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18th February 2005
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Warwickshire Council Tax up 3%

In a 12 hour debate, Warwickshire County Council has set its 2005/6 budget at £493.4 million. The increase of 2.96% has been agreed to maintain standards within all the key service areas, such as, education, social services, planning, transport, economic strategy, the fire and rescue service, libraries, heritage and trading standards.

Warwickshire claims to have a history of setting low council tax increases compared to other county councils. Warwickshire claims that its increase will be lower than the national average.

The council tax for Band D for 2005/6 is £949.50, an increase of £27.29 or 52p per week on last year's figure was £922.21.

Allotments Vandalised

Our allotments have now been targeted by the mindless vandals who have already caused thousands of pounds of damage in Henley.

Fiona Shorte, a 39-year-old lawyer, said that the thugs have targeted her and her father's growing spot at least four times in the last five mouths.

The vandals pulled up vegetables, broken a shed door and slashed polytunnels, which has left Fiona and her 71-year-old father devastated.

"Everyone on the allotment has been very helpful but it's just disheartening when you find everything ripped apart. Our plots are next to each other and my father is very upset," said Fiona, who has owned her plot near the railway station for the last two years.

The defiant lawyer and gardener has insisted that she won't let the vandals stop her enjoying her hobby and she has now contacted the JPC asking them to consider installing CCTV on the site.

Henley NEWS on-line has been calling for a Town Meeting on this terrible problem, which is getting worse. Let us hope that having secured another council tax increase, the authorities will take action.

New Community Safety Booklet

A handy booklet with comprehensive information about how to stay safe and secure is being delivered to thousands of homes across Stratford district.

The Stratford Community Safety booklet has been produced by Stratford district police and the crime services agency.

Some 50,000 homes in and around Stratford, Alcester, Shipston, Studley and Southam will have a free copy of the booklet delivered over the next few weeks. The costs of producing the crime prevention and security advice booklet have been covered by advertisers. Stratford's community safety and crime prevention officer PC Nick Stephens advised people to keep a copy of the booklet close to the telephone.

"There are numerous useful contact telephone numbers in the book as well as information about how to avoid being a victim of burglary, car crime or bogus callers. The crime prevention advice is simple and comprehensive. The booklet also has a section on drug and alcohol control, domestic abuse plus useful guidance on what prickly plants to put in your garden as a deterrent and barrier to intruders."

PC Stephens added: "I am grateful to all the agencies and businesses that advertised in the booklet. The feedback from members of the public who have already received the information has been very positive."

White Swan celebrates re-opening


Roger and Heather Parker, the new landlords at the White Swan Hotel and Restaurant in the centre of the High Street invited many residents to celebrate the re-opening on February 10th.

Our picture shows County Councillor George Atkinson and his wife Pam, Joe & Malcolm Coulter, Dawn Leech wife of the editor of Henley NEWS on-line being served by Roger and Heather.


A magnificent and very extensive buffet had be prepared by Head Chef, Carl Turner.

Tsunami Appeal final figure

Douglas Bridgewater, Low Bailiff of the Court Leet, has told Henley NEWS on-line that the final figure for the Tsunami Appeal organised by the Court Leet is £7,520.

Commenting on the collection, the Low Bailiff said "I think it reflects great credit on all concerned - not least the people of Henley."

'SMILE AT THE CAMERA' - but not, if it 'clicks' at you

I mention the above to introduce the Warwickshire Casualty Reduction Partnership. This is a forum between Warwickshire County Council, the Highways Agency, Warwickshire Police and the Magistrates Court created to introduce vehicle speed discipline for road safety.

In the year to 31st March 2004, the Partnership spent £1,889,183 sitting and managing speed detection cameras. Many of you will have seen the frequent appearance of the detection van on the Birmingham Road.

Against this expenditure, the total number of offences in Warwickshire to 31st March 2004 were 50,862. @ £60 per offence, this produced an income of £3,051,720.

What about the surplus?

It is held by the Treasury towards the cost of future expenditure for road safety measures.

George Atkinson
County Councillor

The Gourmet Walkers

Two local personalities have agreed to contribute a column each month to Henley NEWS on-line describing a walk from Henley to a local pub in the area.

The first piece will be about a walk along the Stratford canal from Preston Bagot to Lowsonford. Lunch at the Fleur de Lys at Lowsonford and then a stumble on the canal towpath during the return.

These articles will run under the title of "The Gourmet Walkers".

Experts at JOHNSONS Holiday Shows

Johnsons Coaches have secured the services of speakers to promote two of their special interest holidays, which form part of their 2005 programme.

The first on Wednesday 23 February will be on four walking holidays covering The Gower, The Peak District and two in Cornwall. Midlands based Phil Addy, one of the leading walking guides in the Midlands will be giving the talk.

The second takes place on Thursday 3 March and will cover the Hampton Court Flower Show, Hampshire & Dorset Gardens, Hatfield House and Kew. This talk will be given by Alan Huson, who is a gardening expert from Notcutts in Solihull.

On both occasions, refreshments will be available from 10.00am and the presentation, which will be a computerised slide show, begins at 10.30am. In addition, visitors will be able to take part in a free raffle and find out more about the Johnsons 2005 programme.

Places are limited therefore it is advisable to book by calling 01564 797000.

New Web Link Button

Henley NEWS on-line now carries in the right hand column are large number of hyperlink buttons to other Henley-in-Arden organisations. We are asking all to reciprocate by carrying the Henley NEWS on-line button on their home page.

For those readers who do not subscribe to our free e-mail notification service, you should bookmark this new address, although the old address will still find us via an automatic divert.

New Electrical Regs might be a shock

Householders in south Warwickshire could be in danger of getting their fingers burned with new electrical safety standards which have just come into effect. Stratford-on-Avon District Council is reminding home owners that from alterations to the fixed electrical wiring in houses now needs to be certified by a qualified electrician.

Failure to meet the new regulations, which came into force last month, could leave property owners with un-saleable homes if they cannot produce the correct documentation. Some work, such as replacing ceiling roses or socket covers is exempt but the majority of electrical work is not.

"The idea behind this is to make homes much safer and protect us all from bodged electrical repairs," says Cllr Richards Adams, the district council portfolio holder for planning & transport.

"This is all part of the government and the construction Industry's efforts to drive out cowboy trades people who give construction a bad name but more importantly put peoples lives at risk.

"From now on, evidence must be presented to the council to prove any electrical work on extensions and alterations meets the new guidelines. This includes putting in new sockets in a replacement kitchen, for example, all the way up to a complete rewiring job.

"Householders who do not employ an electrician who is a member of a competent person scheme, or a properly qualified electrician must apply to the district council for building regulation approval."

The government has introduced a competent persons scheme for Electrical Safety (similar to the FENSA scheme for replacement windows) so that if you employ an electrician or company registered under a scheme, you will be presented with a certificate at the end of the works and you will be able to present this to any prospective purchaser in the future, this certificate will also satisfy the district council's Building Control section and enable them to issue the Completion Certificate.

Anyone requiring further information about building regulation approvals should contact the council's Building Control Section on 01789 260620 for further advice.

Ardenhurst Reunion

A reunion is taking place for all former Ardenhurst pupils at Ardenhurst (now Warwickshire College Henley-in-Arden Campus) on Saturday April 30th 2005 between 12.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Admission to the site and full buffet is by ticket only costing £12.50p each.

Many former pupils and teachers have already signed up to this nostalgia afternoon which includes a guided tour of the present site, memorabilia stands and socialising with bar facilities. If you want to come back and have a fun afternoon contact organiser Bill Payne by e-mail billmo@tesco.net  Please get in touch as we are organising numbers soon.

Maureen Payne

War Memorial Trust AGM
Tuesday, 22nd February 2005 @ 7.30pm
Memorial Hall, Station Road,
Henley in Arden

The Managing Committee is the umbrella organisation for the sports and social clubs of the Playing Fields and the Memorial Hall.

Town members are invited to become members of the committee and therefore, this is an open meeting for all Henley in Arden town people.

For further information contact
Karen Summers 01564 794550

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:

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.


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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.

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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
Prince Harry Road areaHelen Knight
Riverside Drive areaWendy Cowdrill
Tricia's DiaryTricia Hammond
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Malvern, WorcsDan Wild
CanadaAnne Elliott
Warwickshire CountyGeorge Atkinson
Stratford DistrictStephen Thirlwell
Joint Parish CouncilHayley Syratt
Heart StartPeter Crathorne
The HubPeter Crathorne
The Gourmet WalkersDL & MM
Heritage CentreRay Holding
Memorial HallMarijana Bainbridge
Primary SchoolYvonne Rogers
Chief PhotographerJohn Love
Proof ReaderDawn Leech
Medical CentreLinda Jennings
AustraliaPaul Jackson
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We are always looking for more correspondents and more stories.

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