Henley's BIG Event - THE BIG LUNCH
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Sue Osborne - Chairman of the BIG Lunch Organising Committee has told Henley NEWS that the preparations for Henley's biggest event to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee are now nearly complete.
will be plenty for every member of the family to do on the day which
starts at 12.30 pm with a proclamation by the Town Crier Gordon Trinder.
special children's entertainment area will provide games, face
painting, craft tables and balloon modelling for all the young people.
It is also hoped, subject to operational commitments, Henley's Fire
crew with their Fire Engine will make an appearance.
older "young people", there will be a skittle alley, hoop-la, splat the
rat to bring back memories of their youth. Live music will be provided
by three jazz bands along with other entertainments from the stage area.
residents are being encouraged to reserve their picnic pitches and
bring their gazebos or picnic rugs. Bookings have already been received
from over 30 parties with over 200 guests.
Johnson will be organising the Johnsons Cycle Scramble. In addition,
the Hub will be organising a traditional sports day with egg and spoon
race, three legged race, sack race and running races.
There will be plenty for everyone, so please come along to Henley's biggest party this century.
The Staff & Volunteers at The HUB @ Henley
are looking forward to running a sports day style event at the Big
Lunch Celebration. They hope to have as many staff & volunteers as
possible and Debbie Binns, the new youth leader manager, is very keen
to get out and meet people from the community. They are planning to run
events such as egg & spoon race, three legged race, sack race,
welly wanging, backwards relay and parents v children races.
if you are interested in joining in please register at the control tent
when you arrive & put your name down for a chance to become
Henley’s very own Gold Medallist!
Johnsons Coach and Bus Travel
have sponsored the Cycle Scramble event on Sunday afternoon 3rd June.
Everyone is welcome to take part – the event is a series of
exciting short races, for all ages. There are races for girls and boys
separately, in each of these categories - U6, U8, U10, U12, and also
for U14s and adults too. Even grandparents can have a race! The track
will be easy and fun to ride – all you need is a bike - any bike
will do, plus a crash helmet.
Each category will have 2 races each during the afternoon, with a rest
in between of course. The riders with the highest place in each of the
two races overall will win a prize. And also - everyone who takes part
will receive a small prize too.
The event might jog the memory of some residents of the town –
John and his colleagues used to run this event for 5 years down at
Henley Junior and Infant School in the mid-nineties!
So there you go - just bring your kids plus bikes and your helmets
– and, between your ‘big lunch’, the bands and other
entertainments on the day, you can see just how fast you really are!
You can enter on the day and we’ll be charging £1 per
rider, with all money raised going to our chosen charity, The Alzheimer
The races start at 2pm and the track is at the back of the scout hut - we look forward to seeing you there!
Diamond Jubilee - Proclamation & Crowning
Proclamation 1pm by the Town Crier at the Market Cross followed by the crowning of the Jubilee Queen.
Rose Clarke, who is 9 years old and attends Henley-in-Arden C of E
Primary School Year 4, has been chosen to be the Jubilee Queen. Edie,
pictured right, is a member of the Shirley 6th Brownie pack and as a
sixer she has attained a large number of task badges over the last 2
swims for the Stratford Sharks and has very recently joined the Henley
Cub pack. She is a Bronze graded Tap dancer and dances for Solihull
Young Dancers recently gaining Honours/Highly Commended in her recent
parade led by the Queen will go via Back Lane to a Fancy Dress Parade
in the Riverlands gardens which will be renamed the Jubilee Gardens by
the Jubilee Queen. This will be followed by an afternoon of fun.
There will be a BBQ run by the Scouts. Henley Ice Cream will be there to keep you cool and there'll be lots of stalls.
Henley-in Bloom Balloon Race, guess the weight of the cake, Tombola,
Lemon Tree Flowers, The Hospice Shops, W.I. Cakes, Face Painting, a
chance to buy a duck for the Church Duck Race June 23rd. Torquil
Pottery, The Allotment Association, a chance to buy a Torch for the
Torchlight Procession, Beacon and Fireworks on Monday June 4th,
The Fancy Dress Competition is open to all ages and will be judged at
3pm. Come on, get dressed up and see if you can win!! One prize for
children and one for the adults
If you need a sit down and a cuppa, the Court Leet will be there to
provide one. So come along and join the fun. For more information,
please contact Val Johnston on 01564 792235.
Coronation Day Fancy Dress 1953
Does anyone have a photo of the fancy dress at the coronation?
the first prize in the 8 years old category but the only photo we had
got lost in our many house moves! I lived at the time above the garage
which I think was called Bloods. My dad was a mechanic there at the
time of the Coronation. On the big day, my dad made me a costume of a
Regent petrol pump as its colours were red white and blue and we lived
on a garage so he could get the transfers.
one of the few days to be dry but I had my mac and wellies on
under my costume. I did run into a problem when we reached the field
where the party was because my costume kept grounding on the bumps. I
spent my winnings on a toy cash register and an Archie Andrews
ventriloquist doll, although I never did learn to throw my voice!
I would be very grateful if someone had such a photo. (Henley NEWS will pass on all replies.)
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Henley Independents seek debate on Parking
The new Henley Independent
councillors have asked for "Parking in Henley" to be included on the
agenda of the next meeting of the Joint Parish Council on Monday 28th
May, which will be held in the Baptist Church Hall at 7.15 pm. This
will be the first of the focused debates, which were promised by the
Henley Independents in their election manifesto.
have concerns about the parking in Henley, you are strongly advised to
attend the meeting and express your concerns during the public session
at the commencement of the meeting.
concerned about the disregard of the parking regulations in the centre
of the town? Do you want The Croft Car Park operated for profit by a
commercial organisation? Do you think the JPC should provide more car
To assist all the parish councillors, Henley NEWS
is conducting a survey of residents, which will be presented to the council meeting.
Please complete the HENLEY PARKING SURVEY by Clicking Here
This is your chance to influence the JPC's Parking Policy
Responders nearly ready to Respond
John Pudney and Sue Osborne test out the new Henley CFR Vehicle
The Henley team of Community First Responders
is almost ready to take 999 calls from West Midlands Ambulance Control
Room. Eight members are now trained to be “First Person On
Scene” to give medical assistance in response to emergency calls.
Their marked car has been seen around in Henley for some weeks now.
Launch of this service for the people of Henley by Sir Graham Meldrum,
Chair of WMAS, will be on July 21st. More details about this event in
due course. The CFR team will be at the Jubilee celebrations with their
equipment and available at the First Aid post and for medical
emergencies should they arise.
call and activated by Ambulance Control, a First Responder attends an
incident within a prescribed radius aiming to save valuable time ahead
of the arrival of a Paramedic. Responders are trained to an
Intermediate level in Basic Life Support, first aid, trauma, the use of
oxygen and defibrillator.
First Responder team that has been formed to serve the Henley in Arden
area welcomes new members. We would very much like to hear from those
who are interested in training as First Responders or to assist with
the administration of the group.
If this attracts you or you would just like to find out more, please contact:
John Pudney or Ray Holding
01564 797949 01564 792512
Flower Club’s Open Evening
Followers of Kirsty Allsopp will be interested in Henley in Arden Flower Club’s Open Evening
on the 14th June. Tan Strong, who taught Kirsty to design entries for
regional shows in her recent series ‘Handmade Britain', will be
sharing tips, ideas and demonstrating her floral skills.
Tan Strong is a competition winner herself, having exhibited at major national events including Chelsea Flower Show.
event will be held at the Memorial Hall in Henley-in-Arden starting at
7.30 pm. The pre-purchase of tickets is advised - priced £8
available from Angela 01564 795918, email: email@example.com
Henley-in-Arden Flower Club
has a lot to celebrate this month as members contribute to the Flower
Festival at Coventry Cathedral and win prizes in the Malvern Show.
Coventry Cathedral’s Flower Festival was held over the May Bank
Holiday weekend earlier this month to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of
the Cathedral’s opening. The South Midland’s Area of the
Association of Flower Arrangers was selected to work with the Cathedral
as they were also celebrating their 50th anniversary.
Pugh, Henley-in-Arden Flower Club Chairman, together with Club members
Sue Ward and Wendy Heighway were invited to decorate a Pilgrim’s
Bench. ‘It was quite a challenge’ said Sue ‘as we
were asked to create a low level tapestry design along a 16 foot
bench’. The team arrived at a challenging interpretation of the
brief placing decorated balls of flowers across beds of ivy and
eucalyptus leaves. Wendy commented on the weight of the trays which,
once soaked in wate, were almost impossible to lift. ‘As there
was limited access to water at the Cathedral we had to soak all the
floral foam before we arrived at the Cathedral’ Wendy explained.
‘We were very grateful to the stewards who helped us into the
Cathedral with our arrangements. We couldn’t have done it without
addition to the arrangement constructed by the Flower Club a number of
members exhibited at the Festival. Jean Carter and Margaret Smith
provided a colourful display around the steps to the bell tower
(pictured), Susie Hicks arranged flowers to compliment the famous
‘Cross of Nails’ (pictured above working on her design) and
Ellie Meaking’s arrangement was created to enhance Christ’s
head with the crown of thorns.
‘We are all extremely proud of the contribution Club members made
to the Festival’ said Paula. Ann Horsley, also a Henley-in-Arden
Club member, developed the outline designs for the floral displays
which was without a doubt a complex and challenging task. The end
result left visitors totally wowed by the exquisite displays.
the same week Club members Ellie Meaking, Susie Hicks, Jean Carter,
Margaret Smith and Ann Horsley all won prizes at the Malvern Show. It
seems that there is no stopping the creative skills of these Club
Club’s Competition show will be held the Memorial Hall on the
28th July this year where visitors will be able to see floral designs
from Club members and guests as well as craft items from children in
the local community.
Further information, tickets and entry forms for all Club events are available from Angela on 01564 795918, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Pugh reporting
Double Celebration at Henley Tennis Club
Thursday 17th May Henley Tennis Club hosted their very popular wooden
rackets tournament. This is the third annual event that invites players
to dress in traditional outfits and use wooden rackets! This year we
had ladies playing in long skirts and plimsolls while the gentlemen
donned their blazers and boaters, thankfully the weather was kind and
allowed for a dry if slightly chilly evening of doubles tennis. It was
an exciting final with Jane Palmer and Sarah Hancox beating Terry and
Sian Corrie to become the eventual winners. They were presented with
the Captain's Cup by the new club Chairman Simon Maddox.
traditional supper of cucumber sandwiches, Eaton mess and Pimms the
club celebrated two important events. Firstly the forthcoming marriage
of head coach Neil Supperstone to Lucy Webster, an active committee
member and player at the club. The couple are planning to get married
next month in Corfu. They were presented with a gift from the members
and a cake in a tennis theme. Secondly the club acknowledged Judith
Wilde’s hard work and dedication as she retired as club chairman
last month after serving for eight years. She was given two bay trees
and a beautiful glass trophy in her honour to be presented to the
winner of a new tournament to be held at the club.
night was well supported by members and their families who came to
watch the elegant spectacle and join the celebrations. For information
about how you can get involved please contact Judith Mathias - club
secretary on: 01564 792378.
Winners of Cafe of the Year - Yew Tree Cafe
Yew Tree Cafe in Wootton Wawen
won two national awards at The Sammies on 17th May 2012 in London. The
cafe is a converted barn situated within a rural courtyard shopping
village Yew Tree Craft Centre on the edge of the Midlands waterways
network near Stratford-upon-Avon.
Cafe was nominated by the British Sandwich Association for
“Cafe/Coffee Bar Sandwich Retailer of the Year (Individual
Outlet)” and was awarded the winning title at The British
Sandwich Industry Awards at a prestigious dinner at the Lancaster
London Hotel. Cafe owner Sue Price-Whittle and daughter Rachel were
also finalists in the UK Sandwich Designer of the Year 2012. Sue won
her category, Goddess Tuna, with a “Tuna Chiang Mai Wrap”
which wowed the judges with its Thai flavours of coconut, cashew nut
and chilli complementing the sponsors tuna ingredient perfectly.
was short listed after meeting tough criteria set by The British
Sandwich Association (BSA). Undercover judges visited the cafe and
looked at presentation, atmosphere, facilities, cleanliness, innovation
and customer service. High scoring on all parts meant the Cafe beat off
the stiff competition from the likes of Estro Cafe at Debenhams
(Newbury), M&S Tasting Cafe (London) and Greggs Moment (Newcastle).
“We could not have won these awards without the support of my
excellent team of staff, loyal customer base and the warm, friendly
surroundings of the craft centre and its individual businesses.”
simple fayre such as our ‘Cyclist Special’ (Bacon & Egg
Bap & mug of coffee) to bespoke cupcake wedding and corporate
displays, from frothy cappuccinos and morning pastries for the business
executive to a freshly made sandwich or salad for the ladies who lunch,
we have something for everyone. Our famous cream teas with home-made
warm scones and clotted cream prove popular in the afternoon as well as
a range of home-made sponge cakes, fruit cakes and brownies.
Cafe is also home to ‘Rachel’s Cupcakes’ a fast
growing business known locally for its wide variety of cupcake flavours
ranging from Very Vanilla to Rocky Road and Red Velvet to Jammy Dodger
with a daily special always on offer.
Invitation from the Local Freemasons
De Montfort Lodge
is the only Freemason’s Lodge that meets in Henley-in-Arden. It
was formed on 12th February 1930 and has met regularly since then, with
its 500th meeting being held in October 2007. The Lodge is named after
Thurston De Montfort who was the first Lord of the Manor of Henley and
who built the castle on Beaudesert Hill.
It is a
small but thriving lodge of approximately forty members. It is
well-known that there are some ceremonial elements to Freemasonry and
we all work hard to ensure that these occasions pass off smoothly. But
Masonry is also a fraternity and there is a strong social side to the
recent years we have held many varied social events, including garden
visits, a wine-tasting, golf days and several summer garden parties
where we have normally been blessed with good weather. A large part of
what we do is to raise money for worthy causes. We have raised
considerable sums of money for many charities, including Acorns
Children’s Hospice, Help for Heroes and The Wooden Spoon Society
highlight of the season is invariably the Ladies’ Evening. This
is our end of season dinner, which is usually a black tie event and
held at a local hotel. It is always a good evening, with a three course
meal, a raffle and some after-dinner entertainment, such as a speaker
or a comedian. It is a way of saying “thank you” to our
wives and girlfriends for putting up with our absences throughout the
year (which always seem to end up in the White Swan on the High
Lodge meets seven times a year, from October to April. Meetings are
held in the Guild Hall on Monday evening. In addition we meet a couple
of other times a month to deal with other issues, such as the running
of the Lodge and to rehearse for some of the ceremonial work.
Anyone interested in finding out more about De Montfort Lodge should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577.
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300th Edition of Henley NEWS
This is the 300th edition of Henley NEWS
which commenced in the summer of 2004. During the intervening years we
have always tried bring our readers stories about local news and the
many outstanding events in our community. On occasions we have had to
report on some difficult issues. We will continue to assist our local
councillors by reporting on the opinions of our community, such
as 'Parking in Henley' which is being investigated in this 300th
Thank you for your support.
Bill Leech - Editor
Former High Bailiff writes about the 300th
I take great pleasure in this Olympic Year to congratulate our 'gold medal winning' Henley NEWS and its editor, Bill Leech, on the publication of its 300th edition.
During my time as High Bailiff I was always grateful for the opportunity offered by Henley NEWS
to write a Court Circular and keep the town, and wider Warwickshire,
informed of the events in the Guild Hall, the activities of the Court
Leet and the antics of the High Bailiff!
Keep up the good work
Roger Sutton - Former High Bailiff
What a marvellous achievement
As the Chairman of the Henley War Memorial Trust,
I know what an impact this newsletter has had on the clubs and
societies in Henley. The Clubs promote their events, recruit their
members, share their successes and improve their public image
using Henley News. It has recently helped the community save the
library, save the youth and community centre, get the Jubilee
celebrations into the local consciousness, draw our attention to safety
information, promote our local businesses, churches and community
organisations and raise the interest in our local politics to an
unbelievably high level. It can be controversial, sometimes amusing,
always informative; it has become an essential part of Henley Life.
Leech needs to be congratulated by everyone for this invaluable service
he provides freely to our community. I hope that we will all keep
bombarding him with irresistible articles for a long time to come.
Thanks Will Tick!
Henley Community First Responders & the 300th
The Committee of the newly formed Community First Responders congratulate Henley NEWS on the appearance of its 300th edition.
rebirth of a responder group in Henley, we have had quite excellent
publicity and information support and we are indebted to Bill Leech for
his personal interest in this valuable organisation for the people of
John Pudney CFR
Choir and Coach operator hit the right notes
Land, Founder & Director of Music for the Alcester Male Voice Choir
with John Johnson, Commercial Director of Johnson's Coach & Bus.
Following a successful first year, Henley in Arden based coach and bus operator Johnson's have agreed to sponsor the Alcester Male Voice Choir for a second year.
strong choir, which includes several Henley men, enjoys an excellent
reputation not only locally but throughout the UK and Europe,
performing regularly in front of packed audiences and helping to raise
much needed funds for charities, churches, and societies. Judith Land,
choir founder and Director of Music said, "As a choir we work extremely
hard to make sure we deliver quality performances time after time, and
to leave our audiences wanting more; it is important that when we enter
into a sponsorship arrangement the company concerned has the same high
standards and expectations of itself as we do and this is certainly the
case with Johnson's. We are delighted that Johnson's Coach & Bus
have agreed to continue the sponsorship for a second year. The
arrangement has worked well and there have been benefits for both
John Johnson , Commercial Director of Johnson's Coach & Bus
commented, "We are delighted to renew our sponsorship and support for
the Alcester Male Voice Choir for a second year. The choir have been
extremely active and successful with their latest concert programme. We
wish them every success for 2012/2013"
Johnson's have provided some up front funding for the choir as well
assisting in the promotion of specific major concerts such as the
recent highly successful annual concert held at the Town Hall
Birmingham in March.
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Henley Businessman Seeks Man Friday
Ray Evans, Managing Director of GBE UK Limited
in Henley, is seeking to take on a young electrical engineer to assist
him in sales and marketing process in the UK for a large Italian
offices are in Forward House, Henley and full training will be given
both in the UK and Italy; it is planned that the candidate will
eventually take on more responsibility as the turnover grows.
Before going through a wider search, Ray would like to hear from any likely people, living in or around the area.
Apply by email to email@example.com in the first instance.
Henley War Memorial Trust Volunteers Needed
Trust's activities and financial turnover have doubled in the last
twelve months, therefore they urgently require the following volunteers:
assistant secretary to manage a total of four meetings a year of the
Sports Grounds and Pavilion Management Committees and assist the
secretary if necessary.
assistant treasurer, who will be a member of the finance sub- committee
with a duty to monitor and review the expenditure and record- keeping
of the four constituent activity groups of the Trust. He or she will
also deputise for the treasurer if required. A knowledge of the
Quickbooks accounting system would be helpful, but not a requirement.
For further information please contact Peter Crathorne on (01564) 795470, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hub @ Henley SENIORS - Help Required
The Seniors Group meets every Thursday from 10.00am until 1.00pm at the Hub@Henley Community Centre on Henley School Grounds. They take part in activities which support independent living.
a very friendly group with an average age of around 75. They have
requested that I write on their behalf to ask if there is anyone who
could volunteer to help them with improving their culinary skills,
providing them with advice on the challenges of life and living, or
just joining in with the enjoyable interaction that comes from friends
meeting up together for a chat, a read of the newspaper or a game of
pool or cards. We are also looking for a new organiser to keep the
accounts, arrange to pay the bills and maintain the members' register.
Commitment would be at whatever level a volunteer could provide,
probably by working on a fortnightly/monthly rota. We are flexible on
The club is recruiting new members. Transport to and from the centre is available.
feel you could assist with this excellent and desperately needed
community service or you would like to find out more about HHS and its
activities please contact: Peter Crathorne 01564795470 or e-mail email@example.com
Alternatively you could just call in for a visit any Thursday 10.00am - 12.00pm.
Many thanks in anticipation of your help.
News from the HUB@Henley Community Centre
one is born a good citizen. No nation is born a democracy. Rather, both
are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people
must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth
severs its lifeline.'
Kofi Annan - Ghanaian diplomat,
Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
Welcome to the first of quarterly newsletters to keep you updated with plans and fundraising activities for The Hub@Henley.
massive thank you to all those who have enabled Henley's Youth and
Community Centre to be taken over from the WCC by the Henley-in-Arden
War Memorial Trust (HWMT), saving this essential community service from
official handover took place on the 31st March 2012. Presently, the
Youth Club is open once a week running alongside a programme of
activities for other community members (see programme list at base): we
are in the process of planning a Grand Opening event in September which
will be the start of many more activities and opening hours for the
Youth Club. You will all be receiving invitations to this event and we
would be delighted for all to attend to be able to personally thank you
for your support. This will be a perfect opportunity for you to meet
with the new management committee including the recently recruited
youth club leader, Mrs Debbie Binns.
New Committee Structure for the HUB
Willmott has been elected as the new Chairman for the Hub Management
Committee, supported by Mrs Jane Aldred as the Vice Chair. At its
recent meeting the War Memorial Trust, our parent body and the group
which will hold the lease and responsibility for the centre, confirmed
these appointments. Mr Bob Morgan, who was elected as Chair earlier
this year had to step down due to personal reasons, expressed
regret at not being able to continue his role and will carry on
supporting the project in a less active role. We are very grateful for
his huge input into saving our centre.
the help of our sponsors we will have the jewel of a self sustaining
community centre for Henley-in-Arden" says Mike Willmott, Hub Chairman.
"I am delighted to be elected to Chairman as it gives me the
opportunity to put over 40 years of business management experience into
good use in a local community project. I am thrilled to have Jane as
vice-chair as she hassignificant experience and qualifications in youth and community work."
Aldred has lived in Henley-in-Arden for the last 9 years, a strong
believer in communities and an advocate for young people believing that
their voice needs to be heard within the community. Jane says: "I have
worked with young people for the last 19 years in a range of roles from
teenage pregnancy coordinator, youth worker, sexual health training and
development officer to lecturer and student counsellor. In that time I
have worked in a variety of settings from traditionally based youth
centre work to Outreach, detached and project work. I look forward to
playing a part in developing an exciting future for the community of
A list of the members of the Hub committee can be obtained by contacting the address below.
New Appointment: The Hub Youth Club Leader - Debbie Binns
a series of interviews we are delighted to announce the appointment of
a youth club leader - Mrs. Debbie Binns who said: "I am delighted
to have been given the opportunity to manage the youth club at the HUB;
I have a number of years youth work experience and I hope to pass on
some of this knowledge to the staff & young people who attend the
club. I am looking forward to getting the wheels in motion and getting
things started., Hopefully over the summer weeks I will be able to
arrange some offsite activities for the young people to enjoy. The plan
is to have the club opening three evenings a week by September
following an open evening, which I hope as many people as possible will
attend. Opening the club on three evenings will give the young people
from the community more access to the services offered and give myself
& the staff more opportunity to educate them with things we feel
are necessary & appropriate.
I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone in the
community, so if you're free or just passing please feel free to pop
in, introduce yourself & say hello.
and businesses who made pledges or offered business sponsorship will
be, or may have already been, contacted by Lucy Lunt who has
joined the new marketing and fundraising group. Already, cash in the
bank stands at £32,000. Pledges, grants and donations to be
collected will make this £42,000 in the first year. This is the
most brilliant support for the project given by many residents. These
generous supporters more than anyone else have saved The Hub. We are
launching applications to a variety of
funding agencies and trusts for further funds. There is one way you
could help: it's an ideal venue for a family party with discounted
rates to those who are supporting us financially. Full cost
£30.00. If you want to know more about the finances and the way
the centre will work please use the contact at the end of this
Marketing initiatives underway
are a number of initiatives currently underway with the aim of
promoting the Hub to all members of the community and to provide a
knowledge source for all Hub members and supporters.
- a website is currently being developed that will provide a valuable
source of information to all Hub members and will include a section
specifically aimed at sponsors and supporters. The website is currently
under construction, however in the meantime a landing page is available
online at: www.thehubathenley.co.uk
- with social media such a key method of communication, particularly
between younger people, a twitter account has been set up so that
regular updates can be released in the form of 'tweets'. The twitter
account is @thehubathenley and is now live so if you are a twitter user please start following the Hub Twitter Account.
Black Swan triumph with National Award
The Black Swan
is one of the first pubs in the UK to have earned the award which is
judged by Cask Marque, the national body that checks beer quality and
the quality of the customer experience. Ian and Linda Jackson have been
running the pub for just over two years. The Black Swan is renowned for
its value-for-money, freshly cooked, food and range of real ales.
was first assessed on how regularly it cleans its beer lines. It then
received a mystery visit by a Cask Marque assessor who focused on first
impressions, service, the bar, drinks, food and the toilets. After
passing the mystery visit, a technical services team then checked the
pub’s cellar standards and the pub received a point of sale pack,
including posters and branded glassware, to promote and maintain its
Slee, who heads central operations at the company, said: “The aim
of the Quality Service Award is to recognise those pubs that achieve
the highest standards. There are lots of excellent pubs in the UK and
the scheme is a sort of kitemark provided by an independent assessor
that recognises these outstanding pubs. The external accreditation
body, Cask Marque, has a great track record in driving quality within
the pub trade through recognition of good operators who are achieving
Black Swan is a fantastic example of a pub which delivers a brilliant
customer experience and we’re delighted to recognise Ian and
Linda’s hard work and dedication.”
Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust
Buying New Divides Energy Bills By Two!
Recent research has shown that house hunters who invest in a new build home could end up cutting their energy bills by half*!
By choosing a home at Taylor Wimpey Midlands’ Farriers Cross
development in Henley-in-Arden, home buyers could potentially be saving
up to 55%* on bills, according to the NhbC Foundation and Zero Carbon
The two organisations have calculated the potential annual savings that
may well come from living in a four bedroom new build home, compared
with a similar sized Victorian property, could be up to 55% - meaning a
saving of £1,312*!
Anne Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey
Midlands, comments: “A home is probably the most expensive
investment you’ll ever make and it’s important to make the
right decision, preferably one that’s going to give you the most
house for your money now and incur as little future expense as possible.
“Choosing a new build can save homeowners thousands on DIY,
maintenance and improvements, not to mention savings in fuel bills. Add
to this the different financial incentives and assistance packages we
can offer at the time of purchase, and the savings and benefits really
do start to add up.”
Along with these new statistics, new homes offer low maintenance and
flexible living, and are designed to accommodate modern lifestyles with
features such as en-suite bathrooms, modern appliances and flexible
three storey living space not often found in older homes.
Special financial and moving packages also mean you can take advantage
of a host of incentives that wouldn’t usually be available with
an older property. You could get your stamp duty paid, enjoy a house to
home removals service, take advantage of a first time buyer scheme or
get new furniture, fixtures and fittings included in the price.
Finally, ongoing structural maintenance of older properties can be a
costly and time-consuming business and many owners are forced to bring
in the professionals for major jobs. All new Taylor Wimpey properties
come with an NhbC certificate so you can relax knowing that the
structure of your home is guaranteed for 10 years.
Currently available at Farriers Cross is a range of two three, four and
five bedroom homes, priced from £199,995. For further information
visit Farriers Cross, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm,
call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively log on to: www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/farrierscross
*Research carried out by the NhbC Foundation and Zero Carbon Hub
Rachel Tillman reporting
WAYC Charity Golf day - 14th June 2012
This spring, WAYC (Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs)
will host its largest charity golf day yet - on Thursday 14 June 2012,
with a goal to reach 15 teams or more on the day. The fundraising
event, which raises additional funds for WAYC youth activities, has
been a male domain on the greens in the past, however in this Jubilee
year WAYC would like to attract additional mixed or female only teams.
WAYC would also be interested in hearing from local businesses and
organisations who may want to donate raffle prizes for the event or
possibly sponsor a hole. The Golf Day takes place at the Henley Golf
and Country Club in Warwickshire.
looking for teams of four people (over 18 years), women with a maximum
handicap of 28 and men with a maximum handicap of 26 - mixed teams are
permitted. The cost for each team is £280 and includes a round of
golf, brunch and a three course meal. Organisations can also sponsor a
hole or drive, with prices starting at £50. Raffle prizes will
also be up for grabs.
further information on entering a golf team or sponsoring a hole,
please contact Jan Goddard at WAYC on 01926 450156 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Make Henley Greener
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Save Money - Help Save the Planet
One of the reasons why aluminium is such a
useful metal is that it does not easily corrode. It is often used
without the need for special paint finishes. This resistance to
corrosion is a clue to the reason why it is important to recycle
the explanation. Nearly all metals react with oxygen in the air, often
aided by moisture. Aluminium does too, but it does not corrode because
the product of the reaction is an extremely thin and very stable
adherent film of aluminium oxide which protects the underlying metal
from further corrosion. This film is sometimes enhanced by a process
called anodising which thickens and strengthens the oxide film. The
extreme stability of the oxide film means that if you want to convert
aluminium oxide to aluminium, it takes a lot of energy to separate the
aluminium from the oxygen. Aluminium is made by an electrical process
from an ore called bauxite which is solid aluminium oxide. So, making
aluminium from its ore consumes extraordinary amounts of electricity
and electricity is our most carbon polluting energy source. Making the
aluminium from bauxite for one saucepan consumes enough electricity to
light a low energy light bulb for about 3 years!
Recycling aluminium uses only 5% of the
energy that would otherwise be needed to make aluminium from bauxite,
so recycling aluminium saves a lot of energy. For example, recycling
one aluminium drinks can weighing just 15 grams (¾ oz) saves
enough electricity to run a low energy light bulb for four days
continuously or a month of normal daily use. So, all
aluminium should be recycled. All metals are energy intensive in their
production from raw ore so they should also be recycled.
John Garner's Business Column
Can you afford to be on Facebook?
have noticed that Facebook began trading last week on the Nasdaq
exchange in New York. The offer price of $38 per share valued the
company at a whopping $104,000,000,000 (£66 billion) though the
price has now fallen nearly 5% (and looks like falling further).
How can it possibly be worth that much? Its
profits are tiny in relation to its size - it makes only about $5 a
year for each of its 900 million users - and how it plans to increase
this is unclear.
So, is this just a repeat of the dot.com
bubble in 2001, where any company with a website seemed to be valued at
billions of dollars? Or, is Facebook really worth that much money? And
if it is, how does it actually generate its profits?
Well, to put it bluntly, it makes its money
from you, the user. The more information Facebook knows about you
the more valuable you are. Advertisers are willing to pay more money
because they can display adverts that are much more targeted to your
tastes and which you are therefore more likely to click on - and
subsequently purchase their products.
The more information you post on your
profile, the more a potential advertiser knows about you. The more an
advertiser can find out about you, the more money Facebook can charge
for displaying an advert on your profile.
With its launch on the stock market Facebook
is likely to come under pressure from its shareholders to make even
more money, so this means that it'll be trying to squeeze more adverts
on to your profile page and find other ways to use your data to
It's in Facebook's interest that you share
as much of your data as possible, so it doesn't exactly draw your
attention to the small print.
If you're keen to remain a Facebook user,
but don't like the thought of it prying on all your personal data and
sharing it with other companies, then you need to drill down to the
privacy settings and make sure they are set the way you want them.
To do this you can follow these steps:
- On the main Facebook page, click on the small downward facing arrow in the top right-hand corner of the menu bar and choose Privacy Settings.
- Under the Control Your Default Privacy heading, click on Custom.
- Choose Friends from the drop-down list of people to share with, then click Save Changes.
- Work through the different sections to
ensure that only Friends are able to post things to your profile, and
read the things you post.
- Click on Edit settings next to Apps, Ads and Websites, then click on Edit settings next to the Apps you use heading.
- Remove as many apps as possible, to
prevent them from being able to access your data. If there is an app
that you can't do without, make sure that you block it from accessing
your private data.
There is of course a simpler way –
that’s to manage without Facebook altogether. Let it make its
money from someone else.
But perhaps I’m just getting old.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
Warnings from Trading Standards
Lock down scam
computer users have contacted Trading Standards after receiving an
‘official’ looking message on their computer screen,
claiming to be from the Police. The message suggests that they have
visited an inappropriate website and that their computer has been
‘locked down’. They are asked to send £100 in Ukash
vouchers in order to ‘unlock it’. The scam is believed to
be caused by an Internet virus.
We have money for you scam
If you receive a letter, telephone call or email claiming you are owed
money, usually for payment protection insurance, a personal injury
claim, a lotto win or tax refund – then beware! If you show
interest you will be asked to send £100+ in Ukash vouchers in
order to receive the bogus payment. One Warwickshire consumer sent
£3,000 worth of Ukash vouchers to people he thought had obtained
for him a refund for his bank charges.
Warwickshire businesses have reported receiving orders for goods and
services, paid for by cheques which are for a higher amount than the
real cost. One Warwickshire trader received a cheque for £2450
for a pilate class worth £35. The trader was asked to use the
remaining money to pay for an air ticket for the ‘consumer’
and keep the rest! In reality, these cheques or either forged or
stolen. The cheque initially clears and when the money appears in the
traders account, the scammers hope that they will send money or pay for
the air ticket. However, when the bank discovers that the cheque is
bogus, the money is removed from the trader's account and they have
More information on scams is available on our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams
You can also report a fraud to Action Fraud on: 0300 123 2040 or visit: www.actionfraud.police.uk
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Give the cold shoulder to unsolicited cold callers
Residents are being advised to be more cautious, by Worcestershire Regulatory Services Trading Standards Team
following a number of complaints received from residents about
suspicious telephone calls and doorstep callers in the past few weeks.
Residents reported receiving suspicious calls about will writing services, loft insulation and disability and mobility services. In all of these instances the consumer’s property has been visited following the unwanted telephone call.
In the case of loft insulation the trader
claimed to be working on behalf of the local council but the resident
challenged him for further information. The caller then went back to
his car to get some ID but promptly drove off and has not since
A will writing salesman called on an older
resident and sold him a will writing package for £3,000. No
paperwork was left with the resident but he was able to cancel the
cheque he had made out due to the seven day cooling off period
available for all contracts agreed in the home.
There have also been a number of incidents
reported where older and vulnerable residents have been contacted by
mobility sales people who pretend they are working on behalf of the NHS
but provide goods which are often not required and excessively priced.
Head of Regulatory Services, Steve Jorden
said “Worcestershire residents should be wary of any doorstep
cold callers or telephone callers. If callers are not expected and
uninvited, you are perfectly within your rights to turn them away or
not enter into a conversation with them. If, however, a contract is
agreed in your home you legally have a seven day cooling off period and
can cancel. The trader must provide a written cancellation notice; if
not, a criminal offence is committed”
For advice on your rights or to report a suspicious caller please contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06
PC 0148 Simon Albutt
Local Police Officer & Wildlife Crime Officer
Wythall Police Station
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THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
There will be a visit to the Needle Museum at Redditch and Bordesley
Abbey on Thursday 31st May at 2.00pm at a cost of £6.00 per head.
To book or for further information please contact Arthur Gennard on
Music and Strawberries to 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 email@example.com
(tel 01564 793114).
JUBILEE FANCY DRESS PARADE
Saturday 2nd June 1.00 pm at the Market Cross, where the Jubilee Queen
is to be crowned. Judging afterwards in the new Jubilee Gardens,
Beaudesert Lane around 3.00 pm. OPEN TO EVERYONE. REGISTER
We are pleased to have some new members and hope that more will come
along to our meeting in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday June 5th at
7.30pm. Our speaker is Mrs Patricia Justice and her topic is
"Recognition of Antique Objects". Why not try WI? - visitors always are
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
June 19th is an outdoor meeting. Please be at the Market Cross by
6.30pm for a visit to Pepper Wood, Bromsgrove. If you require transport
contact Dave Evason or Bob Riley.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
12th June an Open Evening with Tan Strong (as seen on TV with Kirsty
Allsopp). Contact Angela Pinnegar, 01564 795918. Advance booking would
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN
July 21st...Music, Dancing, Fizz ,Strawberries and Fireworks
For information phone Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 794987 eve 795149 day.
HENLEY KARATE CLUB
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane
(6.30-7.30). Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinators
At a recent meeting of co-ordinators for the Stratford area, the
chairman stressed how important it is to contact residents quickly when
crimes are reported in the area and this is why co-ordinators are
needed. Henley is covered quite well with most roads but there are
areas still in need of someone to contact. If you are willing to have
your name and telephone number registered to receive calls from the
Crime Officer when necessary please let Annette Walker (792837) know.
JOHNSON HOUSES HENLEY IN ARDEN
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.
Diary Dates for WARWICKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE - Henley & District Volunteers
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|Henley Primary School Assembly||26th September 2012|
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We are always looking for new members to join our group to support this vital service. Please contact Mandy Hollands
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St MARY'S RC PRIMARY SCHOOL
For details about this event call: School Secretary 01564 792316
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JUBILEE DANCE - Saturday 26th May
For details about this event call: Marijana Bainbridge 01564 795149 or 794987
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DIAMOND JUBILEE - THE BIG LUNCH
For details about this event call: Sue Osborne 01564 794299
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GUILD HALL APPEAL EVENTS
For details about these events call: Dawn Leech 01564 793699
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 swbc.co.uk
The HUB @ HENLEY
handed over from Warwickshire County Council to the Henley in Arden War
Memorial Trust. A grand re-opening event is currently being planned for
September 2012 In the meantime the Youth Club is open every Wednesday
night during school term time from 19:00 – 21:00. Teenagers from
Henley in Arden and surrounding villages aged 13+ are very welcome to
attend. Many exciting plans are underway... we are hoping the youth
club will be open at least 3 times a week from September. Full details at thehubathenley.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: 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.
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
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Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email email@example.com for more information.
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
Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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