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Queen's Representative opens Riverlands Garden


The Lord-Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Martin Dunne (right), formally opens the new Guild Hall Riverland garden

imageBefore 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 Committee.

View the Slideshow of the Opening on the Town Website

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.

imageDouglas 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.

The Lord-Lieutenant 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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60s Summer Festival

Exclusive VIP Packages


Special DISCOUNTED Tickets

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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.

The 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 comprise: -

  • Festival Ticket

  • 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

Matricardi's - VIP package £75 per person
View Matricard's VIP menu


The Bluebell - VIP package £65 per person
View The Bluebell VIP menu


David Hadley writes about the Festival


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.

The 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.

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Jazz in the Garden 2011


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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Dear Marijana,

We 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 well done.

Anna and John Best

Council takes first step towards saving library

Reprinted from the Stratford Herald, 4th August 2011.

imageHENLEY 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.

Henley Library —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 centre."

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 estimates.

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

imageThe 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.

This 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 residents.

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 proposals.

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.



Peter Crathorne - 01564 795470. Email: for further information.

Cllr Mike Perry comments on the Library

imageCounty 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 running costs."

Councillor Mike Perry - Conservative, Henley

3,000 not out for the changed mobile library

imageThe 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 libraries.”

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 wheelchairs.

Warwickshire County 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 savings.”

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.

imageThis 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.


imageContemporary 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.

Photo Report

Annette Walker, pictured above, received the President's Cup for the member with the most points from the High Bailiff, John Rutherford..

Angela Pinnegar - Show Secretary reporting


Recent Property Sales in Henley

Flat 3, Beaudesert Park, Birmingham Road - £295,000

107 High Street - £522,500

The Coach House, Beaudesert Park, Birmingham Road - £455,000

8 Alne Close - £265,000

18 Millfield Court - £140,000

Flat 9, Henley Park Court, High Street - £170,000

11 Tudor Court - £210,000

9a The White House - £145,000

Flat 11, De Montfort Court, High Street - £135,000

You can view all previous sales information by visiting

Friendly, local rambles.

Walkers near Henley on a 3.5 mile ramble

imageSelected walks of Stratford Ramblers:

  • 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 for information.

  • 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 and click on WALKS.

Penny Stott reporting

New Salsacise classes

imageOn 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.

If you want more info, please contact Steph on 07774533217 or at

Church Hall Dance raises £450 for Nepal

imageThe 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.

For details please contact Pat on 01564 793 734 or donations can be made via their website at:

Pat Holloway reporting

Heritage Centre still popular with groups

imageOn 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 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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Free Electric Blanket Tests from Warks Council

imageWarwickshire Trading Standards Service will provide electric blanket tests FREE OF CHARGE for people aged 50 or over.

Don’t miss this opportunity. Old or damaged electric blankets cause a number of fires each year, which can result in injury or death.

These can be avoided by simply getting your electric blanket checked.

Testing, by appointment only, will take place at the following venue:

Stratford Fire Station on Friday 7th October

To book an appointment, call the Trading standards Service on:

01926 414004 (Monday to Friday, 9 am - 5 pm)

or email:

New General Manager For The Curry Republic

imageA 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 Indian cuisine.

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.”


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 evenings.

imageHowever, 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.

imagePhilip 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.

imageThere 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) ...
imageMy 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?
John Ibbotson

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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.

imageLets 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 happier.

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 ?

John GarnerYou 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 the year.”

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 those!

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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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:

Citizens Advice Bureau
Advice Now
Age UK

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
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imageStratford-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 fraud.

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 electoral register.

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 electoral register.






Peter Crathorne is applying for the Grant of a Premises Licence for Henley in Arden Sports Pavilion and Sports Grounds

If granted the application will allow the following licensable activities to take place:

Sale of alcohol on the premises and provision of regulated entertainment

The intention to make an application for the grant of a Premises Licence to allow the sale of alcohol and the performance of live music on the 17th September 2011 between the hours of 2.00pm and 9.00pm

Licensing Authority
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Elizabeth House,
Church St,
Stratford on Avon
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Tel:01789 260832
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Any person wishing to make representations in relation to this application may do so in writing to:

Representations may be made for 28 consecutive days from the date of this notice.

A copy of the application for the grant of the above licence is kept by Licensing Authority at the above address. The application can be viewed Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and 9am to 4.30pm on Fridays, except bank holidays.

It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in 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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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

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

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.

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 01926 843515.

17th September 2011 at the Memorial Playing Fields

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 £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

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
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.

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