photo shows the present Lord of the Manor, Mrs Robin Hardy-Freed, with the Steward of the Manor, Mr David Lodder, and former High Bailiff, Brian Jackson, at the AGM in 2004.
It will cost you nothing but a few minutes of your time to read and register your name as a juror. Just click the link and complete the application form. You will then receive the simple instructions to complete the process.
If you require more information on the background to the Court Leet, the Court Leet website will give further information.
New Duo called 'The Bottom Line'
at Blackthorn Court in Henley were serenaded by a new Duo called
‘The Bottom Line’ last week. Local resident Sally Morgan
(Double Bass) has teamed up with her CBSO colleague Ian Ludford (Cello)
to form a duo.
We are called the Bottom Line as we are
literally playing the bottom notes in the Symphony Orchestra. We
thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Blackthorn where we played the Rossini
Duo written for cello and double bass and a Baroque Sonata by William
de Fesch. We then moved on to some lighter numbers to finish our
programme. We also got residents to join in the music with shakers in
the Pink Panther theme. The afternoon ended with tea and biscuits
If anyone is interested in booking this duo please get in touch with Sally by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct Mail gets Responses from your Prospects
Thursday 21th October 2010 at Henley-in-Arden Golf & Country Club
Drew will demonstrate how one local business has enjoyed breathtaking
results with a very limited budget and a bit of ingenuity.
In an age where everyone is talking about
social networking, traditional marketing channels like direct mail are
largely ignored. However, “Junk Mail” is no longer junk and
can give response rates of 20%+, even when sent to complete strangers,
provided it is well planned and executed.
Founded in 1982 Warwickshire Business Club
continues to create the best possible networking environment for its
members to establish business relationships, exchange business ideas
and even grow friendships. And of course 'face to face’
networking is still the best way to promote your business and make and
receive business referrals.
For a booking form and for further details about this event please click here. You have the option of paying by cheque or by using the secure Paypal/credit card payment facility.
Reduced parking costs for Stratford
Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council's Portfolio Holder for
Environment and Economy, has revealed that on-street parking charges in
Stratford-upon-Avon will be cheaper. After listening to the preferences
of residents and traders Cllr Cockburn has tasked officers with
drafting proposals for 30 minutes on-street parking for 50p - a
reduction from the current 70p charge. The cost of one hour parking is
set to be cut from £1.40 to £1.
Cllr Cockburn said: "We have seen the
results of two recent surveys and heard what the people of Stratford
want in regards to parking. We are a listening council and our new
policy will reflect what is needed in the town. In the past we have
attempted a number of different solutions to on-street parking in
Stratford and are confident the new charges will strike the right
balance and help revitalise the town centre."
The proposals will be formally considered by
Cllr Cockburn at the portfolio holder's decision-making meeting on
December 17. The report will also consider charges in other
Warwickshire districts. If rubber-stamped at the December meeting the
new charges will come into effect from 1 April 2011.
In addition to on-street parking,
Warwickshire County Council also operates the increasingly popular
Stratford Park & Ride. Last year the total number of passenger
journeys at the Bishopton scheme increased by 11.6 per cent to almost
'Conservation Police' take action in Henley
The Purple Shop front has lost its distinctive appearance as a result of action by the "Conservation Police".
Next to be forced to conform will be the
gents barber "Bella Cappelli" which has a small illuminated barber's
pole (left). The owner has been served with a notice for it to be
Gerald Smith, Henley's most experienced
retailer, believes that the council action is now getting out of hand
and he is organising a petition for the retention of the barber's poll.
To sign Gerald's petition, call in at Bella Cappelli.
The red colour of the barber's pole is almost identical to One Stop's colour scheme but of course the owner is not part of a multi-national. What will be next, yellow front doors?
Fantastic Bonfire and Fireworks
1st Henley and Wootton Scout Troop
are once again organising their ‘Fantastic Bonfire and
Fireworks’ and this year the event is on Saturday 6th November
and as usual it is being held at their troop hut at the Sports and
Social Club on the Stratford Road, in between Henley-in-Arden and
This very well established event is the
troop's main fund raiser in the year so we are hoping for yet another
excellent turnout from local townspeople. Admission costs have been
kept the same as the last 2 years and once again it promises to be a
great night - with a great firework display, bonfire plus food, hot
drinks, a bar and other entertainments.
The event is especially suited to families
– hence our request, for the children’s safety, that
visitors do not bring sparklers.
We look forward to seeing Henley and Wootton Wawen residents on Saturday the 6th November from 6 pm onwards.
Fire Safety in your home
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is offering all Warwickshire residents a free Home Fire Safety Check.
A Home Fire Safety Check offers fire safety
advice on all areas of high risk that are in your home, like kitchens,
Open fires, Candles, Electric Blankets, and Smoking materials.
An escape Plan is also a vital area which
should be part of your Fire Safety Plan, which can also be discussed
during the visit, along with the fitting of free smoke detectors where
necessary, and remember this service is completely free.
If you would like to take advantage of this FREE offer call 01926 466 282 and quote ref: 35 CVS.
VASA ( Voluntary Action Stratford on Avon)
has recruited six (at present – more to come) very highly
qualified volunteers to mentor new business projects. They are people
with extensive experience of starting new businesses and then
developing their success for the long term. Skills and experience
include raising finance, marketing, entrepreneurship (including for
manufacturing) and all aspects of business start up for the smallest to
very large companies.
Our initial use of them will
be for an Open Day to be held probably mid-late November when, just
like many of you will have done when taking valuables to be assessed by
experts, individuals, community groups and those considering a
significant business investment will be able to come along and meet
with them and privately discuss and have evaluated the opportunity they
are considering. I must stress that this is support for any of the following –
THIS IS AN INVALUABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY OF THE ABOVE TO HAVE ACCESS TO THIS SORT OF MENTORING
- Any individual who wants to start up their own business in probably any sector, ‘employing’ just their own talents
- Any individual who wants to develop a
business which will offer several employment opportunities, and is
likely to include them investing significantly in the proposed business
- Any Community Group – which may
include close partners to you as a Parish Council – who are
considering a Community (Social) Enterprise opportunity for your
village or town: a Community Enterprise being provision of a service
for public purpose – a business which invests surpluses back into
its activities for the benefit of its community.
More information on the VASA web site
Project Manager Parish Plans & Rural Outreach
Voluntary Action Stratford on Avon District
Local Company Offers Free Financial Advice
independent financial advisor based in Henley is giving away free
financial advice at a seminar on Thursday 21st October at the Henley
Golf & Country Club. MPA Financial Management came up with
the unusual idea after feedback from customers suggested many people
were very concerned about how their pensions were performing in the
current climate but totally confused about whether their investments
were going to get the best return for them.
Director Eddie Ball said “A lot of
people we’ve been in contact with had taken pensions out a long
time ago and had either lost track of or were totally unaware of how
they were doing.” He explained: “Part of the problem stems
from people simply moving and forgetting to update their address.
However the vast majority of confusion is because people just
don’t understand what their updates mean, despite the
industry’s attempts at providing clearer language.”
Eddie hopes the seminar will help people get
a better understanding of the often confusing terminology whilst also
helping them gain more knowledge on investments they already have or
are planning for the future. He added “Our experts will be on
hand to give out help and advice on areas such as the golden rules of
wise investments. They’ll also be available for one to one advice
should people need it. We hope people will be able to come away with a
better understanding and a confidence about investing”.
MPA Financial Management Limited is
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority. The value
of your investments can go down as well as up. Places are going fast so
if you’d like to book your place call 0845 644 9371
or email email@example.com.
Claverdon lions maul Wellingborough
Saturday 16th October
CLAVERDON 48 – WELLINGBOROUGH OLD GRAMMARIANS 8
Man of the Match – Tom Johnson
Try scorers – Tom Johnson x 2, Ian Wyllie x 2, Andy Wenborn x 2, Tom Bennett x 2
Conversions – Ian Wyllie x 4
played host to Wellingborough Old Grammarians in the second round of
the Junior Vase for what they knew would be a tough encounter. The
visitors played in the league above so Claverdon knew they would have
to be at their best. The lions had a fully fit squad to choose from
with only fly half Doz Ward missing through injury. Some late changes
saw the team shuffled around but it didn’t affect the strength of
what was a very impressive squad.
The lions started the game slowly and
needless infringements saw Wellingborough record the first points of
the game with a penalty in front of the posts. This kick started
Claverdon into gear and they soon made progress deep into the visitors
half. A solid scrum saw the ball fed to fly half Ian Wyllie who showed
a turn of pace to jink his way past several defenders for an
It wasn’t long before Claverdon
recorded their second try of the game. From a Wellingborough scrum deep
in the visitors' half they failed to find touch and the ball fell
straight in to the arms of winger Andy Wenborn. He crashed through two
men to score in the corner for another unconverted try. Chris Edsall
replaced prop Mark Tilson who went off with a suspected broken nose.
Claverdon were now very much in control of
the game and continued to press and test the visitors' defence. Winger
Tom Johnson was making impressive yards and the return of Sam Horswill
to inside centre was having an impact. It was from a Horswill break
that Claverdon scored their third try. He broke several tackles and
looped a pass to Tom Bennett to beat his man to score in the corner.
Wyllie missed the tricky conversion.
The rest of the half was played out with
Claverdon showing good attacking options and working the ball up the
field well with strong running from the back row trio of James Barton,
Jean Visser and Scott Conduit. When the Old Grammarians did attack, the
Claverdon defence held firm with big tackling from captain Tom Skinner
and Chris Lowe. Half Time 15-3.
The second half saw Jean Visser replaced by
scrum half Conor Smith with Harry Cox switching to the wing and Andy
Wenborn back in to the pack. The lions didn’t hold back and it
wasn’t long before centre Bennett broke free and fed to winger
Tom Johnson who cut inside to beat his man and score under the posts.
Wyllie made no mistake with the conversion.
Only five minutes later Claverdon recorded
their fifth try of the game. Excellent off loading from the tackle area
saw the ball fed through the hands of both the forwards and backs
before reaching Wenborn to record his second of the game. Wyllie again
kicked the extra 2 points.
Next it was turn for Johnson to record a
brace of tries. Good lineout work courtesy of Steve Grimsley and James
Barton and a perfectly drilled backs move saw the ball finally fed to
Johnson who outpaced his man to score under the sticks for another
It was from a further lineout that Claverdon
hit the 40 point mark. A tap down from Skinner to Smith and quick hands
in the backs saw the ball worked all the way across the field to
Bennett. He made no mistake to touch down under the posts for Wyllie to
Wellingborough were now dejected and the
game was secure but Claverdon still had time for another score. Mike
Watts replaced the injured Conduit and from some more great phases of
play Claverdon were once again in the Old Grammarians' half. Smith fed
to Dave Carruthers who burst through a gap to find himself one on one
with the visitors' full back. Not renowned for his goose step he gave
an unorthodox pass which Skinner collected before offloading to
Johnson. Unselfishly Johnson found Wyllie in open space to score in the
corner but unfortunately the conversion was missed.
The Old Grammarians did have the last say
though with a well worked try in the corner. From the back of the scrum
the ball was fed through the hands to the substitute winger to touch
down with the full time whistle sounding as the conversion was narrowly
The high expectations from this lions team
were visible at the full time whistle as the players clearly looked
dejected at conceding so late on.
48-8 Full Time
Claverdon face their toughest encounter of
the season so far when they host Old Wheatleyans in the League on
Saturday. This is also their Vice President's day so there will be a
big crowd to cheer on the lads but all extra support would be welcome.
Match Report by Tom Johnson
Photo Will Barnes
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John Garner's Business Column
A lighter side of Employment Law
the Government’s spending review upon us I think we are in need
of some light relief but as this is supposed to be a business column
we'd better keep to the business theme.
Let’s start by looking at some apparently bizarre decisions on employment matters.
- The Court of Appeal has recently held
that a male to female transsexual, who married his wife years before
the sex change, (and who turned 60 before the Gender Recognition Act
was in force) is entitled to a state pension at 60 as a female; even
though she is still married … and has a wife!
- A Spanish electrician has been awarded
compensation after being addressed as “Manuel”; nicknamed
by colleagues after the hapless waiter from television’s
“Fawlty Towers”. Juan Ignacio from Barcelona, as was
Manuel, was taunted by colleagues whilst working at a London hospital.
- A German Police Officer has won
additional pay after convincing a court that he has to spend so long
getting dressed for his shift it qualifies as working time. He claims
to spend at least 15 minutes each shift checking and putting on all the
equipment required by modern officers: pistol and holster, handcuffs,
gas canister, baton. His claim was backed by the Police Union and means
an extra 50 hours pay per year.
Having discussed the new Equalities Act last week I’m wondering whether this has been properly thought through.
A job advert read: "Wanted
- Administrator - good typist and able to use Excel. Successful
applicant must be bilingual. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer."
A dalmatian applied for the job. He typed a
perfect business letter, then produced a sample spreadsheet and
database using Excel.
The interviewer was dumbfounded. He said to
the dalmatian, “You have fantastic talent, but I can’t
employ a dog.”
The dog went to the sign in the window and pointed his paw at the words, “Equal Opportunities Employer.”
The interviewer said, “Yes, I know what the advert says. But it also says you have to be bilingual.”
The dog looked him straight in the eye and said calmly, “Meow.”
For the above I am indebted to David Ecclestone of Employment Law Training
Warnings from Trading Standards
Know Your Rights - Be Careful Who You Borrow Money From
Trading Standards Service is working with Birmingham's Illegal Money
Lending Team to assist people who may be getting into debt over the
Christmas period. It is estimated that over Christmas 2009, up to
100,000 households may have turned to illegal money lenders known as
They are criminals who are often also
involved in gun and knife crime, counterfeiting and drug dealing. Loan
sharks prey on vulnerable people such as single parents, the elderly or
people on benefits who do not have access to traditional forms of
credit eg bank loans, and as a result can suffer harassment, threats
and spiralling financial difficulties.
Loan sharks usually:
- Offer you a cash loan but do not give you any paperwork
- Take your benefit or bank card as security on the loan
- Don't tell you when you will finish paying
- Charge extortionate high rates of interest
- Increase the amount you owe even if you are making regular payments
- Threaten or use violence to get money from you.
The problem can often more widespread than
is imagined as people do not like to reveal financial problems and are
afraid of reprisal.
If you owe money to a loan shark or want to
help someone else who is in trouble with one, call the National Loan
Shark Hotline 0300 555 2222, email firstname.lastname@example.org or text loan shark and the details you want to pass on to 60003
All calls and messages will be dealt with confidentially.
Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Want to have your say about climate change?
Here are two opportunities. First, take a look at the Warwickshire Climate Change Partnership Action Plan by clicking here.
Right in the middle of this page click on the words ‘attitude
survey’ and answer a few questions to give your opinions.
Second tell your MP, Mr Nadhim Zahawi, what you think. For more information Click here
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
To Read Previous Editions Back to 29th October 2004 Click Here
Stratford District Council
Standards Board to be axed
misconduct for personal gain will be a criminal act, while petty local
vendettas will no longer get a hearing as the unpopular standards board
regime is axed, Communities Minister Andrew Stunell has announced. Mr
Stunell said the top-down regime set up by central government to
monitor council conduct had become a vehicle for malicious and
frivolous complaints. For example, one authority had to fork out
£160,000 after receiving over 170 complaints from the same
person. Each one had to be examined but only three were considered
worth investigating and after investigation all were dismissed.
Local Standards Committees investigated
6,000 complaints in the first two years - of which over half were
judged not worthy of any further action. The Government is axing the
entire Standards regime including the central board, which costs over
£6 million a year, with investigations of complaints costing
thousands of pounds each. Genuine corruption in local government needs
to be rooted out and the new Government is legislating to make serious
misconduct a criminal offence dealt with by the courts not committees.
Councillors will have to register certain personal interests in a
publicly available register.
Ministers believe these changes will give
voters the confidence that councillors who misuse their office will be
effectively dealt with. While councillors themselves will have the
confidence to get on with their job knowing they won't be plagued by
petty allegations. The public will decide councillors' fates. Under new
plans the public will also have greater confidence to challenge poor
local services. The Government intends to give the Local Government
Ombudsman, the established body for investigating public complaints
over the way they have been treated by their council, real teeth. For
the first time local authorities will be legally compelled to implement
the Ombudsman's findings.
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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 has groups for walking and patchwork, 792488 for details.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st October in the Baptist Church Hall
at 8.00pm 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
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
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. You can register your support at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration
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 proposed 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. Read more about the aims of the Market Action Group website If you wish to show your support, please register at: http://www.tfaforms.com/177141 For further information contact the Chairman -
Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email: email@example.com
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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