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Edition 282 - 8th September 2011
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010


60s Summer Festival


17th September 2011 3.00pm – 8.00pm


This week a new supply of tickets for the 60s Festival has been obtained.

All the fabulous stars featured on the poster will be there apart from Dave Berry who is replaced by Mike Pender, the original lead singer of the Searchers. It is his voice that appears on all but two of the Searchers' hits that can still be heard on the radio today. More than that, the distinctive guitar sound that is The Searchers sound is that of Mike Pender’s 12 string Rickenbacker and he still plays that very guitar today.

Remember these? Needles & Pins, Sweets For My Sweet, Sugar And Spice, What Have They Done To The Rain, Goodbye My Love, When You Walk In The Room, Don't Throw Your Love Away.    
Today anyone wanting to hear those great hit records knows that it's only Mike Pender that can truly recreate them as he did on the original vinyl.

Tickets can be obtained at the local residents’ rate of £25.00 by contacting Jan Crathorne, 01564795470,

The very popular VIP package has places left see below for the details.

Peter Crathorne

Matricardi's - VIP package £75 per person
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The Bluebell - VIP package £65 per person
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Guild Hall Festival





The last few tickets for the Fashion Show are

to be found in Studio 34 and Sugar Velvet.




Councillors propose spending yet more money


Cllr Atkinson


Cllr Matheou

According to a recent report in the Stratford Herald, the Friends of Henley Library have indicated that their preferred location for the Henley-in-Arden Library is the Old Police Station. The reasons for this are not clear, it cannot be on the grounds of cost since this must be the most expensive option. The Police Station is a large old building which is expensive to run and maintain. The original feasibility study prepared by Cllr Matheou mentioned a ‘peppercorn’ rent of £500 pa., this would cover only a fraction of the true cost, which must be in the region of £75,000, presumably local tax-payers will have to meet the balance of this cost. One undisclosed advantage would be that the JPC could be relocated to prestigious new offices.

The option of locating the Library at the ‘HUB’ does not appear to have been considered in any detail, despite the low cost and obvious benefits, not only to users of the Library but also to the youth services provided by the ‘HUB’. A ‘porta-cabin’ adjoining the HUB would provide a low cost solution incorporating disabled access with adjacent car-parking. Not only would this solution enable the library to be maintained at minimum cost it would also support the ‘HUB’ and the vital services which it offers to young people.

It is significant that two proponents of the move to the Old Police Station, a veteran councillor and an American, are not even resident in Henley, they live in Wootton Wawen. We have seen many examples of how generous those in public office can be with other peoples’ money – lavish public spending in countries such as America and Greece has brought their economies to their knees and we should be careful to consider every option before committing to costly solutions, which leave a large tax burden for local residents to bear.

Johnsons Three Peaks Challenge


A recent practice climb at the summit of Scafell Pike.  
Tor, Chris (our little brother and chief supporter), Ellie and Pete.

We Johnsons kids always aspire towards turning negatives into positives.  So I’m writing to you now, not to drawl on about past complaints, but to tell you about the positives we’re trying to bring about.  Namely that Ellie, Tor and PJ will be attempting the 3 Peaks Challenge in the name of 2 very special causes: the Headway Brain Injury Association and the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC).
You’re probably familiar with it, the 3 Peaks includes the tallest mountains in England, Wales and Scotland - Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis – in just 24 hours.  That’s it, we’ll be racing over a thousand miles to climb 3 mountains in one day.  It’s going to be tough, no doubt.
We begin next Friday 9th September at 18:00, climbing through the night and the following day, to finish on Saturday 10th September.  We’ve organised the challenge independently so every penny raised will go straight to our special charities.
Sponsorship emails are no irregularity these days and we all know about “the current economic climate” (yawn) but it’s worth considering that both causes are little-known and rarely advertised.  They both do tremendous amounts of good for people who would struggle to readapt to their lives without them.  Please support us in any way you can to help ensure positivity overcome difficulty for others too. The links are Headway and CRASAC. Both Ellie and Tor shared their stories with newspapers/magazines to try to spread awareness and give comfort to other sufferers.  These can be found by clicking these links, Ellie’s story and Tor’s story

Thank you so much for any support that you can provide.
We’ll climb hard, we promise!
Pete, Ellie and Tor Johnson   

Henley High & Alcester Male Voice Choir
join forces for unique double event


Henley High School are hoping to kick start their new fund raising initiative for a replacement  school mini bus  by holding a supper and concert evening featuring the  Alcester Male Voice Choir. The concert will be preceded by a bangers & mash supper, supplied by Sue Dalby. But it doesn't end there. The Choir will also be using the opportunity to stage their annual  new member recruitment evening.
Paul Wright head of Henley High said "this is the first major event for our mini bus fund and we are thrilled and excited that the Alcester Male Voice Choir have agreed to support us. They have an excellent reputation both locally and nationally and I know that they have good audiences wherever they appear. Some of our own students will also be appearing which will be a wonderful experience for them too."
Judith Land, Founder & Director of Music for the choir, said "We are delighted to be performing at the school, this is the time of year when we hold our annual recruitment evening, usually at our base in Alcester, however we saw this as a unique opportunity to showcase the choir to potential new members and invite them to come along  for supper or if they wish a little later at 8.15pm and actually see the choir in action in a concert setting. We have built a strong community choir, and as such there is no audition process, we just ask that our members love singing and are prepared to make the commitment."
The choir rehearses in Alcester every Wednesday evening and holds regular concerts raising funds for charities throughout the area as well as appearing at some of the most prestigious venues in the country. Anyone  interested in joining the choir should call Judith prior to the event on 07886 139781 who will be happy to discuss choir membership and this special evening.
The concert takes place on Wednesday 21st September at the High School starting at 7.30pm.  A licensed bar and raffle will be available; tickets £12 each to include supper and concert available from Henley High School on 01564 792364 or Sue Dalby on 01564 793746. The school have also set up a special ticket request email address on

Goodbye from Collections

imageWell it comes to us all ….. but after 27 enjoyable years at Collections ….. we have to let you know that we will be retiring at the end of the summer season. We have both immensely enjoyed our time here dressing you for all occasions, however, we have decided that we would now like to pursue other interests, travel, hobbies and give time to our elderly families who now need more of our help and time.

We would like to invite you to our Retirement Sale to take advantage of the great reductions – no reasonable offer refused – as everything must go.

We intend to close by the end of September, when it will cease to be a ladies fashion shop – so don’t leave it too long to grab your bargain.

We would like to apologise for the little white lies, if you have visited recently.
This opportunity has arisen quite quickly and it has been difficult to know when to tell you of the situation due to a confidentiality agreement.

We thank you very much for your custom, loyalty, support, kindness and friendship over the years. We will certainly miss you.

With our very best wishes to you and we look forward to seeing you – just one more time!!

Barbara and Sue

Road Running around Henley

imageHi Bill,
Just wondering if I could please  ask through Henley News if anyone is interested in doing some informal road running through the autumn/ winter ?
I do notice the occasional road runner around Henley and I personally take a route from Buckley Green to Blunts Green and back through the golf club.
What I had in mind is a regular midweek or weekend run up to a maximum of 4 miles through the High Street and around where there are street lights. I`m no great fan of the gym myself preferring good fresh air and a hill to stretch against. So, would anyone else be interested in this proposal, or does such a group already exist ?
I`d be interested to know any answers to my quest and can be contacted on 07811915015.
Bryan Schofield  

Clematis, The Ultimate Social Climber

imageThis was the name of the talk given to Ullenhall Gardening Club by Glenys Dyer on 23rd August. It was a most interesting and informative talk, illustrated by many good slides of the different clematis types she grows in her garden and nursery.

You may well be aware that there are three main varieties classed as groups 1, 2 and 3. Each group has a different pruning regime. Many of us like to grow clematis up other plants and we often intertwine two different types of clematis up a section of fence. This can look very effective, but beware! Glenys warned us against mixing plants from two different groups. She once did this and found she couldn’t sort out which stems to prune of one plant amongst all the stems of both. The result; she eventually dug up both plants and started again from scratch!

imageReading this report may remind you to tidy up your clematis plants. Well, don’t! September is a really bad time to prune any clematis plant and you may lose it altogether. Glenys also mentioned making a mistake once, of pruning a shrub in September through which she grew a clematis and the shrub died. So, if you’re in a garden-tidying frame of mind, think twice before pruning at this time of year. Some plants will be OK, but not all.

After questions, tea and coffee was served whilst everyone enjoyed a chat, as usual. When the meeting disbanded, many smiling members were seen walking away clutching clematis plants they’d bought from Glenys.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 27th September in Ullenhall village hall. The subject will be “Growing and Showing Sweet Peas” and there will also be a stall selling members’ own ‘spare’ plants.

63rd Annual Ploughing and Hedging Match


On Thursday, 15th September, 2011 Competitors from all over the country will meet at Northbrook Farm, Sherbourne, Warwick to see who can plough the ‘straightest furrow’ at the Forest of Arden Agricutural Society’s 63rd Annual Ploughing and Hedgelaying competitions. Northbrook was a meeting point for the Gunpowder Plot conspiritors on several occasions.

Come along and see the Horse Ploughing with the magnificent Shire Horses of yesteryear when farming was a quieter and gentler way of life, pulling the single furrow plough through the soil. How tired legs must have been in those days, walking for hours behind horses. I am always mindful of Robert Burns composing his ‘To A Mountain Daisy’ poem whilst ploughing behind horses. We have the Vintage Tractors, beautifully restored and lovingly polished to their former glory, and then the big powerful commercial tractors of today who make the job of ploughing look so easy.

We also have Hedgelaying competitions, where an overgrown hedge is transformed into a neat stock-proof fence, using only the skill of a mans hands and an axe to achieve it.. To see the finished hedge is a sight of wonderment and one cannot but reflect that if only farmers could afford to lay hedges today in the same way, what effect this would have on our wildlife as they provide such a safe haven for little birds to nests in, protected from the sight and reach of predators.

You can visit our show at Northbrook Farm, just off the A46 any time throughout the day. Ploughing starts at 9.30 am. There are rural trade stands, Produce Tent, Luncheon Tent, Refreshments and Children’s Competitions to see. There is no entrance charge or car-parking fee. We would hope that you would buy one of our Programmes, as the money raised from these help offset the cost of holding the show. All the people working at the show on the day are volunteers.

Sue Westmacott. Secretary.

Mat's Knock 'Hell'


Henley’s Mat Jackson suffered cruel luck in his latest quest to win this year’s Dunlop British Touring Car title in the series’ latest three races yesterday at the daunting Knockhill circuit in Scotland.

Mat went into the event leading the standings but unbelievably retired from all three races. In race one a rival driver barged into his #5 Moneyshop/Airwaves Racing Ford Focus and punctured one of its tyres. Only Mat’s sharp reflexes prevented the car from crashing at high speed. In race two Mat had scythed his way through from 19th on the grid to 5th and just set the race’s fastest lap only for this time a front wheel to break and force him off the track.

He started race three from 24th on the grid and brilliantly overtook 17 cars to latch on to his main title rivals, the Honda drivers Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden. That included the most exciting move of the day when in front of a huge trackside crowd and live ITV4 cameras he passed THREE rivals in one go around the outside of the hairpin! But his bad luck continued as he collided with rival Aon Focus driver Chilton who was also in the mix, the damage to Mat’s car being too bad for him to continue.

He has dropped to 3rd in the points table behind Shedden and Neal but now faces a mountain to climb if he’s to make up the 20-plus points to them in the remaining nine races – at Rockingham, Northants (September 18th), Brands Hatch (October 2nd) and his home track of Silverstone (October 16th).

Such was Mat’s lead in the Independents Trophy that he still leads that but now by only five points.

“I’ve never known bad luck like this in all my years of racing” says Mat. “Realistically I can’t see the Honda boys giving up a lead like that now but we’ll never give up. The pace of our car has been terrific this weekend. Even in qualifying with maximum ballast on board we were still a close seventh fastest and in the races… well I think everyone saw just how good it was and I was particularly proud of the move I put on those three drivers.

“I really like the final three circuits on the calendar and have had wins at all of them before and it’s wins I really need from now on. The grid is becoming more and more competitive all the time so it will be tough but I know I’m in the right car and with the right team to get the job done.”

New Head Chef at the Bluebell

imageWe’re pleased to announce that our good friend and superb chef Simon Malin is joining us as Head Chef.  Many of you will already know Simon as he previously ran the acclaimed Malbec Restaurant in Stratford upon Avon which achieved a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Good Food Guide listing and was Restaurant of the Year for Coventry and Warwickshire.  Simon’s early career included appointments at leading AA Rosette awarded restaurants in London, Sussex and the Midlands where he was instrumental in setting up the exclusive 100-seater restaurant in Selfridges Birmingham, which he subsequently ran for two years.
Simon said “Making great food accessible to everyone is what is important to me.  At the Bluebell customers will see my full potential and experience some fantastic dishes…”   Simon, who lives locally, also has a passion for fine wines and in his new role here he will be introducing a carefully chosen selection to complement his dishes.
We are thrilled to have Simon on board and are confident that his vast experience and ability to uphold the most prestigious accolades will go down well with our customers.
For the third year running The Good Food Guide have deemed us worthy of inclusion in their esteemed book.  In the 2012 edition they describe us as ...a serious foodie contender... home grown and carefully sourced ingredients take precedence in the kitchen and the new head chef is already winning over the crowds with his skilful modern cooking.  Praise indeed from this most authoritative of guides!
Those of you who haven’t yet tried Simon’s superb value lunchtime and early evening set menu don’t know what you’re missing out on... with two courses of award winning food for £15 or three courses for £18 (and these prices include a glass of wine!) it’s a great opportunity to sample Simon’s cooking without breaking the bank.
We hope to see you at The Bluebell soon.

Duncan and Leigh Tayor

Fabulous Fashion on Henley's High Street

imageStudio 34....A lifestyle Boutique, it's brimming with fabulous clothes, jewellery, luxury home accessories, fun, useful & exquisite gifts that you won’t find on the High Street.  There's something for everyone at affordable prices.
Rachel Lewis & Tracey Kay have collectively over half a century's worth of experience in the fashion industry working with top designers from all over the world on merchandising, writing fashion columns and styling for top magazines and celebrity clients to owning their own Birmingham City Centre boutiques. Their natural flair, passion for fashion & interior design experience has brought them together to launch an exclusive lifestyle boutique & Parisian cafe in the heart of Warwickshire.
Fiona & Lillie make up the creative team. Come to browse in a relaxed atmosphere or take advantage of our considerable experience with our Style Consultations.  They'll even come to you in the comfort of your own home & re-vamp your wardrobe! Whether it's a seasonal key look from our collections, a designer element for your home or the perfect gift for someone special. They offer Vouchers, complimentary gift wrapping & delivery service.
They have sourced from all over the world ensuring our boutique has some of the most beautiful pieces. They embrace individuality & originality, we pride ourselves that they have searched high & low for products that they know you'll love.  Lucky for them, their following of fashion-savvy women, celebrity & loyal clients find it hard to keep it to themselves and they are proud of the fact word of mouth recommendations have been an important contribution to their success.  
Henley in Arden's best kept secret, a real treasure trove....... A Mecca of glitter, glitz & sophisticated style..... Add glamour to any occasion.

The White Swan Hotel – Awarded Cask Marque

imageimageThe White Swan Hotel has been awarded the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in the serving of Cask Ales for the 2nd year running. The 'Cask Marque' is a sign that appears outside pubs, guaranteeing that inside you will get a great pint of cask ale.

To achieve this high status, the venue has to be independently inspected by a Cask Marque assessor. The Cask Marque scheme is operated by an independent body called Cask Marque Trust which is a non-profit making organisation. Pubs within the scheme are visited unannounced by an independent assessor twice a year. In the first year they are visited twice in the first three months and in subsequent years they are visited once in the summer and once in the winter.

The assessor checks all cask ales on sale for temperature, appearance, aroma and taste. The White Swan Hotel offers 5 cask ales: St. Austell Tribute, Sharps Doombar, Black Sheep, Purity Pure Gold and a Guest Ale, all of which were thoroughly checked. If all beers reach the required standard then the pub passes and it receives a plaque, framed certificate and merchandising material to inform its customers of the award and their rights.

For a beer to score 100% on the visit it must be dispensed at between 10 and 14°C. All beers should be served to the Cask Marque assessor exactly as they would be served to a customer.

Zena Broadbent and Richard Saul were pleased to receive top marks for all of their cask ales.

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Tanworth Singers

imageOn 16th July, in Tanworth Village Hall, an era came to an end with the Tanworth Singers 35th and final performance of The Gilbert & Sullivan operas.
They started in 1976 when Wendy Dillon decided that her W.I. choir were going to perform the musical numbers from Ruddigore. This choir was quite amazing, anyone could join and there were no auditions, everyone being trained by Wendy herself. Several husbands of members protested that they enjoyed singing Gilbert & Sullivan and so Ruddigore was repeated the following year but with a male section of ghosts.
I was in the audience that year and, much as I enjoyed the music, I felt it was rather a shame that Gilbert’s rather complicated story was missing along with his ironic humour aimed at certain characters and institutions of the time. I suggested to Wendy that I might be able to paraphrase Gilbert’s words for her next production which was to be Iolanthe, as for many years I had sat in the orchestra pit listening to the libretto between the musical numbers. Little did I know what I was letting myself in for, as this appeared to work and so I had to write the narration for a further nine operas.
These performances became so popular that, when soloists were not available in the village, there was no difficulty obtaining visiting principals from neighbouring operatic societies, some coming from Astwood Bank, Redditch, Knowle, Worcester, Malvern and even London. In latter years the tickets were sold on an advertised day in The Bell at 10.00 am and a queue formed shortly after 9.00 stretching out into the road.
As treasurer for the last fifteen years, I am able to report that just over £30,000 has been donated to various local charities, £18,498 within the village and £11,650 to local branches of national charities. A very respectable sum considering that the first full performance in 1979 was “Entrance by programme – Cost £1.40”
From all the people who have flocked to attend these performances, a very big thank you to Wendy, the members of the choir, Margaret Hill who has provided the accompaniment for many years, and the many soloists who have freely given their time to take part in an entertainment which has been enjoyed by all on both sides of the house.
Nick McKenzie

Stratford on Avon Music Festival

15 - 22 October 2011

imageEight days of world-class music from top international classical, folk and jazz musicians. Headline artists for this autumn include the Coull Quartet with acclaimed cellist Guy Johnston; pianist Martin Roscoe, award-winning guitarist Craig Ogden, the spectacular Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers and the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra with special guest, Jacqui Dankworth. Plus family concerts, free concerts and an opera gala evening too.

TICKETS available from the Civic Hall Box Office on 01789 207100 or online at

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Philippines wedding for local author

imageFormer Herald news editor and Stratford author Dale le Vack married Miss Mae Leniel Casabuena, in a civil ceremony before Judge Abraham Bayona in the Hall of Justice, Bacolod City, Negros Occidentale, Philippines, on Friday September 2.

Mr le Vack hopes to return to the town shortly, having secured a visa for his bride to live in the UK, and then on a short-term assignment to the Turks & Caicos Islands in the West Indies, where he will undertake the training of TV journalists for WIV Cable Television.  He recently co-authored Shakespeare's Children (Original Writing, Dublin) with his close friend Danny Keaney and his first book God's Golden Acre was a best seller in the Christian book market.

He told the Herald:  "Last year was a tragic one for me and the family because we lost my wife Myra to cancer. Mae, who comes from the same village in the Philippines as Myra, has been wonderful in helping me to rebuild my life and I am a very happy man indeed."

Mr le Vack, the founder of Claverdon Rugby Club in 1965, is the son of the late Jerry and Phyllis le Vack, who ran the Red Lion, Claverdon, for many years. He was this paper's news editor from 2001 to 2008 and earlier in his career was news editor of Thames News, Thames Television.

Rowington Village Hall

Jazz Supper with
Mike Hatchard & Chris Dean

Saturday 1st October 2011 7.30 pm for 8.00pm


Mike Hatchard


Chris Dean

Concert of wonderful live music, with a good sprinkling of humour, from two of the top Jazz musicians and entertainers performing in the UK today.

Mike Hatchard is just about one of the most versatile musicians and entertainers in the UK. He is a superb keyboard player, arranger and improviser. He plays violin and guitar and can and will play anything in any musical style. He is quite simply brilliant.

Chris Dean is the leader of the current Syd Lawrence Orchestra. He is an ace trombone player and has a wonderful warm melodic singing voice. He took the title role when he toured with the orchestra performing a tribute to Matt Monroe, the British Sinatra of 60s and 70s fame. Coincidently, earlier in his career, Mike was Matt Monroe’s accompanist.

A hot 2-course meal will be placed on your table in heated serving dishes (to keep it hot for second helpings), from where you will help yourselves. Menu: Boeuf Bourguignon and Chicken & Vegetable Pie, followed by Blackberry and Apple Crumble with Double Cream. You don’t need to choose in advance, we assume you will have something of everything.

Fully Licensed Bar

Ample Parking. Bar opens at 7.30 and Concert ends at approx 11.45pm

Ticket Price: £18.50 ea

Please contact: Tim/Ruth Sturges @ 6 Ash Close, Hatton, Warwick, CV35 7BL for tickets on 07827 290573 or 01926 842279



imageWhy Tesco's make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Why people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.

Why banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.

Why we leave cars worth thousands of pounds in the drive and put our useless junk in the garage.

Why . they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.


Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin ?

Why women can't put on mascara with their mouth closed?

Why don't you ever see the headline 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?

Why is 'abbreviated' such a long word?

Why is it that doctors call what they do 'practice'?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavour, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

Why isn't there mouse-flavoured cat food?

Why didn't Noah swat those two mosquitoes?

Why do they sterilise the needle for lethal injections?

You know that indestructible black box that is used on planes? Why don't they make the whole plane out of that stuff?!

Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?

Why? Good question.

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Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Eco stuff that isn’t. Don’t waste your money.

“Which?” has tested various products that claim to save energy. Many of them do not or if they do, are not worth the money.

1. The Freeloader Classic solar powered battery charger provided very little power to the battery even on a bright day. Not worth £40

image2. Vphase voltage optimisation device. It is installed in the main cable near the fuseboard and saves energy for all equipment except items used for generating heat (eg cookers, kettles and heaters) so if most of your electricity goes on non heating appliances (eg PCs, refridgeration, lighting), it might save 10% or even more if you live in an area with high mains voltage, eg 240V. However, at £300 plus the cost of installation by a qualified electrician, it takes a long time to pay for itself unless you use a lot of electricity. Similar devices such as powerPerfector can have good payback when installed in business premises .

3. Chargers for disposable batteries. Batterywizard deluxe and Battery Charger For Alkaline Disposable Batteries. “Which?” found that after a couple of recharges, the batteries had lost 90% of their original capacity. Not surprising, since disposable batteries are not designed to be recharged. Don’t waste £30.

4.Ecotek Energy Wizard. This is a plug in, voltage optimisation device. The “Which?” tests found that it did not reduce power consumption and sometimes actually increased it. A complete waste of £25.

5.The Treegreen Energyegg saves having to remember to turn appliances off as you leave the room. It uses a motion sensor to turn things on when you enter a room and turns them off when you leave. The trouble is you might not want the TV on every time you go into the lounge! It appears to do what it claims but at £40 it will take a long time to pay for itself and may not be that easy to live with.

We all have things on the ends of our arms known as fingers that can do the same job and it is best to turn everything off at the wall, because lots of equipment is not completely off when turned off by its own switch or shutdown. This includes PCs, printers, portable radios, etc.

6. Standby Saver. These devices allow you to turn appliances or groups of appliances off at the mains using a remote control. Turning off your TV, DVD, video, Satellite box can save £20 to £30 per year so it might be worth spending £17 on a standby saver if you remember to use it regularly. However those things on the ends of your arms can achieve the same result without spending any money at all. If the wall socket is inaccessible, a short extension cable with a switch or switched sockets can solve the problem more cheaply.

Things that do save energy

Turning everything off at the wall as soon as you’ve finished using them.
It takes a little while to get good at remembering to do this, but unlike all the things mentioned above, it costs only £0. Pocket money bonuses for remembering or reductions for forgetting might assist the younger generation to learn learn this skill.

imageThe eco button plugged into your PC enables you to put the PC into standby when you need to leave it for a few minutes. When you come back, a press of the button wakes the PC ready to continue where you left off. You don’t have to wait while it reboots. At £15, it can pay for itself in a year but you can achieve the same result at a cost of £0 by putting the PC into standby manually. And waking it up manually by hitting any key. A PC screen that has gone blank on its own is almost certainly not in standby and still uses quite a lot of power.

A smart battery charger and proper rechargeable batteries will save lots of money compared to disposable batteries. The initial cost of the charger is quickly repaid by not buying batteries all the time. Do remember to switch off the charger at the wall when not charging batteries.

Low energy light bulbs are now available in many styles to suit most fittings, including candle bulbs and spotlights. These pay for themselves in a few weeks or months depending on the price of the bulb. Even at £5 for a low energy spotlight, the pay back is well under a year and they last typically eight times longer than ordinary bulbs.

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

The law on Agency Workers will change in October 

John GarnerLet’s make sure we understand what is meant by “agency worker”.

According to the government website an agency worker will either have a contract for service or a contract of employment with an agency who finds them work. This work is often called ‘temporary work’, 'temping' or ‘agency work’.

The company which hires the agency worker pays a fee to the agency, and the agency pays his or her wages. The agency has to pay the worker even if the hiring company has not paid the agency. That’s because the worker’s employment contract is with the agency, not the hiring company.

Do you ever use agency workers? It’s quite likely that you do on occasions, even if it’s only a temp in the office. If so then you need to be aware that from 1st October this year their employment rights and your organisation's responsibilities will be changing.
These new regulations will give agency workers the entitlement to the same or no less favourable treatment as comparable employees with respect to basic employment and working conditions, if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks in a particular job.
From Day 1 of their employment, an agency worker will be entitled to:
• the same access to facilities such as staff canteens, childcare and transport as a comparable employee of the hirer
• be informed about job vacancies.

After a 12-week qualifying period, an agency worker will be entitled to the same basic conditions of employment as if they had been directly employed by the hirer on Day 1 of the assignment, specifically:
• pay, including any fee, bonus, commission, or holiday pay relating to the assignment but not including redundancy pay, contractual sick pay, and maternity, paternity or adoption pay
• working time rights, for example, including any annual leave over and above what is required by law.

Agency Workers (regardless of their employment status) will also be entitled to paid time off to attend ante-natal appointments during their working hours.

You can read much more about this on the ACAS website.

There are also anti-avoidance provisions to defeat attempts to overcome the 12 week rule. Where the appropriate rights are not provided an agency worker can enforce the law by applying to an employment tribunal. The tribunal can make orders that may affect any party classed as supplying the individual, including the agency or hiring company and will have the power to impose a fine of up to £5,000 per agency worker.

So if you’re involved with agency workers, do please be careful!

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Stratford-on-Avon District housing figure agreed

imageStratford-on-Avon District Council’s Cabinet on Monday 5 September unanimously recommended that 8,000 homes be built across the District over 20 years (from 2008 to 2028).

The proposed housing growth figure follows the publication of two key independent reports which provide evidence for the District’s housing numbers and employment land requirements that will be used as part of the emerging Core Strategy.

Councillor Chris Saint, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council says: “The reports form a significant piece of work and are 2 parts of the complete jigsaw that will go towards the development of the Core Strategy. The reports have been carefully studied and we have to look at what our residents want and the type of homes needed for them to live and work in the District.

“We would like to encourage affordable family homes with the building of more three bedroom housing as well as the provision of extra care accommodation. We also want to re-use brown field sites in preference to new green field sites and also take this opportunity to review our policy of redundant rural buildings.

“In coming to a decision, The Cabinet has estimated a lower net immigration with a need to preserve the special nature of our District, whilst protecting our countryside for future generations. There will always be a natural need for new homes in any community but there is no need for mass building in Stratford-upon-Avon and any new housing should be dispersed across the District, especially in rural settlements.”

The Cabinet also received the Employment Land study which provides a comprehensive and robust basis for considering the amount, types and broad location of additional employment land in the District from 2008 to 2028. It will now inform the preparation of the Local Development Framework Core Strategy.

The Cabinet decision will now influence the emerging planning policies to be published for consultation in January 2012.


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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.

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

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.

Tuesday 27th Sept. John & Gill Hazell – Growing & showing Sweet Peas. 7.30pm Ullenhall Village Hall everyone welcome.

Our next 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.

Sept 13th Memorial Hall Lee Berrill ‘One Day’ Competition ‘Sundowners’.

Tues Sept 20th 7.45pm Brian Laney will be talking about ‘Hunting for British Orchids’. Visitors welcome.

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 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 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.

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 information.

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.

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

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