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Edition 293 - 23rd February 2012
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WALC admits Election Leaflet was Inaccurate

JPC failed to make any checks

imageThe JPC disclosed at the Council meeting on Monday 20th February that the anonymous flyer about becoming a parish councillor, which was circulated with the last JPC Magazine, was provided by the Warwickshire Association of Local Councils (WALC).

Many residents had complained that it contained very obvious inaccuracies. The "Do I qualify to stand for election?" panel failed to include the word "AND" and word "OR" THREE times, turning 4 alternatives into one single requirement with 5 criteria. Had this been correct, it would have disqualified all the retired electors and anyone working more than 3 miles outside the parish from becoming a councillor. It would also have meant that 10 out of 12 of the present councillors would not qualify to stand. The chairman, Cllr Roger Hubbocks, with the powerful support of Cllr Les Goodman, blocked any discussion and suggested the matter could be taken up with WALC. They agreed that the leaflet had been distributed without any checks being made on its accuracy by the JPC.

After the meeting, Henley NEWS emailed WALC saying that their leaflet contained inaccuracies. WALC responded by agreeing and revised the leaflet.  Click to view the corrected version. Will the JPC now distribute the correct version?

Seeking Advice and Clarification

If you have any questions, you should ask the Stratford District Council Democratic Support Services on 01789 260208 or email:

Henley Sports Pavilion Survey

Please spend 3 minutes on this important Community Consultation


Katie Johnson, who is a university undergraduate, is currently working on her final year dissertation. She has kindly agreed to assist the Henley War Memorial Trust with a needs survey for the new Pavilion project.

The aim of this survey is to investigate whether the proposal for a new sports pavilion to be built on the sports and social club site in Henley in Arden would be a viable and sustainable solution to the current issues surrounding the existing club house. It is important to get the opinions of the local people of Henley and district.

Peter Crathorne told Henley NEWS, "This is a very exciting and innovative project; it is essential that we end up with a building that serves the community well.  I hope that local residents and club members will give a little time to respond to this questionnaire."

Katie commented, "I hope the research I carry out will help when deciding the future of the pavilion. As a local resident, I have an added interest in the pavilion and its success."

Please click to complete the on-line survey form

Johnsons win Service Provider of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2012


Johnsons were crowned Service Provider of the Year at the annual Midland Business awards. The Gala event, held at Birmingham's Hilton Metropole, sought to highlight the good work of companies throughout the Midlands region.

Johnsons, who were nominated for the award in late 2011, were highlighted as worthy winners for the excellent service provided day after day.

Awards organiser Harj Sandher commented on the award : “We are delighted with the quality of the entrants this year and very pleased that such a familiar name – and sight on our roads each day - has received the recognition it deserves.”

Accepting the award on stage with the other members of his team, Peter Johnson was quick to point out that teamwork was the driving factor behind Johnsons success "“I am delighted and honoured that we have had our efforts recognised as a team. Being able to combine small family business values with a larger business outlook allows us to give excellent levels of service – and the judges have agreed."

Badger rescued from Henley School goal net


A bedraggled badger that was difficult to distinguish due to being so badly caked in mud has been rescued by the RSPCA from a football net.

Discovered on Monday 13th February trapped in the net on school grounds at Henley-In-Arden High School, the young male badger has now had a much-needed wash and is barely recognisable as the same animal. The badger was tightly entangled in the netting but still displayed a natural defence instinct, baring his teeth when RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Simon Dix approached! Simon put the youngster on a grasper and carefully cut him free but as he wasn’t able to remove all the netting from his body he was transported to Vale Wildlife Hospital in Tewkesbury.

The netting was particularly tight around one of the badger’s front legs causing major swelling. Under anaesthetic the netting was successfully removed and the badger received some much needed pampering in the form of a warm shower. Having received antibiotics and anti-inflammatory tablets the badger is coming on well and it is hoped he will be released back to the wild within the week.

“This badger was in a really sorry state when I got to him and would have been unable to free himself without human help,” said ACO Dix. “He could have been struggling all weekend which might explain his unkempt condition. Netting such as goal nets pose a real hazard to our wildlife and sadly we get too many calls to injured wild animals that are trapped in them. There is a really simple way to prevent this from happening and that is for nets to be removed after use and safely stored away. When we attend a call where a wild animal has died in netting it is so tragic and entirely preventable.”


Anyone who finds an injured or trapped wild animal can call the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

Henley Ticketing

A Free service for the benefit of all the residents and organisers

imageHenley NEWS is offering a FREE ticketing service for organisations in the town which are running charity events. It provides applicants with a registration form to collect all their details which are automatically written to a spreadsheet. This spreadsheet is available for you to inspect and print off 24/7. A reply email is sent to the applicant summarising their booking and instructing them to send a cheque with a copy of the booking to an address which is specified by the organiser.

You will also get a free listing on the Henley Ticketing panel of the Henley Notice Board in every edition until the event takes place or is sold out. This new system has been used for the Guild Hall Trust Sicilian Feast and it sold out in less than 10 days. .

So far the following organisations are using Henley NEWS Ticketing:


Sicilian Feast
Recital in the Guild Hall
Heroes of Henley


Disco for Adults


Jubilee Dance with 'the Likely Lads'
Jazz in the Garden


Crowning the Jubilee Queen
The Big Lunch
Torchlight Procession

To book for any of the above events, go to the Henley Notice Board below.

Henley NEWS would be delighted for any organisations in the town to use it, even if the event is foc or pay at the door.

Enquiries about Henley NEWS Ticketing

Ceramic Workshops at Torquil Pottery

imageSaturday Workshops

17th & 24th March, 9.30am -12.30am or 21st & 28th April, 9.30am -12.30am

Fun for beginners!

Torquil’s resident artists Jayne Lucas, Carey Moon and Gerry Rooney demonstrate hand built paper-clay vessels and tiles. The idea of having a workshop over two sessions is that during the first session we will show you our making processes and you will be able to make a cylinder or vessel – and then there is time for your pieces to dry before you decorate the following week. The cost for the two sessions is £95. (This includes glazing and firing your work; there will be a small surcharge for larger vessels).

  • Watch demonstrations of making techniques in paper-clay and porcelain
  • Enjoy the buzz and excitement of creating vessels in our studio
  • Exchange ideas with each other and learn from each other
  • Make and decorate two or three pieces, which we will glaze fire for you within 3 weeks of the workshop

    imageEvening Classes

September, (8 week course) Thursday evening 6th Sept – 25th Oct 7pm-9pm

Suits beginners and those with a little experience

Using different clays: porcelain, stoneware and paper clay, you will practice various hand-building, decorating and finishing techniques to produce work that you can take home and enjoy!
There is also an opportunity to develop your own ideas and work on your own project with support from resident artists Carey Moon, Jayne Lucas and Gerry Rooney. The cost for the 8 sessions is £250 (this includes glazing and firing your work, there may be a small surcharge if you create a large masterpiece!).

  • Work on the wheel using porcelain and stoneware clay
  • Use paper clay to create vessels and tiles
  • Create forms using coiling, slabbing, pinch pots
  • Decorate work using oxides, slips and glazes

imageStudio Time

Wednesday 22nd February – 14th March (4 week course) 2pm – 4pm

For those with some experience

This is for advanced students, or those who have done ceramic courses in the past and would like time to develop work with encouragement and guidance from experienced ceramic makers. We can suggest work to start you off or you can develop your own projects. The cost for the four sessions is £120 (this includes glazing and firing your work, there may be a small surcharge if you create a large masterpiece!).

  • Work independently in a professional studio
  • Discuss ideas and work with professional ceramicists
  • Learn new skills and gain support from those around you

Tel. 01564 792174 or Email:

Heritage Centre wants more volunteers

imageAlthough the doors of Henley Heritage Centre are now closed for the winter there is a good deal of activity taking place preparing for the new season which starts on 1st April. Exhibits  are  being cleaned and updated and new exhibits include a special display dedicated to the Queen’s Jubilee, looking at events and changes over the last 60 years, both locally and nationally.

Ray Holding who runs the Centre said, "This is always a very active and interesting time of year for us when we take stock of what we have achieved over the years and how we plan to move forward over the coming season. The Centre is run by an enthusiastic and very willing band of volunteers, who between them enable the doors to be open to the public for six days each week.  We are still looking for a few more volunteers who would be willing to spare two hours a fortnight as front-of-house stewards, to greet visitors and answer any general queries they may have."

The Centre, which tells the story of a typical medieval market town, is open from 1st April to the end of October.  Anyone is interested in volunteering should contact Ray on 01564.792512.



New 5 Screen Cinema for Stratford

imageA five-screen cinema will be built in the centre of Stratford – despite concerns it could kill off the town’s other venue.

Stratford District Council has approved plans to demolish part of the shopping centre in Town Square. In its place, a ground floor retail development, which could include restaurant units, will be built with a five-screen cinema on top. Applicant London Regional Properties says the area is currently “a disgrace to the town” and the redevelopment will generate 100 new jobs.

After a 3-hour meeting, six members of the Stratford District Council west area planning committee voted in favour of the £10million development, and four voted against it. Many of the planning committee members expressed their difficulties coming to a decision, particularly because people spoke against the proposals at the meeting.

The Mayor of Stratford, Bill Dowling, objected to the plan on the grounds that the cinema's height and bulk was not in keeping with the historic nature of the town. A number of objections were made – with some people suggesting that a new cinema could kill off the two-screen Picture House in Windsor Street.

Councillor Jennifer Fradgley said: “There is considerable concern over a five screen cinema. This will cause the demise of the existing two-screen cinema in the town and if not successful soon become a problem building set in a secluded space possibly attracting unwelcome night time activity. The cinema building is, in the present plan, overbearing both to the town centre and to residents of Ely Street. It is considerably higher than the existing car park and will have a detrimental impact on the conservation area of this historic town.”

Another 73 letters objecting to the proposals were received while three letters of support were sent.

History of the Court Leet by Jonathan Dovey


Part 2 - The Court Leet

Twelve men they chuse, the most substantiallest,
Most rich and wise, to govern all the rest;
And out of that discreet and honest dozen,
Two (as it were) high constables are chosen.

John Taylor’s Travels through Stuart Britain, 1653

Although it followed the same procedures as the Court Baron and was attended by the same people, the Court Leet dealt with different business and had different origins. The Court Baron had seigniorial jurisdiction which concerned the manor; the Court Leet had royal jurisdiction concerned with the regulation of the vill, a privilege granted to a lord by the crown.

Frankpledge was a system of suretyship and mutual responsibility which enforced law and order. It was conducted from the Late Saxon period where the vill was responsible locally for organising fiscal, military and policing duties. The responsibilities of the Frankpledge was that members attended royal courts; that fugitives' belongings were collected; that they responded to the ‘hue & cry’, raised when a suspected crime had been committed; to send representatives to the Hundred Court; to present to the Hundred Court all nuisances, crimes, trading offences etc. The Hundred Court was responsible to the County Sheriff and met twice a year. It was required to perform the View of Frankpledge where all adult males were recorded. Henley belonged to the Pathlow Hundred while Beaudesert was part of Barlichway Hundred.

By the 13th Century, many Views were being done by local manorial lords rather than the Sheriff. This privatisation was acceptable to the Crown and the newly formed Leet Courts conducted the View of Frankpledge. However, a conflict arose between the Hundred and Leet Courts especially since it was the Leet Courts who decided what a major offence was and what was to be sent to the Hundred Court.

The benefit to a lord in acquiring a Leet Court was financial as well as jurisdictional. The annual payment to the sheriff at the View of Frankpledge was now paid to the lord. The lord also profited from the amercements from misdemeanours, nuisances, crimes and trading offences. After 1260 the administration of the assize of bread and ale was added to the issues considered by the Leet. Lords could regulate the price, quality and measures used by the bakers and brewers and punish those who did not abide by them. This biannual meeting was usually held at Easter and Michaelmas and dealt with petty activities, minor misdeeds, retail infringements, obstructions and encroachments. By the end of the 13th Century even contemporaries were terming it the ‘Leet’ Court and its rise coincided with the decline of the Hundred Courts.

Beaudesert – The tithingmen there present that John Clopton (2d) and the heirs of Edward Crowley (2d) owe suit and have made default.

(Beaudesert Court Rolls, 18th Oct 1441)

We present George Whatley for killing Thomas Loch.

(Henley in Arden Court Leet Records, 1607)

The Leet jury comprised Capital Pledges or Tithingmen - elected representatives at the View of Frankpledge who made presentments. Most punishments took the form of petty financial amercements but some offences were punishable by the use of stocks, pillory or cucking-stool. These instruments were seen as the proper instruments of Leet jurisdiction. However, the Frankpledge unit would continue to carry out their duties to the Hundred Court. Serious cases would be sent to the Hundred Court but were rarely mentioned in Leet Court records since these concentrated on the local interests of the lord of the manor. Originally Manorial Courts and Court Leets were recorded separately but by the 15th Century they had generally been amalgamated into one Court.

We present the whole inhabitants of this libertie for breaking the statute in not wearing of capes

(Henley in Arden Court Leet Records, 1596)

We present Eliz Smith for a common scold and troubleth the Kings court leet. Ideo subeat penam lavandi super le Cookingstoole.

(Henley in Arden Court Leet Records, 1618)



The modern Court Leet in session

By-laws began as a way of regulating agricultural arrangements but expanded to regulate many other aspects of life including public order issues. These were local statutes drawn up by the presentment jurors, in effect the principal tenants or local village elite, with little external supervision. The decline in serfdom and servile obligations in favour of contractual tenures and then a decline in copyhold tenure and a growing preference to process land transfer through solicitors saw Manorial Courts decline.

Copyhold tenure was finally abolished in 1923. Although most cases once handled by the Court Leets transferred to the Church Courts or sessions of the JPs, some Courts continued to record minor nuisances, trade offences, enclosures, encroachments, destruction of boundaries and ditches, neglect of buildings and sub-division of tenants. Some areas saw local landowners preferring to use the local Court Leets as they had a better chance to dominate the jurors.

Henley’s Court Leet continued to be active and held courts, although fairly infrequently during the 19th Century. Since Fieldhouse revived the Court in 1915 it has met annually, and continues to hold meetings and make presentments. As late as 1917, George Parkes was presented by the jury for encroaching on the Lord's Waste.

In 1977, the Administration of Justice Act finally abolished extinct and antiquated Courts except those specifically excluded.

Today, the Court Leet maintains the traditions and history of the town, participates in many events and promotes causes and activities for the community.




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School Bus Chaperones retained for Henley

imageAngry parents have accused council chiefs of penny-pinching and putting young children travelling unattended on school buses at risk.

It comes after last year’s decision by Warwickshire County Council to remove paid assistants from primary school buses in a bid to meet huge savings targets in the current economic climate.

In September chaperones were removed from buses for primaries in Wolvey and Long Lawford, as well as Cubbington in Leamington and Newton Regis near Nuneaton.

And seven more chaperones will be axed across Warwickshire once school resumes after this week’s half-term break.

The council has however decided to retain them on buses for schools in Princethorpe, Southam, Stratford and Henley in Arden.

Flower Club - Sweet Romance on Valentine's Day

imageMembers of Henley-in-Arden Flower Club enjoyed a visit from Julia Mitchell. Julia, a local florist who specialises in weddings and conferences, kindly gave up her Valentine’s evening to provide a wonderful demonstration of floral delights entitled ‘Sweet Romance’.

Julia retrained 7 years ago as a florist after a career in sales and now provides floral arrangements at some of the biggest and best locations in the country. Her stories of working with her team to produce 894 bouquets for a business conference and wedding flowers for a ‘no expense spared’ wedding at Blenheim Palace where the theme was soft pinks and lilacs, were entertaining. She also shared tips on how to prepare floral bouquets that will last and advice on ‘tablets’ which keep gerberas from wilting in an arrangement.

Julia is currently completing her NAFAS demonstrator’s course, but members were confident that the standard of work would ensure her success in the future. Programme Secretary Diana Haines said ‘we will definitely be inviting Julia to visit our Club again in the future, and wish her every success in her NAFAS tests later this year.’

The next meeting of Henley in Arden Flower Club will be held on Tuesday, 13th March at 7.30 pm. Nick Grounds a National Floral Demonstrator will be visiting the Club. Nick has a reputation for providing an entertaining evening whilst wowing his audiences with fabulous flower arrangements.

Visitors are welcome to the Club with tickets available on the door priced £5 at the Memorial Hall, Station Lane. Please call Paula on 07974 640994 for additional information.

Henley and Beaudesert Society February Meeting

There is More to a Needle than Meets the Eye

imageJo-Ann Gloger from the Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch gave us a fascinating insight into the history of needle making and told us a little of what the museum has to offer.

There is evidence that needle making in the Redditch area goes back to the 17th century, but it was in Victorian times that the industry really took off and by the end of the 19th century Redditch was producing 90% of the world’s needles as well as fishing tackle and surgical instruments.

Needle production begins with coils of steel wire being drawn through a series of ever diminishing holes, before being cut and strengthened. Needles were, and still are, produced two at a time with both ends of the wire being pointed before being divided.

Originally needle pointing was done by hand. This was the best paid job in the factory, but it was also the most dangerous. Slivers of metal could fly up and blind the pointer, or the grindstone itself could shatter and cause fatal injuries. Not only that, but the pointer was always inhaling dust from the needles and the grindstone, and would often contract a crippling lung disease called “Pointers Rot”. It is not surprising that the life expectancy of a pointer was no more than 35 years. However, when early health and safety legislation was brought in, workers revolted because of their diminishing danger money.

After the double pointed needle left the pointer, it would have two eyes punched in it by a drop hammer before being split in half. At this stage outworkers, often including young children, took over filing off excess metal and smoothing the actual eye. The needles were then hardened in a furnace before being quenched in an oil solution. After that the needles would be taken to the water powered scouring mill for an an eight hour procedure. At its peak in Victorian times, up to three million needles a week might be processed in the scouring mill. After scouring the needles were glazed to put an extra shine on them before being dried in sawdust in the barreling shop and returned to their factories for packaging.


The museum has a comprehensive collection of needles going back through the ages including ‘golden eye’ needles. Apparently the golden eye makes it easier for a person threading a needle to see the hole. And as well as needles there are displays of fish hooks and specialist surgical instruments. The museum also has examples of some of the fruits of working with needles in the form of exquisite quilts and tapestries.

The next meeting will be the Society’s AGM on Thursday 15th March at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Immediately following this Roger Pringle will talk about ‘Shakespeare and his Local Background’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

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The property is located on the High Street in Henley in Arden and forms part of the Guild Hall building and has been used as a local Library for many years.  The accommodation is on the ground floor only and lends itself to a variety of different uses subject to planning permission.  It currently comprises largely open plan accommodation totaling 784 sq.ft.  

Interested parties are asked to make contact with the Letting Agents to discuss any proposed use and rent is on application.

For further information, please contact Tim Cox 01789 269 444

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House hunters looking for a stunning new home in Henley in Arden should head down to Taylor Wimpey Midlands’ Farriers Cross development in the area, where there is just one coach house remaining! The fantastic detached two bedroom Rye is a fantastic investment for young professionals and would make the perfect starter home. Priced at just £174,995, this incredible property comprises a private entry and hallway, generous living / kitchen area, two bedrooms and a modern bathroom, parking and benefits from freehold.

imageAnne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey Midlands, comments: “Farriers Cross is a stunning development set in one of the nicest areas in the county. The development itself attracts a lot of interest and with the launch of our new show home and now having just one coach house remaining, I’m sure we will see even more! So if you’re looking to buy I suggest heading down to Farriers Cross sooner rather than later to avoid missing out on your dream home.”

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.

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Rachel Tillman reporting

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Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:

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Observations of the week


I dialled a number and got the following recording:  

" I am not available right now, but Thank

you for caring  enough to call.   

I am making some changes in my life.   

Please leave a message after the   

Beep. If I do not return your call,   

You are one of the  changes."


Aspire to  inspire before you expire.


My wife and I had words,    

But I didn't get to use mine.  


Frustration  is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.  


The irony of life is that,  by the time   

You're  old enough to know your way  around,  

You're not going anywhere.  


God made man before woman  so as to give him time     

To  think of an answer for her first question.  


I was always taught to respect my elders,    

But it keeps getting harder to find one.  


Man comes home,  finds his wife with his friend in bed.     

He shoots his friend  and kills him.

Wife says "If you  behave like this, you will lose ALL your friends!"  


What's the difference between  stress, tension and panic?

Stress is when wife is pregnant,  

Tension is when girlfriend is pregnant,  

And Panic is when both are pregnant.


A young boy asks his Dad, "What is the difference  between confident and confidential?"

Dad says, "You are my son, I'm confident  about that.

Your friend over there, is also my son, that's  confidential."


Nominated as the best short joke this  year..

A  three-year-old boy was examining his testicles  

While taking a bath.  

"Mum" he asked, "are these my brains?"  

"Not yet," she replied.


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What is Carbon Dioxide?

Last week someone asked me a question about carbon dioxide. The question made me realise that although these two words are much in the news in connection with climate change, a quick summary about this gas might be of interest.

First, some chemistry. Atoms are the smallest form of each chemical element. There are 90 different naturally occurring elements ranging from hydrogen, which is the simplest and lightest, weighing 1 atomic weight unit, to uranium, which is the most complex (internally) and heaviest, weighing 238 atomic units. Think of atoms as unimaginably small particles; a row of about 1,000,000,000 side by side approximately equals the diameter of the head of a pin. Carbon dioxide as the name suggests is made from two elements. One is carbon and the other oxygen. These are both fairly small and light elements having weights of 12 and 16 atomic units respectively.

The element carbon is a solid. Of the fuels we commonly use, coal is about 55% to 90% carbon powder in a compressed form mixed with various impurities such as earth and minerals from the trees. In liquid fuels like paraffin, petrol and diesel, carbon is combined with hydrogen (and small amounts of other substances). Because hydrogen is very light, most of the weight of the fuel comes from the carbon. A typical liquid fuel has roughly two hydrogen atoms to every carbon atom so the proportion of carbon by weight is 12/(12 +1+1) = 12/14 = 86%.

The element oxygen in its naturally occurring form is a gas and makes up about a fifth of the air about us (most of the rest is nitrogen). An oxygen atom weighs 16 atomic units. When carbon is burned in air, it reacts with oxygen to form carbon dioxide and heat. The chemical formula for carbon dioxide is CO2, which is a shorthand way of saying that each carbon atom has joined up with two oxygen atoms. This means that CO2 weighs a lot more than the original carbon. The ratio of the weight of CO2 to the weight of the original carbon is (12 +16+16)/12 =3.66. So, for example, when 100 tons of jet fuel are burned, the weight of carbon involved (as explained above) is 86% of 100 tons = 86 tons and the weight of CO2 produced is 3.66 x 86 = 315 tons.

The question I was asked was, “Why does an aircraft burning 100 tons of fuel in a flight produce about 300 tons of CO2?” A bit of chemistry has given us the answer!

Properties of carbon dioxide.

  • imageA colourless and odourless gas. This is why it is a problem. It is effectively invisible to us, but its damaging effects happen nonetheless. Think of it like radioactivity (also invisible) – a little is OK, but too much is harmful.
  • Toxic to humans in concentrations above 1% in air, but the current concentration is just under 0.04%.
  • Density = 2kg per cubic metre which means that it is nearly twice as dense as air, but in the atmosphere it is fully mixed in and the continual movement of gas atoms means that it does not sink to the surface of the earth.
  • Carbon dioxide is a little unusual, in that cooling the gas leads directly to formation of solid carbon dioxide rather than liquid. Solid CO2 is known as dry ice and evaporates directly to gas without melting.
  • Carbon dioxide and certain other gases absorb heat that is radiated from the earth rather than letting the radiation escape into space. By doing this it warms the atmosphere. This is the greenhouse effect. The earth would be a cold and inhospitable place with an average temperature of minus 18deg C if it were not for the greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. On the other hand, if CO2 is continually added to the atmosphere, the extra greenhouse effect will cause more heat to be retained by the atmosphere with generally bad consequences for mankind.

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Who will succeed?

John GarnerI’m not talking about success – but about succession. Or successful succession if you like.

All organisations employ key individuals in key roles. When those individuals move on they can leave a gaping hole and the organisation needs to fill it, sometimes very rapidly. There needs to be someone waiting in the wings if the business is not going to suffer. This is usually called Succession Planning, although it may really be contingency planning.

Strictly speaking Succession Planning is designed to make sure that the organisation can continue to function with the right people with the right skills at the right time. It can have positive spin-off benefits as well such as bringing in new and fresh talent or motivating existing employees with a clear and feasible career path.

Well run companies have a succession plan that is reviewed annually. They use this to develop their managers and offer them a future with the company. Many large companies employ a senior executive who has responsibility for this activity.

You can imagine that senior employees might be very concerned about what the succession plan says and whether they are featured in it. This could be very delicate and cause resentment so be careful how you handle it.

Top tips:

  • Be open about why you want to introduce succession planning with your current workforce.
  • Be clear with your current employees about your rationale and let them see the possibilities for them. If there aren’t possibilities for them, then be clear about that, but let them know why.
  • Be clear about the criteria you are going to apply to any succession planning exercise and communicate it widely.
  • Be structured. Make sure that you and everyone knows how it’s going to work and what they can expect.
  • Be open to attracting talent from everywhere. There may be someone in your current workforce who might not be displaying the characteristics for future job filling now, but with an open invitation, they might just go for it
  • If you want to source talent from within,  tie your succession planning to your appraisal/feedback scheme. It is the easiest way to have those conversations and help people work in a way that helps them aim for different roles.
  • If employees think they can progress in their own company, then they are more likely to stay. Chart out career pathways for your staff so that they can plan for the future.
  • If your succession plan includes attracting talent from outside the organisation, make sure you have tapped the potential within first.

But the most important tip is: Don’t leave it till it’s too late! Start working on it now!

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278

An Indian Evening in the Guild Hall. Thursday 23rd February at 7.30. An Indian Feast provided by The Arden Tandoori. Tickets £20.00 from Sue Bridgewater 793633 and Marijana Bainbridge 794987

Friday 24th February 7.30pm at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Cost £7 to include Fish & Chips. Phone 703640 or 792204 for tickets.

28th February Val Bourne (Garden writer (Telegraph) and broadcaster) will be talking on Snowdrops. Ullenhall village hall 7.30pm.

Saturday 3 March at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, in aid of church funds. Come and sing along to well known old time and other favourite songs. Bring your friends and have a home cooked meal and enjoy the music. Tickets only £6.50 (to include Hotpot Supper) from Barbara Warmington 01564 793640 or Daphne Jones 01926 843515. Cash bar and raffle.

Julia Staite will be telling us about the "HISTORY OF FRAGRANCE" at our meeting in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 6th March. Come and join us from 7.30pm and find out about our varied activities each month. Visitors welcome.

13th March Nick Grounds will provide a floral demonstration ‘An Auctioneers Lot’. Tickets on door £5.00. Details from Paula Pugh 07974 640994.

Dinner with Lord and Lady Grantham of Downton Abbey. A 6 course Candlelit Dinner at Stockton House prepared by Mrs Dalby Patmore on Friday 16th March. Tickets £30.00 available from Mrs Hughes (Marijana) 01564794987/ 01564795149.. Dress the part (upstairs or downstairs)

Our next meeting is on Thursday 15th March in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Roger Pringle will give a talk on ‘Shakespeare and his Local Background’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

On Tuesday March 20th Laurence Kimpton will be presenting "Spitzbergen". Come and join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm - all are welcome.

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

For details about these events call: Marijana Bainbridge 794987

Mar 16th
Dinner with Lord and Lady Grantham
May 12thThe Opera returns with 'An Ideal Husband' 

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For details about these events call: Elaine Field 01564 792766


For details about these events call: Marijana Bainbridge 794987


For details about these events call: John Alexander 07909 700777


Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
logoRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
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Rotarian Michael Redman
imageAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Paula Pugh on 015647 42781
2011 Programme

imageThe Objectives of the Club are:

  • To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
  • To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
  • To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
  • To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
  • To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
  • To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.

To create a network where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at
Thursdays, 11am at the 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:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

The Wednesday Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings and a delicious tea together.  The Club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or 01564-792138.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website

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We are delighted to publish the list of our correspondents:

Court Leet
Make Henley Greener
Rotary Club
The Henley Society
Henley History
Henley in Bloom
Wild Life Society
Warwickshire College
Henley Diary
Flower Club Paula Pugh
Editorial Team
Proof ReaderJohn Garner
EditorBill Leech
Ullenhall Gardening ClubPenny Stott
WCC Trading Standards
Heritage Centre
Memorial Hall
Henley High School
C of E Primary School Elaine Field
St Mary's Primary School
Drama - HADS
LibrarySue Osborne
Court Leet & HADSAlan Robson
Claverdon & RailwayClive Hanley

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Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School

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