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7th January 2005
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Henley collects for Tsunami Appeal

The Henley Court Leet made a street collection in their robes for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Appeal immediately the scale of the disaster was known. Reports circulating around the town say that all residents contributed most generously and a figure well into four figures has so far been collected. The High Bailiff's appeal closes on the 23rd January when the total collected will be announced. Henley NEWS on-line will be producing a special edition to report the final total as soon as it is counted and confirmed by the Officers of the Court Leet and Court Baron.

Collections are continuing in the High Street and at the Wednesday markets. Collecting boxes have also been placed in many of the local pubs and shops.

PLEASE KEEP GIVING so Henley can show its support for all the people who were caught up in this terrible tragedy.


Our picture, taken by John Love, shows from right to left High Bailiff - Brian Jackson,
Butter Weigher - Gerald Smith, a generous resident and Low Bailiff - Douglas Bridgewater.

Vandalism continues in 2005


Within minutes of the start of 2005, vandalism occurred in the High Street outside St Johns Church. During the holiday period, Henley NEWS on-line received many reports from our correspondents around the town of mindless vandalism. Soon after the attack on the Guild Hall in the High Street, the Church Hall in Beaudesert Lane had windows broken.

Henley NEWS on-line has asked the JPC for a statement on what action they are taking to rid the town of this serious problem and has suggested to our District Councillor and Vice Chairman of the JPC that residents would like the JPC to hold a town meeting to discuss this problem. We will publish Councillor Thirwell's response as soon as it is received.

Our photo shows the article which appeared in last week's Stratford Herald announcing the reward being offered for information leading to the successful prosecution of the local vandals. This reward has been put up by County Councillor George Atkinson, Johnsons Coaches and Henley NEWS on-line.

Happy New Year from Heritage Centre

As reported at the Court Leet’s Annual Meeting in November, the Heritage Centre had an excellent season with 4,600 visitors. The new displays set up during last winter, were well received and our visitors’ book is a delight to read.

2004 brought some sad notes: we bid farewell to stewards Bill Beauchamp, Alan Butler and Chris Jones, all of whom died during the year. They will be greatly missed.

This is an opportunity for me to say another thank-you to the great team of volunteers who make it possible for Henley to provide this unique attraction to visitors. Without our 66 stewards and a dozen other helpers – all of them giving their time and enthusiasm free – none of it would happen. However, as always, I am on the look-out for new volunteers. The steward’s regular duty amounts to two hours per fortnight and I’d be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to join us, or to talk about what is involved. Do please ring me on 01564.792512.

A very Happy New Year to all our helpers and supporters, and to all the residents of Henley-in-Arden!

Ray Holding
Administrator and Trustee

Inner Wheel Bench gets its plaque

The plaque is eventually in place on the Inner Wheel commemorative bench! A French Evening in 2002, organized by Henley-in-Arden Inner Wheel Club, raised over £1,500, of which £1,000 was donated to the British Lung Foundation Red Balloon Appeal with the balance going to local Charities. Part of the latter was spent on buying a bench for the newly developed Riverlands Project to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

A suitable plaque was ordered, but before it could be fitted to the bench, which was located near to the new children’s play area, the bench had been vandalised.

A more robust replacement bench has since been erected and the plaque is now in its proper place.

Rubbish Collection fails

The rubbish collection throughout many parts of the town did not take place after Christmas. Rubbish sacks had been specially printed by the District Council advising residents that the collection would take place on dates which did not exist such as Wednesday 30th. Most residents assumed the council intended the collection to take place on the Wednesday 29th and put out their Christmas rubbish.

The town now is littered with black sacks and many are splitting open and becoming a health hazard.

In addition, there is the on-going problem of the 'disgraceful' state of the Croft Car Park. Our Joint Parish Council consider the delay by Stratford District Council in adopting the Croft car park is unacceptable.

Clearly both the rubbish collect and the Croft car park, calls into question the quality of services the District Council are providing but this will not stop them imposing a further substantial hike in council tax.

Courses Galore

Hilary Wright, Head at the Henley-in-Arden Centre of Warwickshire College, has advised Henley NEWS on-line of the vast range of courses on offer at the Henley Centre, including:

  • Fashion
  • Interior Design
  • Soft Furnishings
  • Theatre Design
  • Computing & IT
  • Badminton
  • Pilates & Yoga
  • Fitness Training
  • Stress Management
  • Football Coaching
  • FA Coaching
  • Food Hygiene
  • Body Massage
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Indian Head Massage

You can now download the college's Part-time Course schedule, complete with contact telephone numbers, timetable and costs. Click here to view the course schedule

This week, the registration is open for most of these courses. Hilary invites all Henley residents to visit the college and meet her staff to discuss the vast range of courses.

JPC Newsletter

The JPC Newsletter for January 2005, written by Hayley Syratt Clerk to the Council, has been circulated by her team of willing helpers.

Below we reprint a selection of the articles from this edition.

Green Garden Waste

The District Council has informed us that Henley residents should receive their green wheeled bins between 31st January and 14th February 2005. These bins will be emptied on the same days os your refuse collection but on a fortnightly basis. Please place your garden waste in the green wheeled bin ready for the District Council to collect and compost. The bin should be available for emptying by 6am on your normal collection day and will be collected from each property boundary. If you have do not want a green wheeled bin because your property does not have a garden or you require a smaller wheeled bin you are urged to contact Scott Beverley at Biffa on 01789 293722, so that these matters can be addressed prior to the distribution.

The district council is currently recycling and composting 34% of household waste, and with the introduction of the final phases of green waste kerbside collections is well on the way to meeting the Government target of 36%.

The rate is the highest in Warwickshire and makes Stratford District one of the top performers in the country. However the council is urging residents to continue to recycle their waste over Christmas, a time when traditionally a large amount of rubbish is created.

Christmas cards can be taken to branches of Tesco or WH Smith who are working in partnership with the Woodland Trust on their Christmas card recycling scheme. Funds raised from the scheme will support the Trust's major new campaign -Trees for All - helping to give every child in the UK the chance to plant trees. Collection bins will be in stores from 5th January. Last year the scheme resulted in over 10 tonnes of card being collected in Warwickshire for recycling.

Waste minimisation is just as important as recycling and the district council is asking residents to think about reducing the waste they create over the holiday period. Wrapping paper can be saved and reused and cords can be used as tags the following year.

Any changes to the refuse and recycling arrangements are printed on the black sacks and residents should take the time to look at these to make sure they are aware of any changes that may effect them, although the arrangements in place are designed to ensure the minimum amount of disruption is caused to households.

Reprinted from the JPC Newsletter

Henley SK8 CRU

Henley Skate Crew is a group of young people formed with the help of the youth club to design and build a dedicated skating area in Henley. They recently carried out a survey to ascertain what residents thought of the project. The group delivered 1600 copies of the survey. There was a 5.19% return and the SK8 CRU are very grateful to those who replied. A special thank you to those generous residents who made donations totaling over £400 as a result of the survey.

The decision by the Parish Council, the school and residents who live close by, to agree in principle to building a skate park right by THE HUB, the Youth and Community Centre, has been vindicated by 92% support for the Skate Park. Over 90% of the replies agreed that there were problems and that young people needed more facilities. The youth club is responding by recruiting staff to open 4 nights a week with the help of local churches and the Forest of Arden Youth for Christ. By the early summer of 2005 with the State Park and shelter, the teenagers of Henley will have better provision than ever before.

Two thirds of our respondents have said they would donate to the project, which should encourage the Parish Council to improve their financial sup- port. It will also provide evidence for Stratford District Council's deliberations.

Most distressing is the fact that a third of residents replying stated that young people had verbally abused them. There is clearly work to be done by the schools and Youth Service here.

The process itself generated some welcome support with several letters welcoming the initiative. It also provided an opportunity to those who are implacably and totally opposed to the scheme. The substance of their argument being that to provide such a facility would be rewarding the vandals and delinquents. Some felt that the park itself would generate more problems.

Much remains to be done but it is clear that however small the sample, the support for the scheme is overwhelming. Money raising will continue, the larger amounts coming from the district councils and the lottery grant schemes. If anyone has ideas to help us in this regard we would be grateful to hear from them. Please contact Peter Crathorne on 01564 795470.

Reprinted from the JPC Newsletter

Fly Tipping

The illegal dumping of rubbish in fields and hedgerows has become a major problem over the last few years. Expanding legislation relating to waste disposal, while desirable on one hand has by raising costs of legitimate disposal had an unfortunate negative effect on the other.

The collection of rubbish dumped in this way comes within the remit of your District Council. Please advise them of the location of anything you come across on 01789 260605.

Reprinted from the JPC Newsletter


Warwickshire County Council is pleased to announce the arrival of five brand new wheelchair accessible Flexibuses. The buses will carry the distinctive Green and Yellow Country Links livery. This latest expansion means that there are now ten flexibuses providing greatly improved access for people across Warwickshire.

Flexibus is a bus service available to everybody but its particularly helpful to people with mobility problems. All Flexibuses are equipped with electric lifts, can carry up to four wheelchairs and have a friendly care assistant on hand to help passengers. Concessionary passes and tokens are valid for travel services. Flexibus operates to a fixed timetable but will make small diversions from route for people with mobility problems.

Reprinted from the JPC Newsletter

Crime is The problem

— you may have the solution.

Crime has affected everyone at some point in their lives in one way or another. It's easy to feel that there's nothing you can do or to worry about the consequences if you do pass on information. With Crimestoppers you do have the power to tackle crime without leaving yourself open. It's easy, it's anonymous, it's up to you.

Crimestoppers is an independent Uk wide charity working to stop crime. Every month they receive an average of 6,000 anonymous calls which lead to over 500 arrests.

Every call is valuable to Crimestoppers. Often your information will be used to help solve existing investigations. Sometimes however, the information may be entirely new to the police and will enable them to tackle crimes that they may otherwise be unaware of. That is why your call to Crimestoppers could be so crucial.

Crimestoppers is not an emergency service and if you see a crime taking place you should ring 999 to report it immediately. If you are a victim of crime you should report this to your local police.

Henley residents are urged by the Parish Council to report all incidents of crime including vandalism. We are aware that the Police Station is not manned but if your call is not redirected to another Police Station you should call the Crime Desk on 01926 415642 — Please make a note of this number.

Reprinted from the JPC Newsletter

Street Lighting

Whilst the shortest day has passed, we will face many dark nights before summer brightens our evenings. Street Lighting is therefore important in giving illumination around the Town. Its also a safety factor for all of us.

Street lights do however malfunction so the quicker they are attended to the better. If you find one that is bleeping or out, prompt reporting to Warwickshire County Council should bring a swift remedy. All they need is the location and the number from the lamp post,i.e. High Street number 21 etc.

A direct response line exists, so any problems phone:                 01926 736547.

Your help will be appreciated.


Henley in 1974

Henley NEWS on-line has found a copy of a feature on the Town from the July edition of Warwickshire and Worcestershire Life of 1974.

Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street or electronically to p_hammond@tiscali.co.uk:

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.

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 is 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.

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 formats 'Publisher" or 'Serif'. 'Microsoft Word' is preferred format. 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 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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