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Town Dinner 2011

imageThe annual Court Leet Town Dinner took place in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 29th October 2011 with the High Bailiff, John Rutherford, presiding. Originated by Dr Douglas Bridgewater, this was the seventh year that this event has been held, bringing together those residents who are involved in the many societies, clubs and voluntary organisations to celebrate their achievements during the year.

An entertaining talk was given by Simon Topman about the history of ACME WHISTLES, which have been manufactured in Birmingham for over 150 years. Music was provided by concert pianist Colin Bell, who donated his fee to Cancer Research.

Whilst not strictly a ‘Fund-Raising’ event, the evening raised over £600 for distribution to local charities.

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Car key burglaries in Henley-in-Arden

imageWarwickshire Police are urging owners of high value or performance cars to review their security after two incidents in Henley-in Arden on Sunday evening 23 October. The first incident occurred at around 10pm when a woman disturbed a male in her house in Prince Harry Road. The man had got into the home through an unlocked front door. He stole her car keys and house keys. Officers believe the man was attempting to steal a car parked outside the address but drove off in an ‘old style’ silver Mondeo after he was disturbed.

Officers carried out house to house enquiries and are appealing for any witnesses who saw any suspicious activity in the area to please contact them.

Later the same evening officers stop checked a suspicious vehicle in the area after a member of the public reported it to them.

At 10.15pm a second incident occurred in Deans Green in Henley-in-Arden when an occupant hit a male with a torch after he burst into her home. The male stole the keys to a 61 plate BMW 1 series before stealing it from outside the home.

The male is described as a white male with dark hair. He was wearing a dark coat with a hood.

Witnesses to either incident or who noticed any suspicious activity around Henley in Arden on Sunday evening are please asked to contact PC 1615 Goldsmith in the Leamington Spa Local Investigation team on 01926 415000 ext 4266 or voicemail 11615 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please follow the advice below to reduce the risk of night-time car key burglaries:

  • Never leave house or car keys on view near a door or window. Criminals can hook keys through open windows and letterboxes.
  • Remove keys from door locks before retiring for the night.
  • If possible park cars in a secure garage overnight.
  • Invest in a good quality home security system.
  • Invest in security lights to the front and rear of your property.
  • Install a satellite tracking system in high value cars - if stolen it can be more easily traced.

Community Intervention Manager, George Stepney said "Motorists should avoid putting themselves in danger when confronted by car thieves.

"If someone who is determined to steal your vehicle is armed or threatens you in any way, hand over the keys. Personal safety is the most important consideration. Often there is more than one offender involved in these incidents and you may be putting yourself at greater risk by attempting to resist a car theft."

Pink Fun Ride in aid of Breast Cancer


imageSunday 23rd October saw 45 local riders taking part in a fun ride to raise funds for breast cancer. The ride was organised by Penny Tubbs who runs The Friends Of Champ Horse Sanctuary based at Pennyford Lane in Wootton Wawen.

The riders dressed up in all sorts of costumes from Cow girls to Smurfs but all were wonderfully pink! Prizes were given for the most original. Maria Phipps won first prize for her cow girl costume, with joint second going to Nicole Thomas, Hattie Dyer and Aleyah Smith for their pink Smurfs and third went to Imogen Corrie for her Pink “Big Bird”. 

The ride went from Pennyford Lane to The Crabmill, who kindly provided refreshments in keeping with the pink theme. It was a fantastic experience as the ride attracted all ages and abilities with all the horses behaving impeccably. 

Proceeds raised from riders contributions and other donations amounted to nearly £400. The day was a great success and will hopefully be repeated next year. Apologies to local drivers who may have been delayed during the event.

Sian Corrie reporting

Remember remember the 5th of November ...

posterPut it in your diary - this year November the 5th falls on a Saturday and that's the day of the much loved town bonfire and fireworks display run by 1st Henley & Wootton Scout Group.

It's part of Henley tradition and the stuff that childhood memories are made of. The gates open at 6pm so you can avoid the rush, with the bonfire lit at 6:30pm.

The fantastic firework display is at 7:15pm, and while you're waiting, you can enjoy a cup of soup, have a glass of wine, watch the kids jousting with the glow-lit foam sticks, or try your luck on the coconut shy.

And don't forget, you don't have to be a child to come along. For a great start to your evening, come along and soak up the atmosphere before heading into Henley for your night out.

You'll find us at Henley Playing Fields just half a mile south of Henley on the A3400. It's easy to walk it, and we have parking at the playing fields, as well as additional parking at Henley College.

All proceeds will fund equipment for the girls and boys in our Beavers, Cubs and Scout groups.

In the interests of safety, please do not bring sparklers.

See you there!

Caroline Daw reporting

Looking for an interesting challenge?

imageAt 1st April next year the curator of the Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre, Ray Holding pictured right, will start his tenth season in this role. He says it’s now “someone else’s turn” to take on this fascinating, engrossing and rewarding voluntary job, bringing fresh ideas and creative initiatives.

Whoever takes on the role will be leading the principle tourist attraction of this historic old town, looking after an ever growing collection of Henley’s memorabilia and heading-up an important educational facility.

Founded in 1996 and operated under a charitable trust, the Heritage Centre opens to the public from 1st April to 31st October each year. In a typical year it welcomes up to 5,000 visitors, of whom up to 1,000 may be schoolchildren on educational group visits. The number and diversity of visitors – 39 nationalities in a recent year – mean that there is never a dull moment!

The curator’s job is not a nine-to-five position, but it has all the ingredients of running any small business. That includes the tactful management of a seventy-strong team of brilliantly-dedicated volunteer stewards, the care of a remarkable old building (much of which dates from the 14th Century), the creative development of the Centre’s collection of memorabilia, the general promotion of visitor activity, the challenge of balancing the books and much more.

As with any business there are occasional – happily rare – times when a quick response to something is required and many decisions are made “on the hoof”. Much of the routine detailed administration is done by supporting volunteers but the buck stops with the curator.

Anyone wanting to know more should visit the website at for a general picture of the Centre and telephone Ray on 01564 792512 or 795919 to explore the subject.

Rob Kingscott reporting

The Winged Spur Returns


imageAfter losing their pub for over 6 months the residents of Ullenhall turned out in force on Monday night to give a warm welcome to the new tenant Gary Meads and Manager, Luke Chaplin, at the re-opening of The Winged Spur.

Both Gary and Luke have many years of experience in the business from their management of the Coach & Horses at Weatheroak and, as stated in the message posted on the entrance wall, they have considerable further development plans for "The Spur".

We wish them every success and a long and prosperous tenure in Ullenhall.

David Waller reporting

Flooding on the High Street

Are you able to put some pressure on someone ?

imageFollowing numerous messages from my neighbours about the water leak outside my front door, I phoned Severn Trent and they arrived 4 hours later. They reduced the leak to a trickle and advised that a new valve / tap would have to be fitted.

This morning (01/11/11) the leak was even worse. After several email and phone conversations, I was told by Severn Trent that they would have to get permission from the council to dig up the road. I was told it would be Wednesday. Then I was told it would be Thursday before anything happens( ie 48 hours). What happens if the local council does not give permission?

Meanwhile, gallons and gallons of water go to waste. A complete waste of water resources to be paid for by you and me.

Furthermore, I am bombarded by neighbours about the problem. Many passers by knock on the door to tell me of the problem. My next door neighbour has complained to Severn Trent that her house is being covered with splash back from every car that passes.

Basil Sayer - High Street



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Quality Homes Built By A Quality Site Manager



Having been in construction for over 20 years, Andy Tromans, site manager at Taylor Wimpey Midlands’ Farriers Cross development in Henley in Arden, has built up quite a reputation in the industry and has a prestigious NhbC award to prove it.

Andy started life in construction at the young age of 17 when he moved into the family business. Through hard work and a lot of experience, he then joined Taylor Wimpey, where he has worked his way up the ladder to become site manager of one of the leading house builder’s newest developments,; Farriers Cross.

Andy comments: “I joined Taylor Wimpey off the back of its reputation for being the best house building company to work for in the UK. I have to say, I haven’t been disappointed. It’s been hard work over the last eight years to get where I am today, but I now have a great team and a fantastic new development to work with.”

Andy’s ongoing commitment to Taylor Wimpey means that back in 2009, when he was assistant site manager in Warwick, he and his manager won a coveted regional NhbC award of excellence.

Andy adds: “Winning the award with my then manager was a career highlight for me. It is a great honour to be recognised by the industry and sometime in the near future I aspire to win one of my own as the site manager at Farriers Cross.”

Anne Wallace comments: “Andy is a true testament to the fantastic qualities we look for in a site manager. He leads his team with experience, pride and an enormous amount of enthusiasm, which is wholly reflected in the quality of homes built at Farriers Cross.”

Andy and his team are currently constructing the show homes at Farriers Cross and will soon be starting on plots 24-28.

Stunning Homes Delightfully Located

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.

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

Henley and Beaudesert Society October Meeting

State Ceremonial - A Talk by Lt Col Gerald Lesinski

imageThe Society was delighted to have a return visit from the commanding yet cheery Lt Col Gerald Lesinski. This time he told us something about the pageantry and planning that is required on four different state occasions.

The first ceremonial he discussed was the visit by a foreign head of state. There are two visits a year with one being in the early Summer and one in the Autumn. The foreign dignitary is usually received by the Queen on Horse Guards Parade, having been previously met at the airport by a minor Royal. A hundred of our tallest men form a guard of honour and this is in essence a show of strength. Their commander will then formally greet the head of state in their own language, which can have some amusing if unintentional consequences.

The next ceremonial we learnt about was the state opening of Parliament which, unless it is an election year, is held in November. Firstly though, the Yeoman of the Guard make the traditional search of the cellars of parliament for kegs of gunpowder. The Queen then makes her way by coach from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament, along a route lined by the military. It is interesting that the Queen’s crown will have previously made the journey in a separate carriage. On arrival at Westminster, Black Rod summons members of parliament to the Lords’ chamber to hear the Queen’s speech.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade is another grand occasion. Regardless of when the Sovereign’s birthday is, the parade is always held on the second Saturday in June, in the expectation of some decent weather. The event is held on Horse Guards Parade and nowadays the Queen no longer inspects her troops on horseback but uses a small coach. But we were reminded that the Queen really does inspect; and for this reason the turnout has to be immaculate. Gerald recounted how at one rehearsal he was admonished for having a button on his uniform the wrong way up and was promptly banished to the cells for a night.

Lastly we were introduced to Windsor Castle and the Knights of the Garter. They are 24 in number and dressed in their finery have lunch with the Queen before proceeding to St. George’s Chapel for a service of rededication. On one occasion, our speaker was escorting the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh on this traditional walk, when he caused the Duke to have a fit of apoplexy by inadvertently treading on the tail of his robe. Prince William has recently been installed as a Knight of the Garter and, in a charming symmetry, he is the one thousandth member to be admitted.

Before concluding, Gerald reminded us that the military personnel involved are all first and foremost operational servicemen and women; their ceremonial duties are a secondary activity.

The talk was followed by the usual refreshments and chat. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 17th November when Quentin Greatorex will give a talk about Punch and Judy entitled ‘That’s the Way to do it’. A Punch and Judy show will be included.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Meeting to discuss reducing CCTV services

imageThe Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Cllr Bill Dowling, hosted a meeting at Stratford Town Hall on Monday 17 October to discuss CCTV services in the town.

A number of interested parties attended the meeting including representatives from Stratford Town Council, Parish & Town Councils with CCTV, Stratford Town Trust, Stratford District Council, Warwickshire Police, Bard Watch and StratForward to look at different models of improving CCTV.

Cllr Mike Brain, Technical Services Portfolio says: “Decisions to reduce CCTV services were taken as part of the budget setting process at the beginning of the year and were based on findings following a budget consultation exercise with residents. Local businesses, Parish and Town Councils and the Police all benefit from the CCTV services and given the current climate we must now try to work with a number of these partner organisations, looking a new ways of delivering our CCTV services."

Both Cllr Mike Brain and the Mayor considered the meeting to be 'extremely positive' and the group will meet again in November to further discussions which will feed into the report to the District Council's Cabinet in due course.

Below is an article about the Henley CCTV from APRIL 2008

Nigel Hastilow wrote, "There is little justification for these cameras under any circumstances".

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Big Brother isn’t watching you - Reprinted from Edition 203 - 24th April 2008

Nigel HastilowBig Brother isn’t watching you, he’s towering over you, intimidating you and ruining your historic High Street. Henley is apparently so crime-ridden it needs the protection of two CCTV cameras, one right next to the historic church, the other – with unintended irony – outside the abandoned police station. There is little justification for these cameras under any circumstances. CCTV does not prevent crime.

If a crime takes place on the mean streets of Henley-in-Arden, the pictures will be relayed to some dozy security attendant in a locked room in Stratford-upon-Avon. He will be monitoring a bank of 80 or so separate screens showing the boring sights of every camera in the district. By the time he clocks that something’s afoot in Henley, it will have been and gone.

The best he could do is call the police and ask them to take a look. They, in turn, will much rather look at CCTV footage in the comfort of their headquarters a few days later than rush to the scene.

What sort of crime might these cameras actually prevent? Well, it’s possible vandals will be deterred from tipping flowers out of their pots and baskets. It’s even possible a few people will be put off parking on the double yellow lines in case CCTV footage is printed out and used in evidence against them.

The cameras could possibly intimidate an occasional gang of teenagers, though if they feel threatened they could sneakily move round the corner out of sight of the prying electronic eye. The cameras may deter burglars though that supposes the raiders won’t cheat and go round the back instead. Ram-raiders could get caught though elementary precautions like using a stolen car and wearing face masks would probably be enough to prevent detection by CCTV.

It is, indeed, difficult to imagine what practical use these intrusions into the conservation area might actually have. Even if they do make a modest difference, how can they possibly be worth the heavy price the town must pay for them? That price comes in various forms. There’s the cost to the local taxpayers and the price of 24/7 monitoring of their no doubt riveting footage of people buying their newspapers and going to the pub.

I rang Stratford Council to ask about this. These cameras cost the taxpayer £35,000. Monitoring the district’s CCTVs costs £250,000 a year. The aim is to cut crime by 15 per cent in three years. So far, according to the council’s own figures, crime has actually risen from 8,458 incidents a year to 9,855. But they claim the cameras have “helped” in the arrest of 546 people. Well they would say that, wouldn’t they?

Meanwhile there’s the unfashionable question of civil liberties. The council has a policy on this. Its systems “are operated in a manner that will secure their consistent effectiveness and preserve the civil liberty of law abiding citizens at all times”. Luckily, they promise that sensitive personal data won’t be used against us (the definitions say “Sensitive personal data is personal data which is deemed to be sensitive” – so that’s clear then). Mind you, they’re getting an extra 40 grand from the police to use cameras with automatic number-plate recognition, so if you’re sensitive about getting a parking ticket you’d better avoid the double yellows in future.

That might be regarded as a benefit but let’s face it, when the taxman (HMRC to you, sunshine) can lose the bumf on half the households in Britain, what confidence can any of us have that Stratford District Council will guarantee our privacy?

Then, finally, we have the fact that these monsters are there at all. The whole of the High Street is a conservation area. The council’s own conservation policy sets out in some detail what you can’t do to destroy the “street scene” in this historic location. It highlights this warning: “Please note that if either Listed Building Consent or Conservation Area Consent is required, it is a criminal offence to undertake works without it.”

On the face of it, the police should be asking the district council to help with their inquiries.

The council tells me these gantries do not need planning permission. I asked why they couldn’t be placed on the side of building. They can’t go on buildings for two reasons: because the owners would not give their permission and – stunningly – “because the majority have got conservation orders on them”. In other words, the buildings are too valuable to despoil but it’s OK to destroy the entire vista. Does this make sense to anyone?

Still, there’s no chance the police will investigate this clear breach of conservation area planning laws.

After all, the whole point of CCTV cameras is that they allow the police to abdicate all responsibility for policing. They are the cheap and cheerless substitute to bobbies on the beat. Everyone laughs at the Henley “community support officer”. It would be nice if real police officers showed their faces more often. CCTV will put paid to that.

The worst part of this is that some idiot invited CCTV into the town in the first place. Someone, somewhere (let’s face it, the parish council) must have thought it was a good idea. The district council spokesman told me the police, the CDRP (Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership) and the crime figures themselves determine where the cameras go.

She goes on: “Henley Parish Council have been demanding cameras for four or five years. As the crime statistics prove a need and the district council has finally been able to accommodate their wishes.” Even if it were a wizard wheeze, surely nobody expected this pair of monstrous carbuncles on the face of a much-loved friend. If the parish council knew what it was asking for then there’s no excuse. If they didn’t, then the sooner they demand their excision the better.

Even if the cameras reduce crime by 15 per cent in three years (fat chance), the price for tolerating this criminal damage to the environment is far too high.

I asked the council spokesman what the procedure was for getting rid of CCTV cameras. She said she didn’t have any advice about that.

Nigel Hastilow

Nigel Hastilow is a former resident of Henley, a highly respected political journalist

and a former the editor of The Birmingham Post.

Tourist Centre moving back to Bridgefoot

imageStratford-upon-Avon's Tourist Information Centre will be moving back to Bridgefoot in the New Year, with partners agreeing a target of moving no later than 31 January 2012.

Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Stratford-upon-Avon College have agreed to relocate Stratford's Tourist Information Centre at Bridgefoot after the building has been refurbished and in the meantime the current facility will remain in Henley Street.

Cllr Chris Saint, Leader of Stratford District Council says: “We've now been presented with a business case from the college and will be working together to progress this. A tourist information centre in Stratford-upon-Avon is vital to our tourist sector and local businesses and will be ideally situated in Bridgefoot.

“As well as securing the future of the TIC, Stratford District Council is pleased that under the new agreement will sponsor up to 10 apprenticeships. This is a fabulous opportunity giving young people important work experience, supporting the local economy and providing an essential service in our historic town."

Martin Penny, Principal at Stratford-upon-Avon College says: “We are delighted that we have reached this agreement and established a definite future for the TIC in the town. Many people have said previously that the TIC should be in the town centre and although we recognise the value of this, having now experienced this, the right location for the TIC is Bridgefoot. Currently footfall is 150,000 and we're hoping to increase that to 250,000.

“We are all looking forward to a grand opening at the start of the new tourist season next year which will no doubt be an extremely busy time with the forthcoming Olympics in 2012."

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Big Apple bookings for Linkedin coach from Henley

imageLinkedin coach Adam Petford has expanded his business to the United States after practicing exactly what he preaches.

The Henley-in-Arden-based businessman has used the social networking site to set up a number of coaching courses in New York, which have opened up new market opportunities for him.

In July, he challenged himself to demonstrate first hand just how powerful Linkedin really can be as a business generation tool by finding business opportunities in another part of the world.

Adam said: “As the Linkedin coach my primary role is to show businesses and professionals how to use Linkedin to develop new business opportunities. So I dedicated one hour a night during July to developing my business over there.

“I targeted and connected with sales directors of the major companies in Manhattan. Once connected I called them and the 11 phone calls I made generated 10 days’ worth of business.”

That initial foray has now led to further opportunities and Adam will make a return trip for another series of workshops in January.

He added: “I went from running my workshops in Solihull to running around New York City coaching sales teams from some of the biggest companies in the world! Going into major businesses with hard line New Yorkers and speaking in front of them with my English accent was a great experience and a real challenge for me – and now I have the chance to return.

“I was able to network and grow a series of business opportunities the other side of the world without spending a penny on marketing or making a single cold call – the power of Linkedin is demonstrated right there. And as the song says about New York, if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”

Spooky Night At Henley Tennis


Last Wednesday night Henley in Arden Tennis Club held their annual Halloween Tournament. They had the best ever turnout, which they were well able to accommodate now that they have the extra capacity of all their 7 courts having floodlights.

Members dressed up in all sorts of spooky costumes and a well-contested tournament was eventually won by Sian Corrie and Julie Fenwick. Afterwards the players enjoyed hot pumpkin soup and hotdogs in the decorated clubhouse.

Sian Corie reporting

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Referenda or Passing the Buck?

It appears that many governments are now consulting their electorate, so as to be able to claim they are democratic. Indeed when Tony Blair was Prime Minister he arranged referenda on devolution for Scotland and Wales but did not include England in the process, despite the political and financial impact this was bound to have on English taxpayers.

In Scotland Alex Salmon looks as though he is at last getting round to calling a referendum on UDI. Informed opinion indicates that the result will be a close run thing. To assist him, should the English now have a similar referendum on Scottish independence? Given that all the Scottish MPs would have to leave Westminster and the English subsidy of Scotland would cease, surely there would be no doubt about the result.

In a similar vein, the Greeks are proposing to hold a referendum on implementing the £880billion rescue deal agreed last week by Eurozone leaders to wipe half off the cash-strapped nation's debt. The deal has been criticised by Greeks who want to pull out of the euro and go bankrupt. Should not the Eurozone countries be holding national referenda on whether Greece should be expelled from the Eurozone for falsifying their accounts? The Greeks would get their wish to exit the Euro and the rest of Europe would be saved from continuing to bailing them out.

News of the referendum even took Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos by surprise, Greek media reported.

As the latest crisis unfolded, it was announced that Mr Papandreou would meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy along with leaders of the EU, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and eurozone leaders on the fringes of the G20 summit in Cannes on Wednesday. The Greek opposition has called for early elections, saying the referendum jeopardises Greece's EU membership. Mr Papandreou says he needs the backing of a referendum to successfully implement the tough reforms demanded by international lenders.

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Claverdon back to winning ways with a hard fought victory against local rivals

Saturday 29th October 2011


Try scorers – Mark Tilson, Paul Daws, Doz Ward, Tim Westmacott
Conversation – Ian Wyllie
Penalty – Ian Wyllie


Winger Tom Johnson is fast but gets caught

Claverdon travelled to old rivals Alcester to play in a long awaited league fixture in which the hosts welcomed their Presidents for their annual lunch. Injuries and absenteeism saw a shuffled pack with Jamie Orpwood back at prop, Chris Edsall in to second row and Olly Thorndale and Jean Visser in the back row. Mike Jay was back in at scrum half and Sam Harris started on the wing.

The visitors got off to a great start kicking down the hill and soon had the chance to take an early lead when Alcester strayed offside. Fly half Ian Wyllie pushed his kick just wide to let the home side off the hook but it wasn’t long before the lions did indeed take a well deserved lead. A pinpoint lineout from hooker Steve Grimsley found Jean Visser and a well worked drive saw the ball fed to Mark Tilson who touched down for his first ever Claverdon try. Wyllie missed the conversion.

With the first points on the board, it was only a matter of minutes before the visitors went over for their second try. Smart thinking by full back Paul Daws found Doz Ward with a quick lineout and Ward returned the favour for Daws to score under the posts with the Alcester defence caught completely off guard. Wyllie scored the routine conversion.

Alcester did attack in patches but the Claverdon defence remained firm and any threats were cancelled out with big hits across the park. With half hour of the game played, the lions scored their third try of the game. A clearance from the Alcester fly half was caught by winger Tom Johnson who side stepped the opposing defender before heading straight for the posts. With two defenders closing in he looped a pass out to Doz Ward who had the simple task of scoring out wide only for Wyllie to miss the conversion.

Only shortly after the restart and with Alcester attacking, a minor fracas saw substitute Tim Westmacott shown a yellow card. With the visitors a man short Alcester took full advantage when their outside centre made the most of some poor tackling to go in under the posts for a converted try just before the break.

7-17 Half Time


Lock Chris Edsall in trouble

As expected, the hosts came out in the second half on the attack but Claverdon managed to keep them at bay until they were restored back to their full quota and soon after this Wyllie added three points from a penalty.

Rolling subs had seen the introduction of flanker Ed Williams and centre Seb Hargreaves but unfortunately for Hargreaves he was only on the pitch for a matter of seconds before an awkward tackle left him with a broken leg. A forty minute break while this was dealt with then meant that the teams had to be moved to the other slightly smaller pitch and this seemed to disrupt the lions somewhat.

With Alcester attacking down the slope they were a constant threat for a long period but the Claverdon defence was immense and the hosts failed to cross the line with numerous attempts. Another altercation saw Paul Carruthers the second lions player to be sin binned and this one man advantage was capitalised on by Alcester. They pushed the ball out wide and used an overlap for their winger to score in the corner for a converted try and potentially secure a losing bonus point.

Only minutes left and a solid scrum gave a great platform for the Claverdon backs that had split either side of the scrum. Mike Jay fed Ian Wyllie who drew his man before offloading to Tim Westmacott who had ran a great line and outpaced the defenders to score in the corner for the all important bonus point try. At the same time it had cruelly taken away a losing bonus point for the hosts but this was a game that Claverdon had thoroughly deserved to win.

14-25 Full Time

This was a great result for Claverdon and much needed against a tough and physical Alcester side. It did come at a cost though with the nasty injury to Seb Hargreaves who we all hope recovers quickly and Claverdon would like to thank all at Alcester who kindly assisted with this incident.

Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos by Will Barnes

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The November edition of ‘Which ‘ magazine reports the results of a survey about how its members plan to combat rising energy bills this winter. Just over half (56%) plan to put on extra clothes and keep thermostat settings low. We do this. We wear long johns and sometimes two pairs of socks as well as jumpers. Doing this definitely keeps the bills down so why not join the majority.

imageInterestingly, 9% of those surveyed plan to keep warmer by moving around/exercising and 3% plan to stay in bed !!! The latter two are not always practical propositions if you have particular things to do, but wearing extra clothes is and the reduced thermostat setting saves 10% of your heating bill for every degree it is turned down. With reasonable clothing, 18 degrees is not too cold, unless you are sitting still for long periods. Normally, rooms at 19 degrees C are OK to sit in if you’re under sixty. If over sixty or infirm, 21 degrees C is recommended. In hallways and rooms that are not being used, turn radiators to a low setting and keep doors closed. Babies and young children should not have bedrooms above 19 degrees C. Bedrooms generally need no more than 16 degrees. To check the temperature, various types of thermometer are available. Look out for cardboard ones in which the numbers glow to indicate temperature. These are good because they don’t break when you drop them. They are especially useful in rooms with thermostatic radiator valves since the valves don’t normally have temperature numbers on them.

It is curious that some other ways of beating the bills weren’t mentioned at all in the survey results. Here are a few:-

Keep all doors and windows closed unless it is absolutely necessary to open them. If you need to open windows to air rooms, wait until early afternoon when outside temperatures are at their highest. This way the cooling effect of airing is minimised.

Turn off heating in rooms that aren’t being used and close the doors.

Turn the heating off half an hour or more before going to bed. The heat in the radiators will continue to heat rooms for a while after turning off. If you are going out for more than an hour turn the heating off or turn it down by 5 degrees – no point heating an empty house.

Close curtains at dusk.

The things in the list help to save energy and money but turning down the thermostat and wearing more clothes is the really big energy and money saver that costs you nothing so why not join the majority this winter?

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

October regulation changes

John GarnerMost new laws affecting businesses come into force on one of two common commencement dates each year: 6th April and 1st October. Here is a quick summary of the main changes which took place in October.

The National Minimum Wage rates have increased:
For pay periods beginning on or after 1 October 2011 you will have to pay all eligible workers the following (last year’s figures in brackets):

  • £6.08 an hour to workers aged 21 and above (£5.93)
  • £4.98 an hour to workers aged 18-20 (£4.92)
  • £3.68 an hour to workers aged below 18 who are no longer of compulsory school age (£3.64)

Apprentices aged under 19 years or in their first year, £2.60 per hour (£2.50); (all other apprentices receive the national minimum wage according to their age).

If you haven’t implemented these yet then you’ll need to backdate any increase to 1st October.

Agency worker rights:

(I wrote about this in September).

Once an agency worker completes 12 continuous calendar weeks' work with the same hirer in the same role they will be entitled to benefit from the same basic terms and conditions of employment enjoyed by the hirer's employees.

Agency workers will be able to accumulate these weeks even if they only work a few hours a week. Once the qualifying period is completed they must be treated as if they had been directly recruited on the first day of the assignment.

The new rules apply to temporary assignments starting on or after 1st October 2011. The new rules are not retrospective, i.e. for agency workers already on assignment the qualifying period will start as of 1st October 2011.

You can download a PDF guide to the Agency Workers Regulations here.

Annual returns:
There will be changes to some of the information companies are required to send to Companies House in their annual returns. See the Business Link guide here.

Beer Duty: (I put this in to see if you are still awake)

There will be a new duty on beer exceeding 7.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) that is produced in or imported into the UK, plus a reduced rate of duty on beer with an ABV of between 1.2% and 2.8%. Don’t worry, 7.5% is a lot stronger than you’ll generally find in Henley’s pubs but 2.8% is a lot weaker (I think!). See a guide on alcohol duties here.

Note also that unwrapped bread will be deregulated, and it will become possible to serve wine, beer and cider in new measures. Fascinating stuff! If you really want to you can read more about this here.

Now do try and keep up!

I thought the government was supposed to be getting rid of red tape… Hmm!

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Warnings from Trading Standards

Loan Scam

imageWarwickshire Trading Standards is warning consumers seeking loans to beware of unexpected/unsolicited approaches from 'businesses' offering these sorts of services. A consumer who was looking for a loan on-line received a phone call unexpectedly from someone who claimed he was eligible for a loan of £1500.

The 'trader' requested that the consumer first send a payment of £155 via a voucher payment system to cover the first month's repayment. This the consumer did, but was subsequently asked for a further £450 in several payments over a short period of time, all of which the consumer again sent, using the voucher system.

The trader then claimed that the vouchers were invalid and that the consumer's credit history was not good. The consumer was then asked form a further £170 which he refused to send.

At no time did the consumer receive his £1,500 loan.

This is an increasingly widespread scam, largely perpetrated by criminal gangs and often from abroad.

Consumers, however difficult they may be finding it to obtain a loan, should never agree to such approaches or send money. This is a scam and no loans are ever provided.

For more information visit our website:

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR SATURDAY 26th 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.

SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER in the Church Hall at 7.30pm. Teams of 4, £6.00 per person to include a Ploughmans. Cash bar and raffle. Contact Barbara Warmington 793640 for tickets.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Ken and Toni Whittaker will be demonstrating ‘A Garland for Christmas’ 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 17th November in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Colin Harris will give a talk on ‘The Ubiquitous Green Man’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB will be holding an Open Show with Michael Bowyer, national demonstrator. ‘Flowers for the Festive Season’ on November 8th in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets £8.00.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Derek Watson is “Wild about Lesvos” and will show us why at our next meeting on Tuesday November 15th from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Visitors are always 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 Paula Pugh on 015647 42781
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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