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Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

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Edition 311 - 10th October 2012
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New 100 Vehicle Car Park

Should there be a Parish Referendum?
Last Saturday 6th October at midday, there were over 63 parking spaces available along the length of the High Street and that is without taking into account spaces in the car parks.

According to the Parish Council being led by District Councillor George Matheou, shoppers aren’t coming to Henley-in-Arden because there isn’t anywhere for them to park and hence their support for the proposed 100 vehicle car and coach park on the GREEN BELT as you approach the entrance to the town.

Even if this was the case and people decided to shop in Henley instead of going to Touchwood in Solihull or the Maybird Centre in Stratford, it would be far more sensible to look at other options before ripping into the green belt that surrounds our town making it such a distinctively beautiful place.

How about creating extra parking by using the Fire Service car park? It’s rarely used by the Fire Service and the obsolete training tower could be dismantled and sold for scrap as we are told that it is no longer suitable and for training and is unsafe. These extra places would be available in the centre of town within walking distance of the amenities.

The other reason the proposal is being supported by Cllr Matheou & co is because the owners of Forward House say they need more parking space yet when the plans for Forward House were originally approved the parking provision complied with the requirements for parking as laid down by the planning authority i.e. Stratford District Council. It makes one wonder why they bother setting these allocations in the first place!

Interestingly, in neighbouring Hockley Heath where office accommodation has also remained unoccupied for some time, the owners have successfully obtained a Change of Use application to turn the offices into luxury apartments but you could only do that in Henley if there was enough additional parking.


Laurence Marshall

Will 10 residents demand a PARISH REFERENDUM?

A parish poll is a referendum held in a civic parish under the Local Government Act 1972. The cost of holding such polls is met by the parish council. "A poll may be demanded before the conclusion of a community meeting on any question arising at the meeting; but no poll shall be taken unless either the person presiding at the meeting consents or the poll is demanded not less than ten, or one-third, of the local government electors present at the meeting, whichever is the less.

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Fashion Show 2012

Outstanding Success
Promoting Henley's Boutiques & Students



The second Henley-in-Arden Fashion Show, sponsored by Taylor Wimpey and ENV Salon, took place in the Atrium of Warwickshire College on Thursday 27th September.

This event promotes all Henley’s excellent boutiques and for the first time showcased the work of the fashion students of Warwickshire College. The show was co-ordinated by Fiona Kidd with 4 professional models on a specially built catwalk, with Lucy Lunt introducing the models.

Over £2,500 was raised by the organising committee (left) for the Guild Hall Trust Appeal.

Dawn Leech, chairman, said: "We are most grateful to Taylor Wimpey for sponsoring our marvelous celebration of Henley fashion".


Henley WI Celebrates 85 Years


The Henley WI met at the White Swan on Tuesday 9th October to celebrate the 85 years since its formation. President Jan Wright and 20 members enjoyed a special lunch prepared by The White Swan.





Primary School Fete 2012



On Saturday 29th September The Church of England Primary School held their delayed summer fete in the school grounds in glorious sunshine.

The event which had be organised by the Parent Teachers Association and a very large number of parents, grand parents and friends attended.

Horse rides, face painting, a demonstration of Tae kwon-do were some of the events. The Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is the school's charity and their table raised nearly £100 for this most vital local charity.



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COOLSPORTZ is looking forward to Half Term fun


Parents unsure what to do during the school holidays have been given a helping hand yet again by local sports company Coolsportz.

The Henley in Arden based sports activity company is running their Sports Camp with plenty of activities planned to keep kids aged four to fourteen active and entertained through the holiday.

The Ofsted Registered Camp which accepts childcare vouchers is held at Warwickshire College in Henley in Arden and will be running for the whole week from Mon 29th Oct – Fri 2nd November. Children can attend half day morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions (full day only for 5 - 14yrs).

The Camp is based on a fun multi-sports programme offering tennis, football, unihoc, parachute games, extreme dodgeball and much more. All children who attend will also have the chance to explore their creative side with art and craft workshops. Coolsportz are also running two afternoons of trampolining on Thurs 1st and Friday 2nd with limited places available.

Coach Neil Supperstone, who will be running the Camp, says: “Coolsportz camps provide children with a brilliant chance to have fun while taking part in different sports that help boost their fitness levels. Sessions are held in fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities, so the camps will be run no matter what the great British weather throws at us.”

If you book and pay by Fri 19th October you will receive a 10% discount so hurry up and visit or contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email

Thank you from Air Ambulance

imageThe Henley & District Volunteers of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) greatly appreciated the permission of the Co-op supermarket to allow a collection to take place on Saturday 6th October.

Residents were exceptionally generous and the collection raised £301, which exceeded all expectations.

The WNAA would like to thank all their supporters and also the management of the Co-op.

Flower troughs to be lowered outside Lloyds Bank

Warwickshire County Council has instructed Henley in Bloom to remove the new flower troughs from the top of the rails adjacent to the pedestrian crossing between Lloyds Bank and Henley Bakery.

in the 1950s the flower displays at the site were at ground level, by about 2000 they had been raised by about 2 feet and this year new containers were placed on the top of the railings. After receiving complaints that the new troughs obscured the view of children and short people using the crossing, Warwickshire County Council met with representatives of Henley in Bloom. Traders in the area had also complained that their window displays were obscured which damaged business in the town.

You couldn’t make it up!!

imageWhilst the County Council are worrying themselves silly about the height of the flower baskets on the pedestrian crossing, I wonder if they’ve ever thought how safe it is to have a CCTV pole planted smack in the middle of the pavement especially for a partially sighted person.

As far as I am aware, the pole didn’t have planning permission. It was only the camera itself that had permission and even then, this was only after the Parish Council capitulated and allowed the District Council to go back on their initial agreement to fix a less obtrusive camera to the corner of the police station.

Whilst we are on the subject of the police station, whatever happened to The Big Society idea? The police station belonged to the tax payers in the form of Warwickshire County Council who handed the building over to Warwickshire Police on a long term peppercorn rental.

Once the police decided they no longer needed the building they should have been compelled to hand it back to the Community to make use of it.

Perhaps we could have had the Parish Council offices in the centre of town rather than having to pay to rent for offices isolated in Forward House at the extreme north of the town. Perhaps part could have been used for the community run library and perhaps even the garages and yard at the rear could have been used to store the Christmas lights and the stalls for a regular weekly street market.

Instead of that, the peppercorn lease will be sold on, possibly to help fill the gap in police pensions, and meanwhile the excellent community spirit that has kept the library alive carries a banner that ironically says ‘supported by Warwickshire County Council’.

Laurence Marshall

Rob Mills runs for Macmillan


Rob Mills of R S Mills, Henley's Quality Butcher, will be running in the Birmingham Half Marathon 2012 on Sunday 21st October for Macmillan Cancer Care. Sponsorship forms are available in his shop.

15,000 runners will start in the city centre and after running around the centre head out to Edgbaston Cricket Ground and Cadbury World before returning to centre to finish on Broad Street. Rob told Henley NEWS that he hopes to complete the run in under 2 hours.

Car Park debate - Laurence Marshall responds

Dear Editor,

In response to Mike Faulkner’s letter to the Editor I would remind him that the Cattle Market site was allocated as a Development Proposal in the Stratford on Avon District Local Plan Review 1996 -2011 whereas the land being proposed for the new 100 vehicle car and coach car park site sits in the Green Belt in what is designated a Special Landscape Area.
My voting records and actions to protect the Green Belt as a District Councillor remained consistent throughout.

As a neighbour to the site, Stratford District Council have consulted me about the car park application and I have expressed my democratic right to raise material planning considerations and concerns about the proposal; these have included:-

  1. The proposal is by definition inappropriate development of the Green Belt
  2. In my view there are serious Highway Safety implications to be considered if the occupants of up to a 100 cars and coaches are to cross the road at this point.
  3. There is a lack of formal evidence of need and sequential testing of other options.
  4. In my submission I have also reminded the officers that when the original approval for Forward House was granted, the applicants signed up to a legally binding section 106 Agreement entering into a Travel Plan. I have asked them to explain how this has been implemented and monitored.

As for the Henley Cattle Market development, I tried to get the best result for Henley given the fact that the site had already been included in the Local Plan for development a long time before my arrival on the District Council and yes, I did support the required allocation of affordable housing and still do.

I will remind Mike Faulkner of his view at the time:-

‘Councillors you should be ashamed of yourselves – I might as well bulldoze my home now and let them extend their ghetto. Many of you live what you think will be a safe distance from this. You are in for a rude awakening. Where do you think they’ll be hunting for their funds (they won’t work for it) to satisfy their drink and drug habit?.......’

Laurence Marshall

'Unexpectedly back on the open market’


Heston in Henley

imageThe Bluebell hosted the three star Michelin chef Heston Blumenthal and his companion for Sunday lunch on 7th Oct to the delight of a full restaurant of excited diners, whom he was more than happy to oblige with a walk round chatting at the tables as he went.

Leigh Taylor, co-owner of the Bluebell recalls “He was absolutely charming in every way, speaking with our kitchen team including head chef, Simon Malin, and complimenting him on his menu and use of local & seasonal produce”.

Heston’s visit comes hot on the heels of a string of accolades for the Henley Pub & Restaurant in the last few months, being recognised by Michelin in the current guide which was released this week, retaining their Two AA Rosettes for yet another year and being awarded The Good Food Guides Midlands Restaurant of the Year 2013.

It was the latter of these accolades which was to bring Mr Blumenthal to The Bluebell. Mrs Taylor goes on to say “Heston mentioned that he uses The Good Food Guide as his ‘Bible’, which is how he came across The Bluebell; he certainly had done his homework on us!”

The Bluebell serves lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, Sunday Lunch and afternoon tea 3-5pm Tuesday-Saturday.

Something ‘Cooking Up’ in Henley!

posterHaving a surfeit of women in amateur theatre societies is common and finding suitable plays to accommodate this situation is not easy.

However, Henley in Arden Drama Society have come up with a wonderful solution, they have adapted Victoria Wood’s classical TV comedy series ‘dinnerladies’ for the stage. This provides an opportunity for the audience to meet all their old favourites including Bren, Tony, Stan, and of course, the irrepressible Petula!

This tribute performance is based on three of the Series 1 episodes, each providing an enormous helping of fun over three acts. Performances at the Memorial Hall commence at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 31st October until Saturday 3rd November and tickets are available from our website:

Normal seating will be available Wednesday to Friday with a Last Performance Supper Night on Saturday, where our audience can bring their own picnic and drinks to use on the tables provided. A donation from the income for the Saturday performance will be forwarded to Warwick Breast Cancer Care. Tickets: weekdays £8.00, Saturday £10.00.

HADS are also planning to repeat their annual Christmas Show at the Guild Hall in December, further announcements from Carol Robson to follow.

Ray Evans - HADS

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Broadcaster - Reg Moule, talks to Ullenhall Club.

imageOn 25th September Reg spoke about making gardens and allotments more productive for vegetables; a talk both useful and amusing.

He was full of practical ideas, such as making a frame for netting (to protect vegetables from birds and butterflies) using canes held together by short pieces of garden hose. The hose is pliable, so will bend easily to make a nice, rounded corner.

When you are thinking of putting your tomato seedlings into the large pot, ring or bed in the greenhouse, think again. Once it is in a 5 inch pot, it will be better to put that pot on the spot where it is intended to be planted and just let it grow more until it starts to put out its first stem of flower buds. At that point, plant it up. This way, the plant will grow trusses from the bottom and not shoot up two or three feet before putting out its first truss.

imageBefore and after the talk, members bought plants brought along by other members, enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee and had a good chat.

The next meeting will be held in Ullenhall Village hall at 7:45 pm on 23rd October when Howard Drury, another broadcaster, will be talking about Madeira, its gardens and its people. Visitors are always welcome at our friendly club.

Penny Stott reporting

Feel good, look great

imageThe first thing we do when trying to lose weight is cut out the treats and try to eat healthier but becoming more active is just as important to weight loss and long term health as improving your diet. Raising your heart rate and working your muscles through exercise not only burns calories it also boosts your metabolism so you keep on burning those calories at a faster rate. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what kind of shape you’re currently in, there’s never a better time than now to get started – particularly as the days and nights get colder and darker and we start filling up on winter warmers!

Making a few changes to your daily routine can add up to big results and you’ll find as you get fitter you feel more energised and want to do more. This doesn’t mean joining an expensive gym and then paying for the privilege of being a member without going. The great outdoors is free and if you team up with a friend you can motivate each other.

  • go for a brisk walk or a gentle jog around your village for about 30 minutes every other day.
  • visit a local exercise class or dance class once or twice a week
  • rediscover a sport you used to enjoy or find a new one and join the local club
  • take the stairs instead of the lift and park further away from the shops instead of looking for the closest parking space.

Whatever you decide to do, aim for about 30 minutes of exercise, 3 to 5 times a week and you’ll be amazed how quickly you start to feel the results.

Stephanie Boyle is a wellness coach and Herbalife Independent Distributor and can help with weight loss, improved energy and vitality.

For further information or a free wellness check call 07825 999122 or visit

The Wonder of Waterways

imageThe Henley Society reconvened after its Summer break by welcoming Roger Butler to talk about the country’s historic canal system. Until July this year the canals were administered by British Waterways but this role has now been undertaken by the newly formed Canal and River Trust. Amazing as it may seem, we have over 2,100 miles of canals with only the Church and National Trust boasting more listed buildings. And perhaps even more surprising is that Birmingham supposedly has more canals than Venice.

Warwick has the famous Hatton Staircase (right) containing 21 locks in less than 2 miles, which Roger said was called the 'Stairway to Heaven".

There are about 32,000 boats using the waterways but that figure pales in comparison with the estimated 10 million folk who visit the towpaths. Many of these are described as ‘gongoozlers’, that is people who simply enjoy watching activity on the canals such as boats passing through locks. More energetic users of canal towpaths include walkers, joggers and cyclists; indeed Regents canal in London is quite a major cycle track for commuters. Canals are of course important corridors for wildlife, particularly through towns, and are therefore popular with both bird watchers and anglers. And let us not forget that canal towpaths can often be readily accessible for wheel chair users.


The first canal in the country was the Bridgewater canal which opened in 1761. The rest of the canal system quickly followed so that most of our canals are now over 200 years old. Originally of course canals were for commercial use although even in Victorian times pleasure trips were not unknown, perhaps for a Sunday school outing. Canal or ‘narrow’ boats were often painted in bright colours and often featured the traditional ‘Roses and Castles’ designs. And our speaker produced a typical watering or ‘buckby’ can to show us the cheerful brilliance of their decoration.

In the post war years, with commercial traffic then negligible, the canal system fell into decline so that by the 1960s much of it was derelict. What followed from then has been a wonderful success story. Not only has canal use, albeit almost entirely for leisure purposes, increased enormously but also the whole canal side environment has changed out of all recognition. Decrepit factories and warehouses backing on to canals have been gentrified and transformed into desirable apartments or put to use as offices. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the docks at Gloucester.

imageCanal architecture is something to nurture carefully being part of our national heritage. Indeed, Telford’s immense Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (right), built in 1805, soars high above the river Dee and is now a Grade 1 listed building and World Heritage Site. Contrasting with that we have some delightful old lock keeper cottages often with a particular style of their own as typified by the five barrel vaulted cottages on our local Stratford canal; supposedly they are barrelled roofed because the navvies who constructed them were so used to building bridges and tunnels on the canals themselves.

Following the talk, members as usual had the chance to mingle socially over a cup of tea. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 18th October when Liam D’Arcy Brown will tell us about ‘The Grand Canal of China’.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Flower Club meeting

imageMembers of Henley in Arden Flower Club could not have been more delighted with the flower arrangements that Anita Wright produced. Using a variety of foliage from her garden and beautiful blooms provided by her local florist Anita provided ideas to inspire flower arrangers. There was some competition for the arrangements which were raffled at the end of the evening.

Focusing on her garden, Anita shared a wealth of knowledge built up over a lifetime developing a large garden on the edge of parklands. The oak leaf hydrangea created particular interest with beautiful leaves that would be useful to include in a variety of flower arrangements.

The next Club meeting will be held at the Memorial Hall on the 9th October at 7.30 pm when the floral demonstrator will be Vanessa Higgins and her show is entitled ‘I’m in the Mood’.

Of special interest is a planned visit by Jonathan Moseley on the 13th November. Jonathan recently appeared in the television series ‘Chatsworth’ where he was seen with his team decorating the house for the tulip festival earlier this year. Jonathan also led a team of flower arrangers at the Chelsea Flower Show this year where his interpretation of Monet’s garden won a Silver-Gilt.

Tickets for this event are available in advance via Paula on 07974640994 or email at £8 each which includes a glass of wine/soft drink. Tickets will also be available on the door. Doors open at 7.00 pm and the demonstration starts at 7.30 pm.

imageCoffee morning under the arch

Sue Brewer's Coffee Morning for Macmillan took place under the railway arch adjacent to Millfield Court on Friday 28th September.

Entertainment was provided by Johnny Cash and 2 singers called Lost dog.

The event raised raised £ 320.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support.


News from the Tennis Club


imageHenley-in-Arden Tennis and Bowls Clubs ran a joint Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care. This was part of the Charity’s national initiative – The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning - which took place on Friday 28th September.

Thanks to a great selection of cakes donated by Members and others, the event, organised and run by Club Member Kim Cutler, raised £511 for the charity. Over 50 people attended the event – playing tennis, playing bowls or just sitting and chatting.

This was the first such event organised jointly by the Bowls and Tennis Clubs and promises to be the forerunner of many more in future.


Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club will be running Sunday Morning Social Tennis Sessions during the Winter. These will start at 10am each Sunday morning.

For more information contact the co-ordinator Amaya Corcuera at or the Chairman, Simon Maddox at

Henley's Bid to Stand up to Cancer


A Henley in Arden fundraiser is calling on people to ‘Stand Up To Cancer’ as part of a new national campaign involving Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. Sue Medcalf has joined a host of stars from television, music and film who are supporting ‘Stand Up To Cancer’, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr. Christian Jessen.

In October, Channel 4’s on-air season will build over a whole week culminating in a live fundraising entertainment extravaganza on Friday, October 19. Until then, volunteers are being asked to get involved in Stand Up To Cancer by purchasing a range of fun products or organising their own fundraising activities to raise money for life-saving research projects.

Sue, area volunteer manager for Cancer Research UK in Henley In Arden, roped in colleagues and an award-winning hairdresser to demonstrate that a little imagination can go a long way. And she is urging anyone who wants to make a stand to join in with help from the charity’s free fundraising pack.

Stand Up To Cancer aims to raise money to accelerate groundbreaking research to help more people survive and ensure more families stay together.

Sue - who had her hair styled by vintage film stylist Sarah Russell from Solihull - said: “Making your hair stand on end is just one of the fun ways to join the fight and Stand Up To Cancer. Why not encourage family, friends and work mates to get involved and go head-to head to see who can create the most outrageous hair-do?

“People can make a donation or get sponsored to go to work with barnets like Jedward or Marge Simpson. And for those who are follicly challenged, there is always the option of sporting a spiky wig! We are calling on men, women and children across the region to Stand Up To Cancer by helping us raise money for vital research. We need them to join us and stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against a disease which affects one in three people in the UK at some stage in their lives.”

Stand Up To Cancer is being brought to the UK for the first time by Cancer Research UK and Channel 4. It will unite scientists, celebrities and communities to generate funds, raise awareness and bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. As well as organising their own fundraising events, supporters can pop into their local Cancer Research UK shop where a wide range of striking Stand Up To Cancer T-shirts and hoodies are available in different styles for men and women. A fun, fashionable and affordable range of accessories is also on offer, with funky watches in bold colours, pin badges, key rings and travel mugs – so there’s something for everyone.

People of all ages can also show their allegiance by purchasing a Stand Up To Cancer wristband, in five different colours, for just £1 each. They are available now at Cancer Research UK shops and will be on sale at Tesco and TK Maxx stores from October.

Cancer Research UK’s West Midlands spokeswoman, Paula Young, said: “We are calling on everyone in the region to unite with people across the UK and stand up to this devastating disease. Every hour around three people are diagnosed with cancer in the West Midlands. Thanks to the incredible progress made in the last 40 years, more people are surviving than ever before. But there’s still so much more to do. It’s not just technology or knowledge that we need to win our fight to beat cancer – it’s funding. We are entering a ‘golden age’ of cancer research and every pound we raise takes us a step closer to achieving our goal to beat this disease. By boosting funding right now, the best research teams will be able to develop new treatments, bring cures faster and save more lives.”

For more information and to get involved visit, or call Sue Medcalf on 07766 112339

'Tour of Britain' stop at Henley


On Sunday 1st October 'The Tour of Britain' organised a day when cyclists could cycle some of the routes of the actual tour and other areas good for cycling.

The Henley-in-Arden Playing Fields was a feed, loo and rest area as the cyclists passed through. Over 350 cyclists passed through the area on the way to and from the bits of the Tour route.
The cyclists ranged from people who had just missed out on team selection for the Tour to fun cyclists just interested in the Tour.

A very good day was had and the Tour organisers have thanked us for our small part.

Alan Jones, Chairman -  Henley-in-Arden WMT Playing Fields Committee

St Mary’s receives a very co-operative welcome


Children from St Mary’s Primary School took to the shops last week as part of their topic ‘places we go.’ The class one youngsters, aged four to six, delighted shoppers when they popped into the Co-operative on the High Street.

The children got to look round the store, hunt for food on a shopping list and take a turn behind the counter scanning barcodes.

Class one teacher, Mrs Price, said “It was really good fun for the children to see how the cash registers work as well as highlighting the technology behind the barcodes.”

imageAfter investigating everything on the shop floor, the lucky pupils then got to go behind the scenes. Senior staff member Jane Stanley took the children upstairs where they got to take a look in the staff room, store area and bakery.

While in the bakery, the children were shown how to make doughnuts.

This was the highlight of the trip for many of the children and William described the experience as ‘Awesome!” The excited youngsters were then given doughnuts to take back to school before saying goodbye and thank you to all of the staff.

Mrs Price said “It really was a fabulous morning out for the children and we would like to say a big thank you to all the staff – and shoppers – for treating us so well.”

Rachel Saltmarsh reporting

Don't be afraid of the mouse

imageLocal computer expert Janice Crompton-Brough says “the over 50s are being left on the wrong side of the digital divide as a whole generation has missed out on the growth of the Internet.” She intends to reverse this trend by encouraging people in the Henley in Arden area to take up the challenge, access local council online services, make their life a little easier and have some computer fun.

She is one of many newly recruited tutors who have been trained and appointed by Silver Training to provide a unique, one-to-one computer tuition service directly to people in their own homes.

Janice teaches all the popular topics such as Computer Basics, Emailing, Internet Shopping and Researching Hobbies. She can even show you how to make free phone and video calls to friends and family all over the world by using an Internet program called SKYPE.

“Keeping in contact with friends and family and finding out information are amongst the most popular requests we have.” Janice says. “Handling photos and shopping online are also becoming increasingly popular.”

Silver Training is unique in that it focuses on ongoing training rather than merely fixing problems. Its network of tutors are all centrally managed, trained, vetted and branded. “We are all part of an established company”, says Janice, “which means clients can trust us and have faith in the service.”

The training service also includes computer buying advice, installation, Internet set-up and general assistance. Accompanying training material is provided.

Janice says “It is never too late to start”, as demonstrated by one of Silver Training’s clients aged 93!

Call FREE on 0800 8620666 or visit

New Police and Crime Commissioner

imageIn November this year, police authorities will be replaced by a directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). This means there will be one directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner for the whole of Warwickshire.

The elections will take place on 15 November 2012 using the supplementary vote system*. The Commissioner will take on the majority of Police Authority functions, including hiring the Chief Constable, setting the council tax precept for the police area, setting a Police and Crime Plan, and monitoring performance against it.

A pink booklet on the PCC elections from the Electoral Commission will be delivered to all households in October.

Further information on the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Election is available at the website

The registration deadline for the PCC elections is 31 October. The deadline for amendments to existing absent votes or new postal votes is 5pm on 31 October. The deadline for new proxy votes is 5pm on 7 November.

For further information or advice please contact the Elections team at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260208.

Be aware of ‘Official’ fire safety checks

imagePeople with no known fire safety experience are carrying out unexpected ‘official’ fire safety assessments at retail and office premises, Warwickshire businesses are warned. Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue and Trading Standards Services were alerted by a Stratford business that had been approached by two males who claimed to be there to make an assessment of their fire precautions.

Watch Commander for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, Paul Simmons said: “We are very concerned to hear that businesses are being approached by people claiming to be from the fire and rescue service. I would like to advise businesses that when our officers visit premises to carry out fire safety assessments, they will always be in uniform and carry an authorisation card. If there is any doubt, then you can call our fire safety department on 01926 410800 to confirm your visitor is employed by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service.”

Trading Standards Officers suspect that the callers probably represented a fire equipment sales firm and were claiming to be carrying out an ‘official fire safety assessment’ as a prelude to trying to sell the business fire safety equipment. Businesses are to undertake a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment for their premises.

The Fire Safety Order allows for any competent individual to carry out the assessment and there are a number of organisations willing to undertake risk assessments for businesses. However, businesses should ensure that any individual employed to carry out a fire risk assessment is suitably competent and qualified.

Businesses requiring further information or wishing to verify the identity of a visiting Fire Safety Officer should phone Fire Safety Headquarters on 01926 410800.

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Some details about kettles and cooking.

Most people know that boiling just the amount of water needed saves you money and reduces carbon pollution but many people boil more than they need. Why is this? The answer is that although it seems a simple idea to boil just the amount needed, it isn’t always that easy to tell what the required amount is nor is it easy to get the right amount in the kettle quickly and easily. Because of this we tend to play safe and put in more water than needed.

imageimagesHere are a few tips for getting the right amount. The trick is to measure the water as it is put into the kettle or fill to a reliable mark. For example, to make two cups of tea, start with an empty kettle and use a cup to measure out two cupfuls. Put this in the kettle and if it has a window, note where it comes to so you can fill the kettle directly next time. Better still mark the level beside the window with a felt tip pen. Some kettles are marked in cupfuls and or in litres and half litres but these are sometimes quite inaccurate and you may have larger or smaller cups than assumed by the kettle maker. It isn’t always that easy to directly fill quickly to a desired mark. So, what I do is fill to above the mark. Then I pour a bit out into a cup and check the level by placing the kettle on its stand or a flat worktop. Usually, the level is then too low but a drop added from the cup quickly gets to the correct level. The cup (actually a large mug in our house) stays by the kettle and if it gets full over time, I tip water from it to fill the kettle. If the kettle isn’t empty after use, too much was put in, so the filling process should be reviewed.

Most kettles have a minimum fill mark but often this is much higher than it needs to be. If your kettle has a folded rod type of element, the minimum fill is that which just covers all of the element rods (see below for more about this)

Some kettles waste energy by boiling for a long time before switching themselves off. This can be avoided by switching off manually as soon as you hear the kettle boiling and if you are making coffee, just before it boils. Coffee tastes best if made with water at 85 to 95 deg C so the kettle does not need to boil.

Whatever you are cooking, use the absolute minimum amount of water in the smallest pan possible and keep the lid on. Vegetables like cabbage and spinach should be squashed down in the pan. In fact they do not need to be covered when first put into the pan because as soon as the water is boiling or even just before it boils, the leaves soften and can be pushed down with a spoon or a spatula. The less water put in the pan the quicker it boils and once boiling has started, turn the heat down to a gentle simmer. Vigorous boiling does not cook food any quicker. When the food is nearly cooked, turn the heat off. On electric hobs, cooking will continue for several minutes after turning off.

imageIf you are really interested in kettle elements you may like to know that in most kettles, the beginning and end parts of the rod (A & B) need not be covered. They are known as the cold tails and do not generate heat. Heat generation starts at points approximately at C so the water must cover the element to a little above point C. Cover must be sufficient to stop localised early boiling occurring before boiling starts on the rest of the element. You can check for localised early boiling by looking inside whilst the kettle is switched on. Localised early boiling can also occur at D if this part of the element is not well covered. In our kettle, this is the feature that limits the minimum amount of water that can be boiled. Have a cup with some water to hand so you can add water to stop the localised boiling. This enables you to set up your own minimum fill mark.

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Offer of free business mentoring

John GarnerA contact of mine (no, this is not a euphemism for me!) with considerable business experience, and who is an accredited SFEDI (Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative) mentor, is offering his services free of charge to any local companies who think they could benefit. No catches, he just wants to put his extensive business expertise to good use within the local community. He has worked in many different industries with SMEs and multinationals alike but I would say his single strongest impact will be in finding new untapped sources of growth for your business. The only type of business he could not assist with is retail.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this offer please send an email to me at saying a little about your company and I will forward it on.

National Minimum Wage changes effective 1st October

It’s that time of year again so don’t forget to apply the new rates if any of your employees are effected.

The new rates are as follows (last year’s rates in brackets):

The Adult rate (for those aged 21 and over) becomes £6.19 per hour (£6.08)
The rate for 18 to 20 year olds remains at £4.98 per hour
The youth rate 16 to 17 year olds remains at £3.68 per hour
The apprentice rate increases to £2.65 per hour, (£2.60) and the accommodation offset increases goes to £4.82 per day (£4.73).

If you haven’t implemented these yet then you’ll need to backdate any increase to 1st October.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Major Events in 2013

Please advise Henley NEWS of your major events

January 2013 
February 2013 
March 2013 
April 2013 
May 2013 
June 2013

Sat 8 - Court Leet Day - Guild Hall & various locations
Sat 22 & Sun 23 - Henley 2013 Music Festival - Memorial Playing Fields

July 2013Sat 20 - Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall
August 2013 
September 2013Sat 21 - Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
October 2013Sat 19 - Air Ambulance Charity Dinner - Memorial Hall
November 2013Wed 13 - Court Leet AGM - Guild Hall
December 2013Sat 7 - Xmas Lights switch on & Christmas Market - Market Cross & Guild Hall Garden

Forthcoming Events in the next 2 months

Future events should be notified to Margrit Johnson (Parish Church Newsletter) at:

Please visit and enjoy. In addition we are also having two evening meetings on 18th October when the subject is Guardian Angels and 25th October on Archangels.

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.

This year’s Bazaar will be bigger and better than in previous years. It will be open from 11.00am to 3.00pm when we will be providing hot lunches consisting of jacket potatoes with home-made chilli and/or cheese. Also be serving mince pies to have with a cup of tea or coffee. There will be an increased range of stalls including books, china and glass, bric a brac, jewellery, gifts, raffles, toys, tombolas, handicrafts, preserves, cosmetics, cakes and “Good as New” clothes to wear during the Festive Season. Father Christmas will be in his splendid Grotto once again, with presents for young children. Come and pay him a visit! Donations for any of the stalls will be most gratefully received in the coming weeks, and a box will be available at the back of St John’s Church for these donations. Contact either Daphne Jones (01926 843515) or Barbara Colclough (01564 793710) for more details about the bazaar.

Singalong with Simon Halsey on Saturday 1st December.

Tuesday October 16th Ray Charlton will tell us about "Tasmania and New Zealand", all are welcome to join us from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 18th October in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Liam D’Arcy Brown will give a talk on ‘The Grand Canal of China’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

27th November Howard Drury (Writer and Horticultural Broadcaster) will be talking on ‘Madeira and its gardens and people’.

Last year saw the first Christmas Market in the Guildhall Garden following the Christmas Street Light Switch-on. The market raised over £500 for Acorns. This year we hope to do even better and the chosen charities for 2012 are Warwick Breast Cancer Care & Macmillan Nurses. Stalls will include “Lemon Tree Flowers”, “Maggies Cup Cakes & Sweets”, tasty hot baps from “Mills the Butcher”, Crafts, mulled wine, hot chocolate, Tombola and Kids Lucky Dip. The Alcester Silver Band will continue to play Christmas songs in the Guildhall Garden.

Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278.

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


Henley Primary School

Henley Co-op Bucket Shake

Taste of Spain - Memorial Hall

WNAA Volunteer Conference

6th October 2012

20th October 2012

3rd November 2012

WNAA Henley & District Volunteers are always looking for new people to join the group to support this vital service. Please contact Mandy Hollands

For details of the latest missions go to:

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

imageOpen to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Four person coaching team with a range of practice options. 7 floodlit courts (two astro) open throughout the year mean that there are always courts available. Full social tennis programme with tournaments held throughout the year. League matches summer and winter. Very active and successful Junior section from 5yrs to 18yrs with coaching, Club sessions and Club and County competitions. Hedgehogs membership for 5’s and under with coaching. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378 or Simon Maddox 01564 795699
logoRotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs, volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to improving the lives of people in their local communities and others around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
Please email
Rotarian Michael Redman
imageAre you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers?  We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information contact Paula Pugh on 015647 42781
  2011 Programme

imageThe Objectives of the Club are:

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

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

The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE.   Click Here for Application Form
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and 11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley.  It is open for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact Annette Walker on 792837
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.

image The centre is open every weekday; Surestart and the Parenting Project operate many supportive activities for mothers with babies. There is a club on Thursdays 10.00am – 12.30 for the older generation and regular computer classes on Fridays. There is a Youth Club (13+) on Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm and a Junior Youth Club for Year 5 to Year 8 on Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You can book the centre for your family parties at the weekend, its superb facilities are ideal for this. Check out the Web Site for a lot more information

Thursdays, 11am at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.    Full details at:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
Plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!  Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.

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

imageA registered political party campaigning for a fairer voting system in Henley & Beaudesert. Henley parish is under-represented and one seat should be transferred from Beaudesert parish to Henley parish. The party campaigns for economy as the JPC spends three times as much as comparable parish councils, with over 50% of its income going on administration, which Henley and Beaudesert council taxpayers have to pay for.
For more details, read: To join the Henley Independents email:

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

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We are delighted to publish the list of our correspondents:

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

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Henley-in-Arden Church of England Primary School

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