29th April 2005
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Rotary Club's annual Charity Walk

Rotary ClubPaul Rayner Vice-President of the Henley in Arden Rotary Club has told Henley NEWS on-line that arrangements for the 2005 Annual Rotary Charity Walk are well advanced for Sunday 12th June 2005.

This year, there will be a 10 mile walk around the Heart of England paths starting from Henley Fire Station between 9 am and 1 pm. Paul stresses that it is not a race but an important social event in the Henley calendar. Rotarians and their wives will be organising a refreshment stop at Lowsonford Village Hall, which will be the mid-point for the 3 1/2 hour walk.

Sponsorship forms are now available from:

Rotarian Paul Rayner  (01789 204589 e-mail
Rotarian Alec Heliwell (01564 792856 e-mail

A unique feature of this fund raising event is that the sponsorship monies collected will be split with 75% going to the walker's preferred charity and 25% to Rotary's chosen charities.

The whole event is being sponsored by John Shepard, the solihull based estate agents.

Parish Church Newsletter

The Rector, John Ganjavi, writes in this month's parish church newsletter.

Dear friends,

imageIf it’s not reality TV, then it’s a series of your 100 favourite…What all these programmes have in common is that they rely on our vote. I recently watched a programme of ‘the 100 best record albums’. I waited with interest to see who would be No. 1? Queen? Simon & Garfunkel? Robbie Williams? Elvis? No, the answer was ‘Radiohead, followed by U2 and Nirvana. I felt cheated. ‘Who voted?’ ‘Where did they advertise the voting opportunity?’ I begged to disagree with the result, but so what, and who cares anyway!

It is very easy to preach the message of Live and let Live, but all around us decisions are being made that affect our lives and the lives of many others. The world is the way it is, not so much because we let it drift but because decisions were made and votes were cast. And the only way to make the world a better place is to get involved and to make our mark.

This month, as well as a General Election, we have the door-to-door collection for Christian Aid. Please show an interest, get involved, support and make a difference. Together we can influence the world. What I love about Jesus is that he showed how every individual counts; each one of us is important and our little contribution is noted and appreciated.

Finally, this month we also have the 60th anniversary of VE Day. Whichever way we turn, we have reminders that there is great merit in ‘standing up to be counted’.

And one last thought: Why not sit down and list your ’10 best moments in your life’; and then work out whether they just happened, or whether they happened because someone, somewhere, bothered.

John Ganjavi

Henley Film Society

imageFollowing recent articles on the Henley News online and in the Solihull News, there has been a lot of response to a request for people interested in starting a Film Society in Henley-in-Arden at the Warwickshire College campus.

Hilary Wright, Centre Manager of the Henley in Arden Centre, has told Henley NEWS on-line that she was very pleased with the number of phone calls and the quality of the advice and support she had received. Hilary now plans to report to the Henley Centre's Community Liaison Group, which is meeting on Wednesday 27th April. The group will discuss Hilary's proposals for a way forward with this exciting project.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the Film Society can telephone Hilary on 01564 797803.

imageImportant Telephone Numbers



The JPC has asked Henley NEWS on-line to publish the following telephone numbers for Warwickshire Police.

For emergencies999
For the reporting of serious crime01926 415642
For the reporting vandalism, threatening behaviour, and other crimes against persons or the community

01789 414111
(This number is manned from
7am to midnight each day)

History of Henley Series

Elizabeth De Montacute née Montfort


Only one member of the Warwickshire De Montfort family has a tomb that can still be visited. Elizabeth de Montacute née Montfort’s tomb is situated in Christ Church Oxford.

Elizabeth was born around 1279, the daughter of Peter de Montfort 2nd (died 1287) and Maud de la Mare. She married William de Montacute in 1295 and had 4 sons and 6 daughters all of whom appear on the sides of her tomb. They were John, William, Simon, Edward, Alice, Mary, Elizabeth, Hawise, Maud and Isabella. The eldest surviving son, William was made Earl of Salisbury in 1337 and became one of the first Knights of the Garter. Simon was Bishop of Ely from 1337 to 1344. Matilda became Abbess of Barking from 1341 until 1352. Isabella became Abbess of Barking from 1352 until 1358. Elizabeth was Prioress of Holywell Nunnery, Shoreditch from 1340 to 1357.

After William de Montacute died in 1319/20, Elizabeth married Thomas de Furnivalle who died in 1332. Elizabeth died in 1354.


Tomb of Lady Montacute

“ Sculptured effigies of abbesses, especially of this period, are rare.” Matthew Bloxam

In 1346, she founded a chantry to commemorate her family using land that is now part of Christ Church meadow to finance the two chantry priests.


Oxford with Christ Church Meadow beyond

Elizabeth acquired Stockwell Mead from her cousin and obtained a royal licence in 1345 and consent from Abingdon Abbey to give it to St. Frideswide’s Priory in exchange for a chantry. Two chantry priests were to say daily mass wearing black amices bearing the arms of Montfort and Montacute. This chantry mass continued until the Reformation.

Elizabeth de Montacute’s tomb is remarkable in what it reveals about clothing of the 14th century.



Jonathan Dovey
With thanks to Jim Godfrey, Canons’ Verger, Christ Church Cathedral Oxford

Lodders boost Property Department

Lodders, is boosting its residential property department with the appointment of LINDA BALL to head their Henley-in-Arden team. Linda Ball, who has more than 15 years’ conveyancing experience, joins from Leamington Spa based Solicitors, where she was a Conveyancing Manager for six years. Prior to that that she spent nine years with Talbots Solicitors running the Branch Office in Southam.

Linda will be part of Lodders’ 11-strong residential property department. Five are based at the firm’s head office in Stratford-upon-Avon, with three in both the Shipston-on-Stour and Henley offices. Frances Lees, partner in charge of residential property at Lodders, said: “Linda is a very welcome addition to our team and to the Henley office. She brings many years’ experience of dealing with residential sales and purchase transactions and has excellent local property knowledge. She has built up a good client following, with much of her work repeat business or recommendations.”

Linda added: “I am looking forward to the challenge of building on Lodders’ existing client base in the Henley and surrounding areas and helping the residential team to grow and develop. Lodders has an excellent reputation in the conveyancing sector for customer service and employs a forward-thinking approach, using the latest e-conveyancing systems to keep customers right up-to-date with every stage of the selling or buying process and I am hoping to build on this with the hope of providing a continued and even improved efficient speedy and friendly service"

Linda, a qualified Lawyer, who lives in Southam, is a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and can be contacted via email at or direct dial 01564 796843 or 01564 792261

Johnsons go Scouting

imageUp to 20,000 scouts and support staff from throughout Europe will be gathering in the UK for the EuroJam 2005 in August – and the Henley coach firm, Johnsons, has been chosen to transport them.

EuroJam is the European Scout Jamboree and takes place between July 29 and August 10 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford in Essex. 20 of Johnson’s 49-seater coaches will be on hand throughout the two-week event, together with a dedicated coach manager who will be based on site throughout. Johnsons is one of five UK-based operators appointed to transport the Scouts to and from the central collection point and the Jamboree site. The company will also be organising coach tours to places of interest around the south of England for the European visitors - as well as taking parents and friends to ‘open days’ at the Jamboree.

“EuroJam is major logistical operation and we are delighted to have been appointed – particularly as during the selection process, the Scout Association carried out exhaustive research to find the best coach operators for this very special job,” explains John Johnson, Director of Johnsons Coaches.

Simon Carter, of the Scouts Association, adds: “We chose Johnsons because they impressed us with their commitment to high standards of quality and service. They are used to working with young people and have an excellent reputation. “The fact that they are members of Coach Marque and the Guild of British Coach operators also helped us to come to a final decision as both these organisations demand the highest level of service and operational efficiency.”

'Parking Hit Squad' debate continues

imageHow would you like it if we started a "business"on your street and parked outside your house all day, 5 days a week, knowing that you could not park out side your house because a "business" property owner was there?

Well done to the council for at last implementing this action. I only wish that we could have a full time warden in henley every day.

If "business property owner" finds Henley is not that "appealing" MOVE.

Most of the jobs go to outsiders who travel by car, so find premises with parking spaces else where. Henley residents have got their priorities right. Henley residents First, the rest later. I bet he has got a private parking space.

Resident of Henley with a parking permit

H in A - Asylums Capital of the Midlands

imageForty-five members of Henley in Arden Civic Society who recently attended a talk by Dr Chris Upton of Newman College of Higher Education learned that during the 19th century, Henley in Arden had three asylums for the insane.

In his talk about ‘Victorian Asylums’, Dr Newman gave a most entertaining and informative insight of the Victorian perspective of mental illness. Amongst the many entertaining quotes mentioned was one by Michael Ficault ‘The definition of abnormal depends on how you define normal’. Words like idiot, imbecile and lunatic had specific meanings in the early Victorian censuses, when the householder was obliged to declare if any resident had such illness. Reluctance to admit to these conditions led to unreliable data on the extent of mental illness until the census entry was altered to ‘feeble minded’. The Victorians worried about an apparent increase in insanity rates by more than tenfold between 1807 and 1890, which they attributed to ‘improved diagnosis’ and to the ‘effect of stress of mechanical civilisation’.

The early asylums were privately owned but subject to inspection by local authorities. Often they were large private houses with extensive grounds extending to many tens of acres. Much of Dr Upton’s information was obtained by study of ‘Annual Reports of the Commissioners on Lunacy’. In the early 1800s, several events focused parliamentary attention on the issue of what was formerly regarded as ‘Gods punishment’; the madness of George III; the attempted assassination of George III in 1800 and the assassination of the prime minister in 1812, both by mentally ill people. The release of 37 prisoners following an acquittal on grounds of insanity was also a factor. Parliament began to see mental illness as a medical condition rather than ‘God’s punishment’ and ultimately passed the asylums act of 1845 which lead to the establishment of county asylums. The care of the mentally ill became more professionalised, although treatments appear crude by modern standards, eg hot and cold baths and the use of emetics!

Medical casebooks can be examined once they are 100 years old and amongst the examples was the case of a man who, when asked ‘Where do you come from?’ would only reply ‘Llewellyn’s Dog’. The early asylums were for the better off members of society who could pay. The Parish funded the mentally ill poor but the incurables that were poor were generally put in the workhouse if at all feasible.

After the formal talk, there were many questions and contributions from the floor before the usual tea / coffee and a chat at the end of the meeting.

John Stott

imagePolice warn of ATM fraud



Warwickshire Police are urging the public to increase their awareness of cash machine (ATM) fraud so they are better equipped to protect themselves from becoming a victim of this growing crime.

DC John Lyons said:
" ATM crime in the UK has risen by 82% in the last ye
ar, with losses of £74.6 Million in 2004. Whilst ATM fraud is not a big problem in Warwickshire, we are concerned it may increase over the coming months and want to help the people of Warwickshire protect themselves from becoming a victim in the future. The most common type of bank fraud occurs at cash machines. Since 2004, there have been at least 27 instances where some form of device has been attached to a cash machine in Warwickshire. In January 2005, three devices were recovered resulting in losses of £14,500.

DC Lyons said:
" There are several methods used by the offenders to enable them to clone cards and the public needs to be aware of them."
The offenders are most likely to use electronic cloning equipment attached on to the card slot of cashpoint machines (ATMs) to copy the cardholders details as the card is inserted into the ATM. As customers enter their PIN number, a tiny camera attached above the keypad makes a recording of them entering their PIN codes. Their card is then returned to them as normal and the customer would not know any cloning had occurred.

imageOccasionally the cloning devices have also been used on the swiping machines used to gain access to bank lobbies out of hours. The equipment records data from the magnetic strip without the cardholder's knowledge so that a cloned' card can then be produced. Offenders then use the cloned cards, and the PIN numbers to withdraw large amounts of cash at banks throughout the UK and abroad. People may not realise they have been a victim of theft until they either check their bank statement or they are refused a withdrawal due to lack of funds. But it's not always about large withdrawals, cloned cards are often used to pay for fuel so check statements for any small unexplained debits.

The second method is a device inserted into the cash machine's card slot, to trap and retain the customer's card. The device is designed to be similar in appearance to the surround of the slot so a customer would not notice anything unusual. The offender may pose as a customer in the queue for the ATM and attempt to observe the victim entering their PIN, alternatively they may try and trick the victim into re-entering their PIN, which they will memorise and record. After the cardholder gives up trying to get their card back and leaves, the criminal removes the device, along with the card. Withdrawal of cash often happens immediately, before the cardholder has reported the card's loss to their bank.

DC Lyons said:
" Make sure you check the machine before you use it for any signs of tampering. If you find it difficult to get your card into the slot or people are hanging around the machine for no reason, do not use it, go to another machine.
If you lose your card in a cash machine, cancel the card immediately with the card issuer's 24-hour emergency line which can be found on your last bank statement or on the Card Watch website Do not assume that your bank automatically knows that the machine has withheld your card."

It's also believed the true extent of the level of offences is not known as many may interpret a cash machine swallowing their card, for example, as a fault with the ATM machine.

DC Lyons stressed:
" If you do see a device fitted to a cashpoint machine, do not use it, walk away and notify the police and bank staff immediately. Under no circumstances should members of the public attempt to remove a device as it's possible the offenders may be nearby."
Cardholders should also be warned of the risks of verifying bank details at home in unsolicited telephone conversations or through hyperlinks (links to web pages that have been sent to you by email) and be encouraged to use good anti virus and firewall protection.

But card fraud is not limited to modern methods. Offenders also use distraction techniques or pick-pocketing.

DC Lyons advises:
" Be aware of your surroundings. If someone near the machine is behaving suspiciously or makes you feel uncomfortable, cancel the transaction and go to another machine. Stand close to the cash machine and always shield the keypad to avoid anyone seeing you enter your PIN. Do not allow yourself to be distracted in any way." People also make life very easy for pickpockets if they write down their PIN and keep it in their purse or wallet. DC Lyons said " Do not write down your PIN. If you have been given a number that you find difficult to remember, take your card along to a cash machine and change the number to one that you will be able to remember without writing it down".

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Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street or electronically to All diary dates for the next Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the at any time.

imagePetticoat 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

imageThe Henley & District Royal British Legion is holding a parade on Sunday 8th May to celebrate the 60th anniversary of VE Day. The parade will be lead by the Shirley Pipe Band starting at 10.25 am from the Memorial Hall to St. John’s Church.

Following the Service the Band will lead the parade back to the Memorial Hall. The Legion would like as many people as possible to take part in this parade as this will probably be the last parade to celebrate VE Day.

Methodist Church Coffee Morning will be Saturday 14th from 10 am till noon.

imageHenley in Arden WI Tuesday 3rd May is RESOLUTIONS Meeting followed by Ploughman’s Supper, starting at 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall.

Members please remember the copies handed out in April.

Henley in Arden Flower Club will meet on Tuesday 10th May, 7.30 pm in the Memorial Hall. Speaker: Patti Dawson on ‘A colourful imagination’. Competition: Tulip Elegance.

imageHenley Wildlife Society welcomes visitors (only £1). Join us from 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 17th May for ‘Wildlife in Art’ with Jackie Garner for an illustrated talk with slides and paintings.

imageFrom 23rd – 26th June HADS will be performing in the Guildhall Garden. The play will be ‘Wind in the Willows’.

An occasion for a picnic perhaps! Watch this space for further details.

imageA note for your diaries; we shall be holding the Jazz in the Garden on Saturday 2nd July. As usual we have the AD HOC Jazz Band and there will be strawberries and fizzie. All in aid of the Memorial Hall funds. We are kindly sponsored again by John Earle & Sons and Lodders.

For more information please phone either Duncan on 793539 or Marijana on 794987.

imageDouble G & S Concerts in Tanworth This is an invitation to tenors & basses to come aboard “HMS 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

imageBell 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.

Business ClubTHE 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.

Rotary ClubTHE 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

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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