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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 Morgan.



Lucy, Sally, Jane & Amanda
The Hub fundraising & marketing team.

“Many thanks 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 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 and presentation.  

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.

Among 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.

The 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 display.

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 the event.

Already 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 supply.


For tickets, go to Henley NEWS Ticketing

Henley Independents Candidates nominated


Henley Independents 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."


Henley Independents' (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.

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Successful Sicilian Feast raises £600 for Guild Hall


imageOn 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 library.

Gamal & 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

imageThe 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 and guests.

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 Alternatively please contact Paula on 07974640994 or email

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Henley Rector  to launch "double bell appeal"

imageOn 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.

imageThe 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.

Already facing 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.

A statement 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)

imageHenley 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 address.

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.

Advertising Rates:
Every business that registers will receive a FREE business listing.

In addition to this you are invited to take one of the following opportunities:

  • Sponsorship of the back cover plus a page of editorial: Reserved
  • Sponsorship of the inside front cover plus a page of editorial: £400
  • Full page advert: £250
  • Half Page Advert: £135
  • Quarter Page Advert: £80

To book your advertising, please contact Karen Topham-Steele on: 01564 774748 or 07979 228385
or email:


Click Here to register your FREE LISTING (Business or Residential)


Holy Week at St Mary’s


Charlotte Taylor, 9, and Sophie Cox, 11, proudly show off their canvases of the twelfth and thirteenth station.

Children from 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

imageDavid 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 energy levels."

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.

  • Mencap. 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.

Local 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.

“As a 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.

Buses ease 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 employer.

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 greener network.”

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

imageA 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 in her...

Victoria Johnson

Torquil to sell TIMESTOP

imageWootton 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 Dordogne.

Interlinking his 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 dimension.

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.

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Farriers Cross Welcomes First Resident

imagelogoTaylor Wimpey Midlands has welcomed its first resident to its Farriers Cross development in Henley In Arden, Liz Blagburn.

Liz, 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 welcome.”

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 new home.”

Farriers Cross is set in the heart of Henley In Arden, a charming village steeped in history and surrounded by stunning Warwickshire countryside. The High Street offers designer shops, refreshments and an array of gastro bars and coffee shops. Being a conservation area the town lists over 150 buildings as being of special architectural or historic interest. Close by is Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, and the delightful towns of Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa.

Currently 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:

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.

imageVolunteers 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 new venture.

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.

Penny Stott

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Teapots & kettles

imageWhen 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.

imageWhat 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 Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Petrol Panic

John GarnerBy 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 compromise.

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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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 Church.



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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 Life of a Lord Mayor of Birmingham’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419

Natural Born Killers is the title of Chris Ward’s talk in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday April 17th at 7.45pm.

10th April A workshop. Tickets on door £5.00. Details from Paula Pugh 07974 640994.

Tuesday 24th April. Tony Russell will talk on Westonbirt the National Arboretum.

A Flat has become vacant at Johnson House, Henley in Arden. Applications are invited from person or persons born in Henley. Apply in writing to Mrs S Nicholson Flat 3 Whitehouse Mews Henley in Arden B95 5GA by 30th April 2012.

Music and Strawberries Mark Diamond Jubilee
More than 30 parishes and villages in the Alcester deanery, among them Beaudesert and Henley, are being invited to join in festivities linked to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Warwickshire's oldest church, including a last night "world first" performance. Enquiries about tickets costing £15 via Pat Phillips at (tel 01564 793114).

For details about the following event call: Marijana Bainbridge 794987

May 12thThe Opera returns with 'An Ideal Husband'



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

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

imageThe Objectives of the Club are:

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

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

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business topic. Full details at
Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.    Full details at:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

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

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

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Henley NewsHENLEY NEWS is looking for additional correspondents to send in stories and pictures. Why don't you become one of our correspondents and send in stories about your area, your club, your school or events you have witnessed? Please always try to include a photo in jpg or png format. Letters, articles, pictures sent to the Editor are always welcome. Please do not use the following file formats 'Publisher" or 'Serif'. 'Microsoft Word' is the preferred format. Please send to

We are delighted to publish the list of our correspondents:

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

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