JPC Chairman "Supports the Market Development"
Minutes testify Cllr Matheou said support for the development is "Untrue"
The JPC Chairman Cllr Les Goodman supported the Cattle Market Planning Application at the SDC Planning Meeting on Wednesday 9th March despite around 80% of Henley residents being against it. The Chairman stated that the parish council "supported the development with reservations."
An examination of recent minutes of the JPC clearly shows that No vote was taken by the parish councillors to support the planning application. In fact, they were claiming up to last week that they had not endorsed the planning application and HNOL should apologise for misreporting.
Minutes of JPC meeting 20 December, 2010
“Cllr Matheou reported that in relation to the Planning Application for the development of the cattle market, his understanding was that the JPC only agreed to present to SDC a list of issues raised by residents and the Parish Council had not endorsed the scheme or expressed approval of the plans. The Council confirmed that Cllr Matheou’s understanding of the matter was correct. Cllr Matheou then asked Cllr Leech to apologise to the Council and the people of the town for misleading them in his Henley News website where he stated that the Council had endorsed the Planning Application.”
Minutes of JPC meeting 28 February, 2011
“. . . . . . Cllr Matheou also stressed that references made in Henley News to the Parish Council having endorsed or supported the cattle market proposals were untrue, the Council had made comments relating to the application, but not stated that they were in favour of the scheme.”
At the Stratford District Council Planning Meeting, Cllr Les Goodman speaking as Chairman of the Joint Parish Council said,
“ . . . . . the Council supports the application in principle . . . . .”
Although District Councillor Thirlwell spoke very well with great conviction and authority against the development, following similar convincing statements from residents, the Henley & Beaudesert Society, the Market Action Group and Parish Councillor Leech, the decision was a foregone conclusion after the JPC Chairman's endorsement
Planning Committee 'APPROVED THE DEVELOPMENT'
Conservative councillors on the Planning Committee disregarded David Cameron's 'Big Society' which proposes that residents should have a greater say in planning decisions and voted by a majority to approve the Taylor Wimpey planning application for the Cattle Market site, despite CPRE and the residents saying "Henley deserves better".
Grateful Resident writes
A big thank you to the Market Action Group (MAC) for all their hard work - going into the community to try and obtain residents views both on line and with a house to house survey.
The aim of the MAC was to achieve a development in keeping with Henley. Through their efforts and those of the Henley and Beaudesert Society the the original plans were improved but not as much as many residents would have liked.
Thank you Market Action Group and Henley and Beaudesert Society for all your time and effort.
A grateful Henley Resident.
JPC Votes for Police Fraud Investigation
Councillors are apparently not allowed to use the "Pontefract Cake" logo without the permission of the parish clerk, even to send her "draft" documents.
After 2 Councillors requested an item for the agenda
The latest edition of the Stratford Herald
reported that at the JPC Council meeting on Monday 28th February, the
parish clerk told councillors that a request by Cllr Sue Osborne and
Cllr Bill Leech was potentially fraudulent. A Prince Harry Road
resident had sought the assistance of the 2 councillors to have his
complaint about the JPC Chairman included on the agenda for the council
meeting on 14th February 2011.
The parish clerk said that the request
by the 2 councillors had included a suggested apology with text
acceptable to the complainant on letterhead, with a very prominent bold
watermark declaring it was a "DRAFT". The parish clerk
considered that this document could be fraudulent and had sought advice
from the Warwickshire local government association. The secretary of
this non-statutory association had advised that there could have been a
breach of the Code of Conduct.
Cllr George Matheou urged councillors
to report the fraud to the police and request a full investigation. In 2 votes,
councillors voted by a majority to request a police investigation and
for a complaint to be made about the 2 councillors to the Stratford
District Council Standards & Ethics Committee. The resident's
complaint about the chairman of the JPC was not discussed.
Henley NEWS requested the
parish clerk to advise the name of the officer dealing
with her complaint and the police incident number. She has responded that, "This is not information that I am at liberty to give to you."
On Wednesday 9th March, 10 days after the council meeting, the Warwickshire Police News Desk provided the following comment from the Deputy District Commander - Inspector Warren Ayers, "We offer advice and guidance on numerous aspects of policing to partners, but at this time, we have haven't officially been approached by the council."
The draft minutes for the meeting have described "report to the police" as "seek advice from the police". This will be challenged by at least 2 councillors at the next meeting and has been confirmed by an independent witness.
Standards and Ethics Committee of Stratford District Council
has confirmed that it has received 24 complaints of alleged breaches of
the Code of Conduct. Of these 24 complaints, 11 concerned the
Beaudesert and Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council, representing 46%
of the total. With the 2 new complaints above, Beaudesert and Henley
will account for half of all the complaints received from the 112
parish councils and the district council. These complaints have
so far cost local council taxpayers about £10,000 to investigate
and so far none has been successful.
The Localism Bill,
currently before Parliament, abolishes the complaints scheme which the
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has criticised saying, "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."
Comments by the Residents
How utterly contemptible of the JPC to conduct themselves in this manner.
I trust Cllr George and the parish clerk will be charged with wasting police time.
More money wasted - ridiculous.
Ridiculous, what for?
Stop wasting our money.
Let's reboot Henley & use our precious little money as wisely and as economically as possible.
Could the costs incurred through this fiasco have kept our youth club open?
Editorial Note - Henley NEWS will in future use the 2012 logo rather than the "Pontefract Cake", so that it cannot be accused of causing a waste of police time.
CCTV - Environmental Blight
Henley resident speaks for the silent majority
Dear Mrs Walsh,
I understand from the Henley News that the Henley and Beaudesert Joint Parish Council has given the go-ahead to retain the black steel pole installed outside Henley police station and fix a camera to the top as was originally envisaged when it was erected last year. In the report it was also mentioned that the police were reluctant to install a more "discreet" camera on the police station itself as they may be selling the building in due course. If there is any truth in this report I would like to reiterate my and other Henley residents' objections.
As you know, one of these poles was placed next to St John's church but quickly and correctly removed for obvious environmental and aesthetic reasons. The pole by the police station remained, presumably pending a later decision. If it was decided that a more subtle alternative was preferable, i.e. attaching the camera to the building, why does the greater environmental blight have to be preferred in terms of this monolithic pole?
The implication is that the police fully understand that such an accretion will degrade the sale value of their real estate, so the whole of the high street will now have to suffer the blight instead, although the contiguity of the pole won't help the sale much either, I'd have thought.
It really is time that the JPC and the District Council understand what their responsibilities are regarding the fabric of Henley-in-Arden; this is a gently evolved and largely well-preserved historic market town, one of the best in Warwickshire. Recent attempts to introduce brash out-of-scale street furniture have done it no favours. The parking regulation signs in Beaudesert Lane and the new traffic direction signs in the High Street are totally incongruous and add nothing in terms of information that couldn't be offered more discreetly. These must be removed.
If Henley must adopt CCTV cameras, then place them close to known trouble spots, i.e. outside "One Stop" on the High Street and adjacent to the the Health Centre, for example. This all-seeing imperious "big brother" approach creates unacceptable eyesores, probably breeds an uneasy atmosphere of surveillance more appropriate to inner city life, and contravenes the conservation ethos that has so far abounded in Henley-in-Arden.
In central London, where I also happen to live, CCTV installations on this scale are only deployed in large public spaces, e.g. Trafalgar Square, but would not be tolerated in the smaller residential and commercial zones.
This letter will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 14th March
County Council Pulls the plug on The Hub @ Henley
Henley Youth and Community Centre will cease to be maintained by Warwickshire County Council at the end of July this year. This leaves Henley with little time to put together a plan to take control of its own centre and preserve the excellent service given to our community. Those who can least bear the cost of deep cuts in essential provisions once more pay the price for the overconfident risk taking by those who remain relatively unaffected by the consequences of their actions. This is the challenge to which our town must respond.
By July there has to be a viable plan in place to fund, administer and support the youth and community centre. Then the town has to convince the county council that we are capable of running our youth centre in a sustainable way.
The following partners are firmly enrolled in the group that is fighting for our youth club’s survival:
- The Management Committee of the Centre,
- Henley War Memorial Trust,
- Henley High School,
- Studley Area Surestart
- 40 local residents.
We are seeking advice from Voluntary Action Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire Voluntary Youth Service, Coventry and Warwickshire Co-operative Development Agency, local district councillors, our county councillor and the Joint Parish Council. In the next two weeks Peter Crathorne will be meeting with all these organisations to put together a plan that will be acceptable to the County Council and which will keep the centre open.
Residents need to understand that it will not happen unless large numbers of people give their support. If we are to stand any chance of mounting this rescue mission then we need volunteers who are prepared to give their time and skill. We will also need cash, lots of it. Present calculations still at an early stage show that we shall need an annual income of around £20,000. If you have ideas about how this huge amount of money may be raised, if you have a little time to spare over the next three months then please contact Peter Crathorne. Early in April there will be a town meeting to which everyone will be invited, the plan will be announced and funding targets set.
Peter Crathorne reporting
Special News Item by Reporters from St Mary's
Help the Heroes Stretcher March to Henley
Joel Goddard and Dene Holloway of Warwickshire College will be undergoing a sponsored walk in aid of help for heroes on the 7th of April 2011; the walk will be from Warwickshire college Leamington Spa campus to the Henley-In-Arden campus.
The route is 13 miles long and they will be doing this in army gear and with weighted rucksacks whilst holding a stretcher. The walk is going to take approximately 4 hours to complete but it is completely worth it as it is in aid of an extremely good cause.
They are aiming to get back to Henley-In-Arden by around 2 o'clock and invite residents to pop down to the gym at the Warwickshire College to make a donation, which would be extremely appreciated.
A full report of this sponsored route march will appear in the next edition of Henley NEWS.
Excellence on our doorstep
Alcester Male Voice Choir
down the road from Henley in Alcester is the home of one of the
finest and most respected male voice choirs in the region - The
Alcester Male Voice Choir. Founded in 1974 by current Director of
Music, Judith Land, the choir boasts an impressive membership of just
over 80 choristers including several men from Henley
and surrounding villages.
The choir enjoys an enviable reputation for its varied repertoire, its
quality and clarity of delivery when performing at concerts, and the
enthusiasm with which it performs. Concerts are held throughout the
year at least once a month helping to raise much needed funds for
churches, charities,and societies within the the midlands area and
Ambitious plans have recently been announced for the next three years
for concerts, which are over and above those performed locally,
and take in many prestigious venues such as Worcester and Ely
Cathedrals, Birmingham's Symphony and Town Halls and the Cornwall
International Choir Festival. In July, this year, the choir embarks on
a 5 day concert tour of Brittany. Previous tours have included Spain,
Italy and Germany.
Judith, who hails from the South Wales valleys, said " I grew up with
male voice choirs and moved to the Midlands to take up teaching at
schools in both Alcester & Redditch. It all started in the early
70s when I ran a school choir; when that finished some of the students'
Dads asked if they could carry on, and we did, and a new male voice
choir was born. The choir's membership has never been stronger.
It is a big commitment: in addition to the regular concerts there
is rehearsal every Wednesday evening with optional rehearsals on
Mondays. I have deliberately built up community choir, and
members come from not just Alcester but from many towns and villages
throughout the area and we have always been well supported by Henley
men. It's very relaxed but we do work hard and have a lot of fun along
the way. Men interested in joining do not have to go through an
audition process, all we ask is that they love singing and are
prepared to make a strong commitment and would like to join a choir
that enjoys what it does."
Anyone interested in joining the choir or arranging a concert should
contact Judith on 01527 401743 or for further information log onto www.alcestermvc.org
Rob Kingscott reporting
Mothering Sunday - 3rd April 2011
Do you like many of us, wonder what to buy the most important person in your life on Mothering Sunday? a Box of Chocolates, a Bunch of flowers, why not try something more inspired? Henley Antiques may well have the answer, we sell jewellery (new and pre-owned), silver items, from a teaspoon to Large Photo frames, a huge selection of Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester, Lladro, Cut Glass, Lamps, Mirrors, Pictures, in fact you will be spoilt for choice and all at a fraction of High Street prices. Think how pleased your Mother would be to receive something different from the normal Mothers Day Gift and how thoughtful you have been.
We are open 7days a week, 10am until 4.30pm, Sundays 11.00am until 4pm, so why not spare a little time and visit us to find that inspirational present. We are located at 92 High Street, (behind the bakery and opposite Lloyds Bank). Tel 01564 795979. We look forward to welcoming customers, both old and new.
St Mary’s Celebrates World Book Day
The pupils at St Mary's participated in dressing up as characters from a book to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March.
The day was a huge success and the children all looked wonderful.
There was a lovely variety of costumes including Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts, Esio Trot, Where¹s Wally and Robin Hood.
The younger pupils were encouraged to come as a traditional tale character and obliged willingly.
There was a Snow White, Cinderella, and a very brave little red riding hood considering there was a wolf too!
Of course the teachers participated as well and entertained all the children as Captain Hook and Ali Baba.
Michelle Rafferty reporting
2010 and all that!!
By Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent
we are two months into 2011. In January we shivered in the Arctic cold,
and then came the big melt. February is living up to its old folk name,
"February Fill-dyke”. 2011 promises to be a mighty challenge to
the human race, 2010 was perhaps the harbinger of things to come.
2010 was the year when the human race,
in the Western world, learned that they could not fly off into the blue
to sunnier climes. Firstly a volcano named Bardarbunga erupted filling
the air with volcanic dust, which could enter the engines of turbojets
thus making the planes immobile. This volcano erupted in 1910 but it is
believed that an eruption in 1477 produced the largest lava flow in
10,000 years. Barda has quietened down but don't hold your breath -
another volcano is about to erupt throwing forth even more dust.
Then we had snow and ice in December.
Those of us of a certain age were confined to our homes. My 91 year-old
cousin grumbled he hadn't had a pint for a week! Worse still, again
planes were grounded much to the dismay of travellers. It never ceases
to amaze me to see huge numbers of people living and sleeping within
the confines of airports. Why did they keep going to the airports,
sometimes with very young children, even in one case – a baby?
The only sign of sanity was the Salvation Army dispensing hot drinks.
The last book by James Lovelock "The
Revenge of Gaia", believes the planet is self-regulating and that these
natural disasters are a reprimand to the human race. Coming back to the
more mundane, and therefore more comforting, human affairs the election
was won by the Conservative party, a win which was to result in a hung
parliament. Gordon Brown sat tight in 10 Downing Street. David Cameron,
the boy wonder, invited the Lib Dems to form a coalition. A letter left
in the Treasury warned there was no money left in the pot - good luck!!
I thought it was a statesmanlike move on the part of David Cameron.
However, much to my dismay he starts giving out sound bites, i.e. the Big
Society, happiness factor. Frances Maude wants to encourage us all to
give more to charity - What a cheek! They bang on about volunteers
- they should visit Henley-in-Arden.
On a more personal note, after
blacking out and being unconscious several hours, I ended up in
Walsgrave hospital. Some of my experience was very reassuring. The New
Testament and Psalms are displayed prominently on the front of the
lockers. Sheets were changed every day and mattresses when the bed was
vacated were sent for sterilisation. I did see a nurse feeding an
elderly lady. On my return home I could not believe the number of cards
wishing me well, the offers of help and the chats on the phone. What a
nice lot of people you are.
Volcanoes may erupt, ice and snow be
lethal but we must never forget the human race has survived climate
change before. 2011 also offers us some nuggets of comfort, young
royals are getting married, our Prime Minister is standing up to the
ridiculous rulings on human rights. Our voices are being heard. The
human race has learned the lessons of survival.
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Lions Announce VIP
Organiser Simon Newell and MC John Heard meet Joanne Malin at Arden School
Knowle and Dorridge Lions
are pleased to reveal their guest celebrity for this years Knowle Fun
Run will be Joanne Malin, well known host of the BBC Radio WM's morning
“I’m delighted to be invited to set the runners off for
Mini Runs and the 5 mile Fun Run and award the prizes again this
year”, said Joanne when she visited Arden school last week.
“It’s great following in the footsteps of other celebrities
including my colleague at Radio WM, Phil Upton. With your help the
Lions Club have raised so much in the past for so many different
charities, it’s important to keep up that impetus and what better
way than through fitness and fun. Having said that, I shall be sticking
to the fun part and leaving the running to you. See you on 15th
"Joanne has been a great supporter of
the Knowle Fun Run having been our celebrity guest 7 years ago and it's
a pleasure to welcome her back in 2011”, said Fun Run organiser
Simon Newell. "In these cash strapped times it is heartening to see the
local community once again pulling together to raise money for
charities. We had no trouble attracting 2,000 runners in 2010 and
raised over £40,000. This year entries are running ahead of 2010
so don't delay and enter quickly via www.knowlefunrun.org.uk.”
Dave Carter - Knowle and Dorridge Lions
Apex choose Shakespeare Hospice
The Apex team with staff at the Shakespeare Hospice.
Left to right: Ashley Hill, Neil Clyne, Amy Rollason, Rebecca King, Abi
Chapleo, Jo Sparrow
Apex Credit Management,
Stratford’s third largest company, has chosen the Shakespeare
Hospice as its chosen charity of the year and will sponsor occupational
therapist Jo Sparrow through covering the £16,000 cost of her
work for a year. The business is donating £8,000 itself and then
employees at Apex have been asked to organise fundraising events to
raise the same again over the year.
Chief Executive Officer Neil Clyne
said: “A few ideas for fundraising events have already been put
forward such as completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in May,
Walking in the Moonlit Walk organised by the hospice and an Apex Summer
Fayre.” Apex Credit Management is currently working towards
achieving a new accreditation called Community Mark which is run by
Business in the Community.
Mr Clyne added: “Achieving this
accreditation will mean our company is recognised for all the community
work we are doing and all the funds we donate to charities. We hope
that by achieving Community Mark other local firms may be inspired to
set up their own initiatives and perhaps follow in our footsteps. The
events and initiatives we will need to complete will demonstrate our
commitment to the community, thus benefiting us as a business - as well
as impacting on important social issues local to our offices in
Warwickshire and Kent. For example, we view the Shakespeare Hospice as
vital to the well-being of the community in south Warwickshire. It
fulfils an important role in its field and does its job efficiently,
yet with great compassion and dignity.”
Amy Rollason, Corporate Fundraiser at
the Shakespeare Hospice said: "We are thrilled with the support Apex
Credit Management is giving to the Hospice. The partnership we are
building with the company and their staff over the year will give us
both benefits and help the Hospice make a real difference to the care
we provide to local families coping with a serious illness. To have
this level of support is amazing, and the hope that other businesses
will take up Apex’s lead and offer their support too is very
exciting. With less than 5% government funding we rely almost entirely
on our community to fund the life line we offer throughout South
The Shakespeare Hospice is an
independent local charity providing specialist End of Life and
supportive care for people living in South Warwickshire who are
affected by serious illness. The majority of patients are living with
cancer, but it also helps patients with other life-limiting illnesses
such as degenerative neurological diseases, end-stage heart failure and
HIVAIDS. Its nursing care and multi-disciplinary support enables
patients to continue living at home with their family while receiving
active treatment, or for as long as possible when active treatment has
ceased. It helps patients from Moreton-in-Marsh in the south to
Tamworth-in-Arden in the North, an area covering about 120,000 people.
There is no charge for their services to patients. The hospice receives
a small proportion of its funding from the NHS. It relies on the
generosity of local individuals, grant-making organisations and
companies to meet annual running costs of approximately
Apex Credit Management has a Working
in the Community initiative in which its 300 employees are given a day
off a year on full pay to take part in volunteer projects where help is
needed. Last year the team supplied volunteer teams at Pebworth
Pre-School, Mary Arden’s Farm, Friends of Champ Horse Sanctuary,
Wootton Wawen, Shipston Primary School and St Mary’s Nursing
Home, Rugby. Its programme for this year begins at the end of February
with a task force going to work at Coleshill Heath Primary School in
Apex Credit Management moved into a
new headquarters building in Arden Street in 2009 and won the Debt
Purchaser of the Year Award that year and the Consumer Debt Collection
Agency of the Year Award for companies with a turnover above £2
million in 2010. The company is a specialist in providing arrears
outsourcing, debt collection, debt purchasing and tracing services to
the financial services sector – such as banks, credit card
companies and finance companies.
Established in 2000 it is one of the
fast-growing companies in the town with plans for further expansion.
Under Neil Clyne’s leadership the company has set out to put an
ethical approach at the top of its priority list.
Dale le Vack reporting
Support for Small Arts Projects in Rural Warwickshire
Arts on our Doorstep provides professional advice, practical support and resources up to the value of £5,000 for small arts projects across the rural areas of Warwick District and Rugby Borough. Are you a member of a group with a creative idea to bring your community together or would like to develop an arts project with a positive impact on your environment? Perhaps you’re an artist who would like to share your skills with your neighbours?
Arts on our Doorstep could be for you. The scheme offers an opportunity to try new things. This could be an entirely new arts project or event for the first time. Or you might like to enhance an existing project by introducing a new activity, working with professional artists or trying to include new participants and audiences. There are no restrictions on art forms and a member of the Arts on our Doorstep support team can help you with developing your ideas and making the application.
For more information and to get in touch please visit: www.warwickshireleader.net/artsonourdoorstep or please call 07879 117423 and leave a message with your contact details and a brief description of your project.
Jane Holdsworth & Karen Higgins
Groups Funding & Development Officers
Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action
Cut Price Wills For Charity Supporters
top Midland law firms are slashing their will writing fees by almost
50% to supporters of the International Peace building charity Cord.
The offer applies for instructions received during Cord’s Wills
Week which runs from March 7- 11th. At £75 for a single standard
will and £125 for a double (ex VAT) this is virtually half their
usual fee, representing a huge saving.
The participating firms are Wright
Hassall and Blythe Liggins of Leamington Spa, Geoffrey Parker Bourne of
Stratford upon Avon, Button Legal of Coventry, Penmans of Kenilworth
and Anthony Collins of Birmingham, ‘We are delighted to support
Cord in their vital peace building work and make a real difference in
the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in the world", said
Claire McGinnity of Wright Hassall.
Anyone can take advantage of the offer
by contacting Cord’s Leamington office on 01926 315301 for a
discount voucher and legacy brochure, then booking an appointment with
the law firm of their choice before March 7th.
Cord hopes this will encourage supporters to leave a legacy to the
charity for their work in Africa and South East Asia with people in the
world’s ‘bottom billion’ who live on less than US$1
dollar a day.
Wendy Nelson or Nick Wilmot - Cord
Claverdon crowned champions
Saturday 5th March 2011
CLAVERDON 34 WARWICKIANS 7
Try scorers – Tom Skinner, Ian Wyllie, Tom Johnson, Scott Conduit, Steve Grimsley
Conversions – Doz Ward x 3
Penalties – Doz Ward x 1
Try scorer Scott Conduit on the run for Claverdon
Claverdon hosted local rivals
Warwickians in front of a large partisan crowd for this league
encounter where a win would see them lift the league title for the
first time in 14 years. Chris Edsall, Andy Wenborn, Doz Ward and Dave
Birch returned to the starting line up with Matt Warren, Paul Daws and
Anthony Cauvin making up the bench.
The lions started brightly with some
good phases of rugby and they were soon deep into the visitors' half.
Their scrum looked strong and they were also managing to win their fair
share of ball against the head. From one such scrum Scott Conduit made
a break before the ball was quickly recycled to captain Tom Skinner who
crashed over for the first points of the game. Doz Ward converted to
give the hosts an early lead. The visitors then lost a man to a yellow
card for indiscipline.
Warwickians to their credit were not
simply there to make up the numbers and they caused Claverdon various
problems. They reacted well to going behind but their strong, direct
running was matched by the resilient Lions defence. Big tackling from
Dave Birch, Chris Edsall and Chris Lowe kept the visitors at bay.
A penalty kick to touch saw Claverdon
again putting pressure on their opponents deep in Warwickians' half.
After several phases of play fly half Doz Ward threw a long miss pass
to outside centre Tom Johnson who cleverly picked it up on the bounce.
His strong running drew the last man before offloading for winger Ian
Wyllie to touch down in the corner. Ward missed the touchline
With Warwickians now back up to full
strength it wasn’t long before both teams were reduced to 14 when
more indiscipline forced the referee to wave the yellow cards. The
remainder of the half was played out with Claverdon very much on the
ascendancy but small errors were creeping into their game and a few
needless knock ons and missed passes meant no further points were
12-0 Half Time
The second half started just how the
first had with Claverdon pressing the hosts at every opportunity. A
break from full back Tom Bennett made good yards and Warwickians could
do little more than concede a penalty in front of the posts. With the
game very much in the balance, the hosts decided to take the 3 points
courtesy of the boot of Ward.
Dave Carruthers in a bit of trouble
Dave Carruthers was enjoying his game
and he made an excellent break to release Johnson who would have been
in under the posts but for the referee to bring back the play for a
high tackle. It was only a matter of minutes later that Johnson did get
his reward. A break from Dave Birch from his own half found Ian Wyllie
who drew his man before kicking down the field. With 3 players in
chase, it was Tom Johnson who won the sprint and judged the bounce
perfectly to gather at pace and run it in under the posts for an easy
conversion for Ward.
Claverdon then stepped off the gas for
a fifteen minute period and the sustained pressure from the visitors
saw them get their reward when they crashed over from close range to
score a converted try.
Changes saw Mark Tilson replaced by
Matt Warren and Dave Birch replaced by Paul Daws. This seemed to give
the hosts the much needed boost they required and they were soon back
on their game and buried in the visitors half. A well drilled lineout
to James Barton and a big shove saw Scott Conduit go over the line for
the all important bonus point try. Ward made the conversion.
Only minutes later Claverdon scored
their fifth try of the game. Again it was from a lineout and a training
ground move that saw the ball worked in to the arms of hooker Steve
Grimsley. He had to do little more than dive over the try line to
record a record breaking fourteenth try of the season. Ward missed the
conversion and after 2 more Warwickian players were sin binned the
whistle was soon blown to mark the end of the game and it was time for
the Lions to start their celebrations.
34-7 Full Time
Although the game wasn’t the
exhibition of rugby that Claverdon had hoped for they still managed to
grind out a comfortable win even when they weren’t quite on their
game. This shows how far this team has come this season thanks to the
excellent coaching of Scott Conduit and Doz Ward.
Claverdon have a month off from league
action now but they will travel to Dudley to try and maintain their
winning ways on Saturday in a friendly.
Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos by Will Barnes
Visit the Guild Hall This Saturday Morning
The Henley War Memorial Trust will be co-ordinating the Henley entry.
The story of the Alpaca Collection
thought his time had come when eight Columbian bandits, two of them
strikingly beautiful girls, aimed their AK-47 rifles at him after his
truck had been ambushed on a remote mountain road in 1993. As he stood
with his hands in the air he vowed that if he survived his own life
could never be the same again. He would not return to the mundane
existence of being a successful Birmingham chartered accountant, also
running a top-flight recruitment agency.
down the barrel of a gun he decided to find some way to improve the
lives of the indigenous people. It was from this life-changing moment
that Richard Hartley was inspired to start a business which would
The Alpaca Collection, the largest UK-based wholesale business which
specialises exclusively in pure Alpaca knitwear from the Andes. It
wholesales to 130 retail outlets in the UK, Europe, Russia and Japan
and has 15 concessionary shops. The Collection’s customers
include Palaces, Castles, Cruise Ships, Mail Order catalogues, multiple
retailers and Visitor Centres. The knitwear produced from the yarn of
the Alpaca has a soft and luxurious feel which is naturally warm, yet
lightweight. It is extremely hard wearing and resists being pulled out
“I was part of a group touring South America in an old Bedford
army truck. The Columbian bandits who ambushed us took everything we
had, but we were eventually released unharmed. Six weeks later,
the police traced them to a bar in a nearby town, took the men outside
and shot them. I dread to think what happened to the girls.”
Richard Hartley (centre) with some of his
Peruvian business associates
When he returned to England he sold
his businesses and he started creating the Alpaca Collection, which was
up and running by 1997. The Collection comprises pattern cardigans and
other knitwear, capes and coats, matching accessories, lined jackets
and menswear. It was one of 1,400 brands exhibiting at the NEC’s
three-day Moda Show on Sunday February 20. The show is the only
place in the United Kingdom where the entire fashion industry comes
together under one roof, covering women’s and menswear, lingerie,
swimwear, footwear and accessories. Ninety-five per cent of visitors
say Moda plays a key part in their buying decisions and 80 per cent
come to the show to source new brands, with more than 70 per cent
placing orders with new suppliers.
Over the past 13 years the Alpaca Collection, based at Little Alne near
Stratford-upon-Avon, has developed an international reputation yet much
is still produced by cottage industry knitted by hand or on handloom
“We have an annual programme which starts in January when we get
the Collection ready for the exhibitions, which for us this year also
includes PURE at Olympia. There is only a small window of opportunity -
if we haven’t sold our Collection by late March or April, then we
are too late.”
a wholesale business in England with suppliers 7,500 miles away has not
been easy. Even though modern communications assisted greatly, mutual
trust between buyer and seller had to be nurtured. It took time to find
the right contacts and even longer to establish a bond. The producers
use the Intarsia knitting technique which involves creating patterns
with multiple colours. They appear to be inlaid in one another
but are all separate pieces which fit together like a jigsaw puzzle.
“Hours of work over several days go into producing just one
garment like a pattern cardigan. It is an incredibly complicated
process and each is knitted by hand or hand-looming machine. In
the Alpaca Collection our cardigans usually have hand-painted ceramic
buttons to emphasise their hand-made quality.”
Alpacas, which look like Llamas and are part of the camel family, have
been bred for their wool since the time of the Incas and probably
before that. The hair is hollow and lightweight and retains warmth when
temperatures drop steeply in the high altitudes - yet remains cool
during the day in hot air temperatures.
The hand knitting skills of the indigenous people in the mountains,
later using hand loomed machines, have been passed down through many
generations. The work undertaken by entrepreneurs like Richard Hartley
has brought Alpaca Knitwear into the fashion limelight. There is now a
thriving industry in Peru and Bolivia with some factories employing
over 3,000 people.
“While the ethnic designs might be a talking point here in
England, such garments did not start making a fashion statement until
recently. Global markets have now become more aware of Alpaca and
expect high quality designs. I travel to South America twice a year for
10 days on each trip – the last visit ended in November where I
was looking at the designs for the 2011 Collection and I shall return
in April or May this year to ensure our suppliers are producing what we
want them to produce."
Richard Hartley has made many enduring friendships among his suppliers
and he is much respected by them. On one occasion he was spending the
evening in Plaza de Armis in Cusco, Peru, when he decided to visit a
bazaar. Immediately his eye was attracted to a stall with particularly
striking knitwear of excellent quality. It belonged to husband and wife
Domingo and Nellie Mamani, who ran a cottage business. He was impressed
by the luxurious quality of the garments and their interesting blend of
colours – so he ordered a small consignment of 20 cardigans when
they came to his hotel the next morning.
The 62-year-old Stratford-upon-Avon businessman has changed many lives
for the better. “I get much satisfaction about that. Being a
child of the sixties gave me a residual sense of compassion for those
who are less fortunate than we in the West. We know we have a
responsibility to our suppliers. We are fortunate that the economic
downturn has not affected us. In fact 2010 was our most profitable
trading year ever. We are in a niche market where the emphasis is
on quality and unique product and we are the leading wholesaler and
distributor. I think 2011 will be another good year, especially
in the export market.”
Dale le Vack reporting
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John Garner's Business Column
Harassment in the workplace
We hear a lot about conduct in the workplace and how employers can often be held liable for the actions of their employees.
According to ACAS examples of bullying/harassing behaviour might include:
- Spreading malicious rumours or
insulting someone by word or behaviour (particularly on the grounds of
age, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation and religion or belief).
- Copying memos that are critical about someone to others who do not need to know.
- Ridiculing or demeaning someone – picking on them or setting them up to fail.
- Exclusion or victimisation.
- Unfair treatment.
- Overbearing supervision or other misuse of power or position.
- Unwelcome sexual advances –
touching, standing too close, the display of offensive materials,
asking for sexual favours, making decisions on the basis of sexual
advances being accepted or rejected.
- Making threats or comments about job security without foundation.
- Deliberately undermining a competent worker by overloading and constant criticism.
- Preventing individuals progressing by intentionally blocking promotion or training opportunities.
Let’s have a look at number 7:
“unwelcome sexual advances”. Have I got your attention now?
Watch this video clip (it only lasts about 30 seconds) and then tell me who you think is guilty of harassing whom.
Don't Look Away When I'm Talking To You
It’s amusing – but could have
been very serious. What might have happened if this had actually taken
place in an office environment? Assuming of course that it had been
spontaneous, hadn’t been recorded on film and there had been no
The man ended up as the injured party; you
might argue he indirectly brought it upon himself but did his action
really justify that level of response? Was the woman on the left guilty
of harassment? Why did the second woman instantly assume it was the man
who was at fault?
How would an employment tribunal have
interpreted the evidence given by each of the three individuals? I
suspect the only way the man might have been found not guilty of
harassment would have been if he could have shown that the first woman
was a lesbian.
If you haven’t watched it yet you’re going to now. Aren’t you?
Situations Vacant – Volunteers Needed!
Residents who are prepared to join the
campaign to save the Youth club, delivering leaflets, writing letters,
press officer, committee members are all needed. This is a short term
commitment until the youth club is saved. This has to be done by July
2011. Contact Peter Crathorne at email@example.com or phone 01564795470.
If you have a vacancy, please advise the Sits Vac Editor, Jan Crathorne or 01564 795470.
Advertising in Henley NEWS works and it's FREE
Warnings from Trading Standards
£1.00 Pipe Insurance
Trading Standards Service has been alerted to unsolicited phone calls
and doorstep calls from a business (as yet unknown) offering to insure
internal pipes for £1.00 per year. The business has no links with
the water supplier Severn Trent Water who have confirmed they do not
insure internal water pipes. The callers request bank details and in
some cases they were provided with them. Warwickshire Trading Standards
Service strongly urges consumers not to divulge personal or financial
information to unknown callers on the doorstep or over the phone.
'Free' Alarms Offer
Warwickshire Trading Standards has again received complaints from
consumers who have been receiving calls from an unknown business
offering 'free' alarms. The callers offer to fit the alarms within 15
minutes of arrival and may be using scare stories concerning burglary
rates etc. In most cases offers of a 'free' alarm are accompanied by
charges for installation and monitoring. Alarms are sometimes fitted
quickly so that the consumer does not have time to consider the offer
properly and cancel (as is their right in law if a contract is signed
at their home - they have 7 days in which to cancel).
The business appears also to be contacting people who are on the
telephone preference service and in some cases when the phone is
answered the recipient may get a dead line or a recorded message. It is
possible that the calls are being made from a call centre outside the
Don't be conned - beat the scammers!
February was scams awareness month when
Trading Standards Service highlighted the problems of scam mail e.g.
prize draws, fake lotteries, clairvoyant predictions, get rich quick
schemes and miracle health cures. The one thing they have in common is
that they ask you to send money up front in order to claim your
fabulous prize. However, you are unlikely to ever hear from them again
and any "prize" you do receive will be worthless.
If you send money you are likely to be
bombarded with further scams because your name has been added to a
"sucker" list. We discovered one Warwickshire resident who had received
63 such letters in just a few months. Many letters look very
professional and are very persuasive - the recipient is often addressed
by their first name, making it sound as though it is a personal offer
just for them.
To reduce unwanted mail register, free, with
the Mailing Preference Service on 0845 703 4599 or
www.mpsonline.org.uk. Registering will make it easier to spot a scam in
your mail. Most importantly, if something sounds too good to be true,
then it probably is - put the letter in the bin!
Click on the 2 examples below to see the types of letters now circulating in Warwickshire:
Australian Lottery The Amazing Kreskin
If you are not sure if a letter is a scam, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.
Pat Whorton, Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Become a Champion
bills are forecast to rise by 60% or more over the next ten years; the
7 to 10% increases last Nov to Dec will show in your next bills and
these are just the start. So, it makes sense to find ways to save
energy in the home, reducing money on fuel bills and cutting CO2
You can find out how you could save energy
and money – and help your friends and neighbours do the same - by
becoming an Energy Champion!
Champions are volunteers who receive basic
training on energy saving in the home. The training helps them see how
they can save energy in their own home. Then, using a specially
designed survey, they can help friends and neighbours do likewise.
Champions have the backing of technical experts from Warwickshire's
local energy efficiency advice service, Act on Energy. If needed,
specialist advice and additional help is available to show people
practical and affordable ways to make their homes more energy efficient.
Could you be an Energy Champion? -- Yes you could,
because Transition Stratford and an expert from Act on Energy are
providing Energy Champions’ training this Saturday morning (12th
March) in Henley. No special knowledge is required and it’s free.
If you would like to take part or would like further information,
contact Roger Matthews on 01789 298503 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call John Stott on 792251.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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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
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
meditation 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.
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.
The Tanworth Singers in St Patrick’s church, Earlswood. Saturday
2nd April at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £6.50 (inc. Coffee) from Jean
Brown 702367 or on the door.
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
New & Nearly New Clothes Sale, St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert
Lane, Henley in Arden on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th April 10am until
4pm. Fantastic bargains. Designer clothes and other well known makes.
Come and treat yourself to a new wardrobe! Proceeds to Church funds.
Details from Lesley Eastwood 01564 793646.
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
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: email@example.com
| |HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
- To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
- To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
- To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
- To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
- To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
- To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.
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.
| |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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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