Guild Hall Festival Report
The Guild Hall Trust
has set an ambitious target to raise £30,000 over the next 4
years to improve the fabric and facilities of the 15th century Guild
Hall. The first fund-raising Festival took place over the 9th –
14th September 2011.
Friday saw the launch of
the Festival Week with a Gala Dinner at Henley Golf & Country Club.
Sunday featured an Antiques Roadshow at the Guild Hall with guest
speaker Paul Atterbury and on Wednesday the audience was treated to a
very professional Fashion Show at the Memorial Hall, arranged and
choreographed by Fiona Kidd.
This last event was
supported by all the local fashion shops who all declared that it had
been a wonderful showcase for their business and who are keen to
support future events. In the words of one shop owner “Nothing
like this has ever been done to support and develop businesses in
The Appeal has so far
raised the amazing total of over £9,500 – well above
expectations, due in no small part to the residents of Henley, who not
only attended the events but also sent donations in support of the
Sincere thanks must go to
Henley Golf & Country Club, Hallway Estate & Letting Agents,
Taylor Wimpey, Johnson Coaches, Moflash Signalling and Henley NEWS for their generous sponsorship,
So many people contributed
to the success of the Festival it is impossible to mention everyone,
but it would be remiss not to thank the Fund-raising Team, Dawn Leech,
Maggie Motherwell, Gerrie Bruce, Marijana Bainbridge, Farah Baksh,
Jonathan Dovey and especially Derek Sharman and Fred Dowling who
stepped in to help and took a hands-on role at the events. They
overcame many obstacles to achieve this success and they have set a
very high standard for the future events.
Lastly the success was due in no small measure to the publicity, which it received through Henley NEWS – our thanks to Bill Leech for his huge efforts.
John Tristram - Low Bailiff and Chairman of the Guild Hall Management Committee
Gala Dinner with the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra
On Friday 10th September 2011, the first event of the 2011 Guild Hall
Festival took place at the Henley-in-Arden Golf and Country Club. 132
friends of the Guild Hall attended a Gala Dinner and were entertained
by one of the UK’s best big bands, The Midland Youth Jazz
Orchestra. A slideshow of the event can be viewed at:
Slideshow of the event
Afternoon Tea with Paul Atterbury
On Sunday 11th September
2011, 80 supporters of the Guild Hall assembled for afternoon tea and
for a talk by Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury. Guests included
the High Sheriff of Warwickshire and the High Sheriff of the West
Midlands. The High Bailiff, John Rutherford presided, and the event
opened with a short talk by Former High Bailiff Alan Robson about the
history of the building and its role through the ages. Afternoon tea
was then served by Henley Bakery.
Paul Atterbury then
enthralled the assembled company with stories about his many years on
the BBC Antiques Roadshow. Following his talk, Paul commented on 5
items which had been brought in by members of the audience but found no
million pound items.
Tim Cox, the High Sheriff
of Warwickshire, proposed a vote of thanks to all those who had been
responsible for an outstanding afternoon. A slideshow of the
event can be viewed at:
Slideshow of the event
Spectacular Fashion Show "Showcasing Henley Fashion"
On Wednesday 14th September 2011, the third event of the 2011 Guild
Hall Festival took place in the Memorial Hall. Lucy Lunt introduced the
Fashion Show by saying “London Fashion Week has come to
Henley”. This event was highly successful and was the most profitable of the three Festival events, far exceeding expectations. The fashion show was co-ordinated by Fiona Kidd
and featured 4 professional models on a specially built set. Clothes were
provided by the following shops:
Honeys Boutique, Pamela's Boutique, Patinis
Shirlee, Studio 34, Sugar Violet
Cristal of Knowle
The audience of 160 was
amazed by the spectacular and professional staging of this event. One
boutique owner remarked that this was the biggest help to Henley
traders in living memory. The evening concluded with a short
demonstration of Irish Dancing, bringing 'Riverdance to Henley’.
Low Bailiff, John Tristram, closed the proceedings by congratulating
the organisers and exceptional appreciation was shown by all the
Slideshow of the event
60s Summer Festival Report
Saturday it seemed as if most of Henley's residents, children, and even
dogs gathered with our visitors at the Memorial Sports Grounds and were
treated to an exceptional musical experience. Outstanding performances
by 60s legends Bev Bevan, Tony Crane, Trevor Burton, Mike Pender,
Raymond Froggatt, Geoff Turton, Danny King, Hartley Cain and the
Dakotas presented the crowd with the tunes that those of a certain age
have known and loved over the years. This was done with such energy and
verve that the audience were transported back in time, invigorated by
memory they danced, chanted and sang their way through five magical
hours. You will know this for every second person you meet this week
still has a sore throat and croaks a cheery good morning to you as you
pass. All around we hear the cries of “MORE” and
“Let’s have another next year”.
delightfully the performers themselves were thrilled with their
reception and they are convinced that “Henley Rocks”. To a
man they expressed the wish to return to another party of memorable
proportions. The brilliant team of some 60 volunteers, who gave
endlessly of their time to ensure that the organisation was first rate,
demonstrated that Henley can deliver a big, big quality show. The
positive response of performers, stage crew and audience made their
remarkable effort worthwhile.
management team would appreciate feedback and suggestions from those
attending; please e-mail your response to Peter Crathorne. It is
important that we hear about some of the tiny things that were not
“just right” as well as any positive comments you may wish
to make. If you are one of those who believe there should be another
similar event, perhaps you would consider joining a planning team, it
will need new members. To make a similar event worthwhile there would
need to be an audience which is three times the size as a minimum.
Anyone who knows how to achieve this is needed on the team. Those who
know about generating sponsorship will be essential if the event is to
be repeated. We have proved that Henley can deliver a top class
attraction, now we have to make it financially worthwhile.
War Memorial Trust backed this event as a one-off and may not agree to
support another event on its own so may be calling on other
organisations in the town to join in. At this stage the financial
outcome is not known, suffice to say if there is a profit it will be
tiny and we may have to look on this year’s project as an
investment for the future.
Slideshow of the eventPeter Crathorne - Chairman, Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust.
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Business as usual at the 'Dysfunctional' JPC
a six week recess, the Joint Parish Council met on Monday 12th
September under the chairmanship of Cllr Roger Hubbocks. At the
commencement of the meeting, and for some inexplicable reason, the
Chairman tried very forcefully to make Cllr Leech declare a
“prejudicial interest” in the agenda item to discuss the
following recommendation by Stratford District Council Standards and
high number of complaints and counter complaints in respect of Henley
in Arden JPC have come before the Standards Committee of Stratford on
Avon District Council over the last two years. This is indicative of a
Parish Council which is divided, antagonistic, and dysfunctional. There
is a perception of public feuding within the JPC, widely reported
locally, that is bringing the standing of Henley in Arden JPC into
disrepute, at the same time as consuming with no real purpose District
Council tax payers money and distracting the JPC from the execution of
its proper functions.
It is wholly
inappropriate for the Standards Committee of Stratford on Avon District
Council to be used as a vehicle for the lodging of complaints that seek
to further the objectives of or support the aims of either of the
conflicting factions within the JPC.
It is the strongly
held view of this Sub-Committee that the Members and the Clerk of the
JPC reflect upon the implications of their recent actions for the
reputation and standing of the JPC and themselves individually.
recommend that all parties should agree to participate in a structured
and independent mediation process arranged and funded by the District
Council aimed at resolving issues and ensuring Beaudesert and Henley in
Arden JPC operates in an effective and cohesive manner for the benefit
of all residents.
When the Councillors came
to consider the agenda item on mediation, the Chairman, with the
staunch support of the Parish Clerk, Mrs Jenny Walsh, said the council
could not discuss the matter because of Cllr Leech's failure to declare
an interest, so the meeting moved on to the next item. Since all
councillors have an equal ‘interest’ in the mediation
process it is unclear why the Chairman chose to single out Cllr Leech.
Cllr Leech, in a letter
dated 23rd July 2011, had advised the Monitoring Officer, Liam Nevin,
that he "wholeheartedly supported the mediation process" and would
co-operate fully in all the sessions. The mediation was scheduled to
cover four days, commencing on 1st September 2011. Unfortunately, due
to the reticence of the council members, except for Cllr Leech, the
mediation process has not commenced, this is despite the strong
recommendation of the Standards and Ethics Committee.
an exchange of information at the conclusion of the meeting, Cllr
George Matheou, pictured right, delivered a rambling commentary on
phone hacking. However the purpose seemed to be a mystery to all the
other councillors and exasperated the Chairman. Cllr Matheou then went
on to make his customary slanderous attack on Cllr Leech about alleged
events in February 2006, which the police investigated at the time and
confirmed that Cllr Leech had not committed any crime. Cllr Matheou
again advised that he would bring a private prosecution.
Cllr Matheou then went on
to tell councillors that he was investigating holding an Italian Market
in the spring. Cllr Leech, with the support of Cllr Carsina Goodman and
Cllr Sue Osborne, suggested it would be more appropriate to hold a
market using produce from local producers.
Cllr Leech reported on the
Guild Hall Festival 2011, saying that all three events had been sold
out and that the Festival was on target to raise over £6,000 for
improvements to the Guild Hall.
Monitoring Officer supports Cllr Leech
Since the meeting, the
Monitoring Officer, a trained solicitor, has advised Cllr Leech by
email that the Parish Clerk's opinion was incorrect and Cllr Leech's
interpretation was correct. Liam Nevin, SDC's Monitoring Officer, wrote:
Dear Councillor Leech,
The matter is not in my opinion capable of creating a prejudicial
interest and if it were so I would agree that it would apply equally to
other members of the Council. I have not been asked for advice by Mrs
Walsh or any other councillor about any concerns that may have existed
around the application of the code of conduct to this item of business.
I shall raise our exchange of e mails with Mrs Walsh and seek to
establish the parish council's intentions with regards to the matter.
In a statement to the
Stratford Herald printed in the 15th September edition, Mrs Walsh is
quoted saying: "there was no decision arrived at because he insisted on
staying. He kept saying, 'No I want to stay'."
There was NO DISCUSSION on whether Cllr Leech should stay or leave this meeting.
This comment is therefore complete fiction.
In a fortnight when so
much has been achieved by the Guild Hall Trust and the Henley-in-Arden
War Memorial Trust with the support of Henley NEWS, it
unfortunate that the parish council behaves in such a deplorable
manner. It is to be hoped that at the next parish council elections in
May 2012, electors will remember the zero contribution made by the
controlling group of parish councillors, who instead spend their time
raising frequent malicious 'Code of Conduct' complaints which have cost
council tax payers about £10,000 to investigate. It must be time
for a change.
Bill Leech - Parish Councillor and Editor of Henley NEWS
Farriers Cross - An Overwhelming Success
When Taylor Wimpey Midlands announced the launch of its long awaited Farriers Cross development in Henley In Arden earlier this year, the sales team was overwhelmed by hundreds of house hunters keen to find out about the stunning homes on offer. Three months on and this interest is showing no sign of waning – to date Taylor Wimpey has sold seven homes at the development and has a number of reservations in the pipeline. The first residents are expected to move into their new home in December.
Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, said: “We knew Farriers Cross was going to be popular but this level of interest has far exceeded our expectations – we haven’t been able to answer the phone quickly enough! The launch event was a roaring success with on site staff working flat out through the whole weekend and we’re thrilled that the level of interest has continued.”
A collection of just 30 private homes will be built at Farriers Cross including two bedroom apartments and coach houses, three bedroom terraced houses and four and five bedroom detached houses. Prices currently start from £174,995 for a two bedroom Rye coach house through to £419,995 for a five bedroom detached Truro style home.
Anne adds: “Farriers Cross is turning into our most popular development of the year, with interest growing by the day. If you’re keen to be in with a chance of reserving one of the best plots at pre show home prices I’d urge you to get in touch now or risk missing out on your dream home.”
Farriers Cross is set in the heart of Henley In Arden, a charming village steeped in history and surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside. The High Street offers designer shops, refreshments and an array of gastro bars and coffee shops. Being a conservation area the town lists over 150 buildings as being of special architectural or historic interest. Close by is Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, and the delightful towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.
Henley In Arden has first-rate communication links, with the M40 linking to the M42 and onto the central motorway network. Birmingham International airport is approximately 20 minutes away.
To find out more about Farriers Cross and the homes available visit the development, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, or call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log onto: www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/farrierscross
Rosie Marshalsay reporting
Henley & Beaudesert Society - September Meeting
Prime Ministers and the Midlands
Society reconvened after its Summer break with a return visit by David
Howe. Previously he had given us a talk devoted to Anthony Eden, this
time he entertained the meeting with other fascinating facts and
anecdotes about other prime ministers with Midlands connections.
David reminded us of Enoch Powel’s famous maxim ‘You
don’t see them coming’. Indeed apart from Anthony Eden and
Gordon Brown, most prime ministers have simply emerged from relative
obscurity, none more so than John Major. The parallels though between
Eden and Brown were intriguing: both had served long apprenticeships as
heir apparents and both had short reigns before falling ultimately
because of shortcomings on their perceived strengths – Eden on
foreign affairs and Brown on finance. Both, incidentally, were prone to
bouts of extreme temper.
Another of Enoch
Powell’s ‘bon mots’ is that all political careers end
in failure. This is borne out by Lord North, MP for Banbury, who
unusually for his time actually lived in his constituency. He is
though, chiefly remembered for losing the American colonies. But
although by all accounts hideously ugly, he was blessed with a good
nature and lively sense of humour.
Chamberlain, both men with strong Midlands connections, are now largely
forgotten. But in their time they did carry public opinion with them
particularly on the question of appeasement. They were both former
chancellors and were well aware that we couldn’t afford
re-armament and another war.
the boundaries of the Midlands a little, even Churchill’s career
ended in partial failure. A committed empire builder he none the less
presided over the demise of Britain’s sphere of influence. One
amusing anecdote concerning Churchill is that he had specified that
after his funeral his coffin should be taken to his final resting place
at Bladon in Oxfordshire on a train departing from Waterloo rather than
the more logical Paddington; this was so that De Gaulle, who was
attending the funeral, would be obliged to see the word
Our speaker dwelt a
little on assassinations and attempted murders of prime ministers.
Spencer Perceval, MP for Northampton, is the only prime minister to
have been assassinated. This was in 1812 when a loner John Bellingham
shot him in the lobby of the House of Commons. Robert Peel, MP for
Tamworth, was also the intended victim of an assassin but his private
secretary was killed in error. More recently, Margaret Thatcher and
John Major were targets of terrorist groups. Mrs. Thatcher in the
Brighton Hotel bombing and John Major when 10 Downing Street was
attacked during a cabinet meeting. Famously Mrs Thatcher insisted that
the party conference currently being held at Brighton should resume
promptly at 9.00am the morning after the bombing. And John
Major’s cabinet meeting continued but in another room.
The talk was
followed by the usual refreshments and chat. The next meeting will take
place on Thursday 20th October when Gerald Lesinski will tell us about
Andrew Yarwood reporting
3 Peaks Challenge - Johnson Family Success
The whole team set off
Last weekend (9th to
11th September) Peter Johnson, Director of Johnsons Coach and Bus
Travel, lead an independent team of 13 hikers, including his daughters
Victoria and Ellie Johnson, across the renowned 3 Peaks
Challenge. Climbing the highest mountains in Wales, England and
Scotland - Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis respectively – in
24 hours and covering more than 1,000 miles between them.
Friday lunchtime on
the 9th September 2011 and a 13-strong band of hikers, kitted up for
what looked like months of trekking, met up to begin their 3 Peaks
Challenge attempt. After frantic weeks of fitness training,
countless emails, fundraising, rain-drenched practice hikes, kit
shopping, semi-obsessive discussions over detail, tweaking the plan
again - and again - fretful nightmares and nervous excitement, we were
getting ready for departure feeling like loaded springs, coiled and
raring for action.
At the summit of Snowdon
Arriving at the
bottom of Snowdon in good time, we leapt from the mini-buses, posed for
the obligatory starting photo and launched ourselves on to the mountain
at precisely 6pm, as planned. It was raining as we left the car
park and, despite hopes for some lovely dry weather, this set the tone
for our 3 Peaks stint.
The beginning of the Pyg track, our route up Snowdon, is steep with
bulky rocks laid to form a giant staircase. We started
slowly, pacing ourselves in the knowledge of the long feat ahead.
No-one really spoke as they tried to comprehend what was going to
be asked of their bodies and minds over the next 24 hours.
Halfway to the summit we encountered a lone chap who approached us
saying he was lost and wanted to join our group. It turned out
that Brendon, the new addition, was also a fellow Three Peaker but,
rather than driving between mountains, he’d cycled the 700kms and
in just 5 days. We were only happy to help him ensure he
completed his astonishing mission.
We reached the top as dusk began to fall, stuffed down a flap jack and
doubled back down the mountain. Lit up with head torches, bicycle
lights and multi-coloured glow sticks, we trudged back down looking
more like a 90s raving crew than serious hikers. The adventure
had most certainly begun.
When we arrived the bottom our drivers, Andy, Aidy, Charlie and Hobbo,
had heated a gigantic pan of steak stew, kindly donated by Sue Dalby
Catering in Henley. Despite losing time to eat, it was worthwhile
lining our stomachs and rejuvenating energy stores with delicious hot
nosh. Now nearly 11pm, all the hikers snuggled down on the mini
buses trying to grab a little shut-eye, whilst the driving team
continued their challenge, racing through the night to the Lake
3am start for Scafell Pike
Due to begin
England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, at 3am we struggled to
replenish our energy stores once again. 2.30am’s quite an
unnatural time to eat and it was only made harder by the unappetising
tins of cold rice pudding we’d been recommended. As the
official ‘wettest area in England’, it’s not
surprising that it was raining when we disembarked.
It was on the foothills of Scafell that the group split; a team of 7
front runners, including Ellie, yomped on ahead of my gang off into the
darkness. We traced their trail up the mountain by the glow of
bobbing head torches and glow sticks. Unfortunately, I was to
discover the ill-effects of recycling as my freshly recharged AAA
batteries died within 20 minutes of starting out. Hiking in my
own shadow, cast by my companion’s torches, was hard going and we
made slow, laboured progress.
Scafell Pike is renowned for confusing hikers in darkness, with many
teams failing the Challenge due to getting lost up there. However,
we’d practised on Scafell just three weeks before and felt
thoroughly confident that we wouldn’t lose our way. Foolishly, we
soldiered on through the night without checking landmarks or a map.
At some point, Dad, Tom and I started to feel that we were
walking on unfamiliar territory. It was still too dark to see any
landmarks, we knew we were lost but had no idea when we’d
deviated off the path. The compass told me where the summit was
but there was little we could do to locate an appropriate path.
According to my research, the sun should have risen at 05:27, but
it was nearly 6 and we were still in darkness, lost, wet and shivering
When the sun finally rose, we retraced our steps to the point where
we’d taken a wrong turn. We’d walked a long way in
the wrong direction and were already so late that attempting the summit
would have jeopardised the whole team’s chances of completing the
3 Peaks Challenge. With heavy hearts, we disappointedly made our
way back to the van.
Leaving Scafell, exhaustion and sleep deprivation were settling in.
We were each beginning to question our capabilities, doubtful
about how well we’d fair with the biggest mountain yet to come.
The drive between Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, near Fort William
in Scotland, is a long and arduous 5 hour slog. For us, after
having hiked 2 mountains, it passed quickly - although I’m sure
the same can’t be said for the drivers.
Heroes summit Ben Nevis
As we drew closer to
Ben Nevis, we started pepping ourselves up. Out came the caffeine
tablets, muscle rub, pain killers and energy drink. We agreed
that we’d go for broke and make sure nothing was left in
‘the tank’ at the end. Fortunately, the rain had died
back and we were encouraged to start a mountain without waterproofs on
for the first time. There was positive, babbling chatter as we
began upwards yet again, trying to take our minds off the mission
Though they didn’t complain, Ellie and Dad were obviously tired
and struggling from the outset. Since Ellie’s near fatal
car crash in 2008, she’s suffered with chronic fatigue and
problems with her balance. At more than 20 years senior to the
next oldest climber, Dad, aka Pete J, has also been trounced with
hurdles impairing his fitness. That said, both of them had
decided that they were completing it, at any cost, and no matter how
long it took.
Some of the fittest lads had set their sights on completion in 24
hours, which meant that they had to set off from the car park at a
sprint, to summit and return back again in time. Beginning at 3pm
with a guide time of 5 hours hiking, we thought it would be impossible
for them to finish before 6pm. To our astonishment, Simon
Yardley, one of Ellie’s friends, proved everyone wrong arriving
back at the van at 18:01. What an achievement!
Later on, as a steady trickle of decendees arrived back at the van,
news reached the bottom that Ellie, Dad and co had reached the summit
at 7pm, against all odds. However, they were completely
exhausted, running out of water, sharing 3 torches between 4 people and
sporting a number of injuries. Darkness was falling once again
and the realisation set in that they wouldn’t reach the bottom
until around 10pm, a further 3 hours hiking. How they kept going,
I’ll never know.
As predicted, Ellie and Dad arrived shortly after 10pm, looking in far
better condition than I’d anticipated. They were shattered,
hanging in tatters, but they’d done it. The mental
toughness that they’d shown to just keep going is indescribable.
I hope they’re immensely proud of themselves because in my
eyes, they’re true heroes.
If you’ve got this far in reading our story, thank you for taking
an interest. I’d like to point out that we didn’t take on
this mission as an absurd form of self-punishment. It was an
amazing, unforgettable adventure. But more so, it was a
fundraising venture. So far, we’ve collectively raised around
£3,000 pounds for a number of charities; including the Headway
Brain Injury trust and the Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
(CRASAC). If you haven’t yet sponsored us and think
we’ve earned your support, please click the links below and place
Victoria Johnson reporting
Shire Horses inspire at Forest of Arden
The Forest of Arden Agricultural Society held their 63rd Annual Ploughing and Hedging Match last week at Northbrook Farm, Sherbourne.
We had a wonderful sunny
day for the event, which drew members of the public from far and wide
to view the magnificent display of Ploughing. We had the wonderful
Shire Horses pulling the single furrow ploughs, like it used to be in
our Grandfathers' day; we had the lovely old tractors developed after
the war, and the big mighty tractors of today with their huge ploughs,
six furrows or more, which thunder down the furrows.
There was also a great
display of hedgelaying, where people could reflect on what a man could
achieve on a big overgrown hedge, using only an axe and the skill of
his hands to create a stock proof fence.
There was a Ladies'
Produce Tent where exhibitions of locally produced arts and crafts
could be enjoyed. There was also a large selection of Trade Stands for
members of the public to enjoy. Mr Pete Johnson of Johnsons coaches
very kindly sponsored a coach for pupils of Henley in Arden School to
come along and enjoy the sights, and hopefully learn about where their
food comes from.
Mr Richard Ackland of
Henley (Maxxium Ltd) also very kindly sponsored a marquee which enabled
our visitors to enjoy a free drink of "Harveys". No wonder everyone had
such a good time!
Our picture shows Jayne
Muntz-Torres from Hockley Heath gently talking to her young furrow
horse who is competing for the first time. Next year our show will be
held at Spernal, Alcester.
Sue Westmacott reporting
Henley & Beaudesert Society Visit Staffs Hoard
September 7th the Society had a very successful and enjoyable day out
visiting several places of interest in Staffordshire. A coach supplied
by Johnson’s carried 37 of us to three destinations.
Our first stop was the
magnificent Cathedral at Lichfield to admire the imposing art and
architecture. The stained glass windows, the sculptures and carvings
are preserved in outstanding condition. A free leaflet provided a
really helpful guide to the main features and an organ rehearsal for a
forthcoming concert gave an atmospheric background for our tour of the
building. The society made a donation on behalf of the group to help
with upkeep which costs £5.30 for every minute the cathedral is
was followed by a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.
In the vast parkland there are many groves of trees and monuments
dedicated to all who have lost lives in the service of their country.
Of particular interest was the central memorial to those who have lost
their lives since 1945 serving in the armed forces. All the party found
this visit to be a moving and thought provoking experience.
final and main reason for this trip was to see the Saxon Staffordshire
Hoard, on display in Tamworth Castle. although this was only a small
portion of the actual find, we were not disappointed. The delicate and
fine ornamentation was, for its period, quite remarkable.
Unfortunately, photography of the hoard was not allowed but this
internet sourced picture of a cheek piece from a helmet gives an idea
of the fineness of the work . The viewing of the hoard had to be
pre-booked and we were only allowed half an hour but this was just
enough to view the items on display; a small selection of the find
which comprised over 1662 objects. The viewing of the hoard was
preceded by a guided tour of the castle which is quite an interesting
visit in itself.
The day was blustery with the occasional shower, but this did not dampen the spirit of the event.
Meals on Wheels
don't know if you have been following the latest adventure of 'The
Hairy Bikers' but they are trying to overhaul the 'meals on wheels'
service as it is quite dire in certain areas of the country.
This made me think
that I would like to volunteer for this service as it is very valuable
to the elderly within our community. Do you know if the service is run
in Henley? If so, would you be able to give me a contact number so I
can offer my services? If not, is this a cause worth championing in our
Thought I would ask you seen as you seem to be the font of all knowledge!
If you have any information, please send it Henley NEWS and we will forward it to Elaine.
Ullenhall Autumn Show
Saturday 3rd September
dawned fair but windy for our Annual Autumn Show which is run jointly
by Ullenhall WI and Ullenhall Gardening Club, but open to competitors
from anywhere, near or far!
Again growing conditions
were not ideal. A really cold winter and a hot spring, followed by
drought and not a lot of sunshine in late July and August made some
produce and flowers thrive, whilst others just burned up and died.
However our competitors were not to be beaten, and the judges commented
on the high standard of entries.
Several of our regulars
were away this year and so the craft, cookery and children’s
sections looked a bit thin, although a high standard was set here as
well. Despite this there were 48 competitors (4 up on last year)
entering 258 entries (4 down on last year)
Cups were awarded as follows: -
- WI Flower Vase - Joan Flood
- Garden Cup for fruit and vegetables - Tom Barratt
- WI Cup for cookery and preserves - Rachel Tipping
- Children’s Cup - Kate and Erin Davies
- Family Cup - The Tippings
- Craft Cup - Ann Runacres
- Craythorn Cup for photograph - Ruth Willmott - pictured right.
- Men only Class - A bottle of wine - Jack Reid
Prize-winners Certificates were given to Joseph Tipping, Daisy Tipping,
Erin Davies, Kate Davies, Oliver Rainbow and Thomas Rainbow.
Congratulations to the
winners and thank you to all those who took part and to those who
visited the show just for a "look round”. The judges’
comments on the exhibits made interesting reading, whether they were on
your exhibit or someone else’s! Their helpful advice will be
incorporated in next year’s Helpful Hints.
Many thanks to all those
who helped in setting up the night before and on the day and for
clearing up afterwards; also to those who were judges, who manned
stalls, sold raffle tickets, made cakes, served refreshments all day,
entertained children and acted as stewards. A big thank you to John
Dalman for being our auctioneer (not an easy job). Next year’s
Autumn Show will be on Saturday September 1st 2012, so please keep this
date free. Schedules will be published early next year so there is no
excuse. You will know what to make and what to grow!
Thank you to Annie for
co-ordinating the Autumn Show, she stepped in last year after the sad
death of Diane Bayley and agreed to do it one more time this year, but
I think she may be there for us next year! (Catherine Waller and the
rest of her small committee).
Annie Harris reporting
Snitterfield has a world champion triathlete
Snitterfield triathlon star Sara Burling won the Gold Medal in the
World Championships in Beijing in her 45-49 age group last week to
crown a fantastic season of international success.
The south Warwickshire triathlete won the gold in style, reflecting her
confidence and determination. She dominated the event in all
three disciplines – winning the 750 metre open water swim, 20
kilometre cycling and five kilometre run. The silver medallist, also
from Britain, was five minutes behind her and an Australian athlete
took the bronze medal.
Sara said on her return to the United Kingdom: “We were in a
place called Chanping, where the Olympic triathlon had been held. The
British team arrived in Beijing on Wednesday 7th September for the race
on the following Saturday. We woke up to pouring rain and temperatures
of 15 degrees which was unexpected, so all the hot weather training, in
loads of winter clothes to emulate the humidity, seemed rather a waste
of time. The event, though, was non-wetsuit as the water temperature
was above 25 degrees.
“We all stood in the pouring freezing rain waiting for our turn
to get in the water. My partner had told me to stand next to an Aussie
girl called Marion Hermitage on the pontoon as she had just won world
gold in the Aquathon and so was a good swimmer. When the hooter went I
swam as hard as I could and started to look for feet to swim on, but
couldn’t find any as I was in the lead. My fiancé
Mark was at home keeping track of my race on the Internet through the
timing chip I had on. I came out of the water 38 seconds in front of
the next girl and onto my bike. The cycle course was very wet and
undulating with lots of ups, downs and sharp bends in the pouring rain.
This suited me as that is all I seem to have raced in this year. I went
past lots of other people on the course - who had started in earlier
waves - and by the time I came off the bike I was four minutes ahead.
I was told this later, obviously I did not know at the time.
“I came on to the five kilometre run not knowing how close the
other girls were behind me. I just ran as hard as I could and
crossed the line five minutes in front - being announced as World
Champion as I crossed the line. We had a fantastic medal ceremony with
all the British team there to cheer their team mates on. The atmosphere
was amazing with lots of dignitaries and shows going on before the
presentations. All the medal winning athletes were taken off and seated
in the VIP area before going up to receive their medal.
“I should like to thank all the people who have helped me to
achieve my dream, my partner Mark for all his support, financial and
emotional, Apex Credit Management who have been so amazingly supportive
and have funded my world championship trips, The Cycle Studio
(Stratford upon Avon) for my bike and lots more and Kalkwik for my
Great Britain racing suit and support. Thanks also my friends and
colleagues at work Apex Credit Management of Stratford who have
continued to show interest and support in my race.”
Sara qualified for the world championships by winning the silver medal
at the European Triathlon Championships in Pondevedra, Spain having
already grabbed the British Sprint Triathlon Championship followed by a
silver medal in the British Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships.
Before the event she spent several weeks undergoing extensive training
in south-west France where she owns a house in Ruffec with her
fiancé Mark Northover. It turned out to be ideal countryside
with a lake for swimming, undulating roads for cycling and tracks along
the wide open fields for running.
Sara, who has a 22-year-old daughter, trained this season six days a
week and on some days she went out twice a day bringing her average
schedule to 15 hours a week. She rides with Kenilworth Wheelers.
“I returned to the sport last year after a seven year break from
Triathlon and came ninth at the World Triathlon Championships in
Budapest in 2010 in my age group. I won the Cotswold Women’s only
sprint outright including all age groups from 17 years and then took
the British title in May before winning the silver medal in Spain and
then the ultimate prize in Beijing.”
Dale le Vack reporting
Successful Rotary charity golf day
Raising funds for Warwick Hospital’s Breast Care Unit
Henley Rotary Club
held a charity golf day on 9th September at Henley Golf & Country
Club and raised well over £1000 for the Breast Care Unit at
Warwick Hospital where additional funds over and above those provided
by the NHS are needed for special equipment and facilities to improve
even further the impressive care given to patients of the Unit. 64
golfers took part on a fine day of ideal golfing conditions which were
reflected in some excellent scores.
Congratulating the prize
winners, club president Hans Wegerdt took the opportunity to thank all
who had taken part and the many local sponsors and donors of raffle
prizes who had helped swell the funds.
Our photos above show President Hans Wegerdt
with the winning team, “The Baby Blues” captained by Mick
Chapman, and the top ladies team, “The Trolley Dollies”
captained by Ann Redman at the prize presentation.
Michael Redman reporting
Recent Property Sales in Henley
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Claverdon suffer a narrow defeat
Saturday 10th September 2011
CLAVERDON 7 MANOR PARK 9
Try scorer – Doz Ward
Conversion – Doz Ward
Man of the match – Jamie Orpwood
Club captain Conor Smith making a dash for Claverdon
Claverdon hosted Manor
Park for their first league game in Mids 4. With the visitors finishing
4th last season the lions knew this would be a good test of just how
far they had progressed. A new look side saw debuts for Jamie Orpwood
and Mike Jay and also saw the long awaited return of Tim Westmacott at
The opening exchanges saw
both teams testing each other out with strategic kicking. Manor Park
soon realised that the Claverdon defence was not to be breached as
their big inside centre got taken off his feet by centre Westmacott.
The visitors had the first
chance to take the lead but their fly half hooked his kick wide. This
spurred on the hosts and a well worked backs move saw outside centre
Tom Johnson find winger Ian Wyllie with a quick pass. Wyllie’s
chip and chase was well defended by the full back.
Further pressure by the
Lions saw Manor Park infringe on multiple occasions but unfortunately
fly half Doz Ward failed with his kicks and the game remained
scoreless. Claverdon were clearly in control and a break from centre
Westmacott fed the ball through Ward and in to the hands of Mike Jay
but the stand-in winger cut back inside only to be held up over the
line. A forwards drive orchestrated by Scott Conduit and Jean Visser
saw the lions again cross the line only to be held up again.
Both teams then exchanged missed penalties and the half drew to a close without a single score on the board.
0-0 Half Time
The visitors started the
second half on the front foot but again great defence from Claverdon
kept them at bay with strong tackling from Mark Tilson and Jamie
Orpwood. The Lions were giving away far too many penalties at the scrum
and Dave Carruthers was introduced to replace Matt Warren and help to
steady the scrum. With the penalty count high it was only a matter of
time before the referee acted on this and it was flanker Andy Wenborn
who was shown the yellow card for an infringement. The Manor Park fly
half put the first points on the board with his kick to give the
visitors a slender 3-0 lead.
With a player short, the
hosts were now under pressure but were determined not to let the
opposition over the white line but did concede another penalty which
Report by Tom Johnson
Picture Will Barnes
Five famous voices raise money for Samaritans.
Fans of The Archers
will be treated to an evening of heart-warming laughter, song, poetry
and prose when cast members from the Radio 4 show put on an evening of
entertainment for the charity in Stratford. The Archers quintet are
starring in the fun extravaganza Come Rain, Come Shine to celebrate the
21st birthday of Stratford Samaritans and raise funds for the local
Actress Sara Coward, who
plays Caroline Sterling in the world’s longest-running radio
drama serial, says: “The show is a charmingly written celebration
of comedy, songs and humour about the English countryside and our
wonderful weather and is full of old favourites and anecdotes.
“It’s devised from the writings of talented greats like
Noel Coward, Gilbert and Sullivan, Lewis Carroll and even Mrs
Starring alongside Sara
will be Brian Hewlett who plays Neil Carter in The Archers, Rob Lister
(Lewis Carmichael), Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy) and Malcolm McKee
(Graham Ryder) who created Come Rain, Come Shine for the 50th
anniversary of The Archers in 2000. Samaritans, who are based in
Shakespeare Street, Stratford, hope to sell 500 tickets for the show
which will be held in the Levi Fox Hall at King Edward VI school.
“We have performed
this all over the country, raising funds for lots of charities, and
this time we want to help Stratford Samaritans celebrate their 21st
birthday by raising as much money as we can for the branch,” says
Sara, who has been a Samaritan volunteer for nearly three years. We are
all really looking forward to it, and to meeting the audience in the
bar after the show!”
Tickets are £15 each
and available from Stratford Tourist Information Centre, 62 Henley
Street. For further enquiries telephone 01386 593 934.
The local contact in Henley is John Best - Tel: 01564 793354.
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the payback times for various energy saving measures that householders
can choose. The recent increase in energy prices has shortened payback
times considerably, so that loft and cavity wall insulation now pay for
themselves in less than a year. This means that if you insulate
now, the cost of insulation plus the cost of a years heating will be cheaper than heating an un-insulated house!!
Also included in the table is the cost of
saving a unit of energy which turns out to be much cheaper than the
cost of energy by a remarkably large amount. If you need help or
information about any energy saving measure, you can contact Act on
Energy on 0800 988 2881. We also have trained energy advisors in
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John Garner's Business Column
The price of beer
governs the selling price of beer – or anything else for that
matter? (I use beer as an example as it’s close to my heart).
If you’re a seller of beer (ie a pub)
what factor will you consider to be the most important when fixing your
selling price? Will it be your cost price plus the profit you want to
make? Or will it be what you think your customers will pay?
The latter of course. Having done your
marketing very carefully you should have a pretty good idea what
customers will find acceptable and you will also know what the other
pubs in the area will be charging.
You need to be a bit cleverer than this
though. Your beer might be tastier or better kept than the others (or
it might not!), or your pub may be more upmarket or just better
located. So you need to pitch the price at a level that people will be
happy to pay in your pub for your product.
There’s another factor though: what if
you were to sell your beer a little bit cheaper? In which case your
profit per pint would be less but you might sell more of it. Also
it might attract more people into your pub so you can then sell more
food and you might be able to get a better price from the brewery.
It’s a careful balance and requires a lot of experience of
the trade to get it right.
You might of course decide to sell your beer
very cheap indeed, even at a loss for a short time, in order to get
lots more people into your pub and keep them out of the others in the
town. I don’t think any of the pubs in Henley have tried
Why am I saying all this? Simple: it’s
true of any business in a competitive environment unless you have a
niche product that no-one else is selling. If you can’t get
your prices right than you won’t be in business for long but you
also need to make enough profit to cover your overheads and take an
income for yourself. As Mr Micawber knew well, your income must
exceed your expenditure to ensure success; perhaps someone should
remind certain EU countries of this!
In the next issue: the factors that influence the price of wine in restaurants - a whole different scenario.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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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’.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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