Warwickshire Village Competitions Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010
Harry Joseph Hall
19th December 1989 – 17th October 2011
100 mourners attended the Robin Hood Crematorium on 21st November to
express their sympathy to Harry’s family, to bear witness
together their shock at Harry’s untimely and unexplained death
and to draw comfort from one another as they mourned a young man whose
life had been much too short.
in Henley at the age of thirteen and the town knew immediately that he
was here. He was one of a group of youngsters who challenged every
aspect of the civilised life so treasured by the residents of our town.
This group of mainly boys seemed to have no boundaries, no respect for
themselves or others; they had no ambition, no desire to do well in
school and spent their time making life very difficult for their fellow
citizens and parents. I know this because at the time I was working as
the Youth Leader at The Hub Youth and Community Centre. In that
capacity I eventually persuaded them to come into the club intending to
encourage them to make better choices, to use their energies more
It was in this
environment that I began to understand Harry for what he was, an
intelligent and creative lad with a huge personality and a clear leader
in his group. I was a school mentor and youth leader to him and in our
sessions together he demonstrated qualities that should produce a
useful and constructive member of society. With Harry’s help the
association of youngsters became involved in a project to build the
skate park, still enjoyed by youngsters almost every day now. Harry was
prepared to engage with the adults around him who enabled this group of
young men and some dedicated adults to raise £35,000 and
eventually build the skate area. His leadership was also crucial to the
I know his
teachers at school and the leaders at the youth club recognised that
there were several important opportunities to work with Harry in order
for him to change direction. However at each and every time when this
occurred there was a more powerful and destructive occurrence in his
life which tore him away from this chance to change. As good neighbours
there were several really dedicated people in Henley who tried
desperately to fill the void of family for Harry and tried so hard to
create those opportunities for the change of direction we all hoped
would happen for Harry.
and good neighbours stand together at this sad time and ask themselves
could we have done more, was there something different we could have
introduced into the mix to achieve our heartfelt wishes for
Harry’s future? The fact is that Harry was his own man and turned
away from the courses of action presented by those who cared about him
to live the life he had decided upon. His young life was filled with
extraordinary and challenging occurrences most of which will never be
experienced in the long lives given to most, but he remained resilient,
cheerful, always ready for a joke, immensely popular amongst his peers.
He had obtained a job at the recycling shop and was back in touch with
his sister, showing every sign of turning things around. Our sorrow is
that he never lived to fulfil his true potential.
professional, it makes us even more determined to use our skills to
work with those young people who need that extra help to grow up, for
the good neighbours they will always be on the lookout for those who
need a little extra care. Harry’s legacy is many happy memories
for those who were his closest friends and a steely determination
within the professionals and neighbours to strive as hard as we can for
the young people who need our support now and in the future.
and Sue Westmacott who knew and loved Harry would like to start a fund
to collect money to buy a seat in Henley Skate Park in Harry's memory.
Harry was the Chairman of the Hub Skate Park Committee and we
feel this young life should be remembered by those who knew him in
Henley. We propose to have a collection box in the shop and
anyone wishing to donate please do so between the hours of 9 - 2 pm.
We propose to have the fund open until the end of December.
Henley War Memorial Trust
GOOD NEWS FOR SPORTS CLUBS The clubs who share the sports grounds are reporting another excellent year.
introduced by the Trust which means that the clubs manage their own
affairs at the sports grounds is working well, the budget balanced this
year and the costs are only increasing slightly.
The Trust congratulated the clubs on another impressive year of service to our community.
MUSIC FESTIVAL The
Trustees agreed a strategy for resolving the dispute with Brian Yeates
Associates, the providers of the Summer Music Festival and the matter
has been settled. This has been achieved without using revenue and
reserve funds allocated to the Sports Grounds, the Memorial Hall and
the Youth Club. The outcome has created a setback for the Pavilion
was expressed to those clubs who invested a substantial amount of time
in this project. The Trustees have ensured that all aspects of the
Trust's operation have been protected from the loss except the Pavilion
Building Fund. The building project itself is undergoing a complete
review starting with a viability and sustainability assessment. The
report from this group is expected in May when a further decision about
the Pavilion Refurbishment will be made.
YOUTH AND COMMUNITY NEARLY RESCUED The
Trust confirmed their strong commitment to the project to rescue the
Youth and Community centre from closure. The Steering Group set up as a
subcommittee of the Managing Trustees has raised almost £30,000
to ensure the centre will be able to continue to provide and improve on
the existing community services for the next few years.
Youth and Community Centre is in the final stages of a community
transfer from Warwickshire County Council to the Trust and if the final
decisions go our way will join the Trust's portfolio of community
prevent the centre from closing and enable the continuance of the
valuable work that serves our community. If you would like to support
this worthwhile project then contact Peter Crathorne.
MEMORABLE YEAR FOR MEMORIAL HALL The Memorial Hall maintains its excellent record, delivering high quality provision for a wide range of users.
team of Duncan and Marijana Bainbridge and Brian Hammond has ensured
by careful management and superb money raising events that the new
heating system is now a definite plan.
The photo shows the Guild Hall Trust fashion show held in the hall in September.
The trustees expressed their thanks to this dedicated team.
TOWN MEETING There will be a lot more information about all these projects at the
Annual General Meeting of the Trust which takes place at 7.30pm
on Wednesday 25th January 2011 in the Memorial Hall. This is an open
meeting for all Henley Residents and everyone will be welcome. We shall
be electing trustees, hearing reports of the year's successes and
planning for the future.
Peter Crathorne, Chairman of the Trustees
JPC criticised by Stratford District Council
Monitoring Officer says "Simply reinforce the perceptions that the Parish Council is Dysfunctional"
Stratford District Council's Standards & Ethics Committee has failed to sort out the "Dysfunctional" Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council
and will wash its hands of this authority. The District Council has
attempted to sort out the problems of factionalism in the JPC but with
no result in sight they are pulling out.
2010, a complaint (SEC019) was lodged by the parish clerk, Mrs Jenny
Walsh, against Cllr Bill Leech. After an investigation lasting almost 6
months and costing around £10,000, he was found guilty on one
minor matter. All the rest of the allegations were rejected. He had to
serve a two week suspension and the Ethics committee asked for the
whole parish council, including the clerk, to agree to professional
the District Council's Monitoring Officer, who was not at the meeting,
had reported that mediation was not possible because of the large
number of councillors declining to participate, along with the parish
clerk. Cllr Leech had supported mediation. In a letter to the parish
clerk and the chairman of the Joint Parish Council, Cllr Roger
Hubbocks, the Monitoring Officer had said: "I am dismayed by the manner
in which the matter has been addressed and which I fear will simply
reinforce the perceptions expressed by the sub-committee that the
Parish Council is Dysfunctional."
Mr Nevin asked the committee to close the case and the committee agreed with his recommendation.
Mrs Walsh told the press that the Henley Joint Parish Council has made no proposals to change the way it operates!
said: "I do not believe I have ever done anything wrong. I have
challenged the excessive and unnecessary expenditure by the parish
council. Let's hope that a new, fully functional and inclusive council
will be elected next May.
Respected Resident Comments
I cannot believe the pomposity and disdain with which certain members of our local parish council are treating their positions. This includes the Chairman Cllr Roger Hubbocks, the previous Chairman Cllr Len Goodman and the parish clerk Mrs Jenny Walsh. She in particular has it seems been nothing but a real trouble maker since taking the position. She is after all only a clerk
May and hopefully the residents of Henley will see sense and elect
people who put the residents first and not themselves. I would insist these councillors contribute towards the £10,000 they have wasted on our behalf.
Peter Knight - Resident of Henley
Henley Police Station - Lease For Sale
long-term lease for Henley's Police Station will shortly be advertised.
This property has been considered by a group of councillors as a
possible location for the library and larger JPC offices.
Warwickshire police stations at Coleshill, Alcester, Warwick and
Wellesbourne along with the force’s former headquarters, a
55-acre estate at Leek Wootton, will be offered for sale.
It is expected disposal terms for all the properties will be agreed shortly after the Christmas period. Henley NEWS has been told that there is interest in the lease being acquired for a quality private hotel.
JPC objects to advertising for new councillors
In the same way as it is said "turkeys don't vote for Christmas", it appears the JPC
does not go for competitive elections. The parish clerk, Mrs Jenny
Walsh, has asked without it being discussed by the council for the
banner below to be "removed from your website forthwith".
this dysfunctional council would prefer to co-opt their friends rather
than have an election. The average age of JPC councillors is around 70
years. The average age of the residents is probably around 40 years.
Henley NEWS ran a similar campaign four years ago, which resulted in 2 new parish councillors.
Stratford District Council approves the 'Become a Councillor' Advert
Stratford District Council has emailed Henley NEWS advising that: "The District Council has received correspondence regarding this and has responded accordingly.
"There isn’t anything within electoral legislation regarding
this concern, but the District Council does regard this as good
practice to invite people to be a Councillor (above the statutory
notices) and the District Council usually holds an open evening for all
Thinking of becoming a
Election for a new Parish Council in May 2012
There are 12 people in Henley wanting to change the way the Parish Council is run.
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Walk in the Steps of Shakespeare
On Saturday 26th November 2011, the Churches Conservation Trust unveiled two new information boards by Jo Cross (regional development officer) and Laura Samuels (project manager) at Billesley.
One of the boards gives
information about the church. The other shows the site of the deserted
village, which was abandoned during the 15th century due to poor
harvests and the plague. These form “part of a guided trail
around the Warwickshire villages of Billesley, Wilmcote and Aston
Cantlow called, “Walk in the steps of Shakespeare”, which
was created in collaboration with Aston Cantlow and District History Society.
The ceremony was followed
by a cream tea in the Great Hall at The Barceló Billesley Manor
Hotel. During the afternoon, Diabolus Musica, a group of musicians and
singers dressed in mediaeval costume and using replicas of authentic
instruments, entertained the assembled company.
This event was the final
stage of a two year project to raise the profile of the church and
research the Shakspeare connection, which was supported by the Heritage
All Saints rises from a
lovely wooded churchyard in the hamlet of Billesley near
Stratford-upon-Avon. From its approach through an avenue of limes it
looks like a Georgian country church – but its origins go back
church served the thriving village of Billesley for centuries, but by
1428 only four parishioners were left, and the church’s north
aisle was demolished. Tradition has it that William Shakespeare married
Anne Hathaway here in 1582, and that his granddaughter’s wedding
also took place at Billesley. Sadly no parish registers survive from
this time to prove it.
In 1692, Bernard Whalley
rebuilt the church to create a fashionable classical addition to his
Billesley estate. He installed a gallery for his staff complete with a
butler’s boxed seat. Whalley’s own pew had a fine classical
fireplace. His body lies, with his wife Lucy, in a sealed vault beneath
the sanctuary floor.
Some remains of the early
church survive, in particular the two spectacular 12th century stone
carvings, which you can see on the east wall of the vestry. One, a
richly decorated tympanum, shows a soldier in a kilt, a snake, a dragon
and a bird, all surrounded by wonderfully twisted foliage. The other is
part of a stone cross on which is a carved figure of Christ holding the
hand of another person.
Billesley Manor Hotel is a 16th Century Elizabethan country house with
a 100 year old listed Topiary Garden. The hotel is surrounded by 11
acres of Warwickshire countryside and is just three miles from
Stratford-upon-Avon and 12 miles from Warwick. It is within a stone's
throw of All Saints and the staff act as custodians, opening and
closing the church every day.
The Churches Conservation Trust
is the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. The Trust
has saved over 340 beautiful buildings which attract more than 2
million visitors a year. With help and support these churches are kept
open and in use – living once again at the heart of their communities.
this year's Remembrance Day service, the Rector Rev John Ganjavi, said
during his sermon that the community respected the names on the
Town’s war memorials but we did not know about these brave young
men from Henley and the surrounding area who had died, especially
during the First World War.
Dr Douglas Bridgewater, a
former High Bailiff and an expert on the history of the First World
War, was in the congregation and during the following week he visited
the Arden House War Memorial in the grounds of Warwickshire College
with Mr Dennis Cox, Chairman of the British Legion. Dr Bridgewater told
Dennis Cox about the history behind some of the names on it.
Following this visit, Douglas offered to provide Henley NEWS with a booklet about all the pupils of Arden House School who died in the First World War.
Arden House was a boys
preparatory school during the two world wars and when Warwickshire
College acquired the estate, they agreed to take over caring for the
had some more correspondence with Jean Christophe Bisson in Montfort
sur Risle. He had a meeting with the secondary school there who are
very interested in establishing links with our high school, in some
form or other. He also spoke to the president of the local football
team who are also keen on organising tours to the UK and vice-versa.
It is therefore time to decide how we want to proceed with the
Twinning. To this end, I have scheduled a meeting for Thursday 15th
December at 8pm in the Heritage Centre. Ray Holding from the Heritage
Centre has kindly offered the use of the meeting room they have there
– but space is limited.
There are several confirmed attendees already, so if you are interested
in coming to the meeting, I’d be most grateful if you could let
me know in advance.
Some years ago a small rural town in Italy twinned with a similar town in Greece.
The Mayor of the Greek town visited the Italian town. When he saw the
palatial mansion belonging to the Italian mayor he wondered how he
could afford such a house. The Italian said, "You see that bridge over
there? The EU gave us a grant to build a two-lane bridge, but by
building a single lane bridge with traffic lights at either end this
house could be built."
The following year the Italian visited the Greek town. He was simply
amazed at the Greek Mayor's house, gold taps, marble floors, it was
marvelous. When he asked how this could be afforded the Greek said;
"You see that bridge over there?"
The Italian replied: "No."
Submitted by Dan Wild - out of Town reader
MP impressed with pond improvements
On Friday 25th November, Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi (Conservative) visited Henley-in-Arden to inspect the progress made on the Parish Pool.
In 2011 a Big Lottery grant of £10,000 was made to Henley Wildlife Society for a pond dipping platform to be built alongside the pool by Warwickshire Wildlife.
Due to the dry summer and autumn the pool suffered by a shortage of water, so the the Wildlife Society arranged to have the pool replenished by the local Fire Brigade through the good offices of fire chief Richard Butler who used it as an exercise for his men last Tuesday night. The Wildlife Society much appreciated this service to the community.
Those present on Friday were: Nadhim Zahawi MP, District Councillors George Matheou and Stephen Thirlwell, Parish Council Chairman Roger Hubbocks, Julie Turner from Warwickshire Wildlife, David Evason Henley Wildlife Society and a representative from Big Lottery.
Nadim told Henley NEWS: "The Big Lottery fund is a great supporter of Big Society projects such as the Henley pond. It was fantastic to meet those that have been involved and hear about how the pond is being used and will be used in the future. The hard work of everyone involved should be celebrated.”
The project is now complete with the exception of the information board which will be erected shortly.
John Love, Treasurer of Henley Wildlife - photographs and report
Henley and Beaudesert Society November Meeting
That’s the Way to do it
the title might suggest, we were hugely entertained by Quentin
Greatorex as he expounded on the history of Punch and Judy before
treating us to a typical performance.
Punch and Judy effectively
began in this country in 1662, in the early liberating days of the
Restoration after the constraints of the Cromwell era. Indeed no less a
person than Samuel Pepys recorded seeing a ‘Pollicinella’
show and King Charles was so intrigued that he asked a puppeteer to
come and play to him at court. However there is strong evidence that
puppets go back to the 14th century and probably emanated from Italy.
Originally puppets tended to be controlled by strings before moving on
to the more familiar glove puppets typified by Punch and Judy.
Punch and Judy shows in
their modern form date from 1827 when three men, including an Italian
named Purchini, met and in the subsequent year produced and published
the first scripts. And to obtain payment for the shows an interesting
character called a ‘Bottler’ would go round the audience
and collect their money. The Victorian period saw the peak popularity
of Punch and Judy shows with them being very much an entertainment for
adults, whereas nowadays they are geared towards a more juvenile
clientele. Audience cries of ‘Oh yes we do’ and
‘It’s behind you’ are more modern phenomena with the
Victorians not really going in for audience participation.
Our speaker then shared
with us some of the tricks of the trade, in particular how Mr Punch
obtains his distinctive voice. This is done by the performer putting a
small metal piece in his mouth called a swazzle and speaking through
it. Sometimes Punch’s words can be a bit indistinct and for this
reason the other character will usually repeat the words in a normal
voice. Interestingly ‘Judy’ was originally
‘Joan’ and referred to as Joany, but because of the
distorted effect of speaking through a swazzle Joany comes out as Judy
and so the name has stuck.
In the second half,
Quentin resplendent in a multi coloured waistcoat, gave us an actual
Punch and Judy show. All the familiar characters were there including
of course Punch with a big stick, and Judy together with her baby. Joey
the clown and the policeman made appearances as also did the crocodile
and the ghost. The dog and sausage machine provoked much mirth with the
former being processed through the latter; perhaps this is where a
modern ‘hot dog’ gets its name from. Being a grown up
audience we saw the sketch with a hangman and scaffold. However judging
by the enthusiastic audience response, we were still very much
childlike in spirit.
The talk was followed by
the usual refreshments and chat. Next month, the Society Christmas
party is on Thursday 8th December at the Baptist church hall and will
include a highly amusing talk by the ‘Whistleblower’, Simon
Topman. (This will be a different talk from the very successful one
given recently at the Town Dinner.) Tickets in advance from Pat Kench
Andrew Yarwood reporting
Parishioners delight at Christmas bazaar Result
Organisers of the St Johns Church Christmas Bazaar
were delighted when they learnt that just over £2000 had been
raised on the day, Saturday 26th November, for church funds.
Visitors were able buy goods from some 21 stands as well enjoy light refreshments and lunch.
A spokesman said, "The
amount raised has set a record for this event; we are absolutely
delighted. Times are hard and we appreciate the support we have
had from our own parishioners and the people of Henley in these very
Rob Kingscott reporting
Henley-in-Arden Flower Club Open Show
Members, visitors and guests of Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
enjoyed a spectacular evening on the 8th November when Michael Bowyer
provided a floral demonstration entitled ‘Flowers for the Festive
Season’. Michael’s demonstration gave attendees ideas and
inspiration for decorating their own homes this Christmas as well as
sharing tips on a range of floral techniques.
Michael is a previous
silver medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show and in 2009 was a member
of the NAFAS gold medal winning team. He has designed flower festivals
in many cathedrals including the Flower Festival at Salisbury Cathedral
in June of this year. So it came as no surprise that guests enjoyed a
President of the
Henley-in-Arden Flower Club Annette Walker commented that there were
‘not enough words to summarise the wonderful arrangements that
Michael had created’. The flowers and foliage were stunning and
varied and provided ideas which addressed a broad range of tastes and
Michael has demonstrated
all over the world including Canada, New Zealand and Barbados and his
designs included inspiration and plant material from many of these
countries. His name might be familiar as he appeared as a judge on the
BBC series The Great British Village Show presented by Alan Titchmarsh.
The Flower Club has a
range of workshops and demonstrations organised for 2012. This includes
a demonstration by Tan Strong, who recently worked with Kirsty Alsopp
on Handmade Britain, in June which promises to be a real treat. The
club meets on the second Tuesday in each month at the Memorial Hall.
Visitors are always welcome and additional information on club events
are available from Paula Pugh on 07974640994.
Paula Pugh reporting
COOLSPORTZ Launches Christmas Sports Camp
Parents stuck for time
getting everything sorted for Christmas are being given a lifeline from
local children’s sports and exercise specialists, Coolsportz,
which will be running its regular school holiday programme.
The Henley in Arden based
sports activity company will be running their Multi Sports Camp with
plenty of activities planned to keep kids aged 4 to 14 active and
entertained through the holiday.
The Camp held at
Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden is OFSTED REGISTERED and
therefore accepts childcare vouchers. Sessions will be running all week
from Mon 19th – Fri 23rd December 2011 and children can attend
half day morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions (full day
only for 5 – 14yrs). It is based on a fun multi-sports programme
offering tennis, football, unihoc, parachute games, extreme dodgeball
and much more. All children who attend will also have the chance to
explore their creative side with art and craft workshops.
Coolsportz camps provide a
fun, structured programme giving children the chance to improve hand
eye co-ordination, footwook, balance and speed. Additionally, children
can develop their cognitive, leadership and teamworking skills as well
as the chance to make new friends.
Coach Neil Supperstone,
who will be running the Camp, says: “Coolsportz camps provide
children with a brilliant chance to have fun while taking part in
different sports that help boost their fitness levels. Sessions are
held in fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities, so the camps will be
run no matter what the great British weather throws at us.”
For further information please visit www.coolsportz.co.uk or to book your place on the Coolsportz Christmas Camp please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email email@example.com. Book and pay before Mon 12th December and receive a 10% discount.
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Rachel Tillman reporting
Contamination levels in recycling reduce
Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s
drive to reduce contamination levels in recycling is paying off with
the release of the most recent contamination figures for October.
In September, the District
Council launched a campaign to help reduce the amount of non-recyclable
material in recycling bins with the aim of improving the quality of
material collected, minimising environmental impact and keeping
landfill tax down. From recently released figures the message appears
to be working.
As part of the campaign
during September residents with non-recycled material in their
blue-lidded bins, received information in the form of
‘warning’ stickers. Following this, residents are being
asked to remove non-recyclable materials before their bins will be
Cllr Mike Brain, Technical
Services Portfolio says: “Stratford District residents have shown
they are great at recycling as we've almost reached a 60 per cent
recycling rate. But it is extremely important that we give a clear
message to residents about what should and shouldn’t be placed in
their blue-lidded recycling bin.
figures show that the levels of contamination are reducing and
that’s down to the diligence of our residents – it’s
thanks to them that our recycling figures are the best in Warwickshire
and it shows what we can achieve by all working together.”
Henley Primary visited by the fire service
Children from the Year One class were visited by Warwickshire Fire Service recently to relay an important message about fire safety.
The children were taught
about the dangers of playing with matches, the difference between a
good fire and a bad fire, what to do if their clothes were on fire and
what to do if their house caught fire.
At the end of the session,
they also made their class teacher dress in the fire uniform. This was
to help the children to remember what the items of clothing were called.
They found the whole
afternoon very interesting and especially liked seeing their teacher
dressed in the fire uniform – she was not so impressed!
Elaine Field reporting
Taxpayers fund trade unions £113 million pa
A devastating new report by the Tax Payers Alliance
reveals the value of direct grants and paid time off that trade unions
receive from taxpayers. In the run up to the disruptive strikes on
November 30th we expose the staggering £113 million of your money
that the unions raked in over the last financial year.
There are now at least the
equivalent of 2,840 full time staff working on trade union activities
or duties at taxpayers’ expense. Taxpayers shouldn’t be
funding staff to work for trade unions, providing them with a huge
activist base to support strikes and freeing up resources for political
It is yet another burden
on hard pressed families, diverting money they expect to be spent on
frontline services. The trade unions should pay for this staff time
St Mary’s says NO to strike action!
unions have balloted about the proposed strike action on Wednesday 30th
November. There are several schools in the local area that are closing
on this day, however St Mary’s, Henley will remain open.
My First Day at St Mary’s
soon as my mum and I walked onto the playground, Charlotte and Ellen
came running up to me. I was a little nervous about what the class and
the teacher was going to be like, however I have only heard good
comments about them, which is a good thing. We all lined up and I said
goodbye to my Mum and the last words she said was “Good Luck, I
Walking into class was
probably the most exciting thing because everyone welcomed me and I
felt happy again. I was extremely pleased when I was told that I had to
sit by Ellen for the week because I partly already knew her. Mr Irvine
came up to me and discussed the mental maths work that we had to do in
our ‘rough books.’ Afterwards was maths, now I really
enjoyed that, I did an entire page which was excellent and then learned
that I had got a house point which was even better.
Suddenly, it was break
time! The morning had gone so quick. I suppose the saying is true then
– ‘time goes fast when you’re having fun.’
Charlotte, Ellen, Lily, Melissa and myself all played catch which I
Mr Irvine is my second
male teacher and both of them are funny, kind, bubbly plus more. I also
liked the fact that everyone introduced themselves to me and they are
all nice, kind people.
Afterwards, we were doing
guided writing and we were talking about short and long sentences. I
did a whole paragraph and at the end of that lesson, Mr Irvine gave me
a green card! Next was finding facts about Neil Armstrong. I liked that
lesson because I found out a lot of facts about him that I didn’t
even know. The thing I still want to find out about is where exactly in
the world is Ohio!
What I like about this school because it is much smaller than my old
school we get to go for lunch straight away whereas at my old school we
had to wait for ages.
After lunch it was
children’s reading time and I am reading ‘Diary of a Wimpy
Kid, Do Days.’ That day I read 11 pages. This is the 3rd Wimpy
Kid book I have read and I really enjoy them. I have really enjoyed
today at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and I can’t wait
to go there tomorrow! It has been great.
Sophie Cox aged 10 reporting
Record Breaking Open Day at St Mary’s
St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School
had the highest ever turn out for its Open Day on Monday 14th November.
We had visits from local councillors, prospective parents and members
of the community. The children in Year 6 were given the responsibility
of showing people around the school and did an exceptional job of
showing the community all the changes that have occurred within the
school since the change in headship from September 2011.
We have received many cards of praise about the children and their outstanding manners and thanking us for our hospitality.
Anyone who missed Open Day
but would like to have a look round the school is invited to telephone
the school on 01564 792316 to make an appointment. Applications for
places in our Reception class for 2012 need to be sent to the local
authority by 16th January 2012.
Jacqui Le Maitre,
Executive Head teacher at St Mary’s, pictured top right and
Kathryn pictured with Hattie, who will be starting at St Mary’s
in 2012, pictured bottom left.
Rachel Saltmarsh reporting
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Anglo-Italian Society Birthday Party
Franco and Barbara admire the birthday cake.
The Anglo-Italian Society held a special birthday party for
the president, Commandatore Franco Vegnuti, who was for many years the
Italian Consul in Birmingham and the founder of the Anglo-Italian
Society. Franco and his wife Barbara have lived for many years in
60 members met at The Crown Inn Italy
in Claverdon, which has recently been acquired by Massimo Bertoli. The
inn is being developed with the theme of a local taste of Italy. All
the members remarked on the outstanding quality of the menu. (01926
Friends of Heartstart,
the organisation founded to support the Henley-in-Arden First Responder
team, are delighted that a new and reinvigorated team of Community
First Responders has been set up. At their AGM 7.30pm, on 12th December
2011 at the Hub@Henley Youth and Community Centre situated at Henley
School (used to be the High School) grounds they will be welcoming the
new volunteers, changing the constitution and name to mark the new
team's name and welcoming all in Henley who would support this
excellent life saving venture.
For a number of years this vital
group has struggled for volunteers. John Pudney and his team have
breathed new life into the scheme and are offering new volunteers top
notch training, a specially marked car for the volunteers to travel to
emergencies, continuous training and support from the West Midland
Ambulance Service and the opportunity for everyone to gain life saving
skills and to deliver to Henley and the surrounding district an
essential service that will save lives.
All Henley Residents are warmly invited to this important meeting.
economic recession is taking its toll on residents in the Stratford
upon Avon area, with a growing number of people facing court
proceedings and eviction from their homes as a result of getting into
arrears with rent or mortgage payments.
In 2010/11, of the 243 housing cases
listed, only 50% of defendants actually attended their hearing at
Stratford County Court. Sue Green, Manager at Stratford upon Avon and
District Citizen’s Advice Bureau [CAB] elaborates:
“Unfortunately, non-attendance at court increases the likelihood
of households being evicted and we fear this will get worse now that
Stratford County Court has closed and people are having to travel to
Leamington for their hearing”.
But residents with problems can access
help. As a result of support from the District Council, the Town Trust
and a number of social landlords, the CAB in Stratford now employs
Heather Fellows, a Housing and Money Advice Caseworker. She is able to
attend court hearings and can offer free advice and support to
residents before, during and after a court session, including
representing those with arrears before the Judge. Last year 72
households facing eviction were represented.
“It’s never too late for
us to help, but it’s always easier to resolve housing issues if
we get to see people at the earliest opportunity,” explains
Heather. “It’s key that tenants and home owners react to
any communications from their lender or landlord and try to reach a new
re-payment agreement, which we are happy to check for affordability.
Finally, attending a court hearing always improves the chances of
achieving a more positive outcome.”
Anyone needing help with rent or
mortgage payment arrears is encouraged to contact the local CAB on 0844
855 2322. Telephone line opening times are published on the CAB
Steve Johnson reporting
Simplified Economics Lesson
"SOME IDEAS ARE SO STUPID ONLY INTELLECTUALS BELIEVE THEM." George Orwell
When the reward is great, the effort
to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no
one will try or want to succeed - Is this man truly a genius?
economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had
never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire
class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one
would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equaliser.
The professor then
said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on how socialism
works. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same
grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A....
(substituting grades for pounds - something closer to home and more
readily understood by all).
After the first test,
the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied
hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the
second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied
even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride
too so they studied little.
The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.
As the tests
proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and
name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for
the benefit of anyone else.
To their great
surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would
also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to
succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one
will try or want to succeed. It could not be any simpler than that.
These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all are applicable to this experiment:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the
idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to
take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does
no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work
for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.
Richard Stait reporting
Defeat for lions in friendly against Old Yards
Saturday 26th November 2011
CLAVERDON ‘A’ 5 OLD YARDLEIANS 24
Try scorer – Scott Conduit
Prop Chris Lowe tries to outrun the opposition
Claverdon hosted Old Yards in a
friendly but with so many 1st team players unavailable it was decided
to play an A side against an Old Yards side who played in the league
above. With a lot of the players playing out of position, the home side
more than held their own in the first half and went ahead with a try
from captain Scott Conduit. Old Yards replied with a try of their own
to leave the scores level at 5-5 at half time.
Old Yards made the most of the slope and wind in the second half and managed to score a further 3 tries to win the game 24-5.
5-24 Full Time
Claverdon are back in league action
this weekend when they host Birmingham Civil Service for what will be a
very tough game. All support will be welcome.
Match report by Tom Johnson Photos by Will Barnes
Make Henley Greener Our Award Winning Column Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Not another graph !!
I make no apologies because
this graph shows several important things. The green line shows that
since 2004 the UK has been an importer of gas.
blue line shows that the reason we now import gas is declining UK
production. The red line shows how much gas we use and that there has
been a slow decline since 2004, but not as much as the decline in
production. The red line and blue line together show that we now import
about half of our gas and that this percentage is going to continue to
increase. Importing so much gas is bad for the UK economy and it makes
the UK vulnerable to world gas prices, which are continuing to rise as
demand outstrips supply.
We can’t do anything about the blue
line because North Sea gas is now fully exploited – we're not
going to find any more gas fields. We can do something about the future
shape of the red line by cutting gas use. The majority of the gas is
used in heating our homes and making electricity. The amounts of gas
and electricity used can be reduced by insulating our homes, turning
thermostats down and turning electrical equipment off as soon as
we’ve finished using it. Reducing gas consumption this way saves
you money and helps with the UK balance of payments. It also reduces
Carbon pollution. That’s three wins: help your pocket, help the
UK economy and help reduce climate change by taking steps to reduce gas
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Broadband Scam in Alcester
be aware that there have been a number of incidents where residents in
Alcester have been pressurised on the doorstep by two Asian men who
said they were calling about Broadband. These incidents have
left householders very shaken. Please report any similar incident
to the Police. 01789 444816
NHW has a card which can be displayed on
front doors which clearly states,
WE DO NOT BUY" FROM CALLERS AT THE DOOR" and householders can refer to
that if they feel under pressure. If you want one of these cards
please email me. Please also remember never to let cold callers into
Steve Johnson Chairman NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH - Alcester
Postal Scam - Don't ring 0906 6611911 (a Premium rate number)
A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS
(Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to
deliver a parcel and that you need to contact the m on 0906
6611911 (a Premium rate number).
DO NOT call this number, as this is a mail scam originating from Belize .
If you call the number and you
start to hear a recorded message you will have been
billed £315 for the phone call.
If you do receive a card with these details, then please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 020 7239 6655.
Lloyds Bank Customers
customers are warned to beware of a 'phishing' email that falsely
claims to have been issued by Lloyds TSB. The bank has confirmed that
this is a malevolent email.
The link will take you to a
fake bank website from which your personal or financial details could
be stolen. It is very convincing at first sight because it follows the
bank's corporate style.
If you think an email is genuine, contact the bank using a publicly listed email address, telephone number or website.
Always type the web address directly into your browser.
For more information on all scams, visit Trading Standards at:
According to a recent survey (yes, another
one) only a little more than half of employees in the UK used up their
full holiday entitlement last year. By a simple deduction that means
just under half of them didn’t take all their holiday.
Maybe that’s not too surprising now
that the minimum holiday entitlement is now 28 working days a year
(plus or including bank holidays according to the employment contract).
Some organisations, notably the Civil Service, have much more generous
terms than that. But remember, nowadays holidays not taken cannot
legally be carried over to the following holiday year.
It seems quite normal for some employees to
be checking their e-mail while on holiday. Some will work from their
sickbeds, rushing back to the office before they are properly
recovered. In the present economic climate it is easy to imagine why
employees may not want to be seen to be absent for any reason, however
A recent report by The Work Foundation
argued that the cost of presenteeism “could match or account for
one-and-a-half times more working time lost than the estimated
£13bn annual cost of sickness absence.” It also argued that
“sickness presence was a much more prevalent malaise than
sickness absence and could prompt higher levels of the latter, as well
as simply being a drain on productivity and competitiveness.”
The problem for many employers is not that
they are making unreasonable demands on their employees but that
employees are willingly taking on an unreasonable workload.
So what can employers do?
Employers have a legal duty to take
reasonable care for the health and safety of their employees.
This extends to ensuring that employees are not working excessive hours
and are suitably rested. So employers need to encourage employees
to take their statutory annual leave entitlement - though this may be
difficult for a small business under pressure in these hard times.
The same duty applies to employees who are
ill: their condition could be made worse if they are actually working
from their sick beds rather than being allowed to, or taking the
opportunity to, recover.
Maintain a dialogue with your employees.
Monitor their holidays and remind them when the end of the holiday year
is approaching. Make sure that their work is covered by someone else,
as far as possible, while they are away.
When they are off sick enquire occasionally
how they are, and use that as an opportunity to remind them that you
are not expecting them to do any work. Have a chat with them when they
return and satisfy yourself that they are fit to return. If you have
serious doubts you can seek further medical advice from an occupational
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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Ask your MP or your Councillors
is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Stratford upon Avon and he
has said, "I am extremely keen on hearing your views so please feel
free to contact me."
It is now over 7 months since the market closed, some of the houses
have been built and most of the remainder are well on their way.
Surely progress should have been made on removing the out of date, single yellow lines, in the immediate area ?
Stephen Hunter - Brook End Drive.
Dear Mr Hunter,
Just to let you know a traffic regulation order has now been raised for
the removal of the single yellow lines in Arden Road, Price Harry Road,
Harris Close, Fieldhouse Close, Riverside Close, Glenhurst Road and
Brookend Drive. The only double yellow lines will be on the
corner of Prince Harry Road - this is to prevent vehicles parking on
the bend with the Warwick Road junction.
The traffic regulation order will be advertised in December/early
January and will then go to the Stratford Area Committee at the March
meeting in order for the regulation order to be ratified. The
work to remove the lines will take place in May/June 20212.
Cllr Mike Perry Telephone: 01564 829214 Mobile: 07973 719326
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HENLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS The Switch On of the Henley Christmas Lights will take place on
Saturday 3rd December 2011. Starting with a Carol Service at 5.00pm and
the SWITCH ON at 5.30pm. Mulled Wine & Mince Pies will be provided
by Henley & District Ex Services Social Fund. A Garden Fayre in the
Guild Hall Gardens will follow the Switch On.
QUIZ EVENING 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.
HENLEY WI Steve Haywood, The Crowman, is coming on Tuesday December 6th to
entertain us in the Memorial Hall from 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome to
join and view his work.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR Saturday 10th December, from 2.00 pm stalls for home made cakes, hand
crafts, bric-a-brac. Please do call in! On Tuesday 13th at 1.30 pm our
Christmas Concert with pupils of the High School, followed by mince
pies. All are invited to come a long to enjoy some seasonal items.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY informal Annual Meeting followed by the Christmas Social and Quiz is on
Tuesday December 20th in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm. Come and
join the fun!
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach.
7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court
available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during
summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN Rotary
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Are
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Programme
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
To create a network
where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange
ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
HENLEY CRICKET CLUB Henley Cricket Club
fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two
teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September.
We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or
ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin
O'Brien on 01564 794903.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB meets on Monday
evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark.
The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social
club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new
members, whether beginners or established players. For further
information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
JOLLYTOTS 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.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is
not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact
Annette Walker on 792837
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTS This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a
vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to
provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the
support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more
about how you can get involved. For more information please contact
Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the
Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837. Meeting programme
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB 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 www.swbc.co.uk
TAI CHI in HENLEY Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Church Hall, High Street. Age, health or
fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For
further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk
WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP Meets the last
Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a
conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area
footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.
More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership
consists of retired professional and business men residing in the
vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details
please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB 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.
HENLEY FOCUS 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 email@example.com for more information.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB. Meetings
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises
a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested
in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE 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
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