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Edition 287 - 17th November 2011
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Henley NEWS continues to increase in popularity. This edition is the largest ever at over 30 pages.


Remembrance Day Service and Parade


imageYoung and old came together to remember the Heroes of Henley who have served their country with distinction and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Dennis Cox, Chairman of the British Legion, said “The number of residents attending the annual service at St John's and the large number of young people showed the whole community recognised the magnificent contribution of our armed forces.

“The Legion is most grateful for the generous support we receive from Aston Cantlow, Bearley, Wilmcote, Wootton Wawen, Claverdon, Ullenhall, Henley and Beaudesert”.

The White Swan Hotel offered all veterans a pint of Spitfire ale on the house after the Henley parade.

In our next edition, Dr Douglas Bridgewater, an expert on WW1 history, will write about the Arden House School pupils whose names are on the memorial at Warwickshire College.



Following the theft of collecting boxes from The White Swan, One Stop and the Co-op, Henley NEWS broadcast a Newsflash to its readers at the request of Dennis Cox, Chairman of the British Legion, warning of this despicable act. We received the following readers' comments:

"Whoever did this will meet his/her judgment day."

"What sort of world are we living in! I know what I'd like to do to those despicable thieves, but unfortunately I cannot print it!"

"Having spent the last two weekends selling poppies around Aston Cantlow I must make sure my box is well out of sight near my front door. Can't believe such a thing can be done, but there again, why do we still experience surprise at some of the things happening today?"

"I learned today that as a direct result of your newsflash a number of people working in Forward House are making special donations to the appeal."

On Armistice Day at 11pm on 11/11/11 a small crowd gathered outside St John's Church for 2 minutes silence in memory of all those gallant service personnel who lost their lives in world wars and conflicts.

After a short service on the main road outside the church a short remembrance service was conducted inside the church by the Rector John Ganjavi. A packed audience heard children from the local primary schools read appropriate poems. Prayers and hymns were enjoyed by all those present.

A big thank you goes to the British Legion under the auspices of the Chairman Dennis Cox and Secretary/Treasurer Les Goodman.

Basil Sayer

Rotary Community Award to Barbara Warmington


imageAsking the Honorary Burgess to present the Rotary Award the Vice President of Henley Rotary Club, Tony Capps, reminded the meeting that it was awarded, not for high office or spectacular deeds, but for quiet, steadfast service to the Town and its institutions.

Barbara Warmington epitomized these virtues: she had only recently after many years given up being treasurer of the WI though she continued her duties as treasurer of the Inner Wheel, Rotary’s sister organisation. She was indefatigable in her support for St John’s and St Nicholas’s; appearing on many of their committees and at all their many events and fund raising activities. Many in the meeting that night will have enjoyed her garden parties at Alne House and if when you  asked the ”less than mobile” how they got there or how they got home they usually said “Oh Barbara drove me”.

Vice President Tony said he believed that this was truly “service above self”- the Rotary motto and Rotary were delighted to recognise her service to Henley in Arden.

Rotarian Alec Halliwell reporting


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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Court Leet AGM - 2011


The Annual General Meeting of the Henley in Arden Court Leet and Court Baron was held in the Guild Hall on the 9th November 2011 with Honorary Burgess Alec Halliwell presiding.

imageThe Steward of the Court, David Lodder, opened proceedings, with prayers conducted by the Chaplain Rev John Ganjavi, after which Alec Halliwell gave a greeting from Robin Hardy Freed, The Lord of the Manor. Reports about the work of the Court were delivered by the officers and representatives of town organisations.

The Jurors then retired, were sworn in by the Steward and held the customary election of officers for the forthcoming year.  Mr John Tristram (pictured right) was elected High Bailiff in succession to Mr John Rutherford and Mr Fred Dowling was elected Low Bailiff. The Jurors then returned and the High Bailiff and Low Bailiff were invested with the insignia of their Offices.

The High Bailiff delivered his acceptance address and thanked the many Distinguished Guests for attending the meeting, including the High & Low Bailiff of Alcester, the Bailiff and Reeve of Bromsgrove and the Bailiff of Warwick, together with their respective Consorts.

The High Bailiff stated that he wished to get the Jurors more involved in Court activities and invited them to attend an ‘Open’ Business Meeting on 17th January 2012 to discuss future events. The meeting closed and guests joined the Court for light refreshments.

Following an appeal from the High Bailiff for assistance from the Jurors in restoring the Guild Hall to its normal layout on Thursday morning, he would like to thank those who responded and duly turned out to help.

John Tristram - High Bailiff

Slideshow of the AGM

History of Henley - Who Owns the Market Cross?


The above report appeared in the Birmingham Post on 9th November 1966. This article states that the Court Leet is responsible for looking after the town's ancient monuments and documents in the County Record Office show that an insurance claim was made and the repair work was undertaken by the Guild Hall Trust.

The answer to the question in the headline, according to David Lodder - Steward of the Manor, is the cross stands on land which is part of the Lord's Waste and Jonathan Dovey provides further information about this unique part of Henley's history.


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MP Visits St Mary’s

imageNadim Zahawi, Stratford District MP, visited St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Henley in Arden on Friday 4th November. The MP had a tour of the school and was struck by the pace of developments since the new leadership team had taken over in September.

Nadim stated that the school is now a stunning environment for the children. He agreed that the future plans for a new playground and ICT suite will ensure that the standard of education will continue with this exponential growth.

Mr Zahawi spent some time answering the children’s questions. They asked him a range of challenging questions about budget cuts, proposed high speed railway links and what he enjoys about the job. He was astounded by the level of understanding the children had about local issues and the eloquence of the children.

He was so impressed with the children from St Mary’s that he invited them to Westminster to have a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

R Perry reporting

Christmas comes early to Henley Primary School!


Christmas came early to Henley Primary School this week as the whole school got down to the task of making Christmas cards.

This was not down to the teachers being ultra organised but was necessary to send them off to a company called ‘Mini-Me’ who will make them into a professional card. The children will receive one card of their design free and are then able to purchase further copies. Any copies purchased will provide extra funds for the PTA who are currently raising money to purchase 16 net books so the children can access the internet through a wi-fi system, soon to be installed.

In addition to this, all cards will get entered into a competition to win a nature based prize for the school and twelve copies of the child’s card for themselves. Children have really enjoyed Christmas arriving early in school!

Reported by Year Six Newshound Erin Hamblett (Pictured above with her Christmas card design)

Christmas Lights and Carol Service

Saturday 3rd December at 5 pm - Market Cross

The annual Carol Service and Christmas Lights Switch On will take place in front of the Market Cross at 5 pm on Saturday 3rd December. Local residents are invited to join together to sing carols accompanied by the Alcester Silver Band and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies provided by the Beaudesert and Henley Ex-Service Social Fund.


Following the switch on, there will be a Christmas Fayre in the Guild Hall Garden with lots of prizes for the children. The proceeds from the Fayre will go to the Children's Acorn Hospice.

Jubilee Committee gets down to work

imageimageThe Diamond Jubilee Committee held its first working meeting under the chairmanship of John Alexander.
Three sub committees have been established for each of the three separate events we are planning.

We discussed them in detail at our first working meeting to ensure we had looked at the broadest scope for each event and some new and exciting areas opened up that we will be exploring in the coming weeks.
A new communications and fund raising group was also suggested and we should all start to see some news emanating from this very soon.

Torquil Pottery are considering producing a special Henley & Beaudesert commemorative mug - more details later.

John Alexander reporting

Proposed 1953 Coronation Programme - 5th March 1953


Henley-in-Arden Reaches X Factor Final

TalkTalk donate X Factor Live Final tickets to local initiative

posterTalkTalk, the broadband phone and mobile provider, has donated 4 tickets to The X Factor Live Final at Wembley Arena to local youth club and community centre The HUB @ Henley. The tickets will be raffled to raise funds for the centre. The ticket offer is part of TalkTalk’s year long sponsorship of The HUB @ Henley.

Peter Crathorne, Chairman of the Hub Steering Group in Henley in Arden said: “TalkTalk have been really supportive this year and provided us with much needed funds for The HUB @ Henley. We are very excited to be able to offer tickets to The X Factor Live Final in our raffle and we are sure that they will raise considerable amounts of money for the club, and give two lucky winners an unforgettable experience.”

Tristia Clarke, Commercial Director of TalkTalk said: “The X Factor is a national obsession every year and TalkTalk are excited to be able to offer even more opportunities for people to take part in the excitement by making the X Factor Live Final bigger than ever before. We hope the money raised from the tickets will allow The HUB @ Henley to carry on their great work.”

Alongside the 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.

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New Homes Offer Peace Of Mind To House Buyers



Savvy buyers looking to move house in the current market can now secure some incredible deals and, according to Taylor Wimpey Midlands, the decision to buy new at Farriers Cross in Henley-in-Arden could be a particularly shrewd move. Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, comments:  “A home is probably the most expensive investment you’ll ever make and it’s important to make the right decision; preferably one that’s going to give you the most house for your money now and incur as little future expense as possible.

“Choosing a new build can save homeowners thousands on DIY, maintenance and improvements, not to mention savings in areas such as fuel bills. Add to this the different financial incentives and assistance packages we can offer at the time of purchase, and the savings and benefits really do start to add up.”

If you’re not convinced, the house builder has five reasons as to why buying new is best to help make up your mind.

  1. Low maintenance, flexible living - new homes are designed to accommodate modern lifestyles and offer features such as en-suite bathrooms, modern appliances and flexible three storey living space not often found in older homes.
  2. More affordable short and long term - a study by Taylor Wimpey using Energy Performance Certificates revealed that those living in a new home could use 55% less energy, save 65% on heating, lighting and hot water bills and generate 72% less CO2 emissions than those living in a second hand property. This means running a new home is more cost efficient and friendlier to the environment!
  3. Special incentives and moving packages – buying a new home means you can take advantage of a host of financial incentives that wouldn’t usually be available with an older property. You could get your stamp duty paid, enjoy a house to home removals service, take advantage of a first time buyer scheme or get new furniture, fixtures and fittings included in the price.
  4. You can make your mark - buyers have a blank canvas onto which to stamp their individuality rather than going through the cost and effort of putting right other people’s decoration and DIY disasters – something the majority of home owners are keen to avoid, especially with the cost of living putting a big squeeze on finances.
  5. Peace of mind - ongoing structural maintenance of older properties can be a costly and time-consuming business and many owners are forced to bring in the professionals for major jobs. All new Taylor Wimpey properties come with an NhbC certificate so you can relax knowing that the structure of your home is guaranteed for 10 years.
Farriers Cross, Taylor Wimpey’s latest development in the area, is a collection of just 30 homes comprising two bedroom coach houses, two bedroom apartments, three bedroom terraced houses and four and five bedroom detached homes, priced from £174,995 through to £419,995.

For further information visit Farriers Cross, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log onto:

Rosie Marshalsay reporting

JPC Grant Awards for 2012

The details for this year's grants have been published at:

imageEach year the Parish Council invites applications from local community groups and voluntary organisations for consideration of a community grant. Details and general information is shown below.


General Information

The Council will only make donations to local voluntary groups, charities or clubs. It cannot accept applications for funding to support an individual, such as sports sponsorship etc. Applicants must demonstrate that the grant will directly benefit the area or its inhabitants, or part of it or some of them.

Where an application for a grant covers more than one organisation (beneficiary), then each beneficiary must supply its own relevant information in the application for a grant.

notes on completion of application form

Note 1: Applications must be made from an address within the Parish of either Beaudesert or Henley in Arden. If it is not, you must include evidence to show how the inhabitants of our Parish will benefit by the grant and your organisation.

Note 2: The Parish Council can only provide grants to not-for-profit organisations. It cannot fund activities for political parties or pressure groups.

Note 3: The Parish Council will give priority to applications from organisations who have identified a specific project over a fixed timescale. Grants are not usually considered for routine day-to-day running expenses such as heating and lighting. Applicants who wish to be considered for the latter must demonstrate that they have no other source of funding in which to generate the revenue requested in the grant application.

Note 4: Applicants must state explicitly what the grant money will be used for - money awarded can only be used for the purpose(s) stated on the application form. Having received the grant, recipient organisations will be asked to produce a follow-up report for the money received in accordance with the timescale shown on their application. Evidence of invoices paid or other documentation will be requested to demonstrate correct use of the grant money. Grant money not spent should be returned to the Council for re-distribution at the next grant allocation cycle.

Note 5: In addition to the explanation of the use for the grant on your application form, groups are encouraged to speak to the Council during the Public Participation session of the JPC meeting to be held on Monday 5th December 2011 commencing 7.15pm. Attendance to represent your group is by no means essential, but it can support an application and also provides Councillors with an opportunity to ask any questions that may assist in the decision-making.

Note 6: You must include with your completed application form, copies of the following documents:

A recent bank statement for your organisation (in last three months)
The last Audited accounts
A summary of Income and Expenditure for the last year
Please note your application may not be considered if you do not include all of the requested information.

Applications are now invited for grants to be awarded in April 2012

To receive a Word version of the application form and guidance notes or to ask any questions relating to the grants process, please email or contact the Officer, Jenny Walsh - details below. Alternatively, you can collect a copy of the forms from the Parish Office. (It is helpful if you can telephone before arrival then papers can be set aside for collection).

Mrs J Walsh - Officer for the Council
Tel: 01564 795499 Email:



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The annual Warwickshire Rural Community Council awards took place at Warwickshire College on Wednesday 2nd November.

Overall winners were: Gold Award - Wolvey, Silver Award - Long Compton, Bronze Award - Quinton

These awards recognise outstanding work in Warwickshire by local organisations and this year there were 34 entries.

6 Entries from Henley


Douglas & Sue Bridgewater with Riverland Garden Project



Dawn Leech & Jonathan Dovey with Guild Hall Brochures



Ray Evans, Carol Robson & Annette Walker with the HADS Productions


The other entries

2 Awards for Henley-in-Arden


Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel


John Stott - Make Henley Greener


Community Heroes - SILVER AWARDimage

John Latham who proposed Johnsons, congratulates John and Peter Johnson on their award.

This category recognises the special part businesses play in the life of a community and in Henley in Arden, this could only be one company, Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel.

The entry was prepared by John Latham, Rob Kingscott and Bill Leech and described the important contribution that the Johnson family have made to Henley and the outstanding achievements of the company as a national exemplar in the coach and bus industry.

Sustainable Environment - BRONZE AWARD


Cllr Roger Hubbocks, Chairman of the Joint Parish Council, congratulates John Stott for the Sustainable Environment
award for over 250 articles in Henley News about Make Henley Greener

This is a new award category and John Stott's (pictured right) regular Make Henley Greener articles in Henley NEWS over the last 5 years secured a Bronze award.

Make Henley Greener aims to educate the residents of Henley-in-Arden and the surrounding area about any and all issues associated with climate change, reducing carbon pollution and in particular about how to save energy. The result of such education is people and organisations taking actions to reduce their carbon footprint. Started by Margaret Anderson, it has been run by John Stott for the past 4 years with assistance, from time to time, of other interested people. Its work is wholly voluntary.

Congratulations from the High Bailiff

imageThe new High Bailiff, John Tristram said, "Congratulations to all those who received awards at the ceremony on 2nd November, particularly to the overall winners, Wolvey, Long Compton and Quinton.

'My admiration goes to all those who put in so much effort to enter the competition and the high standards of all the entries. Special congratulations to our local winners, Johnson Coach & Bus Travel and John Stott, who achieved success in the face of such strong competition.

'It is very rewarding to see local people and businesses making so much effort, not just in entering the competition, but running successful enterprises throughout the year."


Recent Property Sales in Henley

44 High Street
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AN
22nd July 2011
40 High Street
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AN
10th June 2011
Stonehouse Cottage
125a High Street
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AU
17th May 2011
20 Glenhurst Road
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5HZ
12th September 2011
2 Tudor Court
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5AP
31st August 2011
1, Yew Trees
High Street
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5BN
26th August 2011
42 Brook End Drive
Henley-in-Arden, B95 5JD
26th August 2011

You can view all previous sales information by visiting

My Day at Twickenham by St Mary’s pupil


At 7.45am on Saturday October 15th a group of friends and I met at our school gates for what was going to be the trip of a lifetime. After two hours in the car, which was a little bit boring, we arrived at Twickenham for the historic Rugby World Cup handover Ceremony.

When we arrived at the rugby stadium we got split into four groups before playing a quick game of tag rugby and stuck in the mud. Then we all went on a tour of the Stadium. It was really cool because I sat in one of the England player’s benches. We also learned that rugby players have ice cold baths after their games.

Next we went on a treasure hunt and got given chocolate gold coins as prizes. Then it was time for lunch and after that the filming for the handover ceremony. The filming was really exciting because we were all given either a red or white England Rugby 2015 t-shirt to wear so when we formed together it would look on camera like the St George’s flag.

The filming took place because New Zealand the hosts of the recent Rugby World Cup were handing over to England who will be the host nation of the next World Cup in 4 years time. Only 250 school children aged between 8-10 years old were invited from all over England so the 10 of us were really lucky to go.

Then it was time to go home. It had been a really good but tiring day out. We were given mini-sponge rugby balls before we left and got to keep our England 2015 t-shirts.

By Salem Al-Hamati (aged 10)

Rotarians support Warwick Hospital’s Breast Unit

imageMembers of Henley Rotary Club were present last Friday at Warwick Hospital for the official opening of the superbly-equipped Breast Unit (the Helen Clark suite).

On behalf of the club Rotarian David Brain presented a donation of £1,250 to Graham Morrell, Chairman of the Trust Fund whose efforts have enabled the Unit to be an outstanding example of how outside financial support can make such a difference.

“We’re delighted to be able to make this contribution,” commented David. “It represents the proceeds of our charity Golf Day held in September and, looking round at this excellent facility, I know everyone who took part will be more than pleased to have been involved.”

Rotarian Michael Redman reporting


St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar

posterOne of the first signs of Christmas in Henley is the  St Johns Church Bazaar and this will be taking place this year  on Saturday 26th November  between 11.00am and 3.00pm in the Church Hall Beaudesert Lane.
Following the success of previous years hot lunches will again be served, in addition to the usual refreshments,  giving visitors an opportunity to make this a real  social occasion.
There will be plenty of goods on sale, including clothes, bric-a brac, china, gifts, cosmetics, handicrafts, jams and pickles as well as the popular bottle tombola.
Local residents are encouraged to come along  to pick up a bargain or two and enjoy a spot of lunch as well.

Rob Kingscott reporting

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Bonfire and Fantastic Fireworks by the Scouts

A wonderful time was had by all at the Bonfire and Fantastic Fireworks hosted by the 1st Henley & Wootton Scout Group on Saturday 5th November.

The event was very well attended and the Scout Group would like to thank residents and visitors who came along and made it such a fun and friendly event. Funds raised will go towards the maintenance of the scout hut and other scout equipment.


The group welcomes boys and girls from 6 to 18, in the various age groups from Beavers, to Cubs to Scouts, and then onwards into the Explorer group from age 14. All sections exist to provide a fun environment, with an emphasis on outdoor activities. They meet at the scout hut on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. To make an enquiry please contact

Caroline Daw reporting

The Difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England explained


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Why The Greek Economy is in Meltdown


Unfortunately we have no idea who wrote this article, and as an obvious resident in the Athens area or frequent visitor to the city they would possibly rather stay anonymous. Whilst we can offer no comment on the accuracy of the figures quoted  the profligacy of the Greek people and Government over past years is well documented. After reading this it is probably very hard to feel any sympathy with those Greeks who are now refusing to accept their past failings and move towards re-paying their enormous debts.

imageEven on a stiflingly hot summer's day, the Athens underground is a pleasure. It is air-conditioned, with plasma screens to entertain passengers relaxing in cool, cavernous departure halls - and the trains even run on time. There is another bonus for users of this state-of-the-art rapid transport system: it is, in effect, free for the five million people of the Greek capital. With no barriers to prevent free entry or exit to this impressive tube network, the good citizens of Athens are instead asked to 'validate' their tickets at honesty machines before boarding. Few bother. This is not surprising: fiddling on a Herculean scale — from the owner of the smallest shop to the most powerful figures in business and politics — has become as much a part of Greek life as ouzo and olives.

Indeed, as well as not paying for their metro tickets, the people of Greece barely paid a penny of the underground’s £1.5 billion cost — a ‘sweetener’ from Brussels (and, therefore, the UK taxpayer) to help the country put on an impressive 2004 Olympics free of the city’s notorious traffic jams. The transport perks are not confined to the customers. Incredibly, the average salary on Greece’s railways is £60,000, which includes cleaners and track workers - treble the earnings of the average private sector employee here.

The over ground rail network is as big a racket as the EU-funded underground. While its annual income is only £80 million from ticket sales, the wage bill is more than £500m a year — prompting one Greek politician to famously remark that it would be cheaper to put all the commuters into private taxis. ‘We have a railroad company which is bankrupt beyond comprehension,’ says Stefans Manos, a former Greek finance minister. ‘And yet, there isn’t a single private company in Greece with that kind of average pay.’

Significantly, since entering Europe as part of an ill-fated dream by politicians of creating a European super-state, the wage bill of the Greek public sector has doubled in a decade. At the same time, perks and fiddles reminiscent of Britain in the union-controlled 1970s have flourished. Ridiculously, Greek pastry chefs, radio announcers, hairdressers and masseurs in steam baths are among more than 600 professions allowed to retire at 50 (with a state pension of 95 per cent of their last working year’s earnings) — on account of the ‘arduous and perilous’ nature of their work.

This week, it was reported that every family in Britain could face a £14,000 bill to pay for Greece’s self-inflicted financial crisis. Such fears were denied yesterday after Brussels voted a massive new £100bn rescue package which, it insisted, would not need a contribution from Britain. Even if this is true — and many British MPs have their doubts — we will still have to stump up £1billion to the bailout through the International Monetary Fund.

In return for this loan, European leaders want the Greeks’ free-spending ways to end immediately if the country is to be prevented from ‘infecting’ the world’s financial system. Naturally, the Greek people are not happy about this. In Constitution Square this week, opposite the parliament, I witnessed thousands gathering to campaign against government cuts designed to save the country from bankruptcy. After running battles with riot police, who used tear gas to disperse protesters, thousands are still camped out in the square ahead of a vote by Greek politicians next week on whether to accept Europe-imposed austerity measures. Yet these protesters should direct their anger closer to home — to those Greeks who have for many years done their damndest to deny their country the dues they owe it.


The suburb of Kifissia

Take a short trip on the metro to the city’s cooler northern suburbs and you will find an enclave of staggering opulence. Here, in the suburb of Kifissia, amid clean, tree-lined streets full of designer boutiques and car showrooms selling luxury marques such as Porsche and Ferrari, live some of the richest men and women in the world. With its streets paved with marble, and dotted with charming parks and cafes, this suburb is home to shipping tycoons such as Spiros Latsis, a billionaire and friend of Prince Charles, as well as countless other wealthy industrialists and politicians. One of the reasons they are so rich is that rather than paying millions in tax to the Greek state, as they rightfully should, many of these residents are living entirely tax-free. Along street after street of opulent mansions and villas, surrounded by high walls and with their own pools, most of the millionaires living here are, officially, virtually paupers.

How so? Simple: they are allowed to state their own earnings for tax purposes, figures which are rarely challenged. And rich Greeks take full advantage. Astonishingly, only 5,000 people in a country of 12 million admit to earning more than £90,000 a year — a salary that would not be enough to buy a garden shed in Kifissia. Yet studies have shown that more than 60,000 Greek homes each have investments worth more than £1m, let alone unknown quantities in overseas banks, prompting one economist to describe Greece as a ‘poor country full of rich people’.

imageManipulating a corrupt tax system, many of the residents simply say that they earn below the basic tax threshold of around £10,000 a year, even though they own boats, second homes on Greek islands and properties overseas. And, should the taxman rumble this common ruse, it can be dealt with using a ‘fakelaki’ — an envelope stuffed with cash. There is even a semi-official rate for bribes: passing a false tax return requires a payment of up to 10,000 euros (the average Greek family is reckoned to pay out £2,000 a year in fakelaki.)

Even more incredibly, Greek shipping magnates — the king of kings among the wealthy of Kifissia — are automatically exempt from tax, supposedly on account of the great benefits they bring the country. Yet the shipyards are empty; once employing 15,000, they now have less than 500 to service the once-mighty Greek shipping lines which, like the rest of the country, are in terminal decline.

With Greek President George Papandreou calling for a crackdown on these tax dodgers — who are believed to cost the economy as much as £40bn a year — he is now resorting to bizarre means to identify the cheats. After issuing warnings last year, government officials say he is set to deploy helicopter snoopers, along with scrutiny of Google Earth satellite pictures, to show who has a swimming pool in the northern suburbs — an indicator, officials say, of the owner’s wealth. Officially, just over 300 Kifissia residents admitted to having a pool. The true figure is believed to be 20,000. There is even a boom in sales of tarpaulins to cover pools and make them invisible to the aerial tax inspectors.

‘The most popular and effective measure used by owners is to camouflage their pool with a khaki military mesh to make it look like natural undergrowth,’ says Vasilis Logothetis, director of a major swimming pool construction company. ‘That way, neither helicopters nor Google Earth can spot them.’

But faced with the threat of a crackdown, money is now pouring out of the country into overseas tax havens such as Liechtenstein, the Bahamas and Cyprus. ‘Other popular alternatives include setting up offshore companies in Cyprus or the British Virgin Islands, or the purchase of real estate abroad,’ says one doctor, who declares an income of less than £90,000 yet earns five times that amount. There has also been a boom in London property purchases by Athens-based Greeks in an attempt to hide their true worth from their domestic tax authorities.

‘These anti-tax evasion measures by the government force us to resort to even more detailed tax evasion ploys,’ admits Petros Iliopoulos, a civil engineer. Hotlines have been set up offering rewards for people who inform on tax dodgers. Last month, to show the government is serious, it named and shamed 68 high-earning doctors found guilty of tax evasion. ‘We will spare no effort to collect what is due to the state,’ said Evangelos Venizelos, the new Greek finance minister of the socialist ruling party. ‘We promise to draft and apply a new and honest tax system, one that has been needed for decades, so that taxes are duly paid by those who should pay.’

imageYet, already, it is too late. Greece is effectively bust — relying on EU cash from richer northern European countries, but this has been the case ever since the country finally joined the euro in 2001. Two years earlier, the country was barred from entering because it did not meet the financial criteria. No matter: the Greeks simply cooked the books. Two years later, having falsely claimed to have met standards relating to manufacturing and industrial production and low inflation, the Greeks were allowed in. Funds poured into the country from across Europe and the Greeks started spending like there was no tomorrow.

Money flowed into all areas of public life. As a result, for example, the Greek school system is now an over-staffed shambles, employing four times more teachers per pupil than Finland, the country with the highest-rated education system in Europe. ‘But we still have to pay for tutors for our two children,’ says Helena, an Athens mother. ‘The teachers are hopeless — they seem to spend their time off sick.’

Although Brussels has now agreed to provide the next stage of its debt payment programme to safeguard the country’s immediate economic future, the Greek media still carries ominous warnings that the military may be forced to step in should the country’s foray into Europe end in ignominy, bankruptcy and rising violence. For now, the crisis has simply been delayed. With European taxpayers facing the prospect of saving Greece from bankruptcy for the second year in a row, some say even the £100bn on offer will pay off only the interest on the country’s debts — meaning it will be broke again within two years. Meanwhile, there are doom-laden warnings that the collapse of the Greek economy could be the catalyst for another global recession.

Perhaps if the Greeks themselves had shown more willingness to tighten their belts and pay taxes due to the state, voters across Europe might not now be feeling such anger towards them. But having strolled the streets of Kifissia, and watched the Greek hordes stream past the honesty boxes on the underground, it does not take a degree in European economics to know when somebody is taking advantage — at our expense.

This discussion started with a very interesting article in the British Airways in-flight magazine this month by Tim Harford, also known as the Undercover Economist in his FT column. The Warwickshire Business Club, which is based in Henley, continued it on their Linkedin forum. If you are a member of Linkedin, click here to read this discussion.

Newly designed E-Safety logo

imageRecently, at the Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School, a competition was held to design a logo to represent the high level of e-safety within the school.

One of the Year Two pupils, pictured above, was the proud winner of the competition. Her design was made into the logo that appears on the school letterhead and also around school next to each computer, reminding the children of the importance of keeping safe whilst using devices that connect to the internet/provide communication.

The school was also recently awarded the much coveted ‘e-safety award’ in recognition of the high standards of care provided on this subject.

Elaine Field reporting

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A Pensions NEST egg?

John GarnerNEST stands for National Employment Savings Trust, but let me explain its significance.

From 2012 employers will have to enrol into a workplace pension their employees who:

are not already in a workplace pension scheme
•are at least 22 years old
•have not yet reached State Pension Age
•earn more than the minimum earnings threshold (currently £7475 a year)
•work, or ordinarily work, in the UK.

The law on workplace pensions is changing (again!) and every employer will have to act. The new duties upon employers come in from October 2012 but will be phased in gradually over the following 4 years. This timescale is intended to give employers time to get prepared and have systems in place.

Do you remember Stakeholder Pensions from 10 years or more ago? Employees weren’t very interested so here’s another attempt to persuade people to provide for their old age. The state won’t be able to afford it so the government wants people to do it for themselves. Again.

Employers will have to:

•choose a qualifying workplace pension scheme
•enrol eligible workers into that qualifying scheme
•make a minimum contribution towards employees’ pensions
•automatically re-enrol, every three years, eligible employees who have left a qualifying pension scheme.

Many employers, certainly the larger ones, already have a pension provision for their employees, and this will often match or exceed the minimum requirements of the new duties. In these cases employers may simply need to check that the minimum requirements are covered in their existing scheme.

Employees don’t have to join the scheme if they don’t want to but, if not, they must specifically opt out.

Although Automatic Enrolment starts to take effect in October 2012, it won’t affect all employers at the same time. Each employer will have a date on which they have to begin the process of automatic enrolment. This is referred to as the ‘staging date’. The largest employers (all those with more than 50 people in a PAYE scheme) are staged in line with their size from October 2012 to July 2014. Those employers with less than 50 people in their PAYE scheme will be staged between August 2014 and February 2016.

Employers can find out their exact staging date by checking The Pensions Regulator website.

Now, back to NEST and where it fits in. It’s a new government backed pension scheme which has been designed as an option for those largely new to pension saving and is available for any employer who chooses to use it. It is intended to provide a straightforward means by which employers can meet their new pension duties.

So if you’re not sure which pension provider to choose, NEST is available for you.

You’ll have noticed that the employer will be forced to make a contribution to the employer’s pension; this wasn’t the case with Stakeholder Pensions.

I said last week that I thought the government was supposed to be reducing red tape for small businesses. Here’s another great example then!

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Incident Overview
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for October 2011:


Crime in Your Area
Burglary Dwellings are comparable with last month, but have increased slightly when compared to last year, although they remain low overall when compared to other areas. In Henley three burglaries were committed, the first being in Edge Lane where entry was gained to a property by disconnecting the alarm and forcing a ground floor window, once within offender/s have stolen a quantity of jewellery and camera equipment. In Brookend Drive, Henley, a property was entered by forcing the front and rear door, once within offender/s have taken a laptop, jewellery and a pillowcase which is believed to have been taken to carry the property. In Prince Harry Road, Henley, a property was entered via an insecure front door, once within offender/s have stolen the keys to a black Mercedes Sports Car, however the offender/s were disturbed and left without the vehicle leaving the scene in an old style silver Ford Mondeo, which was last seen heading towards Claverdon.

On the Stratford Road in Wootton Wawen offender/s attempted to force entry into a property by using a crowbar to force a ground floor window.   In Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen entry was forced to a garage and once within offender/s have stolen a quadbike, remote control cars and eight paintball guns. 

Criminal Damage has reduced significantly in comparison with last year and last month. In Henley two incidents were recorded, the first at the youth centre on the Warwick Road where damage was caused to the pool table and fire exit door, the youth was identified and dealt with appropriately. A window was smashed at Henley School, possibly by a stone being thrown at it. 

Anti Social Behaviour has increased slightly on last month, but has decreased significantly when compared to last year. Three incidents have been recorded in Henley, the first on the High Street where officers attended to move on rowdy youths in drink. An incident was recorded at Riverhouse School, Henley where officers attended to deal with a rowdy/aggressive pupil. An incident was recorded on Henley High Street/Warwick Road where fireworks had been let off by a youth, officers attended and gave strong words of advice and a verbal warning, local shops were also advised not to sell fireworks to the youth or anybody with him as he was no deemed a responsible adult. On the Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen officers attended to advise two parties concerning a disagreement regarding a dent caused to a vehicle. 

Theft from Motor Vehicles has risen slightly when compared to last month, but is comparable with last year and remains low when compared to other areas. An incident was recorded in Warwick Road, Henley, where a number plate to a vehicle was stolen. 

Violence has reduced when compared with last year and last month and remains low in comparison with other areas. Some minor incidents have been recorded in Henley. All have been dealt with appropriately by officers.

The next Community Forum will be held 15th December, 7pm, Wootton Wawen Village Hall, Wootton Wawen - If you have a specific concern then come along to the local surgery, where you will be able to speak to your local Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford District Council Officer.

The next Henley Community Surgery will be held, 30th November, 11:30am, Henley Baptist Church Hall - The surgery gives you the opportunity to speak to members of the Parish Council & Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team about the issues that concern you, while giving you feedback regarding what is happening in the community.

The next Henley Police Surgery will be held 9th November, & 7th December between 11am – 11:30am, Mobile Police Station, Henley Medical Centre Car Park – A drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team.

The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 8th December, 7pm, Henley Fire Station

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207. 

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Stratford-on-Avon District Council has recently introduced the Stray/Lost Dog Finder to its website, a free service developed by the Dog Warden Service to make it easier to search for missing pets.

Dog owners can now quickly report their dog as missing on the District Council’s Lost Dog Finder web page – - through simply filling in an online form. When a lost dog is found by a member of the public, its description and location is immediately uploaded onto the same virtual platform, giving the dog owner the opportunity to view and locate their missing dog at any time.

If a dog is still missing, owners can now regularly check the website to see if their dog has been found saving time having to call the District Council’s Contact Centre for updates. 

As soon as the dog warden picks up the dog from where it was found it will be routinely checked for ID in the form of a tag (which by law all dogs must wear when out in public under The Control of Dogs Order 1992) or scanned for a microchip.  If no ID is present the dog will be taken to holding kennels where the owner will need to pay a £50 fine, if the dog has ID, the owner will be contacted immediately and the dog will be returned to its owner.  

If your dog has been found and is listed on the website, you must call the Contact Centre on 01789 260839 between 8.45am and 5pm Monday to Friday to claim your dog; please be aware, by law your dog only has 7 days to be claimed or else it could be rehomed.  You will need to pay the fine and be asked some security questions relating to the dog to make sure it is your dog you are claiming and you will be told where you need to collect your dog from.

Sophie Peacock, Stratford District Council’s Animal Welfare Officer says: “With the help of this new online tool the District Council will continue to make every effort to link dogs identified as strays with dogs reported as missing, making the process less stressful for dog owners. Although the Council is committed to returning stray dogs to their owners, I would like to take this opportunity to remind dog owners to give their pets an identity tag making it easier and less stressful for dogs and owners alike to be reunited.”


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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.

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 Ploughman's. Cash bar and raffle. Contact Barbara Warmington 793640 for tickets.

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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