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Nominations close for District Council Election


Polling on 5 May will be carried out with hours of polling being 7.00am to 10.00pm.

Henley NEWS has extended an invitation to all the above candidates to submit information for publication.

New Political Party for Henley

The Henley & Beaudesert Independent Conservatives

By voting to approve the cattle market redevelopment planning application, Stratford District Councillors have totally disregarded the very real concerns of the vast majority of Henley residents. Already the next issue, the CCTV column outside the police station, is being discussed. It is likely that the existing industrial column will be retained, despite another campaign by residents for a more unobtrusive column in line with the guidance from English Heritage.

Independently minded locals need to be elected to ensure that the wishes of the majority are followed and that council tax payers’ money is spent wisely. Our national parties through their local party bosses should not control these issues.


The Henley & Beaudesert Independent Conservatives party has been formed, and registered with the Electoral Commission, to bring ‘local’ back into our local government. Bill Leech will be its first candidate in the District Council election on 5th May 2011 for the Henley ward.

imageBill Leech will be well known to many residents as the founder and editor of Henley NEWS and the creator of the Town Website. After nearly 300 editions of Henley NEWS since 2004, 3,000 people now read each edition. He has been the town member on the Henley War Memorial Trust for many years and in May 2008 joined the Joint Parish Council. His concern about its unnecessary expenditure and excessive administration costs are well known and will probably lead to a reduction in the parish council tax (precept) of around £25,000 in 2013. This £25,000 will then be able to be spent by the residents as they wish, maybe in the shops of Henley and the surrounding area.

Bill was born in Warwickshire and educated at Rugby. He has been a director of Lucas, Smiths Industries and his own mobile telecom company. Today, he runs the Henley Business Group, which is a successful business brokerage, based in Henley. He had eight years commissioned service in the South Midlands Signal Reg (TA). During the 1960s he lived in Wootton Wawen and was a member of the Parochial Church Council. In the 1980s he moved to Claverdon and since 2001 he has lived in Henley. He is a strong believer in a Big Society.

I have known Bill for almost 40 years and I know Bill will look after your interests on the District Council. I encourage you to vote for him on 5th May.

Mike Willmott – Party Leader

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Early Comment from Residents

    1. You are a brave man to take on the Tory Establishment. However with the support of all the people in Henley who believe that we need democracy and transparency in our local government, and with a lot of hard work, which I am sure we will all provide, we are optimistic that your courageous decision to stand for election to the District Council will be successful.

    2. We fully support what Bill Leech stands for and will vote for him at the local election. Good luck Bill.

    3. I support you completely, but at 85 years of age, I'm afraid I can't be of any practical use. Good Luck. Let us get a people listener on the Council & get rid of the old lot.

    4. Bill will get our full support on May 5th. I have told the current chairman of the parish council publicly THAT HE DOES NOT LISTEN TO THE RESIDENTS OF HENLEY. The message still hasn`t sunk in. It needs a positive vote from the electorate to oust these pompous negative stubborn people.

    5. My hope is that this election will move us in the direction of sound local politics and enable democracy to be brought back into the life of Henley.

Names & Addresses supplied by all the above residents



Residents encouraged to register to vote

imageThe District Council election for the Henley Ward (Henley-in-Arden, Beaudesert and Wootton Wawen) is being held on Thursday 5 May 2011 and Poll Cards notifying residents of these elections are being sent out from Stratford-on-Avon District Council this week.

This date is also the same day residents will be going to the polls to vote in the national Referendum on the Parliamentary Voting System.

The Poll cards inform residents in the District where their polling station is and when they can vote from, 7am until 10pm on 5 May.

To be able to vote at these elections residents must either be on the electoral register or have applied to be so no later than Thursday 14 April 2011. Please contact Stratford District Council’s Elections Office on 01789 260208 to check you are on the electoral register at your current address.

Postal votes are available to any District resident but are especially useful for those that are unable to get to a polling station on polling day due to health reasons or maybe on holiday or working away.

All completed application forms for postal votes must be submitted before 5pm on Thursday 14 April 2011.

National Referendum

The national Referendum on the voting system for future Parliamentary elections is also being held on the same day. The Chief Counting Officer (the Chair of the Electoral Commission) has overall responsibility for the referendum. A booklet will be delivered to all households during early April by the Electoral Commission, and they have a website where you can print off and find more information and forms to register to vote. There is also a helpline 0800 3 280 280.

For all election enquiries please contact Stratford District Council’s election office on 01789 260209.

The Friends of Henley Library


The Friends of Henley Library will hold their second meeting on Tuesday 19 April 2011 from 5:30 to 6:45 pm at the Henley Baptist Church Hall.

Included in the agenda:

Selection of a second Friends member to join the BHJPC’s Working Party for the Library,

Forming teams to attend:

  • 14 May meeting with Warwickshire library administrators at Henley Library,
  • 19 May Community Forum on libraries in Studley Village Hall
  • 23 May Community Forum on libraries in Henley Primary School.

Anyone who cares about keeping the library open is welcome to join.

Contact Judith Lindley at or telephone 01564 792 941.

Library consultation - have your say

imageConsultations discussing proposed changes to Warwickshire Library and Information Service started on 31st March.

The first roadshow and drop-in session was held at Alcester Library on Monday, March 28th and on Tuesday, March 29th there was a roadshow and drop-in session at Hartshill Library.  A public meeting to debate the proposals was held in the evening at the War Memorial Club in Bulkington.

During these meetings Warwickshire County Council officials outlined the proposals, why they came about, and explained how the consultation process works. After a short presentation, they answered questions from the audience.

Cllr Colin Hayfield, portfolio-holder for Customers, Workforce and Partners said: “This is an opportunity for local people to get involved and have their say on proposals for a reshaping of library services. We need to know what people think and how they would be affected by the changes, if implemented. The Library and Information Service must cut costs by £2 million over the next three years. But feedback from consultation sessions like this will help county councillors decide on the best way forward in these difficult times.”

The proposals identify 16 Warwickshire libraries that are no longer sustainable in their current form, alongside other cost-cutting measures including reduced opening hours, reductions in the mobile library fleet and workforce, and cutting the number of public computers across the library network. A 12-week public consultation began on March 18 and will run until June 9. A roadshow will visit all 34 Warwickshire libraries during the consultation period so people can find out more and ask questions face-to-face. Senior officers and a councillor will also attend a series of public meetings countywide.

The information now available online at includes a factsheet for every Warwickshire library, giving details of visits, loan issues and costs, along with comparative performance figures across the network, and the Cabinet report county councillors considered on March 17. Communities considering volunteer-run library services will have the facts and figures they need at their fingertips. People who don’t have access to the internet can request paper copies from any of Warwickshire's 34 libraries or from Shire Hall in Warwick.

A consultation questionnaire is available in all Warwickshire libraries and online. Feedback received during the consultation will be collated, analysed and reported to Warwickshire County Council Cabinet on July 14 so councillors are fully informed before they make any final decisions.


Riverland Garden Project Update


The TV gardener Chris Beardshaw made his long awaited appearance in the Memorial Hall on 23 March. So busy is his schedule that the booking had been made in 2009. A capacity audience, mainly made up of adoring women, was not disappointed. Chris is a man of many parts: an academic who lectures to post-graduate students in Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University; a garden designer with 6 RHS gold medals and five times winner of the RHS Best in Show award; an author with four books to his credit and of course a media presenter with frequent appearances on television and on radio with Gardeners’ Question Time.

imaheAs a lecturer his style is relaxed, witty and infectiously enthusiastic. He is eager to give his audience as much of his acquired knowledge as possible in an entertaining manner. He gave an illustrated talk on “Painting with Plants”, speaking without notes for an hour and a half, which passed very quickly for his listeners. Hidcote is well known to many local people and Chris made extensive use of it in selecting examples from it to demonstrate the use of colour in a garden. In the 20 minute interval which followed there was little chance for Chris to drink his coffee and sample one of Sue Dalby’s cakes as he dealt cheerfully with a long queue of ladies having him sign a copy of his latest book and plying him with individual questions.

Following the interval Chris gave comprehensive answers to all the questions posed by his audience on a wide variety of topics. We were all pleased to learn that a good way of dealing with the problem of ground elder is to catch it early and eat it in salad – as the Romans did who introduced it to this country! When the chairman, Douglas Bridgewater, called a halt to proceedings at 10.30 pm Chris was still in full flow and dealt patiently with those members of the audience who lined up to talk to him afterwards.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all present, as was evident from comments at its end and from subsequent telephone calls. Its success can also be measured by the £1,500 raised in aid of the Riverland Garden Project.


Considerable progress has been made on the Riverland Garden recently. During the last two weekends in March over 700 plants were put in place by a team of a dozen volunteers on each weekend. On Tuesday of this week, 5 April, the huge pile of bricks and rubble dug out from the garden was loaded into a skip and removed. On the same day six galvanised steel garden benches were delivered and fixed in place. Three panels of engraved bricks have been laid and a number of orders have already been received for bricks in the fourth panel. If you would like yours to be among them please contact Sue or Douglas Bridgewater (793633), Marijana Bainbridge (794987), John Latham (795239) or Sue Westmacott (793746). It is hoped that the garden will be open to the public in early May.

Sue & Douglas Bridgewater

Court Leet announces Court Leet Day


This year the Court Leet has received a generous donation from Stratford District Council for Court Leet Day.

War Memorial Trust Considers 60s Music Festival

The Trust has been approached by an organisation wishing to put on a 60s music festival using the Sports Grounds in September. This would include top line sixties acts. The main purpose of this fundraising will be to kick start the New Pavilion Project designed by local archiitect Vincent Ford.


Possible Artistes at the music festival include:  


Burntwood Town Council have run 5 similar events. Have a look at: : I am sure we could do at least as well.

The aim would be to sell at least 2,000 tickets for an open air show on a Saturday afternoon and evening. If the decision is made to go ahead this will present a great opportunity for the clubs and organisations in the town to join with the Trust to raise funds. We will need to feed and water this huge crowd: every club could have a stall which would generate funds; 2,000 beef burgers @ £2.00 each - imagine!

Of course it will have to be properly organised. If it’s successful then it could be an annual event bringing funds into the town from outside, providing opportunities for local businesses and most of all will make the rebuilding of the dreadful pavilion at the Sports Grounds a real possibility.

These are some of the issues which will need to be resolved before the event is agreed.

    1. 12 individuals or companies to take the risk as above, therefore no risk to HWMT funds.
    2. Insurance, police and local authority, local residents, Henley High school check out. HWMT legal position is satisfied. (All this is being done now).
    3. Draft contract and project and finance timeline for all. Quality of the stage management etc is assured.
    4. Draft Project Management Plan Timeline for volunteers is satisfactory. Quality of the organisation of volunteers is assured.
    5. Minimum Numbers of volunteers required with some idea of where these would come from. We need enough people to do it without too much stress.
    6. Risk assessments. All Health and Safety issues are addressed by the promoter.
    7. Car parking areas have been resolved with offers of hard standing received.
    8. Satisfactory assurances about publicity (the promoters have been checked out for this).

If we go ahead, the Trust will offering a 2% part of the profits from the day to any organisation who can provide a section manager to organise, train where necessary, liaise with the Trust and volunteers and be active on the day. The Departments being considered are:

Sales: liaison with national ticket sales being undertaken by the promoter, local ticket Sales and on the day ticket sale
Facilities and Catering:; not toilets (these are the responsibility of the promoter), but ensuring there is no duplication from voluntary groups and filling the gaps with commercial fee payers
Clear-up Team Manager
VIP Arrangements Manager: liasing with local restaurants and transport etc,
Car Park Tsar: organising a team to supervise this wherever it takes place.

Any club, society or voluntary organisation could also raise funds by their members volunteering to be part of a team, possibly ¼% of the profits for each individual volunteering in advance going to their club. No decision has been taken yet, the Trust will need to know by Friday 8th April that there are enough enthusiasts ready to volunteer before giving the go ahead.

Lastly, we have to ensure that this event has a fall back in case of total disaster. We are asking that at least 12 good and true people will be guarantors for the £6,000 disaster cost which will fall on us if we sell no tickets by August 6th. The Trust is asking that each guarantor agrees to cover that loss personally to a maximum personal cost of £500.

I personally believe that the risk is very slim and I am on that list already. At the time of writing we need four more. To express an interest in any of the above please contact me.

Peter Crathorne - Chairman, Henley War Memorial Trust
Home: 01564795470 Mobile: 07974573582


Henley High School Consults on Academy Status

Letter from Head Teacher

imageI am writing to inform you that the Governing Body of the school has made a decision on behalf of Henley High School to seek Academy Status subject to full consultation with our stakeholders. If successful the school would wish to become a new Academy in the summer prior to the start of the new academic year in September 2011. As part of the Academy conversion we need to work with a partner school. We intend to work with Alcester Grammar School in a mutually supportive partnership to share good practice across both schools. The change will have little impact on the students. They will all continue to be taught on the Henley site and the curriculum that we offer will remain in place.

The decision to apply for the new status has followed several months of research and meetings which have considered the pros and cons of becoming an Academy. Without doubt there are clear financial advantages for the school. In addition, we will have greater freedoms to determine many aspects of the school’s operations and services, without losing what is special about Henley High School. Whatever our politics we cannot ignore the need to take action for the good of our school. Although we cannot fully anticipate the effects and scale of the government’s public spending cuts we hope that becoming an Academy will enable the school to keep control of our destiny and secure the brightest possible future for all at Henley High School. More information on the Academy issue can be found on the Department for Education’s website .

We would value your views on this matter. If you wish you can write to me at the school or to this dedicated email address .

Clearly the government is keen for this policy to be a success and I hope that you will understand our rationale for pursuing this strategy to strengthen our position as a successful school. If you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.

P E Wright - Headteacher

Henley Gardeners' Newsletter

imageFirstly, welcome to those new members who have joined over the last few months. I am pleased to see that several new members have been allocated  plots up at the JPC owned railway station allotment site. I also welcome several new members who have joined us from other local gardening clubs.
Many keen gardeners belong to several clubs and they are keen to join us as they support our aim to preserve and encourage "Allotment and gardening" activities in and around Henley. They are also keen to get on our email list so that they can share advice and get help if need be. Through the email list they can also swap/exchange surplus produce etc!
Do you wish to borrow Tools?
Please don't forget that we have spare spades /forks etc should you wish to borrow them.
Any Gardening questions?
New members  may be interested to know that we have a quantity of gardening books that are available to borrow. If you have an interest in any special subject please let me know and I will contact the club's Librarian.
Do you want to volunteer as a Master gardener?
HAAGC has been contacted  by a Charity that is seeking volunteers to help keen..... but inexperienced gardeners. For more information please send me an email or give me a call.
Update on HAAGC request for a communal shed at the JPC owned Allotment Site
Most of you are aware that over the last two years we have been asking the Beaudesert and Henley In Arden Joint Parish Council if we could erect a  small communal shed up at the Railway Station allotment site. The shed was donated to the HAAGC and the idea was that all allotment holders (irrespective of whether they were members of the HAAGC or not) could use the HAAGC owned tools that would be stored in the shed.
Last year the JPC declined our request for a variety of reasons (ie lack of space, plots are only for individuals etc). With the the re-opening of the "Old" north side of the Railway allotment site, and the creation of more space, we repeated our request. Sadly, our request for a small piece of land for the shed has been declined again.
The primary reason for rejecting our request this time is that the HAAGC is not "recognised" by the JPC and therefore our request cannot be considered.  What a disappointment for the plot holders.........!!
Henley in Bloom
Henley in Bloom is again looking for volunteers to help with flower planting and watering in the town. Please contact Ginny Matheou (01564 794308) or contact me for more info. HIB will also be replacing some of its flower baskets soon and this creates spare "old" compost. If you would like some please contact Ginny or myself.
Guild Hall Garden Project
We have been asked by the Committee of the Guild Hall Garden project to thank all our members who have helped with digging and planting over the last few months. If you are passing the Guild Hall, do look in the garden at the rear to see the progress that has been made.
New Allotment Land
Discussions have commenced with a local land owner regarding the provision of some additional allotment land. If we are successful in securing the land  I am pleased to say that allotment holders will have vehicle access to the site.
News Items
If you would like to contact other HAAGC members about any relevant matter (eg swapping seeds/surplus tools/pots, news ideas etc). Please send me an email and I will forward it on to all  our members.

Best Wishes for the 2011 growing season
Henley in Arden Allotment and Gardening Club (HAAGC)

If you wish to join or become a friend of the HAAGC, please click on the Link in the Club/Society section below. Membership is free

Good News about Ginger

In our previous edition we reported on a ginger cat needing a new home.


We are pleased to report he is now enjoying his new home.

New Town Video

imageA new Town Video has been launched on the Town Website at Unlike previous town videos, this one does not contain interviews with local politicians.

This video is part of a much larger documentary produced called "Discover Warwickshire" produced by award winning film maker Simon Cox of Alpha Productions, Nuneaton.

Simon Cox was the editor of the feature film, Charles Dickens’s England, with Sir Derek Jacobi. He has made a beautiful documentary on DVD about the county he loves, Warwickshire. The film takes the viewer on a journey around the towns and villages in the region reflecting on some of the treasures Warwickshire folk have on their doorsteps.

imageSimon was recently 2nd Unit Director on the multi-award winning and Oscar short listed film, Gone Fishing. He also directed the feature film, Written in Blood, which is currently showing on SKY, and has a new feature film project in development; a thriller called, “The Final Reel”. Simon’s hopes that sales of the “Discover Warwickshire” DVD and his other film, “Discover Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon”, will help to fund his new film.

The DVDs can be purchased from his website:, Warwickshire branches of Waterstones and from Warwick Castle shop. The films can also be streamed directly from the website.

View New Henley Town Video


Recent Property Sales in Henley

Flat 15, Blackthorn Court Chestnut Walk £83,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5GN 16th November 2010

6 Yew Tree Gardens £206,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5HP 8th February 2011

149 High Street £190,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5BA 21st December 2004

Elmcroft Henley Road £780,000
Ullenhall, B95 5NN 18th January 2011

You can view all previous sales information by visiting

Batman Goes It Alone!

imageReaders may be aware that ‘Batman and Robin’, alias myself and my son Richard, have entered the ‘Endurancelife Exmoor Marathon’, an off-road marathon which is coming up soon, on Saturday April 16th this year.

Well, the bad news is that ‘Robin’ has had to cry off! Richard has to go back to his job as a canoe instructor two weeks earlier than planned! He works for PGL Adventures in the Ardèche, France. So, because we’ve raised about £500 between us so far, and that all funds raised are going to Shakespeare Hospice, ‘Batman’ has decided he must continue …alone!

The course detail sounds great!! They say – “The course encompasses stiff climbs and long descents, open moorland, thickly wooded valleys, historical ruins, dizzying cliffs, exquisitely beautiful rivers and a stretch of coastline that is unsurpassed. This truly is trail running territory at its best”.

But it then says…”The Exmoor course is widely regarded as one of the toughest courses and is definitely a gruelling test of endurance for even the very hardest of trail or fell runners.”…Holy gorse bushes, it sounds hard! Oh and in small text it adds that it includes 5,250ft of ascent! And finally it says…”Our Advice: This course is TOUGH - make sure you are well prepared!”...So I’ve been training pretty hard for 2 months now and I can’t wait for the event to come along because my knees can’t stand much more! You can see details for yourself at: 

imageSo, we need your help! Can you help ‘Batman’ to help Shakespeare Hospice – who provide valuable help and support for hundreds of seriously ill people and those who care for them?

Holy ice packs!... We really hope you can! We’d be really grateful if you could send us a cheque made out to ‘Jonathan Johnson – charity account’, or you can visit where your donation will receive gift-aid too, this adds 25% to your contribution.

Please help ‘Batman’ on his way! And if by chance you know of a lone ‘Robin’ that is looking for a nice long run then Holy painful shins…send him my way! We hope to hear from you very soon. Thanks for your support.

John and Richard Johnson…Alias Batman and Robin!

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St Mary’s Support Japan Earthquake Appeal


The massive earthquake and resulting tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March caused widespread destruction and suffering.

imageThe scale of the disaster was almost unimaginable. Over 10,872 people died and 16,244 are still missing. More than 387,000 people were forced from their homes by the disaster, including around 74,000 children.

St Mary’s wanted to support the Japan Emergency Appeal. They decided they would raise as much money as possible in one day to support the victims of this disaster. On Friday 25th March the pupils held a cake sale, raffle, lucky dip and gave donations to wear non-uniform. They managed to raise a fantastic £150.00!

The money raised was given to Save the Children Japan Emergency Appeal.

Funds raised by Save the Children enable them to meet the immediate needs of children and rebuild their and their families’ lives over the coming months. Well done St Mary’s.

Michelle Rafferty reporting

give new energy to St Mary’s


A group of 21 enthusiastic volunteers from E.ON spent a day at St Mary’s on 22nd March to help develop the schools Eco Zone.
The volunteers worked to clear, tidy, dig up weeds and plant new shrubs and plants. They put together a log circle seating area to be used as an outdoor classroom and also helped to develop the school's vegetable garden, as well as painting the trellis work and receptions' play area.

imageIn addition they worked hard to renovate an existing pond which was believed to have no pond life until they discovered frogs, newts and even frog spawn that can now enjoy the new pond plants and freshly cleared area.

Phil Gilbert, from E.ON’s Retail business, said: “It was great to see how much energy, hard work and passion everyone put into our day at St Mary’s School. It was great opportunity for us all to work in a totally different environment, working as a team and drawing on different skills and individual experiences.

“What we achieved in those few hours was quite amazing and from the feedback received from both the children and staff at St Mary’s they were impressed and very grateful of our hard work.”

Tracey Price, key stage 2 Teacher, said: "As a science subject leader I think the new improved Eco Zone looks amazing and the children can’t wait to start using our new outdoor classroom. It was great to see so many E.ON red shirts working so hard as a team to make such a difference to outdoor learning at our little school."

Michelle Rafferty reporting


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about Henley-in-Arden

Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:

This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust
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St Mary’s KS1 Visit Umberslade Farm

imageOn Monday 28th March the KS1 class from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School visited Umberslade Farm in Tanworth in Arden.

Thanks to our very knowledgeable and friendly guide, Annette, we all learnt a lot (including the adults) about the farm animals and the environment they live in.

The children had the opportunity to bottle feed the lambs, kids and calves, feed the goats and stroke the smaller farm animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. They had a ride on the tractor and thoroughly enjoyed shooting cannons (soft balls) at a chicken in the play barn.

The visit related well to the topic KS1 have been doing this term on pets and farm animals and since their visit each child has written a personal journal about the day.

Michelle Rafferty reporting

Aston Cantlow Village Hall Golden Jubilee

The Village Hall in Aston Cantlow celebrated its 50th birthday over the weekend of the 18th 19th and 20th March. Margaret Twigg, on behalf of the Village Hall committee, organised a varied programme of entertainments over the three days. The “new hall” which incorporated the mediaeval Guild Hall was opened on 11th March 1961

The celebrations commenced on the Friday evening with a jazz concert which was supplemented by a traditional meal of fish and chips; a full house of enthusiastic listeners were reluctant to leave an excellent evening until after 11pm.


Saturday afternoon was devoted largely to events for children including face painting and a “gruffalo” treasure hunt in the well equipped playground. Outside the entrance to the hall visitors were greeted by Ken Smith’s traditional fairground organ. Inside the hall exhibitions showed the wide interests of local people including an exhibition of painting by local artists in the mediaeval guild room. In the main hall the history of the hall and the village in general was demonstrated by the local History Society with a series of exhibits from their parish archives featuring photos and artifacts from the local area, together with a lace making display and demonstrations and displays of memorabilia by the WI and the tennis club. Cream teas, featuring homemade scones, rounded off a full afternoon which had provided great entertainment for all ages of people.


Sunday featured an “Open tennis” event organised by the Tennis Club and an “Historical Walk” around the village featuring many of the local places of interest. A traditional roast beef lunch was provided for over 50 hungry diners by the local WI followed by a range of delicious puddings made by the members. The diners included 6 previous Chairmen of the Village Hall committee who had served the community over the last half century, and several who had been on the fund raising committee in the early days prior to the opening in 1961. Following lunch Margaret was presented with a bouquet of flowers from the trustees of the Village Hall in recognition of all her hard work. A feature of both days was a continuous presentation of the repairs to the local church of St John the Baptist which followed the successful conclusion of a long running court case.

The weekend attracted a large number of visitors, both local and from afar, who wrote many comments of appreciation in the visitors’ book. Supported by two days of beautiful spring sunshine the occasion was voted a fitting tribute to 50 years of service to the local community.

Brian Twigg reporting

Volunteers wanted for National Trust

imageThe National Trust is calling for volunteers to work at three Warwickshire stately homes.

Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House, both near Lapworth, and Coughton Court near Alcester, all need extra workers during the busy summer months.

Call Sarah Kinnersley on 01789 400777, extension 107, to find out more.

Double whammy for Motoring Enthusiasts

imageApril brings the start of the British Touring Car Championship and the launch of Jacksonsford’s new Performance Centre.

The BTCC, Britain’s biggest motor racing championship, opens with a Meeting at Brands Hatch, Kent on 2/3 April. This is followed by a further nine Meetings throughout the country over the summer. Midlands Meetings include Donnington on 17th April, Rockingham on 18th September and Silverstone on 16th October.

There is particular Midlands interest in the championship as one of the leading drivers is local man, Mat Jackson. This year Mat, who is sponsored by The Money Shop, is driving a Ford Focus for the Airwaves Team and is expected to feature strongly in the results.

imageJacksonsford’s new Performance Centre is designed to meet the needs of the motoring enthusiast and has been developed on the experience and knowledge of brothers Mat and Dan and father Tony, all of whom have an engineering background and are or have been involved in motor racing and high performance testing.

For the Ford owner there is the Mountune performance upgrade facility where the company have been appointed to be Mountune PRO installers. Jacksonsford also carry a range of sports and high specification cars – both new and low-mileage through Ford Direct.

For all enthusiasts (whatever their make of car), Jacksonsford also specialise in suspension, geometry and tyres in a similarly enthusiastic way. Highly specific floor-mounted equipment can diagnose and tune dampers as well as other suspension componentry, and there's even a tyre balancing machine that can check tyre uniformity whilst on the rim. All this and top-of-the-range Hunter Alignment systems and full service facilities in a Ford approved workshop.

All this is brought together by the family company under one roof in Warwick Road, Henley-in-Arden. The expectation is that enthusiasts visiting the Performance Centre will benefit the local economy by visiting the shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs whilst their cars are being given attention.

Simon Maddox reporting

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John Garner's Business Column

It’s payroll time again!

John GarnerIf you operate a payroll you’ll know that the payroll year has just ended (April 5th) and soon you will have to send in your end of year returns to HMRC.

Remember that now all employers must file their end of year returns electronically. From April 6th this applies to the filing of P45 and P46 as well. If you’re an employer without access to the internet you’ll have a problem (and you won’t be reading this!); actually all you’d need to do is get your accountant to do it for you.

Here’s a reminder of the important deadlines.

19th April 2011 (22nd for electronic payments)
Payment of March PAYE and NIC due. Interest will run on any 2010/11 PAYE, NIC, student loan and CIS deductions not paid over by this date.

19 May 2011
Employers’ year end returns (P35 and P14s) due for submission.

31 May 2011
Employees must be provided with their P60 (certificate of pay and tax deducted).

6 July 2011
Submission of P11Ds and P9Ds for 2010/11 which show details of
expenses paid and benefits provided to employees and directors. Employees must also be given a copy of their P11D/P9D by this date.

19 July 2011 (22nd for electronic payments)
Class 1A NIC for 2010/11 on most benefits provided to employees must be paid. Interest runs from this date on late payments.

19 October 2011 (22nd for electronic payments)
PAYE settlement agreement liabilities for 2010/11 are due together with Class 1B NIC. Interest runs from this date on late payments.

The above dates are the latest you are allowed to submit your returns and payments. Don’t leave your returns to the last minute though as you may find the HMRC website can’t cope with a last minute rush (this has happened before).

What if you don’t owe anything?

It is important to let HMRC know that you have nothing to pay either by:

    • completing the online form:
    • sending a signed payslip with the amount completed as “NIL”
    • phoning 0845 3667816 with your HMRC accounts office reference and advising them of the period for which no payment is due.

John Garner

Situations Vacant – Volunteers Needed!

image  The Henley War Memorial Trust are provisionally planning a huge money raiser on 17th September 2011. (see article above)

We are looking for expressions of interest to help in the organisation in the following areas:

  1. Security: 20 individuals
  2. Ticket Sales: Supervisor and 6 helpers, liaising with the promoter on national ticket sales, local ticket sales and on the day ticket sales.
  3. Facilities and catering manager: not toilets (these are the responsibility of the promoter), but ensuring there is no duplication of catering from voluntary groups and then filling the gaps with commercial outlets who will pay a fee.
  4. Clear up team manager: plus 20 volunteers
  5. VIP arrangements manager: Liaising with local restaurants and transport etc, providing exclusive bar
  6. Car Park Tsar: Organising a team to supervise this wherever it takes place; plus team members.

Any club, society or voluntary organisation could also raise funds by their members volunteering to be part of a team. Probably on offer ¼% of profits for each volunteer, 2% of profits for a manager.

Contact Peter Crathorne 01564795470: MOB 07974573582:

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

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Warnings from Trading Standards

British Gas Refund Notification
imageConsumers are warned to beware of an email which falsely claims to offer a refund on £732.80 on your gas bill. The email is a crude attempt at identity theft and requests information including: a legible, colour, digital photograph of your government-issued ID (eg driver`s permit or passport), your name and address and driving licence number. You are asked to fax this information.

As with all scam email, never respond to them or reveal any personal or financial details about yourself. The criminal gangs who collect this information use it to steal your identity, enabling them to open bank accounts in your name and take out loans and mortgages or claim benefits. Consumers are also reminded that normal email is not secure.

For more information on scams and rogue traders, please visit our website:

Government 'Debt Order Settlement'
Warwickshire Trading Standards has received complaints about spam txts. The latest offers recipients the opportunity to 'wipe off' their debts using a 'Debt Settlement Order'. Consumer are advised that this is believed to be a mass marketing approach from debt management companies. Consumers with debt issues can obtain free and independent advice from their local Citizens Advice Bureau. Further information is also available at:

Responding to unsolicited email and text messages is likely to lead to you receiving more.

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

imageMake Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Holiday transport -- Coaches are very good

The diagram below shows the amounts of carbon pollution per person mile for different modes of transport. A person mile means one person travelling one mile, so if the person travels 2 miles, the pollution is twice the amount shown in the diagram. For cars, the number of people in the car affects the pollution per person mile because, with say two people in the car, the pollution from the car is about the same as with just the driver but the pollution is shared between two people. The figures for Flights and public transport are based on typical numbers of passengers present. Because coaches are usually full or nearly so they have much lower pollution per person mile than buses.


Next to Walking or cycling (and Eurostar which serves a limited destination), coaches have the lowest carbon pollution by a significant margin: only 36 grams of carbon pollution per passenger mile compared to 65 grams for trains and 100 plus to over 500 for all other forms of transport. So holidays by coach are a good way of reducing the carbon pollution caused by travelling.

For a family, the next best might be travel in a small (1.6 litre) diesel car (or a petrol hybrid). By having more people in the car, the pollution per person mile comes down as follows. Driver only, 280 gm; driver plus one passenger, 140 gm; driver plus 3 passengers, 70 gm -- still twice as much as a coach, but much less than flying.

Although pollution per person mile from flights can be lower than for cars carrying just a driver, typically flights cover much longer distances than car journeys, so the total pollution for a flight is usually much greater than for travel by car. For example, just one flight to Australia will produce about 3.5 tons of pollution, which is similar to the annual pollution of an average car.

imageWe recently went on a ski holiday in France by coach. The pollution based on the actual mpg of the coach and the number of passengers was just 0.074 tons and if the coach had been full it would have been somewhat less. The equivalent holiday by air would be 0.450 tons. So, by choosing to travel by coach we saved 0.376 tons of pollution and had the bonus of an extra day of skiing. For holiday transport, coaches are very good.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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imagePeople should have completed their census questionnaire online or returned it in the post by the 6 April deadline. The quickest way to return the questionnaire and get it to the Office for National Statistics before the deadline is to do it online.

All completed questionnaires are ticked off the list as they are returned. If a form has not been returned by 6 April, one of 35,000 census collectors will visit within the following few days. Collectors will offer help and advice to those who have had difficulty filling in their census forms and will supply replacement questionnaires if they have been lost or damaged.

Glen Watson, ONS Census Director commented: "We are encouraging everyone to respond quickly and certainly in the next 10 days if they don't need any help from a collector. That gets people crossed off our list and reduces the visits that our census collectors have to make. Even better if people complete it online - it all helps to keep the costs down."

Questionnaires can be quickly completed online at or returned in the rely-paid envelope before the 6 April deadline.

Anyone requiring help can use the online help site at or contact the 2011 Census helpline on 0300 0201 101.


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

from 10am-4pm on either Friday 8 or Saturday 9 April and pick up some wonderful bargains and provide a much-needed boost to church funds at the same time! (Also please contact Lesley if you have a clothes rail we could borrow for the two days.)

Tuesday April 19th we are visiting the “HIMALAYAS” with Ray Charlton. Baptist Church Hall at 7.45pm, visitors £2.00, juniors 50p.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st April in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Ned Williams  will give a talk on 'The History of Dividends'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

April 12th Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £5.00. National Demonstrator Rosemarie Tree ‘One Moment in Time’. Competition “In the Picture” 

Tuesday 26th April 7.30pm Ullenhall village hall. Dr Andrew Ward “Marvellous Mints & Perfect Poppies”.

Next production - "Ladies Day" by Amanda Whittington on 27 - 30 April at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall.  Tickets £8. "A play with all the warmth of a Calendar Girls or the Full Monty" Yorkshire Post.

MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 2ND MAY 2011 10,30-12 noon in and around Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Home-made cakes, Bric-a-brac, As New Clothes, Toys, Paper backs, Plants, Raffle, Refreshments and free entry. In aid of Church Funds and Church Charities. Anyone with items to donate for sale including small items of furniture, please bring to Church Hall on Sunday 1st May between 5.0 and 6.0 p.m. Ring 794308 with any queries.
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

July 23rd - Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve

The Shakespeare Hospice is looking for 200 singers for its 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 we 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

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
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
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

imageThe Objectives of the Club are:

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

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

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
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
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837.  Meeting programme
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.    Full details at:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

The Wednesday Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings and a delicious tea together.  The Club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or 01564-792138.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website

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