Exceptional Honour for Former High Bailiff
John Latham, a
former High Bailiff of the Court Leet and President of the
Henley-in-Arden Cricket Club, last week was invited to a reception at
the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital at which a plaque was unveiled
in his honour, naming a room to acknowledge his achievements in
fundraising for the Centre for Clinical Haematology.
During his 6 years as fundraiser in chief for Cure Leukaemia,
he raised £3.5 million to build and fund a world class research
centre for Clinical Haematology, including the nurses, drugs and
equipment. He also attracted £13 million of
free drugs for the life saving trials and most importantly these trials
are still on-going. Although John retired in 2010 he still uses his
skills for the benefit of many organisations in Henley.
Professor Charles Craddock, Professor of Haemato-Oncology at the
University Medical School, said at the reception; "It is an appropriate
tribute to recognise John's enormous contribution in getting Cure
Leukaemia to its current position of strength. We will always be in his
Henley in Arden’s Jubilee Garden
Guild Hall Garden Committee have decided to rename “The Riverland
Garden” as “The Jubilee Garden”, in honour of the
Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen in June of this year. This decision has
been generally welcomed and has the added benefit that it will avoid
confusion with the Riverland near the surgery. It is also worth noting
that the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 was marked by the
planting of a mulberry tree in the neighbouring Guild Hall Garden.
Working parties will
shortly be seen in the garden tidying up, pruning roses and preparing
the next stage of development. It is good to see it having so many
visitors. Retired people enjoy its beautiful and peaceful atmosphere,
children and their mothers enjoy its safe environment and people
working in the town enjoy it as a quiet place for their lunch break.
We still need funds to
develop and maintain the garden. A recent Indian Evening in the Guild
Hall with a meal provided by the Arden Tandoori raised over £600.
A fifth panel of bricks is to be laid, with a double brick in its
centre commemorating the Diamond Jubilee. If you would like your name,
your family’s name, your society’s name or your
businesses’ name to be in this panel contact Douglas Bridgewater
on 01564 793633 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a form. The panel will be limited to 60 engraved bricks.
Latest from Henley Ice Cream.
Henley Ice Cream are delighted to announce that they now have in stock some lovely gifts and souvenirs to celetrate both the DIAMOND JUBILEE and THE OLYMPICS.
Why not pop down and see what we have on offer. LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL.
Cindy Brittan Managing Director Henley Ice Cream Limited
Henley Poppy Tin Thief Jailed
November, the theft of poppy tins from the Co-op and One Stop stores in
Henley was branded as 'despicable' by Dennis Cox the Chairman of the
Henley British Legion.
Tyrone McDermott, 31
pictured right, of no fixed address was charged with the offences
earlier this month - along with the theft of two other poppy collection
boxes in Stratford and in Solihull. McDermott was jailed for 32
weeks after pleading guilty in front of Solihull Magistrates and he was
also ordered to pay the British Legion £50 in compensation.
McDermott distracted a
staff member at Thresher's Wine shop in Station Approach, Dorridge, on
November 12 last year before swiping the collection tin and passing it
to an accomplice.
When quizzed by police
McDermott admitted the offences plus another poppy tin theft from The
Corner Shop in Stratford on November 7. Magistrates told McDermott
stealing from a well respected, public supported charity left them with
no option but to impose a prison sentence.
1% Council Tax reduction by SDC
Councillors have set the
district element of the council tax in the Stratford-on-Avon District,
at a full meeting of the Council on Monday 27 February.
The average Band D figure
for Stratford-on-Avon District Council households for the 2012/13
financial year has been reduced by 1% to £128.05, the lowest in
The council tax from Stratford-on-Avon District Council for residents for each of the valuation bands will be:
|A - £85.37 ||B - £99.59 ||C- £113.82 ||D- £128.05 |
|E - £156.51 ||F- £184.96||G- £213.42 ||H - £256.10|
Chris Saint, Leader of the Council says: “We live in challenging
times, when it's not so easy to make ends meet. As a District Council
we are very conscious of the need to keep down costs for our residents,
so our share of the Council Tax has been reduced by 1%. We continue to
face challenging financial times and the District Council had put into
place some significant efficiencies and service changes with our aim to
ensure we are as lean and effective an organisation as possible,
identifying how best to deliver the services that residents in the
District want. However with the additional Government funding and our
sound financial management we have been able to reduce the council tax
level which I’m sure will be welcomed by residents. This is the
work of new leadership in the District Council providing a cautious
budget with good news. Stratford District Council has a strong record
of low council tax while providing good services. My plans are for this
Warwickshire County Council has already announced that county council tax for 2012/13 has been frozen at the rate of 2011/12. Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council has announced it will be increasing its precept (parish council tax) by 5%.
A survey by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy stated that no council tax increase should exceed 4%.
Guild Hall Library closes for the last time
library at the Guild Hall on High Street shut for the last time last
Saturday and will not reopen in its new location until early April at
the earliest. For the next four weeks a mobile library unit will visit
Henley every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm-4:30pm outside the fire and
police stations on the High Street.
Judith Lindley, secretary
of the Henley Community Library charity, has signed a five-year lease
for the Methodist Church Hall, despite the Guild Hall Trust offering
Henley Community Library charity very competitive terms to remain in
the Guild Hall.
According to informed
sources, the cost savings for the town by moving to this new location
are believed to be "only a few hundred pounds per year at the most".
The Guild Hall Trust has now lost its main source of income and the
Fundraising Committee is organising a series of events for essential
conservation and improvements.
Removal of the To Let sign from the Guild Hall
For those in Henley wondering if the former Town Library (which is the ground floor of the Guild Hall) has now been let because the agent's sign has been removed, the answer, sadly, is no. Apparently, it has been taken down on the orders of a member of the JPC who discovered that it was slightly larger than the norm and therefore needed planning permission.
This means that the Guild Hall Trust's efforts to lease the property in order to bring in an income enabling them to pay for much needed repairs and refurbishments to this beautiful old building are being thwarted. The saddest part of the story is to realise that this petty behaviour, which serves no useful purpose and is to no one's benefit, is still going on in the governance of our small town.
Does no one look at the broader picture before instigating these childish, point scoring manoevres? Roll on May 3rd when we have the chance to vote for grown up governance of our town.
Superfast Broadband for Rural Areas
Warwickshire County Council
is leading on the project to improve the broadband across the
sub-region and we need your help. Clearly the money available from
public funds will not be sufficient to solve the problem for the whole
sub-region, and so telecoms providers who tender for the work will be
expected to make their own investment of at least twice the amount that
is available from public funds. They will not be doing this out of the
goodness of their heart, and so are likely to prioritise those areas
that are able to show the greatest demand.
What can you do to help?
Complete our survey: If you have not already done so please complete the broadband survey that is located at: www.cswbroadband.org.uk/
- there is one survey for domestic use and one for business use, so if
you run a business or work from home please do both – and
encourage your neighbours to do it as well because the more people that
respond from a given area the higher priority it will be.
Become a Champion: Could
you help to bring faster broadband services to your local area? We are
looking for Community Champions to help us to get our message out to
rural communities. The role will include putting posters up on local
noticeboards, delivering flyers to households, providing hard copies of
the surveys to those who are unable to access them on-line and
delivering presentations to local groups about the project (but only if
you feel comfortable with this!)
All material will be
provided through the project website and in hard copy (it is currently
being prepared and as soon as we know that the money is all in place we
will start the print runs).
To express an interest in becoming a Champion, please email your name, address (with postcode) and telephone number to: email@example.com
Your support could make all the difference to Henley getting superfast broadband!
HENLEY CHURCHES EASTER SERVICES 2012.
|Thurs April 5th ||Methodist Church ||12-00 pm Communion|
|Thurs April 5th ||Baptist Church ||7-30pm Communion|
|Fri April 6th ||Market Cross ||10-00am Joint Service|
|Fri April 6th ||Baptist Church ||10-30am Joint Service|
|Fri April 6th ||St Johns Church ||2-00pm Service|
|Fri April 6th ||St Nicholas Church ||3-00pm Catholic Service|
|Fri April 6th ||Ullenhall Church ||7-00pm Service|
|Sat April 7th ||St Johns Church ||8-00pm Easter Candle |
|Sun April 8th ||The Mount ||8-00am Communion|
|Sun April 8th ||Methodist Church ||9-30am Service|
All denominations are
welcome to any of the above services. The service at St Johns on Easter
Saturday is for the lighting of the Easter Candle. The Communion
service on the Mount, (weather permitting) will be lead by the Baptist
103rd Successful Cricket Dinner
Henley in Arden Cricket Club’s
103rd annual dinner held at Henley Golf and Country Club on 24th
February 2012 proved to be a roaring success. Visiting speaker Graham
Gooch OBE, pictured right, regaled over 150 diners with jokes and
hilarious anecdotes from his distinguished playing career. One of the
biggest laughs came when he likened his table of Henley dignitaries,
including Low Bailiff Fred Dowling and Club President John Latham, to
the cast of Last of The Summer Wine!
The club would like to
sincerely thank all that attended for their support and digging deep to
raise well over £2,000 towards running the club this coming
season. In particular they would like to thank Mohosin Ahamad of Naya
Tandoori for sponsoring the welcome glass of sparkling wine. Another
highlight was the formal presentation of the Henley War Memorial Trophy
for Henley’s most outstanding sporting achievement by Chairman
Peter Crathorne to members of the first team.
The Club is looking
forward to a successful campaign in the Cotswold Hills Premier League
and is seeking match sponsors. New players at any stage of their
careers are always welcome as are spectators. The season begins on 5
May with a fixture against Shipston on Stour.
For further information please contact Treasurer Andy Thompson on 07967 139247.
Guest Speaker at Henley Forest FC Awards Dinner
Ex-premier league referee Dermot Gallagher will be the special guest speaker at Henley Forest FC’s Awards Night Dinner on Saturday May 5th. Dermot was one of the inaugural referees at the inception of the Premier League and has refereed the FA Cup Final, the Charity Shield and 139 international matches amongst others. He is an accustomed public speaker and will regale us with his stories of keeping overpaid football stars (mainly) under control!
The dinner will take place in the Memorial Hall, from 19.00 onwards. There will be a 3 course meal (provided by Sue Dalby), Disco and Awards Presentation. There is also a bar, of course! Tickets are priced at £20.00 (or £180 for a table of ten) All are welcome to attend, ladies and gents, players and non-players alike.
All profits from the night will go to the football club.
For more information and to book tickets, please call Peter Johnson on 07979 245033.
CCTV monitoring may now be part-time
installation of the 2 CCTV cameras in Henley is still awaited. It is
expected to happen within "the next 2 weeks" but this has been the
position for the last two years. Now it seems that unless the JPC
contributes, the monitoring will only be part-time.
At its meeting in January, the Cabinet of Stratford-on-Avon District Council
supported the initiative by the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon, Bill
Dowling, to keep CCTV as a local service, funded as a partnership
between the District Council and the local Town and Parish Councils
where CCTV cameras are located.
Following a number of
on-going meetings at the Town Hall, a conclusion was reached to provide
full time coverage of CCTV with funding assured for a three year term.
An application for funding has been made to Stratford-upon-Avon Town
Trust following agreement by the Local Partnership Working Group to
fund full time coverage.
Council has pledged £25,000 towards the initiative, with further
funding from the other partner parishes, including Alcester,
Bidford-on-Avon and Studley. The District Council has promised to 'plug
the gap' if a deficit still remains.
Shipton-on-Stour and Wellesbourne are still reviewing their position,
but not all parishes in the working group pledged support. Where
Councils chose to make a contribution of less than their allotted
amount, pro-rata arrangements will be made, and those choosing not to
participate in this joint venture will continue to have their cameras
monitored solely at times covered by Stratford District Council funding. It has been agreed that Henley will not have to make a contribution during the first year of operation and will receive 24 hour cover.
In the meantime, the
grotesque CCTV column stands outside the police station in a designated
conservation area, a monument to the worst managed local project this
century. It is now supposed to be switched on by 20th April, but one
might ask which year.
For the most Comprehensive Information
Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:
This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust
and receives no money from public funds.
Jubilee Edition of the
Henley Telephone Directory
Click Here to register your FREE LISTING (Business or Residential)
Henley Focus and Henley NEWS are joining forces to produce a new Henley Telephone Directory covering Henley, Beaudesert, Wootton Wawen and Ullenhall to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The last directory was produced by the Court Leet in 2006, and this new
publication will be completed by autumn 2012. It will contain a
photographic report of all the Diamond Jubilee activities, along with
articles about the history of Henley, sports and cultural activities.
It will also contain telephone listings of residents (only if you
register) business listings, details of community groups and
organisations and business advertising.
The publishers will be making donations from the proceeds to the Church Bells and The Hub Youth Club.
If you do not have access to a computer then please call 01564 794898
and leave a request for a manual input form to be delivered to your
The publication will have a life of approximately 4 years and can be
purchased at a cost of £5 or £4 for pre-order copies. It
will be printed in an A5 format and contain approximately 96 full
colour pages. A free copy will be offered to all paying advertisers.
Every business that registers will receive a FREE business listing.
In addition to this you are invited to take one of the following opportunities:
To book your advertising, please contact Karen Topham-Steele on: 01564 774748 or 07979 228385
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click Here to register your FREE LISTING (Business or Residential)
Part Time Administrator wanted - Central Henley
role for a small recruitment company based at our office on the High
Street in Henley-in-Arden. We are looking for a part time sales support
person to assist with the day to day running of a small recruitment
agency servicing both the IT and Engineering sectors.
The role will
involve qualifying potential candidates for jobs over the telephone,
dealing with clients on the telephone, writing job adverts to put on
the Internet and searching Internet job boards/company database for
potential candidates for jobs that we have registered. There will also
be some general admin work involved with the job such as writing the
odd letter, filing etc. This is a varied job where no two days are the
same. You will need to be self motivated and have excellent
communication skills as well as an excellent telephone manner. Salary
Please apply to Jessica Diamandis at Jessica@jp-recruitment.co.uk with your CV or 07801 065747.
New Wildlife Information Board at the Pool
Henley Wildlife and Warwickshire Wildlife
have recently almost finished the Riverlands Pool. Last week, a new
signboard was installed which details the various forms of
wildlife that normally exists in the area around the pool.
Pictured during the
installation were John Love - Treasurer, Robert Riley - Secretar, David
Evason - Chairman, all of the Henley Wildlife Society, with Julie
Turner of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust who coordinated the work on the
Pool. The work was made possible with a grant of £10,000
from the Big Lottery Fund.
John Love reporting
Appeal for more at air ambulance shop
The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
store, which opened in December, is appealing for more volunteers and
donations at the town's charity shop in Greenhill Street, Stratford.
It has been a great
success. But they now need new stock and more volunteers to man the
store - from which all profits go to the running of the air ambulance.
Shop manager, Phil
Moss, photographed with Volunteers Bill Hazzledine and Sue Mason, said:
"We had a great Christmas trading here and had some wonderful reactions
to the atmosphere and brilliant customer service in the shop. We have
been so busy that we are now desperate for new stock.
"So as people start
to spring clean their homes in the warmer weather we hope they will
think of us. Perhaps you are buying some new season clothes for the
holiday you have just booked and need to clear some space in your
wardrobe? Or maybe you are doing some decorating at home and that vase
or those ornaments just don’t go anymore? At the heart of our
store are our volunteers. As donations come in we need more people to
keep stocking the rails and shelves and serving our growing band of
regulars. So if you have any time to spare once a week, even just a few
hours, we would love to hear from you. We offer customer facing and
back room roles too so there is something for everyone."
For more information contact Phil on 07702 563 629.
Henley Sports Pavilion Survey
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.
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
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Mary Rhodes for Fun Run
Knowle and Dorridge Lions are pleased to confirm that this year's VIP starter for the Knowle Fun Run on Sunday 13th May will be Mary Rhodes.
Mary needs little
introduction having been on our BBC TV screens for over 20 years. She
is best known for the ten years spent as sports news presenter having
covered major events including Olympics, Commonwealth Games, European
football, Cricket World Cup and Wimbledon, and now presenting the
current affairs programme ‘Inside Out’ from Birmingham and
a regular presenter on Midlands Today and the Politics Show.
The Running Lion showing off this year's navy & yellow t-shirt met up with Mary Rhodes at Arden school last week
‘As a supporter of
the Alzheimer’s Society I was delighted to be asked to support
this year's Knowle Fun Run,’ says Mary. It is a cause close to my
heart as my mother-in-law was diagnosed with it two years ago. The
Knowle Fun Run gives us a great opportunity to really make a difference
to those who are living with dementia in the local area.
The Lions confirm that the
work constructing the MUGA at Arden school will be completed well
before May and they are working with the Principal Martin Murphy to
ensure the MUGA will have a minimal effect on the ever popular event.
This year’s Fun Run
will raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society, Crossroads Care, the
local scout groups as well as other locally determined causes. Online
entry and full details of the Fun Run & Mini Run can be found at www.knowlefunrun.org.uk
Monteverdi Vespers 1610
Solihull Choral Society (SCS) performs at Olton Friary, Solihull
the Society’s spring concert, the SCS’s chosen piece is
Monteverdi’s “Vespers of the Blessed Virgin”, a
monumental and majestic work split into as many as 10 vocal parts.
Combining dramatic and spirited movements with other quieter, more
meditative, ones this choral work has spellbound its audiences since
its publication over 400 years ago. We hope that this performance
elicits the same emotional response in our own audience.
Conducted by Andrew
Fletcher, Baroque specialists 'The Musical and Amicable Players' and
'The Quintesential Sackbutt and Cornett Ensemble' will be our
orchestra. We are fortunate to have a fine group of 7 vocal soloists
assembled by David Clegg who sings with The Sixteen. They are sopranos
Helen-Jane Howells and Zoe Brown, countertenor Daniel Colins, tenors
Sam Furness and Matthew Long, baritone Jonathan Brown and bass Callum
Combine all this with the
fabulous acoustics of Olton Friary and we have what promises to be an
unforgettable musical experience.
Ticket prices: £15
adults, £5 students and under 18s. Family ticket (2 adults, 2
students) £32. Ticket includes programme and interval
refreshments. Telephone 0121 704 3147 for tickets. www.solihullchoral.org.uk
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
Recent Property Sales in the Henley area
122 High Street
25th August 2011
64 Brook End Drive
21st December 2011
149 High Street
8th December 2011
|7 The White House|
13th January 2012
|Flat 32, Aspen Court|
2nd December 2011
5th January 2012
Brook End Close
16th January 2012
|22 Brook End Drive|
7th November 2011
18th January 2012
You can view all previous sales information by visiting OurProperty.co.uk.
Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust
Quality Homes From A Quality Sales Advisor
been in sales for over ten years, Sara Herbert, sales advisor at Taylor
Wimpey Midlands’ popular Farriers Cross development in Henley in
Arden, knows the ins and outs of home buying and why Henley in Arden is
the perfect place to live.
Sara started life in sales working for Bryant Homes then began working
with Taylor Wimpey six years ago. She previously worked at the
company’s The Hedgerows development in Dudley, but moved to
Farriers Cross last year. Her passion for the development and love of
the area has made Farriers Cross one of the leading house
builder’s most successful developments in the area.
Sara comments: “I joined Taylor Wimpey as the company has a
reputation for being the best house builder to work for in the UK. I
have to say, I haven’t been disappointed. I love the homes at
Farriers Cross and as the area is so appealing, it makes going to work
a joy!” Sara’s ongoing commitment to Farriers Cross means
that since opening in June 2011 she has sold over 13 homes.
Sara continues: “The homes here really are spectacular and the
launch of our recent show home proved overwhelmingly successful. I
think it’s important for people to know exactly what is available
to them. Here at Farriers Cross we always try to give people as much
information about buying a new home as possible. This includes detailed
information on all the homes and financial schemes available to them.
If you’re looking for a home in the area and don’t know
where to start I’m always happy to help. Even if you just want to
look into your options for the future, or just have a look at the
development, drop in and have a chat.”
Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey
Midlands, adds: “Sara is a true testament to the fantastic
qualities we look for in a sales advisor. She runs Farriers Cross with
experience, pride and an enormous amount of enthusiasm, which is wholly
reflected in the feedback from our customers.”
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
more information visit the development, open Thursday to Monday from
10am – 5pm, or call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively visit www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/farrierscross
Rachel Tillman reporting
For the most Comprehensive Information
Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:
This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust
and receives no money from public funds
Reports from St Mary's
The Bug Man comes to St Mary’s
Taylor, the Bug Man, came to St Mary’s just before half term to
show us his collection of bugs and insects. He has some interesting
First, he showed us lots of butterflies,
ants and moths. There were two really unique butterflies, so rare we
were not allowed to photograph it.
he showed us a praying mantis. Paul took it out of the box to show us
but we couldn’t touch it because they don’t like being
touched. We were allowed to touch the stick insects though which seemed
to like being held.
Then we heard a hissing sound from a box and
had to guess what was inside. None of us guessed that is was
cockroaches. Paul told us they hiss to keep predators away. The sound
is really quite loud.
Finally after we had all learnt about
reptiles and stroked the snakes, frogs and geckos he showed us a
tarantula and let us hold it. It had very hairy legs which tickled my
It was a bugtastic day, one of the best I’ve had at school and we all want Paul to come again.
By Elliot Saltmarsh, Ethan Gray and Holly Williams.
World Book Day
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School had a tremendously successful World Book Day on Thursday 1st March.
All of the children participated and came to school dressed as their favourite book character.
We have some very special pupils and parents who put a sterling effort into their original costumes.
Everyone looked fabulous but a special mention must go the following winners:
Oskar the pirate, Serenha as Minnie Mouse,
Harrison as puss in boots (see photo), Honey as Honey the sweet fairy,
Elliot as Willy Wonka and Olivia as a vampire.
Reports from Henley Primary
Plants for the next generation
Mrs Lancina (Head of Eco) and Isabelle Norman (Reception) planting one of the trees
Children at Henley Primary School have been
busy planting lots of trees this week. They were donated by The
Woodland Trust and the school has 70 trees in total. To celebrate, the
children had a planting ceremony whereby one child from each class was
chosen to plant a tree for their class.
The trees are different English varieties
and include rowan, birch and cherry. It is hoped that the school can
create a little copse at the end of the field and also allow the grass
to grow longer to create a wild meadow.
World Book Day
Year Two pupils ‘strutting their stuff’ on the catwalk
Tracey Hedderman (Teaching Assistant as Camilla) and daughter Molly Hedderman (Year Five pupil as Charles)
Children at Henley Primary School have been
celebrating World Book Day this week, with an opportunity to dress like
royalty, to also link with the Jubilee celebrations later in the year.
The dress up day saw the children and adults arrive in school in a variety of regal costumes.
In assembly, a makeshift catwalk was created
and everyone had a fabulous time strutting their stuff and showing off
their costumes to each other.
The children had also been set
‘Do-what-you-like’ home learning across the school to
provide a piece of work about royalty. This saw many great pieces of
work delivered by the children, ranging from information texts to
making royal cakes to creating castles and puppets!
A winner from each class was selected by the
Literacy Subject leader, Mrs Robinson and the winning children were
allowed to choose a book from the ‘Travelling Book Fair’
which was also resident in school during the week. The children were
then awarded their prizes in the weekly Celebration Assembly.
Reception – Molly Vondrak
Year One – Luke Johnson
Year Two – Emily Woore
Year Three – Molly Poole
Year Four – Annabel Bevan
Year Five – Laura Pentacost
Year Six – Georgia Litwinko
Ullenhall Gardening Club and £500 per bulb
After this month’s talk by broadcaster and writer Val Bourne, no-one can say ‘all snowdrops are the same’.
This interesting and personable speaker
entertained almost 60 members to a delight of snowdrop facts and
figures, along with a wonderfully detailed computer slide presentation.
Snowdrops or Galanthus nivalis as our ‘British’ (introduced
by the Romans) natives are properly called, are widespread throughout
Europe. Galanthus, which means milk-flower in Greek has three main
species: G. nivalis, G, elwesii and G. woronowii.
It would appear that unusual snowdrops are
highly sought after and can, like the tulips of yesteryear, fetch
prices of over five hundred pounds, per bulb! Collectors who are batty
about snowdrops are called galanthophiles. Val told us that,
unfortunately, the desire to have the rare crosses has led to prized
bulbs being stolen to order from the growers and from collections.
However, it would also seem that as long as you have more than one of
the three snowdrop species, then they cross so readily, that you too
may find a rarity growing in your garden.
Val gave us a handy tip for splitting up
bulb clumps in order to spread your snowdrops around your garden; in
her experience, splitting after flowering is more likely to give better
survival rates than moving them whilst still in flower. She also said
that Murphy’s law was true when splitting bulb clumps, in that it
was always her most prized bulbs that died when she tried to move them!
With her author’s hat on, Val signed
copies of her four new books for us in the coffee break. All in all, an
excellent evening and we look forward to Val Bourne returning to
Ullenhall to speak to us again.
Our next meeting is the AGM and social
evening on 27th March in Ullenhall Village Hall – always very
enjoyable and well-attended, as the business part of the evening is
dealt with very promptly. Visitors welcome.
Joan Flood reporting
Claverdon secure win despite early set backs
Birmingham Exiles 12 - Claverdon 20
much changed Claverdon side headed over to Solihull to take on a fired
up Exiles on Saturday short of several key players. With open side
Andrew Wenborn missing from the pack Olly Thorndale stepped in for a
much overdue start. In the backs it was all change with player coach
and fly half Doz Ward, tough tackling centre Tim Westmacott and top try
Scorer Tom Johnson all missing it meant a first start for Gregg White
and Harry Cox with Wyllie filling in at 10 for Ward
Claverdon started slowly conceding a well
worked try from Exiles in the first few minutes thankfully the extra
points were missed. Things then got even worse for Claverdon when tight
head Dave Carruthers was at first yellow carded for hands in the ruck
and then red carded for dissent. Down to 14 men with 70 minutes still
to play made for an interesting game.
Away skipper Conor Smith rallied his troops
under the posts as the home side ten men missed the resulting penalty.
From the restart the Lions stepped up a gear and soon took the lead
after a good line out win secured good ball on the edge of their own 22
and the resulting crash move with fly half Wyllie timing an inch
perfect pass to inside centre Sam Harris who broke through the defence
at pace and drew the full back before off- loading to Barton who ran in
under the posts despite attention from covering players. The extra two
points were added by Wyllie.
Claverdon were now on the front foot and
strong running from Lowe and Tilson were making good yards, and tough
tackling from Thorndale and Edsall kept Exiles in check. It
wasn’t long before Claverdon scored again this time through a
good line out and great forward drive, with the ball secure at the back
of the maul the Lions forwards drove towards the home line before
Hooker Grimsley flopped over the line to score near the corner. The
conversion was missed into a tricky wind.
Claverdon continued to attack and from
another line-out quick ball to the backs gave room out wide, and
despite the mercurial Wyllie’s bullet pass the Exiles centre read
the situation and intercepted the ball in his own twenty two and ran
the length of the pitch to score under the posts. The easy conversion
was added. Making the half time score 12 – 12
With the slope and the wind now in their
favour the second half started well for the away team and no.10 Wyllie
kept Exiles pinned in their own half with some arrow like kicking.
Determined chasing from wings Cox and White constantly put the home
team under pressure from these kicks and they soon gave away a
difficult penalty. Despite concerns from skipper Smith the Claverdon
kicking machine Wyllie called for posts and slotted an inch perfect 3
points 15 – 12.
Claverdon made the changes now bringing on
the fresh legs of Williams and Warren to help the fourteen men push on.
Exiles were finding it difficult to break down the Claverdon defence
and now playing up hill and into the strong wind were always up against
it. Despite this they fought hard in the second half and some fantastic
tackling not least from their diminutive 10 who not only stopped the
charging Claverdon Lock Lowe and actually smashed him backwards several
feet. No mean feat when you consider the 10 was 5’6’’
and 10 stone and Lowe is nearly 22 stone.
Although they fought hard it was Claverdon
who were fashioning all the chances and they scored their third try
with an almost carbon copy of the first try. Again Wyllie drew his man
before finding Harris who again timed his run to perfection beating
both centres and finding Daws to score out wide. The conversion was
missed. 20- 12
Claverdon saw out the game chasing the bonus
point fourth try but blew two or three good chances with wayward passes
from Daws and Wyllie. Still winning a game in tough conditions with 14
men for 70 minutes against a side much better than their league
standing suggests is a good result.
Claverdon Team. Smith, Cox, Daws, Harris,
White, Wyllie, Jay, Carruthers D, Grimsley, Tilson, Edsall, Lowe,
Thorndale, Barton, Conduit, subs, Williams, Nealon, Warren
Tries. Daws , Barton, Grimsley
Cons, Wyllie x 1
Pens. Wyllie x 1
Sent off Carruthers D
Man of the Match Tilson
Match report by Ian Wyllie
Pic by Will Barnes
Warnings from Trading Standards
Help I'm Stuck in Madrid!
Warwickshire Trading Standards has
recently been made aware of some phishing scams which seek to exploit
people's good nature to steal money. The latest is an email which
purports to come from the 'Rev. David Lacy'. He claims to be stuck in
Madrid having had his wallet stolen and only needs you to lend him 2000
EUR in order that he can get home safely!
Such emails prey on the vulnerable and should be deleted immediately on receipt.
Beauty and Health Product Scam
Warwickshire Trading Standards Service is warning consumers to beware
of ‘free’ sample offers for face creams, detox pills and
other beauty and health products advertised on social networking and
other Internet sites after receiving complaints. Trading Standards
Officers are particularly concerned that social media users are sharing
these offers and people are signing up without thinking because they
trust recommendations from ‘friends’ when they might be
more wary otherwise.
The offers are also often mixed in with
genuine promotions from well established businesses, making it harder
for consumers to distinguish the good from the bad and downright ugly!
Consumers are registering their debit or credit cards with these beauty
product businesses, believing that the only cost to them is a few
pounds for postage and packing. However, many people are not reading
the offer small print and do not realise that they have in fact signed
up to an expensive monthly subscription! This only becomes apparent to
them when they receive more of the product and are charged over
£70 a month.
Be extremely wary of signing up to any
‘free’ offers on the Internet, especially when you are
asked to share bank account or credit card details. Make sure you trust
the company fully before going ahead.
Business Invoice Scam
Businesses are warned to check the invoices they receive for payment after a retired businessman received a request for
payment for £321.84. The invoice appeared to suggest the retired
individual's business (which was no longer trading) had an existing
account and warned that if payment was not received 'services would be
cancelled'. On closer reading of the document it would appear that the
invoice was in fact a demand for payment to appear on business web
directory. The retired individual's business had no pre-existing
agreement with those who sent the invoices.
Warwickshire Trading Standards are concerned
that some larger businesses may pay the invoice without realising they
don't actually take the service in question. Details of the scam have
been passed to fraud investigators.
BT Calling Scam
Consumers are warned to beware of
bogus calls from people falsely claiming to represent BT. One
Warwickshire resident had an unexpected call from someone who claimed
he was calling tell the consumer that his PC had been hacked. The
consumer allowed the caller to take control of his PC who then demanded
a payment of £49.99. Warwickshire Trading Standards advise
consumers to never grant access to your computer to anyone who phones
Beware of Bogus Email From Your Friends!
Warwickshire Trading Standards is raising awareness of bogus emails
that appear to come from your friends. A Warwickshire resident reported
to the service that she had had what appeared to be a genuine email
from her friend to say that she had been attacked abroad and her money
and passport stolen. The email asked for money to be sent.
At first glance the email looked potentially genuine as it used her
friend's own email address and signature and mentioned a location
abroad, close to where her friend had genuinely been on holiday.
These types of bogus emails are usually sent out when an individual's
email account is hacked (broken into). If a hacker breaks into your
email account he can send out bogus emails to all the people on your
email contacts list. He may also have access to your email
correspondence. If you use the same email address or email/password
combination for other websites such as social media sites (twitter
& facebook), banking websites and commercial websites it won't take
a determined hacker long to gain access to these websites as well!
How do I know if my email account has been hacked?
What can you do?
- Your friends receive bogus or spam email from you
- You begin to receive lots of 'bounced'
emails from random email addresses you don't know indicating that your
email address is being used to send spam email out
- You can't access your email account at all or your settings have been changed
Preventing problems in the future
- If you can access your account, go in to
it and change your password and settings. Do this for all accounts
where you use the same email address/password combination. You may also
need to use a different email address for these accounts.
- Visit your email services help page. This will give you additional guidance
- Warn your friends (and others as necessary) that your email account has been hacked
- Run anti-virus software on your PC to ensure it is clear
- Avoid listing your main email address publically on-line
- Don't use public computers to check your
emails. You have no means of knowing if they are infected with malware
designed to steal your email address and password. Warwickshire library
computers' anti-virus software is regularly updated and external
devices are virus checked before use.
For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Make Henley Greener
Our Award Winning Column
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
The Energy Fair Comes to Town
is energy saving month for residents of Stratford District with a
programme of six community energy fairs taking place at six locations
during the month. Henley’s fair will be at the Baptist Church
Hall on the morning of Saturday 17 March. The fairs will provide help
and advice on energy saving and showcase products and services
available from local businesses.
The programme is being organised by
Wellesbourne-based energy advice service Act on Energy, following a
successful bid for money from the Government’s Local Energy
Assessment Fund. Act on Energy is being helped with the organisation of
the events by Stratford-based energy co-operative Community Energy
Warwickshire. Act on Energy Chief Executive David Jullien said:
“Energy prices have risen substantially faster than inflation in
the last few years and that trend looks set to continue. So we want to
provide local people with information about ways to save energy and
give them the opportunity to talk to businesses offering energy
efficiency and renewable energy products which are active in the
In addition to the opportunity to meet the
representatives of energy businesses, visitors to the energy fairs will
have the chance to find out more about energy saving from Act on Energy
and from Community Energy Warwickshire. There are also plans for short
talks on energy saving in the home based on sessions that Act on Energy
has been running with local community groups. The usual coffee morning
will be happening alongside the Energy Fair so you can enjoy a cuppa
and a biscuit as well as visiting the various exhibits.
John Garner's Business Column
Advertising – 2012 style
heard a lot recently about Google tracking our web browsing, collecting
data about us and using it to specifically target adverts at us.
There’s a lot of sophisticated marketing going on and most of it
is hidden from us. However, here are two items that are most certainly
An electronic hoarding which
utilises facial recognition technology to distinguish women from men
was launched a couple of weeks ago. The prototype is located at a bus
stop on Oxford Street in London; its display dynamically alters its
message depending on the gender of the passer by.
This is achieved by technical
wizardry using a camera which calculates the probability of the gender
it is looking at by measuring key facial features of anyone standing at
the screen such as the distance between the eyes, nose width and
cheekbone shape. (I’d have thought it’d be easier to
measure other physical features – but what do I know?).
Apparently It gets it right 90% of the time. I wonder how I would feel if I was one of the 10% it got wrong.
In another report the US company
McCain, once famous for its oven chips, has unveiled its latest advert
which attempts to make commuters' mouths water by making its ads smell
like freshly baked potatoes.
Commuters waiting at bus stops
in London, Nottingham, Glasgow, York and Manchester will be treated to
3D adverts that emit the smell of baked potatoes at the press of a
button. And not only that, the adverts will issue money-off vouchers
for everyone who presses the button!
These adverts work by containing
a hidden heating element which keeps the image of the potato warm
(apparently). The potato aroma took three months to develop; McCain
used a specialist scent lab to ensure they got the potato smell just
McCain say, "When consumers
press a button, a hidden heating element gently warms the potato and
releases the mouth-watering aroma of a slow oven-baked jacket potato
throughout the bus shelter."
Some readers may be tempted to ask how much carbon dioxide is emitted per button press!
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
13th March Nick Grounds will provide a floral demonstration ‘An
Auctioneer's 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
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
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.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
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.
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
MEMORIAL HALL COMMITTEE
For details about these events call: Marijana Bainbridge 794987
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Henley Church of England Primary School PTA
For details about these events call: Elaine Field 01564 792766
MEMORIAL HALL COMMITTEE
For details about these events call: Marijana Bainbridge 794987
DIAMOND JUBILEE EVENTS
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
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach.
7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court
available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during
summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDENRotary
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We
meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for
yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to
be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if
you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops.
For further information contact Paula Pugh on 015647 42781 firstname.lastname@example.org 2011 Programme
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
- To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
- To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
- To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
- To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
- To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
- To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
To create a network
where members can communicate with each other in order to exchange
ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and
help. 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.
HENLEY KARATE CLUB
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
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 SCOUTSThis 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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