Reporting on Events In and Around Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England
Campaigning for a better Henley
Edition 306 - 2nd August 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010
Henley Rings in the Olympics
At 8.12 am on the opening day, Henley bell ringers joined in the national "RING YOUR BELL" marking the start of London 2012.
The regular team rang the big bells, whilst down in front of the west door the rector supervised the hand bells.
After the event, Nigel and Maria from the White Swan Hotel invited everyone to join them for refreshments.
Proud to be a Gamesmaker from Henley-in-Arden
I thought I would share a very proud moment with you all, when I was chosen to be a Gamesmaker for the Olympics.
Based in Coventry at the Football, I have met some very interesting people, Presidents of many countries and some Sports Ministers, Team Coaches etc.
As a member of the Protocol team, we meet and greet not only the V.I.P's but also help supporters find their way around the stadium, directing them to where they need to be.
What a fantastic time it has been and on Friday we welcome the Ladies Football Team GB.
Lets hope they win.
Henley Community First Responders Launched
The Chairman and the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Ambulance Service
were both present to launch the Henley-in-Arden Community First
Responders at a ceremony at the ancient Market Cross in the centre of
the town on Saturday 21st July.
Pudney, Chairman and Coordinator of Henley CFR, introduced Sir Graham
Meldrum, Chairman of West Midland Ambulance Service who told a large
number of residents, who included nine trained responders, that
Community First Responders were a vital part of the WMAS and its
ability to respond to certain 999 calls. He said he was very pleased to
be asked to launch this Henley scheme to serve the people of Henley and
the surrounding area.
A number of
999 calls have already been answered in Henley and Wootton Wawen. A
significant number of hours have already been spent “on
call” to the WMAS control room at Stafford.
President of Henley Rotary Club Tony Capps represented the club at the
launch of Henley Community First Responders and pledged the
club’s on-going support for the service. “We’re
delighted to be involved and, in the immediate future, to add to the
contribution we’ve already made, we will be donating a major part
of the proceeds from our Charity Golf Day on 21st September to this
vital local community service.”
been an encouraging start to the new Rotary year. Commenting, Tony
Capps said, ”The club is in good heart, membership is up and
we’re looking forward to a busy year of service, especially
within our local community.” Last week, he visited six of the
local primary schools donating a set of dictionaries provided by the
club to each of them.
Olympics have been on the agenda. A good number of members acted as
roving marshals when the torch made its way through Stratford earlier
Rotarian Michael Redman reporting
SDC to review Governance of Henley JPC
Mike Willmott chairman of Henley Independents wrote to Councillor Roache, SDC Corporate Support Portfolio Cabinet Member, on the 2nd of July saying:
the recent parish council election for Henley and Beaudesert Joint
Parish Council it is clear that there is a need for the District
Council to conduct a Community Governance Review (CGR)
as the voting patterns suggest that the arrangements set up on the
creation of the Joint Parish Council to decide on the split of
councillors between parishes is now substantially out of date.
has meant that the concept of equal weight of votes outlined by the
Electoral Commission in its guidance on community governance reviews,
section 164, has been breached.This has arisen due to the changes in population since the creation of the joint parish in May 1976.
current populations of Henley (1716) and Beaudesert (817) would suggest
8 councillors for Henley and 4 for Beaudesert instead of the present 7
and 5 respectively.
event according to the Electoral Commission, it is good practice to
conduct a review every10 to 15 years and there has been no review as
far as I am aware since the joint parish council was created in 1975.
there could be a number of outcomes from such a review from the
degrouping of the parishes to the creation of Town status or the simple
adjustment of the relative number of councillors between parishes.
doubt a review would consult widely to ensure that the wishes of the
electorate in each parish were respected, together with the need to
ensure that the guidance from the Electoral Commission was followed.
believe there is now a duty on the District Council to conduct a review
well before the next election,and I would be most grateful if you would
confirm that one will be conducted together with some indication of
Councillor Roache replied on July 26th saying,
"After checking with the Monitoring Officer and Darren Whitney, I am
pleased to inform you that we are just embarking on a Community
Governance review throughout the District, details of which will be
with Parish Councils shortly."
Subsequently, Stratford-on-Avon District Council issued a press release advising residents that a Community Governance Review
(CGR) would be held. The press release advised that CGR is a legal
process whereby District Councils can create Parish Councils, review
and change parish boundaries and in extreme cases, abolish parishes.
for Stratford-on-Avon District will consider whether the existing
Parish Councils are effective, convenient and reflect the identities
and interests of the local area. It will also consider whether Parish
Councils should be merged, altered or abolished.
your views in writing to Darren Whitney, Democratic Services Manager,
Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX or by email to email@example.com
for responses is Wednesday 12 September 2012. The District Council will
consider all the representations and then publish draft proposals and
the reasons behind them. There will then be a further consultation
before the final proposals are agreed.
Mike Willmott told Henley NEWS, "Henley Independents
are delighted that the District Council will be conducting a governance
review that will revisit the decisions made when the Joint Parish
Council was created to see if the residents are best served by the
will use every mechanism available to seek views from the electorate to
ensure their voice carries as much weight as all the other interested
Big Brother is NOW Watching YOU!
2 Victories for the Residents and Readers of Henley NEWS
On the 19th
April 2008, two unsightly industrial style columns appeared on the High
Street, one outside Barclays Bank and the other outside the old Police
Station. There was an immediate outcry by residents and almost
immediately the column outside Barclays Bank and St John's Church was
removed. Victory 1 to the residents.
Victory 1 for the residents
Victory 2 for the residents
days later, the High Street CCTV cameras have been installed. Can this
be a record? Should it be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records?
surprise of many residents, the camera opposite Beaudesert Lane is not
of the prison style type recommended by the parish council but a
discreet one similar to those used in the centre of Stratford. Many
residents, with the support of Henley NEWS, have campaigned for the last four years for such a camera. Victory 2 to the residents. No doubt in the next edition of the JPC Newsletter, we will be told what a good job they have done.
At present the
trees are in leaf and so the camera outside the Old Police Station has
a very limited field of view. Stratford District Council has been asked for an
assurance that these trees will not be reduced on "security grounds".
In our edition of 24th April 2008, Nigel Hastilow wrote:-
Big Brother isn’t watching you
Brother isn’t watching you, he’s towering over you,
intimidating you and ruining your historic High Street. Henley is
apparently so crime-ridden it needs the protection of two CCTV cameras,
one right next to the historic church, the other – with
unintended irony – outside the abandoned police station. There is
little justification for these cameras under any circumstances. CCTV
does not prevent crime.
If a crime takes place on the mean streets of Henley-in-Arden, the
pictures will be relayed to some dozy security attendant in a locked
room in Stratford-upon-Avon. He will be monitoring a bank of 80 or so
separate screens showing the boring sights of every camera in the
district. By the time he clocks that something’s afoot in Henley,
it will have been and gone.
best he could do is call the police and ask them to take a look. They,
in turn, will much rather look at CCTV footage in the comfort of their
headquarters a few days later than rush to the scene.
What sort of crime might these cameras actually prevent? Well,
it’s possible vandals will be deterred from tipping flowers out
of their pots and baskets. It’s even possible a few people will
be put off parking on the double yellow lines in case CCTV footage is
printed out and used in evidence against them.
The cameras could possibly intimidate an occasional gang of teenagers,
though if they feel threatened they could sneakily move round the
corner out of sight of the prying electronic eye. The cameras may deter
burglars though that supposes the raiders won’t cheat and go
round the back instead. Ram-raiders could get caught though elementary
precautions like using a stolen car and wearing face masks would
probably be enough to prevent detection by CCTV.
It is, indeed, difficult to imagine what practical use these intrusions
into the conservation area might actually have. Even if they do make a
modest difference, how can they possibly be worth the heavy price the
town must pay for them? That price comes in various forms.
There’s the cost to the local taxpayers and the price of 24/7
monitoring of their no doubt riveting footage of people buying their
newspapers and going to the pub.
I rang Stratford Council to ask about this. These cameras cost the
taxpayer £35,000. Monitoring the district’s CCTVs costs
£250,000 a year. The aim is to cut crime by 15 per cent in three
years. So far, according to the council’s own figures, crime has
actually risen from 8,458 incidents a year to 9,855. But they claim the
cameras have “helped” in the arrest of 546 people. Well
they would say that, wouldn’t they?
Meanwhile there’s the unfashionable question of civil liberties.
The council has a policy on this. Its systems “are operated in a
manner that will secure their consistent effectiveness and preserve the
civil liberty of law abiding citizens at all times”. Luckily,
they promise that sensitive personal data won’t be used against
us (the definitions say “Sensitive personal data is personal data
which is deemed to be sensitive” – so that’s clear
then). Mind you, they’re getting an extra 40 grand from the
police to use cameras with automatic number-plate recognition, so if
you’re sensitive about getting a parking ticket you’d
better avoid the double yellows in future.
That might be regarded as a benefit but let’s face it, when the
taxman (HMRC to you, sunshine) can lose the bumf on half the households
in Britain, what confidence can any of us have that Stratford District
Council will guarantee our privacy?
Then, finally, we have the fact that these monsters are there at all.
The whole of the High Street is a conservation area. The
council’s own conservation policy sets out in some detail what
you can’t do to destroy the “street scene” in this
historic location. It highlights this warning: “Please note that
if either Listed Building Consent or Conservation Area Consent is
required, it is a criminal offence to undertake works without it.”
On the face of it, the police should be asking the district council to help with their inquiries.
The council tells me these gantries do not need planning permission. I
asked why they couldn’t be placed on the side of building. They
can’t go on buildings for two reasons: because the owners would
not give their permission and – stunningly – “because
the majority have got conservation orders on them”. In other
words, the buildings are too valuable to despoil but it’s OK to
destroy the entire vista. Does this make sense to anyone?
Still, there’s no chance the police will investigate this clear breach of conservation area planning laws.
After all, the whole point of CCTV cameras is that they allow the
police to abdicate all responsibility for policing. They are the cheap
and cheerless substitute to bobbies on the beat. Everyone laughs at the
Henley “community support officer”. It would be nice if
real police officers showed their faces more often. CCTV will put paid
The worst part of this is that some idiot invited CCTV into the town in
the first place. Someone, somewhere (let’s face it, the parish
council) must have thought it was a good idea. The district council
spokesman told me the police, the CDRP (Crime and Disorder Reduction
Partnership) and the crime figures themselves determine where the
She goes on: “Henley Parish Council have been demanding cameras
for four or five years. As the crime statistics prove a need and the
district council has finally been able to accommodate their
wishes.” Even if it were a wizard wheeze, surely nobody expected
this pair of monstrous carbuncles on the face of a much-loved friend.
If the parish council knew what it was asking for then there’s no
excuse. If they didn’t, then the sooner they demand their
excision the better.
Even if the cameras reduce crime by 15 per cent in three years (fat
chance), the price for tolerating this criminal damage to the
environment is far too high.
I asked the council spokesman what the procedure was for getting rid of
CCTV cameras. She said she didn’t have any advice about that.
Nigel Hastilow is a former resident of Henley, a highly respected political journalist and the former the editor of The Birmingham Post.
Jazz in the Garden 2012
perfect English summer evening was spent at this delightful event. This
year it felt more special than usual as it was the first warm summer
evening we'd had after weeks of cold and rain. Everyone enjoyed their
picnics including strawberries and fizz provided by the organisers. It
was the 16th year for this popular event and the jazz band has already
been booked for next year.
The venue in
the Guild Hall garden is absolutely stunning and creates a wonderful
atmosphere. The evening ended with a fabulous display of fireworks.
Many thanks to Marijana, Duncan and their team of hard workers along
with the sponsors who make this such a lovely event.
Anna Best reporting
Heritage Centre renovations completed
substantial scaffolding structure outside the Heritage Centre at 150
High Street, Henley has attracted a good deal of curiosity and
attention over the last three months. Well, you certainly
couldn’t miss it: it became facetiously known as the Heritage
Centre’s conservatory. So News-on-Line’s readers might like
a short explanation of what’s been going on.
buildings can look solid, indestructible and everlasting. In reality of
course they are as prone to the ravages of age as any man-made
construction. A large part of the house, the home of Henley’s
Heritage Centre, was dated by experts as a building of the middle 14th
century – the year 1345 to be precise. As a country at that time
we were involved in the Hundred Years War and Edward III took on the
French at the Battle of Crecy in the following year. The Black Death
struck England in 1348. So in view of the passage of time, we could
perhaps excuse a bit of rot and deterioration.
first-floor beam, shown above, which recently displayed such a problem
was not in the very oldest section of the building but in the later,
Tudor, part. So perhaps it would have been true at that time to say
“they don’t build them like they used to”. Concerned
that the beam in question appeared to support one of the upper walls
and was clearly part of the general framework of the front and
“jetted” part of the house, the trustees engaged the
services of John Partridge, a specialist in oak timber frame
restoration work to establish the extent and nature of the problem, and
to fix it.
house is a Grade II listed building in a conservation area and of
course local authority Planning and Conservation consent was required
before we could lift a finger to do any repairs. The policy in respect
for this kind of work is that as much as possible of the original
should be retained. That leads to interesting debates about how much of
a particular component of the structure could and should be repaired,
as opposed to replaced. The picture below shows the removal of one
which was beyond repair.
and his assistant Grant Taylor embarked on a programme of deeper
investigation. It transpired that the suspect beam was but one of
several interconnected and structurally important parts of the timber
frame. Trustee architect Duncan Bainbridge steered the technical
aspects of the decision-making. Once the decision was made to go ahead,
the front and side of the building were scaffolded – including an
ingenious way of supporting the wall upstairs while the beam beneath it
was removed - and shielded from the elements. This proved to be
absolutely the right decision in view of the June weather: the progress
of work was more or less unaffected by the rainstorms. To cut a long
story short, a total of eight timber frame members plus several minor
parts were dealt with. The replacement timber is all six years
air-dried oak and the techniques used preserve the authentic look and
function of the structure. In fact, the replacements are probably
stronger than the originals!
On Friday 27 July the scaffolding was taken down and the final result
became fully visible. It’s been a great job, done with great
skill, patience courtesy and sensitivity by John and Grant. Thanks to
the care taken we were able to keep the Heritage Centre open to the
public for all but three days.
is a timber enthusiast: his young son apparently once said to him
“Dad, can we talk about something other than wood?” We are
indebted to him and Grant for helping to keep this valuable old asset
alive, safe and well for the coming centuries!
For those who
may not know it, the Heritage Centre tells the story of Henley’s
past from the days of the Norman conquest to the present day. There are
seven display rooms packed with exhibits and a reading room containing
masses of documents collected over the years. It is open from 1st April
to the end of October, Tuesday to Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm,
weekends and bank holidays from 2.30 to 4.30pm. Entry is free –
but donations are certainly not declined!
Henley-in-Arden Guild Hall Trust Appeal are organising a military
evening on Saturday 8th September at the Memorial Hall to raise funds
for their appeal and 'Help for Heroes'..
To start the
evening, the band of 1289 (Stratford-upon-Avon) Squadron ATC will
parade and march to the Memorial Hall. Weather permitting, the band
will then give a display in the car park.
Following the band display, Dr Douglas Bridgewater,
an acknowledged expert of World War 1, will talk about the men from
Henley who fought and died in the Great War. During this time, the
Memorial Hall was used as a hospital.
During an interval for refreshments, the 1289 Sqn band will play on the stage.
Following the interval, Alec Murray from 'Help For Heroes' will give a talk and show a video on the work of this important charity which helps today's heroes from Afghanistan and Iraq.
To conclude the evening, there will be a raffle and a presentation on stage to 'Help for Heroes'.
hoped that all our readers and Henley's Veterans and their families
will support this event for two worthy causes. Click the link below to
Tickets ONLY £12.50 ea
This event is sponsored by Lodders Solicitors, Henley Hotel, F Goldsmith & The Henley Society
West Midlands’ dairy farmers fighting to see milk price cuts
reversed have received a boost after three major dairies agreed to drop
their price plans. The NFU has welcomed moves by First Milk, Dairy
Crest and Arla to withdraw price cuts planned for 1 August although
there is still more work to be done.
First Milk and Arla dropped the price cut and Dairy Crest announced a
two month stay of execution of its planned 1.65 pence per litre cut.
Pressure is mounting on dairy giant Wiseman / Muller to reverse
intended price cuts given the position of the other dairies and given
that several major supermarket chains have announced a commitment on
the milk price over the past two weeks.
President Peter Kendall and Adam Quinney, NFU Vice President, were
joined by chief NFU dairy adviser Robert Newbery and Staffordshire
dairy farmer Greg Brown, who milks around 300 cows near Stone, for
talks with Muller at the company’s UK headquarters at Market
who farms near Redditch, said: “We went to Muller and discussed
why the dairy crisis had built up, explained all of the reasons and the
many consequences for our farmers. We talked about the dire situation
Shropshire farmers and those from across the country find themselves in
and the reality of them not receiving a fair price for their milk at
farm gate. Every issue to do with this difficult and unacceptable
situation was covered and we put forward what we and our members feel
are the solutions. Loss of production and future market losses were
also put under the spotlight. We were there for just over an hour and I
felt we had a very serious discussion about the future of dairying and
how the problems can be resolved.
meeting was cordial, straight-forward and straight talking, it really
was a very workmanlike discussion as you would expect about what is a
very serious issue for our members, their families, rural businesses
and the industry as a whole. Talks are still on-going and it was
important we met with Muller yesterday to put a firm case forward for
The NFU and
milk coalition, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru, WFU, Farmers for Action and
the Tenant Farmers’ Association have been working hard for the
sector and representatives will meet again in a week to discuss the
peaceful protests have also taken place outside dairy processors and
supermarkets up and down the country with many in Shropshire,
Staffordshire and Worcestershire.
dairy board chairman Michael Oakes, who farms at Rednal, near
Birmingham, said: “Farmers have worked together and this has not
only shown the severity of the problem but it has started to pay
been heartened by the work done so far and to see some cuts reversed
but there is still a long way to go as many farmers are still being
paid below the cost of production. I must say that I find it very
disappointing and frustrating that Wiseman / Muller seems to be
ignoring the situation and to me, as a farmer, it looks like they are
balancing their books at the expense of the UK dairy industry.”
Chance to learn dry stone walling
The Churches Conservation Trust is
offering local people the opportunity to preserve a part of
Shakespeare's heritage with a free dry stone walling training weekend
at the 11th century All Saints' Church, in Billesley where, it is
claimed, the Bard may have married Anne Hathaway.
From 29th to
30th September volunteers will be taught the traditional craft in the
hope that the church wall will be completely restored over the weekend.
project aims to preserve this historical landmark and rebuild the link
between locals and the church. The Church is situated adjacent to
Billesley Manor Hotel..
This website is sponsored by the Henley War Memorial Trust and receives no money from public funds.
Church Bells leave St Nicholas
weeks of virtually continuous rain, Saturday 21st July dawned bright
& sunny for a change, just in time to assist a complex operation to
remove three bells from St Nicholas’ Church as the first part of
a refurbishment programme to mark the Diamond Jubilee of HM the Queen.
Two of these bells were first installed in 1350, pre-dating the Church
of England by nearly two hundred years, and the third in 1711.
Unfortunately ravishes of time mean that the bell mountings have become
unsafe, and they have not been rung for many years.
from bell-founders John Taylor & Co began dismantling the bells the
day before, ready to commence the complex and lengthy operation of
gently lowering the bells, the heaviest of which weighs over ¼
ton, into the body of the church. John Taylor’s director, Simon
Adams, supervised the operation and was assisted by members of St
John’s church congregation, with others providing welcome
refreshments during the morning.
course, once the bells had been safely lowered to ground level and
man-handled outside, they had to be lifted on to the back of a waiting
pickup truck. After a careful bit of measurement it was decided that
the rear tailgate of the truck would just fit under the arch of the
Lych Gate, and with the blessing of the Rector and a block & tackle
the bells were successfully loaded on to the truck, ready to be
transported to the bell-founders in Loughborough where they will be
planned that the refurbished bells will be re-installed in St
Nicholas’ church tower by the end of 2012, hopefully in time to
ring-in Christmas & the New Year for the first time in living
Trustees of the 'Henley War Memorial Trust' last week received a report
from Katie Johnson on her dissertation which discusses the viability
and sustainability of the proposals of a large, two storey sports
pavilion in Henley.
writes, "This topic was chosen as it provided a fantastic opportunity
to work on something practical that will assist a real cause. It was
also something that I was genuinely interested in and would become
timing was ideal as the proposals were in discussion at the time when I
needed a suitable topic to carry out my studies. Having completed the
study, I am delighted to let you know I received a 1st for the final
report focused on the social implications of the proposal. In order to
carry out the study, the following objectives were identified;
Is the new pavilion wanted and needed by the current users and towns population, as a sports facility?
Would the different user groups be happy to share the new facility?
Is the pavilion wanted and needed by residents of the town as a social venue to be hired out?
conclusions made from the research suggested that there was desire for
the proposed pavilion from current users and high initial support
suggests membership may increase. However it also became clear that
there is not currently enough demand to support the ambitious original
ensure sustainability of the pavilion, all members of each club must be
happy to socialize in the same place; otherwise users are faced with
the same issues as the one they are facing now. The proposed plans
needs full support from all users to prevent the same thing happening.
the venue out was suggested in order to maximise usage which would
bring in much needed income, provide security and most importantly to
ensure that financially, the building is sustainable in the longer term.
proposal received lots of initial support and the hiring of the venue
would seem to solve the issue of making money to cover costs. However,
there was little evidence to suggest that there is enough demand for
the building as a venue to be hired out. This is due to the large
number of venues already available in the town and also due to the
location of the site outside the town.
report has shown that there is still enthusiasm to improve the sports
pavilion and provide better facilities for current users, visiting
teams and most importantly for encouraging young people to bet involved
in sport. Lots of progress has been made to identify a viable solution,
which is now being investigated further.
recommended that a refurbishment of the current building with further
investigations into demand, costs and viability would be the best
option in the short term. I believe further research would enhance the
plans and ensure the final proposal is a sustainable facility which
residents of Henley can benefit from and be proud of, for years to come.
like to take this opportunity to thank all the interviewees and
respondents who gave up their time to help. I would also like to thank
Bill leech, Peter Crathorne and John Johnson for their assistance with
the report. I was very grateful for the opportunity to work alongside
the committee on this project and hope my research will help with
photo shows Alan Jones, Trustee responsible for the Memorial Playing
Fields, receiving a copy of the report from Katie Johnson.
Volunteers wanted by War Memorial Trust
Henley War Memorial Trust
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.
Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust
Exclusive Residency Found At Farriers Cross
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means that credit-worthy first time buyers may now only need to save a
5% deposit before they can get on the property ladder. Home movers with
limited equity in their existing house will also benefit from the
increase in availability of 95% loan to value mortgages.
Wallace, regional sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey
Midlands, comments: “The Flatford has been incredibly popular
with first time buyers and young families in the area given its
flexible living space which can be adapted to suit the owner’s
needs as they change over time. This coupled with the fact that the
development is set in one of the most attractive areas in the county,
it’s hardly surprising that there is now only one Flatford
remaining for sale.
if you’re looking to buy I suggest heading down to Farriers Cross
sooner rather than later to avoid missing out on what could turn out to
be your dream home!”
the Flatford you’ll find a living room /dining area with French
doors opening out to the rear garden, a modern kitchen and a convenient
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well as the final Flatford property, currently available at Farriers
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£199,995 and collection of four bedroom homes, priced from
development, located on Warwick Road, is set in the heart of Henley In
Arden, a charming village steeped in history and surrounded by stunning
Warwickshire countryside. The area also benefits from fantastic
transport links, with the M40 linking to the M42 and onto the central
motorway network, in close proximity.
On Tuesday, 24th July, 40 members of Ullenhall Gardening Club
enjoyed an evening visit to Meadow Farm Garden and Nursery, owned by
Rob & Diane Cole. Situated to the west of Feckenham, the gardens
were bathed in glorious sunshine; a lovely change from the many weeks
of cold wet weather!
commenced outside the potting barn, with a talk about the history of
the gardens. These cover 3 acres beside the Saltway and are split into
gardens, wild-flower meadows and propagation areas. We walked over
lawns, down pathways between delightful herbaceous borders, sat down
beside the pond and just roamed around enjoying the colours, scents of
the blooms and the many butterflies that Rob encourages to live there.
Members were able to sit and enjoy tea and cake in this beautiful
environment and even better, were able to buy and take home many, many
wonderful perennials not generally available for sale. A wonderful
The next club
meeting will be held in Ullenhall Village Hall at 7:45 pm on Tuesday
28th August when Roger Turner will be talking about “Hard
Gardening; ideas for steps, ornaments and garden features”.
Lower Speed Limits on Rural Roads
County Cllr Richard Hobbs
(Cons, Aston Cantlow) has applied to reduce the speed limit on
Featherbed Lane, Wilmcote from 60mph to 50mph following a head-on
horrific crash between a car and a tourist bus.
said his application will be voted on some time in the autumn, and
added there could be a possibility of the speed limit being lowered to
40mph, although he considers this unlikely. He added, “It is the
frequency of the tour buses going along the road that worries me".
Dumbleton was asked at the inquest if that road was an accident
blackspot. He told the hearing that it was not considered an accident
blackspot even though there had been two minor accidents prior to the
collision, which did not require police attention. The Department for
Transport are considering cutting speed limits on many rural roads in
England from 60mph to 40mph.
Around 50 per
cent of road deaths in the UK in 2010 took place on single carriageway,
rural roads with a 60mph speed limit, just like Featherbed Lane.
Make Henley Greener Our Award Winning Column Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Not so eco gadgets.
magazine has tested eco claims made by manufacturers of household
electrical items such as irons, coffee makers and vacuum cleaners. The
results range from downright misleading to occasionally true.
that 65% of consumers are more likely to buy a product with an energy
saving claim, so it is not surprising that manufacturers make eco
claims in attempt to persuade us to buy their goods. However, for small
appliances there are no official schemes to monitor the accuracy of
green claims and it appears that manufacturers are exploiting this
misleading end of the scale, “Which?” reports a Bosch steam
generator that used more energy in eco mode than in on its max setting!
Also, Magimix claims that its “Le Blender” has an energy
saving mode, but the way of selecting this mode was not obvious. When
asked by “Which?” they explained that when in the off
position the blender used no power, unlike other appliances that do
waste power, despite the appliance switch being off. Whilst the Magimix
answer is true, the same effect can be achieved by turning off at the
wall or unplugging. Because of this and the fact that the blender
offers no special energy saving in use, its eco claim is misleading.
claims that its EC820 espresso machine is “better than energy
class A”, but as already mentioned, there are no energy standards
for small appliances. De’Longhi says that it is working to a
draft EU standard. However, “Which?” reports that, in this
type of machine, the energy cost of an espresso is about 0.1p. So there
are no big savings to be made, even if the De’Longhi machine is
energy efficient in its class.
the irons that “Which?” tested, the eco setting used the
same amount of energy as normal irons on their low settings, so they
are not especially energy efficient. You can get the same effect just
by using a low setting with an ordinary iron!! The models tested were
the Tefal FV5370 and the Bosch Sensixx Eco TDA5630GB.
and worthwhile energy savings were achieved with the economy settings
on two vacuum cleaners. The saving was about 40% and in the case of the
Hoover Silent EnergyTSE0100, the ability to pick up dirt was only
slightly reduced. However, the economy mode of the Numatic Henry
HVR200A was noticeably less good at cleaning.
So, for the most part, the eco claims do not lead to significant savings.
domestic appliances, irons and kettles use the most electricity. With
the kettle, you can operate in your personal eco mode by only boiling
the exact amount you need. Some kettles have an unnecessarily high
minimum. For kettles with a visible element it is only necessary to
just barely cover all parts of the element, even if this does not reach
the minimum mark. To iron efficiently, sort items that need a cool
setting and do these first. Use the minimum amount of steam, especially
for items that are not badly creased. Alternatively, do what mother
used to do and iron your clothes before they are quite dry.
appliances, either unplug or switch off at the socket when not in use.
This ensures that they are definitely off whereas the appliance’s
own switch may not.
Warnings from Trading Standards
Bank Scam A
Leamington householder reported receiving an unexpected call from
someone claiming that she was owed £800 by her bank. The caller
offered to visit the householder to give her the money on the doorstep!
It is unclear what the actual purpose of the visit would have been.
Warwickshire Trading Standards believe the caller might have been
hoping to sign the consumer up to an agreement to reclaim miss-sold
payment protection insurance (consumers can do this for themselves for
free) or sell her goods or services. Distraction burglary cannot be
Card Scam A Warwick consumer reported receiving an unexpected phone call from
someone to say that an attempt had been made to use his bank/credit
card to purchase goods. However, the consumer did not possess a
credit/debit card described by the caller!
Warwickshire Trading Standards advise that banks will sometimes contact
their customers if they believe that their credit/debit cards have been
used fraudulently. However, consumers must ensure that the call is
genuine. Never provide your complete card details to unexpected callers
or your three digit security number – banks won’t ask for
complete details in order to confirm your identity.
Job Search Warning Warwickshire Trading Standards advises job hunters to check that job
offers are genuine after complaints from Warwickshire residents who
applied, were interviewed and offered ‘IT posts’ and then
asked immediately for up-front training cost fees. Job hunters need to
ensure that job offers are real and not simply ways to sell training
I promise not to mention the Olympics at all in this article.
I’ve discussed why some large businesses manage to fail, how they
can descend from a position of dominance to failure in a remarkably
short space of time.
other businesses who seem to go out of their way to upset people, often
their customers but also the regulators - and you have to wonder why.
One of these
is Microsoft. It has had a dominant position in the software sector
since software was invented; it has made Bill Gates a multi-billionaire
and several others obscenely rich – and yet it continues to try
and bend the rules and, according to some, cheat its customers.
latest saga. This concerns the Microsoft web browser, Internet Explorer
(IE); it may still be the most popular web browser in the world, but it
didn't become so popular by accident. If regulators in the US and EU
are to be believed Microsoft abused their position as the dominant
operating system vendor to push users into using IE, leaving
competitors out in the cold. In other words they effectively forced
their customers to use their own product without giving them a choice.
between Microsoft and the regulators has been going on for years, but
it seemed to finally have come to an end in February 2011 when the EU
forced Microsoft to provide the browser ballot screen - a pop-up window
that is displayed when you start up your PC which allows you to choose
and install a range of different browsers on your system in addition to
the default IE.
This appeared to have solved all the problems. But, it turns out that
things haven't quite gone according to plan. According to what
Microsoft are calling a 'technical error' the browser ballot screen was
not shown to users running Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed (ie
the majority of Windows 7 users).
say, the EU is going ballistic. EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin
Almunia said, "We take compliance with our decisions very seriously.
And I trusted the company's reports were accurate but it seems that was
not the case, so we have immediately taken action".
already been fined €1.68 billion in EU antitrust probes, including
an €899 million penalty for failing to obey an order to share data
with competitors. This latest problem in the ongoing saga means that
they will almost certainly face more fines. The maximum fine the EU
could impose is 10% of Microsoft's global turnover, a figure that could
total close to €5.7 billion. And since this is the first time that
any company has ever disobeyed our masters in Brussels regarding an
antitrust ruling, they are likely to want to make an example of
Microsoft. And let’s not forget, the EU could do with the money
to help bail out Spain……
But why do
Microsoft act like this? It would seem to be in their DNA. Perhaps
it’s arrogance – they’ve held a dominant position
world-wide for so long and they think it’s their right? I
don’t know. They certainly behave as if their customers have no
choice but to use their products.
So do you have
a choice? Of course you do! Rather than using IE as a browser you can
download and install Firefox or Google Chrome in a few minutes and they
are both free. Instead of the Microsoft Office software suite (ie Word,
Excel etc) you can download LibreOffice – that’s completely
free too and fully compatible with Microsoft Office but more powerful
(I use it).
a mildly amusing explanation of LibreOffice and how it differs. Click
the right facing arrow in the middle of the screen.
you’re feeling really techie you can use an alternative to
Windows 7, that’s the Linux operating system which is also free.
If you feel up to it (and you might not!) you can see an explanation of
it, Click here.
Or as our
Editor will tell you, you can always buy a Mac (though they are not
free!). Oh, and LibreOffice runs on Macs as well.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
For the most Comprehensive Information about Henley-in-Arden
QUIZ EVENING Saturday 13th October at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in
aid of Church Funds. Tables of 4 needed. Tickets cost £6 per
person and include a Ploughman's Supper. Details from Daphne Jones.
PARISH CHURCH EVENTS Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 24th November Singalong with Simon Halsey on Saturday 1st December.
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.
Diary Dates for WARWICKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE - Henley & District Volunteers
Warwick Castle Heroes Run
Nuthurst Grange Coffee Morning
Henley Primary School Fete
Henley Primary School Assembly
Co-op Henley - Bucket Shake
Taste of Spain - Meal & Entertainment
WNAA Volunteer Conference
10th September 2012
15th September 2012
26th September 2012
6th October 2012
20th October 2012
3rd November 2012
We are always looking for new volunteers to join our group to support this vital service. Please contact Mandy Hollands
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-ARDEN Rotary
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 Are
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 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
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 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.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH 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 SCOUTS 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
Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
The HUB @ HENLEY Recently
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 atthehubathenley.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 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.
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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 email@example.com more information.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB. Meetings
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 contactGordon Trinder.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE 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
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