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Rotary Schools Music Festival
An audience of around 300 enthusiastic supporters attended the Annual Music Festival in Henley which acts as a showcase for some of the most talented young musicians in the area.
The evening, held last Wednesday (June 22) at Henley High School, and organised for the last 25 years by Henley Rotary Club, enjoyed the music provided by 20 acts from schools in Wootton Wawen, Alcester, Stratford, Henley, Claverdon, and Tanworth. The audience were able to enjoy a wide range of choral and instrumental music by choirs, bands and soloists.
There were many highlights provided by the youngsters including an excellent clarinet solo by Mollie Allen. Jack Harrison provided a piano solo of the highest order and then joined his sister Sophie in a duet in which he played cello and she the flute. Although both had played at the festival in previous years it was an exciting and poignant moment as they shared the platform together for the first time. The audience applauded with great enthusiasm.
Certificates were presented to all the participants by Rotary President Clive Jolliffe after he had congratulated them on their excellent contribution to an evening of high quality music and entertainment. He also thanked Rotarian Alan James for his hard work in organising the event and the ladies of Henley Inner Wheel Club for providing the refreshments.
The compere, Rotarian John Latham, commented that Rotary was proud to be associated with the achievement of Performing Arts status for the High School by providing a grant of £5,000 towards the schools bid. This would bring around £400,000 in extra funding to the school in the next few years. We all waited with great anticipation to enjoying the outcome of this investment with the High School’s contribution to next years Music Festival.
Rotarian John Latham reporting
Protecting the homes of Henley-In-Arden
The Environment Agency has announced that over the summer essential maintenance work will be undertaken along the river Alne in Henley in Arden. This is to enhance flood protection for at-risk properties and is essential to maintain the level of flood protection to the town. The Environment Agency has prepared the following special report for Henley NEWS on-line readers.
In 1981, we undertook a flood alleviation scheme through Henley-in-Arden to realign and increase the flood capacity of the River Alne. The scheme included the construction of two flood relief channels and localised flood banks to provide the town with a 1 in 100-year standard of defence.
Over time the natural river process has built up the riverbed through the deposition of gravel. This has decreased the effectiveness of the flood protection by reducing the overall channel capacity. Our maintenance works will involve the removal of these obstructions so that Henley will remain protected for years to come.
We will also be undertaking erosion control measures to stabilise specific areas, which are in a poor condition. Revetment stone will be used to retain the riverbank and prevent further erosion.
Access routes will be created to allow the machinery to track close to the river. Some access routes will be temporary and will be reinstated following completion of the works. Other access routes will be permanent for future maintenance purposes.
We will modify three weirs between Blackford Bridge (A4189) and the Medical Centre in order to allow fish access upstream. The weirs currently prevent fish from moving along the river, and also create deeper pools that are silting up. We will be conducting river modeling to identify possible requirements for future maintenance works to improve the flood defence capacity.
River Alne in flood summer 1999 in the area where the weirs are to be removed. Photos by Helen Knight of Prince Harry Road.
This is an environmentally sensitive scheme due to the nature of the works and the presence of protected wildlife. Our biodiversity officers are working closely with the Flood Risk Management team to ensure work does not affect the local habitat.
The River Alne is home to several species of fish including brown trout, bullheads and there are great crested newts in a nearby pond. The River also supports several colonies of the native White-Clawed crayfish.
Whilst works are being carried out we aim to minimise the impact on Henley residents. Our working hours will be within agreed times and operations monitored closely to ensure best practice. A public open day to outline the proposed works will be announced over forthcoming weeks.
The Environment Agency Press Office
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.
BURGLARY DWELLING Between 07:30 hours and 08:22 hours on Friday 3rd June unknown offender/s have entered a house on Blind Lane, Tanworth, through a rear window. The offender/s have taken a set of car keys from within and made off from the scene with the vehicle, a silver SABB 9-3 Aero. Incident number 114 of 3rd June refers
Between 23:30 hours and 08:20 hours on Tuesday 14th June unknown offender/s have used a clothesline to collect car keys via the letterbox of a house in Shutt Lane, Earlswood. Offender/s have then made off with a blue Citroen C3 motor vehicle. Incident number 98 of 14th June refers
AUTOCRIME Sometime before 04:40 hours on Friday 10th June unknown offender/s have pushed a Metro motor vehicle, which was parked secure and unattended on Johnson Place, Henley 100 yards down the road and then abandoned said vehicle. Incident number 57 of 10th June refers
Sometime before 12:28 hours on Friday 10th June unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Metro motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Warwick Road, Henley. Incident number 226 of 10th June refers
Between 22:30 hours on Monday 13th June and 09:00 hours on Tuesday 14th June unknown offender/s have stolen a car stereo from a Peugeot 206 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Penn Lane, Tanworth. Incident number 182 of 14th June refers
Between 12:30 hours on Thursday 16th June and 07:00 hours on Friday 17th June unknown offender/s have forced the drivers door lock of a motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Highfield Close, Snitterfield. Offender/s have stolen £600.00 worth of fishing tackle from within. Incident number 99 of 17th June refers
OTHER INCIDENTS/SIGHTINGS At approximately 03:42 hours on Tuesday 7th June an unknown person has been disturbed by a dog in the porch of a house in Shutt Lane, Earlswood. Offender has then made off in an unknown direction. Incident number 33 of 7th June refers
BE AWARE If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
Parish Church Newsletter
The Rector, John Ganjavi, writes in this month's parish church newsletter.
Henley in Arden is the dance capital of Warwickshire! During the year, we have had Tap, Sequence, Ballroom and Latin American dance Groups meeting in the Church Hall. It's great to dance, whatever is your choice. It's also great fun to learn new steps. It all seems so simple when you watch others dance, but have a go, yourself, and it's a different story! Thank goodness we learnt to do very complicated actions, like walking, when we were very very young!
We learn so easily when we are very young; we are like a sponge, absorbing information, mimicking others around us and literally learning to stand on our own two feet. We also pick up other people's habits, opinions, lifestyles and prejudices. At the recent general election someone told me that they voted for a particular party because their grandfather supported it!
It is useful,, however, to stop from time to time and think about what we think, say, do and believe. It is useful, very occasionally, to stop and ask ourselves 'What am I like, and why'?
At baptism services, I remind the congregation that when a child is old enough to think for themselves, they should revisit their baptism service, understand what it means, and accept or reject the faith for themselves.
If you were brought up to go to church, and still attend, have you ever asked yourself why? If you were brought up not to go to church, and still don't, have you ever asked yourself why? Somebody once told me that they don't go to church because their family has never been a churchgoing family!
We learn simple things and complicated things when we are very young. But now, you - what do you think? What do you make of it all?
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK MAY 2005 Approx. £2280 was raised by the door to door calls made by about 40 collectors representing the churches of Henley. This total will increase by approx. £300 when the Gift Aided element is notified. Thanks to the people of Henley whose generosity made this possible. This will enable Christian Aid, through their partner organisations, to bring basic necessities like water, health care and education to many poor communities in
the developing world.
The Gastronomic Walkers
The Wood at Rowington
Last Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, so the decision was made for a longer than usual walk from Henley to Warwickshire’s latest country restaurant and bar The Wood at Rowington, formerly know as Tom 'O' The Wood, and after a six mile walk, this turned out to be a great idea.
We started our journey at St John’s church and took the footpath that leads past the infant school, across the playing field and up onto Edge Lane. From here, we followed the footpath to Church farm, stopping to admire the wonderful views of the Warwickshire countryside. Then it was up the hill passed Preston Bagot church and down on to the Stratford canal. Turning left, we followed the towpath, a very pleasant shady walk on a hot morning until we came to the bridge just passed the Fleur de Lye pub. From here we continued by road, turning right into Mill lane until we came to Rowington and The Wood at Rowington. Set in beautiful picturesque countryside, alongside the Grand Union canal. The 150-year-old landmark building has been completely refurbished.
You can eat in the dining room, conservatory or bar. We made the decision to eat in the cool of the spacious bar area. For our first course we had a tasty and perfectly prepared crispy duck salad with sweet soy sauce and delicious steak with home made hand cut chips. This was followed by delightful iced rhubarb and apple gateau, and a mouth watering chocolate desert. We drank two glasses of white wine and two glasses of iced cold water.
We were highly impressed with the ambiance and enjoyed chatting to Claude, the debonair manager, about his 'friendly ghosts'.
It was then time to retrace our steps back to Henley, we both agreed that it had been a delightful experience and another outstanding pub for the residents of Henley to walk to. Allow 2 hours to walk to The Wood at Rowington.
DL & MM
Medical Centre Liaison meeting
Dr. Richard Seymour Mead gave a general introduction, and patient representatives gave good feedback on the recent newsletter. As a result of the last meeting, there is now a large-print practice leaflet available for patients with sight problems. In conjunction with this, it was reported that the Henley Blind Club currently has spaces for more members - details available from the Medical Centre. Nurse Practitioner Sarah Smith, Practice Nurse Pat Holloway, Healthcare Assistant Eleanor Tomes and Phlebotomist Jacquie Wright all gave a brief summary of their roles in the practice, monitoring such diseases as Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease, Asthma and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. They answered questions from patients present.
There was discussion of the provision of out-of-hours medical care, at times when the Medical Centre is closed. Dr. Seymour Mead reported that the Primary Care Trust, responsible for the organisation of this, were currently reviewing this relatively new service, and that the report was due in July.
He agreed to report back on this at the next meeting.
He also reported on a recent visit to the practice from a Shakespeare Hospice liaison representative, who had explained about current efforts to change the 'image' of the Hospice to a more positive one, emphasising the excellent range of complementary therapies available there for patients.
The addition of the name 'The Life Well' would, she felt, emphasise the resources available.
Practice Manager Linda undertook to prepare a Summer newsletter.
The Practice team would like to hear from you with ideas for the Patient Participation Group to pursue.
Hayley Syratt, Clerk to Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council has advised Henley NEWS on-line of a vacancy on the Joint Parish Council.
Hayley has told us: "The process is first to advertise the vacancy in terms of whether the electorate wish to have an election to fill the vacancy. If ten electorate sign a letter addressed to the registration officer at SDC saying they want an election by 29th June then there will be a formal election. If not then it goes to the JPC for co-option - as the 29th has not come and gone i have not yet advertised the co-option vacancy. If it does go to election but only one candidate puts themselves forward there is no election either that person just automatically gets elected."
A copy of the electors rights vacancy poster is shown on The Henley Notice Board below.
The Spa at Henley-in-Arden
Warwickshire College has now completed the refurbishment of the grade II listed Arden House, to create The Spa at Henley-in-Arden, a peaceful haven where you can relax, rejuvenate and restore your wellbeing. The Spa offers an extensive range of facilities; you can choose to pop in for a manicure, facial or massage, or spend a whole luxurious day enjoying a treatment and unrestricted use of the sauna, steam and aromatherapy relaxation suite and the reviving foot spa and spa pool. A delicious complimentary light lunch and drinks are all included, as are robes, towels and slippers.
As an introduction to The Spa, a special package of taster treatments, lasting half a day have been created, where you will be pampered with a range of relaxing, rejuvenating therapies.
Why not take advantage of these special half Spa Days and linger in the relaxation suite:
All the above treatments last for 25 minutes. Your half Day Spa experience will also include towels, robes and slippers, a light lunch and non alcoholic drinks.
Introductory Spa Days cost just £35.00 and are arranged in two time slots:
10.00am – 1.00pm or 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Alternatively, you can benefit from 10% off any other Spa treatment. These special offers are only available until 1st September 2005, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Booking Line – 01564 797833
Schools take the healthy option
Schools in Warwickshire are to be rewarded for showing how healthy they are. They have been carrying out a number of improvements to gain accreditation under the Warwickshire Healthy Promoting School Scheme.
Schools can be awarded a bronze, silver or gold mark through the scheme. To qualify, they have to carry out a number of investigations into various aspects of school life. In total 52 schools have now achieved at least one accreditation: five in North Warwickshire, 13 in Nuneaton and Bedworth borough, ten in Rugby borough, 13 in Warwick district and 11 in Stratford district. Approximately twenty schools that have completed a level of the scheme most recently will be invited to receive their awards at Shire Hall in Warwick on Monday 20 June.
Areas that schools can tackle as part of their progress are wide ranging. They can include healthy eating, sport, drug education, emotional well being, social inclusion and alcohol and tobacco education.
To qualify for the bronze award, schools must undertake three development tasks and produce and implement a plan for improvement. Depending on the needs of the school, they can then build on their achievements for bronze and develop this further, or explore other areas, as they work towards the silver and gold awards.
The scheme is administered by Warwickshire County Council and works with a number of partner organisations around the county to ensure that the standards being met reach national levels. Project manager Mindy Chillery said: “Schools realise how important it is to give the right messages about healthy living to their students. Not only have a large number of schools reached the point where they are being accredited for their efforts, but they are genuinely ambitious to create healthy learning environments. They are staying involved with the scheme and pushing themselves to a higher level, and I would expect that in time we see more achieving the Gold mark – which requires a lot of effort but is very rewarding.”
Police warning over Security equipt sales
Police in South Warwickshire are warning people to be alert to companies making unsolicited calls offering free home security surveys and advice. Community safety officers warned that some unscrupulous businesses were seeking opportunities to sell poor quality security equipment at very high prices.
A man from Lime Road, Southam, alerted police after he received a telephone call yesterday, June 15, from a company offering free security advice as part of Police Security Awareness week.
The caller said the company's products were endorsed by police and tried to make an appointment for a representative to visit. PC Nick Stephens, from Stratford District community safety department, stressed that there was no such initiative as Police Security Awareness Week. He warned householders to be alert to pushy techniques used by security equipment sales people.
Some security companies are looking for opportunities to be asked to carry out a so-called free surveys and offer advice. They will then use hard sales techniques to pressurise people into buying inferior security products at vastly inflated prices. Anyone who receives a cold telephone call of this nature must be very wary. Police do not endorse individual companies or any security products but community safety officers are always willing to offer advice on home security and crime prevention.
PC Stephens advised any residents concerned about home security to contact the Stratford district community safety team on 01789 414111 extension 4598.
More funding to help car industry
A £7.5m package has been announced to help companies in the West Midlands affected by the collapse of MG Rover. The cash, which comes from Advantage West Midlands, is expected to assist 1,000 automotive supply companies.
A spokesman for the Accelerate Programme said the money would help businesses to expand and survive. Chairman of Rover Task Force Nick Paul said the money would also help firms to "lead the world in product innovation and operational performance".
He added: "Whilst practical support remains the backbone of the offering there is also renewed commitment towards boosting the sector's profile in both the UK and overseas." This includes government lobbying and a number of best practice visits, where local companies can showcase their expertise to foreign delegates."
The Accelerate Programme is already helping 1,700 automotive firms and the extra funding will mean the scheme can continue for another three years. John Edwards, chief executive of Advantage West Midlands, said the automotive industry was extremely important to the future of the West Midlands. "We are absolutely delighted to add our support to a project that has safeguarded over 20,000 jobs and assisted in excess of 1,700 companies."
Nuclear storage in Warwickshire
Reactions ranging from anger to apathy have greeted news that towns and villages in Warwickshire have been considered as nuclear waste dumps. Warwick, Kineton, Wellesbourne, Gaydon and Wroxall were among hundreds of places across the county listed as potential storage sites for radioactive materials - some of which could remain lethal for thousands of years. The proposals were mooted in the late 1980s, but have been released only now under the Freedom of Information Act.
And it is this unwillingness to be open that most angers Friends of the Earth's West Midlands spokesman Chris Crean. He said: "The industry has lived in a cloud of secrecy for far too long. "It's taken a Freedom of Information request to get this into the open. Everything to do with this issue should be dealt with in an open and transparent manner - the industry has had access to this information since 1991, and it's up to the industry to become more open and accountable."
Some argue such secrecy is necessary to avoid panic - but Mr Crean believes this approach is counter-productive. He said: "The reason people are panicked is that the industry has a record of secrecy and covering up accidents."
Responding to the criticism, John Dalton, corporate communications manager for Nirex, a government body dealing with nuclear waste disposal, said: "Government policy was that we could not release this list for fear of causing public disquiet and a potential blight on communities. There was no conspiracy dreamt up - it was thought the best way to proceed at the time. But one of the lessons from our mistakes in recent years is that we have to engage the public in the debate about how we deal with nuclear waste, and openness is essential if people are to gain confidence in nuclear power. We have benefited from the nuclear world in which we live, and it's not fair to leave it to future generations to deal with. It's not just a technical problem - it's social and environmental as well."
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Henley-in-Arden Drama Society (HADS)
“Wind in the Willows”
Wednesday 22nd June to Saturday 25th
with a matinee on Sunday 26th.
in the Guild Hall Gardens (Bring a picnic)
Evenings 7.15pm. Matinee 2.30pm.
Tickets Adults £10 Children £5 available from The Vanity Box.
Tel: 01564 792773
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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 W.I. meet on Tuesday 5th July in the Memorial Hall for “Memories Revisited - The Why, What & How of Photo Restoration” with Steve Jenkins. Please bring a photo of yourself aged 20-30! Visitors welcome.
STRAWBERRY TEAS will be served by the W.I. on Saturday 9th July 3-5 pm in the Baptist Church Hall raising money for the appeal for the DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT at Warwick Hospital. Please support us.
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY meet at the Market Cross at 6.30pm on Tuesday 19th July for a Nature Walk in the Stoneleigh Area. Phone David Evason in you need transport.
ESTEE LAUDER EVENING Leading Skincare Beauty Expert, Christine Cartwright comes to Henley on Wednesday 20th July in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane 7.00 for for 7.30pm start. Tickets £5.00 (Redeemable against any purchase on the night) Enquiries & Tickets contact the Rectory 01564 792570
“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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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