SPECIAL JPC MEETING
Thursday 2nd December at Henley High School at 7 pm
Cattle Market Planning Application
On street parking in Prince Harry Road, which could delay emergency ambulances,
is now considered a very serious problem for all the community.
The Joint Parish Council
has called a Special Meeting to consider the residents' views on the
proposed development of 42 residential units on the former cattle
market site, Warwick Road.
Below are two of the most significant documents.
Proposed Perspective Views
Design and Access Statement
(These are both large files and may take about 30 seconds to load)
The Market Action Group
has been preparing for this application and if you wish to show your
concern about the number of houses and the effects on our community,
please register at: http://www.tfaforms.com/177141
For further information contact the Chairman - Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are strongly advised to attend the Special Meeting.
Thursday 2nd December at Henley High School at 7 pm
The Key Issues are:
- Increased Pollution in an area which is already highly polluted,
- Danger to Students of Henley High School,
- Increased Traffic on Warwick Road,
- Increased Flood risk,
- No Planning Gain,
- On street parking in Prince Harry Road,
- Increased demand on drains and sewers,
- Impeded access to and from the Medical Centre,
- 3 Storey Houses and Terraced Houses in Prince Harry Road,
- Too Many Houses - The Structure Plan calls for 20 not 42 houses.
Update from The Market Action Group
IT IS MOST IMPORTANT IF
YOU WISH TO OBJECT to any aspect of the proposed development that each
member of your household writes a separate personal and individual
letter to the planning officer Mr Tony Horton. These letters should
commence with "I OBJECT TO THE PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT ON THE FOLLOWING
GROUNDS...." and then detail your specific objections.
We would like to thank the
hundreds who completed the on-line survey and participated in the
door-to-door survey last weekend. Your views will be made known to Mr
Horton but your individual letters ARE STILL REQUIRED.
I also hope you will support
the action group by attending the JPC Special Meeting on Thursday at 7
pm in the High School and making your views known. Please sit at the
front of the hall.
Lucy Lunt - Chairman Market Action Group
Your letters should be sent to be received by 14th December 2010 (note later date) to:
Mr Tony Horton
Stratford upon Avon Planning Dept
Stratford District Council
Planning Reference No. 10/02458/FUL
The Market Action Group welcomes your support. Please register at: http://www.tfaforms.com/177141
The Royal Shakespeare Theatre ready to reopen
Clive Hanley, who is a regular contributor from Claverdon, has taken these stunning photographs of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre after its £112.8 million refurbishment.
Photographs © Clive Hanley
Stratford’s budget - the public has spoken
The public has spoken as Stratford-on-Avon District Council receives the results of the recent budget consultation exercise, Simalto.
The District Council is working on how to
reduce its spending by around £3.5 million, following the
announcement by the Chancellor of an average cut of around 28% to local
government funding spread over four to five years. This is likely to
mean Stratford District Council changing from a £14.7m
organisation to £12m. The Simalto budget consultation exercise is
one of a number of ranges of evidence that will help inform the budget
The scientific exercise has produced some
clear messages across all the potential budgets as the District Council
endeavours to maintain services already provided to residents with
minimum reductions in services.
The residents surveyed wish to maintain the current service provision in:
• Fly Tipping
• Environmental Health
• Grass Cutting
• Business Support
• Car parking in Stratford Town
• Rural Transport
• Flood Defences
The public wants to see further investment
in young services such as play spaces, skate parks, sandpits and sport
pitches and anti social behaviour and community safety. As for savings
the areas where residents expressed a preference for a reduction in
service provision, based on the different saving scenarios, include
Council Contact Points, Affordable Housing, CCTV, Licensing, Pest
Control, Floral Displays, Tourism and support and grants for community
Councillor Stephen Gray, Leader says:
“The District Council is facing real financial constraints and it
is vital that the residents of Stratford District are given a real,
active role in forming the council’s spending plans. The
responses we have received from the consultation are very positive and
present some interesting challenges; it is good to see that there is a
high level of realism from those responses and they have given us a
useful insight into how residents across the District feel. People can
see that there is not a limitless pot of money and that savings have to
"The results are still at the 'raw' data
stage and we are looking at them closely. I must stress that this
exercise is just one piece of evidence that will help form our
future 4-year financial plan and budget for the District Council. The
public has given a clear indication where they would be willing to
accept a reduction in services but equally there are also areas that
they would like to see further investment in. We still need to find out
our final grant settlement figure from the Government which won’t
be until the end of December and then we will have a better picture of
the level of services the District Council can run with the available
budget and we will be concentrating on the delivery of services that
residents value most. We are very grateful to all those who took the
time to be involved in this process.”
Successful Antiques Centre's Event
Paddy Montague welcomes the High Bailiff to the first Resident's Open Day.
Henley Antiques Centre's
special event for local residents last weekend was a great success
thanks to over one hundred new clients plus all of our old friends
attending. This was due solely to the publicity for the event by Henley NEWS.
Events were initiated by the
High Bailiff at 10am on Friday morning, aided and abetted by the Town
Crier. Thereafter there was a steady flow of customers right through
until after 7pm on Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday. Quantities
of wine were drunk, and a wide range of items bought varying from a
magnificent 17th Century Coffer, to a Monk's Bench, Royal Worcester
ceramics, Royal Doulton Stoneware, prints, an extensive range of
contemporary jewellery and lots lots more.
Thanks to all our customers
for coming along - we really enjoyed your attendance, your company and
your custom. We look forward to seeing you in the future. Also, many
thanks to Henley NEWS.
Pat Montague - Henley Antiques Centre
Midlands Business Awards Finalist
Warwickshire Business Club
has acheived recognition for its sterling work in promoting businesses
in the South Warwickshire area. The club has been voted into the finals
of the Midlands Business Awards 2011 to be held at the Metropole Hilton
Hotel on the 28th Jan 2011.
The Warwickshire Business Club was founded by Bill Leech and has held
over 60 meetings in Henley bringing over 4,500 business people to the
town since it was formed in 2003.
Club spokesman Chris Watts commented, "We are immensely proud that
Warwickshire Business Club has been voted into the finals. It is a
testament to the members of the club that
we have been running successful events for so long. Indeed, attendance
has been rising fantastically over the last two months, this has had a
positive impact for businesses in the area
and reinforces the main aim of the club: to help businesses build
longlasting and fruitful relations. Roll on January."
At a recent meeting founder Bill Leech suggested to one of the members
that they should hold their meetings in the Henley Guild Hall and this
introduction has resulted in eight bookings
worth around £500 for Guild Hall funds.
The High Bailiff, John Rutherford, has been invited to be the guest of
honour at the Christmas meeting on Thursday 16th December at 11am
at Henley Golf and Counrty Club. For
more information about the Warwickshire Business Club go to the website.
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
Visit by The Lord of the Manor
Court was delighted to welcome The Lord of The Manor, Robin Hardy
Freed, and former Lord of The Manor, Joe Hardy, to a luncheon at the
Guild Hall in the company of members of the Court Leet, The Steward,
Burgesses, Past High Bailiffs and their Consorts. The Steward, David
Lodder, welcomed The Lord of The Manor who was then presented with a
picture of the Guild Hall as a memento of her visit with the sincere
wish that she visit Henley again very soon.
Antiques Centre & JPC's Italian Market
Trinder, Town Crier, accompanied the High Bailiff to the opening of a
special residents' event at Henley Antiques Centre and later the
opening of the Mediterranean Market. This is the start of a very busy
Early visitors to hear the Town Crier on this very cold morning were students on their way to school at Henley High.
next diary dates are the Court Leet Church Service at St John’s
Church on 5 December 2010 and the High Street Christmas Window
competition, which will be judged on Saturday 11 December 2010.
you would like your shop to be included in the competition please
display the special posters which have already been distributed.
Mislaid your poster? Contact Henley NEWS for a replacement.
|John Tristram - Low Bailiff|
Photos - Alan Robson
COOLSPORTZ Launches Christmas Camp for Kids
Parents stuck for inspiration when it comes
to entertaining the children this Christmas are being given a lifeline
from local children’s sports and exercise specialists, Coolsportz.
The Warwickshire based sports activity
company is launching a special Christmas Sports Camp with plenty of
activities planned to keep kids aged four to fourteen active and
entertained through the holiday.
The Coolsportz camps will be held at
Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden and are running from Mon 20th
Dec until and including Thursday 23rd December. You can sign up for
half day or whole day sessions and the camp is based on a fun
multi-sports programme offering tennis, football, hockey, team games,
parachute games, extreme dodgeball and much more. All children who
attend will also have the chance to explore their creative side with
art and craft workshops.
Coolsportz camps provide a fun, structured
programme giving children the chance to improve hand-eye co-ordination,
footwook, balance and speed. Additionally, children can develop their
cognitive, leadership and teamworking skills as well as the chance to
make new friends.
Coach Neil Supperstone, who will be helping
organise the Christmas Camp, says: “Coolsportz camps provide
children with a brilliant chance to have fun while taking part in
different sports that help boost their fitness levels. Sessions are
held indoors and outdoors, so the camps will be run no matter what the
great British weather throws at us.”
For further information please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk or to book your place please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or emai:l email@example.com.
Coffee Morning - Our Lady & St Benedict's Church
The Parishioners of Our Lady & St
Benedict's Church and pupils from St Mary’s Primary School,
Henley had a lovely coffee morning last Sunday in in the conservatory
of the church. This was hosted by Fr Pat Sayles after morning mass.
The coffee morning was part of the
Chruch’s fundraising efforts to help St Mary’s with the
immediate release of capital to buy net books for all their pupils and
a wireless internet connection so ICT can be used effectively in every
lesson. It is the aim of the school, with the help of the parish,
parents and friends of St Mary’s, to be able to raise enough
money to have this in place at the start of next term.
HADS Next Production
Henley Drama Group invites you to an
evening of entertainment at the Guildhall Henley on Friday 10th and
Saturday 11th December at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £8 including
mulled wine and mince pies.
Take time out to enjoy some Christmas music
and readings plus some comic sketches (remember the Two Ronnies!)
Pictured here are the full Company of players who will provide the
entertainment. "Step into Christmas" and banish the winter blues!
See you there!
Henley and Beaudesert Society November Meeting
The Role of English Heritage
Society was given a most informative and polished lecture about English
Heritage by Ian George, an inspector of Ancient Monuments.
Firstly we were told something of the
history of the country’s interest in antiquaries which culminated
in legislation at the end of the nineteenth century to protect
buildings. This was primarily a reaction against the Victorian
obsession for restoring buildings in the Gothic Revival style. The
first Act was passed in 1882 and the statute created the first
inspectors. Initially only 45 monuments were on the list, mostly
pre-historic. Subsequent developments included the Listed Buildings Act
in 1947 and the conservation Act of 1967. Then in 1983 the National
Heritage Act created English Heritage whose primary concern is managing
the historic built environment of England.
English Heritage's best known role is as the
steward of over 400 significant historical and archaeological sites, of
which probably the best known is Stonehenge. It also has major
responsibilities in conservation, giving advice, registering and
protecting the historic environment. In exercising its duty of care for
the built environment, English Heritage advises the relevant Secretary
of State concerning policy. It also advises the Secretary on individual
cases of registration for both listed buildings and scheduled ancient
monuments. Additionally, English Heritage has direct ownership of some
historic sites and liaises with private owners of sites that are
managed under guardianship arrangements.
There are three separate legal designations
of buildings. Firstly there are Scheduled Monuments, of which there are
now approximately 20,000. Then there are Listed Buildings which are
designated at a national level and currently number about 375,000. And
finally there are the 10,000 or so Conservation Areas which are
designated locally. English Heritage also maintains the Register of
Historic Battlefields and the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens as
well as the 18 World Heritage sites in England.
Under the Act any archeologist wishing to
examine a site has to apply for consent, as indeed does any proposed
developer of a site, such as that at Dudley Castle. Management of a
site can pose some tricky issues; how much access should the public be
entitled to? If too much access is permitted then there could be a
danger of vandalism or simply the erosion of historic monuments by too
much footfall. The contentious issue of repairs would then have to be
considered and the appropriate consents obtained before beginning any
English Heritage is a non-departmental body
or quango of the British government and receives the major part of its
income direct from government grants. The guiding principles of its
work in relation to a site are fourfold: what is a development’s
archeological value, its historical value, its aesthetic value, and its
communal value? And in many instances, such as Coventry Cathedral,
there can be more than one value. There is a multi faceted approach to
buildings in this country which forms part of the Government’s
strategy for improving the quality of places and English Heritage is a
key player in developing this policy.
The meeting closed after members and guests
enjoyed the usual chat and cup of coffee. Next month the Society
Christmas party is on Thursday 9th December. Entertainment by the
Startled Ferrets. Tickets in advance from Pat Kench on 795419.
Dan Jackson answers Questions on Winter Tyres
The Snow is coming and with it the usual chaos on the roads.
When this happens, we all complain that not enough has been being done
to prepare. But should we ask ourselves what we can do, as individuals,
to get ready?
One thing we can do is to fit Winter tyres to our cars. In some
countries it is compulsory to fit these by 1st December each year but
less than 0.5% of British motorists do this at
The concept of having two sets of tyres seems strange to start with but it makes a lot of sense financially and safety-wise.
For those of you who need to use your cars in bad weather, Dan Jackson answers questions about Winter tyres.
Q. So what’s all this about Winter Tyres? – I’ve been driving perfectly well for years on my ordinary ones!
A. The cars we drive today are
more powerful than ever before with advanced breaking systems that we
now take for granted. Tyre technology has also advanced and normal
tyres provide optimum performance in most English weather conditions.
However, once temperatures dip below 7
deg C, the compound used in normal tyres loses much of its flexibility
and, as a result, the tyres become less efficient. Winter tyres are
designed to perform at their best in low temperatures and on wet and
Q. Are there any figures to support what you say?
A. Tests carried out by a major
manufacturer found that stopping distances were significantly reduced
in winter conditions when using winter tyres as compared with normal
tyres. On wet roads the stopping distance was reduced by 4.8 metres at
62 mph; on icy roads by 11 metres at 20 mph; and on snowy roads by 9
metres at 30 mph.
Q. But surely we don’t have bad enough winters to bother!
A. Most of the Midlands region
has an average temperature of less than 7 degrees for the months of
November to March. South Warwickshire has an average minimum
temperature of less than 7 degrees from October through to May and, on
average, snow and sleet falls for 20 days during that period.
Q. Winter tyres sound very expensive for just three or four months motoring!
A. Not at all. Consider the cost
of an accident or being immobilised by the weather. Last winter we saw
a large number of customers who had an “altercation” with a
kerbstone in the snow. This little "bump into the kerb" incident seems
very minor when inside the car but, due to the way the car's suspension
system is designed to transmit load, this type of impact usually bends
some suspension links and nearly always deforms the structure of the
alloy wheel. A typical repair could run into many hundreds of £s.
In many of the cases we have seen, this expense could have been avoided
by using a more appropriate tyre for the road conditions
Q. So which tyres should I have? Winter or All Seasons?
A. If your tyres are worn and
you are due a new set anyway, we suggest fitting All Seasons tyres,
which have been designed to perform in all British weather conditions.
They perform at their best in the cooler weather and are specially
designed to deal with wet and snow covered roads. However they are
equally at home during the summer months as new technology has reduced
the amount of noise traditionally associated with this type of tyre
If your tyres are in good condition, or
if you want the highest standards of safety and reliability, we
recommend fitting Winter Tyres (designed specifically for cold weather
conditions and providing dramatically improved traction and braking).
Fit them now and store your normal tyres to be re-fitted in the Spring.
Although this involves a greater initial outlay, it will prove more
economic in the long run as each set of tyres will last longer and will
be best suited to the driving conditions. You might also consider
getting a set of winter wheels to save your alloys being corroded by
the salt and grit.
Jacksonford of Henley-in-Arden
can provide the complete package of advice, supply, fitting and
storage. They are also offering a special deal of one year's free
storage for all sets of Winter and All-Seasons tyres purchased before
Christmas - so call Dan or his Service Team on 01564 793050 today!
* Dan Jackson is a Chartered
Mechanical Engineer and is a Member of the Institution of Mechanical
Engineers. He joined Jacksonford from Jaguar Cars where he was
initially a Senior and then a Project Engineer.
As a Senior Engineer he was responsible
for vehicle testing in extreme temperatures. His team took Jaguar cars
from the frozen wastes of Canada to the heat of the Arizona desert,
testing their durability and performance. His experience of testing in
ice and snow has given him practical experience of tyre behaviour in
these conditions enabling him to give sound and knowledgeable advice on
A "paraprosdokian" is a figure of
speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising
or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe
or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or
- Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.
- I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
- The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.
- Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.
- We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.
- War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.
- Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
- The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
- Evening news is where they begin with "Good evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.
- To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
- A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. My desk is a work station.
- How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
- Dolphins are so smart that within a few
weeks of captivity they can train people to stand on the very edge of
the pool and throw them fish.
- I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted pay cheques.
- A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
- Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "In an emergency, notify:" I put "DOCTOR."
- I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
- Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
- Why do Americans choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?
- Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.
- A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
- You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
- The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!
- Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back.
- A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you will look forward to the trip.
- Hospitality: making your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were.
- Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with.
- I discovered I scream the same way
whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece
of seaweed touches my foot.
- Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.
- There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.
- I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not sure.
- When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Service usually uses water.
- You're never too old to learn something stupid.
- Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
- A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.
- If you are supposed to learn from your mistakes, why do some people have more than one child?
- Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Evesons Fuels celebrates 150 years
recent economic climate has certainly been gloomy for business. Rising
costs, fewer customers and lower consumer spending has caused the
demise of many smaller businesses as we gradually pull away from a
global recession. So in these gloomy times it is refreshing to hear a
good news story about a local company.
Evesons Fuels Limited is a family run private company which this year is celebrating being in business for 150 years.
The company began in 1860 when George James
Eveson, the 15 year old son of a charcoal breeze burner, starting
selling coal from a horse and cart in Stourbridge, West Midlands. As an
ambitious man “G.J” gradually expanded the business
throughout Birmingham, Wolverhampton and the Midlands. As the
“G.J.Eveson Coal, Coke, Iron & Steel Company” grew,
canal boats, ships and railway wagons were added as means of transport
before the advent of the motor lorry. G.J had quite a reputation and
once sacked a representative for not selling his quota of coal before
lunch and sent a bill for taxi fare to the Great Western Railway
Company after the train he was due to catch to London left Snow Hill
Station in Birmingham early than scheduled. They paid.
The company soon outgrew its premises in
Stourbridge and moved its Headquarters to Birmingham, firstly into
Corporation Street and then into Edmund St, where in 1897
“G.J” had offices built close to Snow Hill Station.
1925 the company had changed its name to Evesons (Coal) Limited a name
which was to last for over 50 years. Other changes including fleets of
black and white “Eveson” motorised lorries were commonplace
at coal pits and making household deliveries. As well, two steam ships
were purchased to export coal to Northern Ireland and move coal along
the English coast. The Company also built two cottages to house workers
at the railway works in Oldbury,
The decline in solid fuel resulted in the
need to diversify and Evesons began the move into selling oil, becoming
the first distributor for the Jet Petroleum Company which was later to
become Conoco with its Jet brand. As the demand for oil grew storage
facilities for domestic oil were built in Birmingham and Solihull and a
business supplying home heating oil was started. A fleet of modern
tankers delivered oil to large commercial customers as well as small
domestic premises. Now the operation has spread and covers all of the
West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire including, in 1978, from
the newly acquired oil depot in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
In 1954 Evesons Fuels Limited opened its
depot in Dorridge and in the following year starting
“Heatcare” the company’s boiler maintenance and
servicing department, which now supplies and installs and maintains oil
boilers, gas boilers and central heating systems.
brought the miners strikes and sales of coal were badly affected but
sales of oil increased and the Hampshire division moved to its current
location at Fishers Pond, Eastleigh. As the Gulf War pushed oil prices
higher, Evesons started as independent oil distributors and become the
Midlands Distributor for Morris Lubricants.
In 2005 Evesons sold the Coal division and
moved their Head Office to the current purpose built depot in
Kenilworth. The Company currently has 50 employees and is managed by
John Eveson the great grandson of “G.J”.
What the future brings? Who knows? But with
its impressive track record there is no doubt that Evesons Fuels
Limited will move with the times! Here’s to the Bicentennial
St Mary’s show their spots to raise lots
for Children in Need
There was a big Pudsey thank you to St Mary’s Primary School, Henley for participating in this year's Appeal.
The children decided to hold a non uniform
day wearing something spotty to show their support for this very
worthwhile charity which helps disadvantaged children and young people
in the UK.
The spotty fundraiser helped raise £43 for Children in Need.
Henley Book Club is looking for
others to join in. Based in Henley, the format is the usual one for
book clubs, ie meet approx. once per month to discuss a book which
everyone has read during that month.
There are currently 5 of us and we usually meet in the White Swan around 7.30pm on various days agreed each time we meet.
Why not give it a go?
If you think you may be interested please either:
email Lesley at: Lesleyfirstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07979 913163
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Warnings from Trading Standards
Loan Shark Warning
from loan sharks and you’ll be swimming in dangerous waters
– that’s the warning this Christmas as Warwickshire County
Council’s Trading Standards Service teams up with the Illegal
Money Lending Team to raise awareness of the dangers of loan sharks and
offer practical help and support to Warwickshire people.
In the run up to Christmas, Trading Standards Officers and members of
the Illegal Money Lending Team will be holding advice and information
events at shopping centres and supermarkets across the County.
- Sat 4 December 10am to 3pm, The Clock Towers Shopping Centre, Rugby
- Sat 11 December 10am to 3pm, Maybird Shopping Park, Stratford upon Avon
For more information visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/stoploansharks
Parcel Delivery Service Scam
In recent days Warwickshire Trading Standards Service has been alerted
to a number of emails circulating which warn consumers about the
'Parcel Delivery Service' scam. These emails circulate every Christmas,
but the scam was actually shut down in 2005 by the regulator,
PhonepayPlus, and is no longer operating. For more information please
For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
John Garner's Business Column
Royal wedding bank holiday
Well, it all adds to the feel good factor, doesn’t it? Unless you run a small business in which case it could cost you a
lot of money (see the report below this article).
Irrespective of whether you think the timing
of the announcement will make us all forget the country’s
financial woes for a while, another bank holiday will lead to a few
complications that I suspect may not have been thought through.
For some time there has been a minimum
holiday entitlement for all workers in the UK; under the Working Time
Regulations it currently stands at 5.6 weeks a year. This equates to 28
days for many full-time employees and is usually in addition to the
normal 8 annual bank holidays, but not always.
In England and Wales there is no automatic
right for an employee to have the day off on a bank holiday: whether
they can or not will depend on what their contract of employment says.
In the same way, if employees do work on a bank holiday their pay for
the day will depend on their contract as there is no statutory right to
overtime or time off in lieu.
So what will happen about 29 April 2011?
Well, the position will depend on the exact wording of an employment
contract. If, for example, it says that the holiday entitlement is
“28 days plus bank holidays” then the employer is likely to
have to give the employee a day’s paid leave on 29 April. If, on
the other hand, it says “28 days including bank holidays”
then there will be no extra entitlement.
Difficulties are especially likely to occur
with part-time employees where they have holiday entitlement rounded up
to allow for their pro-rata bank holiday entitlement. For example,
full-time five-day week employees might get 20 days plus 8 bank
holidays, while 3-day week employees get the pro-rata equivalent - 16.8
days inclusive of their bank holiday entitlement. This is fairly common
and it means that when a bank holiday falls on a day when part-timers
would normally be at work they have to use some of their rounded-up
entitlement to take the time off.
The problem is that, because these
arrangements include bank holidays, there will be no extra entitlement
on 29 April, whereas full-time staff are generally more likely to have
an arrangement where bank holidays are on top. Employers might find
that part-time staff complain they are being treated less favourably,
in which case the employer will have to consider offering more leave in
order to avoid claims.
So you see, it all comes down to what your
employees’ contracts actually say and I can’t emphasise
their importance enough.
Er…… all your employees do have proper employment contracts – don’t they?
R Adams & Sons boss writes to PM
Henley haulage firm boss who faces losing up
to £10,000 in revenue due to the Royal Wedding has written to
David Cameron in protest at the extra Bank Holiday.
Mark Adams, of Henley-in-Arden based R Adams and Sons,
has fired off a letter to the Prime Minister in anger at the decision
to give the country a day off on Friday, April 29. Mark says his
company, a family-run firm for 60 years supplying grain, will be hard
hit by loss of earnings because of William and Kate’s big day.
“I support the Royal Family but times
are tough out there and we are still trying to get out of the
recession,” he said. “My staff will want the day off and
somebody will have to pay for them having their day off. That day
is going to cost me a wage bill of around £3,000 and I think that
the total loss of earnings to the company will be around
The £4 million turnover firm runs 30
44-tonne vehicles moving around 3,500 tons a week, transporting grain
from farms to feed mills and flour mills across the Midlands.
In his letter to David Cameron Mark said:
“I’m horrified that you have announced an extra bank
holiday for Prince William’s wedding. Tell me, who is going
to pay for the extra day’s holiday pay? I’m sure the
Government won’t give me a tax rebate to cover this. You keep
saying you want businesses to work the country out of recession; so far
you’ve done nothing to help any small business. I look forward to
hearing your thoughts on this subject.”
The bank holiday will see the country enjoy a four-day weekend from April 29 to May 2, just a week after the Easter break.
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Let there be light.
do Clacket Lane and Henley-in-Arden have in common? Answer: they
both use leading edge LED (light emitting diode) technology to light
In the case of Clacket Lane the roads in question are at the service area on the M25.
In Henley the road in question, lit by
sparkling Christmas LEDs, is the ancient and much loved High Street.
Although not in the same league as the Clacket Lane initiative, the
Henley LED Christmas lights, as pointed out by the Parish Council
Chairman Les Goodman, represent a massive saving in electricity and
consequent reduction in carbon footprint. A very creditable win win
solution to the problem of providing festive lights at a time of tough
Currently in the UK there are over 70 trials
underway with councils determined to reduce their energy bills by
replacing conventional street lights with LEDs and so in the near
future we in Henley may reap the benefits of all year round LEDs to
light our streets (except I hope they won’t be so sparkly).
For the technically minded LEDs are solid
state devices, that is they don’t have white hot wobbly filaments
like conventional lamps or tubes coated with phosphors that take half a
minute or so to get to full brightness as found in compact fluorescent
low energy lamps. They use a small solid lump of specially tailored
ceramic-like material known as a semiconductor. When an electric
current is passed through these specially doped semiconductors,
electrons are forced from high energy levels to lower levels releasing
energy in the form of light. The colour of the light depends on the
composition of the semiconductor. Since LEDs are solid state devices
they are very robust and it is estimated that such lights will last for
10 to15 years or even longer while consuming very little electricity.
There are of course still technical and
manufacturing problems before they become widely available at low cost.
However none of these problems appear insurmountable hence Henley
streets lit by LEDs all the year round may be upon us sooner than we
think. LEDs for domestic use are also becoming available. Watch this
space for info about them.
Mike Colclough - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Help set District Council’s priorities
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
is preparing a new Corporate Strategy in tandem with making its
financial plans. Both will reflect a reduced level of resourcing over a
4 year period, with the Council expecting to reduce its net spending to
around £12m from the current level of £14.7m. This means
the Council must look at different ways of delivering services and
review the outcomes it wants to achieve.
The draft Corporate
Strategy proposes a new vision for the District – that “By
2015 all our communities will be actively promoting and helping to
deliver the actions necessary to meet the identified needs of their
local area.” It emphasises an approach based on community
involvement and localism.
Council Leader Councillor
Stephen Gray says “I believe that communities are at their
strongest when they work together, providing mutual support and
identifying their own solutions to local issues. I want the District
Council to work hand in hand with the community to ensure that local
challenges are addressed and risks faced by vulnerable people are
reduced. In common with our local partners we know that reduced levels
of funding will change both what we do and the way we work. I’m
confident that the improved outcomes we want to deliver for our
District are most likely to be achieved if we tap into and release the
energy that exists within our local communities.”
The draft Corporate
Strategy focuses on the four big issues that residents and businesses
have consistently identified as needing to be addressed to improve
quality of life in the District:
- Aim 1 – Addressing local housing need
- Aim 2 – A district where business and enterprise can flourish
- Aim 3 – Improving access to services
- Aim 4 – Minimising the impacts of climate change
The District Council is
developing plans to deliver improvements in each of these areas over
the strategy period (2011 to 2015). However, the reduced availability
of resources dictates that it is likely to have to prioritise different
things in different years. Whilst some things can be done quickly,
others will take longer to deliver and the District Council recognises
that it won’t be able to do everything at once. It has issued the
draft strategy for consultation and is looking to residents and
businesses to influence what it does and when it does it.
Councillor Gray says
“We would welcome feedback from local people not just on what
they see as the priorities for their area, but also on how they think
the council can work more effectively with the community in the future.
We hope that residents will let us know if there are any omissions and
we also want to start people thinking about how they might become more
The draft Corporate Strategy
is now out for consultation and residents and businesses are invited to
complete the questionnaire on the District Council’s website by Friday 7 January 2011.
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TOGETHER IN HENLEY. All the churches in Henley are represented at
regular meetings. At the last one in October preparations
were made for a series of meetings for ADVENT as we prepare for
Christmas. There will be three united Advent meetings on Tuesdays
November 30th and December 7th and 14th in the Methodist Church. They
start at 7.30pm led by three different local Ministers and will be
followed by refreshments in the hall. Come and prepare for Christmas
with us, all are warmly welcome to one or all of these gatherings.
TOYS FOR THE BIRMINGHAM CITY MISSION will be brought by members of the
congregation to the 10am service at St John's on DECEMBER 5th.
These will go to disadvantaged children in Birmingham and be
distributed by THE BIRMINGHAM CITY MISSION. Over 2,500 toys for
children aged from 0-15 are given to over a thousand families in
48 of the 76 Birmingham postal districts. If you would like to help
please bring toys, small and unwrapped and new or nearly new, to
the service or leave them at the back of St John's from Dec 1st.
There is a notice in the Church porch giving more details on
appropriate items that can be distributed.
EVENING Saturday 4th December at 7.30pm to be held in St John’s
Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, 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.
in ARDEN METHODIST CHURCH We have once again made a donation to the
Music Department at the High School for a suitable pupil to receive
additional tuition, and we will be joined by some of their pupils for a
short concert in the spirit of Christmas, followed by mince pies, from
1.45 pm on Tuesday 14th. On Christmas Day our worship at 9.30 am will
be led by our Minister, Revd Helen Bell. Sunday Services, all at 10.30
am are: 5th, Mr Fred Bell. 12Th, Revd Helen Bell (Sacrament). 19Th, Mr
David Loader (Carol Service). 26th, (No Service).
WI is looking forward to its next meeting on Tuesday December 7th.
“A Victorian Family’s Musical Christmas”. Visitors
welcome, Memorial Hall from 7.30pm.
WILDLIFE SOCIETY Tuesday 21st December will be an informal AGM followed
by a social evening. Members are asked to bring food to share. Baptist
Hall 7.45pm. Visitors are welcome to come along and join in the fun.
HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTS. This is an exciting opportunity to make
your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In
order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse
opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community.
Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved.
For more information please contact Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB December 7th AGM and Christmas Dinner at Henley Golf Club.
MARY'S CHRISTMAS BINGO St Mary's Primary School bingo evening on Monday
6th December 2010. Doors open at 7.00pm with eyes down at 7.30pm;
everyone welcome, great prizes and refreshments available.
“SWITCH ON” OF THE BEAUDESERT & HENLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
will take place on Saturday 4th December 2010 at the Market Cross. The
Carol Service accompanied by the Alcester Silver Band will be at 5.00pm
and the switch on is at 5.30pm
DRAMA GROUP presents "Step into Christmas" a selection of music,
sketches, readings & poetry, at the Guildhall, Henley, on Friday
10th & Saturday 11th December at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £8
which includes a glass of mulled wine & a mince pie. Come &
join us for an evening of Christmas entertainment and festive fun! For
tickets ring 01564 792041.
GARDEN The Garden Committee is organising two further events to
complete the Riverland Garden. On Tues 25th Jan, Burn's Night, a
four course meal will be provided by Sue McDalby. Tickets £25
each will shortly be available. On Wed 23 March, TV gardener Chris
Beardshaw will give a talk on all aspects of gardening and answer
questions. Further details will follow, so reserve the dates in your
diary. Now would also be a good time to Buy a Brick as the third
brick panel will be installed shortly. Further details on all of
these from Douglas and Sue Bridgewater on 793633.
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
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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Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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