Parish Council Tax to rise by 5% in 2012/13
At its meeting on Monday 19th December the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council approved its budget for 2012/13, shown below right.
The Parish Council
Tax (Precept) will rise by 5%. Total Income will be £79,095
(£75,900) and the forecast Total Expenditure will be
£82,900 (£84,450). This expenditure figure may be
understated as explained below.
the second year running, the JPC's piggy bank will have to be raided
for £3,465 (£9,050) to keep the increase down to 5%. This
figure may also be understated. (The figures in brackets are for the previous year).
Training costs again dominate the expenditure at £27,500
(£26,300) having risen by a massive 11% over the last two years.
Expenditure on repairs and maintenance has now fallen by 35% over the
same period. The strategy seems to be to spend more on admin and less
on looking after the town.
The Joint Parish Council is one of only two medium sized parish councils in the SDC area to hold 2 council meetings each month.
Henley is the only
parish council in the survey to employ a full time clerk. The average
hours worked by parish clerks in the survey was only 15.25 hours per
week, whereas Henley's clerk is employed for around 37 hours. According
to Cllr George Matheou, about 50% of the parish clerk's time has been
spent during the last four years co-ordinating complaints against Henley NEWS,
often formulating these complaints using the Standards Board regime,
which Eric Pickles, Minister for Local Government, accurately
criticised as, "fuelling petty complaints and malicious vendettas -
most of which would be dismissed but not before reputations were
damaged and taxpayer money was wasted. Frivolous allegations undermined
local democracy and discouraged people from running for public office."
the new Localism Bill, which has recently passed in to law, abolished
the Standards Board but not before the JPC's complaints last
year cost SDC council taxpayers an additional £10,000 and
resulted in the JPC being officially declared "dysfunctional". The vast
majority of these complaints were thrown out.
Missing from the
expenditure budget are the rent and rates for the parish office, the
relocation costs for the parish office to move out of the Heritage
Centre and the election expenses for the parish council election in May
2012. These items could add more than £5,000 to next year's
expenditure. In addition, there maybe pension contributions of
£4,500. In total the piggy bank may have to be raided by more
than £13,000, not the declared £3,465. Alternatively, the
precept could have been increased by around 20% to save any raid on
According to the
BBC, the government has said that any local authority in England
wanting to raise council tax by more than 3.5% next year must consult
the public in a referendum.
In the 2010 Parish Council Survey,
Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council had the highest
precept for medium sized parish councils in the SDC area by a
considerable margin. Parish Council Survey 2010
The Conservatives on
Stratford-on-Avon District Council are proposing a council tax cut of
one per cent in the year from April 2012 to the end of March 2013.
However, the district council element of the council tax represents
only about 8.5 per cent of the total bill, with the Warwickshire Police
share amounting to about 11 per cent and Warwickshire County Council
about 76 per cent. A county council spokesman said that at this stage
the authority was planning no increase in council tax but no reduction
data was collected from Freedom of Information Act enquiries to all the
parish councils in the Stratford District Council area.
Was a £5,000 Grant for new JPC Website Wasted?
2006, the High Bailiff of the time, Dr Douglas Bridgewater, commenting
on the first JPC website said, "I am unhappy about the attempt to make
it an umbrella site for all the other websites in the town. I think
also in a number of ways it falls rather flat. I think what is required
is consultation rather than confrontation. I think co-operation rather
than dictation. I am concerned that the Parish Council is in some
danger of adopting a closed unilateral approach."
During the same period, Nigel Hastilow wrote in Henley NEWS:
does not need a plethora of web-sites all trying to do the same thing,
or something similar. On the other hand, why waste taxpayers’
money on something when a more than adequate option – Henley News
– already exists? It’s daft, wasteful and disgraceful."
years has elapsed, but the JPC Ruling Group still has taken no notice
of these criticisms and gone ahead with the development of a new
website without any consultation on its design or content with either
all the parish councillors or the other websites in the town. Some of
our regular readers have already commented on this latest attempt:
thought of the JPC having spent £5k on this brings tears to your
eyes. They could have given it to the High School as a project and
achieved a better result for free.”
the video, whilst a better attempt than before, is out of date with the
wrong High Bailiff and JPC Chairman - a bit of a vanity project for the
participants, including Atkinson. The links have not been completed so
it gives the appearance of being incomplete and amateurish. It is
obviously not going to be a current news source or a compelling view
for the objectives and relevance of the JPC."
A Detailed Appraisal of the new JPC website
has the JPC launched a new website which is unfinished, inaccurate, and
out of date? And who wrote the home page? Henley-in-Arden is mentioned
SIX times in one sentence – appalling English and in the case of
the “Henley-in-Arden banks” quite wrong; they are national
banks which have a branch in Henley.
why the reference to the three markets which are “ . . still held
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday”? Out of date and inaccurate.
In the first section of the businesses, Arts and Crafts, there are five notes to “(insert picture)”. Unfinished.
In the third section, Business Services, why are 9 of the 12 entries
placed on the far right of the page with half the text missing?
The fashion section is a complete mess. Collections closed last year, and half the text is lost off the page, Margaret Dolphin closed several years ago, Margaret and Pamela are half lost off the page, and where are the other dress and shoe shops?
I could go on with nitty-picky comments, but it would take all day.
Henley already has an excellent electronic newsletter which is
published fortnightly and sends out interim news flashes AT NO COST to
advertisers, readers or council tax payers. There is also a superb Town Website sponsored by the War Memorial Trust, again AT NO COST to advertisers, readers or council taxpayers.
The JPC could have spent £5,000 more wisely
the JPC really received a £5,000 grant for communications, they
could have spent it more wisely by ensuring that everyone with internet
access is signed up to Henley News. This free newsletter could then have been used for all their communications. Another opportunity wasted.
a parish councillor, I would have expected to have been consulted about
this considerable investment. I also know of at least one other parish
councillor who was not consulted.
Sue Osborne has been a resident for over 40 years and is an independent parish councillor.
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Disgraceful attack on Peter Crathorne
A one man personal rant by Conservative District Cllr George Matheou
In a recent article in the Stratford Herald
about the Sixties Music Festival, (the event organised by the Henley
Sports Pavilion Building Fund that took place in September), the
information given was a travesty of the truth.
The Stratford Herald
revealed that the story came from a one man personal rant by
Conservative District Cllr George Matheou, which masquerades as an
e-mail newspaper - Henley Times. No attempt to contact Henley War Memorial Trust
was made. The Trust wishes to set the record straight regarding the
range of inaccurate reporting caused by George Matheou. The amounts of
money quoted are wrong, the article creates the impression that payment
has only just been made when the matter was settled before the end of
November. It was not the Trust who prevented payment to the Artists.
The story suggests we had an option to cancel but does not reveal that
to do so would have cost the Trust nearly as much as the eventual loss
sustained. The delay in settling the bill was caused by some
inconsistencies in the invoices, not an inability to pay.
financial stability was not affected by the disappointing loss as they
had assured themselves that the worst case risk to their reserves would
not damage the underlying security of the Trust before embarking on the
mention was made of the wonderful afternoon enjoyed by over 400
attendees many of whom took the time to contact the Trust to say it was
the best event in Henley for a long time and when was the next one?
Indeed the Trust wonders why the chairman of the Parish Council was not
quoted in the article repeating his very enthusiastic support for the
event both before and after. In the photo left, he can be seen enjoying
himself at the festival with Cllr Mike Perry and Cllr Stephen
Thirlwell. The chairman also knew of the measures the Trust had taken
to ensure its financial security before the event was booked. The Trust
would have hoped that he could have restored some balance by making
sure this was mentioned.
PARISH CLERK WAS INCORRECT TO CLAIM JPC WAS A TRUSTEE
are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. They may
be known as trustees, directors, board members, governors or committee
members. Charity trustees are responsible for the general control and
management of the administration of a charity.
The Charity Commission
The article reports
that the parish council claim they are trustees. They are NOT and NEVER
have been trustees. As the Charity Commission's definition (right)
shows, a trustee can only be a person, not a corporate body like a
parish council. The Trust deed offers the parish council a chance to
nominate one of their number as a trustee. All trustees are individuals
and appointed by the Trust itself.
The minutes of the JPC Council meeting of 5th December 2011 state: "The
Officer (parish clerk) asked Cllr Leech, why, if the Council and he
were both Trustees in equal status, was he privy to information ....". Clearly,
the parish clerk was incorrect to maintain that the JPC was a Trustee
and she was advised that she was wrong at the meeting but councillors
chose to follow her advice.
One of the reasons
the parish council gives for its actions is that it could be liable to
prosecution as a trustee. This malevolent and malicious innuendo that
the Trust could be liable to prosecution creates the impression that
the Trust has been behaving illegally. This is mischievous and
the Trust is waiting for the Parish Council to produce their evidence
to support this outrageous suggestion.
Beyond all this,
most Henley organisations have been working hard to demonstrate the
true image of Henley as a wonderful town to live in and visit. One
misinformed and misguided individual, who should know better, has
spread his personal rant across the media to damage our town's
reputation. Such stupid comments can damage the trade in the Town and
even house prices.
CALLS FOR APOLOGIES AND RESIGNATIONS
Councillor Matheou issued his Henley Times to the Stratford Herald and 86 other persons and media without checking the accuracy of his reporting with the Trust. If you read his Henley Times
(not recommended) you could be forgiven for concluding that his
personal statements have greater credibility than one person’s
misguided version of events. This poor publicity for our town would
have been avoided if the Herald Reporter who wrote the
article and the editor who approved it had kept to good journalistic
practice and given the Trust an opportunity to comment. This reverse
for Henley would have not taken place if Matheou was not so driven by
his own personal feelings about some of the trustees. The Trust should
be provided with a public apology from both Matheou and the Stratford Herald. The incorrect advice from the parish clerk should also be reviewed.
SERIOUS DAMAGE TO HENLEY'S REPUTATION
may believe the damage has already been done. It should be noted that
until the appearance of this wildly inaccurate and damaging article in
the Herald. It had been decided by the Trustees not to engage
in public comment, having taken the view that such a step would further
damage Henley’s reputation. Unfortunately, Matheou's Henley Times forced a change of mind. In the same edition of the Henley Times, there was also an inaccurate article about the Guild Hall Trust and the library.
Henley Residents Comment
Support and admiration for Peter Crathorne's work
As President of
the Henley War Memorial Trust, I write in support of Peter Crathorne.
Peter has been subjected to completely unwarranted criticism by the
Parish Clerk and the JPC. Not only was the criticism uncalled for it
was factually incorrect, the JPC is not a trustee of the HWMT.
In the years which
I have known Peter, I have always found him to be an open and honest
communicator and I can say, without hesitation, that the residents of
Henley in Arden are very lucky that he is willing to dedicate himself
to the role of Chairman of the HWMT. We are doubly fortunate that his
wife, Jan, is also willing to devote so much of her time and energy to
supporting the Trust and I sincerely hope that the vitriolic attack by
the Parish Clerk will not lead to either Peter or Jan stepping down
from their roles.
The Parish Clerk
seems incapable of learning from experience. During the Standards &
Ethics hearing on 27th May 2011, she was told by the Panel, in the
strongest terms, that many of the issues relating to her complaints
against Cllr Leech were due to her own “provocative
attitude”; nothing has changed and this latest incident must be
regarded as an extremely provocative act by her.
John Tristram, High Bailiff and President of the Henley War Memorial Trust
of the Henley War Memorial Trust it has been my privilege to work
closely with Peter Crathorne for the past two years. I am constantly
impressed by his dedication and commitment to the people of Henley and
the energy which he expends in supporting a number of local causes.
His Chairmanship of the Trust has seen it develop into a
professional organisation and I am alarmed at the uninformed and
vindictive criticism he has been receiving from people who should know
better. I can think of no-one who works harder for Henley
without any thought of personal gain.
John Garner, Treasurer of the Henley War Memorial Trust
In a recent
letter written to our Chairman of the War Memorial Trust, it states
that the council believe that “communications between all
Trustees on all matters was no longer effective”.
I write to
reassure you that this is most definitely not the case. Every
aspect of the trust’s activities is reported in full to every
meeting. Opportunities are given for questions to be asked about
all the reports we receive. The meetings are conducted in a
friendly atmosphere and we vote on every decision. The
minutes of our meetings will show this.
Annette Walker, Trustee of Henley War Memorial Trust
I was shocked
and dismayed by the contents of recent articles criticising the Henley
War Memorial Trust in general and Mr Peter Crathorne in particular. It
appears that there is some sort of personal vendetta against Peter
which is utterly disgraceful. In my personal opinion, members
of Henley Cricket Club were involved in the planning, organisation and
running of the Sixties Music Festival and I can say that our
contribution paled into insignificance compared to the immense amount
of hard work and dedication that Peter personally put into making the
event even happen.
I would also
go as far as to say the fact the event was a success from both a
logistical point of view and of the obvious opinion of those attending,
who had a marvelous day’s entertainment. The failure was only in
terms of securing a larger attendance and as I was present when verbal
undertakings were made by the Promoters, I am in a position to state
that it was THEY that failed completely to deliver their promises.
If blame has
to be laid at anyone’s door then it should certainly NOT be at
Peter Crathorne’s, who in my opinion has done far more for the
residents of Henley than any elected official.
Andy Thompson, Treasurer of Henley Cricket Club
I moved to
Henley in Arden 3 years ago and in a very short time discovered why
Henley is such a great and appealing place to live - the large number
of activities available for people of all ages to get involved in, at
very little cost. A village which enables people old and new,
couples or singles to integrate and make new friends with just a little
effort on any individual's part, that "effort" merely entailing logging
on to Henley News to see the myriad of opportunities available in the
village then picking up the phone to the appropriate organiser to
register an interest and discover where and when they can attend.
For my own part, some 2 years ago I saw a plea for someone to
teach some of our Silver Senior gentlemen to cook and as cooking is one
of my greatest pleasures rang Peter Crathorne and offered my services,
since then along with Jane Portman we have had the pleasure of teaching
these gentlemen how to cook simple, cheap and easy nutritious meals.
Which brings me to the reason for actually bothering to write
I am absolutely steaming at the attacks our pathetic, self-agrandising
Parish Councillors have had the nerve to make on PETER CRATHORNE, this
man does more for Henley-in-Arden than the whole of the Parish Council
put together - FOR ACTUALLY NO RECOMPENSE AT ALL - how much does it
cost us to keep these moaning, hypocritical individuals in their
overblown "jobs", what contribution do they make to the improvement in
the life of the young and old, the sick and infirm of the area? -
very little, and yet they dare to attack one of the most positive
individuals I personally have ever met in my life - George
Matheou look in the mirror, it would be interesting to know what you
see looking back at you. How about listing the good you do for people
in Henley alongside the good Peter Crathorne does.
Shame on you George Matheou. With no excuses or apologies, it is from my heart, which members of the JPC don't seem to have.
Wendy Willmott, Helper with Hub @ Henley Seniors
To the JPC Chairman,
thing about the parish clerk's letter is that it breaks a promise you
made to me when you took office that you wanted to get everyone in the
town working together again – the divisions of the previous
couple of years should be a thing of the past. On that basis you have
certainly not heard anything from me since that conversation. I felt
you should be given a chance to get the friendships and community
spirit which used to be a hallmark of our town back to the fore.
happen if you allow your parish clerk to send such a disgracefully
inflammatory and inaccurate letter. The Trustees of HWMT work just as
hard to manage the interests within our organisation as the JPC does in
managing the rest of the town and in our Chairman Peter Crathorne we
have someone who is more hardworking and passionate in the cause than
most. This must be recognised and respected by the JPC.
If you allow
this witch hunt of Peter and HWMT Trustees to gather momentum, it will
undermine all the bridge-building that you have tried to do in the past
months of your chairmanship of the JPC. This letter is written as much
in sadness at the missed opportunities as it is in anger at the gross
inaccuracies in the clerk’s letter.
John Latham, President of Henley Cricket Club and Trustee of the Henley War Memorial Trust
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Technical Shortcomings of Henley Times
George Matheou is always very keen to tell everyone that he is a member of the British Computer Society but Henley Times lacks
many of the best practices expected of blogs. This latest edition again
demonstrates a total lack of any design skills or the ability to
produce a respectable looking Word document.
George’s latest rant was circulated in a massive 6.79MB Word
file, which could have been reduced by optimisation to a fraction of
this size. As many of his recipients are charged for their internet on
a usage basis, it would have been considerate to optimise the file
before broadcasting it. This is a simple task and second nature to any
All such blogs
should contain an “unsubscribe” facility to stop future
editions being forced on unwilling readers. No such facility was been
provided. To UNSUBSCRIBE from the Henley Times, send an email to: email@example.com advising him that you wish to be removed from the circulation list for Henley Times.
Being keen on all legal aspects of IT, Matheou should recognise that he
has to stop sending his nuisance emails to unwanted recipients.
If the presentation and English were improved, it may not be so easily dismissed as second rate product. As it is now it's a perfect example of 'how not to'.
Thinking of becoming a
Election for a new Parish Council in May 2012
There are more than 12 people in Henley wanting to change the way the Parish Council is run.
Are you one of them? Contact: Mike Willmott
Bringing fresh ideas and economy to our dysfunctional parish council
A collection of individuals working together to deliver a new and better Joint Parish Council
Mike Willmott, a resident of Henley-in-Arden, this week announced the formation of Henley Independents
- a collection of individuals working together to deliver a new and
better Joint Parish Council for Henley and Beaudesert. Mr Willmott will
be serving as chairman for Henley Independents and has already mobilised a strong team of people behind him, both men and women of all ages.
Mr Willmott said “The Stratford Herald
has been at the forefront of highlighting the malaise within the
current Joint Parish Council. These issues are well documented and I
don’t think going over these again will serve any benefit. I do
however believe that the people of Henley and Beaudesert deserve an
inclusive and representative Joint Parish Council that both represents
ALL the residents of the town, and works for the benefit of the town
He continued, “Therefore, we have formed Henley Independents
as a collection of individuals from a variety of backgrounds who will
be working together to contest the Parish Council elections on May 3rd.
12 candidates will be standing under the Henley Independents
umbrella with the aim of forming a majority on the Joint Parish
Council. We have an outstanding range of candidates who will bring
their considerable experience and expertise to the table – these
are people who want to make a difference to the way Henley is run and
are simply not in it for their own personal gain.
“For Henley Independents
to succeed we will need to generate support from the residents of the
town – simply put, we need as many votes as possible on May 3rd.
We already have strong support from a large, and growing, number of
residents, but we still need more and will be working hard to develop
and promote our campaign over the coming months.
“We will be providing further details about Henley Independents in the Spring, but in the meantime, anyone interested in supporting us in any way whatsoever can register their support at:
Registered with The Electoral Commission (PP1725)
War Memorial Trust Reports Record Fund Raising
Safeguarding Henley's cultural, leisure and sporting legacy
The annual Town Dinner in the Memorial Hall with the new seating and electrics. New heating will shortly be installed
his annual report Peter Crathorne, chairman of Henley War
Memorial Trust, stated that funds of just over £44,000 had been
raised during the calendar year 2011. This amount had never been
exceeded since the trust was formed in 1947.
He paid tribute to
those exceptionally generous donors who had ensured that the Trust had,
amongst other commitments, sufficient funds to purchase land it had
used for many years under lease that had been offered for sale on the
open market. Without this positive outcome Henley and Wootton Scouts,
Henley Shooting Club and Henley Forest Football Club would have had
their activities severely curtailed if not closed all together. The
photo right shows part of the land in use by the juniors.
terrific total was less than was planned because one of the
biggest events in Henley’s recent history, the Sixties Music
Festival, incurred quite large losses. This was a huge disappointment
since all the advice the Trust had received, including from a local pop
concert expert, indicated that a large profit was all but guaranteed.
Peter Crathorne says that report assures the Trust members that
although this loss was a shock the risk of losing funds was considered
by the trust before the event was booked. The Trust’s financial
stability was not affected as they had assured themselves that the
worst case risk to their reserves would not damage the underlying
security of the Trust before embarking on the project.
Focusing on our Young People
Peter Crathorne declared that another outstanding success was that the Hub@ Henley Youth and Community Centre
is to be transferred by lease to the Henley War Memorial Trust.
The trust with the massive support of residents and businesses was the
only organisation stepping forward to campaign to save the centre which
otherwise would have been closed by Warwickshire County Council,
leaving the Surestart Centre, baby clinics, family counselling, the
club for the elderly, the computer training courses and probably the
youth club with nowhere to meet.
The campaign has
focused on residents making pledges, business sponsorship and
identifying potential local authority and private trust grants. Using
its experience and knowhow the Trust has overcome serious opposition to
rescue the Centre for the town.
The chairman thanked the Beaudesert and Henley Parish Council for their
financial support last year. Without this, he said, the significant work undertaken to
support young people’s participation in sport and the Scouts may be at risk.
concluded by stating that this had been a momentous year and local
residents, who are all Trust members by virtue of living in the town,
are invited to celebrate this at the Annual General Meeting to be held
on Wednesday 25th January 2012 at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.
The Trust’s only aim is to safeguard Henley's cultural, leisure and sporting legacy.
The Manor of Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
the 21st December 2012 the High Bailiff, assisted by the Low Bailiff,
Fred Dowling and Gordon Trinder, the Town Crier had the pleasant duty
of opening two new businesses in Henley.
The first was AIR Aesthetics Clinic,
located at 121 High Street, which offers a range of non-surgical beauty
treatments and is run by Dr Claire Oliver. It is good to see a new
venture adding to the variety of services provided by businesses in
Henley. Although this is a new business, Claire will be known to many
of you and we wish her every success.
new studio is very impressive and, whilst the High Bailiff is no expert
on beauty treatments, a full description of the services offered by AIR
is available on their website www.airaesthetics.co.uk or phone Claire on 0845 519 5377 or just call in.
The second new venture is BELLA DIVA Hair & Beauty,
which has opened at 159 High Street, run by another familiar face,
Sarah Almousawy. Her studio offers hair styling and much more.
is a previous winner of Warwickshire Life’s Best Colour Artist
and has more than 20 years experience in hair treatments. She
specialises in Colour Correction, Organic Colour, Hair-up (having
worked with celebrity hair-dresser Patrick Cameron).
For more information on all the services offered by Sarah and her team she can be contacted on 01564 898469 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Court Leet is pleased to be able to support Henley businesses in this
way, they are the life-blood of the High Street and we wish these two
ventures every success.
On Boxing Day, the Court Leet played host to a group of guests from the Three Ways House Hotel, Mickleton.
The group of approximately 40 people visited Henley with Peter
Henderson, the proprietor of the hotel and Mo Sutherland, a
Warwickshire ‘Blue Badge Guide’, who is the wife of Graham
Sutherland the Warwick Town Crier. They were welcomed to the Guild Hall
by John Tristram, High Bailiff, Fred Dowling Low Bailiff, Gordon
Trinder, Town Crier and Dawn Leech, Chamberlain of the Court.
gave a talk on the history of the Guild Hall, after which the High
Bailiff explained the origins of the Court Leet and its current role
and responsibilities. The visitors were then treated to warming
‘Winter Pimms’ provided by Peter Henderson, who thanked the
Court Leet for turning out on Boxing Day and for their hospitality. The
guests then had a tour of Henley before returning to the Three Ways
House Hotel for lunch.
High Bailiff was privileged to open the new Show Home on the Taylor
Wimpey ‘Farriers Cross’ development. Accompanied by Fred
Dowling the Low Bailiff and Gordon Trinder, Town Crier. The official
opening took place in glorious sun-shine on Saturday 7th January. Anne
Wallace, Sales Director says that sales have been very strong and there
is pressure to complete the development as soon as possible to meet the
demand for houses on this prestige site.
|John Tristram - High Bailiff|| |
War Memorial Trust to run the HUB@HENLEY
most important charity, the Henley War Memorial Trust, which is
responsible for the Memorial Hall and the Memorial Playing Fields has
been chosen by Warwickshire County Council to run Henley's Youth Club -
the Hub @ Henley.
photo above shows supporters in May 2011 at the start of the campaign.
The enlargement below shows that Cllr Carsina Goodman, Cllr Mike Perry
and JPC Chairman Roger Hubbocks did not show their support for the
campaign. To his credit, Cllr Chris Milsom broke ranks with the ruling
group and showed his support.
Peter Crathorne, Chairman of the War Memorial Trust, said, "I have just
heard that The Hub@ Henley Youth and Community Centre is to be
transferred to the Henley War Memorial Trust. Congratulations to
everyone who has worked so hard to achieve this. We will be starting
the hard work of making our centre a great success immediately after
The campaign has focused on residents making pledges, business
sponsorship and identifying potential local authority and private trust
grants. Further fundraising, applying for grants etc, is now possible.
Pledges, grants and donations now total £34,000 to be
collected over three years, £27,000 in the first year; almost
£5,000 in sponsorship mainly from local businesses and there will
be more to come from further contacts being made. In the New Year we
will be getting in touch with all our supporters who have made pledges
asking them to convert these into cash. We will be launching
applications to a variety of funding agencies and trusts for further
If this project is to be a success, then everyone in the town and in
particular its principal organisations have to be totally supportive.
Using its experience and knowhow the Trust has overcome serious
opposition to rescue the Centre for the town. There is an even
greater challenge awaiting everyone to ensure its long term future.
Thanks to all who have given support."
Graham Gooch - Guest Speaker at Cricket Dinner
Henley Cricket Club are delighted to be welcoming speaker Graham Gooch to speak at their annual Captain’s Supper at Henley Golf and Country Club on Friday 24 February 2012. With President John Latham as the MC it promises to be a memorable and enjoyable evening.
remains England’s highest Test Runs Scorer and is also the
current England Batting Coach. He can truly be described as a legend in
the game. He will also be bringing some unique memorabilia for auction.
Following the first team’s promotion as Champions to the Premier
Division of the Cotswold Hills League, the club are faced with
the uphill task of raising much needed funds to improve the facilities
and ensure the team have a successful 2012 campaign so don’t miss
this opportunity to support your local club. Sponsorship
opportunities are also available for local businesses.
For tickets and further details contact the club’s Treasurer Andy Thompson on 07967 139247 email@example.com
Henmen Christmas Lunch
Hub @ Henley Seniors
(used to be HENMEN) took their annual Christmas lunch at the Hub.
Working in its splendid new kitchen Wendy Willmott, Owen Greenock and
Tony Wedgebury prepared a terrific feast which was thoroughly enjoyed
by the members and their guests and would have graced any 5 star
The members provided
their own entertainment which included a song from Gilbert and Sullivan
by 92 year old Stan Williamson, some engaging adventure stories from
World War two delivered by Jim Syratt and many toasts presented by
Peter Crathorne which ensured the wine flowed freely. The meal was
served by Peter and John Garner beautifully dressed in their DJs as
waiters. The club expressed their thanks to Wendy, who had worked so
hard to produce a wonderful meal, with flowers at the conclusion of the
The meal proved to
be an instant celebration, as their club which had been under threat of
closure by Warwickshire County Council was saved on the same day as Henley War Memorial Trust announced their rescue of this doomed establishment had been successful.
Audition Notice - Let's be having you
Happy New Year - time to shake off the Christmas tree needles!
We have secured the wonderful Guild Hall in Henley for our next
production - Henley Market - The Musical which goes out on Thursday
26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of April 2012.
Please refer to the poster on The Notice board below for more details
and, if they are not included on the emailing list above, please
contact those who you know will be interested, as we need a cast of
twenty plus people to make this one work.
The show is a combination of subtle, localised humour and great music so there is something FOR EVERYONE.
Look forward to seeing you all again.
Ray Evans - Producer/Director
MP to open new community library
The Friends of the Library
have announced that Nadhim Zahawi MP will officially open the new
community library in the Methodist Church Hall on Friday 20th April
2012 at 10:30 a.m. Parish, County and District Councillors have been
invited and the South Warwickshire Conservatives are contributing for
is pleased to report that its recruitment campaign in May 2010 was very
successful and according to Sue Osborne accounted for half of the
volunteers. Sue was a founder member of the Friends of the Library and is now responsible for producing the rota.
Henley NEWS, which now has a regular circulation of 3,500, is always pleased to assist Henley based organisations promote new opportunities to its readers.
Santa's Grotto at Henley Fire & Rescue
On Saturday 17th December 2011 the Firefighters of Warwickshire Fire & Rescue’s Henley-in-Arden retained fire station
held their annual Santa’s Grotto children’s event in aid of
the Firefighter’s Charity (previously The Firefighter’s
The popular event
welcomed over 70 kids from near and far to come and explore the station
and fire engine, meet Father Christmas in his grotto and win items
donated by dozens of local businesses and individuals in the tombola
while their parents and guardians nibbled on mince pies and sipped a
cup of tea or coffee, all hosted by the dedicated crew of
Henley’s appliance 39P1.
There was much fun and excitement, oh and the kids had a good time too!
The crew would like to extend their gratitude to all these generous local contributors who raised £360;
Ice Cream, Naya Indian Restaurant, Bella Capelli Barbers, Bigwoods
Estate Agency, John Dukes Stationery, The Co-Op, RS Mills Butchers, One
Stop, Lemon Tree Flowers, The White Swan, MPA Financial Management
Services, John Earle Estate Agents, Thai Cottage Restaurant, Abacus
Kitchens, La Dolce Piazza, NFU Mutual, Professional Golfing
Association, Bradstock Bourne Financial Consultants, Secantor
Management Consultants, United Business Centres (Managers of Forward
House), The Black Swan, Curry Republic, Sans Oriental Restaurant,
Shirlee, Torquil - The Gallery Upstairs, Westmacotts Sandwiches, The
Bluebell, Ironing Maidens, Sue Dalby Catering, Matricardi’s, The
Three Tuns, The Royal China Chinese Takeaway, Seaspray, Tissington
Opticians, Henley Pharmacy, The Nags Head, Arden Tandoori, Henley Golf
Club, Henley Beauty Salon (Golf & Country Club), Allens Caravans
Wootton Wawen, Wootton Wawen Stores, Burman Butchers Claverdon, The
Welcombe Hotel Stratford-on-Avon, Aloe Vera Forever Living Products,
Caroline Kiely, Carsina Goodman, David & Marian Stevens, Sue
Harriman, Janet Masters, Premal Spiegel, Jenny & Mia Pointon and to everyone who came along and helped.
Henley’s appliance 39P1
Have a safe 2012 from;
Commander Richard Butler, Crew Commanders Kate Stevens & Nick Ross,
Firefighters Tony Matthews, Mark Taylor, John Blakey, Nick Pointon,
Christian Paine, Natalie Ross, Paul Duxbury, new recruits Justin Halpin
& Simon Birch, and last but by no means least, Margaret Ross.
Henley Fire Station, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden.
NEXT SESSION IN HENLEY
Saturday 21st January 2012
Session times: 09:45 - 12:15 & 13:45 - 15:30
Henley-in-Arden Memorial Hall, Station Road,
Rotary Christmas Concert with MYJO
For the second year running Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra (MYJO) and Henley Rotary
joined in partnership to put on a fabulous Christmas show in the
Memorial Hall on December 19th. There were 200 people at the sell-out
concert which raised £2,800 for local Rotary charities and MYJO's
young musicians education fund.
A duet that brought the house down was sung by Katy and Tom, MYJO's young vocalists. "Baby its Cold Outside"
It certainly wasn't cold inside as the audience got to their feet to applaud.
Rotary President Hans Wegedt presents Stratford Samaritans chairman Phil Cazeley with a cheque in support of the great work the Samaritans do in our community
John Latham reporting
The Bells of Henley-in-Arden
My interest started
2 years ago when; my daughter Zoe and her friend Samantha paid to go up
the tower of St John the Baptist, at the Christmas Fare. Mike (one of
the very experienced ringers) showed them around, showed them the bells
and encouraged them to start ringing. Now as a Dad I’d often
wondered what it would be like but, had never done anything about it,
so when Zoe started, I volunteered to take her. I had a go and the rest
is history as they say. Mike and Joe had so much patience while
teaching the three of us the basics.
At the time, the
average age of the Henley band was around 75, so 2 teenage girls and a
40 something bloke reduced the average. Since 2 more youngsters have
started, and unfortunately two experienced ringers have passed away, so
the average age has plummeted. The 2 beginners and 3 inexperienced
ringers have had an effect on the tunes you can hear, so if it sounds
not quite perfect on a Thursday and Sunday, please bear with us, we are
trying - honest.
Currently the band
consists of three of us, who have rung for nearly 2 years, three
beginners, and five more experienced ringers (however one is pregnant
& one has hurt his hand). We can’t all get there every Sunday
so occasionally Sunday is quiet. This leads me on to the next point: if
you have ever fancied a go please feel free to have a try on a Thursday
evening, we ring at 7:30. One advantage to ringing is, if there is a
wedding and the bride and groom want the bells, we charge and get
£10 each. The youngsters love this bit. The balance helps pay for
If you are a
teenager and want to start there is, once a month on the first
Saturday, a Warwickshire bell ringing club. Kids In Charge is run for
the children so they can experience different towers and different
bells, at the same time as having fun, and giving their parents a
morning of relative peace. Details can be found at http://kidsincharge.harry-windsor-ringing-centre.co.uk/ . There is even a picture of Zoe & Sam on this website, see if you can find it.
started in England in the 17th century, it is different from other bell
ringing (carillon machines strike many bells with hammers, and are
played by one player) as each bell is rung individually and the order
can be changed, therefore giving tunes. I use the word tune loosely as
there isn’t too much you can do with six notes, but when they are
struck in time, they do sound good. The number of bells in any tower
varies from three to sixteen, however six and eight are more common.
Next time you are driving around the country, take a look at the
towers, they are all different.
Now for some Henley Facts
The bells, in
Henley, range in weight from 552lbs to 1320lbs (250Kg to 599Kg in new
money). Four of them were cast in 1707 (ish) and the other two in 1727
(ish), so as you can see they are around 400 years old. They were
re-hung in 1991.
There are three
bells at St Nicholas, but the wooden frame they are on is rotten and
they cannot be rung. This is sad as two of them are probably the oldest
bells in Warwickshire. They were cast in 1370 (ish). You can find more Click here
Andy Langford reporting
Annual Concert at Prestigious Venue
Tickets now on sale with optional coach travel from Henley
For their 38th
annual concert, the 80 strong Alcester Male Voice choir, which includes
several men from Henley and surrounding area,
have chosen the prestigious and recently refurbished Town Hall,
Birmingham to stage the event on Saturday 31st March next.
Choir founder, conductor and artistic director Judith Land, has
put together an exciting and challenging programme which is
specifically designed to appeal to concert goers of all ages and of
wide musical tastes.
Judith explains "Our annual concert is an opportunity to
show the choir at its very best and in a wonderful setting. The
programme I have put together demonstrates the versatility and
the talent of its members who are all totally dedicated and
spend many, many hours rehearsing for this event. This concert is
also the start of our new season when our new repertoire is launched
ready for our regular programme of local concerts
throughout the region, which raise
thousands of pounds for charity. This years programme
includes Cantilena, African Trilogy, Bright Eyes, Nella Fantasia, Lord
of the Dance, Cabaret, Gloria and many more."
The concert will be entertaining and sharing the platform with the
choir will be the world famous Orchestra of the Swan, under their
conductor David Curtis, together with Cecelia Wickham-Anderson from the
well known Birmingham group Black Voices, Sarah Westwood (African
Drummer) and Director of Drum Voices, Andrew Fletcher (organ) and
Alcester performers Vic Butler (trumpet), Elliott Rooney (piano) and
two dancers from Rutleigh/Norris Ballet School.
Tickets are now on sale and start at just £12.50 through to
£20. In addition coaches have been arranged with the choir's
sponsors, Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel, and for just £10 per
person return those who wish can travel in comfort to the concert
without the worry of driving and parking in Birmingham. There are
seven local coach boarding points including Henley. (Coach
reservations to be made with the choir only).
For more information, tickets and coach travel, call the
AMVC ticket office 02476 971929 or download a booking form from www.alcestermvc.org
The Alcester Male voice choir has the reputation of being one of the
finest in the region and as well as holding regular local concerts
has completed many successful European tours ,
as well as appearing at many venues throughout the UK including
Symphony Hall, The Royal Albert Hall and St Davids Hall in Cardiff.
Rob Kingscott reporting
Air Ambulance Shop in Stratford Opens
Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon and former patients were joined by the
helicopter that saved their lives to open a new shop raising funds for
the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA). Cllr Bill
Dowling was assisted in his official duties by WNAA paramedic Jane
Cresswell and also by eight-year-old Hope-Tilli Dew and little sister
Holli. Hope-Tilli was rescued by WNAA after she was seriously injured
in a dog attack in Claverdon in 2006.
It is the third WNAA charity shop in the county and enjoyed a healthy first day trading on Monday 19 December with
Christmas shoppers eager to snap up a seasonal bargain.. Those queuing
to enter were treated to a fly past by WNAA helicopter and mince pieces
and mulled wine at the shop thanks to the support of the Arden Hotel.
The Stratford shop
is the tenth shop to be opened in just over a year by WNAA and sister
service Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).
Emma Vithlani, WNAA Retail and Trading Manager, said: “We had an
ambitious target to have opened ten charity shops from scratch by 2012
and we made it! It’s been a huge challenge but one that has
already been of great benefit to the charity. Stratford is a wonderful
place to have a shop as we have so many supporters here. We know we can
count on them to help us. Anyone interested in volunteering should come
and find out more. Even if they have just two hours to spare a week we
would love to see them. And Christmas is a great time to have a
sort out and clear some space in your wardrobe so bring in your old
party dresses, books, toys and general bric a brac.”
already on the books for the charity is Bill Hazzledine. The 63
year-old has been hard at work with paintbrush in the days leading up
to the opening. He said: “The Air Ambulance came out to help my
wife when she collapsed at home last December. Unfortunately there was
nothing they could do to help her but I was so grateful of their
support. When I saw the new shop was opening it seemed right to get
involved in this way.”
Henley and District
now has an Air Ambulance volunteers team. If your organisation would
like a presentation about the work of the Air Ambulance, please contact
the organiser Bill Leech on 07899 792792 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St Mary’s Dough Making Visit to La Dolce Piazza
Class One from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School,
visited the Henley based Italian restaurant La Dolce Piazza last week.
The restaurant which reopened in the summer kindly welcomed the class
with their class teacher Mrs Price as the visit ties in nicely with the
topic work the children are doing this term on food.
We walked to the restaurant in the morning and after thorough hand
washing, hygiene and health and safety instructions, the owner Jamal
Al-Hamati showed the children how to make dough.
The children then kneaded their own dough, rolled it out and then chose from
the lovely display of toppings. The pizzas were then cooked by Mr and
Mrs Al-Hamati and the pupils were lucky enough to stay for lunch and
eat the pizzas fresh. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the visit and agreed
the pizzas were delicious.
Since returning to school Mrs Price has recreated an Italian restaurant as a role play area within the classroom.
The children are
really enjoying re-enacting their experiences from La Dolce Piazza. The
visit and current topic has developed cross curricular activities
within numeracy, science, geography and literacy.
Rachael Perry reporting
On your marks
are already open for the ever popular 5 mile Knowle Fun Run which is on
Sunday 13th May and in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, Crossroads
Care (Birmingham & Solihull), Dorridge & Knowle Scout groups
and local causes this year.
Already hundreds of
runners have made their New Year's resolution to run in Solihull's
biggest fundraising event of its kind. Why not join them.? Our photo
shows last year's start.
More details and entry online at www.KnowleFunRun.org.uk
Heritage Centre blossoms despite sluggish tourism
a background of a sluggish tourism market interest in Henley’s
Heritage Centre continues to blossom. Whilst visitor numbers were
slightly down on the previous twelve months the Centre continues to
attract visitors from all over the world. The Trustees have spent time
cultivating the large educational market and that work is now beginning
to pay dividends. The Centre experienced a large increase in school
visits and discussions are currently ongoing with several schools in
the general midlands area in the hope that Heritage Centre visits will
become a feature of their school calendars.
Ray Holding, who
runs the Centre said, "We are unique and are able to offer visitors a
fascinating snapshot into what life was like in a typical market town
over the centuries. We constantly strive to bring in new exhibits and
the last twelve months have seen the addition of several artefacts
including an original framed photograph of Henley's horse-drawn fire
engine dated 1919 and a fragment of Hitler’s desk "rescued”
from the Berlin Chancellery in 1945 by a late Henley resident. Schools
have found the Heritage Centre an invaluable addition to the curriculum
in bringing to life both general and social history subjects with the
emphasis on seeing and touching rather than learning it all from text
books: it’s learning outside the classroom.”
The Centre has now
closed its doors until the spring but planning is underway to include a
special exhibition for the Queen’s Jubilee, from 1st April.
Rob Kingscott reporting
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High Bailiff opens first show home
Saturday 7th January, the first show home at Farriers Cross was
unveiled by the High Bailiff of the Henley in Arden Court Leet. A large
number of visitors were treated to canapés and bubbly whilst
having the chance to look around the fantastic four bedroom detached
Malbury, which has been styled by professional interior designers and
is designed to showcase the spacious, high quality homes on offer at
Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey
Midlands, said: “We’re very excited about the launch of our
new show home at Farriers Cross. As it can often be difficult for
people to visualise their home from floor plans alone, having a fully
decorated show home decked out with carpets, curtains and light
fittings, will hopefully help people envisage how their new abode could
“So if you’re looking to make the move or perhaps just need
some style inspiration, why not visit Farriers Cross? – you may
be surprised by what you can afford.”
The spectacular four bedroom Malbury, priced from £349,995,
features a generous living room, kitchen, dining room, study, utility
and cloakroom on the ground floor. The master bedroom, with en suite,
three further bedrooms and a modern main bathroom occupy the first
floor. This incredible home is completed by a private rear garden,
single garage and allocated parking.
Farriers Cross is set in the heart of Henley In Arden, a charming
village steeped in history and surrounded by stunning Warwickshire
countryside. The High Street offers designer shops, refreshments and an
array of gastro bars and coffee shops. Being a conservation area the
town lists over 150 buildings as being of special architectural or
historic interest. Close by is Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of
William Shakespeare, and the delightful towns of Warwick, Kenilworth
and Leamington Spa.
available at Farriers Cross is a range of two bedroom coach houses,
priced from £174,995, and three, four and five bedroom homes,
priced from £239,995. For
further information visit Farriers Cross, open Thursday to Monday from
10am – 5pm, call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log on to: www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/farrierscross
Rachel Tillman reporting
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Nigel Hastilow’s The Smoking Gun.
I read with interest the promotion on Henley News
and was curious to find out more. Nigel Hastilow has journalism and
political experience, who better to write a political novel?
Fortunately it is available from Kindle e-books, who allow a
substantial sample to be downloaded before a commitment to buy is
required. For those unfamiliar, Kindle is a free download on to
Windows and Apple computers and an App for smart phones and
tablets. The facility to down load a sample is really valuable, as one
cannot stand in a book shop and read forty pages.
Having downloaded the sample onto my Kindle I devoured it and that
immediately downloaded the remainder of the book to continue reading
(the e-book is only £2.88). It’s a bit of a page turner.
The novel has flaws: local readers may find character’s names
pretentious and readers outside Warwickshire may be baffled. But
the former journalist Charles Dickens was not adverse to extravagantly
naming some of his characters.
The plot is imaginative and original. There are a few stereotypes, but there are stereotypes in politics.
The main point is that it is a fun read, very enjoyable and excellent
value. Anyone tired of the shenanigans of the JPC and its critics
will enjoy a little contrasting light relief.
Dan Wild, Malvern
Flower Club Christmas Lunch and AGM
Members of the Henley in Arden Flower Club
enjoyed their Christmas lunch and AGM at the Henley Golf Club this
month. Diana Haines and Margaret Owen who arrange the Club's
demonstrations provided a humorous account of the year's events.
Chairman, Paula Pugh, was able to
confirm to members that although Club expenses are rising, the cost of
membership for the following year would not increase from its current
level of £16 for 7 workshops and demonstrations. It was agreed
that the membership fee continues to represent excellent value for
money. Paula thanked committee members for their hard work over the
year which generated additional income for the Club.
President, Annette Walker pictured left, who would generally give out
awards and trophies on behalf of the Club, was in fact the recipient of
the top award for the Club’s monthly flower arrangement
competition. Other winners included Club members Lola Phillips and
The Club is looking forward to a
packed programme of events in 2012 including a demonstration from Tan
Strong who recently appeared on the Channel 4 programme
‘Kirsty’s Handmade Britain’. Chairman Paula Pugh said
that ‘visitors are very welcome to attend this event which will
be held on the 12th June in The Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30
pm.' However she advised visitors to come early, as these events
are well attended, or to reserve tickets in advance by calling her on
07974640994. Tickets for this event are £8.
Next year starts with wine, nibbles
and a workshop on the 10th January. Materials will be provided so
visitors and guests are encouraged to book a place in advance, again by
calling Paula, to ensure everyone can be accommodated. Tickets for the
workshop for non-members are priced at £5. All Club events which
include demonstrations and workshops are held in The Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley in Arden starting at 7.30pm.
Paula Pugh reporting
Our French Connection
Thurstan, or Toustain I, de Montfort
(1120 to 1170), who built the castle on Beaudesert Mount in about 1140
was a son of Hugh IV de Montfort, who in turn was a grandson of Hugh II
de Montfort (1020 to 1088) through his daughter, Alice de Gand. Hugh II
was one of the cohorts of William the Conqueror. He had his base at the
settlement of Monfort-sur-Risle, in Normandy, where there remains the
ruin of his vast castle built about 1085 and a piece of its wall shown
in the picture above.
Beaudesert, which seems to have been
called Donnelie - according to Domesday “an enclosure half a
league long and as wide”, was probably part of the lands held in
Preston Bagot by the Count of Meulan.
Separate from this, the lands now
including Henley fell within Wootton Wawen, which was one of many
manors held by Robert de Tonei, later known as Robert de Stafford (1036
to 1088), another Norman nobleman of the same vintage. The Conqueror
rewarded his supporters well!
So Thurstan was Beaudesert’s
first Norman lord of the Manor, from whom descended a series of lords
of Beaudesert, notably Peter de Montfort III, famous as a casualty at
the Battle of Evesham. The two separate settlements became
progressively linked through the 13th century and thereafter.
This long-ago link between Beaudesert
and Montfort-sur-Risle is the rationale for the notion of twinning, or
something like it. The natives of Montfort regard themselves
emphatically as Norman, not French. We are in dialogue with the
town’s very active Association of Culture and Heritage, which we
first contacted in 2006.
If you are interested in this informal twinning, please contact Simon Watkins email@example.com 07977 482879
Job Opportunities in Wootton Wawen
Wootton Wawen is not usually known as a hub of high-technology and is the rather surprising location for the headquarters of Centralis, one of the UK’s leading specialist IT consultancies.
The company lists many household names among its customers, including
Standard Life, Centrica and Surrey County Council.
Set up in 1996, the company has expanded considerably in recent years,
opening a London office and growing sales by more than 20% per annum
for the last four years.
The offices in Upper Wawensmoor are home to sales, marketing,
consultancy and a service desk team providing support and managed
The company’s founders chose the site having worked previously
for British Gas in Solihull. Founder and MD, Ewen Anderson
commented “The pace of change in IT and the need to keep up to
date with the latest technology mean that we work in a highly dynamic
environment. The contrast with the rural setting and the steel
and glass of our London offices could not be greater."
As part of its expansion the company is currently recruiting both
project office staff and service desk analysts. Prince 2
experience is required for the project office role, while service desk
staff need strong skills in Microsoft and related technologies.
Anyone interested should contact Centralis by phone (01564 795911) or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis Club Sparkle Tournament Success
The last tournament of what has been a busy year for Henley in Arden Tennis Club,
took place on the evening of Thursday 15th December. Fourteen players,
who were matched up, took part in the very enjoyable doubles
tournament. Karen Foort and Mike Baldwin eventually won; they proved to
be a very successful partnership. Players got into the Christmas spirit
by adding a bit of sparkle with tinsel and Santa hats.
The club endeavours to hold social
tournaments on a monthly basis as well as a full programme of
competitive tennis for junior and adults.
For more information please contact Judith Mathias on 01564 792378
Appearances can be Deceptive
A lady in a faded gingham dress and
her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the
train in Boston and walked timidly without an appointment into the
Harvard University President's outer office. The secretary could tell
in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at
Harvard and probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge.
"We'd like to see the President," the
man said softly, "He'll be busy all day" the secretary snapped, "We'll
wait" the lady replied. For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping
that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They
didn't, the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb
the President, even though it was a chore she always regretted.
"May be if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave" she said to
him. He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance
obviously didn't have the time to spend with them and he detested
gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The
President, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple..
The lady told him "We had a son who
attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard, he was happy here, but
about a year ago he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would
like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus". The President
wasn't touched, he was shocked. "Madam" he said, gruffly "We can't put
up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did
this place would look like a cemetery."
"Oh no" the lady explained quickly,
"We don't want to erect a statue, we thought we would like to give a
building to Harvard." The President rolled his eyes. He glanced at the
gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed "A building!, do you
have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have spent over
seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at
Harvard." For a moment the lady was silent. The President was pleased,
maybe now he could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband
and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a university? Why
don't we just start our own?" Her husband nodded. The President's face
wilted in confusion and bewilderment.
Mr and Mrs Leland Stanford got up and
walked away, travelling to Palo Alto, California, where they
established the university that bears their name -- Stanford University
-- as a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.
You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.
A TRUE STORY by Malcolm Forbes
A worrying thought for 2012 !
10 years ago Bob Hope died
5 years ago Johnny Cash died
couple of months ago Steve Jobs died
few weeks ago Jimmy Saville died
Now we have no Hope, no Cash, no Jobs and nobody left to Fix It
Let's hope nothing happens to Ed Balls!
Burns Night at Claverdon Rugby Club
Just a reminder to all that on Saturday 21st January, Claverdon Rugby Club will be hosting a traditional Burns Night supper with catering by Sue Mc Dalby of Henley. The menu for the evening has just been announced and is as follows;
Feathered Fowlie wi sippets
Haggiswarm reeking wi Champit Tatties and Bashed Neeps
Maw Broon's Lamb Stew wi a tattie scone
Cranachan wia shortie
A tassie of coffee.
A few tables are still available and can be booked by contacting Lindsay Shaw on 01564 795474. For further details plaease call Lindsay or have a look at our poster in the "what's on " section of this site.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for December 2011:
Crime in Your Area
Burglary Dwellings are comparable with last month and last year and
remain low. Burglary Other incidents are comparable with last
month and last year and also remain low, however five incidents have
been recorded in Henley, the first at a shop on the high street where
two male offenders have entered and made their way to the insecure
office located on the first floor, once within they have taken a purse
containing cash and various bank/store cards, currently enquiries are
on going. Two incidents have been recorded at the same property located
on Castle Close, Henley, where unknown offenders have climbed over the
rear fence and once within the garden have removed the padlock to a
shed by force and stolen a number of power tools from within. The rear
doors to a restaurant on Henley High Street were forced by unknown
offender/s, once within they have taken approximately £200 worth
of alcohol. On Camp Lane, Henley, unknown offender/s have forced entry
to a compound and subsequently to a storage container, once within they
have taken a generator and whacker compactor. In Claverdon the
Ardencote Manor Hotel and Country Club was broken into and a safe
removed from within containing various items including jewellery and
mobile phones, a quantity of alcohol was also taken.
Criminal Damage is comparable with
last month and last year and remains low, however three incidents have
been recorded in Henley. All three were recorded on the same evening
and on the High Street, these include a smashed widow to a property,
damage to the signage of one of the pubs and a windscreen wiper being
forcibly removed from a parked vehicle, currently enquiries are on
Anti Social Behaviour has fallen
slightly when compared to last month, but significantly when compared
to last year. One incident was recorded in New Road, Henley, where
passengers became abusive to a taxi driver and had to be advised
Theft from Motor Vehicles is
comparable with last month and last year and remains low, however
an incident has been recorded in Preston Bagot where fuel was
siphoned from a vehicle by unknown person/s.
Theft of Vehicles is comparable with
last month and last year and remains low, however in Wootton Wawen on
the Stratford Road a silver Subaru was taken by smashing the glass to
gain entry, once within offender/s have managed to start the vehicle
without the keys. The vehicle was later recovered parked up in Bidford
with extensive damage.
Violence has continued to fall and
remains low with some minor incidents being recorded in Henley, all
have been dealt with appropriately by officers.
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
Further information can be found at: The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area
Tristan Jelfs PCSO 6065
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Keep your bags safe!
A woman visited the toilet in John
Lewis at Blue Water and hung her handbag on the back of the toilet
door. As she carried on about her business, a hand suddenly appeared
over the top of the stall and grabbed her bag clean off the hook!!!
She immediately reported the incident to the head of security, who in
turn informed the manager of the store. A couple of days later she had
a call from the head of security to say her bag had been found without
her purse. So she arranged a convenient time to go and meet the manager
to collect her things.
On arriving at the John Lewis store at the agreed time, the manager was
not expecting her & neither was the head of security. No one from
the store had actually called her as the bag had still not been found.
When the lady got home, her house had been burgled with no sign of
forced entry. The Police believe the robbers had used her Driving
Licence for the address and her keys to let themselves in!
This is real - it isn't just a scaremongering story. Many will be so shocked at how complex bag snatching crime has become.
Please be extra vigilant ladies AND gents (with your man bags) there are a lot of desperate criminals out there!
Make Henley Greener
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Looking backwards and forwards
2011 will be remembered as the year when,
for the first time ever, all governments represented at the United
Nations (over 190) committed to cutting carbon pollution and to working
towards a legal framework for the cuts. An agreed "road map" will guide
countries towards a legal deal by 2015, and it will come into affect
after 2020. This is later than ideal but nonetheless it is a
significant step towards avoiding the most serious effects of Climate
Change. The days of the climate change denyers must now be
coming to an end. The evidence that climate change is real and that it
is caused by humans burning coal, oil and gas is overwhelming and the
agreement by all the worlds’ governments to take action is a
recognition of the true situation. All the world’s governments
includes China, the USA, India and the EU. So, are governments trying
to save the planet? Not really; the concept of saving the planet is
rather vague and Earth will continue to orbit the sun irrespective of
what humans do. The planet does not need saving; it is humans and the
other life upon which we depend, that this agreement aims to preserve
and protect from self-destruction. Looking back, 2011 will be seen as
the year when the need to act to decarbonise our energy sources was
universally accepted and there was no more time to be wasted by denial
that humans are causing climate change.
The solution is to stop burning coal, oil
and gas and this means that energy will become a more scarce and more
expensive resource. One way of managing scarcity is to use less and
almost everyone can do this. So, looking forwards, will you do
something to reduce your energy use and consequent carbon pollution?
Will you do something to avoid damaging the lives of others? Every 10
years, the average UK resident causes sufficient carbon pollution to damage the life of one person elsewhere in the world.
Damage means famine and starvation, flood and homelessness, sometimes
resulting in death. Yes, our carbon pollution is killing people
elsewhere in the world. If the effect was directly on our neighbours so
we could see it, we wouldn’t do it. So, going forward, give a bit
of your time to looking at how you can reduce your personal carbon
pollution. The Internet contains lots of information. Just search using
‘ Reduce my carbon pollution ’ or call ‘Act on
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Warnings from Trading Standards
But no more ‘Charity’ Collection Bags please
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service
is thanking residents for sending them huge numbers of dubious
‘charity’ collection bags in a recent blitz on unscrupulous
Hundreds have already been sent in and
Trading Standards Officers continue to receive bags full each week.
Officers now have the details of around 50 different collectors
operating across the County.
The collection phase of the blitz has now
ended and the investigation phase is now well under way. Trading
Standards Officers therefore no longer need residents to send in
collection bags but would like to thank everyone who helped to get the
project off to such an excellent start.
Trading Standards relies on reports from
members of the public about issues of concern to consumers enabling the
service to target its efforts to where they are most needed.
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
What’s in store in 2012?
we going to see an improvement in the country’s fortunes or will
we be devastated by the collapse of the Euro? Who knows? Is there any
good news out there?
Well, there’s some news
that parts of our manufacturing industry have been seeing an upturn
lately; that’s excellent news because it’s upon
manufacturing that our prosperity depends. Making things is just about
the only way you can actually create wealth. You can make money in lots
of ways but if you don’t create anything you’re just
passing money around from one person to another.
Manufacturing means that you
take some raw materials, add labour, and end up with a product that
people will buy for a lot more money than it cost you to make it. A
simplistic view perhaps but essentially correct. Britain has always
been a manufacturing nation (we started the Industrial Revolution) and
even if the Far East can now make things cheaper we still have many
niche manufacturing companies that are thriving.
So far so good, but how can we
make sure this is sustainable? That, as I see it, is the main challenge
for our government: how can they stimulate industry without killing it?
Government departments aren’t very good at talking to each other
which I suppose is why, on the one hand, they offer stimulus packages
and on the other slap on punitive taxes and red tape.
Here are examples of what I mean.
The Government’s new “Manufacturing Advisory Service”
(MAS) was launched last week. Don’t tell me you missed it?
It’s “a national programme to help small and medium
manufacturing businesses to grow” and it is “now available
to all manufacturing businesses across England.” That’s
according to the news release.
“The programme will be delivered by the Manufacturing Advisory Consortium
(MAC), and it is estimated that it will generate £1.5 billion in
economic growth, 23,000 new jobs, and safeguard 50,000 other
jobs.” It goes on: "The new Manufacturing Advisory Service will
play a key role, providing tailored advice to businesses helping them
to grow and thrive, with a specific focus on helping SMEs improve
competitiveness and unlock their growth potential."
Sounds good, I love unlocking potential. You can learn more on their website at www.mas.bis.gov.uk/.
It’s a little confusing because the website says that “MAS
has been a huge success since its launch in 2002.” But this one
is NEW so, hey, it must be good then.
It has promise; let’s hope it succeeds.
On the downside, though, all is
not rosy in the Government’s attitude to business. From April
this year, HMRC plans to spot-check 20,000 companies’ business
records saying that “inadequacies” could result in fines of
up to £3,000. HMRC has been facing considerable criticism over
these checks. We have heard how abysmal their performance has been of
late (with stories of big companies doing deals with top civil servants
over lunch) and it now seems their only solution is to go after small
companies that can’t fight back. The usual easy target: and a
company that is put out of business doesn’t help the tax revenue.
Not exactly conducive to national growth is it? One prediction for 2012 is that this one will run and run.
Even with all that news the Business Column would like to wish its readers a very Prosperous 2012.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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£448,355.84 (2010/11) in unpaid council tax which it is still
This follows a recent
case where a local couple from Southam were made bankrupt following an
application made by the District Council, forcing the sale of their
house to pay a number of outstanding debts including continual
non-payment of council tax.
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District Council’s responsibility to collect council tax and we
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the same time we must crack down on the hard core of residents who are
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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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. 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
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
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