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17th December 2004
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Railway Station renamed

The 'Henley-in-Arden' sign at the railway station was amended last week to read

'Henley Bin Larden'

by the local spray painting enthusiasts!

Local traffic gets worse

The Wednesday markets have been causing traffic chaos around Warwick Road, Harris Close and Prince Harry Drive for years. Many of the residents are concerned that emergency vehicles could not attend swiftly if needed. The Medical Centre must also share this concern.

This week, the congestion was worse than ever. A young lady in a sports car was seen remonstrating with the illegal parkers. Fortunately, the police moved in and booked all the vehicles parked illegally. Most residents in the area will applaud their action and hope that it will continue each Wednesday.

New on-street parking meters in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre mean that more Henley residents will want to avoid shopping in Stratford. Beware! "The parking attendants go round in packs and for some people that can be intimidating" warns Colin Hewitt, who runs Serendipity in Sheep Street. Warwickshire County Council's Head of Planning said a formal review will be carried out in six months. In the meantime, we expect Henley residents will stop shopping in Stratford now that the last free parking has been abolished.

History Society Archives Award

The local history archive project in Aston Cantlow has been awarded a “Highly Commended” certificate in the Warwickshire Village Venture awards scheme. The members of the archive committee, Howard Chetwynd, Brian Twigg, Margaret Twigg, and Mary Sommerfield attended the ceremony which took place on the 27th November at the Shire Hall in Warwick. The awards were presented in the Council chamber by the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Martin Dunne JP. A lot of interest was shown in the exhibition of samples from the archive collection which was on display in the hall.

The idea of creating an archive collection was started by Rosie Keep (the founder chairman of the history society) and Margaret Twigg. They started by organising an open day and put on a display of old photos and deeds, with members being asked to bring in old photos and memorabilia of the Parish. From this stemmed the idea of producing a small booklet or pamphlet, which later developed into the publishing of a book for the Millennium “A passage through Time in a Warwickshire Parish”. The research for the book, and material collected from old residents of the parish, necessitated an organised archives project to be set up, and a search for somewhere to store them. The Society is very grateful to the trustees of Aston Cantlow village hall for donating an archive room.

If anyone is interested in undertaking research which would require access to the Aston Cantlow Parish archive room, please contact Brian Twigg (01564 79 3373)

Civic Society 2005 Programme

Henley-in-Arden Civic Society has announced its programme for Spring 2005.

The Society's aims are to
safeguard the character of
Henley-in-Arden, Beaudesert
and the surrounding area,
with special regard to its history, traditions and architecture.

To ensure that any development
shall extend and complement
the character and needs of the community.

Further details about the society can be found by following their link on the left hand column.

Rotary Club collecting on 18th

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.

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.

The Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club has made another gift of £100 to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Last Sunday, 12th December, a Stratford woman was taken by the Air Ambulance to Selly Oak Hospital after a road accident on the Stratford Road by the Henley College Sports Complex.

She was cut free by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue after suffering a broken leg.

Lions Christmas Tins Collection

Once again this Christmas our local Lions are grateful to all those residents who have been able to donate tins and packets of food, which the Lions will be delivering to local elderly and needy residents over the next few weeks along with a Christmas Card from Lion’s President Dave Carter.

The Lions have been carrying out this service for the elderly of our community since they were formed in 1976 - 28 years ago. This year their lists of worthy residents have been substantially revised and increased with input from local Rotary and Round Table clubs and also the pupils of Arden School in a spirit of community at Christmas coordinated by Malcolm Evans at the school. The Lions apologise to anyone not included in their lists. The data protection act prevents the Social Services and Age Concern from providing such information.

The Lions confirm that residents generosity this year will provide sufficient for over 370 Christmas hampers an increase of 120 over 2003 which this year will be delivered in very smart bright yellow carrier bags sporting the Lions logo. These bags have been generously sponsored by Lloyds TSB and will be delivered shortly. Any tins left over will be donated to the Fireside Centre for the homeless in central Birmingham.

If you know of any elderly resident who you think would benefit from a visit by a Lion this Christmas, or any needy resident please contact the Lions Christmas Tins Organiser, John Cooper johnallancooper@aol.com or 01564 778641.

Vandalism Update

After each attack of vandalism done by the youths starting on Monday of last week, I informed the police. I have phoned them three times so far. But no action has been taken by the police. I also referred to the previous vandalism and they had difficulty finding the files.

Since the last vandalism, I have left the mess as it was and no further vandalism has taken place so far.

On Friday I will clear up and, fingers crossed, I can live in peace in the future. I am disappointed the way my problem was handled by the police. But I am also glad that Hayley - Clerk to the JPC, Bill - Editor of Henley NEWS on-line and Peter & Jan from the Youth Club supported me through my hard time.

In February of this year, thieves put my car on bricks and stole all four alloy wheels. One PC came after 5 hours. I had to inform them twice. He looked at the car for only 30 seconds and then wanted to leave. He was not prepared to take the pieces of evidence with him, nor to take the fingerprints which were left all over the car. Again thank you very much.

Name and address withheld

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Warwick Road speed limit requested

My neighbour has been campaigning for some years to get a 40mph restriction put on the Warwick Road out of Henley towards Claverdon.

As a fairly recent resident of two years, I am now a strong supporter of this based on the fact that every other road into Henley seems to have a restriction of 40mph.

While there is a 30mph restriction out of Henley past the market and the first two roads (Arden Road and Prince Harry Road), this then reverts to the national speed limit of 60mph past our drive at the top of Blackford Hill and then onwards to Whitley Hill and beyond.

All of the residents on Blackford and Whitley Hill are expected to pull out onto a road where drivers are legally allowed to travel at 60mph.

With a near fatality last year at the entrance to Henley Water Gardens and an obviously serious accident which involved closing Warwick Road only a few weeks ago just before Arden Road, are the council just waiting for a death before implementing a speed restriction?

We are therefore looking for support to restrict the speed limit to 40mph from the bottom of Blackford Hill past the residential homes along Whitley Hill all the way down to the Crabmill Pub.

The council's response so far has been that 'they will not put a restriction on the Warwick Road as it cannot be enforced'!

Perhaps occasionally re-siting the Smile van (from it's sneaky corner position north of Henley) to one along the Warwick Road seems a fairly obvious way to enforce speed, but there's probably some ridiculous reason why not.

Andrew Thornley, Blackford Hill

Henley Wildlife Society

Henley-in-Arden Wildlife Society has announced its programme for 2005.

Programme for 2005

Meetings take place on the 3rd Tuesday of each month

(except August) at 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall.

For outdoor Events meet at the Market Cross at 6.30pm

January 18th'A Woodland Seen'Tony Hamblin
February 15th'Where to Watch Wildlife Down
The River Severn'
Brian Draper MBE
March 15th

'Wildlife in 3D'
(The Slides of Pat Whitehouse)

Colin Clay
April 19th'Savage Beasts & Noble Savages' (Tanzania)Rosemary Morris
May 17th'Wildlife in Art'Jackie Gamer
June 21stOutdoor Meeting.
Meet at 6.30pm at Market Cross
Venue to be arranged.
July 19thOutdoor Meeting.
Meet at 6.30pm at Market Cross
Venue to be arranged.
September 20th'Wildlife & Scenery of Kerala & Goa'Steve Falk
October 28th'A Spring Walk in Shropshire'
(with special emphasis on looking at trees)
John Tuer
November 15th'Insects in the Garden'Celia Davis
December 20thAGM & Christmas Social 

Further details about the society can be found by following their link on the left hand column.

Tricia's Diary Dates

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

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY meet from 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 21st December for our E.G. and Christmas Social – very informal and good fun.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN W.I. New Year - New Horizons - why not try W.I.? Lots of chances to try something new. Come to our January meeting on Tuesday 4th from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall when Alan Godfrey tells us about “Postman’s Knock” - (a history of the Post Office) and find out what is on offer.
Patchwork & Quilting Group starts on January 5th Details: 792488.
HENLEY-in-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB will meet on Tuesday 11th January for ‘Wine & Nibbles’
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Visitors are welcome to join us for “A Woodland Seen” - a talk by well known Wildlife Photographer, Tony Hamblin. Come to the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm on Tuesday 18th January.
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB will be holding their monthly meeting on Thursday 20th January from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Golf Club. There will be a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch. This month's speaker will be Mr Richard Simms talking about 'The Enterprise Act - one year on'.
Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society will meet on Thursday 20th January at 8.00pm at the Fire Station when John Radley, the Keeper of Geology at Warwick Museum, is taking us back to Warwickshire’s Jurassic Past.
SMARTYS will be holding an Ex Chainstore (NXT & MS) ladies new clothes sale at the Memorial Hall on Saturday 29th January from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Huge reductions on all clothes.
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
THE ROTARY CLUB of Henley-in-Arden meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org
Items for future Newsletters to Tricia Hammond by email or by post to 132 High St marked ‘Tricia’s Diary’. Please tell all your friends about Tricia's Diary.

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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

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 dbainbridgeco@aol.com

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Dr. Douglas Bridgewater is researching the gallant men of Henley-in-Arden who gave their lives in the two World Wars. He has already established that the Town's war memorials are incomplete. Special report

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