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Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

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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:

For further information contact the Chairman - Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email:

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
Elizabeth House
Church Street
CV37 6HX

Planning Reference No. 10/02458/FUL

The Market Action Group welcomes your support. Please register at:

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

SDCThe 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 setting process.

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:

• Homelessness
• 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 groups.

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 be made.

"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

Business ClubWarwickshire 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.

Sean Jones

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


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff



Visit by The Lord of the Manor


The 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

Gordon 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 season.


Early visitors to hear the Town Crier on this very cold morning were students on their way to school at Henley High.

Next Events

posterThe 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.

If 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

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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 or to book your place please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or emai:l

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.

Michelle Rafferty

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!

Carol Robson

Henley and Beaudesert Society November Meeting

The Role of English Heritage

imageThe 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 remedial work.

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.

Andrew Yarwood

Dan Jackson answers Questions on Winter Tyres

imagesThe 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 present.
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 snow-covered roads.

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 the subject.

Paraprosdokian sentences

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 dramatic effect.

  • 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

imageThe 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.

imageBy 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.

image1984 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 celebrations?

Dawn Shakespeare

St Mary’s show their spots to raise lots
for Children in Need

imageimageThere 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.

Michelle Rafferty


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: or call on 07979 913163

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Warnings from Trading Standards

Loan Shark Warning

imageBorrow 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:

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 visit

For more information visit our website:

Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

John Garner's Business Column

Royal wedding bank holiday

John GarnerWell, 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?

John Garner

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 £10,000.”

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.

imageMake Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Let there be light.

imageWhat do Clacket Lane and Henley-in-Arden have in common?  Answer: they both use leading edge LED (light emitting diode) technology to light their roads. 

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 economic restraints.

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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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 involved.”

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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CHURCHES 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.

QUIZ 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.

HENLEY 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).

HENLEY 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.

HENLEY 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.

1st 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.

ST 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

HENLEY 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.

RIVERLAND 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

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
logoRotary 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

imageThis 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

Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837
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:
 For further information contact the Chairman - Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email:

The Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.

To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837.  Meeting programme
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at
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:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10.  For further details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.

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

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