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3rd December 2004
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The Town's Christmas Tree has found a new site outside the Police Station and our photographer John Love was on hand to record its arrival. Sadly, the traditional site where it has been for the last fifteen years outside the new kitchen shop, was not available because it would interfere with staff parking on the Lord's Waste.

Henley-in-Arden Community Primary School Christmas Fayre will be held on Friday 3rd December from 5.30 to 7.30pm at the School in Arden Road. & will include a special visit from Father Christmas at 6.pm plus tombola, raffle, festive music from the school orchestra, mulled wine & mince pies! Everyone is welcome.

The Joint Parish Council has announced that it will be hosting the Christmas Lights “Switch on” and Carol Service around the Market Cross on Saturday 4th December from 5:00pm accompanied by the Alcester Silver Band.

Santa's Grotto is returning again to Henley Fire Station on Saturday 11th December between 10am & 1pm. Father Christmas will be making his annual visit to see the children of Henley.

Ed Holding, who lives on the High Street,designed our seasonal masterhead. Well done Ed!

Yet More Vandalism (x3)


"I strongly agree that the young people cause damage around the town. Last Monday afternoon the 29th, I put my christmas lights outside the front of my house and by about 9.30 pm, there were five young people between 12 and 15 outside. They damaged the decorations, cut the lights and took half of the lights. They also damaged a Stratford District Council notice hanging on the wall on the opposite side of the road. These incidents were reported to the police.

I do not think that these incidents will stop by building a skate board park."


"I also would like to mention that last night, they have thrown my flower baskets on to the street. Speaking this morning to a neighbour, she told me that one day they threw stones at her front door window.

Where are we going to here in Henley?"

Late Breaking News - Friday

"Tonight (Friday), the same group has kicked again at my baskets and damaged them. I have reported it again to the police, but I have not seen any police around here yet, nor any police cars.

Am I alone in reporting these incidents to the police? If we all continusly report these incidents, hopefully they will take some action."

Reporter's name withheld

District Council pressed to take Aid

Pressure is mounting on the ruling Conservative group on Stratford District Council to formally accept government help to improve its performance as a local authority.

The council’s own senior officials, the opposition Liberal Democrats and the three Independent councillors are all urging the Tories to take the assistance on offer from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Responses to the Town Opinion Poll on
Henley Golf Club Planning Application

Golf ClubLast week we published the results of our Town On-line Opinion Poll into the JPC's decision NOT TO RECOMMEND the 40 bedroom dormy style house at Henley Golf and County Club.

39% of the registered readers of Henley NEWS on-line voted. 78% disagreed with the JPC's recommendation and SUPPORTED the Golf Club's application.

Town Opinion Poll - Golf Club Planning Application

Do you support the JPC's decision NOT to recommend this planning application?

The results:-

SUPPORT the JPC recommendation

(NOT in favour of the building)

22 % 
DO NOT SUPPORT the JPC recommendation

(In favour of the building)

78 % 

Thank you to all who voted.

Henley NEWS on-line asked both the JPC and the Golf Club for comments and we are grateful to both organisations for their letters which are reproduced below:


In response to your request for a statement from the Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council with regard to the councils planning consultation response concerning the Planning Notification for 04/02799/FUL, Erection of 40 bedroomed dormy house with associated parking at Henley Golf & Country Club by Crocketts Holding Ltd.

I can confirm that the application was received in line with the Planning Authorities normal consultation process as was the additional information received on a subsequent date.

The Parish Council’s meetings are always open to the public except when a resolution bars the public due to confidentiality and meetings are widely advertised around the town. There is always an ‘open forum’ at the beginning of a meeting where the public is invited to make representations.

There were eight members of the public present at the meeting when the planning application for the 40 bedroomed dormy house was discussed and I can confirm that there were no representations from the general public present concerning the matter.

When deliberating on the application the Parish Council took into account Planning Policy Guidance, the relevant policies of Warwickshire Structure Plan, Stratford on Avon District Council’s Local Plan as well as Henley-in-Arden’s own supplementary Planning Guidance namely the Parish Appraisal, Village Design Statement and the Parish Plan, the last three being compiled in consultation with the local community. They set out to protect the Green Belt and the Parish Council were very aware that the local policy documents clearly enforced the communities' objection to the erosion of the greenbelt.

The Parish Council did take into consideration the employment opportunities that may be created by the proposal and the addition of facilities for the town. However the majority of members felt within the green belt policies and supplementary planning guidance the proposal would be considered inappropriate development in the green belt they therefore resolved to object to the application.

The District Council is the Planning Authority and as such they are empowered to determine the application, the Parish Council currently awaits their decision.

Hayley Syratt - Clerk to the JPC

Golf Club

We are very pleased and grateful that the majority of local people in Henley support our plans to develop a small Dormy House next to the Henley Golf & Country Club.

It is particularly pleasing because it shows that most people in our community recognise the benefits the development will bring. Obviously there are the direct benefits of new jobs and increased purchasing of local raw materials and services. But also, and not insubstantially, the guests staying in the Dormy House will bring important new trade to local shop-keepers and service providers in Henley.

The local poll underlines that fact that the majority of local people recognise that new investment is key to ensuring that Henley-in-Arden remains the vibrant and prosperous community that it is.

We hope that the District Planners will take note of what most people in Henley actually want and reflect this in their Planning decisions.

Graham Wright – Chief Executive

 asks "Is JPC Out of Touch"

This week's edition of the Stratford Herald carries a full report and comment on our Town Poll.

Rotary carries on its good work

On Saturday 18th December, the members of the Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden will once again be collecting in the High Street opposite St. John's Church. The club relies upon those who are able to give, in order to re-distribute your contributions to those who are in need, whether that is here in Henley, elsewhere in the UK, or abroad. And it is abroad that there appears to be the biggest need at the moment. We hear of Darfur, Rwanda, the Congo, Zimbabwe and hundreds of other places where the population is scraping an existence. We have made contributions to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Hope and Homes for Children (subject of the 2004 Christmas Appeal by the Daily Telegraph) and McMillan Nurses in the past.

Last year, the Henley Rotary Club collected around £9,500 from the Charity Walk, their Golf Day and other less exotic exploits, but it all mounts up. Using their combined business acumen the members were able to ensure that the Wednesday Club for the Visually Impaired was able to continue to function; they obtained musical instruments and underwrote financial support for Henley High School over the course of the next three years (subject to them achieving Arts status); they maintained their fleet of six electric wheelchairs which are out on loan in the community, and arranged for the "Life Education" caravan to visit the primary schools, delivering information on how to prevent abuse of one's body through alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.

Please pop down the High Street and say "hello". Even better, if you think you can help them, ask about joining. They meet weekly on Monday evenings at 7.30pm at the Golf Club for a meal and discussion.

November Property Auctions by John Earle

At Henley Golf and Country Club last Tuesday, 23rd November, Richard Abbey conducted our last land and property auction of 2004. Five Lots were to be included, however, two of the properties were sold and contracted prior to the auction.

The auction room was full to capacity and Richard firstly offered the small brick and tile barn with an adjoining three-quarter acre paddock that sits behind Pennyford Hall Farm, Wootton Wawen. After initially cautious bidding, competition from various quarters of the room resulted in the gavel falling at a very pleasing £70,000.

Richard then offered 4 Great Pinley Barns, Great Pinley, Claverdon. When originally developed, this property was two dwelling units and the planning authority had indicated informally that a new owner could quite probably convert, what was now one very large dwelling, back into smaller homes. Bidding started at around £300,000 and, after spirited competition, the gavel fell at £440,000.

The final Lot offered was Lowlands Farm, Rowington, a late Georgian farmhouse with some 3 acres and outbuildings, ripe for extension and improvement, subject to Planning Consent and, again, after strong competition, this Lot sold for £538,000.

We have achieved some exceptional results with our property auction sales throughout 2004, and Richard, who is also our Agricultural Consultant,, is to be commended for the very high success rate and good sale prices achieved. In addition, of course, excellent marketing through the various local property papers during the year has been significantly helpful.

The market generally has not gone as quiet in the Henley-in-Arden and surrounding villages as many of the pundits were predicting a month ago. Estate agents in the town are still agreeing sales and, although contract prices are less than asking prices, in most cases this does not necessarily indicate a market fall through the autumn and into the early part of the winter.

Chiltern Bids to Recreate GWR

Chiltern Railways is now part of a Joint Venture in which its award winning expertise in operating regional and commuter rail routes and GNER's equally lauded skills in running long distance prestige services, may be combined to run a 21st century version of the historic Great Western Railway.

Both our companies are market leaders with exceptional records of delivering better services, better management and better customer care. We've both invested extensively in infrastructure, trains and staff. We've joined forces to bid for the Greater Western franchise that will serve the West of England, South Wales, the South Coast, the Thames Valley and London. Our approach to high quality, customer focused railways will bring real and visible improvements for passengers in the Greater Western region. .

The 'Greater Western' franchise is due to be awarded by the Strategic Rail Authority in 2006 and will combine the services currently provided by First Great Western, Thames Trains and Wessex Trains. These combine to form roughly the heart of the old Great Western Railway, built around hubs at Paddington, Reading, Oxford and Swindon, with trunk routes to South Wales and the South West of England and commuter routes around Southern England.

This is seen as a unique opportunity. The existing franchise holders have won few supporters and there is a view that trains across this area should be integrated under a single operator. Chiltern Railways existing route would add another jewel from the old GWR crown, the route to Snow Hill, and the potential for better integration with other South Midland services currently operated by the existing franchise holders at Leamington and Banbury. Chiltern and GNER believe that, as two train operators with the best credentials in the UK, they are ideally placed to take on this opportunity and deliver substantial improvements in service quality.

So, the new partnership, the London & Western Railway Company, is now working towards its bid for the 2006 franchise award and says 'At London & Western, we have a vision for a re-integrated railway that is at the heart of the communities it serves. We believe in strong, honest partnerships with passengers, our staff, and all organisations with an interest in the industry, so that we can continue to restore pride and respect in Britain's railways. Passengers deserve a better service. Our approach to high quality, customer focused railways will bring real and visible improvements for passengers in the Greater Western region.'


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Don't let Jack Frost steal your car

Cold frosty Winter mornings are on their way, the weather forecasters tell us, with the prospect of frozen up windscreens greeting motorists in the mornings. Now Warwickshire Police is issuing a timely reminder to car owners that they should make sure that Jack Frost isn’t responsible for their cars being stolen. Officers from the Auto Crime Unit have issued a reminder to motorists not to be tempted to defrost icy windscreens in the morning by turning on the ignition and leaving the car running on the driveway or outside the house, unattended, while they nip back inside the house to have breakfast or finish getting ready for work.

"You may come out and find it is more than the ice that has disappeared, the car may well have gone too" said PC Keith Wimbush from the Rural Auto Crime Unit based at Coleshill. "We know there are teams of people who travel round looking for cars to steal on frosty mornings. What could be more simple for them than finding a car, unlocked and with the keys in the ignition and already running. It takes a car thief a matter of seconds to get into your car and drive it away.

"Last year a number of people found their car had been stolen from right outside their own home, when they attempted to clear the windscreen in this way," added PC Wimbrush. "This year we want to make sure people get the message not to leave their cars unattended."

"It may take a few more minutes for you to stay with the car and defrost it, but it will still be a lot quicker than having to phone work to say that you will be late in because the car has been stolen, explaining to the insurance company what has happened and also having to arrange alternative transport."

"If you stock up on de-icing materials in advance, or put a cover over the windscreen the night before frost is forecast, it will shorten the amount of time it takes to clear the windscreen, while people with garages should always put the car away at night. This not only keeps the car frost free, but also keeps the car out of sight of would be car thieves."

And PC Wimbush also added a cautionary note that motorists should also be aware that many car insurance policies become void, or cover is at least reduced, if the car is stolen as a result of the keys being left in the ignition.

Waxwings are Flying South for Winter

Bird lovers are on the lookout for one of the country's most attractive and enigmatic birds - waxwings - following the arrival of high numbers into the UK this month. Small numbers of waxwings visit Britain each year, always attracting considerable interest. But this looks set to be one of the best years on record, with flocks of several hundreds already in Scotland and smaller flocks appearing from the east of England.

Waxwings breed in Scandinavia, where they feed on insects during the summer, In winter, they switch to berries, especially the soft juicy berries of rowan trees. If the berry crop is poor in Scandinavia they are forced to travel farther south and west in search of food and it in these years that large numbers invade Britain.

Andy Waters, of the RSPB, said: "Waxwings are one of the most beautiful and easiest birds to identify and get their name from the waxy red tips on their wing feathers, although you need a good view to see these." He advised: "Check our berry bushes and fruit trees to find one of these unmistakable, starling-sized birds for yourself."

The dark salmon-pink and grey plumage of the waxwing is topped off by an impressive crest. They have a black mask and bib, yellow and white wing bars and yellow tip to the tail.

Lions Walk Festively Again

Baddesley ClintonOnce again this Christmas Knowle and Dorridge Lions will give everyone an opportunity to put their best foot forward and take time out from their celebrations to raise funds for worthy causes. This year the Lions ask walkers to support the Helen Ley Multiple Sclerosis Care Centre in Leamington, Sense and Dreams Come True, a charity bringing a smile to the faces of children suffering from a serious or terminal illness.

The Festive Walk usually falls on the Sunday between Xmas and New Year but this year it will move to the Monday 27th December. It will be the 12th time that the Lions have organised the Walk from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House and once again the Lions have devised a choice of signposted routes from 4 to 8 miles for walkers to choose from.

'Over the last 11 years our Festive Walkers have raised over 40,000 with over 550 of them including our country strolls in their Festive programme last year. We find that Christmas is a time of year when everyone is very generous and donating sponsorship is greatly appreciated, so why not put the Lions Festive Walk on your calendar now, and get your family and friends involved by filling up your cars,' says this years Festive Walk organiser Lion Adrian Harris. 'The Walk is sponsored by John Shepherd Estate Agents which ensures that every pound raised by walkers will go to the charities. As usual our walks will pass by at least one pub which will be welcoming our walkers in for lunch or a drink at least.'

Visit the Lions Web Site or phone Adrian on 01564 730253 for more details and sponsorship forms.

Tricia's Diary Dates

The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street:

Henley-in-Arden Community Primary School Christmas Fayre will be held on Friday 3rd December from 5.30 to 7.30pm at the School in Arden Road & will include a special visit from Father Christmas at 6.pm plus tombola, raffle stalls, festive music from our school orchestra, mulled wine & mince pies! Everyone is welcome. All enquiries please contact Sian Corrie 01564 795889
HENLEY-in-ARDEN W.I. It is Christmas Party time at our meeting on Tuesday 7th December including entertainment by the Play Reading Group - members debut on stage! Visitors welcome to join us at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.
“SANTA’S GROTTO” is returning again to Henley Fire Station on Saturday 11th December between 10am and 1pm. Father Christmas will be making his annual visit to see the children of Henley. Come and join us to make it a morning of festive cheer.
Henley W.I.Group Carol Service The Henley Group of W.I.’s (Henley, Tanworth, Ullenhall) invite families & friends to their Carol Service to be held in Tanworth Church on Sunday 12th December at 3 pm. The service will be led by Rev. Tim Harmer with singing by Tanworth-in-Arden W.I. choir, which includes members from several W.I.’s. There will be traditional carols for all and a few special ones for the choir with readings new & old. The hour long service will be followed by mince pies and tea in the church. Enquiries: Wendy Dilllon 01564 742464

HENLEY-in-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB will meet on Tuesday 14th December in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm for Christmas Dinner and A.G.M.

HENLEY & BEAUDESERT CIVIC SOCIETY will meet on Thursday 16th December at the Fire Station at 7.30pm for Christmas Entertainment (featuring “Bare Necessities”) and refreshments. £5 for members - £7 for Guests.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY meet from 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 21st December for our A.G.M. and Christmas Social – very informal and good fun.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY meet from 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 21st December for our A.G.M. and Christmas Social – very informal and good fun.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN METHODIST CHURCH Our Christmas Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 4th December 10 am ‘till noon with Bring & Buy stalls. 16th we will have our Christmas Concert followed by afternoon tea, time to be announced later. Christmas Day Worship at 9.30am with our Rev. Peter Mooring. All Sunday services at 11 am
SALVATION ARMY WEEK. Sincere thanks to all throughout the Parish, who gave so generously to this year’s Salvation Army door to door collection. Special thanks also to all directly involved in the door to door collecting. The amount of £1,484.31 raised is truly commendable and will be enormous help for some of today’s neediest people.
TWO VOLUNTEERS WANTED for TWO hours per month only, for W.I. LUNCHOEN CLUB. This takes place every Tuesday between 11.30 & 1.30 at Dell Court, Henley. You would be part of a team of 3 people working to a rota and serving about 20 lunches. This is a very rewarding and pleasant job, taking place in warm, welcoming surroundings. MORE INFORMATION from SUE TUPLIN 01789 488560
ADVANCE NOTICE The Memorial Hall Committee is organising a NOT QUITE VALENTINE’S NIGHT SUPPER DANCE on Saturday 5th February 2005. Dancing to the Likely Lads. It should be a good night! In aid of Memorial Hall Funds. For more information ‘phone Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 01564 793539 or 794987
Items for January Newsletter to Tricia Hammond by email or post to 132 High St by Wednesday 15th December marked ‘Tricia’s Diary’.

Photos of Henley in the Snow?

Do you have any photos of Henley in the snow?

Henley NEWS on-line is preparing its Christmas edition and the editor is seeking colour pictures of Henley in snow.

Please contact: editor@henleyinarden.plus.com

From our own Correspondents

Henley NEWS on-line is looking for additional correspondents to send in stories and pictures. David Burman has become our agricultural correspondent and Peter Cornford of John Earle will be writing a regular column on the property scene. We are now looking for a volunteer to write a regular feature "Let's eat in Henley" about all the restaurants and pubs in and around Henley.

We already have most of the significant organisations in the town represented on the website. Recent additions include: Lions Club, Henley High School, Drama Society and regular press releases from the Joint Parish Council. Henley Bridge Club will soon be linked up. The Primary School PTA will soon be providing a regular page of news and features.

Why don't you become one of our correspondents and send in stories about your area, your club, your school or events you have witnessed. Please always try to include a photo.

Letters, articles, pictures to the Editor are always welcome. Please do not use the following file 'Publisher" or 'Serif'. 'Word' is preferred. Please send to editor@henleyinarden.plus.com

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The Memorial Hall Committee is organising a NOT QUITE VALANTINES NIGHT SUPPER DANCE on Saturday 5th February 2005.


It should be a good night. In aid of Hall funds.

For more information, phone Duncan or Marijana on 793539 or 794987 or dbainbridgeco@aol.com

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