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Edition 284 - 6th October 2011
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010

Major Alterations to Henley Mill


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Jem Jones, a respected resident, comments

Dear Residents of Henley, 

imageI am writing to you as a fellow resident of this beautiful town. The reason for writing this letter is to ask you to take notice of the planning application currently under consideration for The Mill, 1 High Street.
As you know, many residents were outraged when a row of trees on the property, right at the entrance to this extremely picturesque town, were entirely removed. I hasten to add they were taken down following a successful planning application.
I am yet to find a single resident in the flats next-door or opposite on the main road, or indeed anywhere in the Town, who has been talked to about this large project on our doorstep. Neither the opinions of the Parish Council, the Court Leet or indeed Henley News have been sought. The owners seem to think that making such a large alteration doesn’t warrant talking to people from the town.

imaheLet me say that I am a fan of modernising and improving old buildings, and although the town has huge historical significance, it is not a museum and as such appropriate progress should be applauded. However, sometimes this is done so unsympathetically that it makes me wonder what respect an architect has for the original fabric of a building or indeed the importance of its location. Particularly in this case, the huge glass windows reminiscent of a leisure centre, or swimming baths, are so out of keeping with Henley that I can only assume this doesn’t matter to the owners or architect.

However, the thing that I really find astonishing is a proposal to build a 500 square foot concrete structure at the very entrance to the town; the first building you will see when entering from the North. Despite the suggestion within the plans that a mesh will provide a ‘living wall’, can I ask people to consider just how long it will take to create this living wall and how long we will simply have to put up with a concrete bunker covered with wire mesh. Can I also point out to residents, the demolition of the 50 and 60 year old trees to create space for this building was in fact a living wall already.
You had only until 4th October to respond but please do have a look at the plans on the District Council website. The two pertinent applications are: 11/01892/ful  and 11/01893/LBC

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Jem Jones - Resident

JPC Comment Requested

imageThe Chairman of the JPC, Cllr Roger Hubbocks, was asked for a comment on the JPC's policy for this planning application but no reply was received by the time for publication.

According to the SDC Planning website, the JPC has made the following observation:

The Council objects to the proposal as it would be out of character with the intrinsic historic nature of the High Street which is a conservation area. The proposed 'camouflage' style cladding would be an eyesore and the energy saving heating unit being made of stainless steel would be extremely detrimental to the street scene. We further object to the felling of more mature trees having noted that a previous application also involved loss of substantial numbers of trees facing the High Street.

Ancient Tradition comes to Town

Mop Fair - Friday 7th October at 7 pm


Drakeley’s Galloping Horses Circa 1920

imageThe annual Henley in Arden Mop Fair is coming to town on 7th October 2011. This traditional fair dates back hundreds of years and was the time when people sought new employment. Our photo shows last year's Mop Fair.

Michaelmas Day is celebrated on 29th September, but Mop Fairs were tied to the seasons and the harvest, not the calendar. When the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752 and eleven days dropped from that year, events associated with the end of the harvest moved eleven days later to 10th October. This date is known as "Old Michaelmas Day" and since 1752 has been the date Mop Fairs take place. The ‘Henley Mop’ takes place on the nearest Friday to that date.

Farm workers, labourers, servants and some craftsmen would work for their employer from October to October. At the end of the employment they would attend the Mop Fair dressed in their Sunday best clothes and carrying an item signifying their trade. A servant with no particular skills would carry a mop head. The 'tassle' worn on their lapel was the emblem of the employee's trade and was known as a 'mop' hence the phrase Mop Fair.

Employers would move amongst them, discussing experience and terms. Once agreement was reached the employer would give the employee a small token of money, the employee would remove their ‘tassle’ and wear bright ribbons to indicate they had been hired. They would then spend the token amongst the stalls set up at the fair which would be selling food and drink and offering games to play.

Henley in Arden retains a Charter to hold its Mop Fair. Today the fair is no longer a place of recruitment, but it still retains stalls offering food and entertainment. The fair officially opens at 12.30pm with a formal welcome by the High Bailiff at 7.00pm. Come along on Friday and enjoy this ancient tradition.

John Tristram - Low Bailiff

Wrong advice for the JPC Chairman

Dear Editor,

imageJust seen the piece in the Stratford Herald re Cllr Leech's alleged prejudicial interest.

It has absolutely nothing to do with the Council whether or not you have a prejudicial interest in something. It is up to the individual Councillor to decide based on whether or not he/she considers that a member of the public would see that Councillor as having a prejudicial interest in a particular matter. That member of the public could then complain to the Council, which should go through the full Council to the Complaints Committee and then, if the resident is not satisfied, to the Monitoring officer. The Council can't pass it to the Monitoring Officer.

Tell 'em to mind their own business next time, it's for the Councillor to decide and it's his or her problem if they get it wrong.
Former Parish Councillor

Dear Editor,

The above confirms my understanding of the situation. One councillor may not tell another that he should declare an interest; it is up to each individual councillor to declare.

Henley Resident

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.   

Monitoring Officer SDC

JPC criticises Stratford District Council in National Publication

In an article in the September issue of Clerk and Council Direct, the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council criticises the Stratford District Council Standards and Ethics Committee saying its decisions "made a mockery of the Code of Conduct”.

Recent minutes do not record this statement as having been approved for publication by the Council.

A Festival of Colour - Winter Exhibition

The Gallery Upstairs, Torquil,
8th November – 3rd December 2011

imageA large exhibition of work by over 40 artists including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and stained glass. Our gallery has been enlarged, and we are celebrating with new artists and vibrant colour to brighten a winter’s day!

Freya Douglas Morris exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition this year. Judith Gardener, Colin Moore and Jeffrey Courtney dazzled the crowds with their paintings at the ‘Art in Action’ Oxford show in July.  Other new painters are Chris Bennett (figurative/dream-like and mysterious images), June Harvey (colourful pastels of French street scenes), Thomas Hassman (still lives with food reminiscent of 1950s cookery books), Colin Moore (colourful linocuts of coastal scenes), Jeffery Courtney (richly coloured, tapestry-like, oil-painted still lifes) and Annie Williams (delicate etchings showing pottery, often made by her sister, Sophia Hughes).  Representing our faithful stable of local artists are painters Karen Brighton (tiny figures in urban townscapes ), Caroline Griffin, beautiful, loosely painted still lifes  – and Julie de Bastion- semi-abstract landscapes.

We have very colourful ceramics by John Pollex, Mary Rich, Françoise Dufayard and Richard Godfrey; sculptural pieces by Elaine Hind, Paul Smith, Lit Smith (no relation!) and Emily Myers. Local ceramicists Lucy Crisp, Usha Khosla and Moira Osborne are also showing new work.

Sculpture & Furniture:
Brendan Hesmondhalgh whose demonstration and talk was very well received in the summer is showing his animal pieces, Steve Willock presents his reclaimed oak framed mirrors (using old fence posts and barn doors); Richard Fox – new to the gallery – has exciting, architectural abstract sculptures in wood.

Jewellery & Textiles:
Two new jewellers are exhibiting gold and silver: Karen Dell’Armi and Katherine Campbell-Legg. Local jeweller, Penny Gildea will show jewellery and small objects in silver and enamel. Leamington based textile artist, Bren Boardman has atmospheric lamps (see attached picture) and wallhangings.

The Courtyard:
Some pieces will be displayed in our Elizabethan cobbled courtyard – iron work by David Freedman (decorative chairs and benches), slate and glass tables and stools by Helen Nock and colourful ceramics by Sinclair Taylor.

In-house Artists
Artists-in-Residence Carey Moon, Jayne Lucas and Gerry Rooney are exhibiting: colourful painted porcelain by Carey, earthy paperclay vessels and wall pieces by Jayne and textile wall pieces by Gerry.

The Gallery Upstairs, Torquil, 81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5AT
Tel 01564 792174

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Taylor Wimpey Donation Helps Restore
Treasured Building



Taylor Wimpey Midlands joined in Henley In Arden’s festivities recently when regional sales and marketing director, Anne Wallace, turned up at the Guild Hall Fashion Show with a cheque for £600!

This generous donation from the leading house builder, which is currently building its Farriers Cross development in the town, will go towards the restoration of the Guild Hall – one of Henley in Arden’s most historically rich buildings.

John Tristram, Low Bailiff and chairman of the Guild Hall Trust, said: “We’re very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for its generous donation – it was a fantastic end to the incredible fashion show organised by the Guild Hall. Thanks to Taylor Wimpey, we are now one step closer to being able to restore our beloved building to its former glory.”

Anne Wallace comments: “It’s wonderful to be able to help towards the restoration of the Guild Hall, which is such a beautiful Elizabethan building, especially as we spend our days surrounded by new homes. We’re always keen to support the local communities we build in wherever possible and the Guild Hall Trust is a more than worthy recipient. It’s a stunning building in one of the most unspoilt historic high streets in the UK and we’re honoured to be able help with its restoration.”

imageFarriers 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.

Currently available at Farriers Cross is a range of two bedroom coach houses, priced from £174,995, and three, four and five bedroom homes, priced from £269,995. For more information visit the development, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, or call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log onto:

Rachel Tillman reporting

Hunters - Business as usual

David Hawkins, Director of Hunters Estate Agents writes


Please excuse our temporary appearance. Our building requires major work on the roof so we decided that we would take the opportunity to have our stone facade sand blasted and the woodwork re-decorated. The stonework will be treated to ensure that it retains its pristine appearance well into the future.

Unfortunately, due to "health & safety", we have to protect the site during the day and secure it at night. However, during office hours it is still possible to get in and we are very much still OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Indeed, as a tonic to the constant media doom and gloom you might be interested to know that in the last 6 weeks we have sold and completed on over 3 million pounds worth of local homes. Yes £3 million!  

The upshot of this success is that we urgently need to replace these homes with new property to sell. So if you have been contemplating selling please do get in touch and we will give you honest, realistic advice that will get you sold, perhaps before Christmas!

Visit us behind the barricades at 66 High Street, call 01564 795757 or email us at  

David Hawkins FNAEA

Talktalk Proudly Sponsors The Hub @ Henley

imageTalkTalk, the home phone, broadband and mobile provider, is proud to be sponsoring the local Youth Club and Community Centre at Henley in Arden, known as The HUB @ Henley, for the next twelve months. The funding will be used to maintain services provided by the team at the youth club and community centre.

Alongside this sponsorship deal, TalkTalk is investing £50,000 in technology to bring best value broadband offers to Henley in Arden. TalkTalk is expanding its Next Generation Network in the area, which gives customers access to fast, reliable broadband services for all of the family’s needs.

The HUB @ Henley provides a range of services and facilities to the local community from ante-natal classes and youth clubs through to computer classes and events for older people within the community. The financial support from TalkTalk will allow the The HUB @ Henley to continue to offer something for everyone.

Tristia Clarke, Commercial Director at TalkTalk said, “We are proud to be supporting the fantastic work being done at The HUB @ Henley. Things like computer classes for the elderly really complement our goal to get 100,000 more people online as part of the Race Online initiative. We wish The Hub @ Henley every success with their endeavours over the coming months”.

Expanding its Next Generation Network allows TalkTalk to offer its best value for money packages to even more of the UK. With maximum speeds of up to 24 Meg, prices for broadband and phone packages start from as little as £6.50 plus line rental and include unlimited evening and weekend calls.

For more information visit

The Steering group has also launched its campaign to obtain local business sponsorship, its representatives are contacting local enterprises seeking their support in exchange for a publicity space on the wall of its IT room which is used everyday by a wide range of people from the community. This is also the last chance to vote in the NATWEST Community Competition and we are appealing to local residents to be patient with the awkward logging in procedure devised by the bank to support the youth club or the library; use the links below. If you want to know how much the centre is valued by its users then log on to the Youtube film they have made.

Henley War Memorial Trust - The Hub@Henley and Henley Community Library

Contact Peter Crathorne for further information. 01564 795470.

Voting in NATWEST Community Force Competition

John Alexander Explains how to vote

Through this competition our project to take over the running of the youth club and community centre has the opportunity to win a £6,000 grant from NATWEST.
There are over 5,800 projects registered and the winners will be chosen by popular vote over the remaining 20days (as of 3rd October)
This is a very worthy cause and it needs all our help to ensure we win and obtain this FREE money to help in our first year.
This link will take you to the web site and the instructions below should help you through what is a rather painful voting process.
But as they say – where there is no pain there is no gain.
Happy voting all and let’s see if we can put a nought on the end of the 34 votes we currently have.

    1. Click on this link which will take you to the Nat West web site
    2. Click on the REGISTER link and enter your e-mail address and a password.
    3. You will receive an e-mail in a few minutes.
    4. Click on the “CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION” link in the email which will take you back to the web site.
    5. If it does not say you are logged-in then do so as per your registration
    6. Click on Projects or “Find Projects to vote for” button
    7. At the top left is a search button. Click the button to search by name or post code and enter HENLEY IN ARDEN
    8.  In the map the number 2 will appear. Click this.
    9. Click on the bottom icon and then click on read more
    10. You are now at the Henley War Memorial project.
    11. On the right hand side at the top click and accept the term and then click the vote button.
    12. The screen will refresh and show the vote number has incremented by 1
    13. If you use your back button in the browser to go back to the map you can click the number 2 again.
    14. This time click the top button and follow the same procedure to vote for the library project.

      If you logout and then log back in again your profile will tell you which projects you have voted for.

John Alexander reporting

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff




The Town Dinner 2010


This evening salutes Henley’s Army of Volunteers.

Everyone is welcome.



7th, 8th & 9th October 2011

Henley Antiques Centre is hosting an Autumn Event to coincide with the Annual ‘Mop Fair’.

The Centre will be open until 7.00pm on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th October
and until 4.30pm on Sunday 9th October

Come and join us for a glass of wine and enjoy a
special promotional event with

At least 20% OFF all items of furniture

during this promotional weekend

As well as a range of furniture to suit every style, the Centre offers a wide selection of Antiques, Collectables, Contemporary items and Jewellery. With Christmas approaching this is the ideal
time to browse round the centre and choose that special present

We look forward to seeing you during the promotional weekend

Tel: 01564 795979

Letter to Mom in Australia

imageHi Mom,

Here I am yet again at the end of yet another english summer, not that you'd know that there'd been a summer! There's been the occasional day of sunshine but nothing to write home about.

I think that I really am a jinx when it comes to the weather over here. The last two winters I have been here and they've had snow, so I thought that with me leaving in November I'd give them a break but it seems that winter is coming early just to make up for it! The trees are changing colour and there's lots of leaves lying in drifts as you walk down the road.

I've been enjoying watching a squirrel the last couple of weeks coming and helping himself to the acorns in the tree in the backyard. I think he's really cute but I've been told that he's an intruder as he's grey therefore an American squirrel as against the English squirrel which is red, there you go, never too old to learn something new. The flower displays in all the villages have been an absolute delight to see over the last month or so, the ladies who have been looking after the displays here in Henley have done a great job yet again. I'm not sure if they look after all the flower boxes out along the high street but I see them out and about every now and again watering and trimming the flowers, very dedicated I must say!

On Saturday night Henley held their first music festival (wouldn't believe that England has in excess of 600 music festivals over summer). It was a celebration of 60s music that had ties with the Birmingham area. As you can imagine very few of the names on the bill had any meaning for me but I did recognise some of the music that was played during the day. It was being held in a field just on the outskirt of town.

The weather was looking a bit doubtful early in the day and in fact there was a brief downpour an hour or so before the concert was due to start, but by the time we were walking down there the sun was shining out from between the clouds. I thought that I would try and show that I was acclimatising to England by wearing a summer dress (with cardie in hand, not that acclimatised hahaha) needless to say that by 5pm I was freezing to death; luckily for me one of our neighbours was driving back into town to drop some stuff off and offered to take me home so that I could get changed into some warmer clothing. Thank god for good neighbours!!!!

I had a great time and judging from the crowd's applause at the end of the night so did everyone else. Hopefully this will become an annual event, the town needs something to bring in the tourists and their dollars.

I have a list of all the things I still want to see or do before I head back home in November, don't know how'll I'll find time to fit them in. So much to do, so little time:)

Say hi to everyone for me. Will see you soon.


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60s Festival - Thanks Peter

imageDear Editor,

Would you please pass on my sincere thanks to Pete Crathorne for all his hard work, and praise him for organising such a fabulous event!

Jem Jones, Prince Harry Road.

Promotion for Air Ambulance Chief Pilot

imageCaptain Richard Craske, the Chief Pilot of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance will be taking up a new appointment with the CAA as Chief Examiner – Helicopters, which really will be a great career move for him, something he is very excited about and we have to be very excited for him too, although of course, truly very sad to see him go.
Richard has been a great advocate for the Charity and supported me so much over the years, you can imagine how hard it will be for me to not have him as a colleague although I have a friend for life, that I know for sure.  
Rich will soon achieve his 3,000th mission for WNAA; at my last count he was on 2,986.  We haven’t got an exact date for him to be leaving Sloane Helicopters yet, as they will need time to replace him which won’t be easy! I have the privilege of looking after patients that come forward to say thank you, and to re-unite them with their saviours is very rewarding. Just today I received a letter from a patient Bob Boswell where undoubtedly the speed of our team’s arrival saved his life. Minutes do matter so Rich’s professionalism is just as vital as the paramedics and Doctors on board, and of course very much in evidence in the case of Jack Wright where Rich was proactively involved in bringing Jack back to life.  
I know you will want to join me in wishing him all the very best in his new career as he has always been such a firm favourite with my team of volunteers. Please feel free to send messages via me and I will pass them on for you.
Jo Payne, WNAA, reporting

Sweet Peas at Ullenhall Gardening Club

imageGill Hazell from south of Bristol, came to Ullenhall Gardening Club on Tuesday 27th September and gave a very informative talk about her experience of sweet peas. She comes from a village that is renowned in the area for its annual flower competition and had tried growing competition standard flowers of other sorts before homing in on sweet peas, with which she has had much success at shows around the country.

A tip for us amateurs who want good germination is to put a few seeds spread between two small pieces of kitchen roll, place the sandwich on a saucer and make it moist. Keep it moist and not soggy and within about 3 days you will notice little white spots on the seeds. That indicates that they are germinating. As soon as the white spots show, put those seeds into seed compost. Care should be taken to keep the pots from being too cold until the plants are about 8 cms (3 ins) high. Once they are that size, you can have them outside through the winter and they should be fine.

Gill sows seeds at different times from October to March to get a good spread of flowers for showing throughout the summer season. She found quite quickly that one allotment didn’t give her enough flowers for her needs, so now owns the end of a field!

She had slides of many different coloured flowers and said that she was unable to grow the bright red ones, which seemed to flourish in the north, probably because they didn’t get bleached by the sun. Overall, a very informative talk.

Prior to the talk, Angela and Graham Ramsay ran a stall of members’ plants for sale, making many pounds for club funds and making many new plant owners happy! Tea, coffee, squash and chat rounded off the evening, together with the usual raffle of goodies for the garden and gardeners.

The next meeting will be held on 25th October in Ullenhall Village Hall. The subject, “Trug Making by a Miserable Trugger”!

Penny Stott reporting

Renewable Gardening

This autumn, many gardeners will be planning to replace woody shrubs and trees that failed to survive the excessively low temperatures that were experienced last winter.

This comes after the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) recently published a list of plant casualties at its properties and is also looking to review its guidelines for plant hardiness.

Warwickshire has experienced losses of many commonly planted exotic trees and shrubs such as Hebe, Bay Laurel and Eucalyptus. Not only have gardeners suffered losses from the effects of the last winter, the high temperatures earlier this year combined with lower than normal rainfall is resulting in the loss of established native trees and shrubs. Apple, Birch and Maple trees have been reported to have died through drought stress and many other trees are going into an early autumn due to the weather experienced this summer.

For gardeners who wish to be ‘green’, Warwickshire County Council’s Home Woodchipping Service can provide a solution for disposing of dead and dying woody shrubs and trees. The service will come to your door and process any woody material up to 5 inches (125mm) in diameter, leaving chippings that can be used as a mulch or compost.

This service costs £20 per hour, and bookings can be made by calling 01926 738827 Monday to Friday mornings. Householders are advised to book in advance of doing any work.

Were You Once a Pupil at Merrydays?

imageMerrydays Montessori Nursery is hoping to hear from past pupils and find out about where people have moved on to since they left.

We would like to know: which year you left Merrydays; which schools or colleges you have attended since leaving Merrydays; which career path you have chosen; and one thing which you remember most about nursery school.

You can contact us through our website. We would love to hear from you!

Helen Everley

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Forest of Arden Ploughing Competition 2011

The skills of our farming community were much in evidence as these photos by Sue Bridgewater taken at the annual competition earlier this month show.


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Photos by Sue Bridgewater




Claverdon back to their best and dominate Welsh

Saturday 1st October 2011


Try scorers – Tom Johnson x 3, Paul Carruthers, James Barton, Mike Jay, Tim Westmacott
Conversions – Doz Ward x 5
Man of the match – Tom Johnson


Claverdon winning team, with mascot Christopher Johnson

Claverdon played host to Rugby Welsh for their third league game of the season in front of a large Vice President’s crowd. Young Charlie Johnson was the club mascot for the day. Absenteeism meant another reshuffle from the previous week and saw starts for Jamie Orpwood and Dave Birch with Steve Grimsley and Olly Thorndale dropping to the bench. The hosts also welcomed back Rob Horsfall to the bench after a long term injury.


Try for flanker James Barton

The home team were straight in to their stride and it was only a matter of minutes before they scored their first try of the day. Great forward play which involved strong running from Scott Conduit and Andy Wenborn saw the ball in the hands of Paul Carruthers. He took the ball at pace and crashed over under the posts. Doz Ward made no mistake with the conversion.

Only minutes later and the lions were again deep in to the Welsh half. The visitors didn’t know how to contend and could no more than concede a penalty which Ward struck narrowly wide. This only spurred them on further and another attack saw props Mark Tilson and Chris Lowe make valuable yards. Quick ball from captain Ian Wyllie fed Doz Ward who threw a miss pass to winger Tom Johnson to touch down in the corner. Ward missed the touchline conversion.

Rugby Welsh could do little to compete with a rampant Claverdon side and barely even ventured in to the home side’s half. A well worked lineout courtesy of Jamie Orpwood again found the forwards recycling the ball at pace. After great hands from Conduit and Lowe the ball worked its way in to flanker James Barton’s hands. The ex winger stepped his way through the defence to score under the posts. Ward duly converted.

With ten minutes of the half remaining the hosts secured their all important fourth bonus point try. An attempted clearance by Rugby Welsh was run back with interest by full back Sam Harris. The ensuing ruck again gave quick ball to scrum half Wyllie and with a shout from winger Tom Johnson he dinked the ball in to the gap for Johnson to gather at pace. He side stepped the full back and touched down under the posts for a straight forward conversion for Ward.

26-0 Half Time


Winger and man of the match Tom Johnson, who scored three tries

Olly Thorndale was bought on at half time for the home side but it was the visitors that came out the stronger team. They used the wind and the slope to pin Claverdon back but never looked like scoring as the ever strong Claverdon defence held firm courtesy of big hits from Dave Birch and Chris Edsall.

It took twenty minutes in to the half for the first points to be registered and it was again the home side that secured these. A scrum deep in to the opposition half orchestrated by replacement Steve Grimsley at hooker presented good ball and after several phases the ball was worked through the hands to winger Mike Jay. He had little more to do then dive over out wide to record his first try of the season which was again converted by Ward.

This set the tone for the last quarter and only minutes later the lions had their sixth try of the afternoon. A flat pass from Ward and a great line of running from centre Tim Westmacott broke the defensive line and he ran it in from sixty yards out to score in the corner. Ward missed the conversion.

Winger Johnson had impressed all afternoon and when Welsh tried to clear the ball the winger superbly caught it and he jinked past five defenders and fed Ward to score in the corner. The referee deemed the pass forward and the try wasn’t given. Five minutes later and the hosts did register another try. A great catch from Grimsley and a simple hands move saw the ball fed to Johnson who took the ball at pace and easily saw off the defenders to go in under the posts. Ward kicked his fifth conversion of the afternoon.

With only a minute of play left Rugby Welsh capitalised on a scrum five metres out when a missed tackle from the Lions flanker let them in for an unconverted try. This somewhat soured the afternoon a little for the hosts who were determined to keep the visitors at bay.

45-5 Full Time

This was a much improved display from Claverdon and saw them climb up to third in the league. They travel to Harbury for another tough league encounter on Saturday and as always support is welcome.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos Will Barnes



Mat Back Where He Belongs


Henley’s top racing driver Mat Jackson returned to the Dunlop British Touring Car podium not once but twice at Brands Hatch yesterday with a pair of second place results that have thrust him right back into contention for the Drivers crown.

Mat will go to the Championship’s title-decider at his home circuit of Silverstone still with a chance of winning Britain’s premier motor racing championship. The event is in just two weeks on the weekend of October 15th & 16th. He’s also right back in the hunt for the Independents Trophy after dazzling on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit – his Airwaves Racing team’s home circuit.

Mat qualified his #7 Money Shop/Airwaves Racing Ford Focus 7th fastest out of the 29 drivers who made it a record-sized grid for the BTCC at the weekend. In race 1 he quickly got up to 5th and then 4th when he outfoxed Nash in the Vectra as they both rounded the slowing Honda of Neal at 120mph. Mat continued to press on and on the last lap caught and passed MacDowall’s Chevrolet for the runners-up position.

Starting from second on the grid for race 2, he held the place from start to finish despite ‘cruising’ to prevent excessive wear to his tyres in the blistering heat. In race 3 he started 9th on the reversed grid but by the chequered flag had climbed to 5th for more valuable points.

Mat will go to Silverstone 36 points behind the championship leader Neal with a possible 52 to be had in the 3 races there. In the Independents he’s closed the gap at the top to Nash from 26 to just 17 points: 45 are possible in the three races at Silverstone.

Mat who finished runner-up in the BTCC in 2008 says “After all the dreadful luck we’ve experienced as a team in the last two events it feels fantastic to be back on the podium. The champagne is for everyone in the team and our great sponsors Money Shop, Airwaves, Leyland and Redstone – they’ve given me a brilliant car again and we’re instantly getting the results we deserve again.

“It’s a big ask to close down 30 or more points on Neal and Shedden in the Hondas and Plato in the Chevrolet but we’ve nothing to lose at Silverstone and it’s a track I’m confident will be well-suited to our Focus. More podiums are really our only hope and I’ll be giving it everything.

“I’m also really pleased with our situation now in the Independents. Nash’s Vectra is better suited to the Brands GP track than the Focus but we’ve beaten him and his team twice today to keep up the pressure. On paper Silverstone should favour us more so let’s just wait and see. The final is always a very special and exciting atmosphere and I just hope I can give my team a nice piece of silverware or two at Silverstone.”

Stratford On Avon Music Festival

15 – 22 October 2011

imageAlongside an exciting line up of international names this year the Stratford on Avon Music Festival will launch a new orchestra in the town, Shakespeare’s Strings. Inspired by the Simon Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela the new group will bring together children from Stratford schools, co-ordinated by The Croft Preparatory School and coached by the Coull Quartet. Festival Director Ambrose Miller said: "This launch of the Orchestra is very important for the Festival as it’s something quite new. We have big plans to expand and give the group a national profile in the future.”

Opening the Festival, which runs from 15 – 22 October this year, will be Vivaldi specialists La Serenissima in a concert by candlelight in Holy Trinity Church, entitled ‘Vivaldi in Paris’.

Other major names include award-winning guitarist Craig Ogden and the spectacular Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers. International pianist Martin Roscoe plays at the Shakespeare Institute, and the renowned Coull Quartet will perform at The Croft Preparatory School with acclaimed cellist and Classical Brits Award-winner Guy Johnston.

The Lunchtime Series which showcases young musicians at the start of their professional careers will take place every weekday lunchtime in Stratford‘s Town Hall - with free sherry and coffee included in the ticket price!

There’s a Family Concert with the Classic Buskers on Sunday 16th October. The Buskers feature over 40 woodwind instruments – plus Romanian panpipes and lots of animal noises – in virtuoso and fun arrangements of the most popular classical works. Folk fans can see melodeon player, Andy Cutting, at No.1 Shakespeare Street. Andy has been awarded BBC Folk Musician of the Year twice; most recently in February this year.

The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra and special guest singer, Jacqui Dankworth present ‘Singin’ and Swingin' at the Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School. John Ruddick, Director of the MYJO said: “We’re thrilled to have been invited to play at the Stratford Music Festival again. It’s going to be an exciting concert, especially as our special guest of the evening is Jacqui Dankworth.”

This year, the Festival plans to include some free ‘taster’ concerts for anyone not familiar with the classical repertoire, in a new venue for the Festival at The Chapel, No.1 Shakespeare Street. Just turn up at 6pm, buy a drink from the venue’s bar and enjoy an hour of free music.

Tickets from the Civic Hall Box Office, Rother Street. Tel: 01789 207100 or book online at Full festival details at

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The Kilowatt-hour or Where Does all the Energy Go?

imageThe Kilowatt-hour is the unit of energy by which we purchase gas and electricity. It is commonly abbreviated to kWh. When we buy petrol or diesel or fuel oil we are also buying kWh because we buy them for their energy content.

A tank of 50 litres of petrol contains about 482 kWh of energy (for diesel 526 kWh and heating oil 518 kWh). It would take a human being pedalling fairly hard nearly 5000 hrs (=7 months) without sleep or breaks to produce the same energy as in a tank of petrol.

The energy we buy is not the only energy we use. This splendid diagram is one of several produced by Transition Evesham Vale for an exhibition held in Worcester. It shows just how energy dependent our society has become and how we consume energy in ways that are not as obvious as heating lighting and travel. Every kilowatt-hr consumed causes pollution, mostly invisible pollution but damaging nonetheless.

Most of this damage happens in places where we can’t see it, such as advancing deserts in China and sea level rise affecting Bangladesh. The people in these areas are seriously affected by our energy consumption.

Perhaps the most shocking thing about the diagram is that about a quarter of the average UK person’s energy consumption arises from the manufactured goods we buy.

This ranges from the daily newspaper (1 to 2 kWhr/day depending on weight) to replacing televisions or computers (2 to 4kWh/day each) and cars (14 kWhr/day). All the stuff of our consumer society, most of which is eventually thrown away, creates pollution and kills people in far away places. Just a daily newspaper can be 1% of your total energy consumption and if produced by humans pedalling bicycles, would need about 3 people pedalling continuously for their whole working day.

The ease with which we can obtain energy is one of the reasons we use so much of it. If we had to get it by pedalling or by gathering wood fuel, we’d be a lot more careful about its use. If every day, we saw the way in which its use hurt others we might try to use less. Food for thought?

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

The price of Wine

John GarnerFollowing my article in the last issue I received some interesting feedback from the Black Swan. Feedback on my articles is very unusual but most welcome.

This week I’m looking at the price of wine in restaurants.

We all know that there’s a very large mark up on the wine you buy in a restaurant; this goes towards the costs of stocking the wine and serving it as well as making a contribution to the establishment’s overheads. In principle that’s fine with me: I expect to pay more for drinking wine with a good meal in pleasant surroundings.

As a restaurateur you are most likely (I contend) to attract custom because of your menu and the quality of your food together with the appeal of your establishment. You use the food prices to attract the type of clientele that you want, whether it’s up market, or cheap and cheerful.

But what factor will you consider to be the most important when fixing the selling price of your wine, as opposed to your food? Presumably the same logic applies: it’s what your customers will pay.

But how much choice do your customers actually have?  I remember one occasion when I went to a restaurant which I thought looked pretty reasonable, and indeed the food was good value, only to find that the wine cost more than I wanted to pay – even the house wine.So the overall cost of the experience was really too high. Presumably the management made their profit on that one occasion but I resolved never to return.  I felt blackmailed.

You can usually see the restaurant’s food menu outside so you know what you’re in for – but how often do they display their wine list?

Equally, I’ve been to restaurants where I was pleasantly surprised at the relatively low cost of the wine and will certainly return because I know the total cost of the meal will be reasonable. And if I’m not driving I’ll probably suggest we have another bottle.

So which restaurant will make the most money? I can only leave you to guess, but I know which will get my repeat business.

Any feedback to this article from restaurants in Henley will be welcome.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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CHURCH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER in the Church Hall Beaudesert Lane from 11am to 3pm. Come and do your Christmas shopping and get some fantastic bargains. Stalls include homemade cakes and produce, gifts, jewellery, books, toys, raffle, bottle stall etc, as well as Father Christmas, teas and delicious homemade hot lunches.

HENLEY METHODIST CHURCH In October, Sunday Services, all at 10.30 am are 2nd Revd Ros Murphy, 9th Revd Helen Bell (Sacrament), 16th Mr Fred Bell, 23rd Miss Paddy Beardsall, 30th Mr John Griffin.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Carl Sadler will be talking on ‘Trug Making by a Miserable Trugger’!!!!!!!!!!!!! Come along to Ullenhall Village Hall on 25th October at 7.30pm. Visitors will be most welcome at this very friendly club.

THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Our next meeting is on Thursday 20th October in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Gerald Lesinski will give a talk on 'State Ceremonial'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB will be holding a workshop on October 11th in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Competition: ‘Ribbons and Bows’.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Brian Laney is talking about “Hunting for British Orchids” on Tuesday October 18th from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Visitors welcome.

Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
logoRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
imageAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837
  2011 Programme

imageThe Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.

To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837.  Meeting programme
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at
Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.    Full details at:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

The Wednesday Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings and a delicious tea together.  The Club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or 01564-792138.

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

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