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21st January 2005
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Warwickshire's Jurassic Past

Are you good at pub quizzes? Here is a great question. What does "Jurassic" mean?

Well for those who do not know, the answer it is the name we use for a period of time from 145 to 210 million years ago and the rocks and fossils formed at that time.

Did you know also that parts of Warwickshire were under the sea when dinosaurs ruled the earth and therefore there are some very rich deposits of fossils of sea creatures to be found locally. The Warwickshire Museum - in Warwick - has some very fine examples on display. Another fascinating "find" was a piece of fossilised coral - now as we all know coral needs warm waters in which to grow which proves that at one time we would not have had to go half way round the world to be able to bathe in the sea before mid -August!

Dr John Radley from the Warwickshire Museum described these and a myriad of other amazing facts in the lecture given to the Henley-in-Arden Civic Society on Thursday 20th January. He provided a fascinating insight into a time when great things were happening to our earth and when there were no written records to refer to - so the scientists and archaeologists have to piece together the evidence bit by bit.

If you have not heard this talk - then watch out for it - it was excellent!

The Civic Society's next lecture will be on Thursday 17th February 2005 at 8pm in the Fire Station and the subject will be Marie Correlli - Stratford's Eccentric Novelist with Robert Bearman.

Not a member of the society? - no worries guests, are very welcome.

Gerrie Bruce reporting


Move to refurbish Henley rail station

Negotiations are now under way to refurbish the railway station.

"It's been disgraceful. We're not just frustrated but downright angry about the state of Henley station.

Let's have something to look like a proper railway station with a better car park and bridge".

That was the verdict on the present station by the chairman of a sub-committee that has just presented a feasibility study to the parish council on improvements.

George Matheou said: "We've been waiting ten years for this— longer than both world wars together." The council will also work closely with the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group and volunteer a representative for any discussions on the development.

The sale of the buildings is currently being negotiated by the Birmingham surveyors Ralphs and James. Partner Richard Thorne said a private buyer had plans to refurbish and enlarge the station building and convert into beneficial use. It will contain offices and possibly a ticket office too. The canopy will be retained in line with the wishes of Henley residents, and Network Rail will resurface and improve the car park.


Henley in Bloom plant list

For those of you wishing to co-ordinate your pots, planters and hanging baskets with the colour scheme of the plants in the town this year, pinks and mauves are the order of the day!

Below are pictures of the plants that will be brightening up the High Street later in the year.

Main Plants  
Other Plants 

If you would be interested in joining the planting or watering teams this summer, or if you would like any more information about Henley in Bloom, please contact Richard Aldridge.

Richard Aldridge reporting


Open Day at the Warwickshire College

On Saturday 5th February 2005 from 10am-1pm, Warwickshire College’s Henley Centre will be holding an Open Day aimed at young people interested in full-time further study or training and also those intending to study at higher education level.

The Henley-in-Arden Centre houses Warwickshire College’s sports courses, as well as hair, beauty, holistic therapy and textiles courses. These are run on a full-time basis for students aged 16-19 and at Higher Education level for students aged 19 upwards.

In September, the Henley-in-Arden Centre launched a brand new Foundation Degree in Spa Management, one of only two places to offer this qualification in the country. Students on this course will spend some of their study time in the Grade II building, which is currently being converted into a commercial day spa. From February 2005, the spa will open to the public on non training days for a range of luxurious spa treatments performed by fully qualified staff.

Centre Manager Hilary Wright said, “I would like to extend an invitation to the Henley community to visit the Henley-in-Arden Centre and take a look around. Why not visit our fully equipped gym and hair and beauty salon – both are open to the public at competitive prices. Visitors will also be able to find out about the range of spa treatments on offer from February.”

The Centre’s facilities include a state-of-the-art lecture theatre for teaching, conference and community hall for indoor activities, a fitness training suite and a fully equipped gym.

Information on Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs), launched in Warwickshire in September 2004, will also be on offer at the Open Day. This new Government initiative makes grants of up to £30 per week available to many young people on further education courses, depending on their household income.

Visitors are also encouraged to take the opportunity to visit one or more College Centres. The Leamington and Rugby Centres will be providing information on the majority of courses offered by Warwickshire College and also on the International Baccalaureate Diploma, offered at both Centres. For land based courses, visitors should go to the College’s Moreton Morrell Centre and for Leamington-based engineering, motor vehicle and accounting courses, visitors should go to the Trident Technology and Business Centre, based in Whitnash. Engineering courses are also offered at the college’s Rugby Centre.

For more information on the Open Day call 0800 783 67 67 or email enquiries@warkscol.ac.uk


Court Leet appeal update

Douglas Bridgewater, Low Bailiff, has told Henley NEWS on-line that over £6,300 has so far been collected, demonstrating the generosity of the residents of Henley.

We will report the precise amount once the last collecting boxes have been counted.



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:

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 WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds their monthly lunchtime meeting on third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to 2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session followed by a quality lunch and a informative speaker on a business topic. Full details are at www.swbc.co.uk
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. 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

We are delighted to publish the growing list of our correspondents:

AgriculturalDavid Burman
PropertyPeter Cornford
RotaryDavid Morehen
Civic SocietyBrian Twigg
Henley in BloomRichard Aldridge
British LegionLes Goodman
Wild Life SocietyJohn Love
Chief PhotographerJohn Love
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Price Harry Road areaHelen Knight
Riverside Drive areaWendy Cowdrill
Tricia's DiaryTricia Hammond
Warwickshire County CouncilGeorge Atkinson
Stratford District CouncilStephen Thirlwell
Joint Parish CouncilHayley Syratt
Heart StartPeter Crathorne
The HubPeter Crathorne
Heritage CentreRay Holding
Memorial HallMarijana Bainbridge
Primary SchoolYvonne Rogers
CanadaAnne Elliott

Without their support, Henley NEWS on-line would cease.

We are always looking for more correspondents and more stories.

Bill Leech - Editor



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