Happy Christmas from the High Bailiff
Greetings from Montfort in Normandy
The members of the association "Montfort Culture et Patrimoine" will join me in order to express our joy to connect with your community.
We take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and New Year, is confident that 2012 will achieve our twinning.
Président de Montfort Culture et Patrimoine
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
Court has been very busy during the past few weeks. We hosted the
Annual Court Leet Church Service on the 27th November and were pleased
to welcome the High Bailiffs from Warwick, Alcester and Bromsgrove,
together with their Consorts. John Ganjavi gave a thought provoking
sermon which was entitled ‘Why are we here?’ which caused
much discussion at the reception which followed the service. Thank you
John for such a well judged sermon.
Lights ‘switch on’ in the High Street was followed by a
Christmas Fayre in the Guild Hall Garden, organised by Carol Robson and
her loyal band of helpers. The High & Low Bailiffs together with
other members of the Court Leet attended and were pleased to note so
much support from the residents of Henley. The proceeds of this event
are being donated to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Funds are still
coming in but the final total is expected to be in excess of £500.
Christmas Shop Window competition for shops on the High Street was
judged on Saturday 8th December. Each of the judges commented on the
very high standard of entries, indeed the result was a very close run
thing, eventually only one point separated 1st & 2nd places.
We would like
to thank all the shops who participated and the tremendous effort they
made to enhance the appearance of the High Street during the festive
RESULT - 1st Patinis, 2nd Honeys, 3rd Shakespeare Hospice
The High Bailiff became a temporary member of HADS to compère Step into Christmas 2011,
performed over three nights at the Guild Hall on the 8th – 10th
December. The Company performed a variety of songs and sketches,
together with Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol”. The
concerts were a sell-out and raised important funds for HADS, who
generously made a large donation to Guild Hall funds, for which we give
grateful thanks. A report and slideshow appears below.
Bailiff and his Consort were delighted to be invited to the Evergreens
Christmas Lunch. We enjoyed a wonderful meal prepared by Sue Dalby and
were then thoroughly entertained by the Merlin Singers. We would like
to extend our thanks to Gordon Trinder and John Johnson for all their
work in organising such a spending day.
2012 will give
cause for great celebration, with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and
the Olympic Games taking place during the year. On behalf of the Court
Leet, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Successful New Year.
|John Tristram - High Bailiff|| |
Christmas Cheer Amongst The Gloom!
Henley Drama staged another successful offering “Step in to Christmas” at the wonderful Guild Hall on the nights of 8th, 9th and 10th December last.
Full marks go out to Carol
Robson, Director, for organising a most entertaining and eclectic
evening where everything from Dickens to The Two Ronnies kept the
audience laughing, and a sprinkling of stories, carols and a crackling
log fire and Disney could not have done better!
The High Bailiff, John
Tristram, conducted the proceedings very professionally, bringing on
over a dozen of the HADS regulars to perform their pieces to the
We would never single
anyone out on these dates as it only works if everyone pulls together,
and as the second show of its type, we all sincerely hope it becomes
part of the growing traditions that must prevail in this great town of
Finally thanks to all of you that took the trouble to support us in the chilly winter gloom!
Ray Evans HADS
Click to View Slideshow
WCC Terminates Library Lease
Friends of the Library offered Substantial Discount
The Guild Hall Trust
has received notice from Warwickshire County Council that they will
terminate the lease for the Library in June 2012. The Trustees have
continued to discuss the options with the Friends of the Library and
made an offer of a significantly reduced rental, should they wish to
take over the lease from WCC. The Trustees have not received any
acknowledgement or response to this offer.
Since the Trustees have a
legal obligation to maintain the Guild Hall, which requires a
continuing income stream, they are now seeking a new tenant for the
Guild Hall and have engaged a specialist commercial property agent to
assist with this search.
The Trustees wish the
Friends of the Library every success in their new venture and would
particularly like to thank Warwickshire County Council for their
assistance and co-operation during the many years of their tenancy.
John Tristram, Chairman GHMC
The Friends of Library were asked for a comment but none was received by the time of publication.
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.
Are you one of them? Contact: Mike Willmott
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Henley Christmas Lights 2011
The annual Town Christmas
Carol Concert and Christmas Lights Switch On took place on Saturday 3rd
December at the Market Cross. The carol singing was led by the Town
Crier Mr Gordon Trinder.
A new feature this year
was a Christmas Fayre held in the Guild Hall Garden to raise funds for
the ACORNS Children’s Hospice.
Thank you to all the
people who called in to the Guildhall Garden Christmas Market after the
light switch-on last Saturday evening. This event was a just a
"taster” this year to see if the idea would be a popular one.
Because of the large number that attended the switch-on we had a
very good crowd in the garden – the weather was excellent for
such an event.
I would like to
thank the members of the small committee for their help and we will be
getting together in the New Year to swap ideas if we go ahead with this
event for Christmas 2012.
The feedback was
good and it was suggested that we might have hot food/hot chocolate
next year. If you have any suggestions please get in touch with me.
The event raised almost £500 for Acorns and they send their thanks and Best Wishes for Christmas.
Click to View Slideshow
|Sunday 11th Dec|
| ||Messy Church/Nativity from scratch||St Johns|
|Sunday 11th Dec|
| ||Carols||Dell Court|
| || || ||(Followed by tea/coffee) || |
|Sunday 18th Dec|
| ||Carols by Candlelight||Baptist Church|
| || || ||(Followed by tea/coffee mince pies|| |
|Sunday 18th Dec|
| ||9 Lessons & Carols by candlelight||St Johns|
|Saturday 24th Dec|
| ||Candlelit Children’s Service||St Johns|
|Saturday 24th Dec|
| ||Midnight Communion||St Johns|
|Sunday 25th Dec|
| ||Holy Communion||St Johns|
|Sunday 25th Dec|
| ||Christmas Service||Methodist Church|
|Sunday 25th Dec |
| ||Family Communion||St Johns|
|Sunday 25th Dec|
| ||Congregational participative service ||Baptist Church|
Diamond Jubilee Update
A quick report on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
We met again to discuss our plans and I can report good progress and ideas formulating for two of the three days.
We urgently need more support for the parade committee as this will be the largest and most difficult to co-ordinate.
Anyone with good knowledge and contacts in and around Henley is invited to get in touch with us asap.
The communications and fund raising activities of the committee are
moving apace and you should keep your eyes out for some
“teaser” leaflets coming through your letter boxes in early
John Alexander, Chairman
Diamond Jubilee Organising Committee
Harry Hall RIP
Harry's mother and her
family would like to thank everyone who attended his funeral on 21st
November and for Peter Crathorne's kind tribute in the last edition of Henley News.
We would also like to thank all the kind friends, neighbours, teachers
and professionals who gave Harry support, care, love, guidance and
employment during his years living in Henley, at a time when Harry was
reluctant to accept help from his mother and her family. It has been a
huge source of comfort to know so many people cared enough to try and
make a difference for him. We are devastated he is gone.
We also wish to thank Brian and Sue Westmacott for starting a fund to
buy a seat to be placed in Henley Skate Park in Harry's memory. Harry
loved skateboarding, and it would be wonderful for him to be remembered
by his friends in Henley. We shall be supporting this fund, and anyone
wishing to donate can do so by calling in to the shop.
Harry liked to be cheerful and fun loving. Please remember Harry with love and happiness.
Sally McCann and her family
St Mary's Bingo hits the numbers
festive activities kicked off early this year with their Festive
Christmas Bingo on Monday 28th November. More than 80 local residents
turned out for the annual festive event. It was a fantastic evening
organised by “Friends of St Mary’s” as part of their
ongoing fund raising activities for the school.
This event raised a
tremendous £551.00 for the school. This was only possible because
of the support of local residents and retailers of Henley. The
children, staff and friends of St Mary’s would like to send them
all a BIG thank you.
You really could feel the
tension in the room as the residents played for the fabulous prizes
donated by local retailers. Bingo caller Tina Harvey, (pictured below
left, with pupil Ellen Rafferty and ex pupil, Hannah Terry) created a
festive atmosphere with her traditional bingo calls and “unlucky
for some – 13” didn’t apply to local resident Julie
Taylor from Arden Road (pictured right). Julie won the star prize of a
Technika 19" HD Ready LCD TV with built-in Freeview which was donated
by MCS GROUP LTD.
Local Retailers who
supported the school include: R S Mills the Butchers, Threshers,
Headturners, ENV, Cafe 34, Arden Tandoori, The Curry Republic, Henley
Ice Cream, Bella Capelli, Seaspray, Shirlee, The White Swan, The
Co-operative, One Stop, The Royal China, Sue Dalby Catering, Elisa
Hamilton Bridalwear and Henley Golf & Country Club.
Michelle Rafferty reporting
Henley-in-Arden Air Rifle & Pistol Club
We offer indoor .177 Air Rifle & Air Pistol paper target shooting both at 6 yards and 10 metres, with club equipment available for beginners. We have experienced shooters who are able to offer assistance and coaching in both disciplines. We are affiliated to the NSRA and regularly participate in National postal competitions both summer & winter with our own 2 day Open Shoot held in November.
Our purpose built secure facilities are open 7 days a week 24 hours a day to senior members, Monday evening is our club night where a volunteer Range Officer is on duty to help and assist beginners, if you feel this is the sort of sport/hobby that might interest you and you are aged 10 years or over please come along any Monday evening from 7.30/8.00 p.m. (except Bank Holidays) for a no-obligation visit.
If you require any further information please contact Paul Lowe (Secretary) on 01789 400491 (home) or 01789 490528 (work).
Henley and Beaudesert Society Christmas Party
Society’s Christmas party was held on Thursday 8th December and
was a rousing success. The relaxed and informal nature of the meeting
got off to a convivial start with everyone being greeted with a glass
of wine. There then followed an excellent buffet which had been
prepared by members of the committee together with a willing band of
There was more than enough
by way of refreshments and with everybody pleasantly replete and
thirsts quenched, the tables were cleared for us to enjoy some
Colclough had done a splendid job in securing the services of Simon
Topman, alias the Whistleblower, a most gifted raconteur and mimic. He
is chief executive of the world famous Acme Whistle Company,
founded in 1870 in Birmingham by Joseph Hudson and which has now
manufactured close to 500 million whistles. The company’s first
significant order was to supply the Metropolitan police with 21,000
whistles to replace rattles and was aided by a loan from the customer
of £20 to buy materials. Soon after followed the iconic
‘Acme Thunderer’, a whistle still used by referees today,
together with its integral pea. Indeed the pea gave Simon the excuse to
embark on one of his hilarious anecdotes about how in a live radio
interview he talked about the pea fields of Hockley only to be queried
by a local listener who claimed never to have seen them. Quick thinking
by Simon explained that peas were now genetically modified and could
all be grown in a couple of window boxes.
We were introduced to a
whole host of whistles ranging from the high frequency dog whistle,
which humans can’t hear, to the loudest, the Tornado 2000 used by
referees in modern football stadiums. Sound effects included bird
calls, animal sounds and American railroad locomotives. Apparently
early samples of a duck call whistle looked very like a grenade which
caused Simon some difficulty when he tried to take some through German
immigration. Ultimately the Germans were highly amused by the duck
whistles which was more than could be said for the French on another
occasion when he tried to demonstrate that it could play the
Acme Whistles made both the original whistles for the Titanic and also
for the blockbuster movie; and this has led to a huge demand for
replica Titanic whistles. Loch Ness Monster whistles are another
instance where the company have tapped into a lucrative tourist
industry which has encouraged a healthy demand.
To cap his performance,
Simon told us how on one occasion he had given his talk to a very
unresponsive Women’s Institute and at its conclusion no one could
be persuaded to give a vote of thanks. Ever the gentleman, Simon said
not to worry; he would do it himself which he proceeded to do. This was
acceptable to his audience until the tremulous voice of the secretary
was heard to say ‘and what do I put in the minutes’.
The evening concluded with
the customary raffle featuring some very acceptable prizes. All in all,
it had been a wonderful occasion with everyone departing in a happy
The Society’s next
meeting is on Thursday 19th January at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church
Hall. The speaker will be David Fowler on ‘Your Local cheese and
its History’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further
details from Pat Kench on 795419.
Andrew Yarwood reporting
John Love photos
The first edition of Henley NEWS in 2012 will be on 12th January
Happy New Year
Henley Forest FC - What a bunch of likely lads
Henley Forest U9s
are pictured resplendent in their new kit with manager Tom Wale after
their impressive 7 – 1 recent victory over St Peters Celtic:
goals from Tom Clarke (who bagged four), Jude Jones, Jo Geldard and
Also pictured are Elliott
Saltmarsh, Ned Campbell, Josh Mander, Rhys Hill, Nathan Maine, Calvin
Lynch & Chris Johnson all of whom had big parts in this victory.
Manager Tom Wale felt this was an excellent display after a couple of
disappointing results and he felt the boys now were at last learning to
play for each other and more as a team. As the reader can tell all look
happy with this result, even if looking at the camera in some cases was
These likely lads play in
the first division of the Mid-Warks Boys' League and train every
Thursday evening at Henley College with other age groups from 6 to 13
years of age, so for further details on Henley Forest FC contact Peter
Johnson on 07979 245033
Pete Johnson reporting
Henley Primary visit Coventry Cathedral
A group of ten Year Three and Year Four children from Henley Primary School had the fantastic opportunity of being part of a very special celebration at Coventry Cathedral last week.
The celebration was to
commemorate 200 years of church schools and involved a special service
with church schools from around Warwickshire.
The children had a wonderful time and enjoyed looking around both the new and old cathedrals.
Elaine Field reporting
Charities hope for Festive Fundraising Bonanza
On Tuesday 27th December Knowle and Dorridge Lions
will be holding their 19th Festive Walk at Baddesley Clinton NT House.
This year’s walk will raise funds for the Alzheimers Society,
Crossroads Care, Dorridge & Knowle Scouts as well as a variety of
other local causes.
“We are delighted
that the Lions have chosen the Alzheimers Society as one of the
beneficiaries of their fundraising this year”, said Emma Dowler.
“We hope that families will add their Festive Walk to their
Christmas calendar and join us for this great fundraising opportunity
and walk off the Christmas pud.”
“Last year we had
record numbers of walkers. This year we are hoping to attract 1000
walkers for the first time, and hope to raise thousands of pounds for
these very worthy causes” said Knowle and Dorridge Lions
organiser Ute Smith.
“This year Baddesley
Clinton House and gardens will be open on the day for the first time
with free admission for all Festive Walkers. We hope that walkers will
take advantage of the offer after they have completed their 4, 6 or 8
mile walk and join us for hot mince pies and mulled wine. All the walks
pass through wonderful Warwickshire countryside using country lanes,
public footpaths and canal towpaths. All ages are welcome especially if
you get your efforts sponsored, but if arranging and collecting
sponsorship will be a hassle you might prefer make a donation.”
Entry is free via Lions website at www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/walk where you can obtain more details, download registration and sponsorship forms or telephone 08458 33 58 94.
Changes to refuse collections over the Xmas
There are changes to Stratford District Council’s
refuse and recycling collections over the festive period. There will be
no collections of rubbish, recyclables or green waste on Monday 26
Revised collections are shown below:
In the event of adverse weather affecting collections please check the District Council’s website at www.stratford.gov.uk/winter.
Tree Felling - What's Happening
I have had no recent update re the Tree felling in Birmingham Road.
The matter was discussed at JPC on Monday 26th September, as was a
letter I had submitted. Unfortunately I was in Spain and unable to
attend the meeting.
As far as I am aware the District Council is not prepared to follow the
felling any further and will not request the owner of the land to
replant trees and so it seems that the battle to save/preserve the
visible impact of the entrance/exit to Henley-in-Arden, north end, is
However, the owner of the land has made further applications re the
Mill (I believe before the same meeting as mentioned above). I
understand that the application has been sent back to the applicant for
various amendments and one can only hope that the wishes of the people
of Henley-in-Arden will be met by the applicant and he will replace the
trees with some mature ones.
Alan G Jones, Resident - High Street
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Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust
Farriers Cross Proving Popular With House Buyers
hunters in Henley-in-Arden are being urged not to miss out on their
dream home following a flurry of sales at Taylor Wimpey Midlands’
popular Farriers Cross development. Farriers Cross has been a real hit
with house buyers, with a third of the development’s homes
already sold. And the secret to its success is being put down to its
enviable location and the collection of stunning, high quality homes on
architecture and listed buildings, including the 15th century
Guildhall, along with a fantastic array of amenities, makes
Henley-in-Arden one of the most sought after places to live in
Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey
Midlands, said: “The opportunity to snap up a new home in the
heart of Henley-in-Arden, a charming village steeped in history and
surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside, doesn’t come
around often, so the development’s popularity comes as no
we first launched we were inundated with enquiries and this level of
interest has continued to gain momentum. Farriers Cross offers a
fantastic range of contemporary homes and a stunning location –
factors that are often at the top of a house buyer’s wish list.
As such, we’ve had an incredibly successful year at Farriers
Cross, demonstrating the strong demand for high quality homes in the
exclusive development comprises a collection of just 30 private homes,
ranging from two bedroom coach houses and apartments, through to three
bedroom terraced houses and four and five bedroom detached homes,
priced from £174,995 through to £419,995. In addition to
bringing these stylish homes to the area Taylor Wimpey is also keen to
support the local community wherever possible. Most recently the house
builder has spread some festive cheer by donating £250 towards
the Henley-in-Arden Christmas lights. Contributions towards the
restoration of the Guild Hall and Henley in Bloom were also made
earlier this year to help keep the town looking its best.
wonderful to be able to help support the communities we build in.
Henley-in-Arden has one of Warwickshire’s most unspoilt historic
high streets and as such there’s a huge sense of community pride
which we want to help build on and keep strong,” added Anne.
further information visit Farriers Cross, open Thursday to Monday from
10am – 5pm, call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log onto: www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/farrierscross
Rosie Marshalsay reporting
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Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:
This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust
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The dangers of becoming an Apple fan…...
It all began with an iPhone.
March was when our son celebrated his 17th birthday, and we got him an iPhone. He just loved it. Who wouldn't?
I celebrated my birthday in July, and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an iPad.
Our daughter's birthday was in August so we got her an
My wife celebrated her birthday in September so I got her an iRon.
It was around then that the fight started...
What my wife failed to recognise is that the iRon can be integrated into the home network with the iWash, iCook and iClean.
This inevitably activates the iNag reminder service. I should be out of the hospital next week!!
Spring Business Show @ Ragley Hall
14 March 2012
Ragley Hall is the new venue for this
4th Annual Spring Business Show. Over 40 local and regional businesses
will be exhibiting in this truly unique setting.
The Stratford Business Forum
are hosting this exciting event bringing together local businesses to
network in this very special environment. Exhibition space from just
£100 for the day.
Also, plenty of outside space to use.
Area in front of Ragley Hall main facade open to use. Ideal for car
dealership as we can also use the Ragley estate to take test drives!
For booking form, email email@example.com or call 07966512573
Tennis Tournament Final
Henley in Arden held their Annual Bunny Shepheard Tournament final this week.
Mother and son duo Heather and Rob
West reached the final after a terrific win over the former title
holders Sue Harbour and Ben Summers. In the final they met Neil
Supperstone and Lucy Webster.
On a cold, wet blustery night a few
braved the conditions to witness Neil and Lucy triumph 6-2 6-2, a score
which defied the competitiveness of the match.
The Club are now getting ready for
their numerous Christmas events including their Christmas Sparkle
Tournament on Thursday 15th December.
For more information please call Judith Mathias on 01564 792378.
Claverdon battling performance against Ledbury
Saturday 10th December 2011
LEDBURY 17 CLAVERDON 0
Man of the match – Fraser Knight
Tom Johnson makes a determined run
Claverdon travelled the long distance
to Ledbury to face a side sitting in second place in the table. With
several key players missing they knew that this would be an extremely
tough game. Fraser Knight and Mark Tilson returned in the front row,
Olly Thorndale in at flanker and Harry Cox slotted in to the full back
With a large crowd behind them the
hosts started well with some strong running. They soon knew that they
couldn’t simply run through the lions defence as they were
knocked back with big hits from winger Tom Johnson and centre Tim
With fifteen minutes on the clock
Ledbury did go ahead when a missed tackle saw their flanker make
valuable yards. He had the simple task of offloading out of the tackle
to the supporting fly half who scored an unconverted try.
The lions knew that this was
undeserved and instantly ran the ball back with interest through strong
running from full back Harry Cox and winger Conor Smith. Another break
saw Tim Westmacott beat his man before offloading to fellow centre Sam
Harris but unfortunately his pass was misplaced and the Ledbury winger
picked up the loose ball on the run to score another unconverted try in
Claverdon were clearly the stronger
team in the scrum and were winning many against the head courtesy of
hooker Steve Grimsley and props Mark Tilson and Fraser Knight. The
lineouts however were proving difficult with the strong wind and the
lions possession was too easily given away to the hosts. Indiscipline
from Ledbury again could not be capitalised on as the resultant penalty
kicks did not find touch and the hosts were allowed to gather and run
the ball back.
Second row Paul Carruthers was shown a
yellow for an altercation with ten minutes of the half remaining to see
the visitors play the half out with a man short. Just before half time
a good kick from fly half Ian Wyllie saw Claverdon pin Ledbury deep in
to their own half when Tom Johnson put the Ledbury full back in to
touch as he tried to gain territory. As had been the case for most of
the half, the lions lineout didn’t go to plan and Ledbury cleared
10-0 Half Time
Good line out win for Claverdon
The second half started with Claverdon
very upbeat knowing that the home side had only scored through errors
that they had gifted them. Playing up the hill and against the wind
they knew it was going to be tough.
Both defences were kept busy and the
score remained the same for much of the half. The back three of James
Barton, Olly Thorndale and Scott Conduit were all kept busy at the back
of the scrum as they made numerous tackles. Ed Williams and a debut for
Anthony Jay gave the visitors the fresh legs they required and they
both instantly made their mark with powerful hits up front.
Ledbury scored their third try late in
the game as they moved the ball out wide quickly and another missed
tackle saw them break the line and run the ball under the posts for an
The lions didn’t give up and
quickly found themselves deep in the Ledbury half with only minutes
remaining. The backs move unfortunately did not come to anything and a
penalty for the hosts saw them clear the ball away to mark the end of
17-0 Full Time
Claverdon now have a rest from league
action until the New Year. They do however still face a tough friendly
at home to old rivals Warley on Saturday so all support would be
Match report by Tom Johnson
The New Monk
A salutary tale about why you should not do something just because it has always been done.
A new monk arrived at the monastery. He was assigned to help the
other monks in copying the old texts by hand. He noticed,
however, that they were copying copies, not the original books.
The new monk went to the head monk to ask him about this. He
pointed out that if there was an error in the first copy, that error
would be continued in all of the other copies. The head monk
said: ‘We have been copying from the copies for centuries,
but you make a good point my son."
The head monk went down to the cellar with one of the copies to check
it against the original. Hours later, nobody had seen him, so one
of the monks went downstairs to look for him. He heard sobbing
coming from the back of the back of the cellar and found the old monk
leaning over one of the original books, crying. He asked what was
The word is ‘celebrate’, not ‘celibate’ sobbed the head monk.
Make Henley Greener
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Books For Christmas ?
‘How bad are bananas? The carbon
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Amazon. An easy to read insight into carbon pollution. It contains lots
Energy without the Hot Air’ by David Mackay. £17.05 from
Amazon. The book is witty, , easy reading and brilliantly informative.
In describing it as brilliant, I am not being original for one
reviewer’s comment was ’First impression brilliant, second
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To get an understanding of energy issues it is hard (probably
impossible) to beat this book.
Energy-Saving Meters. Price £30 to £40. Available from Amazon, Maplin and also form ecofreak.
Some of these (eg the Owl CM160) can store
history of electricity use to download to your PC. The Owl and the
Effergy can display daily averages which is a useful way of seeing if
you are succeeding in saving electricity. Descriptions of various makes
and models can be seen here.
Warnings from Trading Standards
Bogus Safety Magazines
Trading Standards are warning schools, businesses and other
organisations about a number of new approaches by bogus publication
companies who trick businesses and others into agreeing to advertise in
their publications. These magazines, which usually purport to be safety
related, have little or no circulation and are essentially worthless to
the advertiser. However, the bogus publishers charge hundreds and in
some cases thousands of pounds for advertising space in them.
The bogus publishers usually cold call the organisations they target
and often falsely claim to represent the Police or Fire and Rescue
Service. They then ask the business, organisation or school if they
want to advertise 'again' (even if they have never advertised before)
or 'support' the publication. They hope that some people will be
tricked in to thinking this is a regular event or that they will be
supporting a worthwhile cause. Some rogues go as far sending the
business a copy of an advert the latter had already placed in a genuine
publication along with an invoice. They hope the recipient will confuse
the request for payment with a genuine request for advertising payment.
For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
John Garner's Business Column
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Aphorisms for our time
- 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
- The 2 most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
- Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
- If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.
- Money can't buy happiness. But it makes misery easier to live with.
- Nothing in the known universe travels faster than a bad cheque.
- Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by moving from where you left them to where you can't find them.
- Always remember to pillage BEFORE you burn.
- The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
- It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
- The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think.
- Paranoids are people too;
they have their own problems. It's easy to criticise, but if everybody
hated you, you'd be paranoid too.
- A diplomat is someone who can tell you to go to hell and make you feel happy to be on your way.
- Eagles may soar, but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines.
- If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.
- A conclusion is the point at which you got tired of thinking.
- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
- For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
- Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.
- To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.
- To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.
- Two wrongs are only the beginning.
- You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
- The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.
- A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
- If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.
- Change is inevitable....except from vending machines.
- Money can't buy love. But it CAN rent a very close imitation.
- Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
- Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
- Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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Council prepares for adverse weather conditions this winter
During adverse weather
conditions, some services provided by Stratford-on-Avon District
Council may be affected and the District Council has taken steps in
preparation for any snow or icy conditions over the coming winter
The District Council
will endeavour to provide normal services wherever possible, however,
where roads have become dangerous or impassable the decision may be
taken to suspend street cleaning and refuse and recycling collection
services until conditions improve.
Part of the proactive
measures the District Council is taking includes a partnership approach
between with the District Council’s contractor Biffa and
Warwickshire County Council. In the coming months, if the street
cleaning or refuse and recycling services have to be suspended due to
snow or ice, the Contractor’s workforce will be utilised to help
Warwickshire County Council to grit and clear snow off pavements in key
areas of the District.
Cllr Mike Brain,
Technical Services Portfolio, says: “The decision to suspend
District Council services is not taken lightly but the health and
safety of our staff, contractors and the public are of paramount
importance to the District Council. This is really a partnership
approach for using spare resources to grit walkways as it will make the
best use of all the available manpower.
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have improved suitably, services will be reinstated.”
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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!
MORNING AND BRING AND BUY - Saturday 28th January 2012 10.30-12 noon in
the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in aid of St. Basil's Centre for Young
Homeless in Birmingham, Home-made cakes and Raffle, free entry, all
welcome. This is a very worthwhile charity which St John’s
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 19th January in the Baptist Church Hall
at 8.00 pm when David Fowler will give a talk on ‘Your Local
Cheese and its History’. Visitors and new members are very
welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
WI are getting off to a good start of the year with “Fun and
Games” on Tuesday 3rd January from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.
Why not join them?
WILDLIFE SOCIETY Roger Butler will be taking us “Through Wildest
Russia” on Tuesday January 17th from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church
Hall. Visitors are welcome.
FLOWER CLUB 10th January Wine & Nibbles. A workshop with materials
provided. Tickets on door £5.00. Details from Paula Pugh 07974
ALCESTER MALE VOICE CHOIR ANNUAL CONCERT
Tickets are now on sale for the Alcester Male Voice Choirs Annual
Concert which to be held at the Town hall Birmingham, Saturday 31st
March. Also appearing will be special guest artists including Orchestra
of the Swan. Tickets range from £12.50 through to £20 and
coach transport is available from Henley for an additional £10
return. For tickets or further information call AMVC box office 02476
971 929 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASSES FOR EVERYONE - SUITABLE FOR EVERY LEVEL. Course runs for 6
weeks (2 hours) and cost £52.00. For more details contact Jean
Bunn 07849 810814 or email email@example.com
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-ARDENRotary
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
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 2011 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
The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form
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 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
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
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
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
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.
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HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
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
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
Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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