Recently widowed Elizabeth (Judi
Dench) picks up her tenor sax after 50 years, shocking her conformist
The sole exception to the chorus
of disapproval is granddaughter Joanna (Millie Findlay). Elizabeth's
children's hopes that she'll grow old unobtrusively are dashed after
she volunteers to play for Joanna's school dance. Having served out her
sentence in a stuffy marriage, Elizabeth intends to cut loose with a
reunion of her WWII swing band, the Blonde Bombshells. The Bombshells
knocked 'em dead onstage, but conflicts arose offstage as the sole male
member of the ensemble — Patrick (Ian Holm), who performed in
drag to avoid conscription — systematically worked his way
through his attractive bandmates. Elizabeth nevertheless enlists
Patrick's help in scouring the United Kingdom, quickly discovering that
old age and illness have taken their toll and thinned the ranks of the
band. Of the remaining major players, Dinah (Olympia Dukakis) has
become a much-married dowager and Gwen (Cleo Laine) has achieved
prominence as a jazz singer. Gwen and Dinah are united in their lack of
interest in playing together and anyway, they loathe Patrick, who used
to paint a rose on his drum-set for every seduction. But Elizabeth
persists, despite her secret worry that she'll never get her estranged
Bombshells to join her on stage and that even if she does, Joanna's
classmates won't thrill to their dated swing. Although these slightly
drawn characters would have benefited from some fleshing out, the stars
have a field day filling in the blanks. Not only does the movie
celebrate the enduring power of female camaraderie, but it also serves
up some hot licks from a bygone era.
Henley in Arden Christmas Lunch
I was privileged to be a helper at the Henley
Churches Together (Church of England/Baptist/Methodist and Roman
Catholic) and Henley Hub Christmas Lunch held at the Baptist Church
Hall on Christmas Day. The main organisers from the Hub were Peter
Crathorne and the churches - Malcolm & Ruth Aldridge and John
& Cilla Pudney.
It was intended to appeal to local people who
might be on their own or who could have difficulties in preparing a
traditional Christmas lunch, and would like to enjoy the company of
others in a happy environment.
The Organisers had pulled together a good team of
volunteers to set out tables and chairs, pre-prepare the vegetables and
help cook in the kitchen on the day. Turkeys were donated from local
suppliers and the food and drink was in the main funded by donations.
Thirty-seven diners sat down on the day and were
welcomed with Prosecco drinks and nibbles by John Liggins and
me in my Court Leet red Robes as Chamberlain to the Court Leet,
but also in the role of “meeter and greeter”. On
entry everyone was invited to complete a Christmas related quiz.
Malcolm Aldridge acted as MC and at 1pm invited
everyone to sit down. As a member of the Court Leet I was then asked to
say a few words of thanks to the organisers and helpers for laying
on the event. Mike Flynn, the new Baptist Church minister, said
grace after which helpers from each table went to collect the plated
dinners for the rest of their allocated table.
After the main course John Liggins, who is an
active chorister in Stratford, lead us all in four well known Christmas
Carols. There then followed a short but amusing sketch on
Cinderella by the organisers.
The desert was a choice of Christmas pudding or
trifle with cream. At 3pm we watched the Queen’s speech and,
after the pulling of any left-over crackers, people left the hall
The attention to detail was superb, the meal
excellent, and the whole event was great fun.
I hope it will encourage the churches in Henley to
work closely together and that the whole venture will be repeated
Alistair Price reporting
St John's Henley-in-Arden
St Nicholas Beaudesert
Rector's Letter -
John Ganjavi writes:
Happy New Year to you all.
Let's hope that 2018 brings joy and
fulfilment to us all. Due to Christmas holidays I have had to write
this message twelve days in advance. Therefore, I have no idea what the
world might be facing by the time you read this newsletter. The
following words seem apt:
And I said to the man who
stood at the gate of the year:
"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."
And he replied:
"Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone
Having said that, there are some
things we can be certain of in 2018: If we don't put it in the diary,
it won't happen. And if we don't stay focused, we'll lose sight of it.
But if we choose to give it time, show commitment and stay focused then
really good things will happen. All we have to do now is
decide what it is we want to see happen in 2018. But dare we dream
dreams? To do so we need more than a diary and determination. We need
faith and hope…in ourselves.
Did you expect me to say that we need faith and hope in God, rather
than in ourselves? Well, my experience tells me that the two are
linked. God is the great confidence booster. Belief in God leads to
belief in ourselves. So, I hope you have a great new year and, armed
with a diary, determination and the divine, let us see some of our
dreams come true.
Do I need to go to The
The NHS is always under a great deal of pressure at this time of year
due to an increase in winter illness. There are ways that YOU can
help. Ask yourself “DO I really need to go to the doctors with
this problem or can I manage my illness myself?”
There are many conditions that are self-limiting and can be treated by
patients at home. These include:-
Coughs and Colds
A cold can last for up to 3 weeks. This is normal. The cough is usually
the most persistent symptom and lasts the longest. Colds can be treated
by staying warm, drinking plenty of fluids, taking paracetamol,
ibuprofen or over the counter cold remedies, as well as honey and lemon
and cough syrups. You do not need to attend the surgery with a cold.
Antibiotics will NOT work for a cold as colds are caused by viruses.
Diarrhoea and Vomiting
At this time of year this is usually caused by a virus and antibiotics
will make it worse. Stay in; take small sips of fluid or a rehydration
sachet such as Dioralyte. Only eat a light diet and only if you are
hungry. Diarrhoea and vomiting makes you feel weak and ill. It can last
from 24hours to a week or more. It is highly infectious and can be
passed on easily therefore please stay away from the surgery as it may
be passed on to other vulnerable patients. Please telephone the doctor
or nurse if advice is needed.
Patients often worry that they have a chest infection if they have a
cough, but again the majority of coughs are viral. Try a cough mixture
or soothing cough sweets, or warm honey and lemon drinks. Most coughs
are NOT chest infections even if it feels as if it has “gone down
on to my chest”. The signs of a more serious chest infection
include a high temperature, feeling unwell, pains on breathing in,
coughing up green, brown or blood stained phlegm.
Some groups of patients SHOULD
have a lower threshold for seeking help and may require antibiotics
Patients with Asthma or COPD
Elderly patients with underlying conditions such as heart disease,
kidney disease and neurological conditions.
Babies and very young children.
Patients who are taking medication that suppress the immune system such
as chemotherapy and steroids, and methotrexate.
Pain on passing urine and passing urine in small amounts very
frequently may indicate that you have a urine
If you are fit and well then treat the symptoms at home by drinking
plenty of fluids to flush the infection out. Take paracetamol for pain
or try one of the over the counter cystitis treatments - the pharmacist
will help you. If your symptoms persist for more than 2-3 days then you
can drop a urine sample in at the surgery reception before 12 noon each
day. Urine sample bottles are available from the receptionist. The
nurse will test the urine at the end of morning surgery and you will
receive a telephone call from the duty doctor in the afternoon if your
sample is positive and requires treatment. This system works well and
means that most patients with urine infections will not need to see a
doctor or nurse at all. Urine infections can cause confusion in
elderly patients- please speak to the duty doctor if you feel this is
The vast majority of sinus infections can be treated without
antibiotics. The best advice is to take paracetamol or ibuprofen, try
steam inhalations and nasal sprays. Decongestant tablets such as
Sudafed can be tried and can be bought over the counter at the
pharmacy. The only sinus infections that require antibiotics are those
with a lot of persistent thick green nasal discharge or blood stained
Simple earache can be part of a cold or upper respiratory virus and can
be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen. The pain associated
with ear infections is more severe. If you have a discharge coming from
the ear then you have a bacterial ear infection and need to see the
doctor or nurse practitioner.
Over 90% of sore throats are viral and therefore NOT going to get
better with antibiotics. We do however sometimes prescribe antibiotics
for tonsillitis which causes a temperature, severe sore throat, feeling
tired and unwell, white spots on the tonsils and painful enlarged
glands in the neck. If you feel mainly well and are attending work or
school it is unlikely you have tonsillitis. If you have lost your voice
then you have laryngitis which is caused by a virus and will not get
better with antibiotics. For all these sore throat conditions try
gargling with SOLUBLE paracetamol four times a day.
If you are fit and well normally and develop one of the self- limiting
conditions above then please try and treat yourselves at home or ask
the advice of the pharmacist.
If you are unsure then you can ring our Nurse Practitioner, Sarah
Smith, or one of the GPs for advice.
Dr Catherine Taylor
Belle (Emma Watson),
a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a
beast (Dan Stevens) in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the
castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous
exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true
prince that hides on the inside.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN A DEMENTIA
Happy New Year and Merry (past) Christmas.
At the time of going to print we’ve had a couple of meetings with
the group of volunteers that is going to make the ambitious Community
Christmas Day Lunch project a reality. The meeting room was filled with
up to 20 people who’ve come forward to donate their time,
singing, baking and cooking skills, money and transport to deliver a
programme of entertainment and enjoyment for a traditional Christmas in
town, supported by Henley Churches and due to take place at The Baptist
We hope it will have made a difference to those
who would otherwise be alone on Christmas, and we’re certain it
would give us all involved much satisfaction too.
Now with Christmas behind us, hopefully,
you’ve started your new fitness regime and diet, and made a
headway on New Year’s other resolutions. You haven’t?! Good
for you, as we’ve heard it time and again that instead of
extreme-binge-and-extreme-control we should practise moderation.
It’s no secret that some life-style and
life-long habits increase our chances of conditions such as cancer,
diabetes and dementia. The latter is fast becoming the biggest cause of
death nationally. On the other hand, we’re proud to be involved
in a new initiative, headed by the Parish Council, to establish Henley
as a dementia-friendly town.
The Hub has been asked by the parish council to be
the community organisation that manages their campaign to make Henley
in Arden a Dementia Friendly town.
A Dementia Friendly community is defined as a
city, town or village where people with dementia are understood,
respected and supported and can be confident they can contribute to
community life. A dementia-friendly community will be aware of and
understand dementia, and people with dementia will feel included and
involved, and have choice and control over their day-to-day lives.
1. HOW DO WE
We start by encouraging residents to become Dementia Friends.
Dementia Friends will understand more about Dementia. Anyone can
become a Dementia Friend by attending a 45 minute session or by
watching an on line video and registering at www.dementiafriends.org.uk
2. HOW DO WE
In order to qualify as Dementia Friendly community, the following has
A. Have the right local structure in place to maintain sustainability
B. Identify community reps/leads
C. Have a plan to raise awareness
D. Develop a strong voice for people living with dementia
E. Raise the profile to reach diverse community groups
The Hub is therefore looking for new volunteers
to act as a Steering Group to develop channels of communication and
monitor progress. If you are interested in joining this
pioneering group, or know of someone who would like to join, please let
Peter know on 07974 573 582.
Last autumn, we took part in the Co-op Community
Fund showcase in our local branch and had a surprise visit from The
Co-op Retail Manager and Manager of the Community Fund, who were so
impressed by what we do, they resolved to hold future regional
management meetings at the Hub as a hire facility.
‘’It was all numbers and words before to me, but now
we’ve been here, it’s clear how vital this kind of place
is,’’ was one comment we had from The Co-op partners. Our
community of Co-op members (card holders) has now raised over
£2,000 for The Youth Club, which is a considerable sum.
Every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected
own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.
In the last round, we were one of three local organisations that were
awarded the funding. We’re grateful to you all for this and would
like to remind you to get and use your Co-op cards.
The Hub re-opens on week beginning on the
8th of January for everything else, and the following week for Youth
Club, and all classes are on as usual. Come along to or ask us about
activities for ages from babyhood to retirement, or hire us as a party
venue: we serve the community in and around Henley and are happy to
In the meantime, as usual, follow our social media
on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HubatHenleyCommunityCentre
and Twitter @HubatHenleyCC
for daily updates. Have a wonder-filled 2018.
Alcester Choir looking ahead to another exciting year
Members of the Alcester Male
Voice Choir, including two Henley men, John Lucas third from left and
Alan Conway fourth from left, stand holding ten pound notes
to emphasise the point that the choir are looking to strengthen the
Members of the 80 strong Alcester Male Voice
Choir are accustomed to appearing on the big stage and each
year, under the guidance of their founder and Director of Music, Judith
Land BEM, FRSA the choir is presented with new and exciting
opportunities. 2018 will be no exception.
Apart from a regular programme of local fund
raising concerts the choir is scheduled to appear at Worcester Warriors
Rugby Ground in January, the Chateau Impney in April together with the
Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines, Stratford ArtsHouse for their
Annual Concert in May and then in October the choir has once again been
invited by the London Welsh Male Voice Choir to appear at the Royal
Albert Hall as part of a mass choir featuring almost 1,000 voices.
Judith explains "It's an honour and a privilege to
sing at these magnificent venues and a testament to the high standards
we commit to that we get invited. There are in fact several more
exciting venues still to be announced for 2018." She went on to say
that "It's the variety of venues that we sing at that make being a
member of our choir so interesting and I would say to
anyone who is thinking of joining us, now would
be a good time. We are always on the look out for new
members and I am particularly interested in strengthening our Tenor
sections although of course Bass singers are most welcome as well. I
can promise new members a warm welcome and some fascinating concert
Any Gentlemen interested in joining the choir
should contact Judith on 07886 139781
Rob Kingscott reporting
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John Garner's Business Column
Internet scams you can avoid
you noticed that scams are changing? Not long ago the most common
was the Nigerian 419 scam where you were emailed by a foreign prince or
princess who had amassed several million dollars but couldn’t get
it out of their country unless you helped, in return for which they
would give you half. All you needed to do was send them $5,000 so
they could get out of gaol and that was it. Yes, that was indeed
it and you would never see your $5,000 again. My favourite was
the astronaut who had amassed several million in backpay while he was
stuck on the space station and needed me to pay a fee to get him off
and back to earth. Yeah, right.
Those sort are easy to see through now
we’re used to them but things do seem to be becoming much more
sophisticated. This is especially true now that crypto
currencies, such as Bitcoin, are becoming accessible by anyone.
You can be sure that, whenever large sums of money are involved
there’ll be someone out there who will try and trick you out of
Because of Bitcoin’s dramatic rise
recently the biggest danger is “FOMO” or “Fear Of
Missing Out”. This is the “Buy it today as the price
will go up tomorrow” syndrome. Scammers get a hold of our
email addresses and play to this fear, sending out mass emails claiming
‘time is running out’ or the sale “is offering a new
bonus to reward early adopters” so that you feel panicked into
moving quickly. Either that or they offer you a deal that is so
attractive that you don’t want to turn it down.
The danger here is clicking on a link in the
email and being sent to a bogus site looking identical to the
legitimate one; you may then be asked to enter your bank details and
password or else the site might surreptitiously download some malicious
software that captures your passwords and sends them to the scammer, or
even infect you with a virus which blocks access your files and then
demands money for them to be unblocked. This was in the news a
while ago when the NHS became infected.
So if you see an interesting link how do you
know if it’s legitimate or not? Here are a couple of
A legitimate site address may look
And the fraudulent site might look like: www.tokensaIe.com/pre_sale
You can usually just hover your mouse pointer over each one and be
see the difference if you look carefully. This might not work
here but it will if you try and do it over a link in an email.
Alternatively you can copy these links into a Word file where it
Can you see it? In the
fake one “tokensaIe” includes an upper case letter
“I” whereas the real site uses an “l” (ie lower
Here’s another example of what a legitimate address may be:
And a fake one: www.project__crypto.com
This time the only difference is two underscores (“__”) in
the address of the fake one. That’s all it takes. Just tiny
differences in the web address and scammers can have their way.
[Don’t worry about clicking on any of the above examples, they
don’t lead anywhere]
That’s why one of the most important
things you can do is to double-check the right address and avoid
clicking links where possible. Always make sure you input the correct
web address manually into your browser.
Good luck and take care!
John Garner -
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Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Alcester North Safer
David Malin reports on crime in our area
Incidents during the last
HENLEY IN ARDEN
- Theft. Store, High Street, Henley. Frozen
food, canned food and two bottles of Heineken stolen by way of
shoplifting. Offender was a white man, aged 30 to 40, 5’
8”, medium build, short black hair, wearing a black coat and dark
blue jeans. 4.30pm Wednesday 27th December. 0387 27/12/2017
- Burglary Residential. Chestnut Walk,
Henley. Secure garden shed entered and a Green Scotts Road Bike stolen.
Between 13th & 23rd December. 0108 24/12/2017
- Attempt Burglary Business. Shallowford
Court, Henley. Locks on door prised open but entry to premises not
gained. Found and reported on the morning of Friday 22ndDecember. 0128
- Theft. Store, High Street, Henley. Three
bottles of Champagne and three bottles of Cava stolen from shop by two
males. First male described as white, aged 45 to 55 years,
5’10”, dark shoulder length hair, wearing dark jeans and a
dark jacket. Second male described as white, aged 45 to 55 years,
5’10”, slim build, wearing a dark jacket, cream coloured
shirt, dark jeans and light coloured trainers. 12.15pm Thursday
21st December. 0173 21/12/2017
- Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road,
Henley. Male seen looking through window of house. When spoken to by
member of the public he said that the owner must have lots of money due
to the decorations. He offered to show his Army ID before walking off.
No offences disclosed. Described as a white man, tall, well dressed,
wearing a black gilet and carrying a black bag. Daytime Wednesday
20th December. 0258 20/12/2017
- Burglary Residential. St Michaels Close,
Claverdon. Offenders have gained entry to house by smashing a ground
floor window. A search of the house has been made and a TV and the keys
for the owner's car has been taken. The car has then also been stolen
off the driveway. Between 24th and 30th December. 0117
- Vehicle Crime – Theft from. St
Michaels Road, Claverdon. VW Works van broken into but nothing stolen.
Between 17th & 18th December. 0252 18/12/2017
Alcester Police SNTs
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