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JPC Chairman "Supports the Market Development"

Minutes testify Cllr Matheou said support for the development is "Untrue"

imageThe 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

imageCouncillors 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,

imageI 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.

Yours sincerely,

Martin Snape,
Beaudesert Lane

This letter will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 14th March


County Council Pulls the plug on The Hub @ Henley

posterHenley 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

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Help the Heroes Stretcher March to Henley

imageJoel 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

imageJust 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 beyond.
 
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

imagesDo 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

imageThe 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

imageWell, 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

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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 show.

“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 May!”

"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
www.knowlefunrun.org.uk


Apex choose Shakespeare Hospice

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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 Warwickshire.”

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 £1,300,000.

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 north Solihull.

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

imageArts 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


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Cut Price Wills For Charity Supporters

imageSix 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
www.cord.org.uk

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Claverdon crowned champions

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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

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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 conversion.

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 scored.

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.

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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

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The Henley War Memorial Trust will be co-ordinating the Henley entry.

 


The story of the Alpaca Collection

imageRichard Hartley 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.

imageLooking 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 become 
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 of shape.

“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.”

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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 machines.

“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.”

imageEstablishing 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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Harassment in the workplace

John GarnerWe 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:

    1. 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).
    2. Copying memos that are critical about someone to others who do not need to know.
    3. Ridiculing or demeaning someone – picking on them or setting them up to fail.
    4. Exclusion or victimisation.
    5. Unfair treatment.
    6. Overbearing supervision or other misuse of power or position.
    7. 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.
    8. Making threats or comments about job security without foundation.
    9. Deliberately undermining a competent worker by overloading and constant criticism.
    10. 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 witnesses.

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?

John Garner


Situations Vacant – Volunteers Needed!

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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 peter.crathorne@gmail.com or phone 01564795470.


If you have a vacancy, please advise the Sits Vac Editor, Jan Crathorne or 01564 795470.

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Warnings from Trading Standards

£1.00 Pipe Insurance

imageWarwickshire 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 UK.

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
email. patwhorton@warwickshire.gov.uk


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imageEnergy 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 emissions.

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.

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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 admin@transitionstratford.com or call John Stott on 792251.

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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

WARWICKSHIRE COMMUNITY AWARDS 2011 ROADSHOW
Has your community done anything it is particularly proud of in the last 12 months which is worth celebrating? Come along and find out how to nominate people you know for community awards at our Henley-in-Arden drop-in session. 10am – 1pm Saturday 12th March - Guild Hall, Henley-in-Arden.

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.

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 (inc. 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
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

www.HenleyInArden.org

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
logoRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
Please email Rotarian Michael Redman

DEMOCRACY 2012
imageThis association meets once per month to discuss its plans for the next parish council election in May 2012 when it intends to offer residents a manifesto to reduce substantially the running costs of the Joint Parish Council and to give greater participation to the community in the affairs of the town.   
You can register your support at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
imageAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837
  2011 Programme
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: lucy@thehalseys.org
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB

imageThe Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.

To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
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.
Bowls ClubHENLEY-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.
Neighbour WatchNEIGHBOURHOOD 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
image1st 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
Business ClubTHE 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.
ProbusTHE 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.
imageDE 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.
Bridge ClubHENLEY-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.
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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 karen@henleyfocus.co.uk for more information.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

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

www.HenleyInArden.org

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