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Edition 266 - 27th January 2011
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Mag Moon 1926-2011

imageMag Moon, one of Henley’s best known and best loved inhabitants, died at her home in the High Street on 14 January. Her early years had been spent outside the town. Margaret Marsh was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1926, to a father whose job was Inspector of Taxes in the Motor Taxation Office (but who would rather have been a farmer) and a mother who had a shoe shop in Birmingham. Mag was the youngest of three daughters and was dubbed ‘Mother’s last hope’, as her parents had hoped for a son. She did turn out to be a bit of a tom boy, often sleeping with her dog or pet bat in the shed and going rabbit shooting with her father.

Her upbringing was quite strict – the maids would lock the children out of the house so that on cold days they would lean against the outside of the chimney wall to keep warm. Mag’s parents were Christian Scientists, so that smoking and drinking were forbidden, birthdays were not acknowledged and illness was not allowed! Growing up during the Second World War meant that gas masks had to be brought to school and lessons were often interrupted by air raid sirens. Mag was very close to her cousins, Tony (who later became a painter) and Mary (who hitch-hiked to France with Mag for a camping holiday after the war).

After leaving school, Mag went to the University of Birmingham where she read Social Science. She always had an interest in social issues and was a supporter of the Labour party. She worked for the Student Union at that time and contemplated doing prison reform work. Mag’s best friends at university were art students (she thought they were the most interesting) and she was able to talk her way into the art college building by saying she was in the embroidery department.

After university she worked in a biscuit factory for a while and also travelled to Sweden by ship with her best friend Daphne. They spent six months there, working in a ceramics factory: Daphne had the more interesting job in the design department while Mag was doing piecemeal work in the fettling room. Mag went back to Sweden the following year on her own, working in hotels as a chambermaid and travelling as far north as Lapland. She then had a period of living and working in London. There she met Bridget who opened a pottery with Eileen Lewenstein called ‘Briglin’. Daphne worked there for a while, as did Mag’s cousin, Tony. Around this time Mag had a Swiss boyfriend called Max. His major role in Mag’s life was to introduce her to Reg Moon. Reg was living in Cookham on a house-boat called Torquil. Mag and Reg got together, opened a coffee bar and then got married!

The years from 1956 to 1960 were a very interesting and happy period of her life. Reg and Mag had a pottery on one side of the road and a coffee bar on the other. Coffee bars were then all the rage and Torquil was frequented by many artistic types and people from the world of film and theatre. Stanley Spencer, the painter, was a friend and frequent customer (he would come into the coffee bar with his pyjamas on under his clothes) as were Diana Dors, Jon Pertwee and Stephen Ward (of the Profumo affair). A friend who helped in the coffee bar was Graeme, who had also been at Birmingham Art School and was another of Mag’s cousins. Her children, Carey and Paul, were both born in Cookham.

imageIn 1960, the family moved to Henley-in-Arden so that Mag could take over her mother’s shoe shop business in the Great Western Arcade and Reg could re-establish Torquil Pottery in Henley High Street. The shoe shop became very successful and had a good reputation in Birmingham for service and high quality shoes. It sold the best makes: Van Dal, Churches, Barkers, etc.

Ashmore’s Shoe Emporium played a huge part in Mag’s life. It had been established by her Grandmother in 1877 and continued by her mother before Mag herself took over. This was not so easy because the staff did not immediately trust Mag’s leadership and had some old fashioned ideas on salaries and commission: of course Mag’s strength of personality and work ethic soon won them over. On six days a week Mag would be there at 8.00am and be the last to leave at 6.00pm. Service was one of the top features of a trip to Ashmore’s. All customers could walk in and take a seat, have the staff rushing around going up and down ladders to get different colours, styles, and sizes, though some walked out without buying anything and mumbling, “Seems to have stopped raining now”! Back home Mag would regale Paul and Carey with her stories, often surrounded by friends who could arrive unexpectedly and still be fed in style with one of the legendary “Mag’s Nosh”. Many nights would end up in the back bar of the Blue Bell, which became like a second home during the 1970s, 80s & 90s.

Mag retired from the shop in 1990. Her retirement was short-lived because she was soon running the Torquil shop every day. The Gallery Upstairs had also been established for 5 years and needed more input with every exhibition. When Carey left London to come back to Warwickshire in 2002 Mag was delighted, and when Carey decided to work full time in the Pottery, Mag was over the moon. With the return of Paul and Andrea to Warwickshire as well, Mag had both her children living nearby.

After Reg died in 2009, Mag’s health slowly deteriorated. Her daily trips to the shops took longer and asthma gradually sapped her strength. But her sparkle and warmth of spirit never left, nor did her desire to socialise, as shown by the way she chatted up the nurses on Mary Ward in Warwick Hospital shortly before her death. Paul and Carey brought Mag home from Hospital on 10 January. Mag passed away peacefully four days later, in her own bed and surrounded by her family, as she would have wished. She had been in front of the house at Torquil Pottery for fifty years, heavily involved with The Gallery Upstairs for twenty five and was a familiar figure in the High Street and most of its shops pushing her trolley and stopping frequently to chat with friends. Mag will be greatly missed by many people.

Dr Douglas Bridgewater

Increasing Street Clutter whilst abolishing Youth Club


On the 26th August 2010 the Department of Transport urged Councils to cut street clutter. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Transport Secretary Philip Hammond are concerned that the character of the country's urban spaces is being damaged and have written to council leaders calling on them to reduce the number of signs and other 'street clutter'
imageIn Henley-in-Arden we seem to have acquired more than our fair share of signs in the last 6 months. At the Warwick Road traffic lights there are now enormous new signs on oversized poles. In the conservation area they are out of scale and out of place and most confusing as the old signs are still in place. There are poles which have no signs at all yet, one of which is already being used for flyposting.

There are two signs within yards of each other on the east side of the High Street and no waiting signs on both sides of the High Street and Beaudesert Lane. I counted 9 on the High Street between the Yew Trees and the Church and a further 9 in Beaudesert Lane.
Is this a case of one hand not knowing what the other hand is doing?
Marijana Bainbridge reporting

Late Breaking News - On Monday morning (24th) they are taking the 2nd sign down and putting up an even bigger one!!!


Dear Editor,

Who on earth is responsible for deciding to erect the signs at the crossroads and approaches?

Please, for goodness sake, editor, start a petition to have the eyesores removed. Is it another attempt to ruin the appearance of our beloved town?

Mike Eager, Wootton Wawen

The Government believes that in some cases traffic signs and railings are installed by councils in the mistaken belief that they are legally required. However, although some signs are required by law, Government advice is that for signs to be most effective they should be kept to a minimum.

Conservative Party Local Government blog

imageIn the last issue of Henley NEWS, Peter Crathorne reported that Warwickshire County Council would probably be eliminating the funding for our youth club. However, our 3 tiers of councils seem to have money to burn. The Warwick Road junction is not an accident blackspot and it is difficult to understand why the new larger signs are needed. Residents are calling for County Cllr Mike Perry to publish the County Council's benefits assessment and confirm it conforms with the Government's policy.

At the same time, Stratford District Council is continuing to spend large sums of money trying to bring CCTV to Henley. In 3 years, the District Council has only succeeded in erecting, outside the police station, the biggest piece of street clutter. To complete the 3 tiers of local government, the high spending Henley parish council is increasing its expenditure on admin by 5.4% and on propaganda by 33% for the next fiscal year so that it can try to expand its influence.



Over 800 signatories on line and 300 signing petitions on paper locally will be added to those collected in every town and village in Warwickshire where there is a youth club agreeing that to spend money on slightly improving or replacing facilities that do not need replacement, while closing down a service that is for many young people a lifeline, seems crazy.

Peter Crathorne, the Chairman of the Management Committee of Henley Youth and Community Centre said, ”While we were collecting the signatures on the High Street on Saturday morning no-one refused to sign, almost everyone was totally puzzled by the idea of closing the Youth Service. I want to thank the many residents who have written to the county council, local councillors and the MP and the Joint Parish Council for their unequivocal support, the Court Leet for their letter to the county council and the young people themselves who have been collecting signatures. The whole town is united against the plan to close The Hub.”

A decision will be made on February 15th when the WCC Cabinet meets to decide where the axe will fall and ultimately who will feel the effects of the disastrous decisions they look as though they are going to make. It is not too late to write to Cllr Perry. The more letters he receives the more he will come to doubt the wisdom of throwing our young people out on to the street.

If you want further information contact Peter Crathorne. Details on the left.


Burns Night Celebrated in Henley


Burns Night, Tuesday 25th January, was celebrated in Henley with the High Bailiff, John Rutherford, and his wife Ann attending the customary celebrations organised by Dr Douglas Bridgewater and his wife Sue. The successful event raised funds for the Guild Hall Garden Project.

The Haggis was prepared by Sue McDalby and piped in
by Henley's official piper, Bob Carruthers.

Address To A Haggis

Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o' need,
While thro' your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see rustic Labour dicht,
An' cut you up wi' ready slicht,
Trenching your gushing entrails bricht,
Like ony ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sicht,
Warm-reekin, rich!

Then, horn for horn, they stretch an' strive:
Deil tak the hindmaist! on they drive,
Till a' their weel-swall'd kytes belyve,
Are bent like drums;
Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive,
"Bethankit" hums.

Henley and Beaudesert Society January Meeting

Historic Civil Engineering in Warwickshire


Edstone Aqueduct

In a most interesting and well researched lecture, Roger Cragg told the Society something about the wealth of historic structures that are to be found locally.

Before highlighting specific examples, Roger explained the meaning of the word ‘civil’ when referring to a branch of engineering. In the 18th century the term civil engineering was coined to incorporate all things civilian as opposed to military engineering. The first self-proclaimed civil engineer was John Smeaton who constructed the Eddystone Lighthouse in 1771. Before that of course there had had been some notable examples of what we would now call civil engineering and nothing more magnificent than the Pont du Gard bridge constructed by the Romans at Nimes over 2,000 years ago.

We were then introduced to some of our local gems. The first to be brought to our attention was the 15th Century packhorse bridge at Hampton in Arden which is only 5 feet wide between its low parapets.

Other medieval examples are the Pedlars Bridge at Rugby and the 16th Century bridge at Water Orton which has never been widened.

Originally bridges had been built of stone or brick. Then in the early 19th century cast iron started to be used of which there is a good example at Hampton Lucy. This was followed by early instances of the use of reinforced concrete such as the 1911 bridge at Binley. And around the same time a suspension foot bridge was erected in the Jephson Gardens in Leamington using wrought iron rods.

Moving on from bridges Roger gave us a brief insight into the construction of canals in the Midlands area starting with the Birmingham canal in 1772. This was subsequently straightened by Thomas Telford in 1828 resulting in the Smethwick cutting, at the time one of the largest earthworks in the world. And spanning the cutting is the elegant Galton bridge with its cast iron arch. The Stratford canal completed in 1816 is notable for its aqueducts of which the finest is the one at Edstone which at 480 feet is the longest in England.


Stratford and Moreton horse drawn tramway

The Stratford and Moreton horse drawn tramway is another example of pioneering construction in Warwickshire, this being completed in 1826 and largely the brainchild of the promoter William James. And in 1838 the London to Birmingham railway was built including the thankfully preserved Curzon Street station.

Before concluding Roger told us about the 820 feet high radio masts at Hillmorton erected in 1928 and at the time the tallest in the world. And windmills are also of immense historical significance such as the Danzey Green Mill, now at Avoncroft. Watermills featured strongly, of which a prime example is the one at Sarehole Mill in Birmingham.

The vote of thanks given by Jonathan Dovey and was followed by the usual tea, biscuits and chat. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 17th February in the Baptist church hall when Alan Benjamin will tell us about the History of Morris Dancing.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

More Success for Henley Tennis Club

imageHenley in Arden Tennis Club is delighted to announce that it is to receive a £40,000 grant and an £38,000 interest free loan from the Lawn tennis Association towards their new facility project. This project is to rebuild court 3 which suffers from severe subsidence, resurface courts 1, 2, and 3 and to light all 3 courts. The work is to commence almost immediately and will fulfil a need identified in May 2009 when Roger Draper, the chief Executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, visited the Club.

Club member and secretary Judith Mathias has been nominated for a Volunteer of the year award at the WLTA awards next week at the Botanical Gardens, along with Coolsportz who are nominated in the Places to Play category and is jointly run by Henley Head Coach Neil Supperstone, last year's winner of the Coach of the Year award and this year's winner of the Stratford District Councils Sports Coach of the Year.

In addition, the Club has just heard that it has received the area nomination from Wales and the Midlands LTA to go forward to the Sports Club of the Year Awards 2011 which is run by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, and will be presented at a London Dinner to be held in May this year.

For details of how to join the club please contact Judith Mathias on 01564 792378 and details on coaching Neil Supperstone on 07912664426.

Lucy Webster reporting

Henley Market – The Musical?

imageAs the last in a trilogy of plays about life in Henley, Ray Evans has now embarked on the construction of a light musical play about the birth and recent history of our famous market which finally disappears this year. This follows the successful earlier productions of A Very Public Hall and Shakespeare & the Henley Chronicles performed by Henley in Arden Drama Society during 2009 and 2010.

Can you help? The writer is looking for reasonably accurate anecdotes about the market traders and their clients, such as the publicity given to Linda McCartney’s outburst in the Market during the pre-Christmas turkey sales some years ago.

Preferably, information should be in Microsoft® word or pdf.file forwarded to the HADS website:-

It is hoped that the musical will be staged later this year in order to mark the closing of the market and before such wonderful historical memories are gone forever.

Any bits of stuff will be much appreciated and acknowledged in the official programme.

Henley War Memorial Trust Christmas Quiz

imageThe trustees were disappointed to learn of the low level of participation in the Christmas quiz organised by the chairman to raise funds for the Trust. The winners were David and Ann Millington and the runner up was Anna Millington, a real family affair.

The Chairman thanked all those who took part. A copy of the answers can be found by clicking on this link.

The success of this Trust, which is set up in memory of those who gave their lives during conflicts of the twentieth and this century is dependant upon the support of the town’s residents and those who use the facilities it maintains. It is responsible for The Memorial Hall in Station Road and, although this is a busy place, there are spaces for private bookings. The trust is also responsible for the Memorial Sports Grounds situated on the Stratford Road going towards Stratford. You can join the football club, the tennis club, the cricket club, the air rifle target shooting club, the bowls club and the scouts by contacting us.

These are wonderful resources available to all. If you would like further information about the Trust then please contact Peter Crathorne

Reduced parking costs in Stratford

imageWarwickshire County Council has confirmed that on-street parking charges in Stratford will be reduced in the spring.

From April 1, the new charges will be 50p for 30 minutes - a reduction from the current 70p charge. The cost of one hour parking will be cut from £1.40 to £1 and the cost of two hour parking will be cut from £2.80 to £2.

Cllr Alan Cockburn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment and Economy, said: “The county council has listened to what the people of Stratford want in regards to parking and we are confident the new charges will strike the right balance and help revitalise the town centre.”

HM Treasury is introducing new 5p and 10p coins in April which will not be usable in on-street pay and display machines without the county council making very expensive modifications. Payment with any 5p or 10p coins will be gradually phased out during March. The new on-street charges can all be paid using a combination of 20p, 50p, £1 or £2 coins.

Curry Republic offers to take away the winter chill

imageA new Indian takeaway experience for the Midlands is currying favour this winter by launching a spicy range of money saving offers.
The Curry Republic at 35a High Street is offering a bottle of wine on collection and delivery orders of £20 or more, as well as a £5 reduction on orders of at least £20 - or the option of a two-for-one main course deal – for customers dining in. The unbeatable offers, which continue to March 31, also include two-course meals for one for just £10.95 and for two for only £19.95 chosen from a special menu for customers wishing to dine either in its seated restaurant area or at home.
The offers are available by printed voucher only by clicking on the website or by calling at the restaurant.   
The Curry Republic was launched in November 2010 as the first of a new chain of outlets offering online ordering of top quality Indian cuisine for free home delivery or collection, with the first outlet at Henley also including a restaurant.   The first instantly recognisable brand of its kind offers a menu of 40 dishes prepared and cooked on the premises to the highest standards of consistency and flavour.
Proprietor Bilal Ahmed said: “The Curry Republic concept is proving to be such a success that we want to encourage even more customers to take away the winter chill and enjoy the finest Indian food at home or in our restaurant.”
The two-for-one main course vouchers are valid in the The Curry Republic's restaurant from Sunday to Thursday.
The special two-course meal offers for one and two in both the restaurant and as takeaways apply to a popular menu of six starters, side dishes and six mains, including dishes such as chicken tikka masala, karahi murgh (chicken breast cooked with peppers and tomatoes) and saag gosht (lamb cooked with fresh baby spinach).

Henley-in-Arden Flower Club

2011 Programme

February 8th
‘FASHION & FLOWERS’ with Sharon Possart 
Competition: ‘A Secret Admirer’   
March 8th
OCCASIONS’  with Joan Southerton 
Competition: ‘Drift Away’  
April 12th
with National Demonstrator: Rosemarie Tree
Competition: ‘In the Picture’
May 10th
‘THE ART GALLERY’ with Claire Bond  
Competition: ‘Cascade of Colour’  
June 14th
with National Demonstrator: Tony Brown 
Tickets £8.00
Fri 29th July
Preparation for Competition Day
Sat 30th July 
Prize giving at 4.30 pm
September 13th
‘ONE DAY‘ with Lee Berrill
Competition: ‘Sundowners’
October 11th
  ‘Ribbons & Bows’
November 8th
with National Demonstrator: Michael Bowyer 
Tickets £8.00
December 13th
January 10th  2012


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New Arrival at the Antiques Centre

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint stockist

imageBeatrice and Clementine, stockists of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, have recently arrived at Henley Antiques Centre.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the BEST paint on the market for painting furniture. It can be used on almost any surface including old varnished pieces, melamine, metal, floors and walls. No need to prime, sand, strip or prepare the piece prior to painting. It is truly amazing and a wonderful paint to use.

We always recommend that you seal your piece with Hannants Clear wax after painting to seal and protect. This is girls' paint, (but boys can use it too). This paint is available 7 days a week from:

Beatrice & Clementine
Henley Antiques Centre
(rear of Henley Bakery)
92 High St
Henley in Arden
B95 5BY
01564 795979

MP to auction famous musical tie

Reprinted from the Stratford Observer - 23rd January 2011


MP Nadhim Zahawi is to auction the musical tie which made the headlines for hitting the wrong note during a House of Commons speech.

Mr Zahawi was speaking in a debate about the future of the Education Maintenance Allowance on Wednesday when his red patterned tie, worn as part of an anti-cancer campaign, began emitting a tune which could clearly be heard coming out of the speakers in the House.

Speaking after what has been jokingly branded 'tie-gate' Mr Zahawi said: "I had been asked to wear the tie for a photo and knew I would be speaking in the chamber afterwards so decided to keep it on to help raise awareness.

"They hadn’t warned me that it was musical and as I buttoned my jacket I must have activated it. Although it’s gained a lot of attention for the incident itself, as a side effect I hope that it will help the campaign and raise awareness of our abysmal track record on cancer survival rates in this country. There has been so much interest in this tie that I have decided that the only correct thing to do is to auction it off, with the proceeds obviously going to Beating Bowel Cancer."

In footage of the incident, puzzled parliamentary colleagues can be seen looking around wondering where the tinny noise is coming from as Mr Zahawi ironically talked about the importance of having a 'credible debate'.

But it quickly becomes apparent the noise isn't coming from an MP-3 player as a slightly embarrassed Mr Zahawi then reaches down to unbutton his jacket before pressing the tie to make the noise stop and apologising.

He is then given a tongue-in-cheek ticking off by deputy speaker Dawn Primarolo who calls for order and says: "Perhaps next time the honourable gentleman will be more selective in the ties he wears in the chamber and then we won't need the musical accompaniment."

Mr Zahawi then replies: "Your words of wisdom are taken on board and I apologise to you."

Councillors’ row over seat costs Taxpayers £50,000

Reprinted from the Daily Telegraph - Saturday 15 Jan 2011


Cllr Bowman


Cllr Blenkinsopp

As Councillors from across the political divide they are used to robust debates with each other. But the animosity between two members of Great Aycliffe town council in County Durham reached ridiculous heights when they rowed over who was entitled to sit on a chair.

The argument between the pair - one from the Liberal Democrats and one from Labour- became so heated it ended up going on for 16 months and costing the taxpayer £50,000. Yesterday the spat was finally settled at a tribunal when Liberal Democrat Billy Blenkinsopp was suspended for telling Labour counterpart Dorothy Bowman to "p--- off". The pair fell out when Mrs Bowman sat down at a council meeting and Mr Blenkinsopp believed he was sitting in someone else's chair in September 2009.

While councillors do not have reserved seats, they often sit in the same place, the tribunal had heard.

The tribunal found that Mr Blenkinsopp told Mrs Bowman to "p--- off” even though he denied it, claiming he told her to "get down her own end". The matter had already been before Durham county council's standards committee, which ruled on Mr Blenkinsopp's behaviour last May. He accepted the ruling that he should write a letter of apology to Mrs Bowman but when he failed to do so, he was suspended from being a councillor for three months.

Yesterday's tribunal was heard after Mr Blenkinsopp, a former jockey who has served on various councils for 24 years, appealed against the three-month ban.

He told the tribunal that "tradition dictates" that he, as deputy leader, should sit next to Bob Fleming, the then leader of the town council, as he had done that evening. Mrs Bowman, now the mayor, said gone to sit in her usual place, next-door-but-one to the leader, which she claimed prompted Blenkinsopp's four-letter outburst. The tribunal heard that a third councillor, Alison Palmer, who usually sits between Mrs Bowman and Mr Fleming, was absent.

The tribunal upheld the standards committee's ruling that Mr Blenkinsopp had breached the town council's code of conduct by using foul language. But it found that a three-month ban for failing to apologise was disproportionate and reduced it to one month. When asked by the tribunal why he had failed to apologise. Mr Blenkinsopp said he had received advice from senior councillors.

The chairman of the tribunal said it was "unfortunate that Mr Blenkinsopp did not make the apology".

Mr Blenkinsopp had threatened to stand down if the decision to suspend him for three months had been upheld.

He said: "I never accepted the original decision and that is why I did not write the letter of apology. I would have accepted a warning or a rap on the knuckles, but a three-month ban for this is totally disproportionate."

By Richard Alleyne

Claverdon continue to impress with another shut out

Saturday 15th January 2011


Try scorers – Tom Johnson x 2, Ian Wyllie x 2, Tom Bennett, Steve Grimsley, James Barton
Conversions – Doz Ward x 2
Penalties – Doz Ward x 1
Man of the match – Dave Carruthers



Young James Barton on the way to a try for Claverdon

Claverdon travelled away to Redditch for this friendly to face their 2nd string team who had been unbeaten all season. Enforced changes saw the return of Mark Tilson, Chris Edsall, Paul Birch and a debut for winger Patrick Alegora.

On a short and heavily sloped pitch, Claverdon played down the hill for the first period so knew they had to make this advantage count. Almost straight from kick off Paul Birch made an impressive break from inside centre to set the tone for the half. Further phases of forward play soon saw the lions deep in to the host’s half and Redditch could do little more than concede a penalty in front of the posts. Doz Ward made no mistake to give Claverdon an early lead.

From a scrum, the ball was fed through the hands to Tom Bennett playing at full back. In usual style he side stepped his way past the Redditch defenders to score the first try of the game. With a strong wind, Doz Ward missed the conversion. The Lions lineout was working very well and Tom Skinner and James Barton were stealing opposition ball as well as securing their own. It was from a Barton catch that Claverdon set up a driving maul and in typical style Steve Grimsley found himself with ball in hand to score his 11th of the season. Ward missed the touchline conversion.

Redditch pressed and with some good kicking found themselves deep in the Claverdon half. Only 5 yards out they looked certain to score but the visitors showed immense resilience and strong tackling from Dave Carruthers, Chris Edsall and Scott Conduit kept them at bay.

With ten minutes of the half remaining Claverdon gained a crucial turnover and the ball soon found its way to outside centre Tom Johnson. He drew the Redditch full back down the touchline before cutting back inside to outpace him and score under the posts. Ward missed the easy conversion.

0-18 Half Time


Tom Bennett making a break for Claverdon on his way to a try

With Claverdon now going up the hill and the wind in their faces they knew it would be tough but they started the second half on the ascendancy. With the scrums now uncontested due to 2 Redditch front rows leaving the field, Claverdon shipped the ball out early to winger Ian Wyllie. He drew his man and with a clever chip managed to touch the ball down in the corner with Ward again proving unsuccessful with his kick.

It wasn’t long before the visitors had secured another try courtesy of centre Johnson. In similar style to the previous try, Wyllie chipped over for Bennett to further kick up field before being taken out off the ball. Johnson was quick to react and pounced on the loose ball for his brace of tries. Ward again failed with the kick.

Redditch battled on and gained good territory forcing the Lions to concede numerous penalties but with Claverdon fired up the hosts made little leeway courtesy of big hits from Dave Carruthers, Mark Tilson and Paul Birch.

With 15 minutes left on the clock Wyllie scored his second of the game. Clever thinking from scrum half Conor Smith saw him break through the Redditch defence. When the ball went to ground a superb pick up from Bennett rescued the move and he found Johnson in space. Johnson cleverly drew the defender and found Wyllie who ran it in under the posts. Ward finally converted.

It was James Barton who was next on the score sheet to grab the last try of the game. Another turnover and some strong running from Tom Skinner and Chris Edsall found flanker Barton in space on the touchline. The former winger used his turn of pace to gallop past the Redditch defence and score under the posts. Ward duly converted.

With 10 minutes of the game still remaining and a word to the referee from the host’s skipper, the final whistle was blown and Claverdon had again shut the opposition out totally.

0-42 Full Time

Claverdon travel to Copsewood for a tough league fixture this Saturday. All support would be greatly appreciated to ensure the lions maintain their winning ways on course to a potential league title.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos by Will Barnes

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John Garner's Economics Column

The truth about bailouts

John GarnerThe following is a story set in Ireland. The setting could just as easily be Greece – or could soon be Portugal and maybe even Spain.

It is a slow day in a cold, damp little Irish town. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are hard, everybody is in debt and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel. He lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one in which to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

The man at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the pub.

The publican slips the money along to the local “lady of the night” drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit.

The lady then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.

The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything.

No one earned anything.

However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, my friends, is how the EU bailout package works.

John Garner

Warnings from Trading Standards

Warranty Scam - Sky TV

imageWarwickshire consumers have reported receiving unexpected phone calls from someone claiming to be calling on behalf of Sky Television. The caller tells the consumer that their Sky warranty/guarantee is about to expire and asks them if they want to extend it. The caller possesses quite a lot of information about the consumer which makes them sound plausible and genuine. One Warwickshire consumers paid over £200 to the caller.

However, the caller is not calling on behalf of Sky TV but rather represents a different company altogether with no connection to Sky. Not only was the caller misled, but was also promised a 14 day cooling off period in which to change her mind, which was then not honoured as no paperwork was ever sent.

Consumers are warned never to provide their personal or financial information (including credit/debit card details) to anyone who calls unexpectedly on the phone, however plausible they may sound. If you think the call is genuine ask to phone back on a publicly listed telephone number.

For more information visit our website:

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

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Textiles. Part of the problem and part of the solution?

Here are some pretty shocking facts:-

  • In 2009, women bought nearly 3 times as many garments as they bought in 1999.
  • We don't even wear 20% of the clothes that we buy.
  • Two million tonnes of textiles go into UK landfills every year.


  • In 1970, t-shirts and tops cost less than £10 each. They cost much the same now, but as we now earn around 10 times as much money, we buy far more. Clearly, since we don’t wear 20% of the clothes bought, we don’t need to buy so many. Also, we weren’t running around naked or in rags in 1970 when clothes were more expensive, so the number bought then was satisfactory.
  • Clothes are very cheap now because almost all of them are made in countries with very low wages and living standards.
  • Even the growing and processing of natural fibres causes pollution! Growing cotton needs vast amounts of water. Irrigating cotton is causing acute water shortages in many poor countries.
  • In the UK, textiles contribute about 2% to the average persons’ Carbon Pollution and washing and drying them contributes another 2%; 4% in all.
  • If you “shop ‘til you drop”, you're probably contributing to climate change more than necessary.

Well, what can we do about it, and still look good?

  • Choose clothes with their durability in mind and look after them.
  • Choose clothes that are easy to wash and dry (dry them outside rather than tumbling)
  • Get a basic sewing kit, so that you can sew on buttons and mend your clothes.
  • Find out how to make, alter and remake your clothes, so that you can always look cool!
  • Try charity shops for fantastic bargains.
  • Recycle clothes by taking them to charity shops. Textiles are the second most beneficial recyclable material after aluminium.
  • Following these guidelines will reduce the 4% mentioned above to under 1%; quite a worthwhile saving both in money and carbon pollution.
  • Wearing more warm clothes in winter and turning down the thermostat means that correct choice of clothes can reduce energy bills and carbon pollution at the same time. This is how clothes are part of the solution.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Stratford District Council

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Stephen Thirlwell

Local businesses asked for views on District Council’s budget

District residents have had their say on Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s budget and now it is the turn of local businesses in the District. Stratford District Council has a statutory duty to consult with businesses on the budget and the process of setting Council Tax levels.

An invitation has been sent out to local businesses to attend a meeting on Monday 31st January at 6pm at the District Council’s headquarters in Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. The meeting will be chaired by the District Council’s Leader, Councillor Stephen Gray and members of The Cabinet and other Councillors will also be there. The meeting is largely informal and discussion of any matter relevant to the District Council’s services is welcomed.

If you are a local business and have not received an invitation but would like to attend the meeting please contact Tina Brain at Stratford District Council on 01789 260802 or email

STRATFORD-on-Avon District Council is facing the prospect of having one of its key money-raising proposals blocked after being accused of attempting to “shunt costs” on to another local authority.

The accusation has been made by Warwickshire County Council, which has warned that it has the power to stop the district council from charging residents for the collection of green waste as part of its strategy to slash spending to meet stringent new budget targets.

In response to the district council’s green waste charging plans the county council’s head of environment and resources, Martin Stott, has declared: “Like all local authorities we appreciate that in the present financial climate we all have to look at ways of reducing our costs.

“However, we do not believe that councils should implement changes to services that shunt costs on to other local authorities.”


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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.

28 FEBRUARY-13 MARCH A yearly reminder that our shopping choices can make a difference to people in developing countries who would otherwise have no way out of poverty. Look out for a Big Brew Tea at the Methodist Church; the annual Fairtrade stall outside St. John's and the Traidcraft stall at the W.I. lunch. Times and dates to be confirmed in March issue.

CLOTHES SALE Friday & Saturday 8/9 April
Make money on your new or nearly new clothes! Good quality – preferably clean and on hangers – ladies or gents clothes required. You will receive 40% of the sale price with 60% for church funds. Contact Lesley Eastwood 793646, Barbara Warmington 793640 or Daphne Jones 01926 843515. More details nearer date.

In February, Henley Churches Together will have a lunch time meeting, “Time Out with God”, with soup, on Thursday 17th at 12.00 noon at the Baptist Church. Our Sunday Services, all at 10.30 am are: 6th, Mrs Lesley Sergeant. 13Th, Revd Helen Bell (Sacrament). 20Th, Mr Telfryn Pritchard. 27Th, Mrs Elizabeth Harrison.

Visitors are always welcome to come and try WI, you will find a warm welcome and lots of opportunities for learning new pastimes. We have groups for Crafts, Play Reading and Walking, as well as informal social get togethers also visits to plays, concerts and shows. On the first Tuesday every month in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm. February 1st will be “Tea Tasting with Ross”.

Roger Butler is going to take us “Through Wildest Russia” when we meet on Tuesday 15th February. Baptist Church Hall 7.45pm, visitors £2.00.

THE WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE gives a warm welcome to visually impaired people at their meetings on alternate Wednesdays in Dell Court, when they can enjoy good company, speakers, outings, and a delicious tea in a very friendly environment. If you or anyone you would like to join, please ring 792724, 794209 or 792138.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 17th February in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Alan Benjamin will give a talk on 'The History of Morris Dancing'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB February 8th Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £5.00. Fashion & Flowers Demonstrator Sharon Possart Competition “A Secret Admirer”

Ullenhall Village Hall February 22nd 7.30pm. Speaker is RHS Wisley trained Don Everitt on “Lilies & Summer Flowering Bulbs”. (Plant stall). Visitors and new members always welcome at this very friendly club.

TORQUIL POTTERY Saturday Workshops Saturday 26th March and 2nd April 2011 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.
8-week Thursday Evening Workshops commencing 17th February - 14th April, 7.30 to 9.30pm for further details please contact Carey Moon 01564 792174.0

AVON COMPUTING FOR EVERYONE 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 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.

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 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.

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 01564-792138.

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

imageAre 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
  2011 Programme
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:

imageThe 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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