The Hub transferred to Community management
Cllr Mike Perry hands over the keys of The Hub to Chairman Bob Morgan
Henley’s Youth and Community Centre
is officially saved from closure! Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust
(HWMT) celebrated the official handover of the Hub centre from
Councillor Mike Perry, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) last Saturday.
November 2010 saw
the start of the campaign to stop the closure of the Hub Youth and
Community Centre following nationwide government funding cuts for all
Youth Centres. Peter Crathorne, local resident and Chairman of the
management committee for the Hub since 2000, successfully led a
campaign to take the Centre into community ownership; volunteers
strengthened the committee and gathered local support. Peter has now
stepped down from his post as chairman, handing over the chair to Bob
Lucy, Sally, Jane & Amanda
The Hub fundraising & marketing team.
to Peter for all his hard work in achieving the takeover of these much
needed local youth and community services”, says Bob Morgan.
“We would also like to thank the local residents and businesses
who have pledged their support and Councillor Mike Perry from
Warwickshire County Council who’s worked alongside the committee
in securing the provision of these services.
“In terms of
its location, design and equipment level the Hub is an outstandingly
suitable environment for its many current functions and it was crucial
to the future successful provision of these activities that we were
able to persuade the Local Authority to grant the Henley War Memorial
Trust a lease for the building.”
The Hub@Henley will
continue to open for community groups and classes, the Youth Club will
open one night a week until the grand re-opening event in September,
when it will have the resources to open at least 3 times a week,
providing on-site activities and organising excursions for the youth of
Henley and surrounding rural areas.
“It is worth
noting that as well as providing facilities for the main stream youth
of the town, we also welcome a small but significant minority of young
people in Henley who may have special problems and our highly trained
and experienced Youth Workers will now be able to continue to support
this 'at risk' group.” says Bob.
The Hub@Henley is
also used by many other community groups and will be looking at
increasing the number of classes and activities available. The venue
can also be hired. Its facilities include a kitchen, computer room,
table tennis, large screen televisions with incorporated games consoles
and music systems and much more besides - it is an ideal location for
many an occasion.
Peter & Jan Crathorne (centre & left back row) with the Hub staff.
For more details please contact Sally Sparrow at email@example.com or on 07846 167001.
Coronation Exhibition at Heritage Centre
From Ray Holding, Curator of Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre
Henley's Coronation Day Programme - 2nd June 1953
While waiting for
Henley’s plans for the Diamond Jubilee to mature, and looking for
a way in which the Heritage Centre could mark the event, it occurred to
us that it might be interesting to make a display which looked at some
of the changes which have taken place during the Queen’s sixty
year reign. We also thought that this could be a useful and interesting
educational opportunity involving research, selection of information
The Head of History
at Henley School, Alison Norris, agreed with that and immediately fired
up some of the school’s Year 8 pupils, who were likewise enthused
to take part in putting this together. We set our deadline at 1st
April when the Centre was to re-open after the winter recess.
Several topics were considered, among them the royal family’s own
experiences following the death of King George VI in 1952, the changes
in population and life expectancy, communications and various field of
technology and exploration, health and medicine, sport, education,
fashion, entertainment and so on. In the event we had to be
selective about what to include and the school chose to cover the
subject of health, one of the most important life-changing factors over
the sixty years.
All the research on what had happened, what had been discovered and
what new treatments had been developed was done by the pupils.
They came up with the idea of using the DNA spiral as a strong
timeline image. Using the internet and other sources they found
and prepared picture exhibits and put together the story. It has
made quite an eye-opener and has already attracted a lot of interest
from visitors following the Centre’s Open Day on 1st April.
Beth Crump from Henley School tells her sister Ellie about the health display board she helped design.
the other exhibits is a random selection of press headlines, year by
year, with some supporting pictures. So we show Albert Einstein,
Roger Bannister, the Torrey Canyon, Martin Luther King, Christine
Keeler, the fire at Windsor Castle and the awful Cartman from
South Park plus a hundred or so others, to nudge the memory and
ask “what do you remember?” We show cameras,
phones and radios from 1950 and 2000 and some original and facsimile
newspapers and documents from the period. There is of course a section
on Henley’s changes, with a doubling of population, widespread
development, changes in local government and so on.
Open now, this display will be in place at least until the time of the
Jubilee and probably for some time afterwards. We and the school
pupils had great fun putting it together. The way in which the youthful
team worked efficiently together to produce a great result may point
the way to other such joint projects in the future. As an
educational charity this is exactly the sort of work we at the Centre
should be focussing on.
The Heritage Centre opens each week, Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 to
4.30, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2.30 to 4.30.
Admission is free – but we never decline a kindly donation!
Order your Jubilee Torches NOW
Preparations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
are now gathering pace. 600 Beacons will be lit by communities
throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man,
along with the Commonwealth and UK Overseas Territories on Monday 4th
June 2012 to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Beaudesert and Henley beacon on top of The Mount will be lit at about
10.15 pm. There will be torch lit processions from 3 points in the town
to the Mount and after the beacon has been lit there will be a firework
You can order your torches by Clicking Here. Henley Ticketing
are acting as an online consolidator for orders to assist the
organising committee. Collection of the torches will be shortly before
readers have ordered over 100 torches in the first 3 days of promotion,
so you are recommended to order your torches NOW as demand may exceed
Henley Independents Candidates nominated
will be fielding 12 candidates for the Joint Parish Council election on
May 3rd. The candidates' nomination papers were handed in last Tuesday
and accepted by the Returning Officer's officials.
Mike Willmott, Chair of Henley Independents, told Henley News,
"This is great news for democracy and the future Beaudesert and
Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council. We will have 7 candidates
standing for Henley and 5 for Beaudesert. This means that we will be
able to contest every seat on the Joint Parish Council.
"We have managed to recruit several younger people – the average age of our candidates is 52 (editor’s note: current JPC = 72), and we have 5 female candidates (editor’s note; current JPC = 3).
Our candidates are committed and enthusiastic people who have some
excellent ideas for Henley and Beaudesert. Our aims are to make our
town an even better place to live in, to reduce costs and bureaucracy (editor’s note: current JPC's admin = 42% of expenditure)
and to engage with everyone who lives and works in the town –
from young to old. With our excellent candidates in place we are well
on the way to achieving these aims."
(HI) election address will be delivered to every address in Henley and
Beaudesert during the next few days. Click Here to download a copy. Tara Winter, pictured above, was one of the first HI candidates to start canvassing in Beaudesert.
Polling takes place
on Thursday May 3rd at the Memorial Hall for both Beaudesert and
Henley. Registered voters will have 5 votes in Beaudesert and 7 votes
in Henley. The persons nominated notices for Beaudesert and Henley will be inserted here as soon as they are available.
For the latest campaign news, click here
Successful Sicilian Feast raises £600 for Guild Hall
Monday 26th March 62 supporters of the Guild Hall Trust attended a
Sicilian Feast at La Dolce Piazza and raised over £600 for the
the Guild Hall, which has now lost its major source of income from the
Rosa provided a magnificent running buffet so that everyone could eat
as much as they wanted. Some hardy diners took advantage of the garden.
The event was
organised by the Guild Hall Fundraising Committee: Marijana Bainbridge,
Sue Osborne, Jonathan Dovey and Dawn Leech. The event was sponsored by Henley NEWS Ticketing.
There are 3 further events planned for later this year:
Demonstrator leaves Annette lost for words
The members of Henley in Arden Flower Club enjoyed an entertaining evening with Nick Grounds at their March meeting.
Nick told stories, shared thoughts and insights and provided the all
important flower arranging tips. Placing a humorous spin on his
anecdotes, Nick had the audience laughing harder than most of members
remember laughing in an age. Annette Walker, Club President was almost
at a loss for words when giving the vote of thanks. Recently qualified
as a National Demonstrator, Annette commented on his flower arranging
skills saying ‘it was easy to see why Nick had passed his test
the previous year as the arrangements were truly fantastic’.
The variety of
containers used to exhibit his arrangements added its own humour as
they ranged from a savoy cabbage, fashioned into a ‘bowl’
and an old toilet! This ‘interesting’ mix added to the fun
of the evening and provided some interesting inspiration for members
Aside from the
annual Competition Show which the Club holds at the Memorial Hall in
July each year, there is also a competition table at Club meetings.
This month’s competition title was entitled ‘Spring is in
the Air’. Nick provided feedback to all the competitors on their
arrangements highlighting comments which might enhance their designs.
The Chairman, Paula Pugh, had submitted an Easter Tree which had fallen
over in the car on the way to the evening show and looked a little
sorry for itself. However, all the exhibits provided further ideas and
inspiration for other members and guests.
The April meeting is
a workshop which includes optional craft and floral activities. Local
crafter Carlie Twigg is visiting the Club to share some of her ideas
and techniques. The craft activity provides individuals with an
opportunity to develop an entry for the Competition Show to be held on
the 28th July. The floral activities include contemporary and
traditional designs. However, there is no pressure to complete any of
the activities at the workshop, nor enter the Competition. Carlie
commented that the workshop ‘will be very relaxed, with guidance
to encourage individuals to try new techniques’.
Materials required for the workshop, together with further information of all Club events are on their website page www.southmidlandsnafas.org.uk/henleyinarden. Alternatively please contact Paula on 07974640994 or email henleyinardenflowerclub@LIVE.co.uk
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Henley Rector to launch "double bell appeal"
Saturday 21st April our Rector, the Reverend John Ganjavi, will
be sitting outside his church St Johns in Henley High Street,
encouraging the local population to make donations to not one but two
appeals. The first is for the installation of a Carillon which
will work alongside the existing bells in the tower of St Johns. The
second is for the restoration of the ancient and historic bells in the
tower of St Nicholas' 200 yards away in Beaudesert Lane.
John explains, "In Henley-in-Arden we have a unique situation for such
a small town; the town is in fact divided into two parishes,
Henley-in-Arden and Beaudesert, and each has its own parish. St Johns,
the parish church of Henley-in-Arden, was built in 1448 and St
Nicholas's, the parish church of Beaudesert, was built in 1170; the
churches stand just a few hundred yards from each other which is very
unusual and not often found in this country.
We are hoping
to install a Carillon in the tower of St Johns, pictured right, in
time for the jubilee celebrations in June. Carillons are common in
continental Europe but quite rare in the UK. The Carillon can be
programmed to play simple tunes, such as daily hymns at specific times
throughout the day and we feel this would be a wonderful addition to
our historic High Street and help attract tourists to our town.
second appeal is the restoration of the ancient bells in St Nicholas
bell tower which have not rung for many years. there are
three swing chime bells, two date back to 1350 and the third to 1711.
We have already had them inspected and they can be restored. The church
is already working with organisations in the town who have pledged
support for this appeal, but we are now asking residents to help us
achieve our goal."
John will be outside St Johns Church between 9.00am and 1.00pm and
residents are encouraged to go along chat to John and find out
more about these two projects and make their donations.
Henley News and Henley Focus
are working together to produce the new Jubilee edition of the
Henley Telephone directory and some of the profits from this project
will go towards the bell appeal
First the ‘pasty tax’ now church bells toll challenge for George Osborne.
Church bells could be under threat from tax rules contained in the fine print of last week’s budget, it has emerged.
a growing backlash over the so-called “pasty tax”, the
Chancellor is now on a collision course with the Church of England over
plans to impose VAT on restoration work on historic buildings. The
change could cost the Church of England, which has 12,500 listed
buildings, up to £20 million a year.
Last week the
Bishop of London wrote to the Chancellor warning that the move could be
a major blow to alterations designed to open up churches more
widely to their local communities. But the Church also fears that the
tax would apply to projects to restore or replace historic bells and
build pipe organs, both of which are highly specialised crafts.
from the Church warns of a possible threat to the traditional
craft industries of bell hanging and organ building.
Reprinted from the Daily Telegraph - Saturday 31st March 2012
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)
TO MINIMISE SPAM THIS DIRECTORY WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED ON THE WEB OR AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY
Holy Week at St Mary’s
Charlotte Taylor, 9, and Sophie Cox, 11, proudly show off their canvases of the twelfth and thirteenth station.
St Mary’s school, gathered together on Thursday 29th March to
celebrate a special Easter service. The pupils from reception up to
Year 6 congregated in the hall to learn all about the fifteen Stations
of the Cross.
Father Pat led
the service which involved him and the children moving around the hall
to stand underneath canvas paintings of the stations. Class 3 children,
who had painted the canvases, each read out a short passage about their
pictures, explaining about the different stations. Year 5 pupil, Ellen
Rafferty, who had painted the eleventh Station of the Cross (Jesus is
nailed to the cross), said she was proud to have done a reading and to
have had the chance to show off her canvas to the rest of the school.
Some of the St
Mary’s pupils will be singing at mass on Easter Day at Our Lady
and St Benedict’s in Wootton Wawen. They will be performing
during the family service at 10am on Sunday 8th April alongside other
children within the parish ‘Our God is a great big God.’
Written by Sophie Cox and Holly Williams in year 6
David Lodder’s Charity Bike Ride – End to End
David Lodder told Henley NEWS,
"There are some things in life such as the London Marathon which have
just got to be done. The 1000 mile trip from John O’Groats to
Lands End using your own steam is one of those things. So I’ve
decided to bike it before I’m too old to be able to do such
things. I am also doing it to celebrate 110 years of Lodders at Lodders
- my grandfather, G F Lodder, joined the Henley in Arden firm of
Couchman and Christophers in 1902. I’m doing it alone although my
erstwhile running mate and fellow lawyer Hugh Cotton may join me. I am
planning to do it in two stages to fit in with work commitments, and
David plans to
start Stage 1 on 28th April from John O’Groats and keep going
till about 7th or 8th May. Stage 2 will start on 22nd September from
where I left off and keep going till I reach Lands End. David will be
doing this trip unsupported and plans to bivouac if necessary otherwise
use bed & breakfasts establishments.
David will be supporting 2 charities and is hoping to raise £10,000.
- The Heart of England Community Foundation
is his firm’s chosen charity, which they have been supporting for
the past 2 years. This charity aims to sustain the local community by
providing grants to groups and projects which are usually volunteer
led. Without charitable support the projects we are continuing to
maintain would not survive in the future. This would have a detrimental
impact, not only to those who are directly benefiting, but also to the
community ethos as a whole.
This is a well–established organisation which aims to assist
people with learning disabilities and provides respite for their carers
and families. The money raised would be used in part to allow Mencap to
continue advising and supporting those with special needs throughout
their entire lives. Mencap’s work is membership driven and relies
heavily on charitable funding.
David is asking Henley NEWS readers to support his Virgin Giving Page
Johnsons Green buses on route to the Midlands
More than £700,000 awarded to local operator by the DfT for low carbon buses in Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon.
independent operator, Johnsons Coach & Bus travel, has been awarded
a grant to enhance their eco-friendly fleet under the third round of
the Green Bus Fund. The grant provides for up to 8 new diesel-electric
hybrids to compliment the five existing vehicles that operate on
Stratford-upon-Avon’s Park & Ride service.
community provider we want to make sure we are part of the solution for
improving air quality and cutting down on CO2 consumption. The Green
Bus Fund is a tremendous opportunity to do this, already proven
successful by the operation of our existing hybrids” commented
Peter Johnson, Operations Director.
congestion and demand for parking facilities. The success of which,
however, depends on public interest and uptake. Brand new, top of the
range vehicles will help to encourage more passengers to travel by bus,
with an added novelty factor because they’re hybrids.
It is very
poignant that this should happen just days after the announcement that
fuel prices will go up once again. In the current economic climate
businesses are more susceptible to price increases than ever. Johnsons
already spends 15% of its annual turnover on diesel and is convinced
that this dependency needs to be moderated. Greener buses will not only
serve to enhance the local community but to future proof a leading
Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “This funding means a
better deal for passengers and encourages more people to travel by bus.
It updates and improves services and infrastructure, reduces
congestion, gives quieter journeys and with the introduction of new
carbon friendly buses, reduces fuel costs and CO2 emissions, creating a
Petition for Air Ambulance Fuel Duty
Please may I
bring to your attention a petition to encourage the Government to
exempt Air Ambulance services from duty on the fuel they use, in the
same way as the Lifeboats (RNLI) are exempt?
Please support this and send on to friends - everyone benefits from this service.
If we gain 100,000 signatures, Parliament is duty bound to debate the issue - currently we have over 17,000 signatures.
John Rutherford - Former High Bailiff
Join the Henley Team for the Heroes Run
The Henley and District WNAA Volunteers are now organising a team to enter the Warwick Castle Heroes Run on 13th May. Please contact Claire Hollands for full details.
You can enter online at: WNAA - Heroes Run at Warwick Castle
The Henley and District WNAA Volunteers
hold monthly meetings and would be delighted to welcome new members to
assist with raising funds for this most important Warwickshire charity,
which receives no funding from Government or the lottery. If you would
like to join us, please come along to our next meeting on Wednesday
25th April at 7pm at the Black Swan.
Bill Leech - Henley and District WNAA Volunteers
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Unexpected Visitor - Update
little detail about the Peacock, or more accurately Peahen, that has
been spotted on rooves in Swan Croft and was reported in the last
edition of Henley NEWS. She has lived in Henley for at least 6 months now and tends to linger around the top of Brook End Drive by the train station.
Nan and I call her
'Po' after the character in the Teletubbies, but please don't ask me
why! When we first spotted her, I rang the RSPB, who directed me to the
UK's national Peacock expert, Quentin someone, who couldn't really help
us. Then we rang Warwick Castle, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire Police and
Birdland in Bourton on the Water. We even had a local press
photographer round to try to capture an article about her, in the hope
of identifying where she's come from, but rather predictably she was
elusive that day.
The conclusion was
that nobody wants to claim her, she's not ringed, or give her a new
home. We were advised not to feed her because it will just enhance her
ties with the area and prevent her from going home, wherever that is.
However, six months on and she seems to be doing well. We've often
wondered how she's survived the minus temperatures of the winter. But
maybe there are lots of residents, like us, who have taken an interest
Torquil to sell TIMESTOP
Wootton Wawen poet John Alcock
is delighted that The Torquil Pottery in Henley-in-Arden has agreed to
promote his new poetry book, Timestop, recently published by Poesia.
John, who was
formerly a lecturer in Drama and Creative Writing at Warwick
University, has published, broadcast and given readings in the UK and
USA. He has also appeared at local literary festivals and is a member
of the Birmingham-based writers’ group Cannon Poets. His drama
background led to a special interest in writing for performance for
which he won a Richard Burton Award.
Timestop, his third
book, takes the reader on a journey across his own time and beyond:
from ancestry and childhood to reflective maturity. His poems visit
locations throughout the British Isles and Europe: from the Isle of
Skye to post-Wall Berlin and on to the prehistoric caves of the
personal poems are translations, ‘found’ poems and poetry
derived from his own wide reading. The book’s title invites us to
put his poems ‘on hold’ and savour a moment of stopped
time until released by the reader / to spin away / across a new
Two of the poems
have a special local interest as they are dedicated to the memory of
much-loved Henley residents Reg and Mag Moon. Originally written to be
read at their memorials, John was anxious to preserve them in this
book. He was delighted, therefore, to receive the support of Carey and
Paul Moon at Torquil & The Gallery Upstairs, from which copies of
the book may be obtained.
Farriers Cross Welcomes First Resident
Taylor Wimpey Midlands has welcomed its first resident to its Farriers Cross development in Henley In Arden, Liz Blagburn.
who moved from Warwick, is not only the first to move onto the
development but she was the first house buyer to reserve her property
– meaning she had first pick of the plots.
To mark this momentous occasion the High Bailiff, Low Bailiff and Town
Crier of the Court Leet of Henley In Arden presented her with a
fantastic arrangement of flowers on the day she moved into her three
bedroom Salisbury. In addition, The Town Crier performed a very special
announcement welcoming Liz to the Farriers Cross community.
Of the move Liz comments: “I am so pleased I’ve finally
moved into my new home at Farriers Cross. I absolutely love the
development and Taylor Wimpey has been so helpful – the staff at
the development are wonderful! I was so surprised when the Court Leet
showed up to welcome me to the development, it’s made the move
even more special. Henley In Arden is a beautiful place to live and I
know it won’t be long before more people arrive at Farriers
Cross. Taylor Wimpey deserves a massive thank you for making me feel so
Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing manager for Taylor Wimpey
Midlands, adds: “It’s always lovely to celebrate a new
resident on one of our developments but to have the opportunity to make
a fuss of our first resident is even more special. We’re very
grateful to the Court Leet for turning up with such a wonderful bunch
of flowers – it proves just how special Henley In Arden is. Good
luck to Liz and we’re glad she’s settling in well to her
Farriers Cross is set in the heart of Henley In Arden, a charming
village steeped in history and surrounded by stunning Warwickshire
countryside. The High Street offers designer shops, refreshments and an
array of gastro bars and coffee shops. Being a conservation area the
town lists over 150 buildings as being of special architectural or
historic interest. Close by is Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of
William Shakespeare, and the delightful towns of Warwick, Kenilworth
and Leamington Spa.
available at Farriers Cross is a range of two bedroom coach houses,
priced from £174,995, and three, four and five bedroom homes,
priced from £239,995. For further information visit Farriers
Cross, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, call 0845 026
5159. Alternatively log onto: www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/farrierscross
Helen Mockridge reporting
High Sheriff of Warks visits Claverdon RFC
for the President's Lunch
John Simmons, Martin Johnson, Tim Cox - High Sheriff of Warwickshire, Basil Sayer President, Nigel Hull, Rod Noon
Training sessions for new library.
Volunteers for Henley Community Library
have been receiving training at Stratford Library over the last
fortnight. The staff there have been very helpful and supportive of the
The new library,
which will be situated in the Methodist Hall (behind the Methodist
church) is planned to open the week after Easter.
The volunteers are
looking forward to welcoming many customers to Henley’s new
library, which will continue the tradition of providing good reading, a
lot of information, a friendly place to meet and many other things you
may not have realised your library can provide.
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Make Henley Greener
Our Award Winning Column
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Teapots & kettles
you make a cuppa, how much water is left in the kettle? How much is
left in the teapot after your cuppa? If the answer is hardly any, then
hardly any water and energy are being wasted, but if you always fill
the kettle or teapot to the top no matter how much hot water or tea is
needed, the hot water left over contains a lot of energy that
you’ve paid for. This energy is wasted and creates carbon dioxide
pollution that need not have happened.
But how much?
As with all energy questions, you have to
look at the numbers. Lets suppose that you drink a cup of tea 3 times a
day, and each time you fill the kettle to the maximum. A typical kettle
holds 7 cupfuls so that means that 6 cupfuls are boiled three times a
day that didn’t need to be boiled. That’s 18 cupfuls per
day = 4 litres of wasted hot water per day. Over a year, this costs
about £21 in electricity. You would be correct if you pointed out
that in winter, the heat in the unwanted water disperses into the house
and contributes to heating the house so it is not really wasted but it
still costs more than the heat from gas or storage heaters by a factor
of about 3. This so-called heat replacement effect only reduces the
real cost from £21 to about £17.
If you always empty the full kettle into the
teapot, the cold tea thrown away is a waste of water and tea. Over a
year, the 4 litres a day = 1460 litres which will add £3.40 to a
metered water bill. By not filling the teapot, fewer tea bags will be
needed. Suppose this saves one teabag for each brew. That’s three
bags a day = about 1000 bags a year which will save about £17 per
year. Adding up the potential savings in energy, water and tea now
amounts £37.40 per year.
about the possible savings in carbon pollution? The electricity cost of
£21 equates to 156 units of electricity per year. If these are
not used, the saving in carbon pollution is about 156 kg, but in
winter, the wasted heat from the kettle would have to be replaced by
the heating system. For a gas heated home, replacing the wasted heat
would release about 20 kg of carbon pollution so the true saving in
carbon pollution is about 136kg. The water saved avoids another 1.5 kg.
I haven’t been able to find out the carbon pollution attributable
to tea bags!
How many cupfuls is 136 kg of Carbon
pollution? Answer, about 270,000 !!!!!!! Now there’s a good
question for a pub quiz night.
Energy efficient kettles - in general,
plastic ones are better than metal. A visible heating element is better
than a flat internal base that heats the water. Most important of all,
is to have a minimum fill of just one cupful because every cupful you
boil that doesn’t need boiling costs you money and emits 50
cupfuls of carbon pollution.
John Garner's Business Column
the time you read this we hope the panic buying of petrol will have
subsided, though it could easily happen again. The tabloid press will
continue to scaremonger at every opportunity even if the Government has
stopped making irresponsible and uninformed comments to the population
at large. It may of course be that the Chancellor is being
very cunning in ensuring everyone keeps a full tank so that the unions
don't think they'll have much effect if they do strike.........
No, I don't believe that either.
If you’re an employee, the
danger of not being able to get petrol when you need it might mean that
you can’t get to work. If a business can’t get fuel for its
vehicles it may not be able to operate.
So what should businesses do?
Employers need to understand
their rights and obligations when their employees can’t attend
work due to fuel shortage, or for that matter for any reason genuinely
beyond their control, and in particular whether they will have to pay
employees who fail to attend work because of transport problems.
It depends of course on the
relevant contract of employment (you knew I’d say that,
didn’t you?), but what if the employment contract doesn’t
mention such a situation, who is liable then?
An employer may decide to
withhold pay but in law only has the right to do this if an
employee’s absence is “unauthorised”. If a manager
tells an employee that they needn’t come in till they can get
some petrol then you could argue this absence was
“authorised” and the employee should be paid. So be careful.
It’s unfair that any
party, employee or employer, should be penalised when an event is
beyond their control and it should be possible to arrive at a
Such a compromise might be:
- agreeing with the employee that they take the time off as paid holiday
- allowing the employee to make up the time within a specified timescale
- allowing the employee to work from home if practicable.
If a tanker drivers’
strike does actually take place your problems may be far greater than
the odd employee not being able to get to work. Imagine, for example, a
situation where you didn’t have enough fuel to make deliveries to
your customers or your suppliers couldn’t get deliveries to you.
If this were to happen you may want to vary the hours of some of your
employees: remember you can only do this with their consent unless
their employment contract specifically provides for it.
So discuss all the possible
scenarios with your employees on an informal basis before such an event
occurs. Seek their views and involve them in planning for such
eventualities before anyone is directly affected and try to be as
flexible as you can. If things get serious you’ll need their
co-operation – and they’ll need yours. So work together and
have your plans in place well in advance.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
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THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 26th April in the Baptist Church Hall
at 8.00 pm when Jim Whorwood will give a talk on ‘A Year in the
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Natural Born Killers is the title of Chris Ward’s talk in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday April 17th at 7.45pm.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
10th April A workshop. Tickets on door £5.00. Details from Paula Pugh 07974 640994.
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Tuesday 24th April. Tony Russell will talk on Westonbirt the National Arboretum.
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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
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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
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HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
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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
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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.
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1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTSThis is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a
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THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
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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
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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.
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