27th May 2005
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Cure Leukaemia Run - a success

On Sunday 22nd May, the first Cure Leukaemia Run took place in Sutton Park, north of Birmingham and attracted over one thousand runners.

The whole event was organised by John Latham of Riverside Gardens and a former High Bailiff of Henley-in-Arden. John has many years experience of organising major events. Many Henley people and organisations were pleased to support him acting as race marshals or entering as runners .

Finishing 12th in the 10Km race was John Johnson of Johnsons Coaches, who recently completed the London Marathon in under 3 hours. Completing in the 5Km race was Marijana Bainbridge, pictured right.

Many members of the Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club acted as race marshals around the course, whilst their wives assisted with the catering facilities for the support staff.

Improved Somerfield store reopens

The High Bailiff, Brian Jackson, performed the official reopening of Somerfield supermarket in the High Street. The Town Cryer, Gordon Trinder, opened the proceedings and watched while the High Bailiff cut the ribbon.

One of the first shoppers, Dawn from the High Street, praised Somerfield for the improvements declaring that the "new in-store bakery was a major improvement".

Manager Paul Whelan welcomed back many of his regular shoppers. The store will now open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday - 8am to 7pm Saturday - 9am to 5pm Sunday.

Henley News on-line's Chief Photographer, John Love, was on hand to record the proceedings.

Christian Aid raises £2,280

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Henley about £2,280 was raised for Christian Aid through the door to door collection last week.

This year, the collection took place in the context of the MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign supported by many Third World charities like Comic Relief & famous names like Bob Geldorf, Sting, & Dawn French. This seeks to bring pressure to bear on the G8 summit in July in Gleneagles to change the unfair trade rules imposed on poor countries which inhibit their freedom to help themselves through their own industries to work their way out of poverty.

With thanks.

John & Cilla Pudney
Christian Aid Organisers for Henley.

Henley Crime Report

This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Snitterfield and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.

Between 22:30 hours on Saturday 14th May and 09:15 hours on Sunday 15th May unknown offender/s have entered three garages on Broad Lane, Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen a motorcross bike and clothing from within.
Incident number 201 0f 13th May refers

Between 16:10 hours and 19:00 hours on Thursday 12th May unknown offender/s have gained entry to a Peugeot 207 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Liveridge Hill, Henley by forcing a window.  Offender/s have stolen a briefcase from within.
Incident number 553 of 12 May refers

Between 20:00 hours and 20:05 hours on Thursday 12th May unknown offender/s have gained entry to a BMW X5 parked secure and unattended in Claverdon by smashing the window. Offender/s have stolen golf clubs and equipment from within.
Incident number 591 of 12th May refers

Between 22:00 hours on Friday 13th May and 10:00 hours on Sunday 15th May unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Vauxhall Vectra parked secure and unattended on Wootton Rise, Wootton Wawen. Offender/s have stolen a wallet from within. Credit cards have later been used.
Incident number 253 of 14th May refers

Between 21:30 hours on Thursday 12th May and 08:30 hours on Friday 13th May unknown offender/s have stolen a handbag from a Renault Clio motor vehicle parked on the Green Tanworth. No other details at present.
Incident number 263 of 13th May refers

Between 14:30 hours and 15:30 hours on Sunday 15th May unknown offender/s have forced the lock on a VW Golf parked secure and unattended on the viaduct parking area, Wootton Wawen.
Incident number 422 of 15th May refers

Sometime before 13:31 hours on Wednesday 18th May unknown offender/s have stolen a Blue Rover Montego parked secure and unattended on Alcester Road, Wythall.
Incident number 276 of 18th May refers

At approximately 22:40 hours on Sunday 15th May reports received of a male trying to break into a car with an iron bar, which was parked secure and unattended on the high street, Henley. Offender made off in a silver Ford Transit.
Incident number 685 of 15th May refers

Alcester Police last week arrested a man who has now been charged with six counts of burglary other in the Alcester area.

The Sunrise Appeal

The local charity devoted to the support of victims of crime in Warwickshire is celebrating 30 years of the national organisation, Victim Support. VSW is therefore taking part in Victim Supports national Sunrise Appeal. Each year, across the UK, Victim Support offers support and practical help to 1.7 million people whose lives have been affected by crime. Sadly there are more victims of crime who are not yet receiving help. The Sunrise Appeal has therefore been launched to enable Victim Support to provide individual support to 250,00 more victims every year. No crime seems trivial when you are the victim – or even just a witness – and Victim Support offers personal support, which in some cases can be needed over many months.

Fundraising campaign takes to the battlefields
Staff and volunteers of Victim Support Warwickshire donned their walking gear for a sponsored Battlefields Walk on 8th May. The choice of Battlefields was appropriate, since the day was also marked by celebrations of 60 years since VE Day. In the end, the walkers completed a circuit of the battlefield sites at Naseby, Bosworth and Edge Hill– around 18 miles in total.

Gillian Nussey MBE, fundraiser for VSW says,
“We are the champions for victims in the community and are determined that their needs should be met. Most of the support offered is provided by volunteers, who need to receive initial training – and that costs money. Where volunteers are supporting victims and witnesses of serious crimes, or vulnerable witnesses, that training needs to be specialised.”

Anyone wishing to add to the funds the walkers are raising should contact:-

Sue Moss (tel: 01926 336474) for South Warwickshire or
Nick Ward (tel: 02476 351003) for North Warwickshire and Rugby.

All donations will go directly towards the work of Victim Support in the area.

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.

Ale Tasting 2005

The Henley Court Leet and their guests from Alcester, Warwick & Bromsgrove Courts met for an initial briefing at The Guildhall in the centre of the town.It was going to be a tight schedule with just 15 minutes for 22 of these dignitaries to consume a mandatory half pint bitter at each venue.

High Bailiff Brian Jackson assembles his experts outside the Black Swan public house.

The ensemble made their way up the High Street for their first tasting at the Black Swan at 7.15pm. The first tasting of the evening was conducted by Henley's John Brealey, ably supported by additional comment from Graham Sutherland Ale Taster from Warwick. The Black Swan was given a clean bill of health and everyone moved on to Henley's Wine Bar, followed by Blue Bell. They were given a warm welcome at their next "port of call" Matricardi's, but comment was made that only a new type of beer was available - commonly known as lager. It gained approval, with the rider that in future years just maybe they should consider offering "English Ale", as has been served in the town for nearly 800 years!

The ensemble moved to the Three Tuns, where Bob (the Landlord) delegated his role to a visiting Head Barman, Brian from South Africa! A crowded pub witnessed another excellent pint was being served !

Next pubs included The White Swan and The Nags Head, both gave superb and healthy welcomes to the Court Visitors and received their accolades for the quality of the Ale!

Everyone then moved to the Fire Station, where a meal (very tasty from Sue Dalby), raffle and good company followed to end the evening.

All felt that it was an enjoyable and successful Ale Tasting - one that other Courts will have difficulty in capping.

Alistair Price
Affearor (Tax Collector)
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron

History of Henley Series

"Henley - An ill-built mean town"
Sir John Byng’s visits to Henley

John Byng, later Viscount Torrington, was an enthusiastic traveler whose diaries of his travels between 1781 and 1794 were published in the 1930’s.

His first visit through Henley was on the 5th July 1781.

The road to Henley in Arden is well wooded, but very flat, to Leveret Hill, which affords a pleasing and diversified view. Henley is an ill-built, mean town. From Henley we passed through Wootton, a pretty village in which stands a forlorn house of Mr. Holfords, in a shabby condition, with a dry cascade, and not one tree around.

John Byng made a stop at Henley in July 1792.

From Leveret Hill is a gay view, and over the town of Henley. Since I was last along this road, it has been much widened and straightened; but give me the old curves to beguile the way; I love not straight Roman roads.

I put up at Henley at the Swan; - think of the inns being casemented at the first stage from Birmingham; where my old Corps the Blues, are quartered to maintain the peace. I saw them parade in the High Street, and think I never saw a regiment in worse order or looking less like soldiers, dirty, slovenly, ill-dressed, with neither fashion nor pride about them; and their horses were as dirty, and ill-dressed as their riders! Such a Corps should be instantly reformed or reduced.

At Henley I dined upon some good, (uncut) cold lamb, with good cheese; after a walk over the brook to another church, Beldesert – where is a fine Saxon arch.

Henley is only a chapel of ease to Wootton, through which I passed in the evening; and would have stopped at the church, (near to which is an ugly house of Sir E Smith’s) but that it began to rain.

Here, were a crowd assembled, the remains of yesterday’s wake, and two fellows upon stools, grinning for a wager (a sport I thought disused) so happily described in the Spectator – ‘The frightfullest grinner to be the winner!’

The Birmingham Stratford road was a turnpike road in the 18th century and it seems as if some major work was done straightening this route in the 1780’s.

John Byng stayed at the (White) Swan and had food and drink for 2s 2d. The Swan is thought to be Henley’s the oldest inn and was mentioned in the 14th century however much of the present building dates from the 16th and 17th century.

Mr Smith’s house is, of course, referring to Wootton Hall built in a Palladian style in 1687. It was obviously not a style much thought of by John Byng.

Grinning or gurning was one of the traditional ‘sports’ where people made grotesque faces. Gurning along with morris dancing, climbing the greasy pole and shin kicking were usually done at fairs. Robert Dover’s Olimpick Games carry on these traditions and take place this year on the 3rd June. www.olimpickgames.co.uk

Further Reading:
The Torrington Diaries, containing the tours through England and Wales of the Hon. John Byng (Later Fifth Viscount Torrington) between the years 1781 and 1794. Edited by C Bruyn Andrews (1936)

Jonathan Dovey

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 the 2005 Annual Rotary Charity Walk will be on 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 raynerom@aol.com)
Rotarian Alec Heliwell (01564 792856 e-mail A.S.Halliwell@tesco.net)

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.

Nature in Art

On Tuesday 17th, the Wildlife Society was visited by Jackie Garner one of the resident artists from the Nature in Art Museum and Art Gallery, near Gloucester.

Jackie gave a very interesting talk on Nature in Art. Mainly animals painted by various artists displayed in the museum. She brought some of her sketch books, many of which were on the slides shown earlier. Jackie is pictured showing one of her own drawings.

The members showed their appreciation in the usual way and possibly may visit the Museum later in the year

Photo and Report - John Love

The Game of Polocrosse

Last week Henley NEWS on-line reported that Arden Polocrosse Club will host an international test match in September against Zimbabwe. This week we publish a brief description about the sport.

The major theme is that Polocrosse is a one-horse sport, where if you have a pony or horse of any size and assuming it is well mannered and reasonably athletic; you have all you need to play the game. Polocrosse is played on a pitch approximately the size of a football field and 3 players at a time play against another 3 players.

The game is recreational and also for the highly competitive player where it is fast and furious; with players scooping a rubber ball up from the ground at speed and then throwing it to each other using a racquet similar to a squash racquet but loosely strung (a similar arrangement to a
lacrosse stick.)- This stringing enables the ball to be caught and cradled before being thrown to another player or through one of the goals at each end. Tackling is allowed by striking your opponents stick to dislodge the ball.

Each game, with intervals between playing chukkas, lasts for about 45 minutes. The International Rules that govern the game are focused on safety for both players and their horses, while enabling the high level of horsemanship and athleticism of both to shine
through. The game is played in the Asia Pacific region; Europe, the Middle

East and Africa; the America, including Canada and the USA. Players are of all ages and a special feature at a weekend tournament is the combination of families attending for both recreational and competitive games, The membership is drawn from many walks of life and includes a significant element of both countryside related occupations as well as the City professional.

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

"If Bridge be the food of love, play on"

The Henley-in-Arden Bridge Club has updated its website at Henley NEWS on-line. Click the cards on the right to view.

The Club plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the hostelry - the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.

For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.

Award for Warwickshire College student

A mature student studying on the City & Guilds Advanced Theatre Costume Design course at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre recently attended a glittering awards ceremony where she was congratulated on the quality of her work.

Mature student Sharon Pogson, who lives in Bromsgrove, attended a champagne reception at City & Guilds’ headquarters in London in order to receive the accolade of Highly Commended in the 2005 City & Guilds Medals for Excellence programme.

Sharon, from Bromsgrove, was one of only ten students in the Midlands’ region to go to this event.
Brenda Killigrew, Textiles Curriculum Leader at the Henley-in-Arden Centre said, “The judges commented that Sharon's corset demonstrated a high level of practical skills, as did the items shown on the video. She had researched historical costumes thoroughly and the video interview clearly showed her creative thought processes. Her work exhibited determination, thoroughness and enthusiasm, and she more than deserved the award.”

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Henley-in-Arden WI Visitors are welcome to join us onTuesday 7th  June in the Memorial Hall for an evening with “Simply Hats!” Make new  friends and find out what else is on offer during this summer

Patient Participation Group Meeting at Henley-in-Arden Medical Centre on Wednesday 8th June at 6.00pm. All welcome

Henley-in-Arden Flower Club Open Evening on Tuesday 14th June in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. Visitors very welcome £6.00 to watch “ Midsummer Memories” with Mavis Jennings
“Trial by Jury” & “H.M.S. Pinafore” in Tanworth Village Hall, tickets for the Gilbert & Sullivan concerts on July 14th 15th & 16th  will be on sale £7.50 each in the Bell Post Office on Monday, Tuesday  & Wednesday mornings June 20th 21st & 22nd between 10am & 12noon . Any tickets remaining will be available from Grooming on the Green.
Bingo for Charity is being held at the Junior & Infants School in  Arden Rd. on Wednesday 15th June in aid of the Renal Unit, Birmingham Children’s Hospital as a ‘Thank You’ from Mary Cerulis for loving care  & attention given to her great niece who, after 3 years on dialysis for 8 hours nightly, now has a kidney transplant. 6.30pm for 7.00pm start.
Henley Wildlife Society Our first outdoor meeting on Tuesday 21st June is a guided tour around the Brandon Marsh reserve. Meet at the Market Cross at 6.30pm
Church Fete - Saturday 26th June in and around the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane from 2.00pm All the usual activities. Come and enjoy all the delights of a traditional village fete.
Henley-in-Arden Drama Society (HADS) are performing “Wind in the Willows” from Wednesday 22nd June to Saturday 25th with a matinee on Sunday 26th. The performances will take place in the Guild Hall Gardens (Bring a picnic - tables available) Evenings 7.15pm. Matinee 2.30pm - gates open earlier. Tickets Adults £10 Children £5 available from The Vanity Box. Tel: 01564 792773
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. Tickets £10.00 in aid of Memorial Hall Funds. We are kindly sponsored again this year by John Earle & Son and Lodders. For more information please phone Duncan on 793539 or Maijana on 794987
Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service If you think that you could serve your community, are over 18 years old and you live within 5 minutes of the Fire Station, have you considered becoming a part-time fire fighter? For more information contact Richard Butler 07974408977
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a co-ordinator. Please contact Annette Walker on 792837

Rural Housebound Service This is a partnership between Warwickshire County Council & Age Concern and is a free library service to housebound residents in rural areas of the county who *Do not have access to transport. *Do not have family or friends who can regularly exchange library books. *Are unable to visit
their local or mobile library.

Two volunteers visit homes once a month, bringing a selection of  books, talking books, music cassettes or jigsaws. If you are eligible or know of someone who might benefit, please contact Debbie Sly on 01926 851031

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

The Henley-in-Arden Bridge Club plays Duplicate Bridge of intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel and usually find time for a tipple, which may or may not improve our play!!. Play commences at 7.15 promptly. There are normally 5 - 8 tables and the club does not issue master points.

For further information please contact the Secretary - Christine Whitehouse on 01564 792993.

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