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Youth Club Will Surely Close Without Your Support.
At the time of writing only 400 people have
signed an e-petition urging Warwickshire County Council to place the
Youth and Community service in the category of first line protected
services. Those who have signed believe the service must be saved. This
is in recognition of the countless vulnerable young people who have
been, and are being, protected from sinking in our society, blighted by
social deprivation and being tempted into anti-social behaviour. If the
Service is closed the cost to the County and the Government will be
much more in providing custodial, social service and mental health
facilities for those who will be neglected.
In Henley itself the residents will notice
immediately when the youth club is closed. I know of least 20 young
people whose contact with the youth club has been instrumental in
steering them away from the justice system thus removing the prospect
of a Criminal Record blighting their lives. I have met youngsters whose
home life drives them out on to the street who depend on the club as a
home from home, a place where they feel secure and confident enough to
share some of their most dreadful stories. I have shared stories
which break your heart and fill you with admiration that this young man
or woman is still resilient and still making good choices about their
Residents of Henley, we simply cannot let
our club close. To be effective our petition needs 1,000 signatures
from each of the youth centres in Warwickshire; we need our County
Councillors to receive 100s of letters, we need to garner every
particle of news coverage before decisions are made in February.
Please go to this link and sign up to save our essential community service.
JPC's New Year Message
Parish Precept to go down by 10% in 2011!
their meeting held on 6th December 2010, Beaudesert and Henley in Arden
Joint Parish Council voted to decrease the Precept for the town next
year to £74,350 - a reduction of over 10% on the 2010 figure of
£82,650. Eleven of the twelve Councillors, agreed to the 2011
figures which will be submitted to Stratford District Council at the
end of the year.
Chairman of the Joint Parish Council, Les
Goodman, said "We are extremely pleased that we are able to pass on a
significant saving to the tax payers of Henley in Arden - especially
during the recession when most people's family budgets have been hit
hard. We believe this is the first time in JPC history that a reduction
in Precept has been made. We have secured the reduction due to
efficiency savings in administration, including insurance and utilising
discounts from on-line registrations with government bodies, together
with substantial cost-savings on repairs and maintenance contracts. We
wish to stress that the reduction in Precept does NOT mean that
services will be cut or reduced as a result. We have worked really hard
to maintain and improve all our services this year, and feel that the
savings should be passed on to the public in return."
Source: JPC Website
Democracy 2012's New Year Message
Mike Willmott, Chairman of Democracy 2012, comments on next year's Joint Parish Council's Precept (Parish Council Tax) in his New Year message.
will be offering voters in the May 2012 parish elections, new
prospective parish councillors who will undertake to consult, listen to and
represent the residents' wishes and concerns.
GROUNDHOG YEAR arrives in Henley, as
we are to repeat yet again the insensitive squandering of the precept
on administration and the total inability of the council to reflect the
views of the parishioners, particularly with regard to the cattle
market development. Next year's reduction in the Parish Council Tax (Precept) will be £8,300, but only £3,500
comes from expenditure savings. The traditional areas of excessive expenditure will see no cutbacks. Salary costs will increase by 5.4%, making the total admin costs a massive 42.5% of the precept. Communications costs (propaganda) are up yet again, this year by an incredible 33% to fund more editions of the JPC Newsletter and the JPC's disappointing website.
To fund the reduction, £150 will come from increased allotment rents and the balance of £4,650 will have
to come from raiding the Parish Council's piggy bank (savings). This policy of deficit
funding is not sustainable for future years.
Clearly, the formulation of the JPC's budget follows the same principles as the last Labour Government of failing to match expenditure to income. This lost Labour the last election and will also probably be the downfall of the Ruling Group in May 2012. Democracy 2012 will continue to hold the council to account and point out whatever positive actions it can for the benefit of the parish council taxpayers.
For those of you that wish to avoid future GROUNDHOG years and wish for change to a responsive Parish Council, I invite you to join us. You can register at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration
I wish all residents a very Happy New Year.
Mike Willmott, Chairman of Democracy 2012
More than 60 Letters of Objection to Planning Dept
Stratford District Council Planning Dept has received more than 60
letters of Objection to the Taylor Wimpey application ref: 10/02458/FUL.
Many of these letters are handwritten, demonstrating that they are not
mass produced, and object to the following aspects of the proposed
1.Increased volume of traffic / congestion 2.Density of housing (too many houses) 3.Inclusion of 3 storey housing 4.Inadequate parking for occupiers / visitors 5.Increased risk of flooding 6.Increased pollution
In addition to the letters of objection from the residents, the following agencies have made adverse comments:
Building Control - This department fails to see how 10% on-site renewable energy will be achieved.
Environment Agency - OBJECTION
Environmental Health - No Development should take place until various works are completed.
SDC Housing - STRONG OBJECTION raised to the Application.
Warwickshire Police - Various recommendations.
According to the SDC Planning Dept, the earliest date that the plans will go to Committee is the 16th February, failing that it will be the 9th March. Apparently there are likely to be some amendments to the plans and it is important to watch for notification of any changes, either via the press or the SDC website.
It is unlikely that individual notifications of changes will sent out unless there are significant alterations to the plans. However, the JPC will receive notification of any changes and Henley NEWS looks forward to publishing the press release from the JPC about these changes, so that the residents can be fully informed."
96% VOTE AGAINST the JPC's Endorsement
Comments received about JPC's endorsement of the Planning Application
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 [sic "the JPC"]
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
opportunity 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.
Cllr Matheou & Chairman complain about reporting
At the JPC meeting held on 20th December, Parish Cllr George Matheou complained that a report in the previous issue of Henley NEWS was inaccurate and asked for an apology from Henley News.
He maintained that the Council had not voted to "endorse" the Taylor
Wimpey planning application. He agreed with Cllr Leech that the council
had not voted to "object". The Henley NEWS report was identical to the report carried in the Stratford Herald which opened with:
Beaudesert and Henley
Councillors voted to support the contentious development proposed for
the Henley cattle market site with 16 conditions on Monday night....."
Cllr Matheou declined to advise councillors if he had complained to the Stratford Herald about their identical "misreporting".
At the same meeting the JPC Chairman, Cllr Les Goodman, complained about Henley NEWS reporting
of the objections by residents concerning the JPC's support for the
planning application being anonymous. However, he failed to criticise
SDC's planning website which carried many of the same objections all anonymously. The Chairman did not advise if he had complained to SDC about publishing anonymous statements.
Communities across the
county are being called upon to shout about their achievements in the
last year. For the fourth year running Warwickshire Rural Community Council is once again organising a celebration and an opportunity to share ideas with other communities facing similar challenges.
Anyone living in a village
with 5,000 inhabitants or less is encouraged to enter. There are six
categories to choose from – Community Projects, Community
Buildings, Communication, Community Heroes (or businesses which benefit
the community), Environment and History & Heritage – and all
kinds of evidence are welcome (photos, DVDs, publications etc). The
closing date for entries is 30th June.
A panel of volunteer judges
will meet to consider the entries on a weekday in July and a
celebratory event will be held in September, at which communities will
be encouraged to exhibit and discuss their achievements.
Ariadne Uslu, said “We know that there are a lot of exciting
things going on out there and we want to celebrate them and to provide
an opportunity for communities to share their experiences for the
benefit of all.”
For more information about how to enter or to volunteer to be a judge, visit www.ruralwarwickshire.or.uk or telephone Ariadne on 02476 217390.
Coventry and Warwickshire flu update
Friday 7th January, 2011
“It’s important that the
public are not overly concerned about the spread of flu. Figures
released today show that we are above normal seasonal flu levels, but
we are not at epidemic levels.”
Helen King, Deputy Director of Public Health for NHS Warwickshire
Seasonal flu continues to be prevalent in
Coventry and Warwickshire with over 1000 calls to Warwickshire’s
GP out of hours service in the past week from patients with flu-like
symptoms and 444 attendances at Coventry’s walk-in-centre with
Vaccination continues to be a key way of
protecting against the illness. Whilst there are some local supply
issues, local NHS services are working closely together to identify
stocks and ensure they are available at GP practices for the over 65s,
pregnant women and those in at risk groups such as asthma, diabetes or
liver disease sufferers.
Helen King, Deputy Director of Public Health
for NHS Warwickshire, said: “It’s important that the public
are not overly concerned about the spread of flu. Figures released
today show that we are above normal seasonal flu levels, but we are not
at epidemic levels.”
“For most people, flu lasts for about
a week and is best managed at home. People should rest, drink plenty of
fluids and take pain relievers such as paracetamol. Antibiotics cannot
be prescribed to treat flu as they will not have any effect on the flu
virus. Good hygiene practice is still important and 'catch it, bin it,
kill it' still applies — carry tissues, cover your cough and
sneeze with a tissue, dispose of it after use, and kill the flu virus
by washing your hands immediately.”
With the health service under pressure at
this time it is even more important to choose which service you use
appropriately. As far as Accident and Emergency is concerned, if it's
not, don't go: unless your situation really is an accident or a medical
emergency, stay away from A&E where you will only delay treatment
for other, more urgent cases and you put others at risk of infection.
Pharmacies provide medicines and health
advice to help with many illnesses and ailments including coughs, colds
and flu. If your symptoms persist, you develop a secondary infection
such as a chest infection and you are coughing up mucus, or you are
concerned about particularly severe and worsening symptoms, contact
your GP or use one of the local NHS walk-in centres.
Our Coalition Government has declared a
policy for “The Big Society” and in our Covenant Service,
when our pastoral visitors were allocated membership tickets for
distribution, we were reminded by Helen Bell our minister that
neighbourliness has always been an essential component of Christianity.
Grand designs have their place but it is the little things that really
make the difference, and taking an interest in our neighbour is the
least we can all do.
For February, Henley Churches Together
will have a lunchtime meeting, “Time Out With God”, with
soup, on Thursday 17th at 12.00 noon at St Johns Church. Our Sunday
Services, all at 10.30am, are: 6th, Mrs Lesley Sergeant. 13th, Revd
Helen Bell (Sacrament). 20th, Mr Telfryn Pritchard. 27th, Mrs Elizabeth
Wednesday Club Invites New Members
THE WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems can
meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings and
a delicious tea together.
The Club meets on alternate
Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further
information please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or
you want to get fit after Christmas doing something different but need
to keep the kids busy as well? We have the perfect solution. Indoor
Cardio Tennis sessions for adults and indoor sports sessions for
pre-school children at the same time for ONLY £1 each !!
The new sessions will be held at
Warwickshire College, Henley in Arden every Tuesday starting on 18th
January 2011 from 11.15am – 12.00pm. Cardio Tennis is an adult
fitness based tennis session for all standards including total
beginners. Its an excellent way to get fit whilst having fun and with
heart rate monitors available to measure how many calories you burn,
what an excellent way to measure your fitness levels.
Whilst Cardio Tennis is going on for the
adults we will be running multi-skill sessions at the same time for
pre-school children from 2 ½ yrs – 4 yrs. Multi-skills
helps improve children’s co-ordination, footwork, balance and
confidence at a young age.
Each session is only £1 and adults can
just do cardio tennis on their own without children or you can just
bring the kids along to the multi-skills and not take part in cardio
If you are interested in joining the sessions then please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 66 44 26 or email email@example.com. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk to find out about all of the other sessions the club runs.
Lucy Webster reporting
Henley-in-Arden is such a
brilliant place to live because there is so much going on. Many of the
organisations which contribute so much are run completely by volunteers
but from time to time some of them need additional volunteers. At
the present time, volunteers are sought for:
HENLEY WAR MEMORIAL TRUST HWMT is Henley's most important charity which is responsible for
running the Memorial Hall and the Memorial Sports Ground on the
Stratford Road. The Trust is seeking an Executive Secretary who will be
nominated and elected at the Trust’s AGM on 26th January 2011.
He or she will also become a Managing Trustee when elected. The
ideal candidate should have experience in sports grounds
administration, social trusts or buildings management and be prepared
to take responsibility for a significant area of the Trust’s
responsibilities. For further information please contact Peter
Crathorne, Chairman 01564 795470 firstname.lastname@example.org
HERITAGE CENTRE The Heritage Centre will open on April 1st for another year and additional stewards are required for Henley's most important tourist attraction. If you would like to spend a few hours each month welcoming visitors, please contact Ray Holding on 01564795919 orwww.heritagehenley.org.uk/contactus
If you are involved with one of Henley's excellent organisations and need more volunteers, please advise Henley NEWS and we will publish an advert completely FREE. As we are read by most of the town, it will be seen by almost everybody!
Henley War Memorial Trust AGM
WEDNESDAY 26TH JANUARY AT THE MEMORIAL HALL 7.30pm
PLEASE JOIN US EVERYONE WELCOME. (DID YOU KNOW ALL HENLEY RESIDENTS ARE MEMBERS OF THE TRUST?
Trust, through its Management sub-committee, continues to update
the Memorial Hall with the cost of the works and its running costs
being met entirely from monies generated by lettings, supported by
fundraising events. It can still call upon the Trust for financial
support if required. The Memorial Hall is continuing
with a conservation plan to reduce energy use in the future, has
installed an entrance barrier to the car park to control unauthorised
parking and started saving for a replacement heating system. The hall
is almost fully booked and provides an excellent resource for the town.
It caters for children with a nursery school and dance classes, the
Flower Club, Women’s Institute, the Drama Society and a Badminton
club. It is available to all residents and organisations for bookings
at advantageous rates as well as some commercial lettings.
The Memorial Sports Ground
is now the responsibility of The Sites and Services Management Sub
Committee. Licences, which are agreements between the clubs who use the
playing fields and the Trust, are being revised to reflect the
strengthening partnerships. Linking up with the Cricket, Table Tennis
and Football Clubs, HWMT has maintained the momentum in proactively
managing the sports pavilion and embarked with them on a journey that
will see the building redeveloped, modernised and equipped to provide
much improved facilities. There is a co-operative fund-raising project
with the Lawn Tennis Association, the Tennis club and the HWMT to fund
three new floodlit courts. This will make the Tennis Club one of the
best in Warwickshire. The Shooting Club is redesigning the entrance
area to better accommodate their disabled members. In a recent survey
it was revealed that 361 adults and 274 young people take part in the
activities of the six organisations that use the playing fields. The
facilities are available to non sports club members who live locally
with a small payment for specialist activities. The clubs are always
recruiting, in particular the bowls Club needs more members.
The Managing Trustees have reorganised the
supervision of its finances with each section operating within an
agreed budget which is reviewed by the Trustees quarterly. It has spent
much of the past year revising its rules and is presenting
an up to date version of them to this Annual General Meeting.
There has been no change to its aims and objectives but its operating
systems have been updated. The principal changes are to remove the name
“Town Improvement Committee” from the rules replacing this
with “Managing Trustees” and the redefining of membership
of the trust to include all over 18 age residents of Beaudesert and
Henley and registered members of all clubs, societies and organisations
affiliated to the trust. For a full copy, please contact Peter
It is producing a hand book for Trustees
which will guide them through their responsibilities for this
increasingly complex organisation. It is also planned to have a booklet
for affiliates setting out their relationship and responsibilities to
the Trust. It has carried out a review of the condition and needs of
its land and properties which will now be done annually. The outcome of
this is to draw up a plan of urgent short term projects which need
doing during the year, a medium term improvement plan and a long term
strategy for upgrading its resources which will also be reviewed
annually. It has set out a scheme to give sporting bursaries to young
people who may not be able to afford the cost of their chosen sport.
This is designed to increase opportunities for participation as well as
nurturing potential talent. It is presently seeking financial support
for this. The Trust continues to support the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at: www.Henley-in-Arden.org.
The trust is grateful to The Joint Parish
Council for its continuing financial support. The Trust is now a
vibrant and progressive organisation serving the town well.
Please support it. Many thanks to the people who work so
hard in their organisations and for the Trust itself; your hard work
has given us a brilliant year setting firm the foundations for further
growth and development next year.
Please support our Pavilion Money Raiser at Naya Restaurant 7th February 2011. See poster above for details
Try scorers – Tom Johnson x 2, Paul Daws x 2, Conor Smith x 2, Tom Bennett, Andy Wenborn, Jean Visser Conversions – Doz Ward x 6
Scott Condiut fends off Cov Tech players
Claverdon were back in league action after
the Christmas break with a tricky fixture away at Coventry Tech. With a
near full squad to choose from the lions were able to field a very
strong team. The lions started the game showing no signs of the break
and with quick passing from the backs they were soon on the score
sheet. Centre Tom Bennett collected the ball out wide and used his pace
to jink his way past 3 players to score under the posts. Doz Ward
Cov Tech pressed Claverdon straight after
their first score but resolute defending from Chris Lowe and Scott
Conduit kept the hosts firmly at bay. With only 15 minutes played
Claverdon scored their second try courtesy of winger Paul Daws. A break
saw the visitors deep in the opposition half and with the Cov Tech
defence not set, Doz Ward found Daws on the overlap for him to score in
the corner; Ward converted. The Claverdon scrum was dominating thanks
to the front three of Steve Grimsley, Dave Carruthers and Tim Harrison.
It was from a scrum that the visitors scored their third try. A clever
chip from scrum half Conor Smith caught the Coventry defence flat
footed. Pace man Tom Johnson playing at inside centre was first to
react and he took the ball at full speed to score a converted try under
With little of the first half remaining,
scrum half Conor Smith scored the crucial bonus point try with clever
handling from forwards and backs to again go in under the posts. Ward
made it 4 from 4 with the conversion.
0-28 Half Time
The second half was barely under way before
the lions notched their first points of the half. A clever run from Doz
Ward found a gap in the Cov Tech defence and he drew his man before
offloading a looped pass to Tom Johnson. He made no mistake to outpace
the full back and score under the posts with Ward again converting.
Paul Daws scoring another try for Claverdon
It was then turn for winger Paul Daws to
score his second. Great pace and quick hands caught the Coventry
defence cold and when the ball was shipped wide to Daws he easily out
paced his opposite man to score in the corner. Ward narrowly missed the
touchline conversion. Such was the strength in depth of the squad, Jean
Visser came on to replace Conduit in a like for like swap. He made an
instant impact and helped move Claverdon deep in to the hosts' half.
With Cov Tech struggling to contain the immense pressure, the ball
found its way to flanker Andy Wenborn who went over for a score in the
corner. Ward’s conversion fell just short.
Almost immediately Claverdon were back in
the Coventry half. With quick phases of play from the forwards and a
strong run from Johnson, the hosts could do little more than concede a
penalty 15 yards out. Quick thinking from Conor Smith saw him tap the
penalty and accelerate past two defenders to score his second of the
game. Ward converted. The last 10 minutes saw Ward replaced by Duncan
Nealon and Claverdon score their ninth try of the game. Clever handling
and passing out of the tackle ended with the ball in the hands of Jean
Visser who easily ran in his first try of the season in the corner.
With Ian Wyllie stepping up to the kicking duties, his conversion fell
The dying minutes of the game saw Coventry
attack with intent. As has been the case all season, the lions defence
stood firm and managed to keep the hosts at bay with another shut out.
0-57 Full Time
Claverdon’s fixture is still to be
confirmed for Saturday and they will look to test themselves against
higher league opposition.
Match report by Tom Johnson Photos by Will Barnes
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team Community Newsletter
Incident Overview Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for December 2010:
Crime in Your Area Burglaries remain low in the Alcester North Area, although residents
are reminded to remain vigilant, particularly in the Tanworth in Arden
area where most of the recent burglaries have been recorded. Vehicle
Theft and Theft from Motor Vehicles remain low, although their have
been incidents recorded in Henley and Claverdon whereby unknown
offenders have gained access to vehicles without force and made an
untidy search without taking anything. In all cases owners were sure
their vehicles were secured on leaving them, residents are encouraged
to report any suspicious activity ASAP so that local officers can
make enquiries and take appropriate action. Overall since April the 1st
burglary dwellings have reduced on the Alcester North area by -17.7%
when compared to the same period last year and vehicle crime has
reduced by -15%.
Criminal Damage incidents have reduced
significantly when compared to previous months this year. Most of the
incidents have been recorded in the Studley area with a number of
windows to commercial properties being smashed.
Anti Social Behaviour has increased slightly
on last year, this is partly due to calls regarding youths throwing
snowballs at windows. Overall most of the incidents are recorded in
Studley, with reports of rowdy youths and some drink related issues in
the High Street near to Tesco Express and Crooks Lane areas. Officers
are keeping incidents to a minimum through increased patrols in
‘hotspot’ areas, whilst continuing to make effective use of
the Dispersal Zone and Alcohol Restriction Zone. Residents are
encouraged to continue to report incidents of anti social behaviour as
soon as they occur so that officers can attend ASAP and deal with
the offenders accordingly.
Violence has increased slightly on last year
with most of the incidents recorded in the Henley and Studley areas.
Those recorded are of a minor nature and have been dealt with
appropriately by officers.
Information & Advice - Driving in hazardous conditions!
Driving conditions have been hazardous
recently due to the snow and falling temperatures. Please take care
when driving in snow and on icy roads:
Be prepared for the road conditions to suddenly change over short distances.
Avoid braking, sharp turns or sudden speed increases which could make your vehicle skid.
The best way to slow without skidding is to get into a lower gear earlier and let your speed reduce and then brake gently.
If you start to skid, take your foot off the accelerator. Do not brake suddenly.
When moving off on a slippery surface,
use the highest gear that you can (for example, second gear rather that
first). This will help avoid wheel spin that could make you lose
control of your vehicle.
Please note it is an offence to let off
fireworks after 11pm except on Bonfire Night when the deadline is
midnight and New Year’s Eve at 1am.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 16th December 2010:
Anti Social Behaviour, Studley Town Centre - 10 x targeted high visibility patrols.
Parking outside One Stop/Co-op, Henley High Street – 12 x targeted patrols to give advice to drivers parking dangerously.
Speeding in Wootton Wawen, A3400 –
8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or
enforcement where appropriate.
Agreed completed priorities at the last Community Forum held on the 16th December 2010:
Anti Social Behaviour, Pool Road/Crooks
Lane, Studley - 8 x targeted high visibility patrols and test purchases
in relation to underage alcohol sales. Targeted patrols completed with
reduced anti social behaviour in the area and fewer incidents reported.
Agreed Completion 16th December 2010.
Parking outside One Stop/Co-op, Henley
High Street – 12 x targeted patrols to give advice to drivers
parking dangerously. Targeted patrols completed with 54 vehicles issued
with Police Warning Notices. The Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team has liaised
with Stratford District Council as parking on double yellow lines is
their responsibility. The District Council has promised an increased
presence in the form of Traffic Wardens in the area who will issue on
the spot fixed penalty fines for vehicles committing offences. The
District Council has requested the support of the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD
Team in order to minimise vehicles committing offences in the area. The
priority has been extended and will form one of the community
priorities set on the 16th December 2010.
Speeding in Claverdon B4189/Langley Road
– 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or
enforcement where appropriate. Targeted speed checks completed with
Warning Letters and Fixed Penalty Notices issued where appropriate.
Liaison with Warwickshire County Council with regard to the possibility
of installing flashing signs in the area. Liaison with the local
community with regard setting up Community Speed Watch in Claverdon.
Agreed Completion on the 16th December 2010.
Feedback on the above priorities will be
given at the next Community Forum (see below for details), feedback
will also be given in the next newsletter together with details of the
new priorities. For further information please visit www.safer-NEIGHBOURHOODs.co.uk/an or www.stratford.gov.uk
Good News/Events New Year Celebrations went well on the Alcester North Area with no major incidents reported to the police.
Police Officers and PCSOs from the Alcester
North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team assisted in executing a series of
warrants across the district in December 2010. The early morning raids
took place simultaneously at four addresses as part of an ongoing
investigation into the organised theft of vehicle parts, tools and
cycles. The warrants were carried out at two private addresses in
Alcester and Stratford and two commercial premises in the Snitterfield
area. Two people were arrested, a 24-year-old man from Alcester on
suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and a 48-year-old man
from Stratford on suspicion of theft. A number of items of property
were also recovered during the operation and it is anticipated that
further arrests will be made. Inspector Patrick Devereux, who led the
operation, said: “This was an excellent operation which involved
forty officers including a police dog handler, specialist search teams
and vehicle examiners. We are committed to making Stratford a safer
place and hopefully these and future arrests as part of this
investigation will reduce criminal activity in Stratford District. This
operation was assisted by the valuable information which the public
provide to us and we urge anyone who has information about any possible
offence taking place in their NEIGHBOURHOOD to get in touch.”
Meetings/Events The next Community Forum
will be held on 16th December, 7pm, Wootton Wawen Village Hall.
If you have a specific concern then come along to the local surgery
where you will be able to speak to your local Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD
Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford District
The next Henley Community Surgery
will be held on 26th January, 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 next Henley Police Surgery
will be held on 19th January, between 11am – 1pm, Henley Police
Station - A drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within the
community with your local policing team.
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John Garner's Business Column
Lying on your CV
Not you of course, nor me – but it seems a lot of people do.
The 2008 Recruitment and Retention Survey
found that a quarter of UK businesses, when they performed background
checks, discovered that applicants had lied on their CV.
You may recall a recent episode of The
Apprentice where a 21-year-old entrepreneur faced the wrath of Milud
Sugar after the interviews revealed that he hadn’t been entirely
truthful on his application. Sugar fired him for overstating, i.e. lying,
about government licensing for his Isle of Man telecoms business. What
an idiot! Such lies can easily be exposed by anyone taking the trouble
to check. There was a similar case in a previous series where a
candidate lied about having a degree when in fact he hadn’t;
that’s really easy to check.
As an employer it’s important to
ensure that the perfect candidate you think you are about to take on is
who they say they are.
Here are the Henley News top tips for avoiding such problems:
Get consent for gathering information You must gain consent from candidates to collect information on them
for background screening purposes. They’ll need assurance that
all this will be treated as strictly confidential. Failure to do so
will result in a breach of Data Protection laws.
Education and qualifications The important things to check are the name of the establishment
attended, the course details and the title and classification of the
qualification. It is remarkably easy to obtain a fraudulent degree or
diploma from illegal organisations and at very little cost. You can use
an online database such as www.accredibase.com to verify that these are
Previous employment and work experience Following the interview stage you will want to obtain references from
previous employers and follow up any particulars regarding employment
history. Always contact the candidate’s employer directly and
don’t rely on contact details provided by the candidate
Extracurricular activities Look at the personal profile including hobbies & interests. Now
look at the person; does one match the other? People tend to embellish
their CVs hoping that by listing activities that appear to support
their application they will improve their chances. Try a bit of probing
to clear up any discrepancies.
Criminal records If the role you are recruiting for requires work with sensitive data or
vulnerable members of the public it may be necessary to perform a
criminal records (CRB) check. You can do this through www.warwickshire.gov.uk/crb.
Warnings from Trading Standards
Digital Switch-Over Year: Don’t Fall Victim to Door to Door Rogues
In the year when Warwickshire residents will see their television signals switched over to digital, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service iswarning
residents not to be taken in by rogue traders who may take advantage of
the switchover to sell consumers over priced or unnecessary equipment,
door to door.
In the Central Television Region, covering Warwickshire and many
surrounding counties, switchover from an analogue signal to a digital
signal is due to begin on 30th March 2011. Over the course of the year,
the existing analogue television signal will be switched off and
viewers will need to convert or upgrade their TV equipment to receive
digital signals and a TV service.
Not only are Trading Standards Officers concerned that rogue traders
may attempt to sell residents unnecessary digital TV equipment but that
some may use the opportunity to falsely claim their property requires
other work doing, for example roofing or guttering work, something a
rogue trader may point out if they are 'installing' a new aerial.
Make Henley Greener Save Money - Help Save the Planet
The carrot versus the tomato
the land of fruit and vegetables the tomato is one of the kings of
pollution. Unless you grow your own tomatoes without artificial heat
the tomato usually has a huge carbon footprint. Typical shop supplied
ordinary tomatoes have a carbon footprint of around 5 to 6 kg CO2 per
kg of tomatoes. This is 5 to 20 times more than the humble carrot which
clocks up a mere 0.25 kg CO2 per kg when raw and about 0.5 to 1.0 kg
when boiled (the 0.5 kg corresponding to simmering in the minimum of
water and the 1.0 to boiling vigorously in lots of water).
tomatoes out of season are bad enough, but specialist tomatoes, such as
cherry, cocktail, plum or beef, use even more energy (not just the sun)
to grow and ripen. These typically clock up 30 kg of CO2 per kg of
tomatoes. However, in season in July, organic UK sourced tomatoes have
a footprint of just 0.4 kg per kg, just a little more than raw carrots.
So if you have a tomato habit like me, consider substituting carrots in
Carrots brighten up a plate of food and are
nutritional heroes; they store a goldmine of nutrients. No other
vegetable or fruit contains as much carotene as carrots, which the body
converts to vitamin A. This is a truly versatile vegetable and an
excellent source of vitamins B and C as well as calcium pectate, an
extraordinary pectin fibre that has been found to have
cholesterol-lowering properties. For more information about the
nutritional values of carrots click here. So henceforth, I shall eat more carrots in winter and look forward to the UK tomato season from July to October.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council's
waste collection service was unfortunately disrupted by the recent
extreme weather. We would like to apologise to those residents
who have been affected by this over the Christmas period and for any
confusion that may have arisen as a result of this and the revised
collection dates that were necessary as a result of the national
The changes to our normal
collection schedule as a result of the festive season were decided in
April 2010, and this information was circulated to all residents with
their Council tax information earlier in the year, as well as being
publicised on the Council’s website, in the Council’s
publication Stratford View distributed in November and released through
the local newspapers in the weeks before Christmas. The arrangements
were that no collections were to be made on Monday 27th December and
the crews would then collect each settlement 1 working day later than
normal and then extend the first week of January to include a Saturday
collection so that normal collections could resume from Monday 10th
As a result of the recent
adverse weather conditions many local authorities across the UK have
had problems providing a full waste collection service, and although we
worked closely with our contractors, Verdant, to respond to the
conditions during this period, we were forced to suspend or limit
services in certain areas. Main routes were gritted by the County
Council whereas the majority of other roads were not. The safety of the
collection crews, our residents and their property are the deciding
factors in how to run the service. Following regular checks, decisions
on how to provide the service were made daily and during the worst
conditions we were forced to suspend the service entirely for three
days before continuing a reduced service as conditions began to
improve. Collections resumed in entirety from 30th December.
Because the difficulties
with safely accessing properties were so widespread, and unlikely to
improve within a few days, it was decided that any properties missed on
their scheduled collection would be rectified on their next scheduled
collection. Any residents whose bins were not emptied as a result of
the weather and road conditions will be able to put out up to 3 sacks
of additional general waste for their next scheduled collection.
Residents who missed a recycling collection are able to put out
additional recycling in plastic or cardboard boxes next to their
blue-lidded recycling bin.
We have endeavoured to keep
the public informed by providing updates on the Council's website and
issuing press releases to local radios and newspapers over this period
of disruption. Because of the festive season, it proved difficult to
ensure these were updated as quickly as we would normally desire, and
it is as a result of this conflict of extreme weather and festive
holidays that any confusion may have arisen and for which we apologise.
We would like to thank our residents for their support and reassure them that services should be back to normal from next week.
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HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY 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.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY 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).
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.
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 GARDENING CLUB Ullenhall village hall January 25th 7.30pm. Speaker is Celia Davis ‘Plants for Butterflies and Moths’.
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
GARDEN The Garden Committee is organising two further events to
complete the Riverland Garden. On Tues 25th Jan, Burn's Night, a
four course meal will be provided by Sue McDalby. Tickets £25
each will shortly be available. On Wed 23 March, TV gardener Chris
Beardshaw will give a talk on all aspects of gardening and answer
questions. Further details will follow, so reserve the dates in your
diary. Now would also be a good time to Buy a Brick as the third
brick panel will be installed shortly. Further details on all of
these from Douglas and Sue Bridgewater on 793633.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach.
7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court
available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during
summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB. Meetings
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.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE The Wednesday
Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems
can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings
and a delicious tea together. The Club meets on alternate
Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information
please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN Rotary
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
DEMOCRACY 2012 This
association meets once per month to discuss its plans for the next
parish council election in May 2012 when it intends to offer residents
a manifesto to reduce substantially the running costs of the Joint
Parish Council and to give greater participation to the community in
the affairs of the town. You can register your support at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We
meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for
yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to
be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if
you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops.
For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564
MARKET DEVELOPMENT ACTION GROUP A Town Meeting was held on 17th August 2010, when many residents
expressed their concerns about the proposed development on the old
cattle market site. As a result, a committee has been formed to prepare
for the formal application being submitted and any necessary
representations. Read more about the aims of the Market Action Group website If you wish to show your support, please register at: http://www.tfaforms.com/177141 For further information contact the Chairman - Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email: email@example.com
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
To create a network
where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange
ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB Henley Cricket Club
fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two
teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September.
We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or
ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin
O'Brien on 01564 794903.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB meets on Monday
evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark.
The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social
club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new
members, whether beginners or established players. For further
information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
JOLLYTOTS 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.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is
not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact
Annette Walker on 792837
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the
Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837. Meeting programme
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB 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 www.swbc.co.uk
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or
fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For
further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP Meets the last
Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a
conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area
footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.
More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership
consists of retired professional and business men residing in the
vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details
please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB 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.
HENLEY FOCUS Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local
business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley
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people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services
at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote
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