Residents' Referendum Refused by JPC Chairman
North End Car Park on Green Belt
the start of Monday’s (15th) Parish Council meeting a number of
residents presented their concerns over the proposal to develop a car
park for 100 cars on green belt land to the North of Henley.
electors from both Henley and Beaudesert Parishes exercised their right
to request a parish referendum which they hoped could be combined with
the election for new parish councillors due to be held on November
15th. The question they wished put to the electorate was “Do you support the use of green belt land for a car park?”
of the Parish Council refused to accept these requests and the clerk
explained the procedure which should be followed to institute such a
referendum. The Chairman, Cllr L Goodman, then said that this mandatory
process could not be completed in time for the November elections.
However, the proposers of the referendum disagreed that the timetable
was not achievable.
reflecting the concerns of local people over their Council’s
support for this car park questions were then raised over the validity
of the petition signed by 38 local businesses and presented to the
District council by Cllr. G. Matheou in September. Over 75% of the
signatories to that petition have now withdrawn their support stating
that it had not been made clear to them that the car park was to be
sited in the green belt.
strength of local feeling that had been demonstrated, the speakers were
advised that the Parish Council had reached its decision to support the
planning application in accordance with its normal procedures and
therefore nothing further could be done at this level.
75% of traders withdraw from Cllr Mathoeu's Business Petition on Green Belt car park
Pages 1 & 2 of the redacted petition
About 75% of
the traders have withdrawn their support from Cllr Matheou's JPC
Business Committee's Car Park Petition once they found out that the
proposed site was on green belt land and more are expected to withdraw
when they become aware about the invasion of the green belt. Stratford
District Council has stated that it regarded information about this
change as "very useful".
PRESS RELEASE BY LAURENCE MARSHALL
Misinformation Fuels Reversal of Support
for Henley Green Belt Car Park
Given the full facts, nearly all of the local businesses and traders who initially signed a petition in favour of a new car park
in Henley have since retracted their support.
The unprecedented reversal of support came about when the full facts concerning the scale of the development and its proposed
location on green belt land at the ‘gateway’ entrance to the town were made known, leaving some signatories of the petition feeling
as if they had been duped.
This embarrassing reversal of support for the petition organised by District Councillor George Matheou comes on top of Councillor
Matheou’s statement that Forward LLP, the company that owns Henley Golf & Country Club, are prepared to give the land to
the tax payers when in reality this has not been made clear and the understanding is that they would merely be allowing the public
to pay to use some of the car park spaces at certain times of the day.
Local resident Laurence Marshall commented “The green belt that surrounds Henley is what gives the town its distinctive outstanding
beauty and the detrimental impact of a car park of this scale at the entrance to the town should be resisted”. He added “ members
of the public are also alarmed that Councillor Matheou’s pre determination of the proposal has disregarded new and material planning
considerations that were raised when Stratford District Council extended its consultation process to include the immediate neighbours
of the site”. The final decision will now rest with the officers of Stratford District Council who have raised further enquiries
with the applicant.
The JPC website states;
Joint Parish Council pursues and implements policies that safeguard and
enhance the environment of the town, and promotes business in the
Parish. The Council encourages its residents to participate in all
matters that affect the town."
Your vote is most important for democracy in Henley.
Neither your name nor your email address will ever be disclosed.
An early Response
No - I think as usual the council headed by Goodman are pursuing their OWN AGENDA.
When will they start listening to the local residents and businessmen who are eminently more sensible.
No - Green Belt Land means NO DEVELOPEMENT. If this proposal is given the go ahead,
would it be the thin end of the wedge? I don't trust the JPC.
No - This ideal and the JPC, as always seem to be diametrically opposed.
No - The most recent occurrence of the JPC ignoring the views of residents was when they voted to support the proposed Car Park without advising or asking those residents most affected whether they were in favour or not.
Yes - Most people I know think the Parish Council is a genuine hardworking bunch of people.
Yes - The parish council has worked hard on a variety of projects which benefit the community.
No - I think there's a strong argument that elements at least of the JPC actively oppose that ideal.
No - This "green belt issue" prompted me to vote "NO"
No - Cllr Goodman as Chairman of the JPC appears to have too much power and this power has gone to his head - anything he personally agrees with goes through, and everything he does not agree with gets thrown out.
Until a new Chairman is voted in the hard work of some of the other councillors will remain in vain.
No - I am amazed that the Parish Council dare to ignore the requests of the people of Henley.
They suffer from delusions of grandeur!! They use procedures and time scale to prevent views being expressed.
Henley CFR Founder honoured
who has worked tirelessly to set up the Henley Community First
Responder scheme has been honoured for his community spirit by West
Midlands Ambulance Service. John, who celebrated entering his ninth
decade last month received the Chairman’s Award at the
Trust’s Annual General Meeting.
John was the driving force behind the setting up of the CFR scheme in
Henley in Arden. The scheme which was only formally set up in December
2011 went operational in June 2012.
Trust Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, said: “In only five months,
John galvanised support for the scheme, recruited other people in the
community to volunteer as CFRs, set up an on-line rostering system and
with the support of local businesses and organisations were able to
make the progress they enjoy today. Ask anyone in the scheme and they
will tell you what a lynch pin John is, even though he is himself very
modest about his achievements. It is humbling to see how someone such
as John can make such a difference to the local community he lives in.
The scheme is already performing well and making a difference to the
lives of people that live there.”
John said: “I am very pleased to accept this award on behalf of
the Henley CFR Scheme. Although I am Chair and Coordinator of the group
I am only receiving this award because members of the Henley Community
wished to join me to form a Team of Responders. I would also like to
thank the co-ordinators and members from nearby schemes who provided so
much useful support, advice and tips. I would also thank Ian Inglesant
as CFR Manager who provided the vital enthusiastic support to get the
scheme started. Also Bobby Qayum his successor who has continued that
impetus to get us where we are today with his hands on support and
guidance. Although I am no youngster I felt it important that I did the
training not only for my own family, but so that I could experience and
know for myself what happens in order for a recruit to become a
Responder on call.”
Scheme Secretary, Sue Osborne, added: “If it hadn’t been
for John, there wouldn’t be a team to support him. John’s
wife thinks he has gone back to work full time, the amount of time and
effort he devotes to making sure our CFRs are there when they are
needed. This award is incredibly well deserved and we are all delighted
West Midlands Ambulance Service
READY FOR THE CLOCK CHANGE?
“The number of incidents we attend where the front of the house
is in total darkness is unreal. Why would you make it so difficult to
see the house number? In an emergency every second counts and we can
waste valuable minutes searching for the right property.”
These are just a few of the comments from staff of West Midlands
Ambulance Service when asked what it’s like trying to find
properties at night. With the clocks set to go back an hour this
weekend coming, now is very definitely the time to make sure your house
is ready for the winter.
Each year West Midlands Ambulance Service gets called to a large number
of incidents where it is almost impossible for ambulance staff to find
the property where the patient is, because they can’t identify
the house from the road. The situation always gets worse with the
longer hours of darkness.
Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Tracey Morrell, said: “Our
crews regularly find house numbers and even road signs obscured by
hedges that have overgrown over the summer, or paintwork that has
faded. Some houses simply don’t have a number.
“In cases where every second counts, being able to find a
property quickly really can make the difference between life and death.
Spending a few moments making sure we can identify your house really
could make a massive difference if the worst happens. Equally, if it is
dark, put the lights on so that your house is more easily spotted. If
possible, it can also be helpful if someone can come out to the road to
flag down the ambulance vehicle. On Monday, many people will be
traveling home in the dark for the first time in six months. It will
also be the first time that many school children will have been
travelling home at dusk or in the dark. We would urge people who are
out and about in the dark to make sure that they are visible to other
road users. For example, if you are out walking the dog, have you got a
reflective jacket on? People riding bicycles should ensure that they
have working bike lights – it is the law. Reflectors on your
clothing and bike can only help. We would also strongly recommend that
you wear a cycle helmet too.
“Please make sure you use common sense and stay safe.”
Spain comes to Henley
Saturday evening, 20th October, some 86 worthy citizens of Henley
packed into the Memorial Hall to enjoy a ‘Taste of Spain’,
a fund raising event to support Warwickshire & Northampton Air Ambulance.
and informal nature of the evening started off on a convivial note with
guests being greeted with a cheering glass of Cava, sponsored by Finest
Catch the new fish restaurant at Liveridge Hill.
been attractively laid out with the colours red and yellow much in
evidence and identified by the name of a Spanish city or town.
Background music on a Spanish guitar by Leo Turner completed the
setting for a wonderfully atmospheric experience.
Dalby provided a typically Spanish menu including ham, chorizo and bean
stew, crispy Spanish chicken & potatoes in sherry, and pork stuffed
with apricot, followed by pancakes with chocolate and ice cream.
Appropriate vino was on hand including a fine full bodied Rioja.
Following a literal ‘Taste of Spain’, we were then treated
to a more figurative ‘Taste of Spain’ with Ana Garcia
performing some extravagant flamenco dancing accompanied by Marco. The
enthusiastic response of the diners was a fitting tribute to the
professionalism of this act.
businesses had most kindly donated some splendid raffle prizes and the
generosity of guests ensured that this was a rousing success. In
addition a further competition invited guests to suggest a fictional
name for the helicopter with a magnificent helicopter cake for winning
The organising team with the helicopter cake
the Hall in a replete and happy frame of mind having enjoyed an
excellent evening in support a very worthwhile cause. Bill Leech and
his committee of volunteers are to be heartily congratulated for all
their efforts and special thanks must go to Wendy Willmott, the
organiser of the evening for an outstanding occasion. In total a
substantial £1,170 was raised for the Warwickshire Air Ambulance
– thank you and well done!
the course of the evening the High Bailiff John Tristam presented a
cheque for £425 to Bill Leech, the co-ordinator of the
Henley-in-Arden & District Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air
which was separate from the amount raised at the 'Taste of Spain'
evening, was the surplus generated at the Court Leet Town Dinner held
on Saturday 22nd September 2012.
Two charities have benefited from the Town Dinner surplus - WNAA and the School Bus Appeal. Each has received £425.
Andrew Yarwood reporting
My bungee jump for Air Ambulance
down to Bray Lake near Windsor on the 27th August. It was the third
attempt for my jump, and at one point the wind picked up and we had to
wait for an hour - I thought it would be cancelled again. I jumped from
a 300ft high crane, it didn't look that big until I got to the top!
I have so far
raised £767.50 for WNAA and hope to collect in another
£140. It was the scariest thing I have ever done, not sure if I
would do it again!
Claire Hollands - Member of the Henley and District WNAA Volunteers Committee
A new nursery 'Little Nutkins' opens
was officially opened in September 2012 by Sophie Dewar. Sophie has
finally fulfilled her dream in opening her own nursery. She has had the
help of friends and family and lots of support from her partner, Gavin
George, to refurbish the nursery. Without all these people it would not
have been possible.
has had a brand new refurbished baby room offering a sensory room and
an all new woodland themed cosy room, offering appropriate resources.
The nursery offers a new rich resourced toddler room following ideas
from the local model classroom for Early Years. The pre school room has
a well resourced contiguous provision offering a story tunnel,
expressive arts stage, ICT area, role play room and a dedicated maths
and literacy area.
Sophie told Henley NEWS,
"We work hard using the provision to enhance areas to follow children's
interests to focus on their next stages of development."
Sophie has a
dedicated team including a deputy manager who holds a degree in Early
Years and Sophie herself has a wealth of experience including a degree
in Early Years from the University of Warwick to bring to Little
Nutkins. The nursery is open from 7.30am and closes at 6pm, we offer
all year round care and only close for the Christmas break and bank
holidays. There is also a holiday club up till the age of 11yrs which
will offer a before and after school club in the near future.
Opening Lodders New Office
High Bailiff, John Tristram, opened the new offices of Lodders
Solicitors at the north end of the High Street on Tuesday (23rd)
accompanied by the Town Crier Gordon Trinder.
are celebrating 225 years in Henley-in-Arden with a move to more
accessible premises in the town, which also benefit from excellent car
trace its roots back to 1786. It was in that year that the firm (then
known as Lea and Couchman) opened its doors in Beaudesert. In 1834 the
firm received a letter of thanks from none other than the Duke of
Wellington. The Duke, as well as being one of Britain’s most
famous war heroes, was also a leading politician and at the time he was
serving as Foreign Secretary having just stepped down from his
second term of office as Prime Minister!
been 10 Monarchs and as many as 61 Prime Ministers since the first
office opened. The firm took the Lodders name more than a
century ago and current senior partner David Lodder, pictured
right above, continues to push the firm forwards with energy and
partner Alastair Frew said: “Henley-in-Arden is one of our key
centres of operation – it is very important to us. This move will
improve facilities for staff and clients alike, with a friendly and
more efficient office. In these troubled and changing times, it is nice
to be able to rely on a brand that has served the community for so long.
Singalong to be hosted by world famous conductor
one of the worlds leading conductors of choral repertoire, is hosting a
fund raising event at St Johns Church in Henley in Arden, "Singalong
with Simon", and invites all music lovers to join him for a day of
rehearsing and performing Advent & Christmas Carols old and new
Simon regularly conducts prestigious orchestras and choirs worldwide.
He is chief conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir and has been Chorus
Director of the CBSO Chorus for over 25 years.
In 2012 he was
announced as Choral Director of the London Symphony orchestra and
London Symphony Chorus as well as holding the positions of Artistic
Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Youth Choral programme and Director
of the BBC proms Youth choir.
John Ganjavi, Rector of St Johns, said "Simon has organised these
singalongs for us before, they are open to anyone who would just like
to have a go, they are fun, and at the end of the session you sing as a
choir the various pieces rehearsed during the day. I would also add
that it's a privilege to be able to spend a day working with Simon, and
as a church we are very grateful that he has made time in his very busy
schedule to stage this fund raising event on our behalf."
The event takes place in the church on Saturday 1st December, 11.00am
to 4.00pm; tickets cost £17 each and include a light lunch and
are available from John Ganjavi on 01564 792570 - all proceeds go to
Rob Kingscott reporting
The Town Badge and The Court Leet Crest
Court Leet Crest
The Town Badge
appears on the boundary signs of Henley. It was designed in the 1950s
and the original drawing is in the Warwickshire Archive at Warwickshire
County Council Records Office in Warwick.
It should not be confused with the Court Leet Crest, which looks very similar.
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Henley JPC - Has the Highest Parish Council Tax
The present JPC spends far more than comparable parish councils,
with over 50% of its income going on administration, including costly new office accommodation.
VOTE FOR THE TWO HENLEY INDEPENDENTS BELOW IF YOU WANT ECONOMY
An Expert Review of "The Casual Vacancy"
as a Parish Clerk and Harry Potter fan, I had so looked forward to the
release of this book for months. I really wanted to like it and tried
my hardest to. Sadly I failed to enjoy it. I even had one too many
whiskies and posted the tweets below to JK herself:
have done Local Government a disservice on a par with Eric Pickles
through lack of knowledge. The book is plain wrong regarding
am a Parish Clerk and am dismayed with your lack of research: Secretary
to a PC? No such post. Understanding about a Mayor and relevant council
page 36? Utterly wrong”. Suffice to say it lasted 36 pages until
the utter lack of research shone through and was annoying.
the book is meant as a socialist metaphor, due to its loose theme
regarding community and social injustice, but if you’re after a
socialist metaphor I’d go and read Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists instead, it’s much more intelligent and better reasoned.
has swapped the gentle humour which ran through Harry Potter for a
torrent of swear words and bad grammar to emphasise that people from
council housing estates are inarticulate. The “have nots”
and teenagers appear only interested in sex and smoking, which just
reinforces why I never liked teenagers when I was one.
the “haves” are just as detestable and falling into the
stereotype of middle class obnoxious oafs. The women of this category
all seem to be married to people they don’t want to be but it
doesn’t matter because it’s really hard to care about any
quarters of the way through you realise the Administrator/Secretary to
the Parish Council is in fact the Chairman’s wife. Up until this
point the Chairman has decided the deadline for the casual vacancy and
applications are submitted to him. At no point in the book does JK
understand the role of the Clerk or the need for the Chairman not to
make unilateral decisions.
not all bad, there are touches of humour but the plot simply
doesn’t warrant over 500 pages and the character that is most
likeable died at the start of the book creating the casual vacancy on
the parish council of the title.
Very sad considering how fantastically the Harry Potter books were written and how beautifully crafted those characters were.
The lack of research into Local Government and incorrect references detract from an okay story.
Parnell, our guest reviewer, was for a short time the Parish Clerk for
the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council. She is now
Parish Clerk for the Wixford, Halford and Coughton Parish Councils.
Community Governance Review - Update
Proposed Civil Parish boundaries
meeting of Parish Councillors and Parish Clerks from across the
Stratford District Council area was organised by Karen Parnell on
Thursday (18th) on behalf of the Warwickshire Association of Councils.
Lankester, Chief Executive of SDC, reported on changes which were being
considered by the Council in consultation with the Electoral
Commission. It was intended to reduce the number of councillors by only
having one councillor per ward from the election in May 2015. To reduce
the costs of parish elections, it was being considered to bring bring
forward the parish council elections by one year to May 2015 so that
all the local authority elections were held at the same time.
Community Governance Review, Darren Whitney, Head of Democratic
Services, told the meeting that there had been 61 replies from across
the District, with 50% coming from the Henley Independents.
Draft proposals would be considered by the SDC Audit Committee on 12th
November and the final recommendations would then be published. A final
consultation would be open for comment until 14th Jan 2013. It was
expected that the Council would make an order for adoption in April
The Henley Independents
proposed that the boundary between the Henley Civil Parish and
Beaudesert Civil Parish should be the River Alne. Furthermore, the
number of seats on the Joint Parish Council should be proportional to
the number of voters. With the present boundary, one seat should be
transferred from Beaudesert to Henley on the Joint Parish Council.
Parish Council has been asked to comment on moving the "Vestal Virgins"
on the Birmingham Road from Ullenhall Civil Parish to Henley Civil
Parish. Our correspondent in Ullenhall commented that he can see no
advantage for the "Vestal Virgins" residents. "Why would these
residents want to move from a well run parish and have their parish council tax trebled?"
councillors and parish clerks were again reminded that under the new
Code of Conduct, councillors could not take part in deciding on grants
if they were an officer or trustee of an applicant organisation for a
Chairman of the Warwickshire Association of Local Councils, has invited
all clerks and councillors in the SDC area to a meeting on Wednesday
23rd January 2013 at Elizabeth House, Stratford on Avon District
Council Offices for an update from Stratford District Council on the
Parish Boundary Review. The Henley Independent councillors will be
attending this meeting.
Remember remember the 5th of November ...
The time has come to have some fun so why not join us at the much loved town bonfire and fireworks display run by 1st Henley & Wootton Scout Group.
It's part of Henley tradition and the stuff that childhood memories are
made of. The gates open at 6pm so you can avoid the rush, with the
bonfire lit at 6.30pm. The fantastic firework display is at 7.15pm, and
while you're waiting, you can enjoy a cup of soup, have a glass of
wine, watch the kids jousting with the glow-lit foam sticks, or try
your luck on the coconut shy.
And don't forget, you don't have to be a child to come along. For a
great start to your evening, come a long and soak up the atmosphere
before heading into Henley for your night out.
You'll find us at Henley Playing Fields just half a mile south of
Henley on the A3400. It's easy to walk it, and we have parking at the
playing fields, as well as additional parking at Henley College.
All proceeds will fund equipment for the girls and boys in our Beavers, Cubs and Scout groups.
In the interests of safety, please do not bring sparklers.
See you there!
1st Henley & Wootton Group Scout Leader
The Henley-in-Arden Diamond Jubilee Telephone Directory will be published on Saturday 17th November 2012 at a cover price of £6.
You can order a copy at the special pre-publication price of £4
by clicking on the link below and following the instructions. To
qualify for this special discount, payment must be received by 30th
October 2012. You will have a choice of Paypal with a handling fee of
50p or deliver your cheque for £4 to 253 High Street. (The
weekend Paypal VAT problem has been fixed. All payments made on Sunday
21st have been refunded in full. These orders can now be resubmitted.)
If you are paying by cheque, please make the cheque payable to "Henley Focus".
Henley Focus and Henley NEWS
September meeting started with Jerusalem, then 10 minutes of keep fit
with Wendy, followed by the business part of the meeting.
speaker was Mike Ledbury with a talk entitled Confessions of a Morris
Man. Mike had us laughing throughout his talk. He came with his
accordian and the outfit he would wear when he was dancing: white
trousers, white shirt, scarf, his leg bells and his hat. His leg bells
were a leather contraption that were made by a man from Tibberton, Mike
then had to attach the bells. Mike took us on his journey as a Morris
Man. Mike attended the weekly practice meetings, of course held in a
pub, and it took him some time before he danced in public. The
confessions were many and he even had us trying the steps of some of
the dances while he played the accordian.
Our president Jan tried on the hat for size at the end of a very enjoyable evening.
members celebrated with a lovely lunch at the White Swan Hotel for our
85th Anniversary. Next meeting the AGM is on 6th November.
June Mathers reporting
Henley Tennis Club Youngsters Success
has again been celebrating the success of several of their junior
members. Over the summer the club fielded teams of juniors who took
part in the Warwickshire Aegon league. The teams came top in three age
categories, in recognition of their success they have been presented
with awards from Neil Supperstone, head coach at the club.
Pictured are some of the team members who took part:
Red Winners (8 & under) - pictured left to right James Price
(Claverdon), Dylan Turne (Henley), Leo Bartlett (Wootton Wawen)
Green (10 and under) winners- from left to right Henry Smith (Aston
Cantlow), Louis Walsh (Ullehall), Alex Evans (Wootton Wawen) and Luca
Bartlett (Wootton Wawen)
14 & Under Girls winners - left to right Molly Eyre (Henley), Grace Turner (Henley)
Leaders Certificate - pictured are some of the Henley in Arden Tennis
Leaders - Alex Barrow, Fraser Kent (Henley), Emma Hancocks (Bearley).
important aspect of developing young members is the “Young
Leaders” course. This involves undertaking two modules over the
to Tennis which allowed the young participants to learn about effective
communication and organisation skills as well as developing their
understanding of how variations of the game can be used to introduce
tennis to people of all ages and abilities.
second module involved 'helping at a competition' where the leaders
learnt how to score matches and consider the key actions before, during
and after a competition. The Leaders then helped run a very successful
Mini Orange and Green Schools Competition. Neil wanted to say well done
to all of the leaders who all did a fantastic job, he looks forward to
them putting their skills into practice on a regular basis and perhaps
taking their Level 1 Coaching Assistant's course in the future.
For more information please contact Neil Supperstone www.coolsportz.co.uk or Simon Maddox Club Chairman SiMaddox@talktalk.net
Sian Corrie reporting
Community Grants for 2013
|Grants in 2012
|Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust
|Henley Community Library
|Henley in Bloom
|St Mary's Catholic Primary School
|Guild Hall Garden
|Henley Seniors (formerly Henmen)
Green = Full Award Red = No Award Grey = Reduced Award
Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council now welcomes
applications from not-for-profit community based organisations who work
in or for the residents of Henley in Arden.
For further details or to be sent an application form, either email the Parish Clerk on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01564 795499.
Previous beneficiaries of awards will automatically receive an email alert.
The closing date for applications to be received is Friday 30th November 2012.
Henley Society October 2012 Meeting
The Grand Canal of China
Society was delighted to welcome Liam D’Arcy Brown and listen to
a fascinating talk about the Grand Canal of China. While everybody has
heard about the Great Wall of China far fewer people know about the
Grand Canal and yet in many ways it is the greater achievement. It is
arguably the most important man made waterway in the world and covered
1,115 miles linking Hangzhou in the south with Beijing in the north.
oldest part of the canal was started in 486 BC. Problems with silting
resulted in the canal being ‘modernised’ in 605 AD and
completed a few years later. The works were under the direction of a
mandarin Ma Shumou. He had a brutal but highly effective way of
recruiting the necessary labour by enlisting all men aged 15 to 50. For
any who failed to respond to the call to dig, there followed execution
of their extended family including parents, siblings, offspring, uncles
and aunts, and cousins!! By this means, 3.6 million labourers were
swiftly raised. The main purpose of the canal was to move rice from the
south northwards. The barges would be pulled by up to 100 men, although
the boats would also have sails with the mast retractable so as to pass
under bridges. Revolutionary features of the barges included rudders
and watertight bulkheads.
Grand Canal was renovated almost entirely in the early 15th century. In
1855 the Yellow river flooded, changing its course and severing the
canal. The result is that today the canal’s northern terminus is
at its summit at Jining. But the southern end is seriously active with
60 million tons of freight passing along it each year. Since the start
of Deng Xiaoping’s reforms in the late 1970s, the Grand Canal has
been servicing China’s economy carrying vast quantities of bulk
goods such as construction materials and fuel.
width of the canal tends to be about 100 metres where it passes through
cities but can be up to a kilometre wide in the open countryside; the
wide sections having been created last century to capture floodwaters.
Today, typically a tug will pull up to about 12 barges. The boats tend
to be privately owned with a family living aboard. It is though, not
uncommon to still see traditional sampans sailing along.
China, amidst all its frenetic aim for modernisation and growth, is
coming to appreciate what a rich heritage it has along its canal. The
Precious Belt Bridge, left, is a stone arch bridge located near the
city of Suzhou, the first construction going back to 816 AD but only as
recently as 2001 was it included in the list of national monuments. And
a Dragon King Temple in Beijing has recently been restored. In the now
defunct northern part of the canal, municipalities are re-excavating
parts of the canal and filling them with water to preserve their
original identities. A lot of effort is being made to make people aware
of the Grand Canal and to realise what a superb tourist attraction it
the talk, members as usual had the chance to mingle socially over a cup
of tea. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 15th November when
Dr Sylvia Pinches will give a talk entitled ‘A Tale of Two
Andrew Yarwood reporting
The Coventry Solihull Warwickshire (CSW) Superfast Broadband Project
aims to deliver the Government’s 2015 targets, as set out in the
December 2010 strategy document, Britain’s Superfast Broadband
Future. These state that every premise should be able to access
broadband at speeds of at least 2Mbps and that superfast broadband
(defined as providing more than 24Mbps) should be available to 90% of
premises in each local authority area. The intention is to procure open
access wholesale network services that:
- any Internet service provider can use to deliver retail superfast broadband services to residential and business customers;
- can assist businesses by helping to connect premises and mobile workers to the services they require;
- can assist any public sector organisation in building Public Services Network (PSN) compliant infrastructure;
- any community network can use for backhaul.
aspirations beyond 2015 are in keeping with the European
Commission’s 2020 targets that fast broadband coverage at 30Mbps
should be available to all EU citizens, with at least half European
households subscribing to broadband access at 100Mbps. The project will
endeavour to deliver infrastructure and services that can scale
appropriately to keep pace with the increasing bandwidth demands of new
applications and services.
Pre-procurement phase has started
The project has now passed the B-zero gateway which was a significant
achievement and reflects the amount of hard work that we (and our
Community Champions) have been doing over the past few months to really
understand the true state of broadband in our area. We now have the
go-ahead from BDUK to enter the pre-procurement phase of our project
and can start to engage with suppliers in readiness for a full
procurement exercise (see timetable below). This is great news and
means that we now enter an exciting time as the project starts to
become very real.
there is still the issue of State Aid to be dealt with. We are informed
by BDUK that the EU should be giving its approval for the UK to set up
a National Competency Centre “imminently”. This means that
rather than the EU dealing with approval requests from all of the UK
projects individually they will be dealt with at a UK level, which
should speed up that part of the process.
Top questions this month:
Q1 When will you know what speeds I will get?
There are so many variables - right down to the wiring in your home or
office - that until the roll-out is complete it will be impossible to
say exactly what speed any particular property will achieve. However we
will be working with our chosen supplier to design a network that will
address the issues that we have discovered during our many months of
public consultation and data gathering. When we do go out to tender we
be using a performance-based specification rather than requiring
particular technologies, so it will be up to the bidders to use their
expertise to achieve our targets of 100% coverage at a minimum of 2Mbps
and 90% at 24Mbps or above.
Q2 Does this mean we don’t need to do the surveys any more?
It is now more vital than ever that we get full coverage with our
surveys. Throughout our tendering and design phase we will be looking
to achieve best coverage for every area, and we cannot do that unless
we know what speeds are actually achieved in each area and what the
possible future demand for faster broadband might be.
Q3 I am a community broadband provider – what does this mean for me?
project aim is to provide a wholesale broadband network. That means
that any ISP can provide services over the network. We have also stated
our intention to get fibre as close to every community as possible
because that is the best way to provide future resilience. Therefore
the final network should provide affordable backhaul for community
The CSW Broadband Project Team
Tel: 01926 412984
Claverdon Gardening Group’s Country Market
annual event will take place on Saturday 10th November at Claverdon's
Dorothea Mitchell Hall CV35 8PH with free entry from 9:30am to 3pm.
Last year's Country Market was a tremendous success, with hundreds of visitors picking up many bargains from the 22 exhibitors.
year, an even wider variety of items will be on offer including
flowers, plants, vegetables, preserves, pies, sausages, beef, nuts,
dried fruit, personalised gifts/clothing, knitted products, fused glass
decorations, paintings, all manner of wooden items and more jewellery
than an Arabian souk!
Les Edwards reporting
Thanks to Henley in Bloom
should like to express my sincere appreciation to Ginny Matheou for the
superb effort she and her watering team put in every year.
This year especially looks brilliant once again.Your own house is a shining example of how to do it.
As you will be aware I was responsible for the watering for a period of seven years and know how onerous it can be.
Peter Knight - High Street
20th Lions Festive Walk on Sunday 30th December
From Baddesley Clinton National Trust House
Pull on a Santa hat and join hundreds of walkers for this ever popular
day and walk off your Christmas pudding with Knowle and Dorridge Lions.
Help raise funds for the Marie Curie Big Build, St Basil’s, AgeUK
Solihull and local causes – get your effort sponsored or make a
What better way to shake off the excesses of Christmas than to get
together with family and friends for a walk in the country. There will
be a choice of 1.5, 5.5 and 8 mile FREE signed walks around the
beautiful Warwickshire countryside along country lanes, towpaths and
footpaths, all passing at least one country pub!
More details online at: www.KnowleandDorridgeLions.com/walk now. House and Gardens will be open for walkers to visit and mince pies and mulled wine for all to enjoy
Add it to your Festive calendar and don't forget to invite your friends and family.
See you there
Lions Festive Walk
Samaritans at Stratford Gifts Fair
Stratford Samaritans held a very successful Arts, Crafts and Gifts Fair in the town’s Civic Hall on October 6th and 7th.
wonderful weather over the weekend brought out many shoppers and
tourists, many of whom were encouraged to look in at the Fair by a
white rabbit and a hairy fairy who wandered the streets handing out
was also a friendly-looking bear padding around, joined by a dainty
clown, and the charity is extremely grateful to their support
volunteers who gave up so much time to help publicise the event and
bring in the crowds.
were stalls to suit everyone, including beautiful jewellery, yummy
cakes and fudges, tasty preserves, hand-knits, handbags and hand-made
cards. Samaritans are also very grateful to all the stall holders who
supported the Fair and to the many Samaritan volunteers who made
delicious refreshments to sell and helped out over the weekend.
the first time the local branch has attempted anything like this but
because it raised much-needed funds and was so well supported, it may
not be the last!
Caroline Compton reporting
A snack attack can be a healthy one….
Don’t eat between meals…particularly if you are trying to
lose weight. Is this true? On the contrary, planning a snack between 3
healthy balanced meals can actually help weight loss – if you
choose the right snack.
normally get hungry every three to four hours and trying to ignore the
mid morning hollow stomach feeling between breakfast and lunch, and the
energy slump mid afternoon between lunch and dinner can cause us to
overeat later on. If we leave ourselves to get too hungry we end up
filling up on stodgy carbs or grabbing a chocolate fix to get an
immediate energy boost and nutrition goes out the window. Sound
healthy snack mid morning and mid afternoon can help provide sustained
energy throughout the day and prevent cravings for the wrong kind of
foods that just pile on the pounds.
makes a healthy snack? Just like your breakfast, lunch and dinner
should contain a balanced source of protein and wholegrain
carbohydrates, so should your snacks. It can be tempting, particularly
when dieting, to snack on fruit all day. But fruit still contains a lot
of sugar, albeit natural, and the calories can soon add up without
filling you up.
Some healthier options would be:
- Low GI (releases sugars slowly) fruit such as:
Apricots, grapefruit, cherries, plums, apples, peaches, strawberries,
pears, oranges or fresh figs – add five or six nuts such as
almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans or Brazil nuts to boost the protein.
- Low fat greek yogurt mixed with a few chopped fruits.
- A couple of oatcakes or rice cakes with peanut butter, a dollop of cottage cheese or houmous.
- A handful of raw chopped vegetables with a tablespoon of houmous.
- One Herbalife protein bar or shake.
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Under par Claverdon see off local rivals
Saturday 20th October 2012
WARWICKIANS 5 CLAVERDON 13
Try scorer – Anthony Jay
Conversion – Doz Ward
Penalties – Doz Ward x 2
Claverdon's Tom Johnson hurtling down the wing
lions travelled ten minutes down the road to face a Warwickians side
that had also experienced a slow start to this season’s league
started off the stronger of the two sides and it wasn’t long
before the hosts conceded a penalty within kickable distance. The lions
chose to kick for the corner but the resultant lineout was wasted and
the game remained scoreless. They did make amends though only minutes
later as fly half Doz Ward stepped up to kick a penalty from twenty
five yards and put the first points on the board.
minutes later and it was again Ward that slotted another penalty to
keep the scoreboard ticking over for the visitors. Warwickians did
respond and tried several times to break through the Claverdon defence
but resolute defending kept them firmly at bay.
minutes of the half remaining the lions managed their first and only
try of the game. Ward floated a long pass to inside centre Johnson who
darted past several defenders before chipping through for winger Rick
Wilding. He managed to pick up the loose ball and offloaded to the
supporting flanker Anthony Jay to go over near the corner to record his
first try of the season. Ward duly slotted the two extra points to give
the visitors a seemingly comfortable half time lead.
0-13 Half Time
Club captain Conor Smith
first period had been poor from the lions and the second half saw no
improvement at all as they didn’t muster a single point. Ward and
the Warwickians kicker both missed penalties before the hosts managed
to finally break the Claverdon defence when their scrum half grabbed a
well worked team try. The kicker hit the post from a position that
should easily have gained the home side a further two points and a
losing bonus point.
other incidents in the half saw the referee wrongly blow his whistle to
signal two tries to Claverdon only to realise that the ball was in fact
on the five metre line both times. Both times the red faced referee had
to quickly reverse his decision.
5-13 Full Time
probably the worst performance of the season by the Claverdon lions.
They can take small comfort in gaining a win but they must vastly step
up their performance this Saturday as they face a strong Alcester side
at Ossetts Hole in front of what will be a large vice presidents crowd.
Match report by Tom Johnson
Photos Will Barnes
Junior Badminton Club at Warwickshire College
goes from strength to strength and has 20 young players with an age
range from 6 – 16 years. The success of the players in achieving
County recognition is impressive. The group has a player in the County
under 11s, 3 in the under 13s County Development squad and 1 in the
under 15s County squad. The club meets on a Saturday morning from 9
– 10:15 at the wonderful new sports hall. The photograph above
shows some of the players with the coaches Jane and George Tarver.
For further information contact: email@example.com or 01926 338329
Helen Pennells reporting
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- an internal finance examiner, who will be a member of the finance
sub-committee meeting four times a year. The post carries a duty to
monitor and review the expenditure and record-keeping of the four
constituent activity groups of the Trust. It is anticipated that this
could be achieved with an additional 4 meetings, one with each
individual group per year.
holder would also be invited to attend the four Trustees’
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For further information please contact Peter Crathorne on (01564) 795470, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hub@Henley Community Centre
is opening a new youth club evening on Mondays from 12th November and
is seeking 4 volunteers to man the coffee bar from 7 'til 9 pm on a
For further information please contact Peter Crathorne on (01564) 795470, or e-mail: email@example.com
Police and Crime Commissioner Election
Nominations closed at 12noon on Friday 19 October for the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election.
The nominations are as follows:
- Ron Ball - Independent
- Fraser Pithie - Conservative
- James Plaskitt – Labour
The PCC election will take place on Thursday 15 November with Polling Stations across Warwickshire open from 7am to 10pm.
Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected by the public to oversee
how crime is tackled in their area to make sure the police are
providing a good service. The role will include:
- Meeting the public regularly to listen to their views on policing.
- Producing a police and crime plan setting out local policing priorities.
- Deciding how the budget will be spent.
- Appointing Chief Constables and dismissing them if needed.
For further information on the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner election please visit www.warwickshirepcc.info and follow @WarksPCCElects on Twitter.
The registration deadline for the PCC election is 31 October. The
deadline for amendments to existing postal votes or new applications 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.
An information booklet from the Electoral Commission on the Police and
Crime Commissioner elections is being delivered to every household in
For a full list of candidates and more information about them
(available from 26 October) contesting the Police and Crime
Commissioner elections please visit www.Choosemypcc.org.uk.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Crime in Your Area
(dwellings) are comparable with last year, but have increased when
compared to last month, however remain low overall in comparison to
other areas. In Wootton Wawen on the Alcester Road the front door to a
property was forced and an untidy search was made resulting in two
jewellery boxes being taken. At Middle Gannaway, Norton Lindsay, a
window to a property was forced open using a spade, once within unknown
offender/s have made an untidy search. Burglary (others) have reduced
when compared to last year, but have increased in comparison with last
damage is comparable with last year, but has increased when compared to
last month, however it remains low overall in comparison to other
areas. On the Warwick Road, Henley, unknown offender/s have set alight
and burnt a section of the skate park. In Brook End Drive, Henley, a
patio window was smashed and stones found on the garden decking. In
Claverdon the padlock to the side gate of a property was twisted off by
force to gain access to the rear garden of the property, but thankfully
nothing was taken. In Oaktree Close, Bearley, unknown offender/s have
scratched a vehicle on a number of panels while it was parked in the
Social Behaviour has reduced when compared to last year and is
comparable with last month remaining low in comparison with other
areas. On Henley High Street it was reported that a loud bang was heard
at approximately 23.45 hrs one evening, a firework was later found in
from Motor Vehicles is comparable with last year, but has reduced
slightly when compared to last month and remains low in comparison with
other areas. On Henley High Street a number plate was removed from the
front of a vehicle. On Church Road, Claverdon a vehicle was broken into
whilst parked on the driveway by smashing the window in order to take a
laptop left on display, whilst in the vehicle offender/s also stole
credit cards and an internet dongle. On Glebe Road, Claverdon the
window to a vehicle was smashed while parked on the driveway in order
to remove a holdall containing gym clothes left on display.
is comparable with last year but has increased slightly when compared
to last month, however remains low when compared to other areas. Some
minor incidents have been recorded in Henley and Bearley which have
been dealt with appropriately by officers.
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
Further information can be found at: The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area
Tristan Jelfs PCSO 6065
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
John Garner's Business Column
recall that in the last issue I offered to put readers in touch with a
mentor who was prepared to offer his services free of charge to local
businesses. We have had two businesses replying so far.
The following is a testimonial from one of them:
to thank Henley NEWS for the offer of a local business consultancy
through the Business Column. As a small start up business good,
knowledgeable advice is hard to come by. Our mentor clearly did his
research and arrived with a good background knowledge and he had
already identified some of the challenges I face going forward. More
importantly he was an excellent listener, clearly very knowledgeable
and he came back with good practical suggestions. When his own
knowledge of industry specific issues may be stretched (selling
shipping containers and working with the international shipping
industry isn’t your everyday trade) he tried to understand more
about the problem before investigating and following up on the issue.
advice I’ve received has already prevented me from spending
£1,500 on a piece of software I don’t need and the general
guidance was invaluable. I now feel a lot more confident about some of
the immediate challenges I face and how to tackle them.
anyone reading this who may run, or is even seriously thinking of
setting up their own business, I strongly recommend getting in touch.
It’s free, its initially just an hour or so of your time, and
having someone independent to bounce ideas off is a huge help. Thank
you Henley NEWS.
Freephone: 0808 1234 215
Mobiles: 0333 1234 215
Mobile: 07887 403 288
The mentoring offer remains open so please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to take advantage of it.
And on a topical matter that affects all businesses…..and indeed everyone:
you’ve forgotten (or didn't read the article from the Ambulance
Service above, our clocks go back next Sunday (28th). Yes, back not
forward. I always find this rather depressing as it confirms that
Summer is well and truly over, at least it does if you’ve had a
Summer. The only saving grace I can think of is that it means an extra
hour in bed on Sunday morning.
If you have difficulty remembering exactly when this happens each year you can use the following formula:
To calculate the end of European Summer Time:
The date will be: Sunday [31 − ((((5 × y) ÷ 4) + 1) mod 7)] October at 01:00 GMT
formula in red gives the day of the month; y is the year, and for the
non-negative a, a mod b is the remainder of division after truncating
both operands to an integer). Obvious really, I can do it in my
that you may as well look forward to the Spring so I’ve included
the formula for calculating the beginning of European Summer Time:
Sunday [31 − ((((5 × y) ÷ 4) + 4) mod 7)] March at 01:00 GMT
These formulae are valid until 2099; after that you’ll have to work it out for yourselves.
John Garner - Business Correspondent
Warnings from Trading Standards
Plumber prosecuted for Misleading Consumer
plumber who misled an elderly Leamington Spa resident has been
successfully prosecuted by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading
Mr Timothy Barnes who trades as T Barnes Plumbing and Heating, Barton
Drive, Knowle, Solihull was found guilty of two consumer protection
These offences related to Mr Barnes carrying out and charging for
unnecessary work and failing to carry out work to a professional
Businesses Warned to Beware of ‘Parliamentary’ Approach
Warwickshire businesses are warned to beware of approaches from high
pressure sales people selling advertising space in reports and
yearbooks linked to Parliament.
The cost of the adverts in these publications can run in to thousands
of pounds and Trading Standards Officers are concerned that businesses
may think the approaches are being made by people who are working for
or on behalf of Parliament or Government Departments.
But these approaches are instead coming from private traders with no official remit whatsoever.
Before agreeing to advertising, businesses and other organisations such
as schools should ensure that the publication is legitimate and will be
printed and distributed in quantities large enough to make the
Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning consumers about recorded
phone calls offering people the ‘opportunity’ to make
£1,000 from their pension! Treat all such claims with a great
deal of caution and never provide personal or financial information to
Consumers looking for a loan are advised to beware of bogus texts, warn Warwickshire Trading Standards.
A consumer who had been looking online for loans received a text from a
‘loan company’ and then a phone call. The caller offered
him a 12 month loan and agreed monthly payments. The caller then asked
for these in Ukash vouchers. The first payment was not deposited and
another amount requested.
Never provide personal or financial information to unexpected callers.
Door to Door ‘Builders’
Warwickshire Trading Standards is warning consumers to beware of door
to door ‘builders’ after a report of someone driving a blue
pick-up truck door knocking in the Norton Lindsey/Warwick area. The
caller claimed the householder’s roof needed work and the chimney
Such claims from door to door traders should be treated with extreme
caution. This is a typical approach used by rogue/cowboy builders. It
is very difficult for a householder to verify whether their
roof/chimney really needs work or not.
If you believe your roof or chimney need work, seek advice from a local builder and wherever possible, go on recommendation.
You can’t tell a good builder from a poor one on the doorstep. Keep your door closed!
More information is available on our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
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||Thurs 18 - Court Leet Dinner - Guild Hall
||Sat 25 - Air Ambulance Charity Dinner - Memorial Hall
Sat 8 - Court Leet Day - Guild Hall & various locations
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||Sat 20 - Jazz in the Garden - Guild Hall
||Sat 21 - Town Dinner - Memorial Hall
||Sat 19 - Air Ambulance Charity Dinner - Memorial Hall
||Wed 13 - Court Leet AGM - Guild Hall
||Sat 7 - Xmas Lights switch on & Christmas Market - Market Cross & Guild Hall Garden
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HAVE YOU SEEN THE ANGELS EXHIBITION? - if not, there is still time to visit.
Present a pantomime 'The Lost Jewel' on Nov 1st - 3rd. In Wootton
Village hall for tickets see Rob (Mills Butcher), Dermot at the village
store or Sally Whitehead on 01564 792887.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
November. This is an 'OPEN SHOW' with national demonstrator Jonathon
Moseley presenting 'Yuletide Trends & Traditions'. Tickets on door
We hope to see all members at the AGM in the Memorial Hall on Tuesday
November 6th from 7.30pm. We value any suggestions you make for future
meetings and look forward to the social time with a "Finger Buffet"
following the more formal part of the evening.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 15th November in the Baptist Church
Hall at 8.00 pm when Dr Sylvia Pinches will give a talk entitled 'a
Tale of Two Castles'. Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
THE LEPROSY MISSION
invite you to a free buffet lunch followed by a fascinating talk by
their country leader in Sudan, Dr Yousif Deng, from 1pm on Thursday 15
November in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Over tea and cake
afterwards you will be able to talk to Dr Deng about his work. Please
telephone 0121 384 2402 to reserve a place if you wish to attend.
St John's CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - Saturday 24 November 11am-3pm
Once again we will be serving hot lunches in addition to the usual
refreshments. Please bring friends and family to enjoy this traditional
event and do some Christmas shopping at the same time - not forgetting
to visit Father Christmas in his grotto! We need prizes for the tombola
as well as cakes for the cake stall, bric-a-brac (not jumble),
unworn/unwanted clothes, china & glass, gifts, cosmetics
(unopened!), handicrafts and produce - if you are making jam or
pickles, perhaps you could spare an extra jar for this stall? The
bottle Tombola is always very popular and if you could donate a full,
unopened bottle of any kind, not necessarily alcohol, then the stall
would be an even bigger attraction throughout the day!
Please leave items in the box at the back of church or contact Daphne
or Barbara - 01926 843515 or 01564 793710 respectively and we will
arrange to collect. Very many thanks.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
This is the opportunity for you to learn about "Warwickshire Flowers"
when John Roberts visits us on Tuesday November 20th from 7.45pm in the
Baptist Church Hall. There could possibly be an opportunity to see the
flowers for ourselves at an outdoor meeting next year? Visitors are
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
27th November Christine Dakin (nursery woman) will talk on 'Beautiful Borders'. Visitors welcome.
HENLEY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
The Switch On of the Henley Christmas Lights will take place on
Saturday 1st December 2012. Carol Service at 5.00pm Switch on 5.30pm.
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be provided by Henley Ex Services
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”,
“Maggie's 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. So please come along on
Saturday 1st December following the carols at the Market Cross and
“Step into Christmas”
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.
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-ARDEN
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 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 SCOUTS
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.
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|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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Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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