20th May 2005
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2005 Polocrosse International at Arden

In an exclusive interview with Henley NEWS on-line, Kirsty Lodder said that the 2005 season would see another international competition in September at the Arden Polocrosse Club.

This year, the visiting international team will be from Zimbabwe. The Arden Polocrosse Club is rapidly becoming one of the premier venues for this exciting equestrian sport.


The winning UK Ladies Team at the Arden Club in September 2004

The Club hosted two tournaments. The first in June where both our A division team and B division team found victory.

The 2nd tournament held was in September. It was a club level tournament but it also had the 3rd & 4th test match between the South African ladies and the United Kingdom ladies. Sarah Barrand a player from Arden Club who was selected for the UK team helped bring victory for the UK, as they won 3 out of the 4 test matches. Above are some pictures from the tournament.

In June the men's team fly to America to represent the UK. Two players from our club have been selected to go. Jason Burbridge has been selected as the captain and Greg Sargeant is to be the coach.

In July the Tri nations between England, Wales and Ireland will be held in Cardiff where Greg Sargeant will be coach, Jason Burbridge, Jonathan Keen, Alex Bull and Sophie Lodder are all to represent England.

In September, Zimbabwe will fly over to play the UK. There will be an Open mixed team and an Under 21's mixed team.

Once again Arden have a number of players representing the UK, Jason Burbridge will be in the open mixed team which Greg Sargeant once again will be coaching, Sophie Lodder, Jonathon Keen and Alex Bull all in the under 21' s mixed team.

The Arden Club will be hosting the 2nd test match for both the mixed team and the under 21's mixed team.


Kirsty is looking for volunteers to help run all aspects of these events. If you would like to help, please email her at: kirsty@ardenpolocrosse.co.uk

Henley Forest Under 10's are stars

On Saturday, they collected their Mid Warwickshire league division 3 runners up medals. The photo here shows them collecting their medals at a ceremony in The Spa Centre in Leamington.

On Sunday, they entered the Leamington 6 -a- side tournament, and the 8 boys in the squad won the tournament. As the tournament attracted the best clubs in Warwickshire it was no small achievement. The final against Norton Lindsey was decided in a nerve racking penalty shoot out with captain Adrian Klohe scoring the vital last penalty. The photo shows them after just receiving their medals.

The boys, who have done so well this season are: Michael Mosher in goal: Steven Ebdon, Alex Howe, James Gay as star defenders: George Payne, Steve Barrett (leading scorer with 21 goals) , Adrian Klohe, Jacob Kanmert, Matthew Travers in a tremendous driving midfield: With Farrel Treacey and Nicholas Lawrence as deadly strikers!

Next season, the boys move from playing mini soccer (7 a side) to normal 11 a side. We therefore need more players to increase the squad to about 15 players. If your son is interested, please call Daryl Howe on 07967 323075.

New Henley Film Society

Plans are in place to start up a Film Society in Henley where film enthusiasts from all around the area can meet up socially to have a drink and to watch and discuss films. We need to know what people in Henley and the surrounding area would expect from a film society. So please help us by completing a short on-line questionnaire.

Click here for a link to the Talking Pictures questionnaire.


Hilary Wright and Ed Holding

New Signs at Warwickshire College

Nick Slack, the Estates Facilities Director at Warwickshire College, has told Henley NEWS on-line that the College is fully aware that the signage to the Henley in Arden Centre needs to be changed. The existing signs were only temporary, whilst improvement works have been carried out in the last twelve months.

Nick said, " A new external sign system has now been developed for the Centre that it is more in keeping with the rural environment. It is anticipated that planning permission will be sought very shortly for the new sign - off the Stratford Road - to the main College buildings. The existing large signs to the sports facilities entrance are also under consideration."

Lamppost Safety - 'I don't believe it'

Warwickshire County Council has announced that anyone wanting to hang a basket from a lamppost will have to pay £50 per post for a safety test and £5 million worth of liability insurance!

The County Council's tough new stance has promoted fears that it could affect the annual Britain in Bloom competition which sees towns and village across the county decorating streets and parks with floral displays. Henley in Bloom has been a winner of this competition in the past.

Are Warwickshire County Council's lampposts so unstable that a hanging basket might bring them down? If this is the case, should they not be replacing the county council's engineers as well as the lampposts?

Victor - the angry council tax payer.

New Speed Cameras on A439

In the last few months, Warwickshire County Council has introduced new safety measures on the A439 after a route study highlighted an above-average number of accidents on the road.

To compliment these new measures a speed limit of 50mph is now in effect as part of the county councils ongoing commitment to reducing casualties on Warwickshire roads. The area of the A439 concerned is the stretch between the roundabout junction with the A46 – known locally as Marraway Roundabout – and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Jo Edwards, Road Safety Engineer for Warwickshire County Council said:

“ The scheme has been instigated after a full assessment, which highlighted an above-average number of accidents along the A439. The safety measures are now in place and we will continue to monitor the route. Other 50mph schemes within the county may be considered if this one proves effective. Early indications from our accident monitors show that the road has already seen a significant reduction in casualties since measures have been installed.”

Chris Fossey, Road Safety Liaison Officer for Warwickshire County Council said: “Some people may feel that a new limit is unnecessary and lose patience with motorists driving at the appropriate speed. We ask those motorists to consider why such a limit has been put in place and to appreciate that the road has had a significant history of collisions. The only way to improve the safety on this road has been to use new engineering features and implement a 50mph limit. We would also like to remind motorists that the route will be regularly enforced both through mobile and fixed safety cameras.’”

The County Council have already reduced the number of people killed or seriously injured on Warwickshire’s roads to 27% below the 1994/98 averages. If this rate of fall continues we should achieve the 40% Government reduction target before 2009.

Political News

WARWICKSHIRE County Council looks set to be run by the Conservatives from next week, replacing Labour for the first time in eight years as a minority administration with no overall control.
In recent local elections, the Tories took over from Labour as the largest single party on what continues to be a “hung” council.

Mr Plaskitt, MP for our area, was made a junior minister in the Department of Work and Pensions in the government reshuffle.

JPC Meeting on Monday 18th May

Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council were faced with a long agenda on Monday night following a four week period since there last meeting, due to the bank holiday.

Four of the thirteen members of the public present address the council regarding planning applications during the open forum. The council went on to support the proposed two storey pitched roof front, side and rear extension at Park Cottage Birmingham Road, Henley-in-Arden asking the district council to refer the matter to the planning committee for a site visit. Object to the proposed demolishment of bungalow and erection of three two bedroom houses at Bungalow 3, Riverhouse School, Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden. Object to the proposed signage at Somerfield, 108 High Street Henley-in-Arden. Object to the proposed demolishment of detached dwelling and replacement with detached dwelling at Kent Cottage, Blackford Hill, Henley-in-Arden. Object to the proposed erection of stables, agricultural buildings and new access at field 0074 and 2870, Hunger Hill, Henley-in-Arden. Object to the proposed new detached dwelling to the rear of Sunnyside and Ferndale, New Road, Henley-in-Arden. Six other applications were discussed but the council raised no objections to the proposals. They also supported the proposed vehicular access to 3 Beechcroft, High Street, Henley-in-Arden.

Golf ClubThe council were notified that the application by Henley Golf & Country Club, Birmingham Road to erect a 40 bedroom dormy house with associated parking, which was refused by Stratford on Avon District Council the planning authority in March had gone to appeal. The appeal which is to be dealt with at a Public Inquiry will be conducted by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment. The date of this inquiry is still to be arranged. Members resolved to write to the Planning Inspectorate reiterating there previous comments concerning this application which were to object to the application because it was against green belt policy.

Members were concerned by a letter from Stratford on Avon District Council stating that this would be the last year the District Council would be reimbursing the parish council for expenditure under the Local Government Act section 136. The District Council has reimbursed the Parish for expenditure on the maintenance of open spaces, grass cutting, litter picking and maintenance of play equipment for a number of years and last year this contribution gave the Parish Council over £4,000 worth of income. With a cut to this arrangement for 2006/07 onwards the Parish Council recognize that this will put considerable pressure on the services they currently provide. In the future the council will have to consider either scrapping some projects, reducing the amounts of grant awards given out or raise their precept. Members resolved to write to the District Council to object to this policy decision.

The Environment Agency has informed the council that it proposes to carry out work to the River Alne in Henley-in-Arden during this summer. There has been a flooding problem in the past in the town, but in 1981 a flood alleviation scheme was completed that aimed to provide the town with a 1 in 30 year standard defence. The flood alleviation scheme involved the enlargement of the channel to increase flood capacity, the construction of two flood relief channels, and the localised construction of small flood banks.

River Alne in flood summer 1999 - Photos by Helen Knight of Prince Harry Road.

Over time since the completion of the flood alleviation scheme, there has been some deposition of debris, gravel and other material in the channel as a result of natural river process. In several locations this material has built up to form substantial banks which have become densely vegetated. These banks are reducing the flood capacity of the channel, and are decreasing the level of protection to the town. The proposed project involves the clearance of accumulated debris and vegetation from several discrete sections of the River Alne. There are also a few locations where erosion control structures will be constructed. The Agency is also proposing to remove three small weirs in the river in order to improve fish and crayfish habitat.

Discussion continues on the proposed lease of land at Henley High School for a skateboard area.

The next meeting of the council is on Monday 6th June 2005. The meetings of the council are held in the Baptist Church Hall, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and members of the public are always welcome to attend.

Council Tax to rise £4

COUNCIL TAX payers in Stratford will fork out less than £4 extra this year but at the cost of major cuts in services, it was announced this week.

Fears of an inflation-busting hike in bills were quashed when district council chiefs opted to put their slice of the bill up by just 3.74 per cent, from £106.80 to £110.79 for a band D property.

The Tory-run authority faced imposing a 23 per cent rise at the end of last year but with the threat of government capping decided to slash services to the tune of £1.25 million instead.

Services being scrapped include meals on wheels and concessionary fares tokens for pensioners and the Environmental Health Out of Hours Service. South Warwickshire Tourism will also see its annual funding slashed by £50,000.

The Lib Dems claimed the cuts would see essential services suffer and sever links between the council and residents.

Councillor Susan Juned said: "I think the public would be prepared to pay more for these services. They already feel they have no contact with the council and these are all things that matter to normal people."

But council leader Les Topham said the budget was exactly what residents asked for during consultations - significant savings without affecting key services and a reasonable increase in council tax.

He said money would be saved by shifting funds from low priority areas like tourism and the arts to areas like affordable housing, more CCTV and better public transport.

Social housing will get an extra £5.1million, £2.5million would be stumped up for leisure facilities in Wellesbourne and £50,000 for Stratford's Shopmobility scheme.

This year's total bill for an average band D property will be £1,229.48 compared to £1,190.41 last year. This is made up of district and county council, police authority and average parish council precepts.

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From 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.

A 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.

Double 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

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.

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 robinf@ribi.org

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