8th April 2005
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Henley in Bloom 2005

Preparations are underway to bring colour to Henley-in-Arden during the summer months with displays of flowers. The colour scheme this year is blue, pink and mauve. Some residents may like to repeat this colour theme in their own pots and baskets.

The Henley in Bloom group would like to thank everyone who helped in any way lost year, and those who have agreed to help this year. We still need more helpers, either with the watering rota on the High Street (2.5 hours every 2 or 3 weeks) or an occasional hour weeding, deadheading etc.

Please ring Ginny Matheou on 794308 for further details.

Henley-in-Bloom are grateful to those residents and businesses on the High Street who keep any pots outside their house or premises watered and especially free from surrounding weeds. The Lords Waste (the area immediately outside the property, beyond the 1.7m Highway Authority adopted pavement) is not swept by the District Council nor is their any weed control, so help in those areas would be much appreciated. It makes such a difference to the setting for the floral displays.

John Latham's new run - May 22nd

John Latham, former High Bailiff, has organised very large events in Sutton Park which have been supported by many people from Henley as either runners or marshalls.

This years event is in aid of Cure Leukaemia and will be on Sunday 22 May 2005 in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield. our picture shows John with Henley competitors Dawn and Nick Leech at the successful event he organised last year.

Cure Leukaemia is a new charity committed to raising £3 million to support a centre of excellence at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. World class research to find a cure will benefit 7000 leukaemia patients in the West MidlandsThe Cure Leukaemia Run is managed by a team with many years experience in organising runs aimed at raising funds for charity, and promises to be an excellent day out for all the family as well as an opportunity for serious runners to take part in a new event. Three runs will take place, a 10k for the athletic, a 5k fun run for all, and a 1k race for under eights.

John says “ We hope the people of Henley will support this event by running, by volunteering to help on the day or by sponsoring. The first entry received was from Mrs Marijana Bainbridge who lives on the High Street. She is now in strict training and would appreciate all the support she can get. Sutton Park is a lovely setting for the Run and everyone of whatever ability would be welcome to take part.”

If you require an entry form,any further information about either the run or the work of Cure Leukaemia, please contact John Latham on 0121-452-5081, or visit their web site at www.cureleukaemia.co.uk

A mug for the Wedding

These ‘Charles & Camilla’ mugs* are a limited edition of 200, each one individually hand-made by Reg Moon.

The original drawing is by Michael Felmingham, an artist from Leamington Spa, renowned for his oils and watercolour paintings of Venice.

These mugs are available exclusively at Torquil, 81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire Tel. 01564 792174
E-mail: torquilgallery@aol.com

Price: £25.00 (including postage and packing in UK)

Torquil Pottery is part of a half-timbered Elizabethan building, and has also been the home of Reg and Mag Moon since the middle of the last century! It is situated on the delightful tree-lined high street of Henley-in-Arden. The shop is open 10 – 6, Monday to Saturday and also sells the work of various other potters from all over the UK.

*Oops! At the time of writing, a small number of these mugs have the date ‘8th April 2005’ and the rest say simply ‘April 2005’, but…. watch this space!

'Heroes of Henley' series by Douglas Bridgewater

John Aubrey Hawkes
2nd Lieutenant, 7th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.

Jack Hawkes was baptised in St John’s Church in Henley on 6 May 1894. He was the second son and the third of the six children of Harry and Mary Jane Hawkes (nee Shakespeare). Harry Hawkes then described himself as a butcher and farmer of Henley. The family lived at 116 High Street for many years.

Jack Hawkes was on the staff of the London City and Midland Bank in Selly Oak on the outbreak of war. He was also a member of the Red Cross men’s Voluntary Aid Detachment in Henley. In the early months of the war he joined the Warwickshire Yeomanry, in which his elder brother Percy was already serving.

His abilities were quickly noted: he became a Lance Corporal in November 1914 and was a Sergeant by December 1915. He was serving with the second line of the Warwickshire Yeomanry, which had moved to King’s Lynn on 21 June 1915. The first line of the regiment, including his brother, had sailed for Egypt two months earlier and subsequently served in Gallipoli and Palestine. Jack was a riding instructor, who also became a master of the art of musketry and was appointed an instructor in the same. His regiment moved to Holkham in July 1915 and to Fakenham in October. One of the principal functions of the second line was to provide reinforcements for the first line and at about this time a draft of 130 men was sent to join the first line in Egypt. Subsequent moves of the second line took them to various locations in Kent and Essex. During this time, Jack made numerous attempt to be sent on active service, but was retained by his regiment because of his value as an instructor.

Continually thwarted in his wishes, he finally stated his intention of leaving the Warwickshire Yeomanry and joining the regular army as a private. His commanding officer then strongly recommended him for a commission. Jack was posted as a 2nd Lieutenant to the 7th Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment and joined them in France on 15 June 1918.

The battalion had been formed at Leicester in September 1914, as part of Kitchener’s New Army. At the time of the German Spring Offensive in March 1918, it was part of 110th Brigade, 21st Division. The Division had been engaged in confronting the enemy around St Quentin from 21 to 23 March 1918 and fought at Bapaume on the following day. During the German offensive in Flanders from 9 to 29 April, the Division fought at Messines, Bailleul, Kemmel Ridge and Scherpenberg. Between 27 and 30 May it fought in the Battle of the Aisne and, during the allied advance, at Albert and Bapaume. This was followed by fighting on the Hindenburg Line in September.

After a short but eventful period of active service, Jack Hawkes was severely wounded while leading his men and died of his wounds on 11 September 1918, aged 24. His parents were advised of his death on 12 September. On 14 September his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel G H Sawyer, wrote to his parents that Jack had been wounded when leading his company and died a few hours later: the doctors did not think he suffered any pain. “I cannot speak too highly of the work he has done while with the battalion and only quite recently I had selected him to command a company.” Another letter received from Captain H R Horne of the 7th Battalion testified to his cheerfulness and efficiency. Jack Hawkes was described as being of an unassuming modesty and having a cheerful disposition: he made his way by his own natural abilities and everything he took up was done with thoroughness and concentration of effort.

A memorial service was held at St John’s in Henley on Sunday, 22 September. It was conducted by the Rector, the Rev F D Lane, and a report at the time described the service as “well attended and exceedingly impressive”. Members of the congregation included wounded soldiers and Red Cross nurses from the Henley hospital, led by their commandant Dr W E Nelson (then also the High Bailiff). Jack Hawkes was subsequently awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. No doubt many readers have seen the obelisk in his memory, which stands in the churchyard of St Nicholas’, Beaudesert.

The inscription reads:

In ever loving memory
John Aubrey Hawkes
(2 Lieut Leicestershire Regiment)
killed in action in France
September 11th 1918
Interred in Fins New
British Cemeter S E of Bapaume

“ Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends”

Fins is a village on the road between Cambrai and Peronne. The New British Cemetery is a little south-east of the village in the district of Sorel Le Grand. Jack Hawkes is buried in grave VIII B 10.

He had not waited to be conscripted, but volunteered for service shortly after the outbreak of war, as many other men from Henley did. He could easily have seen out the war in safety, serving as an instructor in England, but positively insisted on being sent on active service. A 2nd Lieutenant in the front line had a very short expectation of life, and so it proved for Jack Hawkes.

At the time of his death he was engaged to be married to Nancy Izod of Hall Green, Birmingham.

If any reader has any further information on Jack Hawkes, please contact Douglas Bridgewater on 01564 793633 or e-mail him at rdb@rdbridgewater.fsnet.co.uk. He would also be pleased to have information on any of the other men from Beaudesert and Henley who served in the Great War. A list of these names is available in the Heritage Centre.

The Start of a new Season

The start of the rainy season heralds the start of cricket in England. Traditionally for Henley Cricket Club that means the Captains Supper. This year we will again be holding it, somewhat strangely, at Henley Golf Club on Saturday 16th April at 7.30pm. Johnsons Coaches leave the High Street from Henley Wine bar at 7.00pm so those living nearby don’t need to drink and drive.

The cost of the evening is £20 for adults and £15 for those under 18. This includes a substantial three course meal (cricketers don’t drink coffee on these occasions for obvious reasons) presentation of trophies, an auction and a top rate speaker. This year we are pleased to announce Mr. Nipper Tucker from the Black Country.

If you like cricket and gentleman’s evenings and would like to meet the members and friends of Henley Cricket club in an informal and friendly atmosphere then contact John Latham for tickets on 01564 795239.

Who knows you might end up wanting to play for us or umpire or score. First friendly match is on April 23rd. and the Cotswold League starts on Saturday May 7th. Senior and junior cricketers will be welcome.

John Latham

Homes reassessed for Council Tax

The value of every home in Henley is being reassessed to calculate new council tax payments. Details of the fresh valuations will be revealed in September 2006 and the new charges will be introduced from 2007. The last check was carried out in 1991 when the average UK house price was £73,000. It is now just under £180,000.

Only homes which have risen in value by more than the national average are expected to be moved into a higher tax bracket. London, the South East and South West are expected to see the largest number of homes moving up the bands. The revaluing, which begins on Friday, comes a day after the Liberal Democrats detailed plans to abolish the council tax and replace it with a local income tax. The party revealed its plans on the 15th anniversary of the poll tax riots.

The 1991 evaluation in England came before the tax was introduced. But in Wales, a recent re-evaluation saw nearly 60% stay in the same tax bracket. About one third did go up more than expected. Ministers have emphasised the revaluing is about updating property values, not an exercise in raising more money. "Transitional relief" will be given to cushion the blow to homeowners whose council tax band changes. The effects of revaluation will add further strains to a council tax system already under severe pressure and add to the calls for reform.

The Conservatives have said they would offer households where all adults are aged over 65 a rebate covering up to half of their bill, up to £500.

Labour says it would reform the council tax if re-elected. In his recent Budget, Chancellor Gordon Brown offered a one-off £200 refund to pensioners.

Notice Board

Beaudesert &
Annual Assembly

A meeting for the Town

Monday, 11th April 2005
Baptist Church Hall
at 7.30pm


Mr Brian Twigg - Chairman of the Town Improvement Committee

Cllr Judy Wilde - Chairman Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

District Councillors:
Stephen Thirlwell & Ann Haddon

County Councillor: George Atkinson.

Jottings from Johnsons

As the towns leading employer and in an industry that deals with thousands of customers in any one year the company has endless stories and anecdotes some recent, some buried deep in the past, many happy some sad and others bizarre. But when looked at together they represent a snap shot of life spanning almost 100 years.

In these days, were only bad news makes the headlines we thought readers of Henley on Line might like to here this tale? Many of our customers return to us time and time again and we work hard to build up good strong relationships with all of them.

But one Johnson's regular has broken all records. She is 90 years young, partially sighted and lives in her own home in Redditch and has visited Sidmouth in Devon no less than 45 times in 14 years and most of those visits have been with Johnsons. And she always stays at the same hotel.

In spite of her disability she can find her way around the town and the hotel on her own and over the years has developed a big circle of friends in Sidmouth as well as amongst Johnson's staff.

On her 90th birthday her family organised a surprise party for her and there are no prizes for guessing where - yes the same hotel in Sidmouth. Her family came from far and wide and hotel staff past and present were all invited - but the guest of honour was the Johnsons courier.

Readers might like to know that Sidmouth continues to be one of our most popular destinations so she is not alone with her love affair of the town, its attractive, on the level and we use two top class hotels in the town.

As mentioned in a few years time the company will be 100 years old. If any local residents have memorabilia involving Johnsons and would like to send copies through to us or jot down any stories from the past then please let us have them as we are starting to collect information ready for the big celebration. Any information should be sent through to Peter Johnson at Liveridge House or call him on 01564 797000

Rob Kingscott
Sales & Marketing Manager
Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel

The Gourmet Walkers

Walking to the 'Bird in Hand'

This month, we decided on a shorter walk taking us from Henley to the Bird in Hand pub at the foot of Liveridge Hill. It was a beautiful warm sunny morning and we felt spring had arrived at long last. Our starting point was St Nicholas Church from where we followed the footpath through the church yard, across the fields to the River Alne. The footpath continues along the river until Millfield Court at the north end of Henley. We joined the A34 going north until we reached the Buckley Green road on our right. Crossing a style into the field, which is more pleasant than walking along the main road, the footpath continues north until you come to Camp Lane and the pub is in front of you.

This short but pleasant walk had given us an appetite. On entering the Bird in Hand, we were greeted warmly by the very pleasant staff. The interior of the pub is modern and attractive. As we had arrived early, we were the first there but it soon filled up. Acquiring large glasses of Pinot Grigio we sat down to order our lunch. There was a good choice ranging from delicious sounding baguettes to hearty main courses and prices that would suit all budgets. The peppered chicken tartlet on a bed of rocket leaves was utterly delicious as was the gammon steak with pineapple. The gammon came with really good chips and a side plate of beautifully prepared vegetables. Puddings were just as good the Chocolate Jack which was recommended got the thumbs up as did the Apricot and Mango Salsa Tart. Service was quick and efficient. We finished with cups of excellent coffee.

Having eaten more than we intended and having been told about new born lambs that were playing in the fields beyond James Farm, we decided to take a long walk home. Crossing the Birmingham Road, we followed the Tanworth Lane to just before Botley Hill Farm were footpath signs on our left led us across fields and the railway line to Blunt’s Green. Crossing the road here the footpath continues along a narrow path leading onto open fields with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Following the footpath signs and some new kissing gates, we came home via Hallend and the footpath which runs along the edge of the Henley Golf Course bringing us back onto the Henley High Street.

It was such a lovely day, spring flowers and blossom ever where, and the longer walk home justifying all that delicious food. This walk and pub are definitely recommended.


Warning of Bogus Workmen

Warwickshire Police remind householders to always check the credentials of people calling at their home to undertake work.
The advice comes after an elderly man living in Pendred Road, Rugby handed over a substantial sum on money to three men who called at his house at shortly before 3pm on Thursday 31 March claiming they had come to undertake some work.

The householder, who had ordered some workmen to undertake some work at his home, believed they were genuine workmen and let them in. After asking to see the estimate for the work, which the householder had already received from the company he had engaged, the men said they needed money in order to purchase the materials for the work. The householder paid them £2,000 in cash. The three men left saying they would return to complete the work after they had bought the materials. After they had gone the householder contacted the company he had ordered the work through and was informed that they had not sent anyone to his address on that date.

A police spokesperson said, "This is a clear case of opportunist thieves, who on learning that the man was expecting workmen to call at his house used the opportunity to gain the man's trust and persuaded him to part with his money.

" If you are expecting people to call at your home to carry out work you should always ask for some form of identification from them which will show that the are genuine employees of the company. If you are in any doubt contact the company and ask them to confirm that the workmen are their employees or contractors.

" Never agree to give money to workmen in advance of work being undertaken without first checking that they are from the company you have engaged to do the work and always ask for a signed receipt with the company name and address on it."

The three men are described as being white males, all three spoke with Irish accents.

One was 5ft 9inches, aged 25 - 30 years wearing blue jeans and a jacket, the second is described as being 6ft tall, approximately 40 years old with a plump round face and balding. He was dressed in a dark coloured suit and was carrying a clip board. The third male was 5ft 9inches tall, aged in his 20s, slim build with ginger hair. He was wearing jeans and a light brown top.

Anyone who recognises the description of the men, or who has any information is asked to contact PC Simon Bodill at Rugby Police Station on 01788 541111 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

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Blood Pressure Tests - The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden in conjunction with The Stroke Association, is holding a Blood Pressure Testing session at the Baptist Church Hall on Saturday 9th April between 9.30am and 12.30pm. The testing is free and carried out by experienced & qualified nursing staff. By detecting high blood pressure, which often has no visible symptoms and taking appropriate action to reduce the pressure to within a normal range, the incidence of a stroke can be reduced. PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS OFFER
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
Henley-in-Arden Flower Club Tuesday 12th April in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm for ’E for Elizabeth’ with Janine Hall. Competition: ‘Modern Design’
The Warwickshire Association for the Blind (WAB) is organising a fundraising collection in Henley High Street on Saturday 16th April 9am - 4pm. Could you spare an hour to help raise money for the Blind & Partially Sighted? Contact Judy Murdoch 01564 792855 or business 01926 888789.
Henley Wildlife Society Members are looking forward to seeing Rosemary Morris’s slides of ‘People & Wildlife in Tanzania’ on Tuesday 19th April in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm. Visitors welcome £1.00
Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society On 21st April at 8.00pm in the Fire Station lecture theatre for an illustrated talk by Dr. Chris Upton on ‘Victorian Asylums’
Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church Our April Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 23rd from 10am till noon. Please call in for a coffee, a chat and to browse the bring & buy stalls.
The Parish Church AGM will be on Wednesday 27th April in St. John’s Church starting at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome to attend to hear what we have achieved and what we hope to do. As usual there will be time for your questions  and comments.
Petticoat Lane Sale - Monday 2nd MAY - 10.30am till 12 .00 noon in and around the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Proceeds shared between Cord & Church funds. Good quality White Elephant stall, books, plants, toys & Small  items of furniture etc. Please ring 794308 for enquiries or if collection needed. NO jumble please

Double G & S Concerts in Tanworth This is an invitation to tenors & basses to come aboard “H.M.S. Pinafore” and attend a “Trial by Jury” on July14, 15 & 16th. Note three performances by popular demand. Rehearsals on Tuesdays in Tanworth Village Hall at 7.45pm Men only on May 24th & 31st. Full chorus from June 7th through to the final one (a must) on July 12th. Details of ticket sales will appear later. I look forward to seeing you, ladies & gentlemen for this 28th year. Any enquiries (at this stage) to Wendy Dillon 01564 742464

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.

Stratford Ramblers invites anyone to join their gentle pace walks every 1st and 3rd Tuesday; starting Tuesday 5th April. Ring Penny Stott on 01564 792251 or go to www.stratfordramblers.com for details. Walks start at 10:00am and will normally be 4 to 5 miles long, taken at a pace to suit those new to walking, or those who can no longer walk as fast as they used to. We aim to take time to look at the view and the newborn lambs and so on. As a sociable group, several of us normally call at a pub afterwards for a drink or light lunch. We try to share cars where practical, to reduce the problem of many cars at one parking place.

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