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28th January 2005
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Henley NEWS on-line readers up 300%

Since September 2004 the readership of Henley NEWS on-line, according to the statistics provided by our Internet Service Provider, has grown by over 300%. We are now also sending e-mail alerts to three times as many people each week.

The success of this community website newspaper is solely due to the enthusiasm of our ever growing band of correspondents who are now named at the foot of this page.

In future editions, we hope to bring you new features and reports on:

The High School Arts bid
The Court Leet Diary
Jonathan Dovey's History Column
Health Advice from the Medical Centre
Crime Update from Warwickshire Police every two weeks

Our regular columns will be expanding and we urge all readers to advise Tricia of any Diary Dates.


Local radio stations are reporting that armed robbers have been in the area hijacking cars, two in Leamington, 1 in Princethorpe and 1 in Rugby.

These men are approaching occupants of cars, threatening them with a gun and then hijacking their cars. Be vigilant if you are out and about in the Warwickshire over the next few days.

Parish Plan adopted by District Council

DISTRICT councillors have adopted Henley's parish plan as a blueprint for future development of the town.

Following a meeting of Stratford District Council's Arden area community committee members on Thursday, the plan has been confirmed as an important source of local information. Issues raised in the plan will now be addressed over a five-year period. The community-led project for Beaudesert and Henley provides residents with a framework which will enable them to assess the present and plan for a brighter future.

The Countryside Agency initially awarded a £3,750 grant to allow the project to go ahead in 2002. In September 2003, the plan's working group carried out widespread consultation by holding open surgeries throughout the village. Young people's views were also sought. Henley High School students have been kept regularly informed of the plan's developments.

Findings which have been linked with the village action plan include concerns over public transport, environment, local information, education and childcare and sport and leisure. These and other issues raised will be addressed over a five-year period.

Committee members have commended Henley and Beaudesert Joint Parish Council and residents for preparing the parish plan. They are now being encourage to implement the action plan and the important steps highlighted to improve their village. Half of the communities in the Stratford District have already either completed or are currently creating their own parish plans.

Henley News on-line used to have a link to the draft plan and we look forward to establishing a link to the adopted plan as soon as it comes off the 'secret list' and is made available for the residents to read.

Stratford District Council "WEAK"

In the December 2004 edition of 'YOUR REVIEW', Stratford District Council's newsletter to residents, it reports that the Audit Commission's Comprehensive Performance Assessment (CPA) of the District Council was WEAK.

The Audit Commission's website says:

The way Stratford on Avon District Council is run and
the delivery of its services is Weak

(on the scale: excellent/good/fair/weak/poor).

What are Stratford on Avon District Council's main strengths?

  • It provides mainly good core services such as cleansing, recycling, leisure facilities and children’s and young people’s activities.
  • It is working well with partners in delivering some services to the benefit of local people.

What are Stratford on Avon District Council's areas for improvement?

  • It is missing most of its own targets for improving services and the improvement trend overall is weak.
  • It is not working well enough with partners on the key challenges facing the area and its strategies and plans do not join up.
  • It has problems with poor relationships and confusion around decision making and roles. These are hindering it in focusing on the needs of local people and improving services

In an excellent example of news management, the editor of 'Your Review' leads with the headline "Disappointing but there are good points too". Was the reason the publication was nearly two months late that it took extra time to perfect this headline?

Stratford Parking

The new parking scheme in Stratford will be reviewed in April, once it has been in operation for six months. In the mean time, Warwickshire County Council’s Stratford Area Committee will discuss a report on the scheme at its meeting today, which recommends some immediate minor changes.

The immediate changes include introducing a 24-hour permit scheme for temporary residents staying at registered guest-houses in Stratford, and giving exemptions for home carers engaged in social service provision on behalf of the local authority. There is also a proposal to permit parking on the footway outside numbers 84 to 112 Birmingham Road in Stratford. The Committee will also consider the possibility of abolishing on-street parking charges on Sundays before 10 a.m.

The comprehensive six-month review will then provide an opportunity to consider residents’ and retailers’ concerns in greater depth.

Heritage Centre News

Before Channel 4’s Time Team did its exploration on the site of the old castle on Beaudesert Mount in 2001, attention was drawn to the one solitary piece of stonework still lying at the site. Weighing half a ton, this large dressed stone is thought to have been part of the outer defensive wall of the castle.

The Mount is a scheduled Ancient Monument, supervised by English Heritage. Consent has now been granted by English Heritage for the stone to be removed from its present position and moved to the Heritage Centre where it will be displayed and safely preserved.

At 12.30 midday on Saturday 26th March 2005, the High Bailiff accompanied by members of the Court Leet will unveil it in its new location at the Heritage Centre. Residents of Henley are cordially invited to witness this ceremony, marking what may be the last remnant of Thurstan de Montfort’s fortified Beaudesert home of 900 years ago.

Village Design Statement updated

Dan Wild, writing from Malvern, reports that he has updated the Village Design Statement website.

The VDS was extensively drawn upon in the development of the Parish Plan.

Mobile Phone owners should register

Warwickshire Police is encouraging mobile phone owners to register their mobile for free on a new National Mobile Phone Register to dramatically increase their chances of getting their mobile back if it is lost or stolen.

The new website, launched on 12 January 2005 is supported by the mobile phone industry, the National Mobile Phone Crime Unit, the Metropolitan Police, Warwickshire Police and other UK Police Forces, and the Home Office.

DC Loftus, Warwickshire Police's telecommunications officer said:

"The register already holds the details of over ten million phones but we want everybody who owns a mobile phone to add their details. The more people and organisations that get involved, the more effective the Register will be."

Lisa Loftus acts as the single point of contact between the network companies and Warwickshire Police and is responsible for supporting operational activities by providing mobile phone information on a whole host of crimes from major incidents such as murders to the more common mobile phone theft.

DC Loftus said:

"As well as acting as a deterrent for thieves, the website will enable us to reunite lost and stolen phones with their owners much more easily. The register will enable police to do an immediate check on whether the mobile phone someone is carrying is stolen, for example if they are acting suspiciously near the scene of a burglary. Also if a member of the public loses a phone and it is brought in to the police station, the website provides a quick way for our front office staff to find the owner."

When a phone is stolen an individual should report it to the police and also to their network provider as soon as possible by calling the Immobilise information line on 08701 123 123 and following the instructions. Reporting the phone as lost or stolen will enable the SIM card and actual handset to be blocked, just like a stolen credit card. Individuals should also register the phone as lost or stolen on the National Mobile Phone Register and contact their insurance provider if they have mobile phone insurance.

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

Henley Football Photos needed

Would it be possible for you to place an advert or similar into the newsletter requesting people to send in their photos of Henley Forest of Arden Football Club going back to the year dot!!!

We are trying to build up a picture of the the history of the club going back in time in order that we may gain funds from the Football Foundation.

The photos can either be dropped in personally to me or sent electronically to the e-mail address info@johnsonscoaches.co.uk

Many thanks

Peter G Johnson - Director
Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel
Liveridge House
Liveridge Hill
B95 5QS
T: 01564 797000
F: 01564 797050

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.
Henley-in-Arden W.I. Tuesday 1st February Sue Westmacott will speak about “Iceland-Land of Fire and Ice” 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.
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
Henley-in-Arden Flower CLub Tuesday February 8th Memorial Hall 7.30 “Romance with Flowers” Carol Chapman. Competition: ‘Valentines Day’
Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday 8th February at 7.30pm

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

Henley Wildlife Society Tuesday 15th February 7.45pm Baptist Church Hall. Learn ” Where to watch Wildlife Down the River Severn” from Brian Draper MBE who always gives a lively talk with slides. Visitors £1
Henley-in-Arden Dramatic Society (HADS) February 16th to 19th
Don’t miss “It Could Be Any One Of Us” by Alan Ayckbourn 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall Tickets from Vanity Box-1st night £3 - £5 Details: 792773
Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society Thursday 17th February 8.00pm in the Fire Station. Dr. Robert Bearman returns to talk about Marie Corelli - Stratford’s Eccentric Novelist
Fashion Show - Henley College-Friday 11th March in aid of Comic Relief.
Details later. Can you offer help, i.e. lighting etc., Lorraine Benton 797800
Easter Bonnet Parade - Saturday 26th March. The High Bailiff is intending to hold an Easter Bonnet Parade for ladies of all ages on Easter Saturday Morning.  There will also be a competition for the best dressed shop window. Full information will be given next month and through posters around the town.
Rotary/Bridge Supper Evening 8th April-Claverdon Church Centre.
In aid of Hope & Homes for Children. £40 for table of four. Details shortly.
Art in Henley will be holding their Spring Members Exhibition on Sat/Sun 9th/10th April in the Memorial Hall Refreshments available. Please come along & support this new society in the town Interested in membership? Contact Colin Fisher 01564 792715

Bell ringing!! Who would like to ‘have a go’ at ringing a Church Bell? ‘Have a Go’ on any Thursday evening at 7.45pm in St. John’s Church, for £1.00 donation to the High Bailiff’s Flood Relief Fund. Henley ringers will match all contributions.

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.
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.

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AgriculturalDavid Burman
PropertyPeter Cornford
RotaryDavid Morehen
Civic SocietyBrian Twigg
Henley History ColumnJonathan Dovey
Henley in BloomRichard Aldridge
British LegionLes Goodman
Wild Life SocietyJohn Love
Warwickshire CollegeHilary Wright
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
Chief PhotographerJohn Love
Proof ReaderDawn Leech
Out of Town 
Malvern, WorcsDan Wild
CanadaAnne Elliott

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Bill Leech - Editor

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