Edition 264 - 16th December 2010
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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Greetings from the High Bailiff


Photo Alan Robson

The High Bailiff and all the Officers, present & past, of the Henley in Arden Court Leet would like to take this opportunity to wish the readers of Henley NEWS a Merry Christmas & a Healthy/Wealthy New Year.
We look forward to another great season in this lovely town of ours.

Thanks for your support

John Rutherford,
High Bailiff, Henley Court Leet & Court Baron

Window Dressing Competition 2010

Judging of the Christmas Shop Windows took place on Saturday 11 December. The High Bailiff, John Rutherford, accompanied by the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, the Constable, John Love, & Brook-Looker Fred Dowling, made a tour of the High Street and noted their individual scores before settling into Henley Bakery to enjoy well earned refreshments and assessing the overall results.

The winners were The Shakespeare Hospice; in second place was Lemon Tree Flowers and third was Bella Cappelli barbers shop. Prizes were £25.00 for 1st place, £15.00 for 2nd place, & £10.00 for 3rd place.

Congratulations to all three and sincere thanks to all the shops which entered the competition and whose high standards made the event very difficult to judge.


First Prize - The Shakespeare Hospice

Second Prize - Lemon Tree Flowers
Third Prize - Bella Cappelli
Annual Christmas Market Competition
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John Tristram - Low Bailiff
Photos - John Love

Cattle Market Planning Application

Part 1 - More than 50 Objections by Residents Expected

SDCMore than 50 residents have written to Stratford District Council objecting to the Planning Application. Letters of objection have also been sent by The Market Action Group and The Henley and Beaudesert Society - see below.

A summary of the Henley Market Action Group's 2 surveys are:

Online Survey - Total Number of Respondents 190

Top Concerns

  1. Increased volume of traffic / congestion - 83% of respondents
  2. Density of housing (too many Houses) - 78% of respondents
  3. Inclusion of 3 Storey Housing - 60% of respondents
  4. Inadequate parking for occupiers / visitors - 55% of respondents
  5. Increased risk of flooding - 47% of respondents
  6. Increased pollution - 38% of respondents

Door to Door survey - Total Number of Respondents 98

Top Concerns

  1. Increased volume of traffic / congestion - 96% of respondents
  2. Density of housing (too many Houses) - 95% of respondents
  3. Increased pollution - 94% of respondents
  4. Inclusion of 3 Storey Housing - 91% of respondents
  5. Increased risk of flooding - 91% of respondents

2 residents supported the development in the form proposed by Taylor Wimpey

Henley and Beaudesert Society - letter of objection

Market Action Group - letter of objection

Part 2 - JPC Endorses the Development

imageAt a special Joint Parish Council meeting on Monday 13th, the councillors voted by a majority to recommend the application by Taylor Wimpey, subject to 16 observations. Voting against were Cllr George Matheou, Cllr Sue Osborne and Cllr Bill Leech.

An alternative proposal, which had been prepared by architect Vincent Ford of Castle Close and was featured in the previous edition of Henley NEWS, was not discussed. The approval was considered an amazing decision given the strength of feelings in the town against the present Taylor Wimpey scheme.

On the same day, Eric Pickles, Minister for Local Government, announced the Government's intended changes to local planning in his Localism Bill. He has said, "We are going to introduce NEIGHBOURHOOD planning similar to what exists in Germany, so that NEIGHBOURHOODs can determine the look and the shape of their communities and once they've done that, providing a person wants to put something up in accordance with that plan, they won't require additional planning permission."

It is hoped to include the JPC's Conditions here as soon as they are published.

Part 3 - What Happens Next

Many residents have submitted comments/objections on Taylor Wimpey’s proposals for the Henley Market Development to Stratford District Council Planning Department and these are being uploaded onto the SDC Planning website. The Henley & Beaudesert Society and the Market Action Group have both consulted widely and have each submitted comments to SDC which reflect the concerns expressed by residents.

The Planning Officer at SDC will now review the comments which have been submitted and make recommendations to the Planning Committee. A date has not been set for the Planning Committee meeting when the application will be discussed, but there will be an opportunity for a short (3 minute) presentation of comments/objections to the plans. The Determination Date for the final decision on the approval/rejection of the application has been set for 7th February 2011

Despite the well publicised views of the residents, the Henley & Beaudesert JPC has decided to support the application, although there doesn’t seem to have been much consultation with residents. Indeed, the various presentations made at the special meeting of the JPC on 2 December 2010 have been ignored and the JPC Chairman also prevented further presentations by residents at the JPC meeting on 6 December 2010. You are invited to vote 'Yes' or 'No' on whether you believe the JPC should have endorsed the present planning application from Taylor Wimpey.


Please vote now by clicking on one of the links below.

  • If you believe that the JPC's Endorsement was correct, please press the "YES" link below.
  • If you believe that the JPC's should have REJECTED the Planning Application, please press the "NO" link below.

By clicking on one of the links you will generate an email to a special address. Add a comment, if you wish, and then press Send in the normal way.

Do you support the
Proposed Market Site

Please vote now by clicking on one of the links on the right

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One vote per person only

The result will be subject to confirmation by the independent scrutineer.
Please include your name and address, which may have to be released to Stratford District Council on a Confidential basis.

Comments so far received

I cannot believe that in the 21st century a locally voted body can choose to ignore the local populations serious doubts against such a development. The size of the development will have such a significant effect on Henley that the failure to have a properly conducted public consultation verges on criminal. It appears that we have reverted back to medieval times with the JPC acting as the Lords of the Manor and the local population are merely seen as the serfs. Lip service is being provided by the JPC and their intention is clearly to steamroller this development through regardless of local feelings.

When I see the actions of the JPC members over the last 12+ months I cannot but help think of this most appropriate of sayings “Too many clowns and not enough circuses” quite apt I think.

The JPC should have rejected the planning application and then made their observations. The SDC are currently considering my official complaint about the conduct of the chairman of the JPC at the meeting of the committee on 6th December when I was treated with disrespect and prevented from commenting about the planning application in open forum.
The design is of poor quality - Too many dwellings - Not enough parking for residents, which will generate on street parking from services, utilities and deliveries close to the traffic lights.
OUTRAGED - Where is democracy in Henley????
The whole thing is wrong for Henley I sent my objections to SDC before I read what Henley News Online. I had written the same almost word for word.
I do not support the proposed plans & think it is about time that the JPC took notice of the people's voice. After all, they are supposed to represent we who voted for them. It will be a sad day if the plans are approved.
I think it's appalling that the JPC, who are elected by the people of Henley, feel above the voice of the people who elected them. If only the people of Henley could call for a vote of no confidence as would happen in government!
God help us! The Parish Council endorsed that! No wonder you want to change it and the sooner you do so the better. So it looks as if we'll have a stiff fight on our hands when this goes to committee, as to committee go it must if only because it's so large. Keep me abreast, please, of all developments.
I am totally perplexed at the Parish Council's refusal to discuss or consider the proposals that I, as a parishioner and an architect with 50 years experience in housing design, expressed in my alternative plan. This work was done after careful observation and listening over a period of months. I could find nobody who welcomed the total eradication of the market. Although depleted, quite rightly, by the loss of the livestock,the retail side is still popular and this development was an excellent oportunity to make it work more efficiently on a smaller, tidier scale, incorporated within a housing development that would have more character and meaning, and retain the town heritage. It serves no beneficial purpose to reiterate that many other towns have lost their market, nor that our Parish Council had agreed it's inevitable demise - a defeatist philosophy. In the Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Parish Plan, section 7.8b) it promises -"The Parish Council will continue to pursue the long-term retention of the Market and to support infrastructure improvements relevant to that aim". It is reassuring that our District councillors and the District planners are prepared to take the observations in the alternative plan into consideration even if our more local representatives are not.

NO to the recommendation of the JPC. The recommendation was ill thought through and did not take into consideration the objections put forward. Residents like myself need not have bothered to voice any opinions. It`s a great shame we have a majority of councillors led by a chairman who brushes aside any opinion that contradicts his own.

I think the development will be detrimental to the future of the town, increased traffic, greater parking problems and greater pollution. Think again JPC before it is too late. Not all change is bad but change does need to be managed.

Parish Councillor Trinder Responds

In the previous edition of Henley NEWS, there were a number of comments made by readers about the Special JPC meeting held on 6th December at Henley High School. One of these comments referred to Cllrs Love and Trinder. Cllr Gordon Trinder responds:

I would like to reply to the writer of a comment on the last issue of Henley NEWS about the wonderful contribution made at the Council meeting on December 6th by Trinder and Love. No one has the right to criticise what any Councillors contribution is made at the meeting.

I am a recently elected Councillor and have not got the experience of others. and for the writers information I contribute much more than some people think to the Town of Henley and possibly a great deal more than the writer. Just for information I am Chairperson for Henley in Bloom. Chairperson for the Henley Evergreens. Administrator of the Baptist Church. On the. Henley flood defence committee. Steward at the Heritage Centre . As well as working for the Shakespeare Hospice. Carrying out the duties as Town Crier and member of the Court Leet.Plus being a Councillor.

You do not always have to be outspoken and can work in a quiet way. So do not ever say that I am not making any contribution. because I take a dim view of your comments.

This is a personally and not as a Councillor.

Gordon Trinder

Council Competence and the Localism Bill

imageThe government’s Localism Bill was published this week and is packed with measures which will change the nature of local government. But for all the sensible changes in the Bill, they have dodged the big issue: money. As we noted in the TaxPayers’ Alliance localism research note, the case for devolving both tax-raising powers and spending responsibilities is overwhelming. British local authorities raise less than 20 per cent of their revenues themselves compared to the G7 average of over 60 per cent. If we could match public sector efficiency of decentralised Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the US we could get the same public services we have now for £140bn less and boost our economic growth rate by 0.5 per cent every year. The Localism Bill devolves no tax powers from Whitehall.

It does, however, introduce a large number of localist rights and schemes. Twelve (centrally selected) cities’ leaders will be turned into ‘shadow mayors’ immediately in preparation for referenda in May 2012. Other councils seduced by the government’s talk of the ‘prestige’ of a directly-elected mayor will be able to hold a referendum, too. And councils will be free to change back from the mayoral and executive models to the traditional committee model.

More alarming for people whose admiration for their local council’s competence is less than fulsome is the ‘General Power of Competence’ which ministers say will allow councils to “set up banks, develop property, run new services and own assets.” Some authorities could make good use of this provision, but there is a risk that others will go way beyond their proper role. We’ve already tried big government running ‘key industries’ in the 1970s and it failed. The services were appalling and had to be privatised, the property developments were crime-ridden sink estates which have been fundamentally remodelled where they haven’t been demolished and we need to get rid of the state-run banks we already have, not set up more. Hopefully competition between local authorities will keep a lid on over-ambitious local politicians. The localism we need is more freedom for councils to provide the services they already do more responsively and more devolution of tax decisions so councils have a direct connection between the services they provide and the costs they incur. What we don’t need are councils expanding even further and crowding out the private sector.

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"Step Into Christmas" an entertainment by HADS.

imageLast week saw HADS (Henley Amateur Dramatic Society) offer up a Christmas Entertainment in the Guildhall. Entitled ‘Step into Christmas’ it delivered just that, a step into the festive season. Featuring a variety of songs, carols, readings, sketches, and even a Pantomime (well a 3 minute version of Peter Pan) there was something to entertain us all. The quality of the performances was consistently high, something which we now expect from HADS. An added bonus was the new MC, none other than our new High Bailiff, John Rutherford, who entertained us with his jokes throughout the evening.

The mulled wine and mince pies were an added treat. It was extremely good value for money in this day and age.

Special mention must be given to ‘Hinge and Bracket’ (ably performed by Phil Walker and Rob Ison) which was hilarious. For those of my age you can probably remember the originals, and the rendition was perfect.

The Guildhall was a good venue for the show, and lent itself well providing a very festive atmosphere. It was very popular, and the show was just about sold out. We were lucky in that the weather had turned a tad warmer at the end of last week, so it was not as cold as it could have been (the Guildhall is not known for its insulation!) and the log fire made you feel warm regardless.

I hope you enjoyed it.

Thanks go to Carol Robson, who organised the show, and all the members who performed so well: Sue Toothill as Stage Manager, and not forgetting Jane Cawdrey on the Piano.

Those taking part were (in no particular order): Phil and Bev Walker, Rob Ison, Alan Nicholls, Tracy Humphries, Carol Robson, Fred Dowling, Eunice Bagshaw, Krystyna Aukstolis, Brian and Kate Castle, with thanks to Marijana Bainbridge for organising the refreshments. I hope I have remembered everyone.

Tony Capps reporting


Photos By Alan Robson

TIC Name to go after 63 Years

The Town Improvement Committee, whose members are the managing trustees of Henley in Arden War Memorial Trust,has announced that with changes proposed to its constitution the name TIC will be no more. The Trust will be run by “The Managing Trustees” under the revised deed. For over sixty years this Trust has funded and maintained the Memorial Hall and the Memorial Sports Grounds. It is inspiring to reflect on the vision of the residents of Henley who, working together, raised funds to establish the Trust immediately after the Second World War. It was created as a town trust with all residents as members. At that time everyone shared in the desire to establish a truly lasting memorial to those who had died in conflicts across the globe. The Trust’s managing committee is elected annually by everyoneabove the age of eighteen who lives here, if they attend the AGM.

Here are some facts about Henley War Memorial Trust

  • imageManages The Memorial Hall and The Sports Grounds which belong to the Town
  • Funds these from Donations, Money Raising and Fees it charges to the users
  • The Trustees are elected annually at the AGM
  • The AGM may be attended by every Town resident
  • Is asset rich (the assets are vested in the Charity Commission)
  • Is financially poor
  • Is proud of its contribution to the cultural and sporting life of the Town
  • Needs a massive increase in its active and donating members
  • Requires the active support of the residents
  • Is supported by the Joint Parish Council

This is what the Managing Trustees have done so far:

  • Re-organised its management structure and finances
  • imageDrawn up plans to modernise the old pavilion
  • Placed the responsibility for managing the assets in the hands of the users
  • Taken responsibility for raising sufficient income
  • Planned to change its constitution to make all club and society members participants in the trust.

Here is a request:

  • Please attend the AGM on January 26th 2011, 7.30pm at The Memorial Hall.
  • Join a new group of donating members
  • Consider being an ‘elected trustee’
  • Be part of ensuring that future generations appreciate what we have as we appreciate what our forbears achieved.

The Trust was set up by the citizens of Henley to ensure that the incredible sacrifice made by so many throughout the last century and into this one will never be forgotten. Working together as a town we can make sure our memorials stay vibrant.

If you are interested in responding or would like a copy of the new constitution, want to help our organisation then e-mail: or Tel: 01564795470

Click on the link to download our Christmas Quiz, by entering you can add to our funds, have some fun and maybe win a prize.

Happy Christmas to you all.

Peter Crathorne

Deep and Crisp and Even - Last Week


Photos by Brian Twigg


Photo Sue Bridgewater

Swingin’ into Christmas

imageOn Monday 20th December at 7.30 in the Memorial Hall, Henley-in-Arden, start your Christmas in style with some big band Christmas favourites. Join Rotary in welcoming the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) to Henley for the first time ever! These talented young musicians with young singing sensation, 16 year old Sophie Feek, are bringing their Christmas show straight from its Birmingham performances to get Henley’s Christmas celebrations off to a  flying   start.

The orchestra, with members aged from 16 to 24, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year. During that time it has developed an international reputation as being one of the best swing bands on the planet playing music in the style of Glen Miller, Johnny Dankworth, Ted Heath etc in its own polished and professional way.

If you want to enjoy this exciting and special treat email: John Latham or phone 01564  795239. Tickets are £10 each and cheques made payable to John Latham and sent to 15, Riverside Gardens Henley-in-Arden B95 5JX. Sold on a first come first served basis. A bar and refreshments will be available. Proceeds to Rotary local and international charities and to MYJO’s Development Fund

Many thanks in anticipation of your support.

John Latham

Broadband SOS for Henley


So far only 39 people out of 2606 in Henley have voted for superfast broadband. Could you encourage your readers to go to and vote whether they are BT customers or not.

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Nick McKenzie

The Donkey’s Story

This is a story written by Zoe Langford for a school project. It is a wonderful alternative view on the Christmas story.

imageI had just had my supper of hay and water when in walks Joseph and tells me we have to go to Bethlehem to pay some taxes. I am going to carry Mary as she cannot possibly walk that distance in her condition. What condition is that? These humans think we know what they are talking about, and I am sure they expect an answer sometimes.

Mary came out of the house and wow, has she put some weight on! Joseph put a warm blanket on my back and helped Mary up. She indeed has put some weight on. I reckon she must weigh a stone heavier than last time I carried her. We set off to Bethlehem, and I can tell you that the dirt track hasn’t got any better. It is a nightmare on my hooves. At least I can look forward to a nice warm and quiet stable when I get there.

At last we have arrived, but we appear to be going from house to house. Mary is getting restless and cannot sit still. Has she forgotten whose back she is sitting on? She must be hungry and tired, but not as tired as me. I have to carry her and all their bags. Talk about being a pack horse…they know nothing.

Finally, we have arrived at a stable, but why are Mary and Joseph settling themselves in here? This is my sleeping area. What is going on? They have shown their gratitude by giving me some water and food, but I have a feeling in my mane that something is different tonight. The air feels calm and Mary is looking very anxious and can’t settle. If I didn’t know any different, I would even say she looks in pain, must have been the journey. Well, they will be moving into the inn before long. They really don’t need to keep me company as I am ready for a sleep.

What’s that? Yes, definitely heard it, crying of an infant. Mary is holding a small human and it is making my heart warm and tender. How does this new life have such and effect on me? Hold on, this is a bit annoying, but we now have a very bright star shining directly onto the stable. What is it about this infant that makes me feel that everything is changing?

Well what a night, talk about no sleep. It was like being at a big party. First we get angels singing, followed by shepherds from the fields above Bethlehem. When they arrived, they bowed down in front of this baby who now has the name Jesus. They have brought his gifts. I didn’t know that Mary and Joseph knew these people. Hold on, we are certainly moving up in the hierarchy now. Three wise men have arrived from the East, with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Smells a bit strong if you want my opinion, much prefer the smell of straw.

I think that things are going to change a lot when we get home, but now I need to sleep. Amen.

Zoe Langford

Henley and Beaudesert Society Christmas Party

imageThe Society’s Christmas party was held on Thursday 9th December and was a rousing success. The relaxed and informal nature of the meeting got off to a convivial start with everyone being greeted with a glass of wine. There then followed an excellent buffet which had been prepared by members of the committee together with a willing band of helpers. There was more than enough by way of refreshments and with everybody pleasantly replete and thirsts quenched with additional glasses of wine, the tables were cleared for us to enjoy some festive amusement.

Barbara Colclough had done a splendid job in securing the services of the Startled Ferrets. They are a small group of musicians who kept us entertained with a variety of folk songs interspersed with the odd Christmas carol. Considering we are about as far away from the coast as it is possible to be in this country, they had a remarkable selection of sea songs. Nonetheless the songs were well performed and hugely enjoyed by everyone. Between songs the group leader regaled us with a goodly selection of funny stories and pithy one liners, bringing the receptive audience to fits of merriment.

Chairman John Stott thanked the ‘Ferrets’ for their marvellous contribution in making the evening such an enjoyable success. John also thanked Barbara for all the hard work she had put in helping to organise the evening and also the invaluable contributions from many other members. The evening concluded with the customary raffle which featured some very worthwhile prizes. All in all it must have been a wonderful evening because two visits to the local off licence were needed for additional supplies!

The Society’s next meeting is on Thursday 20th January at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. The speaker will be Roger Cragg on ‘Historic Civil Engineering in Warwickshire’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

New Italian Restaurant at Liveridge Hill

imageReaders of Henley News will be interested in what's happening with the old Little Chef/Pickles/Shampan restaurant at the top of Liveridge Hill.

If you have driven past in the last few weeks you'll have noticed that the restaurant is currently being refurbished, both internally and externally. You'll be pleased to know it isn't another curry house, but what I feel is a very welcome addition to Henley's mixture of culinary delights.

Restaurateur Chris Konstanti and his team have recently taken on the lease for the premises and opened a new Italian Mediterranean restaurant on Thursday 9th December. Although there is still some work to be done on the landscaping which will transform the exterior with extensive decking and eventually a spectacular water feature, the restaurant will very much be open for business with a mediterranean themed interior serving a great range of top quality fresh fish, traditional italian dishes along with a superb chargrilled range of steaks.

We have uploaded the main menu to a simple web page ahead of a full website we will be creating in the new year, so please take a look and if any readers would like to book a table, they will be welcomed by a great team of people whom we have had great pleasure working with over the last couple of weeks.

If you'd like to know why the Ferryman name was chosen, simply download the menu to find out. or call 07540 333233. (01564 785884 won't be available until the new year)

Andy Thornley reporting

Cheat Your Way Through The Christmas Holidays

Is it possible to party your way through the holidays and still lose weight? Or at least not gain any weight? Believe it or not, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" You’ll be surrounded by decadent food and drink from now through to the New Year, but with a bit of strategic planning it is absolutely possible to indulge in your holiday favourites in December without producing a waistline bulge in January.

If you regard the pleasures of holiday food and drink as being worth any number of pounds you may gain, you can stop reading now. But for those of you who want to savour the good stuff without packing on the pounds, here's how.

The key is to negotiate. Be selective, thinking ahead to what's really worth it to you. What holiday foods and drinks are most appealing, those things that you look forward to all year long? At Christmas events keep the emphasis on body and weight-friendly lean proteins (such as salmon, turkey, ham, pork), veggies, salads (go easy on the dressing, remember it is very high in fat), broth-based soups, and low-calorie beverages and cocktails (anything made with no-calorie mixers such as water, soda, diet soft drinks, just make this a Christmas habit and ditch them in January). It's hard to overdo these things since they're low in calories and good sources of appetite-quashing protein or fibre, or they provide a great deal of volume for few calories.

Nearly everything else - the high-calorie starchy sides (think quiche, pizza, blinis, crisps, chips, potatoes, turkey stuffing), desserts (trifle, cheesecake, fudge), chocolate and cocktails (Brandy Alexanders, frozen daiquiris, eggnog) - falls into the "negotiate" category. Loaded with fat and carbs these Christmas favourites can easily pack 450-plus calories into a single serving. Although it may seem strange to lump Brandy Alexanders together with sweet potato casserole, as far as calories per serving go, they're about the same. So make sure these treats are really worth the nutritional trouble. Treat yourself to a few standout items that you unapologetically relish, no matter how high the calorie content, and have just a small sampling of the other calorie-packed Christmas options - or skip them altogether.

Easier said than done? To help make it easier to maintain your resolve over the next four weeks, here are six key guidelines to keep in mind:

  1. Don't go hungry, starving yourself in anticipation of a big event - Ensure you eat something, a healthy snack, every four hours or so throughout the day. But pass on the cereal bars and crisps and processed snacks that provide processed white carbs with little nutritional value that will throw your blood sugar off kilter. Instead, reach for foods high in protein and/or fibre that will keep you feeling satisfied for longer. Take an oat cake and a snack sized cheese along while you're Christmas shopping and running errands. Snack on crudités and hummous or yogurt dip while preparing for a drinks party or Christmas evening or dinner out.
  2. Stay on schedule with exercise - Incorporate some type of activity on most days. Not only can it help to keep your head in the right place (you may think twice before over-indulging if you put the effort into working out earlier in the day), it can also help to offset calorie-rich Christmas holiday food and drink. The average 150-pound person burns about 600 calories per hour of moderate-to-intense cardiovascular exercise - enough to work off a few cocktails or that slice of cheesecake.
  3. Get a good night's sleep - It can be tough during the busy holiday season but sleep deprivation takes its toll on your energy levels and can also impact your hormone levels, leaving you feeling starving hungry the next day.
  4. Weighing yourself - Weigh yourself twice weekly through the holiday period. This can be a great reality check, a gauge of how well you're balancing the indulgences of the season. Remember this is all about damage limitation so return to weekly weigh-ins when January rolls round.
  5. Don't torture yourself - Even if you were diligently selective in your choices of food and drink, it's likely that those foods had more salt and carbs than your typical diet, both of which can result in fluid retention that will be reflected on the scales the next day. So if you have multiple events in a row, wait a day or two before you step on the scales.
  6. Keep the focus on people - If you feel your resolve starting to weaken, and you're eyeing up those hors d'oeuvres that weren't the least bit enticing earlier in the evening, stop and remind yourself to take the focus off food and turn it back to the people around you. Because the food will still be there and if it's not, it really doesn't matter. People are what's really important, so spend your time and your energy really listening to what's happening in the lives of your family and friends.

Need more motivation to skip the not-so-worth it food stuff? Keep in mind that although research shows average Christmas weight gain to be just four pounds, the fact that it's an average means that some of us gain more. Worse still is the fact that we don't seem to lose it. The Christmas weight stays with us, and can be a significant contributor to that gradual weight gain over time that so many people experience.

To address any excess Christmas weight gain call or email Anna for your free consultation.
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Letter Home to Mum in Australia

Hi Mum,

imageYou‘ll be pleased to hear that I’ve finally settled into one place for a few months. I’m staying in a town called Henley-in-Arden (south of Birmingham and north west of Stratford-Upon-Avon if you’re going to try and find it on a map). It is a lovely old (really old) town. So hard to comprehend that some of the houses I walk past every day are older than when they first discovered Australia, somehow I can’t imagine my house back home still standing in another 400+ years!

I don’t think that anyone born in England actually appreciates how beautiful their villages and countryside are. They are so lucky to have so much history surrounding them. I can stand looking at some of the buildings in awe and all the locals just bustle on past me probably thinking “what on earth is she looking at?”

The only problem I have come across in my ventures to survey the countryside is that it is nigh on impossible to see it due to the hedgerows!!!!!!! I would quite happily take an axe to some places just to cut away a viewing spot. It’s such a tease, driving along a road and you just catch a glimpse of god’s own country and then it’s taken away from you. At least back in Oz we realise that people like to stop and take in beautiful views so we have viewing platforms etc. but no, not here, the views seem to be for those people who are lucky enough to actually live on that property and no-one else.

Henley is a well equipped town if you want to drink or eat. Plenty of pubs (with fireplaces, roll on winter!!!) and lots of restaurants, the compulsory Post Office, a very small grocery store, loads of hairdressers and plenty of Real Estate offices, there’s always lots of people cruising their windows, don’t know if there’s much of a turn over, the nice houses are quite expensive. The number of people actually living in Henley is quite large, but there’s hardly anyone walking around shopping. There are a couple of clothing stores but they are outrageously priced which certainly explains why you never see anyone in town actually buying. I think that most of the people must go into Birmingham, can catch a train from here to there, only takes about 40 minutes or maybe they head out to Stratford. Must say that the Brits’ public transport works well the majority of the time.

One of the best things about the town are the Church bells. It’s wonderful to hear them pealing away on a Sunday morning, but my favourite is when they ring during the evening, great background music – lol – just wish they’d do it more often.

Oh, another lovely thing here has been the exquisite display of flowers in all the towns I’ve travelled through this summer. I can’t remember seeing this much colour for the last 10 years. There’s some sort of competition between all the towns, don’t know who does the judging but I don’t envy them their job, it would be hard to pick the winners. There are hanging baskets everywhere you look from people’s houses to the shopfronts, to the flowerbeds in town centres. Good thing they’re not in the midst of a drought, luckily it seems to rain here every couple of days so the proprietors of the flowers don’t have to be out there watering them too much and also it not like it gets hot here (not that you can convince them of that).

I’ve been able to see lots of the country whilst here. I’ve been up to Scotland, down to Devon, up to the Lake District, over to Bath, down to the Kent coast and everywhere in between, but there’s so much more still to see before my time here is up.

I can’t wait for winter to get here, if I’m lucky I might get to see a white Christmas. Wouldn’t that be a change!

A cute Aussie living in Henley

National Curry Week Charity Donation

The Big-hearted owner of the newly opened Curry Republic in Henley-in-Arden marked November’'s ‘National Curry Week’ with a generous donation to a local charity.

Bilal Ahmed, from Knowle, handed-over £500 of the restaurant'’s takings during ‘National Curry Week’ to The Joseph Foote Trust, a charity formed by Solihull businessman Andy Foote in 2001 after his son, Joseph, was diagnosed with a brain tumour aged only 2½. Our picture shows Andy Foote (left) as he receives The Joseph Foote Trust donation from The Curry Republic owner, Bilal Ahmed.

Bilal said: “"We are delighted to highlight and support such a worthy local cause.”"

The Curry Republic in Henley High Street opened last month and offers fine Indian cuisine at affordable prices for eat in, takeaway or home delivery.

Lucie Ray reporting

Quality not size counts in Henley

imageA small Henley engineering company has survived a difficult recession year thanks to winning contracts to undertake a number of important local historical and commercial projects. Henley Metal Products, based at The Barn, Edge Lane, is a long established metalworking firm, specialising in the fabrication of gates, fences, balustrades and general fabrication in all metals.

Proprietor Malcolm Wright, who originates from the Black Country, is a structural plater/welder and a craftsman in metal fabrication work, whose special skills were chosen for ironwork projects in 2010. He has no workforce at the moment, apart from bringing in self-employed skilled labour when necessary, but has been known to harness the practical metalworking and tack welding skills of his company secretary Kirstie Lodder. Two years ago they worked together to build a 58-foot narrow boat, the Euphemia, which is now moored at Earlswood.

The two historical projects won by Henley Metal Products are in the centre of the town. In a general refurbishment in the old Market Place the company built railings around the 15th century stone Market Cross - one of the few still existing in Warwickshire – and also provided eight decorative flower troughs at the Cross for Henley-in-Bloom. It also completed a Trellis project in the Guildhall Gardens at the rear of the timber-framed buildings to the north of St John’s Church.

Mr Wright said: “We were delighted to win those contracts because the work will be seen and appreciated by the people of the town for generations. It has been a difficult year for everyone in specialised areas like ours - but the survivors will be those who offer quality work at highly competitive prices. The work is out there, but it’s a tough business environment.”

Proclamations have been made from the Market Cross for more than five centuries, including the proclamation of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952. Henley Court Leet is an ancient manorial court which meets every November at the Guild Hall to elect its officers and report on the work of the year.

imageIn the commercial field, Henley Metal Products completed a wrought iron footbridge on the lake at Ardencote Manor, Claverdon, in September. The 30-foot structure is six feet six inches wide and incorporates attractive architectural balustrades in a picturesque setting, linking the hotel grounds with a small island on the lake. Ardencote is one of the top wedding venues in the West Midlands and the bridge is expected to be a hotspot photographically for brides and grooms to be pictured.

“The intricate craftsmanship that has gone into this bridge should stand as an excellent testimony for Henley Metal Products and our standard of work,” said Mr Wright. "In recent weeks the company has been involved in two private projects – gates and fencing at the old School House and a set of gates at a residence in Bear Lane. The company also produces a range of robust hot dipped galvanised pet pens which, due to their unique design, are simple to assemble and dismantle. They are manufactured in the Workshops, then hot dipped galvanized which protects them from corrosion when left outside to the elements. A basic eight feet x four feet pen can be erected and ready for use in less than two minutes. The unique design allows for ease of relocation from the house to the garden or patio in minutes. They can be sited on concrete, slabs or grass. If they are used on polished floors indoors they are equipped with anti-scratching strips to the post feet.”

Meanwhile, the 58-foot Euphemia is now being used frequently to raise money for charity. Her owners allow her to be used as raffle and competition prizes resulting in mainly week-end trips - and they crew up to make the vessel available when they can throughout the year.
The Euphemia is licensed to carry eight people. She has a lounge, a bedroom, a bathroom, a galley and is powered by a Beta-Marine 43 horse power diesel engine which means she can navigate rivers comfortably.

Malcolm Wright added: "We think the Euphemia is a good business opportunity and we want to build a second narrow boat - the start of our Cruiser Plus range. First we need to find someone who will commission us to build the shell and then complete the interior design and fitting out. We have been through a dramatic learning curve but with the assistance of Marine Engineer Bill Mcmurray AMG Ltd attained our Full Compliance with the RCD Standard and British Waterways Licence. From the research that we carried out before and during build, we know that we can compete on favourable terms with other manufacturers. If there's someone out there who wants a boat with a superior customised fit out - and is prepared to work with us on the project, we offer a personalised friendly service and are not afraid to challenge the normal boundaries of boat building."

Dale le Vack reporting

St Mary's Bingo Bonanza

imageSt Mary’s festive activities kicked off with a bingo bonanza evening last Monday. More than 90 local residents turned out for the annual festive event. It was a fantastic evening organised by “Friends of St Mary’s” as part of their ongoing fund raising activities for the school.

imageYou really could feel the tension in the room as the residents played for the fabulous prizes donated by local retailers. Bingo caller Tina Harvey, pictured right, created a festive atmosphere with her traditional bingo calls and “unlucky for some – 13” didn’t apply to to Brenda Hewitt from Wootton Wawen pictured left. She won the star prize of a coloured rocks garnet & diamond 9ct gold ring, kindly donated by the parents of a former pupil of the school.

The evening raised a tremendous £551 which will go towards the purchase of net books for all the pupils of the school and a wireless internet connection to enable ICT to be used more effectively in every lesson.

This event was only possible because of the support of local residents and retailers of Henley. The children, staff and friends of St Mary’s would like to send them a BIG thank you.

Retailers who supported the school include: Sans Restaurant, R S Mills the Butchers, Threshers, Headturners, ENV, Cafe 34, Arden Tandoori, The Curry Republic, Henley Ice Cream, Bella Capelli, Seaspray, Shirlee, The White Swan, The Co-operative, One Stop, The Royal China, Sue Dalby Catering, Elisa Hamilton Bridalwear  and Henley Golf & Country Club.

St Mary’s Tea Dance

imageSt Mary’s Catholic Primary School had a tea dance on Wednesday 1st December 2010. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all came dressed in World War II clothes. Some people came as farm girls, evacuees, school children and even a Prime Minister. Mrs Price taught us to dance in pairs and then we had a tea party and drank out of cups and saucers.

Many children brought in old fashioned home baked goods such as Victoria sponge, syrup cake, rock cakes and flap jack. We then played charades and had a talent show.

Thank you to all the teachers who organised the tea dance, especially Mrs Price and to all the families who brought in the delicious goods.

Mollie Rose (Yr 5) and Hannah Terry (Yr 6) reporting.

Solihull Choral Society

imageIf you would like to join this excellent choir then you are most welcome to come and join us for a few rehearsals to try us out. We are particularly looking for additional Tenors and Basses. If you are under 25 years old then we offer a bursary to encourage you to join. Next season starts on January 5th 2011. Full details are available on our website or by calling Mark on 01564 784825

Our web address is

Mark Emms

01564 784825
07815 849467

Lions maintain top spot after demolition of Saracens

Saturday 11th December 2010


Man of the Match – Rob Horsfall
Try scorers – Steve Grimsley x 3, Conor Smith x 2, Ian Wyllie x 2, Rob Horsfall x 2, Andrew Smith, Matt Blay
Conversions – Doz Ward x 4, Ian Wyllie x 3

imageClaverdon were finally back in league action after a long lay off and Coventry Saracens were the visitors at Ossetts Hole. Injuries meant leading try scorers Tom Bennett and Tom Johnson were unavailable and other absenteeisms forced a complete reshuffle of the side with first starts for Andrew Smith and Rob Hankinson.

With some of the Saracens team running late it meant that the visitors had to start the game with only 12 players. It wasn’t long before Claverdon capitalised on this with Ian Wyllie as he found an opening to score under the posts for an easy conversion for Doz Ward. This was quickly followed when a clever offload from Scott Conduit saw Steve Grimsley gather and touch down for a converted try and Grimsley’s 8th try of the season.

The visitors were then restored to the full quota as the late arrivals turned up. This did have an immediate impact on the game and Claverdon found it a lot harder to break down the rugged Saracens defence. They did eventually score their 3rd through Andrew Smith who was making his first senior appearance of the season. The ball was fed through the hands of the backs to winger Smith who outpaced his man to score in the corner. The touchline conversion from Doz Ward just fell short.

The Lions were now looking for the all important bonus point try and were clearly putting everything on the line with Chris Edsall and Rob Hankinson in particular making their presence felt. With 5 minutes of the half remaining the hard work paid off and from a well drilled lineout courtesy of Tom Skinner; Ian Wyllie and Doz Ward combined to set up full back Rob Horsfall. He made no mistake to crash through and secure the bonus point but unfortunately Ward could not add the extra 2 points.

24-0 Half Time

imageJames Barton returning from an ankle injury replaced the injured Edsall for the second half and the lions were soon in the ascendancy and it wasn’t long before they extended the lead further. Scrum half Conor Smith jinked his way past several defenders to score under the posts for an easy conversion for Ward.

Steve Grimsley soon followed this with his second try of the game when Wyllie kicked through for him to cleverly gather the ball and drop over the line. Ward converted.

Saracens now looked dejected but bravely battled on to try and get on the score sheet. Resolute defence from props Mark Tilson and Tim Harrison kept them at bay though. From another scrum won against the head, a clever break from Jean Visser made room for Matt Blay to go over in the corner, conversion missed.

Doz Ward took a knock to his knee and was replaced by Matt Warren with versatile James Barton going into inside centre. Another solid scrum gave a good ball to Conor Smith who made valuable yards before feeding to Ian Wyllie to score his brace. Wyllie converted his own try.

With the visitors constantly pinned in their own half for large periods they were finding it very difficult to release the pressure and from a wayward clearance the ball found its way to young winger Harry Cox. He made good yards before chipping through to Barton who again chipped through and it was Rob Horsfall who found himself first to the ball to be another player to score a brace. Wyllie converted.

Andrew Smith was replaced by Joel Faber for the last 10 minutes of the game and he was instantly tested when Saracens broke but his defence was up to standard. With Claverdon in their own half, Ian Wyllie made a trademark break to seemingly be in the clear. The Saracens winger to his credit managed to track him down but a clever offload and good support found the ball in the arms of Steve Grimsley to score his third try of the game. Conversion missed.

With the last play of the game, the Lions managed to break again at pace and quick hands saw the ball fed to scrum half Smith who rounded 2 defenders to score under the posts and a drop goal conversion was the last play of the game as the referee blew the final whistle.

69-0 Full Time

Weather permitting, Claverdon will be travelling to Copsewood on Saturday for a tough encounter against a side currently lying third in the league.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos by Will Barnes

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The Man from the Ministry

John GarnerA farmer named Bill was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Scotland when suddenly a brand new BMW advanced towards him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, RayBan sunglasses and YSL tie leaned out the window and asked the farmer, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"

Bill looks at the man, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Go on then, why not?"

The young man parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer, connects it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite that scans the area and then produces an ultra-high-resolution digital photo.

The young man then opens the photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg. Within seconds he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses an MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out a full-colour, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturised HP LaserJet printer, turns to the farmer and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."

"Amazing! Well, I suppose you had better take one of them," says Bill. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on with amusement as the young man stuffs it into the boot of his car. Then Bill says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why not?"

"You're a Member of the European Parliament", says Bill. "Wow! That's correct," says the man, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required." answered the farmer. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked. You used millions of pounds worth of equipment trying to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about how working people make a living - or about cows, for that matter.

"This is a herd of sheep..…..




Now give me back my dog!"


MC+HNY to you all.

John Garner

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For Christmas

imageI’m hoping to receive a copy of ‘How bad are bananas? The carbon footprint of everything’ by Mike Berners-Lee. £4.67 from Amazon. You can peek inside part of it on the Amazon website. What I saw impressed me and I am not alone. Quotes from reviewers of the book include ‘- the book left me feeling empowered rather than guilty’ and ‘Mike Berners-Lee approaches the whole subject (of carbon footprints) with a light-heartedness and humour, so I never felt that he was preaching to me... More like we were having a chat.

imageTo get an understanding of energy issues it is hard (probably impossible) to beat the brilliant book by David Mackay, ‘Sustainable Energy without the Hot Air’. £16 from Amazon. The book is witty and informative and easy reading. In describing it as brilliant, I am not being original for one reviewer’s comment was 'First impression brilliant, second impression absolutely brilliant'. This book has a 5 star rating from 72 reviews out of 83.

Small Christmas cards have a lower carbon footprint than big ones and they are cheaper.
Put a note on the back of the card or inside saying ‘Small card = small carbon footprint but the good wishes are just as big as they always were’

For lots of tips about how to have an environmentally friendly Christmas, click below.

Tips for Christmas

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Incident Overview
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for November 2010:


Crime in Your Area
Although burglary dwellings remain low there has recently been a trend in car key burglaries, with vehicles such as Audi and Mercedes being targeted by thieves, residents are advised to secure vehicles in a garage where possible. Sheds/outhouses continue to be targeted with garden equipment/power tools being taken and commercial premises selling high value items are reminded to be extra vigilant as Christmas draws near. Overall since April the 1st burglary dwellings have reduced on the Alcester North area by -18.5% when compared to the same period last year and vehicle crime has reduced by -12.9%.

Anti Social Behaviour has reduced slightly on last year and shows a reduction on previous months this year with officers in the Studley area making effective use of the Dispersal Zone and Alcohol Restriction Zone in order to combat the anti social behaviour issues experienced during the past few months. However while anti social behaviour has reduced the main issues are still in the Studley area with rowdy youths lighting fires in the park, kicking footballs at shop windows, throwing eggs at shop windows and trying to obtain alcohol whilst under age. Henley has seen a few incidents of anti social behaviour recorded with one youth being issued with an Acceptable Behaviour Contact and warned by officers that if his rowdy behaviour continues evidence will be gathered and presented to obtain an ASBO/CRASBO against him.

Studley has experienced problems with damage to vehicles including smashed windows and slashed tyres, whilst the Henley area has suffered random damage including smashed windows to the Youth Shelter, smashed windows to the Railway Shelter, damage to fruit trees located in the grounds of the High School and damage to golf buggies at the golf club.

Although Theft from Motor vehicles has significantly reduced when compared to last year residents are reminded to be vigilant and ensure that they don’t leave anything on show that may lead a would be thief to break into your vehicle. Please remove any items from display and don’t leave any Christmas shopping in your vehicle unsupervised. Theft incidents recorded recently are mainly from vehicles left in pub car parks with items left on display.

Henley and Studley areas have seen the majority of violence incidents recorded, although those recorded are of a minor nature and have been dealt with appropriately by officers.

Information & Advice - Christmas Crime Prevention Advice

How to keep your home safe over the Christmas period:

  • Put presents under the Christmas tree early on Christmas morning or keep the tree out of view from the window.
  • Lock and bolt your doors and windows.
  • If you are expecting a parcel, make sure someone is there when it is delivered, or ask a neighbour to take it in. Avoid having it left on the doorstep.
  • Keep keys, mobile phones, purses, wallets and other valuable items locked away out of sight.
  • Don't leave your keys in the door at any time.
  • Never leave keys in view of the windows or doors.
  • Once you've opened all your gifts, don't leave the boxes on view outside to advertise your good fortune to criminals.
Crime Prevention advice to help protect yourself when out Christmas shopping:
  • Remember to take credit and debit receipts with you – some of them carry your card details.
  • Try to pay using a debit card rather than carrying lots of cash.
  • Take extra care when using a cashpoint or chip and pin. Don't let anyone see your pin number.
  • Keep cheque books and cheque cards separate and never write down your pin number.
  • If you carry a handbag, keep your purse at the bottom.
  • Never keep your wallet in your back pocket.
  • Keep your handbag zipped at all times – crowded shopping areas are very popular with pickpockets.
  • Don't leave any bags, including your handbag, in the shopping trolley while you shop.
  • Stay alert when using your mobile. It is very easy for someone to snatch it out of your hand.
  • Always put shopping and parcels in the boot of your car when driving.
  • Don't return to your car to leave purchases in the boot before continuing with your shopping, as thieves may watch car parks.
  • Don't leave valuables on the seat of your car - they attract thieves.
  • Keep the car door locked, even when travelling.
  • Don't leave your house keys in your car.

For further information please visit

Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities

Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 7th October 2010:

  • Anti Social Behaviour, Pool Road/Crooks Lane, Studley - 8 x targeted high visibility patrols and test purchases in relation to underage alcohol sales.
  • Parking outside One Stop/Co-op, Henley High Street – 12 x targeted patrols to give advice to drivers parking dangerously.
  • Speeding in Claverdon B4189/Langley Road – 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate.

Feedback on the above priorities will be given at the next Community Forum (see below for details), feedback will also be given in the next newsletter together with details of the new priorities. For further information please visit or

Good News/Events

Warwickshire Police is in the top 5 best performing forces in the country in terms of burglary reduction according to the latest national statistics. Assistant Chief Constable Neil Brunton said “This is an excellent achievement and reflects the hard work and dedication of officers and staff who have been working to reduce burglary in the county.

"Domestic burglary has reduced by a staggering 16.8% in Warwickshire during the 12 months ending September 2010 compared to the 12 months ending September 2009. This is against a national average of a reduction of 6.7% of burglaries during this period." This places Warwickshire 4th in the country in terms of burglary reduction beaten only by Northamptonshire, Durham and Sussex, with Greater Manchester 5th.

The second part of Operation Orleans was a success on the Alcester North area with no major incidents recorded over the Bonfire Night period.

On the 8th November 2010 a male youth visiting Henley received a reprimand for possession of cannabis.

A male from Henley was arrested and admitted to damaging two CCTV cameras in the town. The male was given a verbal warning and issued with a Fixed Penalty Fine.

On the 30th November 2010 a Henley youth who has been causing problems for the community has been issued with an Acceptable Behaviour Contact and warned that if his rowdy behaviour continues evidence will be gathered and presented to obtain an ASBO/CRASBO against him.


The next Henley Community Surgery will be held, 26th January 2011, 11:30am, Henley Baptist Church Hall - The surgery gives you the opportunity to speak to members of the Parish Council & Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team about the issues that concern you, while giving you feedback regarding what is happening in the community.

The next Henley Police Surgery will be held 29th December, between 11am – 1pm, Henley Police Station - A drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team.

The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 7th December, 7pm, Henley Fire Station

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207. 


Stratford District Council

Jem Jones
Jem Jones
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Stephen Thirlwell

Fly-Tipping is not a cheap option

The residents of Ufton have seen bags of waste appear in their ditches on a number of occasions in the last few years, but Stratford-on-Avon District Council has been unable to penalise anyone for these instances due to lack of evidence.

In September this year, a local resident spotted someone fly-tipping several bags of waste in Ufton before driving off. This member of the public made a note of the number plate and passed this through their Parish Council to the District Council.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council investigates all fly-tipping that may be traceable, and looks to take action against those responsible if there is sufficient evidence.

With a witness able to give the District Council details of the vehicle used in this incident, it was traced using the Police National Computer, and the process of holding the resident from Leamington Spa accountable for this breach of the law was started.

Although the culprit ignored the District Council’s initial correspondence regarding this issue and failed to attend an interview under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, when faced with Court action they rapidly paid the £175 penalty that was issued for this offence.

If anyone witnesses this type of activity, do not approach the person directly, but try and note the date and time along with anything that might help identify the person such as what type of vehicle was used, registration number and a description of the person(s) involved.

If anyone has any information regarding those responsible for fly-tipping waste on the public highway, please contact the Street Scene team at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260616.

Additional Information

  • All producers (including householders) and transporters of waste have a Duty of Care for their waste under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990).
  • Section 33 of the EPA 1990 states that where fly-tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted as can the owner of the vehicle.
  • The police have powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.
  • Fly-tipping fines are up to £50,000 and up to twelve months’ imprisonment. Fines are unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court, and up to two years’ imprisonment, and up to five years if hazardous waste is dumped.
  • Local Authorities have the power to penalise fly tipping on public highway land. Fly tips on private property are the responsibility of the land owner to pursue as a Civil matter.
  • In some cases, covert surveillance may be used to monitor known locations and catch those responsible.

Unlicensed taxi warning for Christmas revellers

Stratford-on-Avon District Council together with Warwickshire Police are issuing a warning in the run up to the festive season about the risks of using unlicensed taxis.

Queues at the taxi ranks may tempt people to flag down an unlicensed vehicle or to use one that is illegally plying for hire. The District Council is warning that it is illegal and exposes passengers to extraordinary risks as the vehicle may well be unroadworthy, unsafe and uninsured and the driver will not have been vetted.

The District Council is responsible for licensing Taxis and Private Hire vehicles in the District. Drivers of both these types of vehicles must wear and clearly display an identification badge and are subject to stringent checks*. They must also display the Council’s identification plates on the front and rear of the cars. These plates hold the vehicle details and date of expiry of the licence and are easy to read.

Michelle Baird, Licensing Manager at the District Council says: “If you use an unlicensed taxi, you have no way of knowing if the car you are travelling in is mechanically sound or whether the driver is a safe person to be with. The driver may not even have a valid driving licence and it will certainly not have the necessary insurance. This may not be an immediate cause for concern to the passenger, but it could have serious repercussions in the event of an accident”.

Inspector Warren Ayers says: “In recent weeks Warwickshire Police has received reports of unlicensed vehicles operating in the Stratford area. In addition to being illegal this also raises public safety concerns. In the run up to Christmas and with an increase in nights out, plus the extra emphasis on not drinking and driving, Warwickshire Police would like to remind anyone who requires use of a taxi to ensure that it is genuine and licensed, to protect themselves from harm during the festive season. Officers will stop and question the driver of any unlicensed vehicle which they suspect to be plying for trade. If found not to be insured for the purpose of its current use, we will use our police powers to recover the vehicle.”

Official licensed drivers and vehicles have many hurdles to overcome before they can become licensed and are a group of professional people who offer a quality service, which is as safe and secure as it can be.

If you have any information that may lead to identifying an unofficial taxi, please bring this to the attention of the police or the Council’s Licensing Team on 01789 267575.



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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.

Sing-along and Hotpot Supper
Saturday 26th February at 7.30pm in St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Come and sing along to well known old time and other favourite songs. Bring your friends and have a home cooked supper and enjoy the music. Tickets £5 to include Hotpot Supper. Cash bar and raffle. For tickets call Barbara Colclough on 01564 793710 or Barbara Warmington on 01564 793640.

Annual Covenant Service, when we are invited to renew our covenant with God will be on Sunday 9th January. Sunday Services, all at 10.30 am are: 2nd Mr James Steele. 9Th Revd Helen Bell, (Covenant, Sacrament, Lunch). 16th Prof Eric Ives. 23Rd Mrs Sheila Brown. 30Th Revd E Brian Mason.

On Tuesday January 4th, the WI hope to get the New Year off to a good start by having a party in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm. Visitors especially those new to Henley are welcome come along and make new friends and hear about the varied programme for 2011.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 20th January in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Roger Cragg will give a talk on 'Historic Civil Engineering in Warwickshire'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

Brighten up the dark winter evening on Tuesday January 18th, come to the Baptist Church Hall to hear Pam and Paul Bollers presentation ‘One of the Costas (Rica)’. Visitors are welcome (2.00).

AVON COMPUTING FOR EVERYONE are pleased to be offering computing classes in Henley in Arden. If you would like to learn how to surf the internet, email friends and relatives, produce professional looking correspondence, organise and edit digital photos, expand your knowledge of Microsoft Office and more. All in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere working at your own pace Then we are the people to help you. Classes commence 14 January and 4 March 2011 £52.00 for 6 weeks (2 hours per week) For further information contact Jean Bunn on 01789 204042 or 07849 810 814

Ullenhall village hall January 25th 7.30pm. Speaker is Celia Davis ‘Plants for Butterflies and Moths’.

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

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.
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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