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'U' Turn on Police Station CCTV Pole by JPC
Signs and columns destroying the Henley landscape.
Victor would say "I don't believe it!"
The Joint Parish Council
voted by a majority decision to recommend the installation of a CCTV
camera on the massive pole in front of the Police Station; this is
because the Warwickshire Police Authority are unhappy to allow a
discreet CCTV camera to be installed on their police station as they
might want to sell the building. The JPC considered this column totally
unacceptable three years ago. The JPC were told three months ago that
it would be removed within a fortnight.
Residents have told Henley NEWS
that the trees in the area will have to be lopped each summer so that
the camera can read the number plates. Concern has been expressed
that the column outside St John's church may now be re-erected.
Stratford District Council has recently considered reducing its budget for CCTV monitoring. Henley NEWS
understands that the current CCTV monitoring is already being run with
a reduced staff and there is no guarantee that the service will not be
closed down in a future round of cost cutting.
If you believe this decision is WRONG, follow the advice of the CPRE,
"Lobby your ward members, parish council and your MP. Write a personal letter of objection to the District Council."
John Johnson comments
If this is true, I don’t believe it either!
2 questions from me please:
On what grounds have the Parish Council decided to change their mind?
More importantly, can the
Parish Council, Stratford District Council, Warwickshire County
Council, or indeed anybody else, please remind me:
Exactly why do we need CCTV here in Henley High Street?
Tell me, do we have a crime problem just there on the High Street?
If so, does anyone
really think that this great big camera sat there is going to make a
blind bit of difference?
And finally, I thought we now
lived in an age of cost cutting? How can anyone justify this
complete waste of money, either now or in the future? Get
rid of it, or properly justify the reasons for it.
My ‘Victor’ rant is now finished and I feel better for it!
JPC fails to OBJECT to Market Development Revisions
attended the meeting of Beaudesert & Henley JPC on 14th February
2011, I found it very frustrating to sit through the discussion on
Taylor Wimpey’s revised plans for Henley Market redevelopment and
find that the key issues were not addressed. Eventually the height of
the 2½ storey houses (that’s 3 storeys to you and me) was
discussed, but the key point was missed. Allowing buildings of the
height proposed, even though they are shown as 2 storeys or 2½
storeys, would enable Taylor Wimpey to apply for a variation to the
planning permission to increase the 2 storey house to 3 storeys, which
they could achieve within the overall height.
The developer claims that the roof
line would remain the same even if the plans indicated all the houses
were reduced to 2 storeys; is that really true? Where do planning
guidelines insist on a minimum height? The developer claims that their
proposed roof line matches adjacent properties, have they actually
visited the surrounding area? The adjoining properties in Prince Harry
Road and the south side of Warwick Road are lower than those included
in their proposals for the new properties.
The JPC has ‘commented’ on Taylor Wimpey’s plans,
but has not specifically objected to any of the developer’s proposals.
Therefore, they have effectively condoned the plans.
RESPONSES FROM BEAUDESERT AND HENLEY IN ARDEN JOINT PARISH COUNCIL TO AMENDED PROPOSALS
28th January 2011
1. Hooped-topped railings Hoop-topped railings are an improvement to the scheme but we ask that
the developers consider extending the railings to incorporate the
boundary of the open space fronting onto Prince Harry Road (PHR).
2. Parking at Plot 9, PHR The JPC recognise the improvements to parking provision for properties
7 and 8 PHR. However, Parish Council still believe that the open space
to the side of plot 9 could be utilised to create off-road parking
alongside the property thus avoiding visitors from parking on PHR.
3. Open space area seating It is understood that the horse trough currently on Warwick Rd will be
re-located as a feature in the open space. The majority of Councillors
felt that the benefit of seating in the open space area outweighed the
potential risk of anti-social behaviour and therefore ask that the
seating is retained in the final scheme. We understand that a
residents' Management Committee will be established.
4. Double yellow lines on PHR and Warwick Road (WR) - fronting properties The Parish Council acknowledge WCC Highways recommendations but still
wish to express a preference for double yellow lines as stated.
5. Tree-planting and Footpath The JPC are pleased to see the amended landscaping plan and accompanying footpath.
6. Houses fronting WR Road 24-34 We note that reducing these properties from 2.5 storey to 2 storey
would not materially affect the overall height as roof space is used
for the top floor. However, Councillors still felt that the line of the
new properties was higher than the existing ones from the traffic
lights on WR and should therefore be lowered to present a consistent
7. Apartments on PHR The amended plans now incorporate the reduction of the number of
apartments to 4. The position of the apartment block has been rotated
to face more towards Warwick Road. (thus no longer directly overlooking
PHR properties) and the side wall facing the block has now incorporated
4 windows as opposed to none previously shown. These revised proposals
meet the JPC's previous requests - there are no further comments.
8. Pedestrian Footpath The Parish Council acknowledge the ownership issues but would still ask
for a pedestrian footpath to be pursued if at all possible.
9. Main vehicular access from Warwick Road The Parish Council acknowledge that WCC has conducted extensive surveys
on road usage and traffic flows in the immediate area but our concerns
remain regarding congestion and road safety especially during peak
times if the access road is not widened to allow two-lane turning
in/out of the access road.
10. Design of dwellings Extensive alterations to the original scheme are now incorporated into
the amended plans which now include a variety of gabled features, bay
windows and facings which will give a more aesthetically pleasing look
to the development. Of the brick samples shown to the Council, designs
‘Autumn Glow' and ‘Breckland multi-reserve' were the
preferred choices rather than the more ‘spotty' types.
11. Density of dwellings Whilst the reduction of 2 units in the apartment block is accepted, the
Council still has notable concerns regarding density of the development
and would prefer a less dense scheme.
12. Affordable housing The Council is pleased to see an additional 2 units have been
designated as affordable housing. However, the majority of Councillors
believe there should be more rented housing to meet local housing needs.
13. S106 gain We thank the developers for their contribution of £10,000 towards
the cost of providing a new market facility for the town. We understand
that the cost of providing a pedestrian crossing on WR would be met by
the developers separately to the sums set out in the S106 Agreement.
Due to the threat of closure of the local library, we ask that
additional financial support should be given in support of the library.
14. Environmental/Flooding issues Significant changes to minimise flood and other environmental risks
have now been incorporated into the plans. The JPC will abide by the
Environment Agency and WCC expert opinion on these proposals.
15. Construction traffic The existing requests previously stated remain unchanged, in
particular, in relation to establishing set times when heavy/noisy
works are undertaken and parking for site workers being contained
within the development site itself not on WR or PHR. Proposed times for
heavy or noisy work would be 7am - 6 pm Monday to Friday, 7am - 1pm
Saturdays and no Sundays.
16. Properties 21-22 (New request) The Council acknowledges the changes to roof lights on these dwellings
to ensure that they do not enable over-looking of adjacent properties
but would ask that the glass in the roof lights is obscured glazing,
The only Councillors who raised
specific objections at the meeting were Cllr George Matheou and Cllr
Bill Leech; more power to their elbow. If only the JPC would take
account of these two councillors' views, take a stronger line, listen
to the opinions of residents and put forward those objections in a
strongly worded letter, then Henley may get a development that actually
has the approval of residents. Remember that Taylor Wimpey will use the
tacit support of the JPC as support for their proposals when the
Planning Committee meets in March to discuss the approval of the plans
for the Market.
John Tristram - Market Action Group
Henley Architect writes to Stratford Planning Dept
Dear Mr. Horton,
I am still unaware of any
comments your urban design team have made regarding the comparative
merits or otherwise of my alternative layout for the above scheme.
Having seen the revised application, it would appear the developers are
hoping to get away with the absolute minimum of concessions to the
residents of Henley.
My objections to the scheme still remain
are totally disregarding any reference to the retention of retail space
for the market, despite our governments edict that the 'BIG SOCIETY' is
supposed to involve the community in saying how they want their
environment shaped, and we are almost unanimous that the market is a
vitally integral part of our town's raison d'etre. THERE IS
NO GOOD REASON WHY IT SHOULD GO! - particularly when I have shown that
its retention would involve no loss of dwellings (see below).
Also, how can any
respectable architect, developer, planner or councillor be happy with
the low-spec., mundane, could-be-anywhere, standard of building design
that the applicant is imposing on a town with special historic
I sincerely hope the planning committee will have more integrity.
Vincent Ford, Architect - 30 Castle Close
An alternative scheme by Vincent Ford, which has not been considered.
CPRE Chairman warns Henley Residents
planning application proposes a physical change to the town or
countryside and because every change is either for better or worse
every planning application is a challenge. The redevelopment of the Henley-in-Arden Cattle Market
is a challenge that occurs once in a lifetime. In a very short space of
that time that site will be covered with flats and houses, which will,
to a greater or lesser degree, improve the ambience of the town or mar
Who will take up the challenge?
The planning officers will apply the relevant policies in the Local
Plan Review and those policies demand that developers shall not merely
refrain from doing harm but strive to achieve a positive good.
Thus, PR 1: “All
development proposals should respect and, where possible, enhance the
quality and character of the area.”
And DEV 1:
“Development proposals will be required to have regard to the
character and quality of the local area through the layout and design
of new buildings.”
There is some hope here. The case
officer and at least one other will apply these policies to the case
and the developers will have due regard to them when submitting plans.
The officers and the developers will surely also meet, more than once,
and there will be some tacit bargaining. The developers will sense how
far they can go; the planners will sense what they can demand.
Also taking up the challenge will be,
I hope, your Parish Council, the two district ward members, the county
ward member and your MP.
This case is bound to go to the
Planning Committee because it is so large, but if it were not an
objection by a ward member or the Parish Council would send it there. The
ward members and a representative of the Parish Council can speak at
the Planning Committee Meeting and influence the decision.
Bodies such as the CPRE can give their opinions.
In our opinion this application is second rate.
It is not good enough for Henley. You deserve better.
Finally, there are the residents of
Henley-in-Arden, either individually or collectively, and their views,
properly expressed, are very, very important indeed.
Let me give you some examples.
Having been refused permission by the
District Council to use the Rainbow Nurseries at Welford-on-Avon as a
residential caravan site, first by the Planning Committee and then by
the Audit and Regulatory Committee, the Applicant has done precisely
what was formally and firmly denied him. He is using the Rainbow
Nurseries at Welford-on-Avon as a residential caravan site.
The authority of the District Council
was flouted. What might it do? What did it do? The Council’s
officers recommended that no action should be taken and that might well
have been the end of it.
Unhappily for the Council’s
officers, the incident provoked such widespread anger in
Welford-on-Avon that a special meeting of the Audit and Regulatory
Committee was convened to deal with the matter. Irate Welfordians
occupied every seat in the Council Chamber and action was taken. With
one voice, the Committee voted to issue an enforcement notice.
This will send a clear message to all the other travellers in the
district, those who have already set up illegal camps and those who are
about to do so, and indeed to the numerous developers, large and small,
whose principle intentions are to flout or circumvent the laws that are
intended to safeguard the countryside.
For two decades the residents of
Tanworth-in-Arden have had their lives blighted by the stench of
rotting chicken remains and the passage of lorries through country
lanes too small to contain them, the offspring of a slaughterhouse that
was built illegally and then weakly and wetly allowed. Thanks to a
determined band of residents who have secured two public inquiries this
nuisance is coming to an end. The battle has been very hard and very
long; it has been won by the inhabitants of the village, particularly
the Cank Farm Action Group. Left to itself, the District Council would
have let this nuisance continue and multiply.
A residents' association at Claverdon
has fought with equal determination to control the expansion of the
Heart of England Farm and, again, after years of hard, detailed
prodding the District Council is beginning to realise that this
enterprise must be contained.
However, it was in vain that the
residents of Admington, the parish council and the ward member,
bombarded the Council with e-mails, letters and telephone calls about a
developer who was given permission to build a two storey house with
four bedrooms and built a three storey house with six bedrooms. The
then Head of Planning Services, Pat Reid, finally came to inspect the
house and uttered the immortal remark, “I don’t normally
deal with planning applications. Seeing it makes me wonder whether we
should be approving buildings on this scale.” There were
protests, but not enough of them and they were not sufficiently well
organised. Admington, after all, is only a tiny hamlet that consists,
pretty well, of a single street, one that is now effectively spoiled
for present and future generations. Take a look at it.
Mr. Reid’s successor, Tony Perks, looked at a new house in
Binton, which was larger than it ought to have been, and told two
residents that he did not realise it would be as big as that. They
protested, these residents, but not soon enough or strongly enough and
at the time of this incident the parish council was exiguous.
A developer who duped the Long
Itchington Parish Council, the ward member and local residents, has
just built a house at Bascote that is much larger than anyone expected
and added three gables on to the stop storey. What will be done about
it? Bascote, like Admington, is a tiny hamlet.
To make things even more difficult
Enforcement at Stratford-upon-Avon is
always tardy, often lackadaisical and quite frequently non-existent.
Yet without enforcement the policies in the Local Plan Review are
worthless. The CPRE wants the Enforcement Department to be efficient
and effective. We will not accept the hardness of these hard times as
an excuse for delaying the change. It must happen now.
And to make things harder still, the
whole planning system is currently in a mess. The previous government
introduced the completely unnecessary local development frameworks and
the result is a set of vapid, nebulous policies in a document called a
Core Strategy which, cuckoo-like, could oust the well drafted policies
in the Local Plan Review and the leave local planning authorities
defenseless against the developers. To this troubled situation the
present government is bringing in a Decentralisation and Localism Bill,
allegedly to transfer power from the state to local communities and
individuals. It is a threat, this bill, because nobody knows either
what its real intention is or what its effect will be.
The plans for Cattle Market site.
The application was presented to the
public and received such a drubbing that eleven amendments have been
made to it. It still will not do. If those forty flats and houses were
built the area would be horribly overcrowded, there would be tailbacks
of vehicles along the A3400 and those who could not find room to park
their vehicles would leave them in Prince Harry Road, which would
become very cluttered. The houses do not fit in with the buildings in
Prince Harry Road and the block of flats is one storey too high. It
calls itself a two storey building, but it is 9.6 metres high and were
the application passed then so surely would the developers return with
a demand to put a third storey in that high roof. However, this is an
improvement on the four storey block that masqueraded as three storeys,
before being reduced. There are to be ten affordable units. There
should be more. The designs for the houses are rather twee and do not
properly reflect the vernacular of Henley-in-Arden .
These plans are inadequate. These plans will not do.
82% of you who have expressed an opinion on them think so.
However, if this were Admington,
Binton or Bascote the chances are that the plans for this development
would be passed in their present form. Happily, you are a town with
enough residents to stand up in a body and demand something better, a
plan that will enhance – that is the verb in Policy PR.1 –
Henley-in-Arden, not detract from it.
So – lobby your ward members,
parish council and your MP. Write, each and every one of you, a
personal letter of objection to the District Council. Unite under the
aegis of the team that wants the best that can be found for the town.
On Wednesday, 9th March, when this application will be considered by
the Planning Committee, turn up at Elizabeth House. Fill the Council
Chamber and the foyer, and jump up and down on the pavement outside.
If it can happen in Tahrir Square it can happen here!
Dr Douglas Bridgewater,
a former county councillor, addressed the parish councillors during the
public session prior to the JPC meeting on Monday 14th February on the
habit of going in to private session. He said:
"It seems to me and to many
others that the JPC exclude the public from far too many items on their
agenda. It is true that legislation provides for this where it is
not in the public interest for the matter to be discussed before
them. However, the legislation says that such matters may be referred to private session, it does not
say that they must. In the great majority of cases the
overwhelming public interest is in transparency of decision making by
"The legislation is not
intended to be used as a fig leaf to cover the embarrassment or
potential embarrassment of individual members of the council.
"I hope the JPC will bear this
very firmly in mind when considering any items on which they are
invited to make this decision in future."
The parish clerk claimed that the
matter to be considered by the council at the meeting was "sub judice".
In law, "sub judice", Latin for "under judgment," means that a
particular case or matter is currently under trial or being considered
by a judge or court. This was not the case in respect of the matter on
Another Complaint at Council Taxpayers' Expense Possible!
At the next JPC meeting (Monday 28th Feb at 7.15pm Baptist Hall), Councillors will be considering making another complaint to SDC Standards & Ethics Committee about the 2 councillors who requested that a resident's complaint concerning the Chairman should be included on the agenda of the previous JPC meeting. This request was declined by the parish clerk. To date, complaints to the S&E Committee have cost SDC around £10,000 and none has so far been successful.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles speaking about the Standards & Ethics complaints procedure has said:
"The standards board regime became the problem, not the solution. Unsubstantiated and petty allegations, often a storm in a teacup, damaged the reputation and standing of local government, as well as wasting taxpayers' money.
"But by abolishing the failed standards committees we're not letting councillors off the hook. Failure to register or declare an interest, or deliberately seeking to mislead the public about an interest, will become a criminal offence while a newly empowered Local Government Ombudsman will investigate incompetence on behalf local people.
"The Government will also legislate to make it clear that councillors can campaign and vote freely on their issues. Councillors who have been prevented from speaking on the very issues they had been elected on, such as planning matters, will now have the freedom to express their views."
County Council decimates the Youth Service
CAN HENLEY RESCUE IT?
is said that it takes a village to raise a child. In our democracy we
would normally deliver this responsibility by paying our taxes and
volunteering in various ways to make a difference with the young people
in our community. We elect our councillors to make wise decisions, we
vote for our MPs to make available the resources so that our society
can educate, support, make healthy citizens of our wonderful, wild and
unpredictable young people. We understand that some of the youngsters
need more patience and care than others; this is why we believe Henley
should have a Youth and Community Centre where the vulnerable and those
of low self esteem meet with well trained and experienced youth leaders
who can guide and encourage, steering those headed for disasters into
better paths for their lives, helping those who in increasing numbers
cannot get training or a job move into more hopeful channels that will
rescue them from a life of disappointment and problems. This is too
important a responsibility for a little thing like the removal of
funding to bring to an end.
Does Henley have the will, the
strength of character and the cash to make sure these young people now
abandoned by our elected and caring councillors, short changed by a
government who make the weak and vulnerable pay for the foolish
decisions of the powerful and rich, continue to receive the support
they need? Those who have gained our support through the ballot box are
sowing the seeds of failure and despair amongst some of the future
citizens of our town. Should we not be tearing up the seedlings, which
are now beginning to grow, shouting from the roof tops “Enough is
enough!” and begin to plant in our society people, who will grow
into responsible and caring residents in the future. To do this we need
lots of people; some to volunteer the time and patience, others to
provide the resources to pay for the buildings and activities.
There are forty people so far all
offering their support, we need many more. Register your interest with
Peter Crathorne, Chairman of the Youth and Community Centre Management
Committee and let us see if Henley can plug the disastrous gap our
councillors and MPs have created. Please reply by 1st March as we have
an important meeting of the managers shortly after.
You will no doubt have seen that the Henley in Arden Youth Club, The Hub @ Henley, is in danger of closing shortly because of funding cuts. You will also be aware that The Hub provides an invaluable service to the town of Henley - there are simply no other places for the young people of Henley to go to.
If, as seems likely, The Hub were to close then the result would be more of the youth of Henley disaffected, with nowhere to congregate. Inevitably this will lead to an increase in the minor crimes and petty vandalism that are associated with bored teenagers.
At the same time, the Home Secretary, Theresa May has said this week:
"It is time for us to stop tolerating anti-social behaviour. We must turn the system on its head. There is no magic Whitehall lever we can pull simply to stop anti-social behaviour. No magic button to press or tap to turn to stop the flow of misery. The solution to your community's problems will not come from officials sitting in the Home Office working on the latest national action plan. We will put power into the hands of our citizens and we will put our trust into the professionals."
We already have an excellent youth centre which is generously run by 'our citizens' yet the proposed funding cuts are likely to see it closed down. Hopefully you can see the obvious gap in logic here.
I would be most grateful if you could give this issue your full attention - I would also be pleased to hear how you feel this situation could best be resolved to the mutual benefit of all.
RSPCA rescues Horse in Henley
RSPCA animal welfare officer Adrian Langley last week came to the rescue of a horse that had his leg trapped in barbed wire.
The charity received a call about the
distressed animal from the police. The horse was lying on his back
after his leg had become entangled in a barbed wire fence.
Adrian was worried that the horse may
lash out when approached but he was exhausted after struggling for
freedom. Adrian managed to cut all the wire and get the horse back on
his feet. The horse had a nasty cut to his leg but after enquiries
Adrian found the owner of the horse who called out the vet.
AWO Langley said: "I was pleased with
the outcome of this job as I was immediately able to prevent further
suffering to the horse by alleviated his distress as quickly as
possible. I was really relieved that the horse got back onto his feet
and I was able to identify his owner so that veterinary treatment could
be sought for his injured leg."
Calls concerning trapped or injured animals can be made to the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.
Report & Photo - RSPCA
For the most Comprehensive Information about Henley-in-Arden
Every year Fairtrade enthusiasts in Henley join the national Fairtrade Foundation campaign. The purpose of this is to remind people of the importance to poor communities around the world of the power in our pockets to help them to produce and sell, in a competitive mass market, those products which can enable them to find a way out of poverty and the abuses that accompany it.
This is not just a nice idea; buying Fairtrade goods really does make a difference. We have seen this for ourselves on our recent visit to Nepal with Traidcraft. This is an organisation which works directly with these communities: trading with them, supporting them with training and information, and influencing the policy makers to pull down the barriers to their getting their fair share of world trade. The success in Nepal of the “Get Paper Industry”, for example, who also make bags for Body Shop, means that about 700 women a year are saved from being trafficked to India for the sex industry; they are provided with health care, fair wages and working conditions and education for their children.
Much has been achieved already through the introduction and support of a variety of Fairtrade products in mainstream retail outlets but still much campaigning is needed to make trade fair for the most needy producers. This year The Fairtrade Foundation is highlighting the plight of 10 million West African cotton farmers locked in poverty because of huge subsidies paid to cotton farmers in the U.S. and European Union: for example, one farm in the U.S. was paid $24.3 million in subsidies over the past 14 years while one Mali cotton farmer earns $322 a year from which to feed his family. In Mali 77% of people live on less than $2 a day, only 43% children go to school and life expectancy is 48.
In Henley there will be a Big Brew Tea and Traidcraft stall at the Methodist church on Wedn.2 March at 3pm and the usual Traidcraft and publicity stall outside St. Johns on Wedn. 9 March 10am-3pm. The Henley Cooperative store, which now stocks a range of Fairtrade goods, will also be highlighting the event.
Please remember that the few pence more you may choose to pay for a Fairtrtade product can make a real difference.
Cilla Pudney - Henley Fairtrade Group.
The countdown continues with just weeks to go until the 2011 Census, where residents in Warwickshire will take part in the nation’s biggest survey.
Every ten years the Office for National Statistics
(ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live
in England and Wales, and about the make-up of local NEIGHBOURHOODs,
taking a numerical snapshot on a single date to gain an accurate
picture of the population. The next census will take place on Sunday
27th March 2011, when ONS will be sending out questionnaires for around
25 million households to complete.
The census asks about work, health,
national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second
homes, language, religion, marital status and so on. These statistics
are then used to build a picture of today’s society.
Like all local authorities in England
and Wales, Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwickshire
County Council, relies on census population statistics to get the
government funding we need for public services. How much we get is
directly related to how many and what kind of people the census says
live in our area. So even if the census were to end up just a few
households short, it could make a very real difference to
people’s lives. The census needs to include everyone, everywhere
– and that’s why everyone has to take part.
In March 2011 your questionnaire will
come by post and can be returned using the pre-paid envelope or for the
first time ever you will be able to do it online. You must
complete it and everything you tell the census is in strictest
confidence, it should only take around 10 minutes to complete for each
person and the information will only be used to produce statistics. ONS
will not share your personal information with any other government
department or organisation.
The census needs everyone to take
part in helping tomorrow take shape – and this is your chance to
make a difference.
There has been a census every ten years since 1801, except in 1941
when the country was at war. No-one has yet found a better way to build
a picture of a diverse and changing population.
So what’s new for 2011?
Your questionnaire will be posted or delivered to you by hand. In 2001, all the questionnaires were hand delivered
You'll be able to complete and submit your questionnaire online
You'll be able to get help with your questionnaire online
You'll be asked to answer new or revised questions to reflect recent changes in society
The 2001 Census populations were for Beaudesert 919 and for Henley 2,011, giving a combined population for the Joint Parishes of 2,930. The 2001 census population for the Henley Ward, which includes Wootton Wawen and is used for the District Council, was 4,176.
Forward House Business Centre Proving Popular
United Business Centres at Forward House
on the High Street, has been receiving a lot of attention recently, as
increased demand for office space has pushed for a large expansion
project on the ground floor of the premises.
Debby Andrews, Customer Service
Manager has commented “On reaching full capacity on the 1st floor
last year, phase 1 of the ground floor expansion project went underway
and was completed ready for new tenants on 1st November 2010. Within
only 2 months, the new offices have all been let and phase 2 is already
underway and due for completion by 1st March 2011!“
New tenants to Forward House include
the PGA (Professional Golfers' Association), which has relocated from
their Midland Region’s administrative office in
Leicestershire. The owners of Forward House, along with
Henley Golf and Country Club, have a relationship with the PGA team
which goes beyond just that of Landlord and tenant and covers the
facilities on offer at the golf club, a key factor in the decision to
re locate to Forward House.
Jon Sewell, PGA Midland Region secretary has commented “ We are
very much looking forward to a new era at Henley”.
United Business Centres (Midlands) Ltd Forward House, 17 High Street, Henley in Arden B95 5AA
Henley Antiques Centre
might have the solution. If you have wondered what to do with family
heirlooms, treasures, or even vintage china, why not call in to see us
and have a friendly chat? Following a refurbishment we have managed to
accommodate extra cabinets, so why not consider renting one from us?
We stock small items, from a pair of earrings, to large pieces of
antique or contemporary furniture, plus household furnishings, lamps
mirrors, paintings, silver, glassware, etc. You will be able to
browse and see that we stock a very extensive range of products,
something for everyone, with a price tag to match.
We have built an excellent reputation, with the contemporary silver
jewellery we stock being sold at a fraction of High Street
prices. We have many customers who visit regularly to take advantage of
the value we offer. Please call in, it costs nothing to browse and we
know you will be pleasantly surprised.
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Henley and Beaudesert Society February Meeting
The History of Morris Dancing
Photo Alan Robson
The Society was treated to an entertaining lecture by Alan Benjamin complete with musical accompaniment and numerous anecdotes.
Although the talk was titled
‘The History of Morris Dancing’, there is in fact very
little known about its origins. The earliest written records date from
about 1500 but the dances could be from earlier times because each
village tended to have its own tradition, merely handed down from
generation to generation. Where the word ‘Morris’ comes
from is open to dispute. There is a strong body of opinion that thinks
it is a corruption of the word ’Moorish’ but even if this
is the case our speaker thought it doubtful that the dancing originated
from North Africa. It was often the custom of Morris dancers to darken
their faces and this would have contributed to a ‘Moorish’
That Morris dancing is still performed
is largely through the efforts of Cecil Sharp. About 1900, Sharp saw a
group of Morris dancers performing at a time when Morris dancing was
becoming virtually extinct. He became interested and it is principally
through his efforts in collecting and collating the music and dances
that we still have a tradition going today.
Morris dancing tends to occur in
pockets throughout the country, with the Cotswolds having a
particularly strong tradition. Each area will have its own variation on
their attire with the Cotswolds usually having white trousers,
baldrics, tabards and straw hats. The captain of the team is referred
to as the ‘squire’ and frequently a team will have a
‘fool’ who usually blackens his face and although appearing
not to be part of the team is in fact an integral part of it. Quite
often villages have their own interpretation of a dance with the actual
music being the same but the dance steps being their own local
The Border region between England and
Wales is also an area of keen Morris dancers where they tend to wear
rag jackets and exercise a more vigorous form of dance. Staffordshire
has some tradition of Morris dancing with it being especially popular
in Lichfield and Abbots Bromley. Lancashire and north Cheshire tend to
have a more urban tradition and favour wearing clogs. Interestingly the
south of England is practically devoid of Morris dancers.
The musical offerings included tunes
played by Alan with great versatility on a melodeon, a flageolet (a
type of whistle), a mandolin and a violin which of course epitomized
the wide range of instruments used by Morris dancers.
The vote of thanks was given by John
Stott who echoed the pleasure the meeting had in learning of the mostly
limited history of Morris dancing but appreciating enormously
Alan’s many and varied digressions.
The next meeting will be the
Society’s AGM and will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 17th
March in the Baptist church hall. Immediately following this Brian
Draper will talk about ‘What is a River’.
Andrew Yarwood reporting
Golden Jubilee of Aston Cantlow Village Hall
The village of Aston Cantlow
is sometimes best known for duck suppers at the King’s Head, and
as the village where Shakespeare’s parents are thought to have
been married. But this Warwickshire village has another secret up its
sleeve: it possesses what is arguably one of the most attractive and
best equipped village halls in the county, and which is celebrating its
golden anniversary in 2011.
early sixteenth century Guild Hall, which has been used as the base for
the Village Hall, is a timbered building with an overhang and close set
timber studs. In the middle ages Guilds were founded for the mutual
support of their members and to provide help for the needy. At a time
when the fate of the soul after death was a source of much anxiety,
Guilds were also important in ensuring that proper funeral rites were
observed, and so chaplains were appointed to chant masses and pray for
the souls of dead members. In Aston Cantlow the Guild, dedicated to St
Mary, elected a master and two wardens, and maintained a chaplain to
celebrate mass in the parish church for the good health of the King and
Queen together with the brethren and sisters of the Guild, and to pray
for their souls after death.
The ground floor of the Guild Hall has
served several purposes over the subsequent years; in the nineteenth
century, for example, it served as a butcher's shop and as the village
lock-up. The upper floor is now converted into a flat, but in the
seventeenth century and as late as 1770 the Manorial Courts were held
there. It was during the period of the Second World War and afterwards
that the villagers began to hold money raising efforts in an attempt to
convert the Hall into a village hall for the benefit of the community.
The Guild Hall was restored to its original form and in 1960 the
foundation stone for the extension was laid, with the enlarged Hall
being reopened the following year, at which time it became the property
of the Charity Commissioners.
new Village Hall was opened on March 11th 1961 and a week of special
events was held in the new Hall, including a grand opening concert,
bumper bingo, a special mannequin parade, and a grand opening ball.
With the facilities of the new hall many new activities started up, and
over the years the Hall has been maintained by the local community,
providing a fine amenity which is much enjoyed and appreciated.
The last 50 years have seen a steady
improvement in the facilities available in the Hall which provide for
comfortable meetings in both the main hall and the medieval Guild room.
A fully fitted kitchen and a well situated bar provide excellent
facilities for entertaining, whilst the stage and well equipped
dressing room are regularly used by theatrical and musical companies.
Outside, the large car park leads to two modern tennis courts, and
beyond those there is a large and secure children’s playground.
To celebrate the Golden Jubilee a
weekend of events has been organised, including an art exhibition,
Local History Society exhibition of archive and photographic material,
WI and lace displays, Tennis events, a village walk with lunch,
children’s activities and other entertainment. For details see
the poster in this edition of Henley-NEWS.
For further information contact Margaret Twigg; 01564 793373.
have launched a new report as part of our 2020 Tax Commission project.
The study looks at just how long Tolley's tax guides have become. We
found that the lengths of books giving guidance on Corporation Tax,
Income Tax, Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax had all increased
significantly over the last decade, with the guide for Corporation Tax
now taking the world's fastest speaker a whopping 20 hours to read
The Income Tax guide is 54 per cent
longer than it was in 1999-2000 and would take him 19 hours to get
through. Three of the individual guides are much longer than the
classic War and Peace (pictured) – and all of this means the UK's
tax system is far too complicated. That places a huge burden on
families and businesses across the UK and it means costly
administrative errors are made.
TaxPayers' Alliance Bulletin - 11th February 2011
Claverdon in eleventh heaven with an emphatic win
Saturday 19th February 2011
WELLESBOURNE 3 CLAVERDON 49
Try scorers – Chris Lowe x 2, Tom Skinner, Tom Bennett, Paul Daws, Steve Grimsley Conversions – Ian Wyllie x 5 Penalties – Ian Wyllie x 3 Man of the match – Conor Smith
Chris Lowe on his way to scoring one of his tries for Claverdon
Claverdon travelled away to play a
Wellesbourne team who had a good home record and were in front of their
vice president's crowd. With a tiny pitch, Claverdon knew exactly how
the hosts wanted to play them but such is the strength of the lions
then this did not trouble the visitors. Mark Tilson, Jean Visser and
Harry Cox returned to the starting line up with Matt Warren and David
Birch taking a place on the bench.
The lions started very much on the
ascendancy and quickly made good yards. From a ruck 20 yards out fly
half Ian Wyllie weighted a lovely inside pass to Chris Lowe. He broke
through the Wellesbourne defence and with only the tiny full back to
beat he made no mistake to score under the posts for Wyllie to convert.
The hosts reacted instantly to this
wake up call and made good progress into the Claverdon half. Resolute
defending from Scott Conduit, Jean Visser and inside centre Tom Johnson
was enough to keep them off the score sheet.
With this brief storm now weathered,
Claverdon attacked with belief and purposely kept the ball in tight.
Multiple phases and offloads out of the tackles saw the visitors deep
in the Wellesbourne half and with the hosts struggling to contain these
waves of attacks they could do little more than concede a kickable
penalty. Wyllie made no mistake from 30 yards.
Claverdon and Wellesbourne then
exchanged a penalty each and Wyllie then added his third of the game
when Paul Daws was chopped down at neck height. With the first half
drawing to a close and the Claverdon backs not seeing much of the ball
it was again a forward who got on the score sheet. Good, strong running
from James Barton and scrum half Conor Smith got the lions in space and
when captain Tom Skinner got the ball he still had work to do. With
lots of options outside him he chose to go alone and with the help of
his team mates he crashed over for another converted try.
3-23 Half Time
Tom Johnson makes a break for Claverdon
The second half started just how the
first had with Claverdon pressing the hosts at every opportunity. A
break from full back Rob Horsfall found centre Tom Bennett in space. In
typical style he jinked his way through the Wellesbourne defence before
offloading for winger Paul Daws to go over in the corner. Wyllie missed
the tricky conversion.
Unlike the opening period, the
Claverdon backs were now seeing more of the ball and inside centre
Johnson was making yards from every attack with his strong, darting
runs. Deep in their own half the hosts infringed and the lions decided
to kick for the corner from the resultant penalty. A training ground
lineout move saw the ball worked to the back of a driving maul and
hooker Steve Grimsley, in typical style, was the man to ground the ball
for the all important bonus point try. Wyllie again converted.
From the restart, flanker Jean Visser
found Johnson in space who made 30 yards with another strong run. Quick
ball to Wyllie and a long miss pass found Bennett in space. He saw a
gap in the defence to out-sprint two defenders and score under the
posts for Wyllie to convert.
With the game now won, Warren replaced
Carruthers, Birch came on for Harry Cox and Andy Wenborn let flanker
James Barton have a rest. With ten minutes remaining, the visitors
seemed to step off the gas and invite Wellesbourne pressure on to them.
The hosts made good yards and found themselves with a penalty only 5
yards out. They looked certain to score but Claverdon having only
conceded an average of 5 points a game were simply not having it. Big
tackles from Mark Tilson and Tom Skinner kept Wellesbourne firmly at
Claverdon turned this defence in to
attack with David Birch taking the ball in to the Wellesbourne half.
Further phases of fast flowing rugby left Claverdon only 10 yards out
and a quick pass from Conor Smith and a great line of attack by Lowe
saw him go under the posts for his brace. Wyllie took his points tally
for the game to 19 with the conversion.
3-49 Full Time
Claverdon have a break from league
action this weekend but will look to keep the winning momentum going
with Warwickians the visitors on the 5th March. If victorious, the
lions will win the league and be promoted so all support is very much
needed and welcome.
Match report by Tom Johnson Photos Will Barnes
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The origins of the Internet
You may think you know how the Internet started, but here is the TRUE story ...
And it came to pass in the land of Israel that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dorothy.
And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.
And she said unto Abraham, her husband: "Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said: "How, dear?"
And Dot replied: "I will place drums in all
the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have
for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price.
And the sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by
Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price without ever having to move from his tent.
To prevent neighbouring countries from
overhearing what the drums were saying Dot devised a system that only
she and the drummers knew. It was called Must Send Drum Over Sound
(MSDOS) and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and
pictures - Hebrew To The People (HTTP).
But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete himself inside Abraham's drum and began to siphon off some of Abraham's business. But he was soon discovered, arrested and prosecuted for insider trading.
And the young men did take to Dot Com's
trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were
called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.
And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at
the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed
that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer,
Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land.
And indeed did insist on drums to be made that would work only with
Brother Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
And Dot did say: "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others."
And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or eBay as it came to be known. He said: "We need a name that reflects what we are."
And Dot replied: "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.""YAHOO," said Abraham. And because it was Dot's idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.
Abraham's cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot's drums to locate things around the countryside. It soon became known as God's Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).
And that is how it all began.
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 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
refurbishment 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.
Required, a volunteer driver to join a rota to pick up three seniors from Dell Court and Blackthorn Court and deliver to The Hub @ Henley,
on the High School Grounds at just before 10.00 am term time on
Thursdays. Collect at 12.00 noon and return home. You could
also stay for a cuppa! Contact Peter Crathorne at email@example.com or phone 01564795470. Thank you
If you have a vacancy, please advise the Sits Vac Editor, Jan Crathorne or 01564 795470.
Warnings from Trading Standards
Diamond Jubilee Warning
and other organisations are warned to beware of bogus calls from
publishing companies falsely claiming to represent St. James’
Palace, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service
has announced. Trading Standards Officers have received complaints that
Warwickshire schools have been cold called by an as yet unknown company
selling advertising space in a leaflet for the Queen’s Diamond
Jubilee in 2012.
The bogus callers are falsely claiming to be phoning from St. James
Palace and are offering advertising space at the cost of £3,400.
Warwickshire Trading Standards Service can confirm that these
approaches are in no way associated with St. James Palace or Her
Majesty’s official Jubilee celebrations.
Rogue publishing companies use high pressure sales techniques to sell
advertising space in publications that have very small (if any)
circulation. People who take advertising but don’t pay up are
then usually chased for payment using very aggressive techniques and
threats. Rogue companies will use national events such as the Diamond
Jubilee, Royal Wedding or Olympic Games to sell their bogus advertising.
Trading Standards Officers are warning organisations and businesses to
take adequate precautions to ensure that staff members of aware of the
practices of rogue publishers and don’t fall for their tricks.
The Trading Standards Service
has had brought to its attention telephone cold calls from an alarm
sales company offering external alarms at £1.00. Residents should
be aware that this sort of approach, which can be accompanied by a high
pressure sales pitch, loads the cost of the alarm system on to its
fitting and monitoring. This can lead to consumers purchasing
unsuitable alarm systems that cost many thousands of pounds to run.
If you do sign a contract in your home following an unsolicited visit,
or a visit arranged following an unsolicited phone call, you have 7
days within which to cancel the contract.
For information on crime prevention, please contact your local Police Crime Prevention Officer
Make Henley Greener Save Money - Help Save the Planet
magazine has just reported on some cars that have relatively low Carbon
pollution. They take their first look at electric cars and although
these have lower Carbon pollution than conventional cars, they are
currently very expensive: nothing under £20,000. Equivalent sized
diesel cars come in at 50 to 70% of the price. The fuel costs of the
plug in electrics are lower than those of the diesels (approx. 30% of
diesel costs), but this is not enough to balance out their higher
initial price in a reasonable number of years. However, for a 3 year
old 36,000 miles second hand Nissan Leaf electric, ‘Which?’
quotes a price of £11275 (down from £24000 new). At this
price, it starts to look competitive, because the savings on fuel
equate to the price difference of its competitor car, the VW Golf Blue
Motion diesel, after about 4.5 years. The true situation should be
better than this, because electric cars have significantly lower
service costs than diesel and petrol cars; the 4.5 years is based on
recharging with daytime electricity rather than off peak. So the break
even time could be around 3 years by buying second hand.
The carbon pollution from the electric cars
is about 70 to 84 g/km so they are at least 20% better than similar
diesel cars. Considering the high initial prices of the electric cars,
this is a relatively small improvement but, as more renewable energy
comes into our electricity system, the carbon pollution reduction they
offer will improve.
So, perhaps now is not the time to go
electric. Perhaps, wait a few years until there are more second hand
ones to choose from and the price has come down a bit. If buying new,
consider a small diesel. The Which? report comments very favourably on
the VW Golf Blue Motion and at a claimed 74.3 mpg and road tax exempt,
it is relatively cheap to run and reasonably low in carbon pollution.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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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.
FAIRTRADE Fortnight 28 Feb. - 13 March. Take the opportunity to support poor
communities in the developing world in trading their way out of poverty
by making a positive choice for Fairtrade goods and learn more about
the difference it makes. Henley Methodist Church members are having a
BIG BREW TEA in their church room on Wednesday 2nd March at 3pm. Please
join them for tea and cake (£2.50)and see what is on offer on the
Fairtrade stall. On Wednesday 9th March a Traidcraft stall will be
outside (10am-3pm) St. John's church. Henley WI are having a
“souper lunch” in the Baptist Church hall from 12.30pm on
Wednesday March 16th. Please join them for a bowl of soup & bread.
Cakes and Fairtrade goods will also be for sale
HENLEY WI Tuesday March 1st speaker Clive Garner whose speciality is “Silk
Painting”. Visitors welcome in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm.
BEAUDESERT & HENLEY JOINT PARISH COUNCIL EXERCISE WATERMARK Activation of Parish Emergency Plan on Flooding on
SATURDAY 5th MARCH From 10.30am to 13.00pm In the Baptist Church Hall.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB March 8th Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £5.00. Fashion &
Flowers Demonstrator Joan Southerton ‘Occasions’
Competition “A Drift Away”
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 WILDLIFE SOCIETY Tuesday 15th March John Roberts will be speaking on “FUNGI ARE
FUN”. Baptist Church Hall at 7.45pm, visitors £2.00.
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HENLEY. The next meeting in the monthly series "TIME OUT WITH GOD" will be held
on Thursday March 17th at St John's Parish Room, for prayer and
meditaton at 12 noon, followed by a simple meal of soup and bread.
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Our next meeting is on Thursday 17th March in the Baptist Church Hall.
The AGM will be held at 7.30 pm followed at 8.00 pm by a talk on 'What
is a River' by Brian Draper. Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
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.
FAURES REQUIEM. The Tanworth Singers in St Patrick’s church, Earlswood. Saturday
2nd April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6.50 (incl. Coffee) from Jean
Brown 702367 or on the door.
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
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
NIGHT AT THE OPERA Saturday 7th May. 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
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN July 23rd - Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve
BIG SING in SEPTEMBER The Shakespeare Hospice are looking for 200 singers for their BIG Sing
2011 in the Civic Hall, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday
16th and Saturday 17th September 2011. Barry Todd has agreed to be the
Musical Director! This will be a fun packed weekend - during the Friday
evening and Saturday morning will learn popular pieces from musicals
and in the afternoon and evening put on two concerts! 01789 266852
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
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
DEMOCRACY 2012 This association meets once per month to discuss its plans for the next parish council election in May 2012 when it intends to offer residents a manifesto to reduce substantially the running costs of the Joint Parish Council and to give greater participation to the community in the affairs of the town. You can register your support at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Are you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 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 help.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
JOLLYTOTS Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTS This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837. Meeting programme
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at www.swbc.co.uk
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830. Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription. More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!! Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points. For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
HENLEY FOCUS Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley 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 email@example.com for more information.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE The Wednesday Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings and a delicious tea together. The Club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or 01564-792138.
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