operating in Henley area
During a Walsall U3A visit to
the Guildhall this afternoon, a young Eastern European Couple asked to
join us, and then proceeded to pick one of the gentlemen's pockets and
get hold of his credit card details and money. The incident has been
reported to the police and we do have photographs of them in the Group.
Another highly respected
correspondent has told Henley NEWS of another similar
"It's reminiscent of my
own experience approximately a month ago, when an Eastern European
couple accompanied by a younger Asian man--all 3 with foreign
accents--came to the General Store in Wootton Wawen and, under the
pretext of asking for directions, attempted to pick pockets. They tried
to extract my wallet from my knapsack. The woman held open a large A-Z
over my bag, which I held in front of me, and asked me to write the
directions in the book. I saw her companion attempting to reach into my
bag for the wallet and shouted at him. He apologized, pretended not to
understand, and made another attempt, which I likewise foiled. I went
home, after watching them leave the shop and proceed to their car, and
informed the police, who inspected the cctv film at the shop and
concluded that indeed the group were attempting distraction thefts."
Posted on Facebook by Amanda on
beware - some neighbours have just informed me of a couple in their mid
20s displaying some strange behaviour around School Road and Brook End
Drive - loitering around and acting suspiciously. We have also had some
graffiti painted on the back of our garden fence as if the house has
been marked for something! So everyone be vigilant! This is the mark if
anyone knows what it means or has had something similar painted on
JPC Councillors discussed these
incidents with the Police at a recent Community Forum meeting.
SEE ALSO DAVID MALIN'S
CRIME REPORT BELOW
outcome for the Red Lion at Claverdon
In March 2016, Henley NEWS
ran a campaign "Will Claverdon lose a respected publican?"
following the owners of the freehold
of The Red Lion Claverdon suddenly issuing a Section 25 Notice
terminating the occupation of the landlord Mr Ayman Zahran.
the celebrated comedian, Nadhim Zahawi, MP for
Stratford on Avon, and over 100 residents from Claverdon joined the
campaign, which was also taken up by the Stratford Herald.
Henley NEWS is pleased
to exclusively report in advance of the general press release that the
lease has now been extended. A press release will be issued shortly
"Enterprise Inns and Mr
Ayman Zahran are pleased to have agreed terms for an extension of the
lease agreement at the Red Lion, whereby Ayman will remain in
occupation. This will create some space for a variety of options to be
explored for 2018 and beyond. Both parties are now looking forward to
the future and maintaining a good working relationship together. "
Ayman has asked Henley NEWS
to thank all his patrons who supported him and he looks forward to
welcoming them to his excellent establishment.
St John's Henley-in-Arden
St Nicholas Beaudesert
Rector's Letter - July
John Ganjavi writes:
What a curious feeling:
I’m writing this article before the referendum vote, but it will
be read after the result is known. Therefore I can only stand back and
consider the debate regardless of the outcome.
Over the past weeks we have
heard people lamenting that they have been denied ‘the
facts’ on which they could base a sensible judgement. And yet,
despite the admitted confusion and ignorance, we have decided to make a
huge decision based on a democratic simple majority vote. This means
that theoretically 25 million and one people can outvote 25 million
Simple majority votes are a
good way of forcing a decision, but they are not always helpful in
determining what is right or best.
Imagine a family of five trying
to decide where to go on holiday. Unfortunately a happy conversation
turns into a row. A vote is taken and a destination is chosen by a vote
of 3 to 2. I don’t think I’d want to be sitting on the
table next to that family on holiday!
Compromise and consensus are
almost dirty words to some whilst others swear by them. It would be a
brave Parliament that states “The people have spoken but
we’re not sure what they have said. So we are going to think
again”. We admire decisive action…too much. By the time
you read this article the voting will be over, the decision made and my
thought will be dated. But life is full of decisions and our
experience of the referendum can be instructive as we deal with the
everyday things of life.
How can my Christian faith help
in in all of this? I am reminded that alongside Parliament we have the
Judiciary. Alongside democracy we have the rule of Law. I therefore
hear Jesus saying to me ‘Whatever your decisions, and however you
make them, make sure you don’t forget the golden rule that says
you must love your neighbour as much as you love yourself. Make sure
your decisions reflect this Law’.
Patron’s Lunch – A Day to Remember
Sunday the 12th June 2016, it was finally here, not as sunny as we had
hoped but at least it was dry! This was not your usual, typical run of
the mill Sunday, this was THE Sunday that we would get to see Her
Majesty, The Queen and hopefully meet some of the other Royal members.
It was the Queen’s Grandson
Peter Phillips who came up with the idea that it would be nice if all
the Charites that the Queen was Patron of could come together in
Celebration of the Queens 90th Birthday and recognising that she was
the longest serving Monarch, and so The Patron’s Lunch was
Vicki and I were so lucky in that
our names had been selected from the Official Ballot whereby only 2,000
members of the public would have the opportunity of celebrating along
with 8,000 from all the charity members.
On arrival into London the
weather was not what we had expected, it was absolutely pouring it
down; however no one let it dampen the day or their spirit. People had
certainly made such an effort with fabulous dresses and hats for the
ladies and smart suits or blazers for the gentleman, it was a very
After a high security search and
vetting system by the Police at our designated Gate we proceeded on to
to our table; they were laid out in Tables of 10 seats both sides of
The Mall. We collected our M&S Hamper which was fabulous, and the
contents inside amazing with the most delicious picnic fayre that was
indeed ‘Fit for a Queen’.
The Parade commenced and
certainly kept us all entertained up until the Royal Walkabout, whereby
the Sun came out for her Majesty and so managed to dry us off and we
were so lucky to shake Prince Harry’s hand and chat about the
British Weather and the Rugby! Peter Philips came back and we said a
‘Big’ Thank you to him for organising such a lovely party.
Then Prince William and Kate walked past before being whisked away as
the Queen and Prince Philip were making their way past in an Open Top
Range Rover. I got some fantastic video footage and you can hear me
shouting out 'Happy Birthday your Majesty'; it was all so exciting.
The Queen then gave a wonderful
speech and we all sang the National Anthem before singing ‘Happy
Birthday’, it was most surreal and just a wonderful experience.
They then drove back down The
Mall to join the other members of the Royal Family on a special stage
built upon and around the Victoria Fountain outside Buckingham Palace.
We had more entertainments by Darcy Bussell and her dancers putting on
a fabulous dance routine before the day came to a closure.
Did I mention that the Tickets
actually cost us £150? But I can tell you it was money well worth
spent and such a fabulous day and the most amazing memories to keep
Happy Birthday Your
Majesty, God Save the Queen!
Nicola Whitehead reporting
St John the Baptist
Church Fete 2016
On Saturday a large crowd of people enjoyed the
annual Summer Fete. Commencing at 11.00 am the many stalls that had
largely been prepared the day before were soon busy selling their wares.
This year there were extra games for the young
which gave the whole day an extra sense of fun. The Pimms tent, ice
cream, hot dog and burger stalls were also popular with young and old
At the end of the afternoon many went home
satisfied with their purchases having enjoyed a typical summer village
Well done to all the helpers for organising such a successful occasion,
and to all the good people of Henley for their support.
The Joint Parish Council held an Ordinary meeting on 20th June 2016 and
I would like to report the following:
- The JPC Bank Balances as at 20th June 2016:
Current Account: £948.88 and Deposit Account:
£80,003.41. All documents are available to download from
the JPC web site or by requesting a hard copy from myself.
- The JPC agreed to pay the national salary award
to their Clerk, making the hourly rate rise from £14.94 to
- The JPC reported that an Internal Audit had
been carried out and all of the documentation and accounts have been
submitted to the External Auditors, Grant Thornton. The accounts
will be published as soon as they are audited.
- The updated Planning spread sheet is available
to download from the JPC web site or by requesting a hard copy from
- The JPC reported that the Henley Town Guide
with the JPC Annual Report and Accounts is progressing well and the
Wires Across the Street project is also moving forward.
- The JPC Children’s Facilities WP is
looking into the extension of the Riverlands Play Area and is
consulting and liaising with three play equipment suppliers.
- The JPC reported that it is liaising with WCC,
Highways about traffic calming measures and the JPC Traffic &
Parking WP is looking into various ways of reducing parking congestion
and creating additional parking spaces in Henley.
- The JPC reported that allotment holders had
requested the JPC to purchase a strimmer, so that they could look after
and maintain the unused allotments and footpaths at the site
themselves, rather than employing a maintenance contractor. This
purchase was approved. The JPC agreed to look into various
maintenance issues which had been brought to its attention.
- The JPC agreed to approve the automation of the
- The JPC agreed to approve two mini-grants; Own
Books - £250.00 and the Dell Court Pond Group - £500.00.
- Concerns were raised about the robustness and
sustainability of various social organisations in Henley. The JPC
agreed that a report should be produced and circulated to all of the
social organisations in Henley asking if they would be interested in
liaising with the JPC over this issue.
- The JPC agreed to look into whether it would be
appropriate to list various Assets of Community Value (ACV) within the
Beaudesert & Henley area.
- The JPC agreed to review the maintenance and
repair options for the Bus Shelters in Henley.
- Cllr David Broadbent confirmed that he had
completed some essential maintenance work in the Jubilee Play area to
make it safer and he would be looking at the ridge walk next.
- the possibility of adopting the name of
Henley Town Council was discussed and the JPC would like to hear your
opinions on this subject:
NAME FOR THE TOWN
The Joint Parish Council has
asked me to research the process for the Joint Parish Council to become
a Town Council. The JPC believes that this would provide many
advantages and in the medium to long term reduce costs.
The JPC wishes to establish which of the shortlisted names would be
preferred by residents. Therefore, I have set up a voting form
I would encourage all residents
on the electoral rolls in Henley in Arden (HL) and Beaudesert (GW) to
vote for the new name.
The result will be announced at
the JPC Council meeting scheduled for 19th September 2016, in the
Memorial Hall Committee Rooms, commencing at 7.00 pm.
- The next full JPC meeting will be held
on Monday, 18th July 2016 in the Henley in Arden Memorial Hall,
Committee Rooms, Station Road.
Gill Bailey, Parish Clerk
Gill Bailey : tel: 01564 795499/07765 864588 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In an Emergency, Cllr Peter Crathorne:
tel: 07974 573582 or email: email@example.com
Warks Search and Rescue Now Recruiting
Warwickshire Search and Rescue (WarkSAR)
is now recruiting new members to its voluntary organisation.
The team provides assistance to the police forces of Warwickshire and
surrounding counties looking for high risk vulnerable missing people,
who can be at risk of injury or even loss of life, either through
illness, their environment or through their own actions. We are
usually called out by Police Search Advisors and as we are working for
the police, what we do is highly confidential, so many members of the
public aren’t aware that we exist.
All team members are unpaid volunteers from all walks of life, from 18
to 80 years old. We are available to respond to callouts 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. As well as search
management personnel, team leaders and search technicians, Warwickshire
Search and Rescue also has a search dog team and a specialist kayak
If you are interested in joining our team, whether
it is to be involved with searches on foot, as part of our trainee dog
team, or in our kayak team, you would be most welcome to attend our
open day on 17th July.
You will need to be reasonably fit, able to commit
your time and work as a team member. All team members have to attend
regular training sessions/exercises, and be able to attend organised
In return we provide all required training and if
you don’t already have such skills, navigation, first aid and
communications (radio contact).
To learn more about the roles within our team, or
to find out how to join the team, please visit our website www.warksar.org.uk
or contact Ian our membership secretary by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can telephone 01926 530858 and leave a message on
We are a registered charity and get no government funding, so when
we’re not out searching or training, we are often at various
locations in Warwickshire raising much needed funds for equipment for
the team and also insurance costs in order to keep our team operational
and able to continue to provide this valuable voluntary service.
However, we really appreciate support from local
companies and schools too. If you would like to help us save the
lives of others by making a donation or organising your own sponsored
event, please contact us:- email@example.com
01926 530858 and leave a message.
HADS Latest Production - The Hathaway Perspective
Living, as we do, within the precincts of the
Bard’s kingdom, is seems almost compulsory to go into raptures at
the very mention of Shakespeare. I am afraid I do not fall into that
category, and the pleasures of watching a 400 year old play have
somehow missed me. Being forced to study ‘Julius Caesar’
for O Levels did little to improve the situation.
It was, therefore, with some trepidation that I agreed to review
Ray’s latest ‘play what he wrote’. Ray has a
way with words and all his earlier works that I have been involved with
have been excellent. There is never any effort required to enjoy the
show, which is not something that can be said for many amateur (and
indeed some professional) productions.
This was a wordy play, presenting (ficticious) conversations taking
place just prior to Shakespeare’s death.
The first half consisted of one between Ben Jonson and Michael Drayton,
interspersed with one between Anne Hathaway and Lizzie Quiney. The main
thrust of this was that old nugget that Shakespeare did not write all
his plays, but that they were the result of a
‘co-operative’ of all the then current playwrights. This is
an interesting twist on the usual argument that they were written by
someone else entirely.
The second half was a conversation between Shakespeare and his wife
Anne Hathaway immediately prior to his death (indeed we witnessed his
demise on stage). The thrust of this debate was that the Bard had been
unfaithful to Anne, and had probably sired a son by Lizzie. The
problem with this was that his daughter Judith was about to marry the
said offspring, an event that was giving him some cause for concern.
Unfortunately he died during the conversation, leaving Anne to deal
with it in the future.
The acting was superb, and special mention must be given to Bev walker,
playing Anne Hathaway, as her performance was beyond exceptional. It
made the whole thing come alive. Second in the list of plaudits goes to
Alan Nicholls as Ben Jonson. He gave the part a realism I did not
All the actors played their parts well: Phil Walker as Shakespeare, Joe
Cope as Michael Drayton, Tracy Humphries as Lizzie Quiney, and Mandy
Key as the serving wench. Ray’s directing was up to his usual
The setting in the Guildhall was very appropriate and gave the play a
fitting ambience. It does not, though, lend itself to the technical
side of theatrics.
All in all, a clever take on things Shakespeare.
Tony Capps - Drama Critic
"The only thing better
than singing is more singing" Ella Fitzgerald
Our 'Henley Sings'
group loves to sing! And sing some more!
We all came along for the first session, which had
been organised by Lezli Rees and Annie Davies, quite uncertain of what
the next hour would bring. Within minutes, Annie had us laughing and
connecting by working in pairs to warm our voices and standing back to
back while we sang several notes to feel the vibration from the other
person. This was followed by singing a note while our partner sang one
that might harmonise. We then launched into a real song, under the
expert and nurturing guidance of Lezli. We were all surprised at how
good it sounded.
Since then, we have gone from strength to strength
and incorporated many creative ways of warming up and hearing how
simple it is to make a gloriously harmonious sound. We were brave
enough to sing in front of family and friends on our final session
before the summer break on 27th June. I don't think any of us would
have dreamed of being able to do this just a few weeks before when we
Both Annie and Lezli, who give their time freely,
have the knack of making singing fun and enjoyable as well as
encouraging us hugely to be brave and trust ourselves to do our very
best. As a group we have grown in confidence and we always leave our
practice venue (kindly given to us free by John Ganjavi) with big
smiles, feeling bright, breezy and having had our sprints lifted.
That's the beauty of singing. It not only sounds fabulous but it's so
darn good for you!
We meet again on 26th September. Come and join us.
There are no entry requirements, just a willingness to enjoy yourself
in a wonderful community fun filled space!
You can find us on www.meetup.com
and search for 'Henley Sings'.
Laura Yarham reporting
The Secret Life of
Animation Comedy Movie
Written by Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul & Brian Lynch.
Directed by Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney
voices of the animated characters are:
Louis C.K. as Max
Eric Stonestreet as Duke
Kevin Hart as Snowball
Ellie Kemper as Katie
Lake Bell as Chloe
Jenny Slate as Gidget
The secret life of pets is the fifth
fully-animated feature film collaboration by Illumination Entertainment
and Universal Pictures. The theme of the story has a Toy Story
flavour, i.e. what happens when the humans are out of the way. In
this instance it is our pets and the daily goings on in our homes that
hold together a script that is aimed at children. Some of the
humour smacks of bullying and the discussion of murder by innovative
methods as a precursor to successfully joining the
‘baddies’ was unnecessary.
A new dog in the local community called Duke, a
rescued mongrel from the pound, moves in with Max. A well placed,
spoilt dog, Max has the run of the house until the arrival of
Duke. The odd-couple type problems arise and in pursuit of
territory and ‘doggy rights’ the two dogs are
kidnapped. The film traces Duke and Max’s adventures as
they try to get home.
The friendship between the two dogs builds and the
animal community come together to solidly support Duke and Max.
Again I question some of the script in regards to children. I
raised concerns with the Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) movie
Zootropolis. Tom and Jerry was violent and Snow White was scary
but they never seemed real. ‘CGI’ has changed all
that. These animals seemed real, the sets reflected real life so
the script writers really must be careful that the script reflects this
realism regarding what children should be watching and
listening to. Animals discussing putting humans in blenders: is
this something that perhaps the PG reflects but is it
The characters' voices are well cast with the many
varied animals strongly representing stereotypes that children may or
may not respond to. The CGI was excellent and New York looked
amazing in so many of the shots. The scenes where the innocence
of children is reflected, e.g. ‘the sausage dog going up the
stairs’ and ‘the two dogs sharing a bed’ are
amusingly put together.
Exams are nearly over, are you thinking of taking
the children to the movies this summer? As an adult I watched the
film and was able to see that it was animation and fun with some dark
moments. Could an impressionable child do the same? As we
know the film codes are there for a reason, this is a PG, which stands
for Parental Guidance.
‘This means a film is suitable for general
viewing, but some scenes may be unsuitable for young children’.
I second that.
Review by Linda Paul, Earlswood
Henley Flower Club
‘Second Time Around’ was the title for the June meeting and
Wendy Lawrence produced an oblong trough (acquired from a friend) into
which she placed bergenia leaves, conifer, sisyrinchium, veronica,
peonies and several different garden roses, honeysuckle and phlomis
– a perfect garden arrangement. She then made use of a plastic
bag by adding just contrasting orange ‘Confidential’ roses
with mauve ‘Dancing Cloud’ roses.
A large silver vase was filled with phormium tenax
leaves with ‘Green Goddess’ lilies and asparagus fern. Next
a hand tied bunch comprising bear grass, peony leaves, mini red
gerberas and ‘Burgundy’ roses was placed in an
‘up-painted’ baked bean can along with two similar
arrangements. An ’all-round’ design made use of an old but
pretty, azure dish with peony and actindia leaves complimented by deep
pink ‘Canova’ lilies, gerberas, ‘Malibu’ pink
roses and pink dendrobian orchids.
The final arrangement was in a handed down white
vase containing stephanandra, bergenia leaves, eleagnus
‘Quicksilver’ and peony leaves which formed the base for
white stocks and peonies, alstroemeria, ‘Stallion’
chrysanths and fabulous ‘Avalanche’ roses.
Chairman Diana Haines thanked Wendy for a most
amusing demonstration with fabulous flowers. The next event is the
club’s annual show and competitions on Saturday 30th July at the
Memorial Hall, when local National Demonstrator Margaret Rumens will be
judging along with Mike Jones for the photography section. It is hoped
this will not be the last competition as the club is struggling to find
new members and the cost of demonstrators has increased dramatically.
Anyone interested in coming along at 7.30 on the second Tuesday each
month from September will be warmly welcomed.
The Hub@Henley Community Centre
in co-operation with Barking Lodge Garden Services has sponsored this
event as a great evening out and a chance to see a really lively and
palatable version of this Shakespeare play.
If you do no like Shakespeare much, this may
be the play for you. The children will enjoy the colourful costumes,
the languageless humour, the magic and the drama. We will put on this
production come what may and the Hub believes that it is worth the loss
we will make for those who attend to engage with this professional
production as it tours the country
This is really your last chance to get
tickets. Speak to Peter if you have a largish family as he can offer
some consideration to allow whole families to bring a picnic, their own
chairs and enjoy this rare opportunity for an event with a difference.
If the weather is inclement we have already booked the Wootton Wawen
Village Hall. Parking is in the Church Field a short walk to the lovely
garden where the play will be performed. My telephone number is
I really hope you will all feel able to
support this new adventure in theatre and in doing so support the Hub.
Looking forward to Summer fun
Parents looking for inspiration for the 6 weeks of
summer holidays are being given a lifeline from local children’s
sports specialist, Coolsportz who will be running its regular school
The Henley in Arden based sports activity company
will be running their Multi Sports Camp with plenty of activities
planned to keep kids aged 4 to 13 active and entertained throughout the
The Camp held at Warwickshire College in Henley in
Arden is OFSTED Registered and therefore accepts Childcare
Vouchers. Sessions will be running throughout the whole 6 weeks
from Mon 25th July – Fri 2nd Sept and children can attend half
day morning or afternoon sessions or full day sessions (full day only
for 5 – 13yrs). Excitingly, on certain days we are also
running sports specific sessions for the longer hours clubs to include
Trampolining, Dance through ‘Learning Curves’ and Karate.
The club is based on a fun multi-sports programme
offering tennis, football, unihoc, parachute games, extreme dodgeball
and much more.
Coach Neil Supperstone, will also be running a
Young Leaders Award for 11-16yr olds on Thurs 28th July and Fri 29th
July from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. Attendees will practise running
sports sessions with the younger children and receive a recognised
Sports Leaders UK certificate. Its an excellent way to build
confidence, leadership and communication skills and maybe build for a
future career in coaching or just put it into practice at school or
Coolsportz will also be running tennis specific coaching at Henley
Tennis Club during the summer holidays you can find out further
information or o book for any of these sessions visit www.coolsportz.co.uk
or contact Neil Supperstone on 07912 664426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Book
and pay by Fri 15th July and receive a 10% discount.
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Oaks Golf Club to become a members' club
Stratford Oaks Golf Club, set in the
beautiful Warwickshire countryside at Bearley, will become a Members
Club on 1st July.
The Club, which celebrates its 25th
anniversary this year, has until now been privately owned –
however, the owners want to retire and wish to see the club continue to
flourish. A Board of Directors has been formed to run the Club and it
is intended that future profits will be reinvested to further enhance
the course and club house facilities.
The Club has a well-deserved reputation for
the quality of its course, its friendliness and its informality. It has
very active Men's, Ladies’ and Seniors’ Sections and now
looks forward to welcoming new members. To encourage those who might be
interested, the Club will not, for the time being, levy any joining fee
for new members and is also offering a one month trial membership for
£65. The full annual subscription for the current year will be
£756 payable by monthly direct debit of £63.
The Club also welcomes non-members on the
course (as pay-as-you-play and as members of Golf Societies), in the
Clubhouse, where a range of food and drinks are served and on its
Driving Range. The floodlit driving range is open 7 days a week and is
home to the Andy Dunbar Golf Academy.
The Club’s private restaurant, overlooking the beautiful lake and
the 18th green, is available for private functions, seating up to 120
guests with ample secure car parking.
For further information contact Nigel
Powell, Director of Golf on 01789 732983 or visit http://www.stratfordoaks.co.uk/
John Garner's Business Column
So, we’re going
said last week that Henley NEWS would announce the referendum
result in case you’d missed it. You can’t have missed
it as it’s been wall-to-wall on the news since 7am on
Friday. Obviously there wasn’t any other news. The
country voted Leave by the way.
As many predicted, the pound and the FTSE
both spiked downwards in early trading – and then promptly came
back up again, though to be fair not all the way. None of the
other dire predictions from the “experts” have as yet come
to pass – but of course there’s plenty of time.
There’s one thing in particular that
has really irritated me about this campaign. And no, it’s
not project fear, though that did, it’s the way that numbers have
been bandied about. Mainly, but not exclusively, by the Remainers.
It seems there's an ugly desire to use
numbers to dazzle voters and misdirect them. This is nothing new
– the phrase "lies, damned lies and statistics" is well
known. You’d think making up numbers would be pointless
these days when facts can easily be checked with a five second Google
search. Today we get half-truths, out-of-context numbers and
outright falsehoods from people who surely must know they'll
be found out.
The only conclusion we can draw is that they
simply don't care. They don't care about getting caught because, in
their world, facts and truth carry zero importance. And, the most
depressing thing is, they don’t get caught, at least
not in any meaningful way. If pulled up on one dodgy number,
these sleazy operators have ten more to throw in your face. Plus a
quote from an expert who may or may not be an expert and may or may not
have actually said the thing they're supposed to have said.
As soon as a politician (yes, I’m
talking about them) comes up with a prediction which is a specific
number you know it can’t be true. I’m thinking
immediately of our Chancellor saying we’ll all be £4,233
worse off. How can he be so precise? Why won’t we be
£4,300 worse off? Or only £4,100? It’s
complete bunk. But of course the more specific the number the more it
makes the speaker sound precise and thorough like a scientist,
even if he’s just pulled it out of the air. The other
way to be believed of course is to put your number in very large
letters on the side of a bus, which is what the Leave campaign did!
There’s an old joke that goes: How do we know economists have a
sense of humour? They put a decimal point in their forecasts.
Businesses do forecasts as well. If
you look at a typical business plan you’ll see the numbers are
remarkably precise. That’s because they’ve been
worked out very carefully and based on the known facts, with
assumptions carefully stated. If they weren’t the business
would lose money, the shareholders would revolt and the finance
director would get the sack.
There’s a thought. Who do you think we
should sack? There are several to choose from.
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Incidents during the last
HENLEY IN ARDEN
- Theft / Distraction
theft. High Street, Henley. (near to the flower shop) . Elderly Lady
approached by female who said that she had dropped £10. While the
lady was checking her purse it is thought that the female managed to
take out a bank card during the distraction. The card was later used to
withdraw money from the bank. The offender is described as a white
female, foreign accent, aged in her 30s, wearing a navy blue raincoat
with the hood up. 3pm Thursday 16th June.
Circumstances. Bear Lane, just off High Street, Henley. Lady approached
by female asking if she could show her how to use a bank card in the
Cash Point. The female asked the lady to show her using her own card.
Fortunately the lady realised this was suspicious and refused to help
further. Female described as a white female, 30s, glasses, European
accent, scruffy looking. 3.30pm Thursday 16th June. (please also refer
to other incidents).
Circumstances. Brook End Drive, Henley. Graffiti found on gate of
house. Appeared to be a triangle with three dots inside. Caller
reporting this and the fact that the symbol could be being used by
criminals to identify houses worth stealing from. Afternoon of Thursday
- Theft / Distraction
theft. High Street, Henley (near to the Guild Hall). Member of the
public approached by a female asking to change some money. This female
then went on to say that they had dropped £5 on the floor. While
the member of the public had their wallet out checking, bank cards were
taken during a distraction. The bank cards were cancelled before they
could be used. Offender described as a white female, 20s, eastern
European (possibly Polish), brown hair, wearing jeans and a blue
jacket. 3.45pm Thursday 16th June.
Liverage Hill, Henley. Digger stolen from building site. Tracked by
police and recovered in a field towards Coventry. Offenders not found.
Enquiries ongoing. Overnight 20th & 21st June.
Whitley Road, Henley. Obscene word scratched into the paintwork of car.
Reported evening of Sunday 19th June.
- Vehicle Crime - Theft
of. Public House car park, Station Road, Claverdon. Light Blue Jaguar
XF Luxury stolen from car park. Vehicle had personalised number plates.
Evening of Saturday 25th June. Incident number 0001 26/06/2016
- Burglary Other. Station
Road, Claverdon. Secure Brick and Wooden outbuilding broken into.
Offenders have gained access by removing the wooden panels of the door.
Several items stolen, including a Suki 600 Motorcycle, twin axle
aluminium trailer and garden tools. Overnight 23rd & 24th June.
Incident number 0257 24/06/2016
- Burglary Other. Hall,
Station Road, Claverdon. Window at the side of the building forced open
and shop area entered. Several items stolen. Alarm and security
lighting at the hall tampered with during the offence. Overnight 21st
& 22nd June. Incident number 0044 22/06/2016
On 15th June Alcester SNT members conducted
a traffic operation in Earlswood where 15 vehicles were stopped
exceeding the 30mph limit. Drivers were also breathalysed (all
negative). One of the vehicles stopped had no insurance so was seized
On the 4th June patrol officers attended an address in Station Road,
Studley. On searching the premises 5 cannabis plants were found and the
occupant was arrested for cultivation of cannabis.
Alcester North Priorities - Voting Results. Thank you to all
those that voted online and on the night of the forum. The top three
will be set as Team Priorities for the next three months. The results
392 votes x Henley. Extra
patrols of ASB hotspots
85 votes x Alcester North Area. Extra patrols to deter burglaries
28 votes x Earlswood. Extra ASB patrols.
27 votes x Sambourne. Extra speed checks in Middleton Lane
6 votes x Alcester North Area. Extra patrols to deter vehicle crime.
6 votes x Bearley. Extra patrols of ASB hotspots
Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and partners have launched
Operation Leviathan, a campaign to raise awareness of fish theft,
illegal angling and anti-social behaviour around waterways. Illegal
fishing gangs and unlicensed anglers are being targeted in a new
operation led by Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police alongside
other police forces and in partnership with key stakeholders.
Operation Leviathan will see officers from Warwickshire Police and West
Mercia Police working alongside West Midlands Police, Gloucestershire
Police, Cheshire Police, Gwent Police, Dyfed Powys Police and South
Wales Police and the Angling Trust, Fish Legal, Environment Agency,
Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS),
Police National Wildlife Crime Unit, Natural Resources Wales and other
partners to stop illegal fishing and fish theft across the region.
Part of the operation, which launched on Thursday, 11 June 2016, will
educate anglers who may not understand British conservation-based
angling law, that it is an offence to take fish from rivers, lakes and
waterways without permission, supported by the Angling Trust's
'Building Bridges' education and integration programme.
Operation Leviathan aims to coordinate action to stop fish poaching and
illegal fishing by:
- Prevention - offering best advice and
education to anglers, private water owners and partner organisations
about actions put in place to prevent poaching.
- Intelligence - asking anglers to be
observant and report suspicious activity to allow police to target
- Enforcement - with good intelligence
the police can target poachers and anti-social behaviour and take
action. Officers will patrol riverbanks to tackle crime in targeted
operations with partner agencies.
- Reassurance - by working together and
publicising actions including activity, arrests, seizures and
Good results from Operation leviathan - On
the morning of Sunday 26th June, members of the two Alcester Safer
Neighbourhood Teams assisted Environmental Agency Officers in and
around the Mereside Fishery area and the land around Earlswood Lakes.
As a result of their patrol 5 people were reported for having no
fishing licence, 1 person for fishing with more rods than their licence
permitted and 1 person for possession of cannabis.
Alcester Police SNTs
Further information can be found at: The
Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area