10th June 2005
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Parking Tickets - Never on Sunday

On Sunday morning (June 5th), perhaps like several other people I found a parking ticket attached to my car which was parked on Henley High Street. The car as parked in a marked space directly beneath a parking information sign fixed to a pole. The sign clearly states that parking restrictions only apply Monday to Saturday.

Almost all parking in Henley is derestricted on a Sunday, apart from double yellow lines outside One Stop and Somerfields, which is a blind spot for traffic wardens.

Why do we allow our Council to employ a parking services company which wastes our money by sending traffic wardens to patrol derestricted streets on Sundays, especially wardens with reading difficulties?

I now have to waste my time and money appealing against this ticket. How many other people were ticketed on a Sunday and being unaware of the restrictions, paid the fine? .

Alan Robson

Contact details of the District Council's Parking Services Team, phone 01789 260691 or email at parking@stratford-dc.gov.uk or fax on 01789 260007.

Rotary Walk - This Sunday

The annual Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club walk takes place this Sunday (12th).

Paul 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 now all complete and he is hoping for a very enjoyable event.

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 at the mid-point of 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.

Henley's U10’s in their first International

Henley Forest U10’s team had a great trip to Germany with tough but exciting games and a fun and action packed programme

The Henley team with Schwegenheim team and Carl, the referee, who was from Henley.

The recent trip to Germany by the Henley Forest Football Club Under 10`s team was a social and sporting success. Even after losing both games, in sweltering 30 degree heat, against the two more experienced teams of Schwegenheim and Offenbach (6:1 and 7:2 respectively), the whole team and their parents had a fun packed weekend in Germany.

Sorin Radu, a DFB coach and former National Team Player of the Rumanian National Team, welcomed the Henley visitors and acted as host throughout. Sorin is a professional coach who runs a DFB funded football training school, and coaches a number of teams in the Lustadt area.

Shortly after arriving the Henley team was treated to a training session in Lustadt, followed by a lads and dads game. Day two saw an action packed session at the Holiday Park Hassloch which was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the 24 participants. The activities continued in the late afternoon with the first game against Schwegenheim, photographed right. Henley were competing against the tropical temperatures as well as the more experienced team of Schwegenheim. Never the less the game was thoroughly enjoyed by every one including the around 80 spectators who came especially for that game which was advertised in the local papers and on posters all around the village.

The game was followed by a well organized social evening which later developed into an “All European Game” where German, English, Turkish, Swedish and Italian dads where playing against the same national mix of lads of an amazing age range from 9 to 16 years. A very enjoyable game which saw all the different nationalities playing together leaving all language and national barriers behind.

On Sunday, the team faced an even tougher game against local league toppers Offenbach and even higher temperatures. However the Henley Forest team won the penalty shoot out which took place after the game, which was very motivating for the team. The day continued with a visit to a local open air beer and wine fest, where the lads had non stop rides on the bumper cars and the mums and dads enjoyed the local food and beverage specialties. Another highlight of the day was a wine tasting session in a local vineyard.

The entire team was so excited after the trip that everyone voted to do it again next year. It was a great team building experience which everyone would like to see as an annual event.

The team would like to thank again the main sponsors of the trip:

Johnson's Coaches, Henley-in-Arden
Hockley Building Services Ltd, Marston Green
BUFAB UK Ltd., Redditch
Henley Ice Cream Shop

And the following businesses who contributed Raffle prices for a Raffle conducted at the Clubs awards night on the 6th May 05 in aid of the German Trip:

Comfort Inn Kensington, part of Choice Hotels Europe, Johnsons Coaches, The Nags Head, Maridati Restaurant, Somerfield and the local Treshers shop.

JPC Meeting on Monday 9th June 2008

Eleven members of the public joined the open forum at Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council’s meeting on Monday night (6th June). Some were raising issues related to the planning application to construct an office development to land off Bear Lane in Henley but others addressed the council about the offer of water to the councils Allotment site and in support of the planning application by St Mary’s Roman Catholic School to replace a single temporary classroom with a double temporary classroom.

Once the councils meeting was officially called to order following the closure of the open forum, members went on to express their disappointment at Stratford on Avon District Councils decision to implement a new CCTV network in Wellesborne this financial year, they had had hopes of cameras in Henley-in-Arden. However they did note that the district council’s corporate aim was to implement two schemes by 2008 and they could therefore only hope that Henley would be looked at favourably at a later stage.

The Inspectors Report on Stratford-on-Avon District Local Plan first and revised deposit versions published in May was discussed at length. This report sets out the planning inspectorate’s conclusions and recommendations following the public inquiry which was held between November 2003 and July 2004. Although Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council’s objections to the revised local plan were dealt with in full councillors were particularly concerned about the inspectors recommendations with regard to land comprising of approximately 1.5 hectares off High Street known locally as the old Abrasives Developments site. The revised local plan allocates this site for Class B1 and B2 industrial development and this allocation was supported by the parish council throughout the review process but the inspector has recommended that the Local Plan be modified by the replacement of the proposal with an allocation of the site for mixed-use development including residential use (including a proportion of affordable units) and Class B1 industrial development. This would go against the findings of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Parish Plan 2004 which seeks amongst its policies to retain employment sites in the town following recent spates of business closures. Members concluded that the next stage of the Local Plans revision needed to be monitored closely and they asked District Councillor Stephen Thirlwell to investigate at what stage objections to the inspector’s recommendations could be raised.

Later in the meeting, members resolved not to speak at the planning appeal by Henley Golf & Country Club for a 40 bedroom dormy house at the golf club on the Birmingham Road. This planning application has been a controversial one for the Parish Council with the differing views of council members causing heated debate. The site lies within the green belt, and with strong green belt policy against the application along with policies in Warwickshire Structure Plan and Stratford-on-Avon District Local Plan Review the District Planning Authority considered the construction of such a large building containing bedroom accommodation would constitute inappropriate development. It was in conflict with Green Belt policy and would harm the openness of the green belt. But parish council members are also aware of local issues and at the planning consultation stage they did consider the employment opportunities that may be created by the proposal and the addition of facilities for the town. It’s these diverse needs - protecting the green belt, which residents reinforced was very important to do via the Parish Appraisal, Village Design Statement and Parish Plan processes and promoting a local business which have caused disagreement. They did resolved to object to the application in October 2004 because of its discord with green belt policy but some council members still feel strongly about the promotion of the Golf Club as a whole so the debate to send a representative to the appeal was lost. It was however noted that a representative from Campaign to Protect Rural England would be addressing the enquiry.

The next meeting of the council and its Annual Meeting will be on Monday 20th 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.

Hayley Syratt
Clerk to the JPC

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.

The relatives of an elderly lady have informed Police that on Tuesday 24th May unknown offender/s have gone to the house in Cherry Orchard, Henley made a search of various papers in one of the bedrooms and stolen a purse from within. No other details surrounding distraction burglary are present at this time.
Incident number 434 of 28th May refers

At approximately 09:50 hours on Saturday 28th May an unknown male offender has called at an address on Liverdge Hill, Henley stating that he was from the Gas Board and that there was a leak in the area. The offender has turned on the TV, fire and cooker in the house and has searched through draws in one of the bedrooms. No property has been stolen.
Incident number 275 of 28th May refers

Between 00:30 hours and 10:30 hours on Sunday 22nd May unknown offender/s have stolen both VRM plates from a VW Beetle motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on the High Street, Henley.
Incident number 210 of 22nd May refers

At approximately 18:00 hours on Wednesday 25th May a known offender has been arrested in a stolen Honda accord from Earlswood a few days previously.
Incident number 231 of 25th May refers

Between 09:00 hours and 14:30 hours on Friday 27th May unknown offender/s have entered an insecure van parked on Broad Lane, Tanworth and have stolen a stihl saw from within.
Incident number 161 of 27th May refers

Between 23:30 hours on Tuesday 31st May and 07:10 hours on Wednesday 1st June unknown offenders have smashed the window of a Nissan 4X4 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. Offender/s have stolen a pair of Binoculars from within.
Incident number 120 of 1st June refers

It has been reported to Police that elderly residents in Aspley Heath Lane, Tanworth are very distresses regarding youths who gather in the lane and who are allegedly causing a nuisance by drinking and smoking drugs whilst driving cars and motorbikes.
Incident number 493 of 23rd May refers

At approximately 10:30 hours on Monday 30th May sighting of a big cat, described as a small lion, in Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. Animal has taken seven ducks from the area.

At approximately 02:55 hours on Thursday 2nd June a male carrying a torch has been disturbed on a driveway in Malthouse Lane, Earlswood, looking at a car.
Incident number 39 of 2nd June refers

On Friday 20th May following a Pro-active approach by Police to drug dealing in local Alcester pubs, two local males were arrested for supplying controlled drugs. Enquiries are continuing.

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

White Swan launch carvery

Steve Johnston, Manager at the White Swan, has told Henley NEWS on-line that they are currently in the process of turning the restaurant in to a carvery. It will open in the new format on Sunday the 26th June.

Steve also said, "We have now got the Red Dragon Jazz Band back here and they perform upstairs in our refurbished function room and bar every 2nd Wednesday. The next event will be on the 15th June. This has proven to be a success so far and hopefully will continue to do so."

"We have now got all seven of the hotel rooms fully refurbished along with the "Johnson Suite", this being a rather special room with a 4 poster bed, decorated and furnished to match the character and charm of the hotel."

To contact Steve at the White Swan, call 01564 792623.

Wildlife expedition to quarry

4th June saw the Henley Wildlife Society making a visit to Waverly Wood Quarry near Bubbenhall for a geology field trip. The visit was led by Jon Radcliffe, Warwickshire County Geologist, and the quarry owners, Smiths Concrete Company.

In the picture you can see some society members viewing the Thrussington overburden (a glacial deposit) and the Baginton sand and gravel layer which is predominantly sand in its upper zone. Mercia Mudstone, the clay layer that we sometimes find in our gardens in Henley and Ullenhall, lies hidden just below the gravel. Jon Radcliffe explained that the sand and gravel was formed by an enormous river (the Bytham River) about half a million years ago.

This river did not flow over the Henley region. John showed us fossils from straight-tusked elephants (now extinct), which are found here from time to time. They have also discovered some stone axe heads from the same period, which are from pre homo sapiens men. A representative of the quarry also explained how the quarry worked and how they halt quarrying operations where sand martins nest. There is cooperation between the quarry and university experts to allow for site investigations.

Penny and John Stott

Green light for seatbelts in school buses

Cllr John Burton, cabinet member for Schools, said, "I would like to reassure parents that school transport is already very safe to use. This is making it even safer"

Members of Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet have voted to phase in seatbelts on all buses used by school children in Warwickshire that currently do not have them.
Seatbelts are to be fitted on all buses used by school children in Warwickshire.

Members of Warwickshire County Council’s Cabinet have voted to phase in seatbelts to buses that currently do not have them. Detailed costs and a timetable for change will now be drawn up by officials. It is planned that buses used by primary school children will be the first to be converted.

Further work will be needed on the details of a phased programme for school transport used by secondary school pupils to have seatbelts fitted as and when the financial resources are available.
The recommendations were made following a review into Home School Transport by a working party of councillors earlier this year.

The investigation found that approximately 9,450 pupils under the age of 16 travel on home to school transport in Warwickshire, with a little under half of them currently using vehicles fitted with seatbelts.

Henley NEWS on-line asked Johnsons Coaches to comment on the Warwickshire County Council's plan. Below is Director Peter Johnson's comments:

We would agree with Councillor Burton & would go further to say that statistically, travelling in a bus or coach to school is seven times safer than in a private car. However, there is always room for improvement and fitting seatbelts to buses will help.

However, we all have to understand the practicalities involved, given that we have already been through this with the fitment of seatbelts to coaches, ten years ago. We run 24 school contracts a day on both buses and coaches and continually struggle to encourage children to belt up.

At the moment there is no responsibility, or enforcement to ensure that belts are worn in buses if fitted or coaches. All the operator can do is strongly recommend their use. With coaches this has been the case for nearly ten years. The main issue is that of enforcement campaigners are missing the point if they believe that fitting belts will make their children safer. Someone must accept the legal responsibility to make sure children are seated, belts are used and children stay seated throughout the journey.

We train our drivers to do their best against a background of keeping to time and road congestion. However, the driver in our view, should be more concerned and rightly so, about driving than acting as an attendant. Most routes that transport children of primary school age have an attendant whose job is to do those house keeping duties, which is fairly successful. However, with senior school children, whose behaviour at times, is more difficult to control, the driver is acting alone with no law to back him up.

It is our view, therefore, that the wearing of seat belts after a certain age, i.e. age 11, or year 7, is the responsibility of the individual and the fitting & maintenance of seatbelts is that of the operator. Then it is for the consumer to pay for belts through higher fares & increased council tax and central government to clear up the matter of who is responsible for what, at what age !!

Term dates for 2006/2007

The term and holiday dates for Warwickshire Schools in the 2006/2007 academic year have been set by Warwickshire County Council.

The dates were agreed by the Cabinet at their meeting last week. They are as follows:

Autumn term:
Monday 4 September to Friday 20 October, and 30 October to 22 December 2006.

Spring term:
Tuesday 9 January 2007 to 9 February, 19 February to 30 March.

Summer term:
Monday 16 April 2007 to 25 May, 4 June to 20 July.

In addition, two Teacher Days have been set, with three additional days to be fixed by schools. They are 1 September 2006 and 8 January 2007.

Lions stroll on in the park

Hot on the heals of yet another successful Fun Run Knowle and Dorridge Lions are now launching their 4th Stroll and Picnic on Sunday 17 July in aid of Diabetes UK. As part of the Walk in the Park series of over 60 walks across the country, the Lions are hoping to attract strollers to raise funds for local diabetes projects, and local Lions causes.

"Anyone who said they were unable to run 5 miles in the Knowle Fun Run now have an opportunity to take part in something less strenuous, the shortest walk is only 1 mile, and afterwards the Lions will lay on a full barbeque so walkers can picnic in Packwood House grounds." says Lion Mike Colvin.

‘"It is not too early to enter and start collecting pledges for this worthy cause. This year we have free T-shirts for all pre-registered walkers, so hope that we shall attract even more strollers than last year when our walk helped to take the total raised since 1999 by Walk in the Park around the country to more than £700,000."

There will be a choice of 1,2, 4 or 8-mile walks around the footpaths and country lanes all starting and ending at Packwood National Trust House just outside Solihull, the longer ones passing through the grounds of both Packwood and Baddesley Clinton Houses and by country pubs. Everyone wishing to take part must register in advance. Entry packs are available from Mike on 01564 775711 or can be downloaded from the Diabetes UK website www.Diabetes.org.uk/walk

The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board

Henley SCAN
Senior Citizens Action Network

Wednesday 15 June
10.30am at The Baptist Church

Guest Speaker

Chief Inspector Andy Johnson

Warwickshire Police

Everybody Welcome - Admission - Free Refreshments
Further information from Cyril Benger 793426 or Janet Chisholm 793078

Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

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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 Marijana 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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