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14th January 2005
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Rotary Club TSUNAMI event

The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden has launched a special Tsunami appeal by hiring the Priory Theatre on Valentines Night, Monday 14th February. All 120 seats!

The Rotary Club has undertaken to use all the proceeds from this event to finance Shelterboxes, Aquaboxes and Emergency boxes in the diaster areas.

Funds raised by Rotary are used immediately in direct response to requests from the Rotary Clubs in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India. More than 3,200 Aquaboxes, 1,500 Shelterboxes and 100 Emergency boxes, providing shelter and clean water for 20,000 people have been shipped to India and Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Maldives in the last two weeks to provide temporary homes and clean water for victims of the Asian tsunami.

A further thousand Shelterboxes will be delivered this week and a further 4,000 Aquaboxes are on order. Each Aquabox can supply a family of four with pure water for three months, and each Shelterbox includes a tent and basic necessities for up to 10 people.

The first consignment left Heathrow on December 29th.

The Priory Theatre at Kenilworth will be performing the classical comedy "HAY FEVER" by Noel Coward on Valentines Night, Monday 14th February for this special Henley-in-Arden Rotary appeal.

Tickets are only £10 each.

Please support this worthwhile cause and

also have an enjoyable evening at the theatre.

Contact Rotarian Mike Redman for tickets on 01926 843060 or email wellsider@aol.com 

Mike Redman is waiting for your call or email.

High Bailiff's TSUNAMI Appeal

The Court Leet has continued to collect in the High Street and at the market on Wednesdays.

We understand that the Court Leet has already collected a staggering amount and the appeal will finish this Saturday.

The total amount raised will be announced in next week's edition.

Support for Town Meeting

Henley NEWS on-line's campaign for a Town Meeting on Vandalism and Anti-Social Behaviour gains support.

At the meeting of the Court Leet on Thursday 13th January, the Court approved unanimously a resolution that the Steward to the Court should write to the Joint Parish Council expressing the Court's concern at the level of Vandalism and Anti-Social Behaviour in the town.

The Court also resolved to support Henley NEWS on-line's call for a Town Meeting to discuss the problem and will press the JPC to hold such a meeting.

It is understood that the topic of the Town Meeting will be on the agenda of the next Parish Council meeting.

County Councillor George Atkinson also supports an urgent Town Meeting with the Police and wrote to Chief Inspector Andy Johnson, the Police Area Commander on 5th January 2005.

Henley NEWS on-line will publish the Commander's response when it is received.

Bakery opens Tea Room

The Henley Bakery, one of Henley's oldest establishments, opens a new tea room.

The long awaited tea room has finally opened to offer passing motorists, shoppers and Henley's office workers a convenient location for a quick snack or a more home made meal.

Henley Bakery, which is now run by Lisa & Peter Hughes, has been refurbished with a new 30 seater tea room. The menu includes an inviting selection of the Bakery's famous range of cakes and pastries and

  • Hot Beverages
  • Cold Drinks
  • Freshly Made Sandwiches
  • Homemade Soup
  • Warm Sandwiches
  • Homemade Quiche
  • Jacket Potatoes with fillings

Our picture shows Lisa and Peter Hughes with Town Crier Gordon Trinder who proclaimed the opening.

College supports Heart Start

Warwickshire College staff raised £80 for Henley Heart Start with Christmas card donations. Peter Crathorne, Chairman of Heart Start, is pictured presenting Hilary Wright, Centre Manager, with a certificate in recognition of the donation.

Ironically, within 48 hours of having agreed to donate money to Heart Start, the Centre experienced their services. When a student complained of chest pains and an ambulance was called, a Heart Start volunteer was on site within 5 minutes and well ahead of the ambulance.

Fortunately the student was not suffering a heart attack but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

White Swan opens Restaurant

Following the major restoration, the new restaurant at the White Swan opened this week.

The 70 seater restaurant has been totally refitted in keeping with the buildings tudor heritage.

It has a comprehensive menu with some of the most competitive prices on the High Street, Steak at £10.

The White Swan will shortly be announcing the opening of its first bedrooms which will complete the rebirth of Henley's oldest Hotel.

Councillor Thirlwell responds


In our last edition, we asked District and Parish Councillor Stephen Thirlwell to comment on Rubbish Collections and also the very serious problem of vandalism. We are pleased to print Councillor Thirwell's response below.


Xmas Rubbish Collections
With the extended Xmas and New Year holidays, it did mean some reorganisation of the councils collection service which impacted on our collection days. The black bags, delivered in October did actually state what the arrangements were for this period. There are currently a couple of lessons already to be learnt:

When there is a change to collections then this needs to be more strongly communicated, the message on the black bags needs to be strengthened perhaps by use of item in SDC's community newsletter which is sent to every household.

Having looked at my 2005 diary, it would seem to me that we could have the same problem again over the the next festive period.

I do realise that at this time of the year that the amount of rubbish will be greater, therefore I will write to Head of Street Scene that covers waste collection and advise him of the concerns that you have raised and to see how we can resolved this problem for Xmas 2005

Yes, like you, I have been aware for a long period of time that we have been suffering vandalism. Through the JPC a meeting was held with the Divisional Commander to start to address all our concerns, this was followed up by a meeting with sector officer responsible for Henley. As I think you might know the subject has come up again at the JPC who have requested a further meeting as it does seem that no progress has been made, as you will no doubt be aware from George Atkinson attempts to report the vandalism to The Guild Hall proves a point. I believe that the JPC should be in the driving seat to move this problem to a satisfactory conclusion with my added support at District Level. I would think that George Atkinson would also support this at County Level although I have not discussed this problem with him for a few weeks.

Please note that the views in this email are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of either the JPC or SDC.

Railway Station decision

Parish Councillor Gerrie Bruce as Secretary, and on behalf of that Civic Society, has received a letter from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport rejecting the listing of the Railway Station buildings.

The Secretary of State has taken the advice of English Heritage which is reproduced below:


The criteria for the selection of railway buildings from the end of the C19 and start of the C20 are stringent as there are many good examples in a fine and original state of preservation. In this case the station buildings are of a relatively late date; the overall context of the station grouping has been marred by the demolition of the up pavilion, and the roof [which is a major part of the architectural composition] has been decisively changed. In the circumstances it is not possible to recommend that the building should be put forward for listing.


Warwickshire's leading coach operator, Johnsons who are based in Henley-in-Arden, has launched its new Summer 2005 programme dedicated to an important group of people often overlooked by tour operators – holidaymakers who need single rooms.

The programme was originally launched in response to the fact that single room availability in mainstream brochures is usually very limited. Yet there are significant numbers of people who, for a variety of reasons, are travelling on their own – maybe for the first time. Others are holidaying with friends, yet would still like to have their own privacy.

Johnsons launched the single brochure some years ago when it became clear there was strong demand from customers. Since this time single room holiday followers often comment on how they have made many new friends on trips to all parts of the UK and Johnsons couriers made everyone soon feel relaxed and comfortable. Now, the latest edition features 19 different tours throughout the UK, with each hotel used to providing up to 40 rooms for sole occupancy. For the first time it also includes a European tour to the medieval town of Bruges. Other holidays range from short breaks to traditional weeks by the sea, as well as more unusual ideas such as a trip on the Orient Express.

In addition to featuring high quality ensuite accommodation at hand picked hotels, all the holidays include Johnsons popular door to door service where all passengers are collected from home. The tours also have another important ingredient in common – and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere that should appeal equally to lone travellers and groups of friends.

The singles programme is in addition to the company’s main summer brochure of tours and holidays.  For further information contact:

Rob Kingscott, Sales and Marketing Manager,
Johnsons Coach Travel, Liveridge Hill

Tel: 01564 797000 Fax: 01564 797050
e-mail: info@johnsonscoaches.co.uk.

Stratford Parking to be reviewed

TOWN centre bosses are set to meet with transport chiefs later this month in a bid to push for an early review of Stratford's controversial parking restrictions.

The Town Management Partnership will meet county councillors on January 20, when they will get a chance to put forward the views of the town's businesses and retailers, who have formed the campaign group RATS (Retailers Against Town-parking Stupidity).

The concerns put forward will include the 20-minute free parking restriction, which retailers claim has driven shoppers from the town, and Sunday charging, which members of RATS believe needs to be reviewed for Stratford to be competitive with other towns.

The partnership - which sets itself apart from RATS - have discussed parking strategy with both the district and county councils over the past year.

A spokesperson for the Town Management Partnership said priority must now be given to building and implementing the park and ride scheme - set to be built in Bishopton - but until then there needed to be an immediate review of the current restrictions. Our picture shows the Minitram which was tested in Stratford during the spring of 2003 and which achieved an approval rating of over 90%.

Courses Galore

Hilary Wright, Head at the Henley-in-Arden Centre of Warwickshire College, has told Henley NEWS on-line that it not too late to enrol and there are a vast choice of courses, 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


Special Offers at Warwickshire College’s Images Hair and Beauty Salon Promotions

Starting on 20th January 2005

When you book a facial, you will get a complimentary
manicure or pedicure


If you book waxing for a large area, you will get a smaller area free.
(For example with half a leg wax you could get a free lip wax.)

Promotions from 1st February 2005

When you book one of our new luxury facials (Sothys of Paris),
you will get a complimentary manicure or pedicure.

To book an appointment, please telephone:
Images at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre
on 01564 797830.

Yarningale Common featured in

The Times, Friday 7th January 2005

Perish the Parish Schemers

Thunderer Column by Ross Clark

JOHN PRESCOTT has chosen Manchester as the venue to announce, this month, the details of a scheme to hand more powers to parish councils. It is a good job that the Deputy Prime Minister did not choose the Warwickshire village of Claverdon, for he might be driven away by a baying mob. Parish councillors are not exactly popular in Claverdon: in 2000 the parish council instructed its lawyers to write to the owners of 17 houses at Yarningale Common, demanding a total ransom of £500,000 for the right to drive across a few yards of common land to reach their homes. It was left to Chris Mullin, who was the Environment Minister, to stand up for the poor homeowners.

So much for the image of a parish council as a group of agreeable old buffers who uphold the fine traditions of local democracy against the faceless bureaucracy of central government. I am sure there are many parish councillors who do a good job, but the last thing they need is more power. They are harmless enough when mending the village bus shelter and hanging flower baskets from the village hall. But give them the job of influencing planning decisions and running NEIGHBOURHOOD warden services, as Mr Prescott wants them to do, and we will soon appreciate parish councils for what they really are: hangovers from the feudal age.

When did your parish council last hold an election? The chances are you cannot remember. Many of them are landed squirearchies which have managed to keep reappointing themselves for decades. But I bet you can tell who is on your parish council: Farmer Giles, Farmer Smith, Farmer Jones, oh, and the nice, retired bank manager. No one goes into local politics for the money, or for the egotistical .reasons that drive national politicians. It does, however, attract people who calculate that a seat on the council will help them to profit from their land: people such as the Lincolnshire councillor Jim Speechley, who last year was jailed for 18 months after trying to change the route of a new road so that it left one of his fields ripe for development. No wonder so many parish councillors resigned several years ago when the Government obliged them for the first time to declare any property interests in their parishes.

Faceless bureaucracy though it may be, I would sooner be governed by Whitehall than a bunch of scheming bumpkins in some smoke filled village hall.

Dan Wild, a former resident of Henley advised Henley NEWS on-line about this article which is reprinted from The Times. Thanks Dan for your continuing interest.

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 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 has launched a special Tsunami appeal by hiring the Priory Theatre on Valentines Night, Monday 14th February.  All 120 seats! 

Contact Mike Redman for tickets on 01926 843060 or email wellsider@aol.com

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.

Alistair Price has been appointed by The Court Leet to be The Court's correspondent for Henley NEWS on-line.

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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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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