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Guild Hall Festival Report

imageThe 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 Henley.”

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 Appeal.

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 audience.

Slideshow of the event



60s Summer Festival Report


Henley-in-Arden Rocks!

imageOn 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”.

Equally 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.

The 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.

The Henley 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 event

Peter Crathorne - Chairman, Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust.


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Business as usual at the 'Dysfunctional' JPC

imageFollowing 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 Ethics Committee.

An inordinately 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.

We strongly 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.

imageDuring 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.

Yours Sincerely,

Liam Nevin

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

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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:

Rosie Marshalsay reporting

Henley & Beaudesert Society - September Meeting

Prime Ministers and the Midlands

imageThe 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.

Firstly though, 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.

Baldwin and 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.

Perhaps stretching 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 ‘Waterloo’!

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 ‘State Ceremonial’.

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 District.


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 with cold.
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 ahead.  
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 a contribution.


Victoria Johnson reporting

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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

imageOn 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 open.

imageThis 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.

imageimageThe 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

Dear Editor,

imageI 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 local area?

Thought I would ask you seen as you seem to be the font of all knowledge!

Elaine Field

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)

imageCups 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

Children’s 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

imageForty-six-year-old 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

40 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AN   £235,000  10th June 2011

Rosa, Henley Road, Ullenhall, B95 5NN  £575,000  7th July 2011

Townmoor Meadow, Narrow Lane, Lowsonford, B95 5HN   £677,500  13th June 2011

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Claverdon suffer a narrow defeat

Saturday 10th September 2011


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 inside centre.

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 was converted.

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 charity.

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 Beeton!”.

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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Update on payback times.

The table below from Act on Energy gives 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 Henley. Call me on 792251 if you would like help from them.     


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John Garner's Business Column

The price of beer

John GarnerWhat 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 this……

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.

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.

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