Revised Plans don't address Residents' Concerns
82% Reject Revised Plan - only 18% Support it
Latest Plans above show no improvement to the On-Street Parking Problem in Prince Harry Road
Outstanding Concerns include:-
Traffic Congestion and Accident Risk on Warwick Road
Ambulance Access to Medical Centre Impeded
On Street Parking in Prince Harry Road
No "Planning Gain"
Density of Development with 40 Units
3 Storey Buildings Overlook High Street Properties
With the agreement and support of Councillor Les Goodman, Chairman of the JPC, members of the Market Action Group
were able to conduct an exit poll at the exhibition of the plans for
the redevelopment of the Henley Market site, held on Saturday 5th
February at the Baptist Church Hall. Members of the public attending
the exhibition were asked to sign a petition stating either: “I
support the revised plans” or “The revised plans do not
address my objection to the original Planning Application”.
Of those who signed the petition, 82% said
that the revised plan did not address their objection whilst 18%
supported the revised plans.
Many of those exiting the exhibition said
that their main concerns remained valid, with the density of the
development, the inclusion of 3 storey houses, the predictable increase
in traffic, particularly at peak times and the failure to address the
anticipated ‘on-street’ parking, especially by occupants
and visitors to the houses fronting Prince Harry Road, being cited as
their main objections.
was a specific concern that, with Prince Harry Road being the only
vehicle route to the Medical Centre, ambulances and other emergency
vehicles would be obstructed by parked cars, as happened recently.
Many expressed sadness at the loss of the
market and the failure to include any form of facility for a new market
to be introduced in future. One resident said “my sole reason for
moving to Henley was for the local market.”
The JPC was well represented at the meeting
and many visitors said that Councillors were very positive about the
plans, which seemed contrary to the views of the majority of residents.
The result of the exit poll is being forwarded to the Chairman of the
JPC and hopefully he will ensure that residents’ views will be
taken into account when they meet to discuss the Planning Application
on 14 February. This will be an excellent opportunity for the JPC
finally to engage with residents and take account of their wishes; you
are urged to attend this meeting.
The Only Significant Gain - Apartment Block Reduced to 2 Storey
JPC Chairman (right) debates with resident Peter Knight.
Market Action Group conducted an Exit Poll
JPC 'Ruling Group' appears to continue to support the plans enthusiastically
Reinforce your Objections - New Letters and Emails REQUIRED
Our Ward members on Stratford District Council, Councillors Stephen Thirlwell and Jem Jones,
are also invited to engage with their electorate and listen to their
views. So far they have not made their own views clear, apparently
preferring to remain non-committal on the subject.
Even though you may have written
before, if you still have concerns about Taylor Wimpey’s plans
for Henley Market, please make your views known to Tony Horton,
Planning Officer, at Stratford District Council.
He will accept comments by email at email@example.com
or you can write to: Mr Tony Horton, Planning Officer, Stratford upon
Avon, Stratford on Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church
Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6HX.
Whichever method you chose you comments/objections must be received by Mr Horton not later than
Friday 18 February 2011
Download advice issued by the Markets Action Group
Henley NEWS has asked our district councillors to publish their views but no responses have been received.
Henley NEWS also invites the developers to reply to these continued concerns and will published any response in the next edition.
Is Henley NOW An Urban Area?
Typical Urban area
According to Barton Willmore, the architects
for the Henley market development, the town is an Urban Area. In their
letter to Stratford District Council dated 26 January 2011 they state “In
conclusion, it is considered that the revisions made from an Urban
Design point of view, as detailed in the enclose drawings etc....”
Does it matter? - Yes
The planning guidelines for Rural and
Village locations recommend a much lower density of properties than for
Urban Developments. By defining the Henley Market site as an
Urban Development the architect is able to argue that the design meets
planning guidelines whilst incorporating high density housing.
Most people who objected to the revised plans said that there were too
many houses for the size of the site. This leads to more traffic, more
congestion, inadequate parking provision and more pollution, all issues
raised by residents.
Were you consulted?
In the same letter Barton Willmore state; “The
overall scheme has been developed in full consultation with the
District Council, Members, the Joint Parish Council and the local
community and at all times, we have sought to ensure that all the
competing issues have been adequately addressed to the satisfaction of
the relevant bodies”.
Whilst the developer consulted with the JPC, they don’t appear to have consulted with groups such as the Henley & Beaudesert Society or the Market Action Group, which represent the views of residents of Henley. They also refused the invitation by Henley NEWS to publish their plans following the exhibition in the Baptist Hall in July 2010.
The planning process requires the developer
to consult local communities and to take their views into
consideration; if they haven’t consulted you how do they know
your views? More importantly how can they claim “...that all the competing issues have been adequately addressed to the satisfaction of the relevant bodies” ?
If you are concerned and believe that the
site has been wrongly categorised as Urban Development when it should
be considered as a Rural Town or that there should have been
consultation with the community, please send your objections to Tony
Horton, Planning Officer, Stratford District Council either by email
to: firstname.lastname@example.org or you can write to:
Mr Tony Horton, Planning Officer, Stratford upon Avon, Stratford on Avon District Council,
Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6HX.
Whichever method you chose your comments/objections must be received by Mr Horton not later than Friday 18 February 2011
John Tristram - Market Action Group
Resident expresses his concerns about Cattle Market
I would like to express my concerns over the market development.
I personally do not want the development as proposed. When the new
plans are discussed at the JPC would you please take note of my views
and vote accordingly.
- It is too crowded
- Access to the medical centre is compromised
- Services will be compromised
- It is a flood plain
I’m sure you will do the correct thing for the town, the residents, and the JPC’s reputation
Name withheld but known to JPC.
Resident seeks Apology from JPC Chairman
Mr Mike Faulkner, a resident of Prince Harry Road, had concerns about the planning application submitted by Taylor Wimpey for the Henley Market re-development. He attended the special meeting convened by the JPC at the High school on 2nd December 2010 and listened attentively to all the points raised by those who spoke. He gave careful consideration to everything that he had heard and decided to submit his views thereafter by email to each and every member of the JPC in order that they could take his concerns into consideration when reviewing the planning application.
As he wanted to ensure that every member of the JPC had received and read his email, he attended the JPC meeting on 6th December 2010 in order to ask a question in the public open forum. Before any members of the public were allowed to speak at this meeting, the chairman, Cllr Les Goodman, declared that no comments regarding the Henley Market re-development planning application would be permitted. After this statement, the Chairman saw that Mr Faulkner had raised his hand in the public gallery and the Chairman invited him to address the meeting. Mr Faulkner explained that he wished to make reference to the planning application but the Chairman immediately intervened and demanded that he should not do so. Mr Faulkner persevered to the extent of simply asking if each parish councillor had received his email. Cllr Les Goodman said he had received the email but that he found the last paragraph of Mr Faulkner’s email offensive. Cllr Les Goodman refused any response from Mr Faulkner.
Later in the public open forum, a representative of the Henley Society was invited to speak and was allowed to do so uninterrupted by the chairman Cllr Les Goodman on the subject of the Market redevelopment even though he had prevented Mr Faulkner from doing so minutes earlier. Mr Faulkner felt so concerned by his experience that he referred the matter to the Standards and Ethics sub-committee of Stratford District Council. Their summary response, without further investigation, was that they had read Mr Faulkner’s email to Cllr Les Goodman and they did not consider it to be offensive. They had also read the minutes of that JPC meeting and took the view that Cllr Les Goodman was exercising a robust chairmanship of the meeting. Mr Faulkner has asked that the sub committee commence further investigations including interviewing those present, some of whom may share Mr Faulkner’s view that Cllr Les Goodman’s conduct and behaviour toward him went so far as to be considered offensive and damaged his public reputation.
Whilst Cllr Les Goodman acknowledged receipt of Mr Faulkner’s email and made reference to his views, he did not refer to the content of the email or the paragraph he found offensive or why. That left members of the public without the benefit of understanding what had caused Cllr Les Goodman to be offended. Since Mr Faulkner was not allowed to speak again this could have left a perception within the room that Mr Faulkner had been offensive and in so doing damaging his reputation amongst his friends and neighbours.
In order to remedy this situation, Mr Faulkner asked 2 parish councillors to have the matter discussed at the next parish council meeting on 14th February 2011 in open session. The formal request by Cllrs Osborne and Leech for the matter to be discussed at the next JPC meeting on 14th February 2011 in open session has been refused by the parish clerk. According to the Good Councillor Guide, “The agenda is the clerk’s responsibility. The clerk must sign the agenda and can decide how it will be set out. This process is often undertaken in consultation with the chairman. You (any councillor) may ask the clerk to add items to the agenda if you feel a relevant subject should be discussed.” (page 43)
Henley NEWS invites Cllr Goodman to reply and hopes his reply will be published in the next edition.
Post Script by Mr Faulkner
I'm very disappointed by the response from the Clerk to the JPC. I was simply seeking a fair and reasonable solution to put this to rest but now, as a consequence of the Clerk's decision, I will pursue this through the Standards and Ethics committee.
I'm sure that the JPC will be aware that by doing so they will be spending a considerable amount of public funds and involving many councillors and Henley residents in sparing time to be interviewed as part of the investigation. I wonder if Cllr Les Goodman is aware of this? Perhaps the Parish Clerk could draw it to his attention for I'm sure as part of their enquiries the Standards and Ethics committee would like to know this.
Ms Walsh perhaps you could explain to me why you feel so strongly against permitting this and indeed if Cllr Les Goodman was involved in that decision for I'm sure many Henley residents, particularly those present on the night in question, would like to know.
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Save The Hub @ Henley
Petition A Fantastic Success, But Youth Club Closure Still Looks Likely
was announced this week that the petition signed by over 12,000
residents of Warwickshire asking that the closure of the youth service
be reversed was presented by Chris Spreadbury to the leader of
Warwickshire County Council on the steps of Shire Hall. There is a good
article on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Website. Henley’s contribution to the petition was well over 500.
There is reason to believe that the campaign
is beginning to have some effect. At the Warwickshire County Council
cabinet meeting on the 27th January there were a few alterations to the
original budget paper as outlined in November, reducing the savings by
1.5 million. However, the paper would be presented to full Council very
much the same as the November report.
One million pounds will be put back into
Youth Work, and Peter Hatcher, the Senior Youth Officer for
Warwickshire, is being asked to look at how this would work. It is
believed that this will be revenue, so is not just for one year.
Henley's County Cllr Perry
is awaited about the early intervention grant to discover if any of
this will be used to fund Youth Work. Statements by the spokesperson
from WCC appear to hint that some Youth Workers might well be employed
via this grant in Targeted Youth Support Teams.
There is no doubt that the many people, from
the influential to the ordinary resident across the county, have
created some change in the budget situation. This is still not good
news for Henley. Since Henley is perceived as a more affluent area of
the county, the parsimonious amounts of cash being allocated will
almost certainly go to areas designated as more deprived. Peter
Crathorne, the chairman of the Hub Management Committee said “We
still need to keep the pressure on our elected representatives; I hope
residents will, please, keep up the good work. Our well-used and
valuable resource is still under severe threat. The town needs to be
ready to respond when the announcement is made that funding will be
withdrawn from the centre. I believe it is possible to rescue The Hub,
but the town and its principal organisations including the High School,
JPC and HWMT will have to work closely together to devise a viable
Final decisions will be made on February
15th when there will be a huge demonstration outside the County Hall
from 10.00am. It is a pity that those most affected by the expected
changes will not be able to attend since they will be in school.
Peter Crathorne reporting
Disappointed, Disillusioned and Disaffected
copies of the letter attached were sent by my wife and myself to Cllr
Mike Perry and Cllr Timms at their respective offices on the 19th
January 2011. These deal with the important subject of protecting
the Youth and Community Service from cut backs or closures, not only in
Henley but also the rest of South Warwickshire.
Up to the time of writing to you, we have not received a reply.
We can only speculate at the reason for this, but we would like to
share these conclusions with you and your readers. They are as
- That they have no interest in the opinions of their electors.
- They already know the answer but it is so bad they do not have the courage to tell.
- They have no interest in the subject as they feel that the youth of Warwickshire are not important.
This list is endless and if any of
these suppositions are correct they are in danger that the voters of
Warwickshire may feel "disappointed to the extent of being disillusioned and in very great risk of them becoming disaffected".
I do hope that you publish this letter and that the two councillors take notice as asked.
Malcolm and Jo Coulter - Henley-in-Arden Residents.
Great Evening at Naya for the War Memorial Trust
On Monday 7th February over 50 residents gathered at the award winning Naya Restaurant
for a meal to raise funds for the Memorial Sports Grounds Pavilion
Development Fund. This will support the sports clubs in Henley and help
towards a plan to refurbish the Sports Pavilion to make it worthy of
the achievements of our clubs.
The generosity of Ahmed and his staff and sponsorship by We Are First Service,
chauffeur driven cars made it possible to raise just over £850.
The meal was a selection of customers’ favourite dishes, served
by the friendly and helpful staff who joined in with the party
atmosphere generated by everyone sharing in the support of a worthy
Peter Crathorne, the chairman of Henley War Memorial Trust Managing Trustees
said that this was typical of our wonderful town where residents were
prepared to turn out on a winter’s Monday night to give their
financial support to one of the vital charities in the town. The food
was excellent; the staff understood that, as well as providing an
excellent repast, they were also in the entertainment business, making
everyone feel welcome. Parish Councillor Sue Osborne said, “I
cannot praise the waiters and chefs enough; this is a lovely restaurant
and I recommend it to all.”
This was one of those evenings when everyone
could say, “We had great time!” Others were heard to say
about Naya, “This is truly a Henley business, thriving,
successful and supporting our town.”
Recent Property Sales in Henley
Juniper House Orchard Rise £775,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5FL 26th November 2010
8 Brook End Drive £450,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5JA 9th December 2010
33 Brook End Drive £275,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5JA 8th December 2010
2 School House Mews £169,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5FP 7th December 2010
203 High Street £260,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5BA 7th December 2010
7 Chingley Bank £290,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5LX 9th December 2010
Saintbury Blackford Hill £440,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5DQ 30th November 2010
Hill Cottage Liveridge Hill £487,500
Henley-in-arden, B95 5QX 16th November 2010
The Bungalow Blunts Green £540,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5RD 12th November 2010
You can view all previous sales information by visiting OurProperty.co.uk.
Our Library to Close
I would like to make readers aware
that our Library has been named as one of 16 Warwickshire Libraries
considered to be 'no longer sustainable' in its current form by the
I would urge local people/Library users to sign the petition to keep it
open and also to contact our local County Councillor, Mike Perry to
express support for Henley Library - email@example.com
The 16 library buildings facing closure to save £2 million, have been identified as being "no longer sustainable in their current form".
They are: Baddesley, Harbury, Bedworth Heath, Hartshill, Bidford on
Avon, Henley in Arden, Binley Woods, Keresley, Bulkington, Kineton,
Camp Hill, Kingsbury, Dordon, Studley, Dunchurch and Water Orton.
Henley NEWS has asked the managing trustees of the building for a statement and hopes it will be published in the next edition.
Improvement at Railway Station & Allotments
Parish Cllr John Love has sent Henley NEWS photos of the new information signs which have recently been installed to replace the telephone information system.
Cllr Love also photographed the new fencing for the allotments.
St Mary’s KS2 trip to Roman Alcester
More Youngsters to start Tennis
Henley in Arden Tennis Club
is setting up another new tennis session for youngsters. Total Teen
Tennis will be held every Saturday starting on the 5th Feb from 1
– 2pm and 11 – 16 year olds will be able to receive quality
tennis coaching for only £1!
So, if you are interested in starting tennis
or coming back why not give it a go and bring a friend. The sessions
are open to all standards and will help you improve your tennis whilst
meeting new friends and socialising.
If you are interested in coming along then please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 66 44 26 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 sports sessions the club runs for juniors and adults.
Rotarians Busy at the Heart of the Community
been a particularly busy and rewarding few weeks for the club,”
commented Rotary President Alan James (right). In a veritable blizzard,
members braved the elements and, thanks to the generosity of the few
who ventured into the town on the Saturday before Christmas, nearly
£300 was raised for local charities.
Then, on the following Monday, the club
hosted a sell-out charity concert in the Memorial Hall by the Midland
Youth Jazz Orchestra. The audience were treated to a superb display of
musicianship from this award-winning band which thoroughly deserved the
standing ovation which it received at the end of a memorable evening.
Sponsorship was received from Johnsons Coaches and the interval
mince-pies were kindly supplied by the Co-op. As a result £1,000
went into the charity fund which was increased by a similar amount at a
Beef and Burgundy Evening held at the Guild Hall in January. The club
was particularly grateful to caterer Sue Dalby who supplied (and
cooked!) the beef. The Hall was packed for an enjoyable and successful
This busy period has enabled the club to
support a number of local and international causes. On the home front,
primary schools in Henley and surrounding villages will again receive
support for visits of the Life Education caravan making children aware
of health issues, and every child in one of the top classes in each
school will receive a special full-size dictionary at the end of the
school year. In addition the club will finance a holiday for a
deserving child in the Rotary District’s Mablethorpe
Children’s holiday project. Meanwhile the club has given
financial support to Cancer Research and, again, to Warwickshire Air
Ambulance. Internationally the club has, through the Rotary ShelterBox
scheme, given shelter and basic essentials to 10 victims of the
devastating but little-publicised floods in Colombia. Finally, the club
will be backing Stratford Rotary’s water supply project for
earthquake-torn Haiti. Yes, it has been a busy few weeks!
Rotarian Michael Redman reporting
Top Business Moves to Henley
is a firm of executive search consultants (head-hunters) providing high
calibre executives to the financial services and professional practices
industry. Our photo shows the senior management team. From L to R:
Stephan Papantoniou, Mark Bointon, Marc Howells, Jim Bain.
Our blue-chip client list includes major
banks and leading firms of accountants and lawyers. Among them
ERNST&YOUNG has this to say: “MBA International is an
excellent search consultancy that has a tenacious attitude. The team
works hard at keeping their clients up to date. Overall, the firm has
brought a new dimension to search requirements.”
Our expanding business has necessitated a
move to larger premises. We have opted to move to the top floor of
Forward House, 17 High Street, Henley in Arden. At the moment there are
16 of us, but we are actively recruiting sales, marketing
research/resourcers. The latter might suit ladies with children at
school, as we can be very flexible on working hours and days.
Plimsoll, the recruitment analysts has
prepared a list, in their latest publication, of “The Top 19 Best
Trading Partners” among the 456 recruitment companies. MBA
occupies the 9th. position.
In choosing Henley we were persuaded by the beautiful environment and the easy access.
James Bain, Director
Something old for Someone new!!
mums from Stratford and Warwick have been able to support a charity
based parent group in Coventry. The fundraising team at Birth and Baby Reality
wanted to find a novel way to support other local families, but hoped
to avoid asking people to put their hands in their pockets in these
trying economic times. Claire Paley from their fundraising team came up
with the fantastic idea of asking parents to donate good quality used
clothing, bedding and accessories, which could then be donated to
another local charity, and the mums at Birth and Baby Reality coffee
mornings were really keen to support this idea!
Sarah Cossey who founded the company visited
Coffee Tots in Coventry which is a community project coffee shop, and
was able to hand over a generous quantity of donations, and hopes to do
so on a regular basis. “It’s such a shame to throw away
items that babies only get to wear once or twice before outgrowing it,
this is a brilliant example of recycling! Coffee Tots offers a safe and
affordable venue for local mums to meet in Coventry, and they aim to
attract a wide range of clients, especially younger parents that will
really appreciate this helping hand.“
Birth and Baby Reality also aims to support
local mums by offering a Free Early Pregnancy Class which is held in
Rother House Medical centre each month. “We hope to improve
people’s understanding about health in pregnancy, thereby
improving birth outcomes for both mothers and babies. It doesn’t
matter what background you come from, all parents love to learn about
their baby’s development and have the opportunity to meet other
local people in the same situation!!” We also offer postnatal
support at our weekly coffee mornings which usually include a relevant
speaker and are always well attended by mums from across the area.
To access a free session or for more information contact www.birthandbabyreality.co.uk
Local Churches support the 'Bottom Billion'
John’s Church, Henley and St Michael and all Angels in Claverdon
have jointly raised some £57,000 over the years to support the
Leamington based international peace building charity, Cord.
Cord has over four decades of experience in helping people to help
themselves out of poverty and towards a peaceful future in programmes
involving those who are in the ‘bottom billion’ - the
poorest people in the world.
Currently 42 million people affected by war
and conflict have been forced into exile as refugees or are displaced
within their own country. Half of them are children and most live in
the poorest parts of the world.
Since 1967 Cord has helped well over
1,000,000 people in some of the world’s most hostile and remote
environments. It takes time to build peace in a world where half of all
countries emerging from conflict relapse into violence within ten years
and it's back to square one. "We are enormously grateful to the
churches in Henley and Claverdon for their loyal and continuing
support," said Cord Chief Executive Brian Wakley. "Their generosity has
enabled us to make a very real difference in the lives of so many
people. Our Lent Appeal this year focuses on our Peace Heroes - people
who are going that extra mile to effect world peace, and who are
humbling in the work that they do," he added.
employs some 800 people in Africa, South East Asia and the UK. Most of
the in-country staff teams and all the organisation’s partners
are citizens of that country - they know the place inside out. The
charity has the knowledge, expertise and inventiveness to help its
partners address the root causes of conflict and essentially to help
themselves. Cord’s largest programme is with 85,000 Sudanese
refugees from Darfur who fled for their lives across the border into
Eastern Chad. Based in four camps Cord supports 23 schools, training
teachers and educating 35,000 children and young people from pre-school
upwards; ensuring that a generation emerges determined not to endure
another crisis like Darfur. Equally vital work is underway in Burundi
where hundred of thousands are returning from exile after years of
civil war. A major regeneration programme is part of Cord’s five
year plan: building thousands of homes, cultivating land, protecting
water supplies, erecting new primary schools and addressing the need
for basic sanitation and hygiene training to prevent disease.
Huge social injustice and extreme poverty
still exists today in Cambodia, where the legacy of the Khmer Rouge
regime and genocide killed nearly two million people, leaving 70% of
the population aged 30 and under and with little capability of dealing
with their tragic past.
Cord’s team in Phnom Penh provides advice, mentoring, coaching
and training to ten local partners, equipping them with an
understanding of how to make the best of opportunities for growth and
Cord spends £3.06 million a year on
their peace building work. The charity is funded and endorsed by some
of the world’s major donors - but much of its support comes from
churches, schools and individuals here in the UK. Indeed the chairman
of its trustees is local businessman Malcolm Franks who lives in
A Cord Community Ambassador will be speaking at St John’s Church on Sunday 13 March during the 10am service.
Do go along, or alternatively find ways you too can help fight world poverty and build peace by visiting www.cord.org.uk
Claverdon maintain their perfect record
Saturday 29th January 2011
COPSEWOOD 5 CLAVERDON 46
Try scorers – Paul Daws x 3, Tom Johnson, Tom Bennett, Steve Grimsley, Doz Ward
Conversions – Doz Ward x 4
Penalties – Doz Ward x 1
Man of the match – Anthony Cauvin
Scrum half Connor Smith in action
Claverdon finally managed to play their
league fixture against Copsewood on the fourth time of asking after bad
weather had seen previous attempts cancelled. Absenteeism saw Frasier
Knight drafted in to the second row with Paul Daws on the wing and Rob
Horsfall slotting back in at full back.
With the pitch firm under foot, Claverdon
knew they would have an advantage if they could use their fast backs as
often as possible. With the game only 5 minutes underway, the Copsewood
defence were caught offside from a Claverdon attack. Doz Ward made no
mistake to give the visitors an early lead. The lions then unusually
stepped off the pace and a poor clearance saw Copsewood deep in the
Claverdon half. From the resulting lineout, a well worked move saw the
home team set up an effective rolling maul to go over in the corner and
take the lead. The conversion was missed and Claverdon knew they were
in for a battle. This was the shock that the lions needed and they soon
made good yards courtesy of quick thinking by scrum half Conor Smith.
Quick recycling eventually saw the ball in the hands of winger Paul
Daws who made no mistake to dive over in the corner. Ward easily got
the distance from the touchline but was just off target with his
It wasn’t long before Claverdon scored
their second try of the game. Another very effective scrum secured
great ball for inside centre Tom Johnson who took the ball at pace. He
drew 2 defenders before managing to offload a looped pass to his fellow
centre Tom Bennett who outpaced his man to crash over in the corner for
an unconverted try. With Claverdon now very much on the ascendancy they
were playing the sort of free flowing rugby that had seen them
bulldozer teams in recent matches. Chris Lowe and Chris Edsall made
great tackles to push the home side back deep in to their own half. A
pin point throw from Steve Grimsley and a clever tap down from captain
Tom Skinner gave the backs the quick ball they thrived on. An excellent
timed pass from Ward found Daws cut a great line from his wing and he
easily outpaced the defence to score his second of the game. Ward made
his first conversion.
Straight from the kick off, Claverdon took
clean ball and Copsewood couldn’t handle the pace of Smith and
flanker James Barton who both gained valuable yards. Barton found
supporting runner Doz Ward who handed off the full back to score next
to the posts. He dusted himself down to convert the bonus point try
with the half time whistle sounding shortly after.
5-27 Half Time
Steve Grimsley scoring his try for Claverdon
With ten minutes gone in the second period,
Claverdon scored their fifth try of the match. As had been the case all
game, the front row of Dave Carruthers, Steve Grimsley and Chris Lowe
secured another solid scrum which again gave the Claverdon backs the
platform they required. With a quick pick up from the base of the
scrum, Smith drew his man to find centre Johnson who gathered the ball
at pace to secure another converted try. Doz Ward had been excellent
with his place kicking and with one such kick and great following up
from Johnson and winger Ian Wyllie, the Copsewood full back was driven
back over his line. The home team attempted to clear only for the ball
to find its way perfectly in to the hands of winger Daws. He turned and
found a tiny gap to accelerate through three defenders to score his
third of the game. Ward missed the conversion.
Copsewood were not lying down and they
forced the lions back to within 5 metres of their own line. Great
defensive work kept the home team at bay but this was at the expense of
Chris Lowe who was knocked out and replaced by youngster Anthony Cauvin.
The change gave Claverdon a much needed lift
and they were soon back camped in the home team’s half. Great
phases of open rugby saw both Tom Skinner and Jean Visser within yards
of scoring but they were just held up short. When Frasier Knight was
tackled just short, Steve Grimsley spotted a gap in the Copsewood
defence to dive over and continue his impressive scoring record this
season. Ward easily made the conversion and the full time whistle
sounded to end another well drilled performance from the lions.
5-46 Full Time
Claverdon face a tough encounter this
Saturday as they travel away to face rivals Old Wheatleyans and aim to
continue their winning ways.
Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos by Will Barnes
The Arden Pig Company
is the perfect time to take advantage of all of the outdoor dining
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Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for January 2011:
Crime in Your Area
Although the figures initially appear disappointing when comparing them
with this time last year, January 2010 was an exceptional month with
only a few incidents recorded. The incidents recorded for January 2011
are comparable with recent months and the Alcester North Area is still
a low crime area in comparison to other areas.
Burglary has increased overall with seven
more dwellings broken into when compared to last year with the Henley
and Earlswood areas being targeted. A further house was broken into in
Ullenhall, however within 40 minutes of attacking the house, four men
were stopped in the car and arrested in possession of some of the
stolen property. The Claverdon area has seen the most burglary other
incidents, all of these have involved garages being broken into with
tools and machinery stolen. Local officers will be increasing patrols
in these areas to combat the problem, however residents are reminded to
remain vigilant at all times and report anything suspicious to the
police. Overall since April the 1st burglary dwellings have reduced on
the Alcester North area by -10.8% when compared to the same period last
year. If you would like crime prevention advice, please contact your
local officer, phone 01789 444816 or E-Mail: email@example.com
Criminal Damage has increased on last year,
but again it is comparable with recent months. The majority of
incidents being recorded in the Studley area with incidents recorded
for smashed windows to commercial premises, damage to garden fencing
and some graffiti. Around 20 feet of fencing was damaged at Birdcage
Walk in Henley, the section of fencing borders The Mount and was
damaged sometime between 8pm 24th January – 8am 25th January. In
Earlswood somebody has driven into the barrier at the entrance to
the Lakes car park and left the scene without reporting the accident.
Anti Social Behaviour incidents have
increased slightly when compared to this time last year, however it is
comparable with recent months. Studley has experienced the majority of
issues around the High Street and Crooks Lane areas with reports of
youths acting rowdy and in some cases under the influence of alcohol.
Officers are continuing to patrol ‘hotspot’ areas and are
making effective use of the Dispersal Zone and Alcohol Restriction Zone.
Vehicle Crime has increased with vehicles
being reported as stolen in Henley, Wootton Wawen, Earlswood, Ullenhall
and Studley. However the vehicle stolen in Henley has since been
recovered having been taken by a relative whilst underage and without
consent. Theft from Motor Vehicles has increased slightly with fuel
stolen from vehicles in Studley by drilling into the fuel tanks;
commercial vehicles have also been targeted in the Studley area with
tools being stolen. In Preston Bagot a vehicle in a car park was forced
open and a sat nav was taken. In Henley and Earlswood there has been
reports of number plate thefts and in Tanworth a Land Rover Defender
was stripped of parts. Residents are reminded to remove as many items
from show as possible and where a sat nav is removed it is advisable to
remove the cradle and suction marks from the window as this would
otherwise indicate the likelihood of a sat nav being in the vehicle to
a would be thief. Overall since April the 1st vehicle crime has reduced
on the Alcester North Area by -7.9% when compared to the same period
Violence has increased on this time last year, but is comparable with
recent months. Most of the incidents are recorded in the Henley,
Studley and Tanworth areas. Those recorded are of a minor nature and
have been dealt with appropriately by officers.
Information & Advice
Don’t Drink & Drive!
Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive. There is no
foolproof way of drinking and staying under the limit, or of knowing
how much an individual person can drink and still drive safely.
Each person's tolerance to alcohol depends on a range of factors including:
- current stress levels
- whether they have eaten recently
- amount of alcohol consumed
So, the only safe option is not to drink
alcohol if you plan to drive, and never offer an alcoholic drink to
someone else who is intending to drive.
What is the drink drive legal limit?
The legal alcohol limit for drivers in Great Britain is:
- 80 milligrammes (mg) of alcohol per 100 millilitres (ml) of blood (80mg/100ml), or
- 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath, or
- 107mg of alcohol per 100ml of urine
The limit has remained unchanged since its
introduction by the Road Safety Act 1967, which also gave the police
powers to breath-test drivers suspected of drink driving.
What are the current penalties?
For exceeding the legal alcohol limit for drivers:
- up to 6 months in prison
- a fine of up to £5000
- a minimum of 12 months' disqualification (3 years for a second offence within 10 years)
Why isn't the limit zero?
Even without drinking, some alcohol can be present in the body from
other sources, such as when produced by the fermentation processes in
the digestion of certain foods, or as an ingredient in mouth wash. This
means that a zero limit isn't practical.
For further information, please visit: www.dft.gov.uk/think/
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.
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
Following a house burglary in Ullenhall
on Tuesday 11th January 2011, a vigilant member of the public helped
police by calling us and giving vehicle details for the offenders.
Within 40 minutes of attacking the house four men were stopped in the
car and arrested in possession of some of the stolen property. Three
have now been charged with the burglary and are awaiting court
appearances. Police are grateful to the witness for his help, stressing
that without which, we could not have locked up and dealt with the
offenders so promptly.
Four persons given Formal Warnings by
Henley Pub Watch regarding their future conduct. A vehicle which was
reported as stolen in Henley was recovered by officers and one of those
responsible was found to be a relative who had taken the vehicle whilst
underage and without consent.
A member of the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
successfully located a number of garden ornaments in Earlswood, which
had been moved from one garden to another. It is unknown who is
responsible for removing the ornaments, but they have since been
returned to the rightful owner.
A representative from the Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Team attended Henley High School and assisted Year 9
pupils with their Business Enterprise Day.
Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Authorities have invited their
respective Chief Constables to explore the potential for delivering
more effective and efficient policing services across both force areas.
Following consideration by both Authorities, Warwickshire Chief
Constable Keith Bristow and West Mercia Chief Constable Paul West have
been asked to consider the merits of a strategic alliance between the
two forces which, forces and Authorities believe, could deliver real
benefits more quickly than any other partnership or collaboration work
ongoing at this time.
Both forces and Police Authorities already
have innovative change programmes designed to ensure that forces
continue to deliver the maximum protection possible to local
communities at a time of reducing budgets. Warwickshire Police has to
reduce its budget by £22.9 million over the next four years and
West Mercia by a total of £34 million. A team has been tasked
with developing proposals for more efficient and effective policing
services that maintain or increase levels of protection to local
communities. Local policing team arrangements are excluded from the
review work. West Mercia Assistant Chief Constable Simon Chesterman has
been appointed by the two forces to lead a Strategic Alliance programme
team. A joint blueprint with recommendations will be presented to both
forces and Authorities by the end of May 2011 for their consideration.
Sheila Blagg, Chair of West Mercia Police
Authority said:“Both Warwickshire and West Mercia sit within the
same ‘family of forces’ nationally and it is therefore no
surprise that we have more similarities in policing style, budget,
culture and values than differences. In terms of how we can support
local policing resources and protective services, our needs are very
similar. There is a desire to build upon these similarities and closely
examine the potential of a two force partnership which, if taken
forward with a shared purpose, drive and vision, would enable benefits
to be delivered more quickly than any other form of alliance.”
Ian Francis, Chair of Warwickshire Police
Authority said: “We are all very excited by the potential
additional value that a strategic alliance can deliver, both
financially and in terms of protection for local communities. Both
forces and Authorities have a track record of delivering change in an
innovative and successful manner and a strategic alliance has the
potential to take thinking and service delivery to a new level. A new
programme team will now begin work with senior business leads in both
forces to identify how protection and resource service provision can be
Both forces and authorities have been keen to stress that a merger of the two forces is not an option.
“This is not a programme designed to
deliver a merger. Each force will retain its individual identity and
governance arrangements through its Police Authority and will continue
to set and manage its own budget and policing priorities based on the
needs of local communities,” added Sheila Blagg. “It is
about building upon the existing structures of the two forces and an
opportunity to deliver policing more efficiently and effectively and
enhance the levels of protection to our communities.”
Warwickshire and West Mercia forces are both
actively engaged in local discussions with other public services and
with police colleagues in the West Midlands region and beyond. Both
forces already share a number of services with others forces including,
for example, police air support and counter terrorism work and the
exploration of other potential partnerships will continue in parallel
with strategic alliance work.
The next Community Forum will be held
23rd March, 7pm, Studley Youth Club - 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 Council Officer.
The next Henley Community Surgery
will be held, 30th March, 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 16th February, between 11am – 1pm, Henley Police
Station - A drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within the
community with your local policing team.
The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 10th February, 7pm, Henley Police Station
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
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John Garner's Business Column
Another problem with Windows
(Mac users don’t need to worry, they can continue to be self-righteous).
We hear this week that yet another major
security bug has been found in Windows. This one only affects you if
you use Internet Explorer – as indeed most PC users do.
You may well be sick of hearing that yet
another Microsoft product hasn’t been properly developed, they
really do have a terrible history of this. It amazes me how one of the
largest companies in the world can put so many unfinished or untested
products on to the market.
Hackers can take advantage of this loophole
to steal sensitive information or redirect users to malicious websites.
Microsoft researchers are apparently still looking into developing a
complete fix for it, (because they didn’t do the job properly in
the first place) but they have released a temporary fix which will
prevent the majority of attacks.
If you want to you can download the temporary fix for Internet Explorer here:
However there’s an easier solution:
Internet Explorer is the only browser affected by the problem so
switching to a different browser will also protect you.
There are several other browsers available
and all are free of charge to use. A good alternative is Firefox and I
confess I’m a great fan of it, in part because it has nothing to
do with Microsoft. It’s simple and straightforward to use and it
will remember all your usernames and passwords for you if you want it
You can download Firefox here: www.mozilla-europe.org/en/firefox
Firefox is freeware (you don’t have to pay for it) and is part of
the Mozilla family which also includes Thunderbird – that’s
an email client like Outlook (though without the calendar). These
freeware products are continually updated by a team of users and you
are automatically notified when a new version becomes available. Unlike
Microsoft products they work properly first time……
For a while now there has been a free
alternative to Microsoft software for use on your PC. You don’t
need to buy Microsoft Office any more (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) as
there is a great alternative in the Open Office suite of programmes
which does all that Office does and more. You can find out more about
this at www.openoffice.org .
Finally I learn that a foreign language
version of Windows (Windersxxxx) has been produced for those who live
north-west of Birmingham. You may enjoy learning about it. Click on the
image right to view the screen shots. To pause, click on pause icon bottom left (Windows) or press space bar (Mac).
Situations Vacant – Volunteers Needed!
anyone know of a semi/recently retired person who might be interested
in giving something back to the community by becoming a Trustee of Henley War Memorial Trust?
HWMT is responsible for the Memorial Hall (which is already
wonderfully managed by Duncan Bainbridge and his team) and the
Sports Grounds and Pavilion. It’s the Sports Grounds and Pavilion
team that could use some extra help in the management of this part of
the organisation. Replies to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or phone us on 795470. Many thanks.
Would anyone be willing to become Auditor of the Youth Club
accounts? It is not an onerous task and the accounts are presented in
good order. As above, please contact Jan or Peter Crathorne if you are
able to help. Again, many thanks.
HWMT need a Volunteer Quantity Surveyor
to give advice on architect’s drawings for the proposed
re-furbishment of the sports pavilion, in order that the project
management team might arrive at a reasonable figure for the cost of the
project. For more details, please contact Peter Crathorne, as above.
If you have a vacancy, please advise the Sits Vac Editor, Jan Crathorne or 01564 795470.
Warnings from Trading Standards
You Can’t Win It – So Bin It!
February is ‘Scamnesty’ Month
Throughout February, Warwickshire consumers are being urged to ‘bin a scam’ in support of ‘Scamnesty’, the national month long scams awareness campaign, Warwickshire Trading Standards Service has announced.
‘Scamnesty bins’, located at main libraries and one stop shops across Warwickshire will be available throughout the month for residents to bin their bogus prize draws and sweepstakes, scam lotteries and advanced fee fraud letters. Trading Standards Officers will then collect the bins, identify issues and then shred them!
For more information about Scamnesty, including scam bin locations and further details on mass marketing scams, please visit our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scamnesty
The email alert system is a quick and simple means by which Warwickshire Trading Standards can alert interested individuals, community organisations, businesses, charities and others to the latest Trading Standards issues/scams etc.
Please feel free to cascade this information to whom ever you feel appropriate (including using the information in your newsletters/websites etc.). Please ignore the Restricted Notice on the bottom of this page - this is automatically generated but is not meant to apply to the information in this email.
The email alert system is designed to work as a two way communications system. Therefore, if you have any information you wish to provide to Warwickshire Trading Standards Service, either for our information, or to appear in future email alerts, please email me.
Know Your Rights! …. Buying Tickets Online
Tickets for concerts, festivals and sporting events often sell out very quickly and it is tempting to search the internet for somewhere that can provide them. However, be careful as 1 in 12 people are scammed by fake ticket websites. These very convincing websites claim to sell event tickets that are never delivered, leaving fans without tickets and their money. So follow our advice and don't let them con you.
- Ask yourself: How can this website guarantee tickets to an event that is already sold out, or that are not on sale yet?
- Never buy event tickets from a website you're unsure of. Ask others about it and search online for comments.
- You can 'tick off' a number of things to look out before purchasing your tickets online by visiting Consumer Direct's fake ticket website: www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/tickets
- Report fake ticketing websites or suspected ones to: www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/reportascam
For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Solar Panels; to buy or not to buy ?
You may have wondered why in these articles,
there has never been a discussion about energy from the sun in the form
of solar panels. Well, the reason is that panels are expensive, so in
discussing energy we’ve generally concentrated on no cost actions
like turning stuff off or down to lower settings and low cost items
with short payback such as low energy light bulbs and my favourite
– you’ve guessed it – insulation, which saves a lot
of energy and pays for itself in about 18 months. (There’s
currently a special offer from Rockwarm for Stratford District Council
residents so pay back times can be less than a year.)
So, why think about solar panels now? Well,
when we looked at them a couple of years ago, we found them extremely
expensive and there were a few unresolved issues with them for our
house. Prices are now lower so we are looking again.
There are two types of solar system. Solar
thermal puts heat into your hot water tank. In summer it can provide
most of your hot water and in winter it helps to heat the water.
Partially heating the water in winter still saves energy, though not as
much as in summer. Typically, solar hot water systems provide about 60
to 70% of the heat energy used in domestic hot water. When we looked at
this, we found that because there are only two of us in the house and
we are very frugal with hot water, a solar hot water system would not
save a lot of carbon pollution and not save much money either. However,
for a family it might be worthwhile and it’s especially worth
considering if most of your hot water is heated electrically. There are
two types of solar thermal collectors: evacuated tubes and flat panels.
The tubes are more efficient at collecting the heat, which means they
will be smaller than a flat panel of similar output, but they are
expensive and only seem to be worth considering if roof space is
restricted. Flat panel systems start at just under £4,000.
(PV) solar panels on your roof (or in the garden if you have a suitable
space) make electricity which can be used in your home and when you do
not need the power, it will be exported to the grid. You will be paid
for what you export at 3p per kWhr and you will also be paid 41.3p per
kWhr for all power generated, whether you use it or export it. Most
systems are installed without an export meter and the electricity
companies assume that you export half of what you generate, so the
effective payment to you is 41.3 + 1.5 = 42.8p/kWhr and this is tax
free, RPI indexed and guaranteed for 25 years from the date of
installation. With typical electricity prices paid by domestic
consumers of around 11 or 12 p/kWhr, you might think that a 25 year
guaranteed tax free index linked 42.8p/kWhr is rather generous, but it
needs to be, because PV solar systems cost in the region of
£5,000 to £13,000 depending on size. Typical payback times
are in the region of 8 to 12 years for roofs facing between South East
and South West and rather longer for East or West facing. Roofs facing
anywhere between West North West and East North East are probably not
suitable. Also, quite small shadows can cause a disproportionately
serious loss of output. Being unsure about the size of the effect of a
shadow from a chimney was one of the reasons that we did not buy solar
panels two years ago. The other was the high cost. We have now
confirmed that the chimney in our case causes a loss of less than 1% of
annual output and prices of panels have come down considerably, so we
are getting quotes. A recent MORI poll showed that the value of
properties with PV installations could be enhanced by over
Some companies will give additional
discounts if a group of customers get together in an area and agree to
have their panels installed one after the other. The savings arise
because the scaffolding company can take the scaffold form one home to
another on the same day and the solar panel installers can bulk buy the
panels. So, if anyone is interested in joining a buying group, please
give me a call on 01564 792251. Even if you do not wish to join a
buying group, but would like further information about solar systems, I
am happy to give you help; I now have quite a lot of technical
knowledge about panels and systems and performance and calculating the
effect of shadows. If you want to look into matters yourself, a good
starting point for PV is the website found by searching for PV-GIS
using Google. Savings in carbon pollution from a 4kW system are in the
region of 3 tons per year.
If on the other hand you wish to save a lot
of energy, carbon pollution and money without spending thousands of
pounds, give Rockwarm a call on 0800-132689 and ask about cavity wall
and or loft insulation. If you want additional quotes, ask your energy
supplier or call Act on Energy on 0800 988 2881. If you are interested
in joining a buying group for solar panels, call me on 01564 792251.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Exploring new opportunities
Stratford District Council
has held a preliminary meeting with Malvern Hills District Council to
explore whether there might be benefit for their two Councils in
developing an alliance to operate services. The Leader, Deputy Leader
and Chief Executive met their opposite numbers at Malvern and have
asked the two Chief Executives to look at this in more detail prior to
a follow up meeting in early February.
Council and Warwick District Council set up a Working Group last year
to examine the opportunities to set up a shared management team and
shared services. The Working Group concluded that they should not
pursue shared management due to other pressures on the Councils but
they would continue to examine the options for shared services.
Councillor Stephen Gray,
Leader Stratford District Council says: “We spent a long time
talking with Warwick but with all partnerships there have to be
benefits on both sides and as discussions progressed it was clear that
this would not be the case. There seems to be great similarities
between Malvern Hills District Council and Stratford-on-Avon District
Council differently to Warwick and I am hopeful that this may present
both Councils with potential benefits.
Council has been working in partnership with a number of Councils for a
few years. Given the scale of the financial settlement, it is only
natural that the District Council quizzes like minded Councils in order
to look a further savings options. Any partnership must benefit both
Councils and council tax payers alike."
Henley Diary Dates
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HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Roger Butler is going to take us “Through Wildest Russia”
when we meet on Tuesday 15th February. Baptist Church Hall 7.45pm,
SING ALONG & HOT POT 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.
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
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.
HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH
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”.
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.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
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.
FLOWER CLUB February 8th Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £5.00.
Fashion & Flowers Demonstrator Sharon Possart Competition “A
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
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.
WARWICKSHIRE COMMUNITY AWARDS 2011 ROADSHOW
Has your community done anything it is particularly proud of in the last 12 months, which is worth celebrating? Come along and find out how to nominate people you know for community awards at our Henley-in-Arden drop-in session. 10am – 1pm Saturday 12th March - Guild Hall, Henley-in-Arden.
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
Saturday 7th May..A Night at the Opera. Henley's answer to Glyndebourne. Consensus, the group who gave us the delightful A School for Scandal last year, will return with The Merry Wives of Windsor. A picnic supper will be provided by Fortnum and Dalby. Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve
The Annual Jazz in the Garden is booked for July 23rd -
Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve
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.
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 Wed 23 March, TV gardener Chris
Beardshaw will give a talk on all aspects of gardening and answer
questions. Further details will follow, so reserve the dates in your
diary. Now would also be a good time to Buy a Brick as the third
brick panel will be installed shortly. Further details on all of
these from Douglas and Sue Bridgewater on 793633.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach.
7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court
available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during
summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises
a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested
in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
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
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
association meets once per month to discuss its plans for the next
parish council election in May 2012 when it intends to offer residents
a manifesto to reduce substantially the running costs of the Joint
Parish Council and to give greater participation to the community in
the affairs of the town.
You can register your support at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We
meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for
yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to
be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if
you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops.
For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564
792837 2011 Programme
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
- To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
- To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
- To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
- To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
- To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
- To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
To create a network
where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange
ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and
The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
Henley Cricket Club
fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two
teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September.
We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or
ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin
O'Brien on 01564 794903.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
meets on Monday
evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark.
The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social
club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new
members, whether beginners or established players. For further
information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and
11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open
for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a
drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and
singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is
not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact
Annette Walker on 792837
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the
Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837. Meeting programme
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from
11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour
networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative
speaker on a business topic. Full details at www.swbc.co.uk
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or
fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For
further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
Meets the last
Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a
conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area
footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.
More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership
consists of retired professional and business men residing in the
vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details
please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the
the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or
may not improve our play!! Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There
are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
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