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.
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
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
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
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
RESIDENTS - WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Will 10 residents demand a PARISH REFERENDUM?
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
To show your support for a Referendum, Click Here
Fashion Show 2012
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.
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
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.
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
unsure what to do during the school holidays have been given a
helping hand yet again by local sports company Coolsportz.
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.
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).
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
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 www.coolsportz.co.uk or contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email email@example.com.
Thank you from Air Ambulance
The 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.
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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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
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.
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:-
- The proposal is by definition inappropriate development of the Green Belt
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.
- There is a lack of formal evidence of need and sequential testing of other options.
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.
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
'Unexpectedly back on the open market’
Heston in Henley
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”.
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.
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
The Bluebell serves lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, Sunday Lunch and afternoon tea 3-5pm Tuesday-Saturday.
Something ‘Cooking Up’ in Henley!
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
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: hads.org.uk.
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.
also planning to repeat their annual Christmas Show at the Guild Hall
in December, further announcements from Carol Robson to follow.
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Broadcaster - Reg Moule, talks to Ullenhall Club.
On 25th September Reg spoke about making gardens and allotments more productive for vegetables; a talk both useful and amusing.
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.
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.
and after the talk, members bought plants brought along by other
members, enjoyed a cup of tea or coffee and had a good chat.
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
Penny Stott reporting
Feel good, look great
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
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
- 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.
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
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The Wonder of Waterways
The 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
has the famous Hatton Staircase (right) containing 21 locks in less
than 2 miles, which Roger said was called the 'Stairway to Heaven".
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Andrew Yarwood reporting
Flower Club meeting
Members 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.
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.
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’.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Coffee morning under the arch
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
HENLEY MUMS SUPPORT MACMILLAN CANCER CARE
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.
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.
the first such event organised jointly by the Bowls and Tennis Clubs
and promises to be the forerunner of many more in future.
SUNDAY MORNING TENNIS @ HENLEY
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 Amaya@gospeloak.net or the Chairman, Simon Maddox at email@example.com
Henley's Bid to Stand up to Cancer
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.
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
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.
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?
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.”
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.
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.
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
For more information and to get involved visit standuptocancer.org.uk, or call Sue Medcalf on 07766 112339
'Tour of Britain' stop at Henley
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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 www.silvertraining.co.uk
New Police and Crime Commissioner
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
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 www.warwickshirepcc.info 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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
requiring further information or wishing to verify the identity of a
visiting Fire Safety Officer should phone Fire Safety Headquarters on
For more information visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/businessfiresafety
Make Henley Greener
Our Award Winning Column
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Some details about kettles and cooking.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 Garner's Business Column
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contact of mine (no, this is not a euphemism for me!) with considerable
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catches, he just wants to put his extensive business expertise to good
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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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HAVE YOU SEEN THE ANGELS EXHIBITION?
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.
CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - 24TH November.
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.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
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
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
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.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
27th November Howard Drury (Writer and Horticultural Broadcaster) will
be talking on ‘Madeira and its gardens and people’.
CHRISTMAS MARKET 2012
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.
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
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: www.wnaa.co.uk/rescuenews
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDENRotary
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.
Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant
evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We
meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for
yourself? Visitors are always welcome £5.00. You do not have to
be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if
you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops.
For further information contact Paula Pugh on 015647 42781 firstname.lastname@example.org 2011 Programme
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
- To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
- To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
- To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
- To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
- To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
- To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
create a network where members can communicate with each other in order
to exchange ideas, exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek
advice and help. The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
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
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
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
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
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.
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
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTSThis
is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant
and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide
young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of
our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how
you can get involved. For more information please contact Graham
Mallinson on: 01564 795297 / 07535 233313.
The HUB @ HENLEY
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 at thehubathenley.co.uk
TAI CHI in HENLEY
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
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
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
Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in Henley.
It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in the Guild
Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John Pollard on
0121 603 8577 for further details.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the
White Swan Hotel and usually finds time for a tipple, which may or may
not improve our play!! Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are
normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.
For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.
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 email@example.com for more information.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. The Club has around 80 members and organises
a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested
in joining please contact Gordon Trinder.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
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
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
Henley and Beaudesert council taxpayers have to pay for.
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