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25th February 2005
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New PCSO appointed

In the second Police Crime Update from Alcester Police Station, Inspector Tim Bailey welcomes a new arrival to the local police team.

Police Community Support Officer Tristan Jelfs has recently joined the sector and has taken up his permanent role as PCSO for Henley and the surrounding villages, working with the 2 Community Beat Officers - John Harris and Andy Dunbar.

Tristan is 25 years old and lives in south Warwickshire. He studied at Warwickshire College, and then went to the University of Gloucestershire, located a Cheltenham, where he studied Leisure and Business Management. He graduated with a high class Hon's Degree in 2002. He is very keen on sport both through participation, spectator and is a qualified sports coach and has previously coached in schools. He is very interested in nature and the natural environment and enjoy nature programmes on TV, particularly those narrated by Sir David Attenborogh.

Tristan has told Henley NEWS on-line that he is keen to get out and help the people of Henley by providing a high visible police presence and reassure the community. He will be working alongside PC John Harris.

Tristan should soon become well known in and around Henley. Judging by recent reports in Henley NEWS on-line, he will be very busy! Our picture, taken by chief photographer John Love, shows him on patrol in the High Street this week.

'On the Trail-er' of more vandalism


A small cargo trailer was found in the River Alne, south of the metal bridge on the Riverlands, last Friday morning.

Who was responsible?
The usual culprits?

Who removed it?
The Court Leet Brook Lookers?


Many thanks to all our correspondents who reported on this incident and provided photos.

Drama Society's Latest Production

Saturday night saw an almost full house for the last night of Henley Amateur Dramatics Society’s five night run of Alan Ackbourne’s play “It Could Be Any One of Us”. Those familiar with the play will be aware of the challenge presented to the six cast members, who all gave very strong performances.

The play centres on a strained family household, at the head of which is Mortimer Chalke, whose angry, self-centred attitude was perfectly portrayed by Ray Evans. At the heart of this comedy-thriller is Mortimer’s spiteful announcement, that in the event of his death, all his assets (including the family house) will not be passed to his siblings, but instead to Wendy Jones. Sheena Ison gave a wonderful performance of the woman, who twenty years ago, had been Mortimer’s piano student. Although, since teaching her he had not seen Wendy, she visits the family to discuss he new found inheritance. Inevitably the situation creates the perfect scenario for an imminent murder, although the victim is not who you would first imagine!

Mortimer’s long suffering sister Jocelyn was well presented by Rosie Hammond and the younger brother of the two, Brinton, an unhinged artist (whose art work no one has seen for 30 years), was skillfully played by Rob Ison. Completing the list of suspects for the murder is Amy, daughter of Jocelyn. Marie Dionisi depicted this dysfunctional teenager with tremendous aptitude, especially considering this is only her second performance with HADS. Phil Walker completes the cast as Norris (partner to Jocelyn) a hopeless insurance investigator-turned-private detective, to whom a murder in his very own home brings all his dreams alive.

The play was a well balanced mix of intrigue and comedy, with highlights including Brinton and his bright red bike, as well as Wendy singing the ‘Sausage Song’ whilst the murderer crept around the house. Praise must also be given to those involved backstage. A simple but impressive, well lit set, along with fitting sound effects gave just the right atmosphere to this play.

If you saw “It Could Be Any One of Us” please visit HADS Forum where you can post your views of the play, or indeed, any other performance,

The next HADS performance will be “Wind in the Willows”. If you would like to get involved or are keen to see the play all the details can be seen on the HADS site at HADS website.

Report by a member of HADS

Medical Centre Meeting

A meeting was held at the Medical Centre on Wednesday evening, between patients, GPs and staff, to discuss the results of a recent patient opinion survey, along with the idea of forming a patient participation group. The results of the survey had been rewarding for the practice, as they showed that the majority of patients felt they received a very good service. The various pros and cons of forming a patient participation group were discussed, and the discussion will continue at the next meeting of the group. The outcome will be reported in Henley NEWS on-line.

Rod Jennings reporting

Stratford Eccentric Novelist Remembered

There was a good attendance at this months’ meeting held at the fire station rooms on Thursday 17th February. Dr Robert Bearman, head archivist at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust gave an interesting talk about Marie Corelli; Stratford’s eccentric Victorian novelist and conservationist.

The chairman Margaret Twigg introduced the speaker and pointed out to members a number of items from Aston Cantlow archives which were on display; such as Marie Corelli’s signatures from the Kings Head visitors book from the early 1900s. Also on display was one of her novels and a magazine “The Country Home” 1909, which featured an article on her house Mason Croft [now the Shakespeare institute] with pictures of her rooms and garden, which Margaret Francis had kindly brought to the meeting.

Marie Corelli was an intriguing if somewhat eccentric character who moved from London to live in Stratford-on-Avon in 1899. In the 1890’s her novels were best sellers and eagerly devoured by millions both here and in America. Her novels appealed to all types of people, such as Queen Victoria, Gladstone and local shop girls.

Whilst living in Warwickshire she became one of the first conservationists and was constantly at war with the local council. Dr Bearman stressed this interest and gave many examples of her contretemps with local dignitaries and organizations, and her influence with the press. She was a flamboyant local celebrity with a gift for public speaking who was very generous with time and bestowed money on many local causes. She and her devoted companion Bertha Vyver were often to be seen on the River Avon in her gondola, and in the Warwickshire countryside in her pony and trap.

Margaret Francis gave the vote of thanks, and the evening concluded with refreshments and friendly chatter.

Margaret Twigg
Chairman - Henley Civic Society

History of Henley Series

The Lord's Waste

You would think that ‘Lord’s Waste’ would be confined to the dustbin of history. However, it continues to be a real issue in Henley.

What is ‘Lord’s Waste’?
Lord’s Waste was common land where all members of the community had right of passage.

Part of the demesne land of the manor which being uncultivated was termed the Lord’s Waste and served for public roads and for common pasture to the lord and his tenants.
(Black’s Law Dictionary 1990)

Where is the ‘Lord’s Waste’ in Henley?
Lord’s Waste mainly consists of the land between the pavement and the front of the properties on the High Street. Originally the whole street, including the Market Place, side streets and back lanes were termed Lord’s Waste. While the responsibility for looking after road and pavement has been taken over by the Council, the remaining areas are still termed as ‘Manorial or Lord’s Waste’.

Lord’s Waste is mentioned on many occasions in the Court Leet records.

That every householder in Henley shall from time to time and at all times hereafter keep the part of the street at his door so far as his house extendeth unto the channel clean and passable for travellers upon pain that every one in default to forfeit 3s 4d. (1656)
The Jury presents George Parkes for putting a bow window on the Lord’s Waste to a house belonging to him. He is assessed to pay 6d a year Quit Rent. (1917)

Why is it causing problems today?
Recently there have been problems, because no one accepts responsibility for the Lord’s Waste. The County Council have ‘after taking legal advice concluded that the land is manorial waste and are therefore not responsible for it’. Local government reforms over the last century have reduced the Court Leet to a purely ceremonial body. However at Spaunton in Yorkshire, the Court Leet have taken responsibility of the grass verges and fine people that park on it. There have also been a number of incidents where people have bought titles and have attempted to charge people for using their ‘common land’. Paul Flynn MP has raised this issue in the House of Lords and Welsh Assembly.

What was once set up to enable freedom of access within a manor that everyone had an interest in and responsibility for is now causing many unforeseen problems.

Jonathan Dovey
Part of the 'History of Henley' series

The Gourmet Walkers to Lowsonford

We planned a long leisurely walk ending up with a pub lunch. The Fleur de Lys at Lowsonford was the chosen pub.

It was a lovely sunny day, blustery but not cold. We set off via the Mount going passed Whitley Farm, stopping to say hello to Kraker and Misty, two boisterous miniature ponies, then on to Edge Lane. We went onto a marked footpath just around the bend on the right hand side, which goes down the side of a gated property. There are two resident German Shepard dogs, which make a lot of noise but thankfully are secure in their patch. We then crossed over fields and made our way to the Crabmill at Preston Bagot and joined the Stratford Canal by the road bridge. We walked along the canal, beware it can be very slippery if it is wet. The Canal can be very sociable with many walkers stopping for a chat.

We arrived at the Fleur de Lys at Lowsonford, two roaring log fires greeted us and the pub was buzzing - a great atmosphere. We selected a table and then went to the bar to order our drinks and a meal. When it is busy you do have to wait sometime before the order is taken and tummies begin to rumble! Once ordered, however, the food does arrive very quickly. We had copious amounts of Pinot Grigio accompanied by a very tasty steak baguette and juicy rump steak, piping hot chips and a fresh salad.

The pudding menu was irresistible. We had an apple pie and cream, and the most delicious chocolate pot, chocoholics take note - it can’t be missed. We finished with cups of hot coffee. The menus were very comprehensive, with a range of prices to suit all budgets.

We staggered out and decided rather than have a lift back to Henley, it would be better to walk off the excesses so off we went back down the canal footpath. We left the canal and went on to a marked footpath that winds it way over a stream and up the hill to Preston Bagot church. A visit to the church to see the stunning views is a must.

We walked down the hill, crossed over the lane and continued on the footpath beside the timber framed Church Farm. We continued up the hill across the fields at Whitley and on to Edge Lane, followed another footpath, which comes out by the playground and walked back into Henley - well fed and pleased with ourselves for having completed a long walk.

If you have a few spare hours on a lovely sunny day, this walk and pub visit can be recommended.



HENLEY IN ARDEN AND DISTRICT EX-SERVICES SOCIAL FUND has organised this visit to Portsmouth Dockyard for Thursday 7th April 2005 and because of the popularity of this visit, we are running a second coach and have seats available.

We propose to leave Henley(Market Cross) at 7.30am and expect to arrive in Portsmouth around 10.30am. This will enable members and guests to visit HMS Victory, Mary Rose and HMS Warrior.

We will leave the Dockyard at 1.00pm to enjoy a Three- Course Lunch at the Toby Carvery and Innkeepers Lodge. We will return to the Dockyard at 3.00pm to allow members and guests to either enjoy a 45min-boat trip around the Harbour or enjoy other facilities at the Dockyard.

We will leave Portsmouth at 5.45pm and arrive back in Henley between 8.30pm and 9.00pm. The cost of the visit including all fees and three-course lunch will be £35.00.

Anyone interested in this visit is asked to contact me by Monday 7th March 2005 on 01564 793439

Les Goodman

Smile at the Camera - reply

I was interested to read George Atkinson's report about the Safety Partnership.

The principle and objectives of the partnership have my full support. However I am not sure that the real danger spots are being targeted.

The detector vehicle frequently appears on the 40mph section of the Birmingham Road between the Golf Club and The Bird in Hand. Why?

Is it really dangerous to drive this section at over 40mph? (It was previously a 50mph limit). One could be cynical and suggest that it is a Revenue rather than a Safety partnership!!

I have never seen the "van", or any other detection device, monitoring the High Street where exceeding 30mph is really dangerous. Indeed at times even 30mph is too fast. Other dangerous areas remain un monitored. For example the Warwick and Stratford Roads both of which have an entrance to the High school.

What do other readers think?

Arthur Gennard

Wild Life on the Severn

A good crowd of about 40 members assembled at the Baptist Hall on Tuesday night, when Brian Draper MBE gave a talk entitled 'Where to Watch Wildlife Down the River Severn' (from the source at Plynlimon (Pumlumon Fawr) to Ashleworth Hams in Gloucestershire).

Brian worked for the Severn River Board for 40 years. retiring 10 years ago. The slides were taken over a 25 year period while he was employed. Many were aerial photos. Brian is a very amusing speaker and has been on many occasions to entertain us.

Brian is working on a programme on the Avon. He will probably be back next year. The Chairman David Evason thanked Brian, and the audience showed its appreciation in the normal manner.

John Love for Wildlife Society

Parking Permits & Lack of Wardens

I sent the following message to the council last week and still have had no reply. So I invite any of readers to park either on the pavement or any side roads in Henley that have parking restrictions, you will be ok - NO TICKET.

If you get complaints about too many wardens in Stratford. How about sending one to Henley. I haven't seen one here since I last e-mailed your department. I've been told even if one warden appears on Wednesday, he tends to stay at the market area, never patrols along the high st, and certainly not as far as johnson place.
Johnson Place & Rose Avenue have become a builders car park. They even argue in the morning if somebody else parks where they usually do. This includes having a go at residents who have a permit.
It seems that Stratford has become the priority and small villages although being charged for a permit are not getting any benefit. What about all the cars in Henley, (without permits) that cross the pavement (not dropped curbs) and park there all the time. I thought this was illegal and not allowed as per highway code and traffic laws. perhaps its because most of them are "well off" and vote in the right direction in elections. I know that residents have parked on the pavements outside there homes for years but surely they have a right to pay for a permit and not get free parking! Have the parish council got the power or guts to do any thing about this as the district council haven't!
Resident of Johnson Place
Name withheld by Request

Publishing Company "CON"


Warwickshire Police are urging businesses to be cautious when approached by companies selling advertising space on behalf of the police, following a number of reports from individuals saying they have been misled.

One local Warwickshire builder explained what happened to him:

"I was contacted by a publication based in Liverpool who said they were linked to the police and agreed to take an advert.
"However I became suspicious when I had a call from another company selling advertising who told me the publication I'd placed an advert in was not genuine and to contact Trading Standards.

"We then contacted the police and Trading Standards who advised me not to pay. I've since found out that Wirrall Trading Standards are leading an investigation into the publishing company responsible for the magazine which is based in Birkenhead."

Chief Inspector Mike Slater, Head of Community Safety at Warwickshire Police, said:

"It's rare for Warwickshire Police to work with organisations selling advertising on its behalf because these organisations can generate a great deal of revenue for themselves using the Police name, with little or no benefit to the police or public. It's therefore not something we tend to do."

Mike advised:

"If you are contacted by a company claiming to be selling advertising on behalf of the police, we would urge you to ask for the name of their Warwickshire Police contact and phone this person on the Warwickshire Police telephone number 01926 415000 to check they are genuine.

"Don't be rushed into placing an advert. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the publication first by asking for a copy of it, find out how many are printed and who they are distributed to. Disreputable advertising salespeople tend to be very pushy, often sending an invoice and artwork before anything has been agreed and not giving any contact details."

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 nostalgic 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

Solihull Choral Society - Concert

Having recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, SCS is looking to recruit quality singers in all four voice parts. Its aim is to promote concerts, using professional soloists and orchestras, of a standard achieved by the best in the West Midlands – a high standard indeed. Repertoire is carefully chosen and rehearsed to extend the choir’s capabilities and whether performing Bach or Britten, Fauré or Finzi, Rossini or Rutter, we hope to delight with our musicality under the Director of Music, Andrew Fletcher.

Andrew’s reputation as a choral director was established during his eight years as Director of Music at St Mary’s, Warwick, since when he has held posts in Swindon, Hall Green and presently at St Thomas’s, Stourbridge. He is obsessive about diction, voice production and tuning, but above all about blend, and believes that the test of a real choir trainer is how well he or she succeeds in creating professional standards from amateur singers.

Recent memorable performances have included the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 and Handel’s Messiah. A review of the latter performance in the local press included “…..one of the finest concerts I have ever experienced – easily comparable to the more high-key performances I have seen at venues such as the NIA or the Symphony Hall” and “ … I shall be awaiting Solihull Choral
Society’s next performance with great anticipation.”

SCS’s next two concerts include Mozart’s Credo Mass/Michael Haydn’s Requiem in March and a specially commissioned work, commissioned by SCS and other associates of “Making Music”, by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music in June.

If you are interested, SCS would love to meet up with you at rehearsals, which take place on Wednesday evenings at Sharmans Cross School, between 7.45pm – 9.45pm. The time is immensely rewarding under our demanding Musical Director.

After attending for a few weeks, there will be an informal audition after which you will be invited to join SCS.

Supper, Strings and Soprano
SCS’s major fund raising event, “Supper, Strings and Soprano”, was held at St George’s School, Edgbaston on 29, January 2005.

The “Strings” were members of the celebrated ensemble Bravura, founded in 1987 to provide enrichment and ensemble opportunities for Heather Clemson’s more advanced pupils. The varied programme, which included works by Brahms, César Frank and Vaughan Williams, allowed these talented young musicians to exhibit their virtuosity.

The “Soprano” was Kirsteen Rogers, a former member of SCS who now performs with the distinguished choral group Armonico Consort, whose material included a series of love songs by Roger Quilter and the popular “Habanera” from Carmen.

Next Concert
Date: Saturday, 12, March, 2005
Credo Mass – W A Mozart
Requiem – M Haydn

Venue: Olton Friary, St Bernards Road, Olton at 7.30pm
Tickets: £12, Concessions £10, Under 18 (in full time education) £5

For further information on becoming a member or patron of SCS and for ticket reservations, contact Geoff Taylor (Business Manager) on 0121-707-2963.

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. All diary dates for the next Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia by not later than Wednesday 16th March. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleyinarden.plus.com at any time.

Henley-in-Arden W.I. - ‘The Vital Clue’, a detective’s claim to fame with Roy Allen should be an arresting talk in the Memorial Hall at 7.45pm on Tuesday 1st March.
Henley-in-Arden Drama Society - Auditions for outdoor production ‘Wind in the Willows “ Wednesday 2nd March at 7.30pm Memorial Hall. More details e-mail alanrobson3@aol.com
Henley-in-Arden Flower Club - Tuesday 8th March at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall “From Winter into Spring” with Sheila Hand. Competition: Novice Class ‘Yellow’.
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
Henley-in-Bloom - A short A.G.M. will be held at 7.00pm on Friday 11th March in the Baptist Church Hall. Anyone welcome to come and meet committee members & helpers and to hear plans for 2005 and an opportunity to make comments or suggestions.
Henley Wildlife Society - On 15th March Take the opportunity to to see ‘Wildlife in 3D’ with Collin Clay. Special spectacles available Visitors welcome in Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm
Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society - 17th March at 7.30pm at the Fire Station for the AGM followed by Linda Griffin from the National Trust, talking about Dr. Straw’s House.
Henley County Primary School - All are welcome to join us for the Grand opening & Celebration of our new classrooms & facilities. 2.pm Friday 24th March. Refreshments.

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.

At 12.30pm, after the Easter Bonnet Parade, the High Bailiff will unveil a large piece of dressed stonework at the Heritage Centre. Weighing half a ton, it has been lying at the foot of the Mount for centuries and is thought to have been part of the outer defensive wall of the castle.

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 - Spring Exhibition Mystery Celebrity to open the event. A heady mix of browsable/buyable original works. Entrance £1 Light refreshments included (under 12 ‘s free) Sat. 9th/Sun 10th April 10am - 4pm. The society meets every 2nd Monday at Henley Fire Station. Weekly Wednesday workshops at The Hub/Henley High School. Enjoying Art is our aim. Details/Membership 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
Events for future Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent 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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