Bust of Fieldhouse stolen from Guild Hall
The bronze bust of one of Henley's
most generous benefactors W J Fieldhouse, who revived the Court Leet in
1915 and paid for the restoration of the Guild Hall, has been stolen
from its position outside the robing room on the first floor of the
This theft comes shortly after the candlesticks (above right) were stolen from St John's Church which is next door.
The High Bailiff has told Henley NEWS
that the police have been advised and anyone who has seen anything
suspicious should contact the incident room of Warwickshire Police or
Suspicious characters have also been observed looking at the lead on the church roof.
The Guild Hall Trust has offered a reward of £500 for any information
regarding the whereabouts of the Bust, which leads to a conviction
and the return of the bust of W J Fieldhouse to the Guild Hall.
Danny King summons 60s Fans to the Festival
King, Brum's 1st Popstar, was one of the celebrities who attended a
press launch for the 60s Festival which takes place on the Henley
Memorial Playing Fields on Saturday 17th September from 3 pm to 8 pm.
Danny became an assistant to the Town Crier for the day to summon all
60s Pop Fans to attend the event.
Danny told Henley NEWS, "It
will be a great day. Great music, great atmosphere, so come along and
join in with some of the legends of the Birmingham 60s rock
scene. So dig in your wardrobes for those 60s outfits and get
ready to join in the fun".
Peter Crathorne, Chairman of the
Henley War Memorial Trust, says there will be a host of stars
including: Bev Bevan, Tony Crane, Raymond Froggatt, Dave Berry and
Special discounted tickets for residents are available from Jan Crathorne or 01564 79595470.
VIP Packages are available from the Bluebell and Matricardi's.
Bill Leech reporting
Guild Hall Festival
Two International Stars to take part
Paul Atterbury - BBC Antiques Roadshow Expert
Rita Schindler - International Harpist
The Guild Hall Festival Antiques Road Show event will feature two international stars, Paul Atterbury and Rita Schindler.
needs no introduction to viewers of the BBC Antiques Roadshow. He is
the expert who wears the very flamboyant jackets. Paul specialises in
the art, architecture, design and decorative arts of the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries. Trained initially as a graphic designer, he later
studied art history and then worked for Sotheby Publications, as an
historical advisor for Royal Doulton and then as editor of Connoisseur
magazine. Since 1981 he has been a freelance writer, lecturer,
broadcaster and exhibition curator, in this capacity usually for the
Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
has written or edited over thirty books, mostly on ceramics, but he is
also known for his travel writing and for books on railways and canals,
and has recently published a couple of books on Eype and West Bay, both
Dorset villages as seen through old postcards.
the last fourteen years he has been a member of BBC TV's Antiques
Roadshow team of experts, working usually in the miscellaneous section
which gives him ample opportunity to explore the antiques and
collectables of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. During this
time he has taken part in over a hundred Roadshows and has also
appeared regularly on the Great Antiques Hunt, the Antiques Show and on
Hidden Treasures on BBC Radio Four.
will be playing the Harp during the afternoon event. Rita was born in
Budapest in 1987. She studied at the Zoltán Kodály
Hungarian Choir School in Budapest. At 14 she began to learn to play
the harp with Csilla Gulyás. In 2007 she began studies with
Catherine White at Birmingham Conservatoire. She currently plays with
different symphony orchestras and ensembles and has been a member of
the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Youth Orchestra.
was selected to be a member of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young
Artists in 2008 and was also a John Barbirolli Recipient. In 2010 she
was First prize winner with distinction at the North London Festival of
Music and Drama chamber music competition.
for the Antiques Roadshow event are priced at only £12.50,
including a traditional english tea, and can be obtained by clicking on
the link below.
Reserve your Tickets on-line for all the events
Beware of the Recycling Police
most people in this country and indeed around the world I have been
watching the riots around the UK with ever increasing concern and
I offer no
answer or explanation as to why, save to say that within Stratford
District Council they have got their priorities in place. After
all this week, my recycling bin was not emptied because I had foolishly
left two shopping bags in amongst the bottles, plastic etc and what
right minded refuse police officer would permit that offence to go
I have been told it will not be collected even though the bags have
been removed. The offending bin must remain full on the street
and await another inspection to see if it passes muster in two weeks
Good to know that whilst the social fabric of our society is being torn
to pieces, SDC at least have more important things to worry about. You
have been warned fellow residents!
Mike Faulkner, Prince Harry Road
LATE BREAKING NEWS
COUNCIL BACKS OFF IN RUMPUS OVER RECYCLING
After almost 2,000 residents
across the Stratford-on-Avon district were caught off guard last week
when their blue-lidded recycling bins were not emptied and were instead
classed as ‘contaminated’, Stratford-on-Avon District
Council announced yesterday that it was backing off and residents would
be given a period of grace until the end of September.
Eight per cent of residents were affected when the recycling rules were being enforced last week.
The district council said that contamination was caused by non-recyclable items ending up in the the blue-lidded recycling bins.
Tony Perks, acting head of the
technical services at the district council, reassured residents that
anyone who has not had their recycling collected can place additional
recycling in an open-lidded box next to the recycling bin.
Congratulations to Mike Faulkner and all those who objected.
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60s Summer Festival
The Stars visit the Venue
Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Roger Hubbocks, and the High
Bailiff John Rutherford, accompanied by the Town Crier Gordon Trinder,
joined stars from the show to launch the event at the sports grounds on
Wednesday 17th August. They agreed that now is the time to purchase
your tickets for the most exiting event to happen in our area for a
hosting a 60s spectacular music show with sensational artists. The
performers are a who’s who of Birmingham’s finest
musicians. The performers include Bev Bevan from The Move and The
Electric Light Orchestra, Trevor Burton who still plays for the Move (a
group with ten chart hits to their credit: do you remember
“I can hear the grass grow”, “Flowers in the
Rain”?); Tony Crane of the Merseybeats who released the million
selling “I think of You”; Dave Berry who used to be with
the Cruisers, “The Crying Game” in 1964. The Tremeloes are
represented by Chip Hawkes, they had a number one with “Do you
love me?”. Do you recall the Dakotas, the Rockin Berries, Raymond
Froggatt, Hartley Cain and Danny King? This fabulous line up is on
stage for five hours of magical music. With 100 million world wide
sales and 100 chart hits between them this is a real chance to see and
be proud Birmingham’s popular music heritage. Here in Henley!
Locals email or telephone 01564 795470 for your tickets (£25).
They are also on sale at Solihull Box Office 0121 704 6962 and
‘artrix.co.uk’ for internet sales. (£27.50) Bring
your picnics, bring your picnic chairs, children are free of charge and
enjoy a truly family party day with free parking.
Tickets are being sold at over 100 per day, those allocated to local residents are running out.
The very popular VIP package has places left see below for the details.
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
High Bailiff re-opens La Dolce Piazza
Monday 22nd August John Rutherford, High Bailiff assisted by Gordon
Trinder, Town Crier and John Tristram, Low Bailiff, had the pleasurable
duty of opening La Dolce Piazza.
family friendly establishment has been greatly missed by residents and
judging by the numbers attending the opening ceremony, Maria-Rosa and
Gamal will enjoy brisk trade.
We congratulate them on reopening and wish them every success for the future.
|John Tristram - Low Bailiff|| |
Wildlife Society on the Malverns
On Tuesday 26th
July Henley in Arden Wildlife Society made its 3rd expedition of the
summer. This time it was to the Malverns, where Ian Butler spent the
day taking us around the hills, showing us all sorts of life that we
would not have otherwise spotted. In the morning we strolled about 4
miles around Worcestershire Beacon looking at the rare grayling
butterflies, buzzards hovering at head height, holes where field voles
lived, wheatears and stonechats in the gorse, the colourful greater
spotted woodpeckers in the trees, an amazing vapourer caterpillar and
funnel web spiders in their funnel-shaped webs, to name but a few.
The weather was
clear but not hot, ideal for both the wonderful views and the fact that
the butterflies and moths like to bask in the sunshine. We all took
picnic lunches and in the afternoon more members joined the 3 mile walk
around the British Camp area. There we sat down watching a variety of
birds: pied flycatchers, meadow pipits, green woodpeckers, linnets,
redstarts and skylarks. There were too many to remember. Many members
took binoculars with them and Ian passed around his rather superior
pair from time to time. His knowledge of the habits of creatures, from
the particular rocks where the graylings liked to perch to the marks
where woodpeckers had fed at ant nests, made it a most enjoyable and
informative day. None of us would have observed half as much without
The next Society meeting will be at the Baptist Hall on 20th September. The subject, “Hunting for British Orchids”.
Penny Stott reporting
Invitation to HADS AGM
The Henley-in-Arden Drama Society (HADS) is holding its AGM in the Memorial hall (Station Road) on Monday evening, 5th September, at 8pm.
Visitors are welcome, and will be greeted with a glass of wine upon arrival.
If you have ever thought of treading the boards (or helping out in any
other way), why not come down and enjoy a friendly evening? You
will be made very welcome.
Tony Capps reporting
Black Swan - Best Cellar Award
Linda and Ian Jackson at The Black Swan
have triumphed again by winning the Best Cellar 2011 – South West
Area award in the Innserve Best Cellar Awards. Best Cellar is an awards
scheme from beer services company Innserve, which not only rewards best
practice but focuses licensees on one of the key reasons for a
successful pub: the quality of its beer.
The Black Swan came out on top
when they were judged on their cellar management based on their above
and below the bar equipment, cellar equipment and health and safety
awareness in the cellar. The Best Cellar awards are open to Innserve
serviced cellars, within the 17 management areas across the country,
where the licensee has been in their present outlet for approximately
12 months and has shown dramatic improvement in beer dispense quality
and customer offering.
Licensees, Ian & Linda
Jackson, comment: “We are delighted to receive such a prestigious
award! We pride ourselves on maintaining our cellar to the highest
standards to ensure the beer we serve is the best it can be.
We’re honoured to receive this industry wide recognition from
Innserve.” Ian, Linda and the team were awarded with a
winner’s plaque and certificate highlighting their achievement
together with a cheque for £200 and will now go through to the
The Black Swan is now offering a
lightbites & takeaway menu starting on Monday 22nd August which
will be available Monday - Saturday 12.00pm - 3.00pm. This will
include a range of sandwiches, paninis and wraps, baked potatoes,
pizzas and mini hot meals to eat in or take out. For orders over
£10.00 we will offer free delivery on the High Street.
You can buy your tickets to the 60s Festival from the bar of the Black Swan.
After the 60s
Festival has finished on Saturday 17th September, the Black Swan will
be organising a 50s/60s/70s karaoke/disco with free entry from 9.00pm.
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and receives no money from public funds
QR Codes are arriving in Henley
that you see on any commercial product are extremely beneficial as
their reading speed, supreme accuracy and their functionality are key.
As barcodes reached their peak and began getting used worldwide, the
need for more data and character types to be stored was inevitable.
Developers began trying to expand on the current amount of bars within
the barcode and how their positioning resides to allow further data
capacities. The need for smaller barcodes also was another defining
factor in QR-Codes development. Such developments failed as reading and
printing implications caused more problems than solutions. The 2D
barcode was then born.
QR-Codes first hit
mainstream when they were initially used for tracking parts by vehicle
manufacturers. After a while, companies began to see a new scope for
where QR-Codes could be used elsewhere within the world. The most
commercial use for QR-Codes is in the telecommunications industry where
the mobile phone seems to be the biggest driver of their popularity.
With the technology
of mobile phones constantly expanding, especially within mobile
internet, QR-Codes seemed the perfect solution to quickly and
efficiently bring mobile phone users onto the mobile web. QR-Codes can
be used to store all kinds of data including URLs (Universal Resource
Locator) or as most people know them, web addresses. The picture right shows a new poster on Henley Station displaying the QR-Codes for timetables. The code for the timetable mini guide 6 at the bottom of the picture works.
download QR Apps for most popular phones like the iPhone. After you
have installed it, focus your phone on the QR code above and your phone
will automatically take a photo and then display the website. QR Codes
will be appearing over the next few months on all shop windows. Henley
Shops are being offered a FREE QR for their windows by Henley NEWS. If you want a free QR, email: email@example.com
Find these Henley websites from their QR Codes
These are the QR Codes
of some of the popular organisations in Henley. For the results see "QR
Codes" below, just before the Notice Board.
There are plenty of
creative ideas for how businesses, non-profits and municipalities can
use QR codes to market and communicate themselves better to their
stakeholders. Here are 10 that I came up with or stumbled upon.
- QR Codes on bus
stops, train stations and underground stations: A quick scan would give
you realtime information on when the next bus or train will arrive.
- Posted next to
paintings and sculptures at museums. Great for visitors who want to
learn more about the artist, the time period, and the reaction to the
- On historical sites and on walking trails so that visitors can delve deeper about the significance of the site.
- On house For Sale and To Let signs so that you can download the particulars.
- On shop windows so that when you get home you can go on-line.
- Next to food in supermarkets to give shoppers quick access to recipes that include the ingredients on the shelf.
- On grocies so you can see information about the farm, best by dates, prices, etc.
- On bottles of wine, so you can get info about the vineyard, and maybe buy a case of that bottle you enjoyed at a restaurant.
- At the bottom of
newspaper and magazine articles so you could quickly get to the online
version and see the comments that other readers had left.
- On building permits. New York City is already doing this.
The early adopters in Henley with QR Codes in their windows are:
- John H Cranmer & Co
- Lemon Tree Flowers
- Railway Station
If you would like your QR Code in your shop window, Henley NEWS will print and deliver it for FREE.
Another Credit Card Scam
A reader has asked Henley NEWS to
disseminate the information as widely and was quickly as we can through
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH, School Safe and others. This one is pretty slick
since they provide YOU with all the information, except the one piece
Note, the callers do
not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is
worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone
Credit Card Scam works, you'll be better prepared to protect yourself.
The scam works like
this: Person calling says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the
Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My badge number is 12460.
"Your card has been
flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify.
This would be on your VISA card which was issued by (name of bank). Did
you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for £497.99 from a
Marketing company based in London?" When you say "No", the caller
continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This
is a company we have been watching and the charges range from
£297 to £497, just under the £500 purchase pattern
that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be
sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?" You say "yes".
The caller continues
- "I will be starting a fraud investigation". If you have any
questions, you should call the 0800 number listed on the back of your
card (0800-VISA) and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this
Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. "Do you
need me to read it again?"
Here's the IMPORTANT
part on how the scam works the caller then says, "I need to verify you
are in possession of your card." He'll ask you to "turn your card over
and look for some numbers." There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part
of your card number, the next 3 are the security numbers that verify
you are the possessor of the card.
These are the numbers
you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the
card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you
tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is correct, I just
needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that
you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?" After you
say, "No," the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to
call back if you do", and hangs up. You actually say very little, and
they never ask for or tell you the Card number .
But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask a question. Are we glad we did!
The REAL VISA Security
Department told us it was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new
purchase of £497.99 was charged to our card. Long story - short -
we made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is
reissuing us a new number. What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN
number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them. Instead, tell
them you'll call VISA or MasterCard directly for verification of their
conversation. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for
anything on the card as they already know the information since they
issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN Number you
think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your
statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then
it's almost too late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud
What makes this more
remarkable is that on Thursday, I got a call from a "Jason Richardson
of MasterCard" with a word-for-word repeat of the VISA scam. This time
I didn't let him finish I hung up! We filed a police report, as
instructed by VISA. The police said they are taking several of these
reports daily! They also urged us to tell everybody we know that this
scam is happening .
Please pass this on to all your family and friends. By informing each other, we protect each other.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for July 2011:
Crime in Your Area
have continued to fall, but whilst they remain low residents are
reminded to remain vigilant at all times. Your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
is continuing to provide an increased presence in the form of high
visibility patrols in all areas to reduce burglary rates. One dwelling
has been broken into in Wawensmere, Wootton Wawen where offenders have
jemmied the patio doors and once within have taken the keys in order to
steal a Range Rover and BMW. One dwelling has been broken into on
Kington Lane, Claverdon where offender/s entered through an insecure
window and stole a quantity of jewellery. "Burglary other"
incidents have significantly reduced when compared with recent months
and have reduce slightly when compared with last year. An insecure shed
was broken into on the Stratford Road in Wootton Wawen and a Mountain
bike valued at £350 was taken from within.
Theft from Motor
Vehicles as fallen when compare with last year but is comparable with
last month and mainly centres around theft of number plates with
incidents recorded in Warwick Road, and The Croft, Henley; Kington Lane
and Church Lane, Claverdon. In order to reduce the quantity of
number plates being stolen anti theft screws are available.
If you would like
further crime prevention advice, including how to obtain a protective
marking solution such as SMART WATER and Anti Number Plate Theft
Screws, please contact your local officer,
PCSO Tristan Jelfs on 07795231857 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities
Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 7th July 2011:
- Burglaries in
Henley in Arden, Wootton Wawen, Claverdon & Langley - 12 targeted
high visibility patrols to be carried out to combat the burglary rate.
Checks to be made regarding anybody acting suspiciously and person/s to
be dealt with accordingly.
- Speeding, A4189, Claverdon - 12 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate.
Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen - Concerns raised regarding the junction
of Mayswood Road/A3400 Wootton Wawen. Warwickshire County Council have
agreed to look at the junction layout while the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD
Team will conduct 4 x targeted patrols regarding obstructions and 4 x
speed checks on Mayswood Road.
Following a break in
at the scrap yard in Bearley earlier in the year the male offender
attended court in July and was found guilty, he has been sentenced a to
£100 fine, plus £310 costs.
Three people have been banned from Henley Pub Watch for using an illegal substance on licensed premises.
It has been agreed with Wootton Wawen Parish Council to reintroduce
Police Surgeries in the village. These will be held monthly and at
Wootton Hall where the Mobile Police Station will be parked up for
local residents to ‘drop in’ and speak with local officers
about local issues/problems. The first was planned for the 24th August
between 2pm – 2.30pm.
With the proposed
closure of Henley Police Station in September, Police Surgeries will be
moving to Henley Medical Centre Car Park from the 24th August. The
Mobile Police Station will park up in the car park between 1100 –
1130 for for local residents to ‘drop in’ and speak with
local officers about local issues/problems. All future dates will be
detailed on posters around the town, detailed on future newsletters and
posted on our Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Website at
The next Community
Forum will be held 6th October, 7pm, Henley High School, Henley in
Arden. If you have a specific concern then come along to the
local surgery, where you will be able to speak to your local Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford
District Council Officer.
The next Henley
Community Surgery will be held, 28th September, 11:30am, Henley Baptist
Church Hall. The surgery gives you the opportunity to speak to
members of the Parish Council & Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team
about the issues that concern you, while giving you feedback regarding
what is happening in the community.
The next Henley Police
Surgery will be held 24th August & 19th October, between 11am
– 11:30am, Mobile Police Station, Henley Medical Centre Car Park
– A drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within the
community with your local policing team.
The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 18th August, 7pm, Henley Fire Station
The next Claverdon NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 27th September, 7:30pm, Dorothea Mitchell Hall. The
next Claverdon Police Surgery will be held 27th September, between 7pm
– 7:30pm, Dorothea Mitchell Hall - a drop in facility to discuss
issues/problems within the community with your local policing team.
If you have any information or have witnessed the incidents mentioned above
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
Further information can be found at: The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area
Tristan Jelfs PCSO 6065
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Henley in Arden Police Station
Tel: 01789 762207 Ext: 4662
Make Henley Greener
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E-Books. The debate
I would like to thank Tony Capps for the reference to numerous articles on the subject of environmental impact of e-books.
Perhaps any of you thinking of an e-reader will just spend a little
time looking at this website; look at the issues and weigh up the
number of books you read in a year before you decide
The subject is complex, but having reviewed the articles myself, I
think there is a general consensus that you need to read a lot of
e-books to reach a break even point in Carbon pollution.
What is meant by a lot varies. Figures of 18, 23, 26, 32, 40 and 100
can be found in the articles, so somewhere in the middle of this range
would be a reasonable figure to work with until
we have more certain estimates.
My original article said about 50 books and
that another estimate put it at 100, so the information from the
website does not change the position materially. My article did not say
that electronic books should not be used, but warned that if you got an
e-reader and only read a few books with it, there would be more carbon
pollution than if you had just bought the books. The key question is
how many books will be read on an e-reader before the relentless
effects of marketing and peer pressure lead to the purchase of a new
Is it likely that people will still be using
the same e-reader in 5 years time? I think not, because by then a newer
and shinier one with more ‘must have’ bells and whistles
will be irresistible. Unless at least 20 books and more likely 40 or 50
(that’s about 10 books per year) have been read on the old one,
it will not have repaid its carbon debt. So as I said before, beware
the gizmo and if you give ordinary books away when you have read them,
the break even point of the e-reader becomes more like 80 books and if
the people you give them to also pass the books on, it’s 120.
So, unless you read a lot, paper books will
produce less carbon pollution, especially if you share them with others
as Judith Lindley suggests in her letter.
Energy Retrofitting the
UK's Building Stock
Saturday 3 September 2011,10.00 for 10.15 a.m. to 12 noon
Quaker Meeting House, 39 High Street Warwick, CV34 4AX
presentations on the Government's flagship 'Green Deal' policy to see
the energy performance of UK's housing / non-domestic buildings vastly
The Energy Bill, introduced
to Parliament in December 2010, includes provision for the new 'Green
Deal', which is intended to revolutionise the energy efficiency of
British properties. The Government is establishing a framework to
enable private firms to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements
to their homes, community spaces and businesses at no upfront cost, and
to recoup payments through a charge in instalments on the energy bill.
REC-W is delighted to welcome 3 great speakers ... with a busy year ahead to launch
David Jullien, CEO, Act on Energy
summer drawing towards a close and energy costs on the rise again,
David will remind us about using less energy and speak about fuel
poverty in Warwickshire - a key group that 'Green Deal' plans to help
Chris White, Member of Parliament, Warwick and Leamington
Chris has shown a particular interest in energy issues since being elected and spoke in the 2n
Reading of the Energy Bill in May. He will overview the Green Deal, its
objectives, explain the 'Golden Rule' and the challenges tackled and
issues still being addressed
Tim Pollard, Head of Sustainability, Wolseley UK
is well known for his passion in tackling climate change and energy
security issues through the building supply industry. He is closely
involved in work streams to deliver the Green Deal - and in particular
trying to ensure that local and smaller builders get a share of huge
business opportunities that will come.
Presentations will be followed by questions and a discussion facilitated by Roger Matthews - Community Energy Warwickshire.
RenewableEnergy Club Warwickshire
This meeting is open to REC-W Members and the general public
A DONATION OF £2 IS REQUESTED TOWARDS REC-W COSTS
John Garner's Business Column
conducted last month has shown that the abundance of Blackberries,
iPhones and similar gadgets intended to make employees more productive
is leading to poor etiquette both in the office and at home.
I can’t say I’m surprised.
The study (of 1,100 UK workers) found that:
- During face-to-face meetings, 41% of UK
workers remain glued to their communication devices, sending instant
messages, responding to texts, listening to voicemails or checking
- 31% even admit to disrupting face-to-face
meetings to answer their mobile phones (paradoxically 40% of these
individuals agree it is rude to do so).
- Age plays a major part in workplace
etiquette: one in three workers aged 20-39 will take a mobile
phone call while in a meeting, compared with 20% of people aged 40-60
and just 10% of people over the age of 60.
It would seem we have a classic case of
double standards in the workplace, with 82% complaining about other
people’s tendencies to disrupt proceedings by answering a mobile
phone, tweeting, sending an instant message, responding to emails or
even just updating their social status.
Yet, rather ironically, 70% of those that
rudely interrupt meetings themselves would be offended if someone did
the same thing to them. Clearly, the perceived pressure to stay
connected has led many people to neglect their manners.
The study also found that communication and
social tools are encroaching on people's personal lives, with survey
- 85% keep connected during weekends.
- 79% stay tuned in during evenings.
- 74% keep in touch with the office while on holiday.
- 48% even stay online while in bed.
- 35% report they never disconnect from the office.
So what's driving this addiction?
A third of survey respondents said they fear
they will lose their competitive edge if they disconnect from their
inbox for 30 minutes or less, and 20% felt in danger of losing the
upper hand over their careers when cut off from email for just five
Yet all this connectivity doesn't generate
greater productivity, as a third of employees are interrupted at least
every 15 minutes. After each distraction, it can take another 20
minutes to regain focus and return to the task at hand.
The overall impact of digital distraction means that:
- 36% of employees have trouble completing work;
- 22% suffer from information overload and as a result fail to think creatively;
- employees return to work from the weekend or holiday with less energy and inspiration than they otherwise would.
I am not one of those people. Of course not!
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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Warnings from Trading Standards
Solar Energy Warning
rising energy costs, roof top solar energy installations are becoming
increasingly popular projects with many new companies entering the
market offering free solar panels and free or reduced cost electricity.
However, Trading Standards Officers have received complaints from
consumers who have paid large deposits of £250 for the
installation of solar panels to their properties following door to door
visits. In these cases, the panels were not fitted and the trader
Warwickshire Trading Standards
advises residents not to sign up with the first solar panel trader who
visits your property, but seek quotes from at least 3 traders and
consider the following:
- Is the trader local and
well established? You can find out how long a limited company has
traded for by looking them up at: www.companieshouse.org.uk
- Traders that offer free
solar panels and free electricity can do so because they will receive
income from the generation of electricity (the Feed-in tariff scheme)
and from any electricity that you do not use and is exported to the
grid. It may be more cost effective for you to buy your own solar
panels and receive all the income yourself.
- If a trader is only
offering discounted electricity, as opposed to free electricity, the
Energy Saving Trust advise that your savings will be less and you may
want to consider if it is really worth going ahead.
- The amount of money you
could save will depend upon when you use electricity. You will save if
you run your appliances during the day when it is 'sunny' and you are
generating electricity and can benefit from it.
- Residents should also
consider what would happen to the solar panels in the event of a house
move and who is responsible for their maintenance and insurance.
- Research solar panel installations at the Energy Saving Trust: http://tinyurl.com/39gjj8x
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
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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.
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
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
60s/70s ROCK CONCERT
17th September 2011 at the Memorial Playing Fields
Henley Churches Together
is having a MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING on Friday 30th September in the
Baptist Church Hall from 9.30am until 12noon. They look forward
to welcoming you there.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Tuesday 27th Sept. John & Gill Hazell – Growing & showing
Sweet Peas. 7.30pm Ullenhall Village Hall everyone welcome.
meeting is on Thursday 15th September in the Baptist Church Hall at
8.00 pm when David Howe will give a talk on 'Prime Ministers and the
Midlands'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details
from Pat Kench on 795419.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Sept 13th Memorial Hall Lee Berrill ‘One Day’ Competition ‘Sundowners’.
Tuesday 6th September Memorial Hall 7.30pm. Mary Moore will be asking
“How well do you know Birmingham?”. Visitors welcome.
Patchwork & Unfinished Objects Group Baptist Church Hall Wed Sept
14th 2 – 4pm. Contact 792488.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Tues Sept 20th 7.45pm Brian Laney will be talking about ‘Hunting for British Orchids’. Visitors welcome.
AVON COMPUTING FOR EVERYONE
If you would like to learn how to use a computer in a friendly and
relaxed atmosphere at your own pace, then we are the people to help
you. Classes commence 16 September 2011 and 4 November 2011 at Henley
Community Centre, £52.00 for 6 weeks (2 hours per week) For
further information contact Jean Bunn on 01789 204042 or 07849 810 814
HENLEY AMATEUR DRAMATIC SOCIETY
Annual General Meeting 5th September at 8.00 in the Memorial Hall
DOUBLE EVENT AT HENLEY HIGH SCHOOL
Henley High school is holding a supper and concert evening featuring
the Alcester Male Voice Choir on Wednesday 21st September at the school
in aid of the new school mini bus fund. The choir are also using this
opportunity to stage their annual recruitment evening by showcasing the
choir to potential new members. The evening starts at 7.30pm Tickets
are £12 to include the concert and a Bangers & Mash supper
provided by Sue Dalby. Tickets are available from Sue 793746, or the
High School 792364, a special ticket request email address has also
been set up by the school email@example.com.
The Alcester Male Voice Choir is a community choir and there is no
audition process, those interested in joining should call Judith Land,
Director of Music on 07886 139781.
SEYMOUR FIELDHOUSE HOMES
Charitable Trust, WOOTTON WAWEN have a one bed roomed house available
to rent, suitable for a single person or a couple. For further
information please contact Janice Hart on 01564 703636 for further
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-ARDENRotary
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
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
The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB
Henley Cricket Club
fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two
teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September.
We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or
ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin
O'Brien on 01564 794903.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
meets on Monday
evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark.
The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social
club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new
members, whether beginners or established players. For further
information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and
11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open
for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a
drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and
singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
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
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
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.
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
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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