Warwickshire Village Competitions Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010
Queen's Representative opens Riverlands Garden
The Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Martin Dunne (right), formally opens the new Guild Hall Riverland garden
an audience of over 140 people Mr Martin Dunne JP, Lord-Lieutenant of
Warwickshire, formally opened the Riverland Garden on Friday, 5 August.
Introducing the Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Bridgewater said that it was a
great pleasure to welcome them all on behalf of the Garden Committee as
the occasion represented the culmination of almost six years work by
The principal guests included
the High Bailiff, John Rutherford, and the Chairman of the Joint Parish
Council, Councillor Roger Hubbocks. The Garden Committee of Marijana
Bainbridge, Marion Brealey, Sue Bridgewater (who instigated the
project), John Latham, Kate Smith and Sue Westmacott were warmly
thanked for their notable achievement in not only raising but
surpassing the £50,000 which was the estimated cost of the
project when it began in November 2005. Geoffrey Smith, the Landscape
Architect, and Duncan Bainbridge, Henley’s own Architect, were
also thanked for their contribution and for their generosity in working
on a pro bono basis. All of those present on the occasion were thanked
for their financial contribution to the Buy a Brick Campaign or their
sponsorship of a bench, and for their practical contribution in double
digging the beds and digging in the 1,000 trees, shrubs and herbaceous
plants which were now in the Garden.
Bridgewater went on to say that the Committee (pictured left on the
staircase) appreciated people’s patience when things temporarily
got worse before they got better and during the periods when nothing
much seemed to be happening because further funds had to be raised
before further work could be commissioned.
congratulated the Committee on the very successful outcome of their
hard work and said that he was confident that the Garden would be an
important part of the townscape for generations to come. His remarks
were endorsed by the High Bailiff. The Lord-Lieutenant then proceeded
to the gate connecting the Guild Hall Garden with the Riverland Garden
where he cut the ribbon symbolising the opening of the Riverland Garden.
The audience then proceeded into
the Riverland Garden where they were able wander around or sit on its
benches while enjoying a glass of bubbly and a selection of
canapés. There was universal admiration for the beauty and
quality of the Garden and the way in which it has developed since
planting began in March this year.
It is apparent from the days
prior to and since the official opening that the Garden will be a major
attraction for townspeople and tourists alike: it is also resulting in
a significant increase in the numbers visiting the Guild Hall Garden.
Local residents John & Terry Matthews enjoy the garden the day after the opening
HENLEY FILMS - Newsreel of 'The Garden Opening'
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The Henley-in-Arden 60s Summer Festival
makes its debut in the wonderful outdoor setting of the War Memorial
Sports Ground on the southern outskirts of the town, featuring a host
of stars from the 1960s. The Festival runs from 3 pm to 8 pm on 17th
September 2011. All the profits from the concert will be going to the
building of a new community sports pavilion.
VIP Experience has been built around the twin attractions of lunch at a
quality Henley restaurant and the 60s Summer Festival. Two of
Henley’s leading restaurants, Matricardi’s and the
Bluebell, will be participating and offering VIP packages, which
Secure car parking at the Johnsons compound
Coach shuttle from the Secure Car Park to the Restaurant
Quality lunch at one of the participating Restaurants
Coach Shuttle from the Restaurant to the Festival Ground
Entrance to the VIP Facility on the Festival Ground
A complimentary glass of Champagne on arrival
A great view of the Concert from the VIP Facility
A private cash bar, also serving tea & coffee at tables.
Coach Shuttle from the Festival to the Secure Car Park
The 60s Summer Festival
will be 5 hours of musical entertainment provided by a group of highly
experienced and talented professionals ..... the word
“entertainment” is important because all those appearing
have played together on many occasions over the years and have often
done so just for the fun of it. They all enjoy what they do and this
will come across to the audience from the first notes. They will
“deliver the goods” and they will be having fun themselves
and providing plenty for the audience.
show ( because it will be a show ) will be terrific value for money
when compared with alternatives such as the theatre at £50
minimum , Premier League football at £40, average pop/rock
concert at the NEC or NIA at £75. I believe that for 5 hours top
quality entertainment right here in Henley, the ticket price is very
reasonable especially when one considers the cost of a small beer or
soft drink at any of the above will be around £3.50.
The 15th Jazz in the Guild Hall Garden
took place on Saturday 23rd July. There was a full house and the
weather, although not brilliant, was warm enough to enjoy the great
music of the AD Hoc Jazz Band and some delicious picnics.
The Memorial Hall Committee
would like to thank John Earle and Son and Lodders for their continued
support all these years and to Henley NEWS for the fireworks, which made an exciting finale. Thanks are also due to all those who helped in all sorts of ways. Almost £2,000, with £555.10 from the raffle - a new record,
was raised which will go towards decorating and updating the
heating system in the Memorial Hall.
Marijana Bainbridge reporting
HENLEY FILMS - Newsreel of 'Jazz in the Garden'
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would just like to say what a great time we, and our party had at the
Jazz night on Saturday. It was a wonderful atmosphere and great
opportunity to meet up with old friends. The firework display at the
end rounded up a great evening. Thanks to all the organisers for a job
Anna and John Best
Council takes first step towards saving library
Reprinted from the Stratford Herald, 4th August 2011.
councillors voted by a majority this week to support, in principle, the
use of either the guild hall or the police station as a venue to save
the town's library for the community.
At a meeting of Beaudesert
and Henley Joint Parish Council on Monday night, the chairman, Cllr
Roger Hubbocks, stressed that the council was not committing to
anything after a number of councillors expressed concern the council
did not have enough information on how much either venue would cost.
—currently located in the guild hall — is under threat
following Warwickshire County Council budget cuts and councillors and
residents are desperately trying to find a solution to enable the town
to retain the facility.
In June district and
parish councillor George Matheou (Henley, Cons) carried out a
feasibility study, outlining three options the council could pursue to
retain a library service.
Cllr Hubbocks said: "There
were three options for two venues - the police station and the guild
hall - to be used as a library facility and the possibility of the
parish council going in there, as well and making a one stop community
He said: "What I'm asking
the parish council tonight is to support in principle the use of either
building, the guild hall or the police station, as a community venue
for a library, the parish council and other community users subject to
arrangement with the landlord and also the parish council being
satisfied the financial costs are acceptable."
He added: "We're not
committing ourselves at all until the financial side comes back to this
table. All we're asking tonight so we can move forward on this project
is that the backing from the council is still there in principle."
However, Cllr Bill Leech
voiced concern that the guild hall, owned by the Guild Hall Trustees,
would be too expensive. He said: "I can tell you the trustees have to
donate substantial sums of money to keep the guild hall solvent at the
present time. Notwithstanding the rent coming in from library service
the guild hall doesn't make a profit."
The majority of
councillors voted to support the use of either building, in principle,
with Cllrs Bill Leech and Chris Love voting against. Cllr Leech said:
"I believe it's premature and I don't believe we've got enough
information. I don't think there's a business case here."
After the meeting he
called the council's decision to consider taking over the lease of the
police station premises and to develop the building as a 'community
centre', its "most ambitious plan yet". He told the Herald he believed
it was premature to make such a decision in advance of any financial
Report by Rebekah Smith, Stratford Herald.
The permission of the Stratford Herald is acknowledged
Will our Parish Council Tax have to rise?
When the Joint Parish Council
comes to consider the costs of taking over the lease of the Police
Station and developing the Police Station as a "Community Centre" they
will find that the costs will be prohibitive. The building, which was
formally the Magistrates Court, is a listed building and has no
disabled access to the first floor. The costs of transforming the
building with offices for the JPC could be as much as £100,000,
and the annual running costs could be circa £20,000. At present,
the JPC uses a fully serviced office in the Heritage Centre in return
for a small donation of around £2,000 per year.
The costs of this ambitious plan
would have to be passed on to residents and this could result in the
parish precept (parish council tax) increasing substantially. The new
Localism Bill would enable residents to demand a parish poll before
such a project is implemented.
An alternative Low Cost Solution for the Library
The Friends of the Library
have been asked by Cllr Leech to consider a less costly solution. An
office container, similar to one illustrated right, could be sited
adjacent to the town's existing community centre, The Hub.
The Henley War Memorial Trust,
which already runs the Memorial Hall and the Memorial Playing Fields,
has offered to manage The Hub, which is under threat of closure by the
County Council. The Trust would then continue to run all the existing
community activities for the youth of the town, the young mothers and
the senior citizens.
For the Friends of the Library, this
would be an achievable and low cost solution. The successful community
shop at Claverdon uses such a unit. A 24 x 8 foot steel anti-vandal
welfare unit including separate toilet cubicle, fully refurburbished to
high standard can be purchased for around £2,700 ex vat and
delivery to site.
alternative low cost solution could probably be completely funded out
of the money which Taylor Wimpey offered for the library as part of the
Market Development planning negotiations.
What are the
benefits of closing The Hub and then spending a fortune on creating the
same facilities at the Police Station? It should also be remembered
that the Library is currently estimated to be used by less than 10% of
The only aspect, which this low cost solution does not provide, is a new office for the JPC.
Youth Club Announces A Reduced Programme For The Autumn.
Despite the best efforts of the
steering group and the community, the future of the Henley Youth and
Community Centre and its Youth Club still hangs in the balance. Having
been threatened with closure, the county youth service will run the
centre until Christmas. However, Warwickshire County Council has frozen
all posts and the youth club is losing three staff who cannot be
replaced. Using the remaining staff who are going to work even harder
and some volunteers, the club will open on Tuesday and Wednesday
evenings for the autumn term. Robert McCluskey the dedicated fulltime
professional who has managed the club over the last period is also
leaving, a casualty of the reduction in permanent fulltime staff.
although this is not good news it could have been a lot worse; the
centre was going to close in August this year under the first set of
Worryingly, the county did not
endorse the community plan; the Steering Group now strengthened by the
addition of four more experienced community members has been asked to
submit a revised and more extensive plan which will explore
sustainability and financial security in more detail. This second plan
will only be successful if Henley residents and businesses increase
their support for the centre demonstrating to those who will make the
decision that they are determined to secure the future of our most
precious community resource.
We need two things: at
least another 50 residents to pledge support for the first three years
of the plan (£1.00 per month over three years would be brilliant
if it came from every household in Henley).
Secondly, we need the local
maintenance businesses to pledge in kind a day or twos work to maintain
the building over three years. For example, a plumber offering two days
labour could be put into the budget as a pledge in kind at the
plumber’s normal daily rate. When the centre needed some work
this would be booked in the normal way but only the materials would be
paid for. This legitimate way of funding a charitable institution could
generate two thirds of the income required for the maintenance budget.
We need electricians, decorators, window cleaners, fire equipment
services, carpenters, heating engineers, computer experts, graffiti
removal teams, grass cutters, printers, flooring operatives, roof
repairers, TV engineers and many others. Any generosity of this kind
would be recognised on all our publicity material and in a large sign
in the centre itself. If you know someone who could fulfil these
requirements, please encourage them to contact the Steering Group.
The Henley in Arden War Memorial
Trust has reaffirmed its intention to be the managers of the scheme
proposed and at its recent meeting approved the process by which this
will be achieved. We still need all the support we can get, although
the town has done fantastically well so far. The chart below shows the
position as at 8th August 2011.
County Councillor Mike Perry, has asked Henley NEWS to publish the following statement about his support for the library:
"It is correct that I have never
thought the Guildhall could possibly house the Library on a free of
charge basis, However, I cannot confirm that George Matheou has also
indicated that the Guildhall should be free of charge. I think he
always realised that there would be a commercial rent at the Guildhall.
I know at the Public Meeting regarding the Library George
Atkinson expressed the feelings of the town about the Guildhall being
used for the residents' benefit.
"There is quite a strong shade of opinion in Henley that the Guildhall
should be free to residents and that the Library should not be charged
rent. I understand that the residents have a perception that the
Guildhall is for the use and betterment of Henley residents according
to the Guildhall Charter. After speaking to John Tristan,
Chairman of the Guild Hall Management Committee, last Friday, John
Tristram said he realised that some residents believed the Guild Hall
should not charge but the Trustees have to make the Guildhall operate
on a commercial basis in order to maintain the building and pay for its
Councillor Mike Perry - Conservative, Henley
3,000 not out for the changed mobile library
The partnership between Solihull Council’s mobile library service and Warwickshire Library and Information Service has announced a great success since it started up two months ago.
Since mid-April the mobile
library service (MLS) provided by Warwickshire County Council has
replaced a set of routes previously provided by Solihull Council. Staff
estimate that up to 50 customers each day use the mobile library with
each being issued with an average of five items every day it is in
circulation in Solihull. Kushal Birla, head of customer service at
Warwickshire County Council, is delighted that this means that the
service has passed a major milestone very quickly.
She said: “With around 500
issues a week, the service has already passed well over 3,000 items
issued in Solihull, without even taking into account the amount of
customers using the free internet service available on the mobile
The partnership has saved an
estimated £100,000 for the two councils, with a new route and
timetable, concentrating resources on areas where demand is highest,
removing underused stops and avoiding duplication of mobile stops
across the geographic areas of both authorities. Warwickshire’s
mobile library service visits 44 venues - a mix of rural locations and
sheltered housing where residents find using a community library
difficult - around Solihull, stopping for around 30 minutes every three
weeks. The target audience is older people and under-fives but rural
workers, home workers and job seekers are also among regular users.
Warwickshire’s fleet of
mobile vehicles have public access to free online library services and
the internet, a wide range of stock which, depending on what is
available at Warwickshire Libraries, is refreshed every three weeks.
Adaptations to the vehicles ensure that they are accessible for
Council’s portfolio holder for customers, access and physical
assets, Cllr Colin Hayfield, said: “This arrangement is producing
many benefits for residents of Solihull and Warwickshire. Solihull can
share the excellent facilities that our customers enjoy whilst the
partnership is helping Warwickshire Libraries to make very significant
Portfolio holder for community
services at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Councillor Kate
Wild, said: “We’re delighted that the sheer volume of items
being issued shows that our customers are able to access the new
service and to enjoy the benefits of what it can offer. We are pleased
by the numbers but that is not to say that the routes are written in
stone. The new routes will be regularly reviewed by ourselves and
Warwickshire’s library service and we will continue to involve
ward councillors and parish clerks for feedback from residents.”
Local Flower Arrangers' run away success.
Henley in Arden Flower Club held their annual Open Show at the weekend and competed against local clubs for floral and photographic success.
years ‘Number Crunching’ set a challenging theme for judges
Janine Hall and Mike Jones. Solihull competitor Minh Nguyen and Gillian
Ingram from Royal Leamington Spa took 1st and 2nd in the imposed class.
‘Meals in Minutes’
with Henley competitor Sue Ward third. A stage full of beautiful blooms
in ‘Three's a crowd’ gave Suzy Hicks of Henley the Best in
Show with pink orchids and callas.
Jean Carter was 2nd and Ellie
Meaking received the Nicholson Trophy for the best use of garden plant
material. Big arrangements are not always best as Annette Walker proved
winning the petite with her ‘Lucky Number’ with Gillian
Ingram 2nd and Louise Farrell 3rd.
is definitely in with a huge number of entries in ‘Numero
Uno’. Henley swept the board with Margaret Smith winning with her
‘Teddy bear’ sunflower, Wendy Heighway 2nd and Annette
Walker 3rd. Knowle competitor Margaret Barnsdall took Reserve Best in
Show with her five gold rings, Kathleen Woodward Royal Leamington Spa
2nd and Georgina Adams 3rd. The Novice class and Tray was won by Sue
Eagle with ‘Tea for Two’, Margaret Blakemore 2nd and
Christine Cox 3rd.
The Joan Barlow candlestick was
awarded to Simone Squire of Centrix for her craft exhibit
‘Carried Away’. However Henley members Lola Phillips and
Louise Farrell were able to successfully challenge and keep 2nd and 3rd
prizes at home. The childrens craft class was kept in the family with
local girls Isabel and Louise Tarmey taking 1st and 2nd prize (see
photo above) and Chloe and Shayla Titmus sharing 3rd. Photography was
introduced to this years show. Henley member Jean Dance received the
Anne Medley photograph frame for her picture of wonderful blooms,
Gillian Palmer 2nd and Annette Walker 3rd.
Sunday 14th August starting
at 10:00 am. 7 miles around the Welcombe Hills. Bring a picnic to
celebrate Stratford Ramblers’ 40th Anniversary. Tel: 01789 841404
Wednesday 17th August
starting at 10:00 am. 11.5 miles around Bidford on Avon and Welford on
Avon. Tel: 01926 401219 for information.
The club has walks every Sunday,
Tuesday and Wednesday; distances of 3 to 12 miles long. Ring secretary
for details on 01789 841404 or go to www.stratfordramblers.com and click on WALKS.
Penny Stott reporting
New Salsacise classes
On September 12th, I am going to be starting a new salsacise class in Henley in Arden at The Spice Room.
It’s a great opportunity
for the community to get involved and have some fun while learning how
to dance salsa. I have been dancing salsa for nearly 6 years now and
teaching for over 3, and I can tell you that nothing gives me more
pleasure than to see people of absolutely any age come into my class,
expecting to have two left feet, and walk out 45 minutes later, with a
big smile on their face having mastered the set routine, met new people
and had a really great time. I can tell you this, I have tried
everything: the gym, home workout dvds, the lot and I always end up
completely bored and after a couple of attempts, the dvd goes to the
back of the cupboard never to see the light of day again!
Since the first time I went to
my first salsa lesson those 6 years ago, I have never looked back and I
promise you won’t either! We break down the steps each lesson and
start from the absolute basics so if you miss a week or are on holiday,
you don’t have to worry that you won’t pick up the steps.
We then build up a small routine of steps each week and then try the
routine to the music.
It’s great fun and I
guarantee you’ll have a real laugh and a great time. You
don’t need a partner either as it’s all solo footwork!
So come and join us on MONDAY
12TH SEPTEMBER @ 6.30pm in THE SPICE ROOM RESTAURANT, HENLEY IN ARDEN.
Please try and arrive 10 minutes early so we can start on time.
The Dance on 15th July at the Church Hall raised a magnificent four-hundred and fifty pounds for the New Futures Nepal Charity.
Thanks to all who supported us
and to Steve for providing the music for the evening and our guests
“Danced the Night Away”.
Pat Holloway arranged the Dance
and she will be walking the West Highland Way with her friend Jennifer
Mackenzie in an effort to raise further funds for this charity and any
further donations would be very much appreciated.
Also, a very big thank you to
the people who gave their assistance, such as donating raffle prizes,
helping on the day and during the evening.
On 13th July a lively group from Balsall Common University of the Third Age (U3A) visited Henley’s Heritage Centre.
The Centre hosts a good many such visits during its open season from
1st April to end October and receives glowing comments from the
visitors. In the course of a guided tour round the Centre hosted by Ann
Holding the Balsall Common members heard the story of Henley’s
original Norman settlement at Beaudesert and its links with the little
town of Monfort-sur-Risle in present-day Normandy.
They learned of the early
charters awarded to Lords of the Manor of Henley and the subsequent way
in which trade and transport developed. They visited the wartime
collection and trembled in the replica Anderson bomb shelter. The
visitors were greatly smitten with the fine collection of Edwardian and
Victorian clothes and had passionate discussions about needlework
repairs – and how wasteful we are in today’s throw-away
society! They were amused by Ann’s observation that some
Victorian underwear had features – not for discussion here - more
likely to be found at Ann Summers!
Ray Holding described the
origins and roles of the ancient Court Leet and the Lord of the Manor
over the last thousand years, leading to the extraordinary arrival on
the scene of Joseph Hardy of Pennsylvania, who bought the manorial
title in 1990 and subsequently founded the Heritage Centre.
Groups wishing to discuss a visit to Henley Heritage Centre should contact on 01564.795919 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange dates and times.
The Centre is open until the end of October, every day of the week except Mondays.
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A top city centre restaurant manager has made a hot move to Henley-in-Arden as the new General Manager of The Curry Republic.
Muj Rahman is now in charge of all food operations at the new-concept
restaurant in Henley High Street, which offers deliveries and
collections as well as a sumptuous dine-in service serving the finest
With almost ten years of management
and consultancy experience, Muj was previously food and beverage
supervisor responsible for staff operations and health & safety in
the Filini Restaurant at the four-star Radisson Blu Hotel in
Birmingham. After gaining a health and social care qualification from
the city's Matthew Boulton College, the Midland-born hospitality expert
worked as a waiter at Jimmy Spices World Buffet in central Birmingham
for three years. He then worked at Filini's as a shift leader and staff
trainer for four years when it was made the international hospitality
group's Centre of Excellence, before being appointed the restaurant's
food and beverage supervisor.
Bilal Ahmed, CEO Bywater Investment
Group and proprietor of The Curry Republic, said: “We are
delighted to welcome such an experienced hospitality expert as the
general manager of our Henley outlet, the first of what we plan to be a
chain of Curry Republics offering fine Indian cuisine for delivery or
collection. “Muj will be in charge of all our food operations on
a daily basis, ensuring that the business runs smoothly and that we
continue to maximise customer satisfaction.”
LATE BREAKING NEWS
The Curry Republic will be donating raffle prizes for the Guild Hall Festival events.
Ullenhall Gardening Club grows its own 5 a day.
Over the last ten years or more, Ullenhall Gardening Club
has aimed its monthly events to suit the experienced gardener, with the
country’s top speakers providing entertaining and light hearted
the younger members have more desire to grow their own fruit and veg
and are often less experienced gardeners. Mike Flood, the club’s
chairman, says that the committee sees a need to change the mix of
talks slightly, to ensure they also cover the gardening basics. So on
Tuesday 23rd July, the club’s guest speaker, Philip Aubury, gave
a talk entitled “Grow Your Own 5 a Day”. He gave members
tips about the easy and effective way to produce those fruit and
vegetable essentials. Philip’s experience as Head of Birmingham
Botanical Gardens (now retired), together with his own experience in
his large Alvechurch garden, made for a very informative talk. The
younger members were surely encouraged that, with a little thought and
a little effort, everyone can meet many of their fresh fruit and veg
needs straight out of their own gardens.
made suggestions of some high yield, easy to grow plants and trees,
that would achieve the ‘five a day’ and illustrated what
forms of trees and bushes are best for what size of garden. Basic
pruning tips to keep them fruiting and tidy were also given.
is always a danger in changing a successful formula, but thanks to the
feedback, particularly from the younger members, the club will be
introducing one or two more “starting with the basics”
talks over the next few years to help first time gardeners see how easy
and satisfying gardening is.
The next meeting will be held on 23rd August in Ullenhall Village Hall
and the talk is entitled “Clematis, The Ultimate Social
Climber”. Visitors and new members welcome. (The membership has
now dropped below 100, so the club is able to accept new members again.)
Penny Stott reporting
Henley Guide to buying drinks on Sundays
The following happened to me last Sunday morning (24 July) ...
wife asked me to pop into One Stop and get a couple of bottles of wine
as they were on special offer (and also a few other things from the
Co-op). So I walk down to One Stop, go in, and there's the wine on
special just in front of the cashier's counter. I pick up 2
bottles and place them on the counter.
It was 10:00am.
"Sorry, I can't sell you them until 10:30am" I'm told. "It's our
licence, we're opposite the church". I reply that I'm not religious and
I won't take them into the church to drink. "No, sorry".
There's nothing on the wine display to tell me I can't buy them.
So I go to the Co-op, to buy the bread and stuff my wife asked me to
get. And as I queued for the cashier, I see wine on sale. So with
some trepidation (but not a lot), I picked up a couple of bottles and
shuffled up to the cashier, expecting either to be told that I can't
buy the wine until 10:30am (because we're opposite a church??) or to
get struck down by a bolt of lightning or something.
I handed her the wine first and she
put them through the till, and then the other stuff. When I'd safely
got my hands back on the wine, I asked her why I could buy wine here
but not at One Stop."You can't before 9:00am on Sundays" she replied
"we've got a different licence".
Slightly bemused, I paid and left. Who makes the rules?
Make Henley Greener Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Getting to the bottom of things
It's customary to attribute the highest per
capita consumption and consequent carbon pollution to the Americans and
this may even be true for toilet paper! One source quotes 57 sheets per
American per day apparently amounting to 23 kg per person per year!
Having weighed one of our toilet rolls, I make 57 sheets a day to be 16
kg p/a but since everything is bigger in America, their 57 sheets per
day could well weigh 23 kg per year!
Another source puts the British in top podium
position at 18 kg p/a with the Americans trailing at 16 and the
European average 12.5. At the bottom of the EU states league table are
Europe's Baltic countries with 3.9 kg annual consumption. Even lower,
the average Asian uses 1.8 kg and the average African about 0.4 kg.
not worry about whether we the British or the Americans have the honour
of being the biggest wipers. The question is, does it really matter?
One obvious implication from the above is that affluence leads to or
permits greater consumption and this is true not only for toilet paper
but for everything. Do we really need to use 57 sheets? Do we really
need large cars? If much of the world can manage with so much less
toilet paper, then we probably do not need as much as we use of many
things. There is a belief that more = greater happiness, but some
research shows that this is not so. It appears that once basic needs of
food, adequate shelter, law and order and companionship are met,
further increases in wealth do not increase happiness. Unfortunately,
capitalism tends to measure everything in terms of gross domestic
product and everyone assumes the graph needs to go on upwards forever
despite the fact that the increased wealth is not really making people
A by product of this redundant wealth is
extra unnecessary consumption, not because we need more but because we
think that more makes us happier - but it doesn’t. The effect of
this excessive consumption is extra pollution of the planet. So, next
time you go to buy something ask yourself, what will life be like if I
don’t buy this? Whatever your personal conclusion, you can be
sure of one thing. If you don’t buy it, there will be less Carbon
pollution (unless it is something that reduces existing carbon
pollution on a reasonably short timescale). Less carbon pollution means
fewer people’s lives being damaged in other parts of the world.
Personally, I find this makes me feel better about not buying stuff.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
Books vs. eBooks - Not Proven?
We have received 2 letters regarding John Stott's article in our last edition.
I think John Stott should perhaps be a little less emphatic in his
column about the environmental impacts of Books vs. eBooks. The
subject is far from as clear cut as he seems to think. The
following link will take you to a page with a large number of papers on
the subject, and I think you will find that the only conclusion is that
there isn’t one.
From my own point of view I use a Kindle, which I am more than happy
with. The power consumption is amazing (3-4 weeks between charges
– it uses no power once the print is on the screen), so apart
from the occasional download (which takes seconds) its ongoing effect
is small (and I am doing my bit for keeping the forests intact).
Tony Capps - Henley Resident
I'm glad to see a non-fogey's case for
NOT buying a Kindle. Despite its big carbon feet, the gadget
would be greener and more useful if you could borrow one from your
public library to take on holiday, load with desired reading, and
return when you reach home. The Kindle would then be emptied and
await the next user.
But of course current Kindle technology doesn't make this an affordable
option. Not even the potentially vast market of heartbroken
holiday-makers stranded at airports when their tour package provider
collapses has attracted Kindle's designers. Who wants to pay a 100
pound deposit for the safe return of something so easy to steal? And of
course, not everyone relates well to on-screen text, even when the
makers promise that it's easy to read in bright sunlight.
If I want holiday reading now, I buy it secondhand and recycle it
later, often at the destination. But then, I take short holidays so my
suitcase holds enough to last through long flights and longer
airport delays—if I'm forced to fly. Any more than that,
and I'd pay a premium for excess baggage, enough to buy 2 Kindles. Judith Lindley, Wootton Wawen
John Garner's Business Column
Are you ready for RTI ?
don’t know what it is? Well don’t worry, you’re in
good company; according to a recent survey more than three-quarters of
small businesses in the UK haven’t heard about it, and neither
had I until very recently.
RTI stands for Real Time Information
system and, in this context, it’s HMRC’s new system for
gathering Pay As You Earn (PAYE) information. It’s scheduled to
come fully into effect in 2013.
So what is the HMRC Real Time Information system in the first place and how will it affect your business?
According to a page on the HMRC website,
“Employers will send HMRC information about tax and other
deductions from employees pay when, or before, they make the salary or
wage payment to the employee, rather than sending returns at the end of
It was first unveiled as part of a wider
consultation by the government in 2010. HMRC’s argument is that
PAYE systems have largely been unchanged since their introduction over
65 years ago and therefore some aspects are no longer fit for modern
employment patterns. The consultation outlined a number of objectives
for the changes including cost reductions for employers and more
accurate tax deductions. We could certainly do with both of
So, instead of sending information at the
year end, employers will provide information each time they do their
regular payroll run. Presumably payroll software will be reprogrammed
to do this automatically; businesses with fewer than 50 staff will
initially be able to submit RTI through the Government Gateway.
The introduction of RTI may also mean the simplification or possibly even the abolition of the P45 and P46 forms.
A pilot of the system is due to go live in April 2012 with HMRC working
alongside volunteer employers and software companies. If you
really want to you can download HMRC's consultation document outlining
the proposed improvements to the PAYE system here. But I warn you there’s 40 pages of it.
It does seem to me that this is very much a step in the right direction
although I hate to think how much it will initially cost. Anything that
simplifies the administration of employing people is to be welcomed,
the current system is indeed far too cumbersome.
I shall watch its progress with interest.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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Warwickshire Trading Standards Service
has received complaints from consumers who received unsolicited
(unexpected) telephone calls offering legal services, specifically the
offer to set up a Protective Property Trust, which seek to protect a
person's assets if they were to enter a care home later in life.
Consumers reported being asked to pay several thousand pounds for these services.
Trading Standards Officers are concerned because the calls (often made
to elderly and vulnerable people) are thought to be from unqualified
and unregulated individuals and businesses, using pressure selling
techniques. Only a tiny fraction of legal services must be provided by
a qualified solicitor.
Warwickshire Trading Standards advises consumers to seek expert legal advice before entering in to a legal contract/agreement.
A number of organisations can assist people to access legal information and advice, some free. For more information visit:
SDC taking part in electoral register pilot project
Stratford-on-Avon District Council is to take part in a Government electoral register pilot project.
The District Council is one of 22 selected
local authorities to take part in separate pilots for making the
electoral register more accurate and complete, with the scheme to be
rolled out across the country if successful. Last year the Government
announced that from 2014 voters will be asked to register individually
in order to modernise the electoral registration system and tackle
The data matching pilots are being held
during 2011 and will allow local authorities to compare their electoral
register with other public databases to identify people missing from
the register or entries on the register that are inaccurate or
fraudulent. Between authorities combinations of data from public
authorities including the Department for Work and Pensions, the
Department for Transport, the Department for Education, HM Revenue and
Customs, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the
Ministry of Defence will be used.
Stratford District Council’s pilot is
considering the accuracy of data regarding the over 70s, those rising
18 and service voters across the District. To do this data will be
matched with the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP), HM Revenues
& Customs (HMRC) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The costs
regarding the pilot will be funded by the Central Government and so
there will be no extra cost to the District Council. These pilots will
enable the Government and the Electoral Registration Officer to see how
effective data matching is, plus which data sets are of most use to
local authorities in improving the accuracy and completeness of the
As part of introducing individual electoral
registration, the Government will take steps to improve its accuracy
and completeness, by seeking to add people who are eligible to vote but
are currently missing from the register, and taking steps to identify
and remove any individual who is on the register but is not entitled to
be. The aims are to tackle under registration among specific groups
while at the same time ensuring that the electoral system is not
vulnerable to fraud. If data matching proves effective, the Government
will consider rolling it out more widely across local authorities on a
permanent basis to help ensure that the electoral register is as
complete and accurate as possible and if this is the case Stratford
District Council will have all the systems in place from the pilot so
saving time and money in the future.
The District Council has already begun
providing data holders with information from the electoral register.
The data holders will check against their data and return a report to
the Electoral Registration Officer; this will include matches and non
matches against the register. If data matching identifies names on the
register that are not found elsewhere then the Electoral Registration
Officer will be able to investigate whether those entries are
legitimate and likewise, if data matching identifies eligible
individuals who are not already on the register then the Electoral
Registration Officer will offer them the opportunity to register.
Pilots will be completed by 30 November 2011
and once completed the data created for the purposes of the pilot
schemes will be destroyed, except where it has been added to the
STRATFORD on AVON DC LICENSING AUTHORITY LICENSING ACT 2003 Public Notice
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connection with an application the maximum fine for which a person is
liable on summary conviction for making a false statement is a Level 5
fine on the standard scale.
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GUILD HALL TRUST FESTIVAL 2011
GALA DINNER AND MIDLAND YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA Friday 9th September Gala Dinner at the Henley Golf and Country Club with entertainment by
the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Pre-dinner drinks at 7 pm, dinner
will be served at 7:30 pm. Carriages at 11:30 pm
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW WITH PAUL ATTERBURY Sunday 11th September 2.30 pm There will be a PIMS and English Tea with an Antiques Roadshow in the
Guild Hall Garden with celebrity expert Paul Atterbury. Sponsored
by Henley NEWS. Tickets £12.50
FASHION SHOW BY HENLEY'S DESIGNER BOUTIQUES Wednesday 14th September A Fashion Show with a glass of bubbly in the Memorial Hall will be the
final event. A promotion by the fashion shops of Henley-in-Arden. Doors
will open at 7 pm and the show will start at 7:30 pm.
FASHION SHOW Friday 16th September St John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden at 7.30pm
in aid of church funds. Ladies – come along and enjoy this
fashion show featuring ex chainstore clothing (sizes 8-22) from leading
High Street stores. There is the opportunity to buy from a large
selection afterwards at greatly reduced prices. Many items to be sold
at half store price or less! Tickets only £5 – to include a
glass of wine. Tickets from Barbara Colclough 793710 or Daphne Jones
60s/70s ROCK CONCERT 17th September 2011 at the Memorial Playing Fields
BIG SING in SEPTEMBER 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
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach.
7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court
available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during
summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN Rotary
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Are
you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We
meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for
yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. 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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
To create a network
where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange
ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB Henley Cricket Club
fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two
teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September.
We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or
ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin
O'Brien on 01564 794903.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB meets on Monday
evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark.
The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social
club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new
members, whether beginners or established players. For further
information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
JOLLYTOTS Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and
11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open
for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a
drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and
singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is
not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact
Annette Walker on 792837
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTS This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a
vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to
provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the
support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more
about how you can get involved. For more information please contact
Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the
Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837. Meeting programme
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB Holds its
monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from
11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour
networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative
speaker on a business topic. Full details at www.swbc.co.uk
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or
fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For
further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP Meets the last
Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a
conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area
footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.
More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership
consists of retired professional and business men residing in the
vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details
please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB Plays
Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the
the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or
may not improve our play!! Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There
are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points. For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
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HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB. Meetings
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises
a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested
in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE The Wednesday
Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems
can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings
and a delicious tea together. The Club meets on alternate
Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information
please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or
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