1st July 2005
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Oh, Noah, did’n it rain?

… as the old song goes. As we were coming back from Stratford the skies opened. Bearing in mind that on return from holiday I’d spent the whole of last Saturday morning mopping out the Heritage Centre after Friday night’s downpour I thought I’d better see whether my low-tech modifications to the drainage system had had any positive effect.

Briefly, they hadn’t. On arrival at the Centre I was met at the door by a wall of water being energetically pushed with brooms by Pam and Ken Kearsley, who were unfortunate enough to have been stewards of the afternoon. They were fighting a losing battle (but showing the resolute spirit of Nelson’s navy). Virtually the whole of the ground floor was awash, with delicate waterfalls flowing over the steps at various points. After debate with my fellow trustee Duncan Bainbridge we sought the help of Henley’s Fire Service and Richard Butler and his team arrived promptly, as the pictures here show. Sundry holes in the ground were poked and blasted, to some good effect. However, a final solution to the vexed question of where to send the gallons of water eluded us: it really is amazing how much water comes off a large roof during a serious storm.

The problem is not unusual in High Street properties. Drains are often a century old, often shared amongst properties and sometimes in doubtful condition. They are frequently, as in our case, simply not equal to the sheer volume of water which they have to handle. So it’s back to the drawing board for a more permanent solution: this is the fourth (and worst) flood this year.

Happily none of our artefacts seem to have been damaged, although the medieval lady in Room 1 (“Medieval Henley”) got her skirt wet. Floors and floor coverings took the brunt of it and for a while we had to close the Centre to visitors – a real pity in June, which is usually a busy month.

I am so grateful to Ken and Pam Kearsley for giving moral support and for manning the pumps against such formidable odds! And thanks also to Roger Sutton and Gordon Trinder for help with the next day’s clear-up operation.

Rain, rain go away – we’ve got enough to do today.

Report by Ray Holding - Heritage Centre Administrator
Photos by John Love

Forward House opening

Ray Chamberlain of Forward Midland and Henley Golf & Country Club, has invited Sir Digby Jones to preside at the official launch event of the new office complex at the north end of the High Street.

This new high quality development comprises a three storey office building with 51 car parking spaces in a secure basement with lift access to all levels. The building will be fully DDA compliant and will enjoy frontage onto the High Street. The Grade A accommodation includes raised access floors, suspended ceilings, building energy management and security system.

HADS production of 'Wind in the Willows'

Sunday Afternoon (26th June) was the final showing of what has been a magical production of Wind in the Willows. Staged in the guild hall gardens it created a much more dynamic setting for the classic children's novel.

Though it rained slightly on Friday night, the weather - in all was brilliant, Sunday's matinee was by far the best production, with the largest audience, and hottest weather.

Firefighters give safety warning

Firefighters in Stratford are urging residents to take more care with their rubbish after a skip and some rubbish bags were set alight.

The skip, which was in Church St and some rubbish bags off Chestnut Walk very near householders living in old town in Stratford, who on collection day leave their rubbish directly outside of their homes. Firefighters are concerned that if their bags were to be set alight, that they could then set fire to individuals homes or block a fire exist.

Area Risk Manager, Simon Ellershaw said: “We are very concerned that rubbish bags being left so close to the front doors are a fire risk and could easily be targeted by arsonists. If set alight the bags could pose a serious fire risk and would also block an exit from your home. What we are suggesting is that you place your rubbish further away from your property in order to ensure that both your home and your family are safe.”

Heavy rain causes flooding chaos

Emergency patients had to be diverted away from Warwick Hospital for several hours as torrential rain and thunder hit Warwickshire last Saturday (25th).

The hospital suffered "significant flooding" forcing ambulance crews with emergencies to divert to the Walsgrave and George Elliot Hospitals. But it was able to open again for emergency admissions after five hours. A spokeswoman for the hospital said its emergency planning had worked well and patients had been safe.
The aftermath of the downpour kept the emergency services busy across Coventry and Warwickshire. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service took more than 100 calls from flooded householders - with Warwick and Leamington Spa worst hit.

The Warwick Bypass was closed for several hours on Saturday morning due to flooding and traffic was diverted through the centre of Warwick.

Let's Go on a Winter Holiday

In the middle of Summer, Johnsons Coach Travel have told Henley NEWS on-line that they are already looking forward to Winter and Spring with a holiday show being held on Friday 8 July at their offices on Liveridge Hill, Henley-in-Arden.

The show follows hard on the heels of the launch of the company’s new Winter and Spring holiday, excursions and theatre programmes.

On holidays, the new brochure offers over 80 holidays and short breaks between October this year and April next year. Many old favourites included such as Turkey and Tinsel, Christmas Markets, Christmas Holiday and New Year breaks, together with themed holidays and general breaks in both the UK and Europe.

Rob Kingscott, Sales and Marketing Manager said “We are inviting both new and existing customers to come along, meet our staff, enjoy a 2 hour presentation with refreshments, raffles and prize draws. Our computer presentations always prove extremely popular and two are planned at 10am and 2pm. However we do urge people who wish to come along to pre-book by calling our main reception on 01564 797000 to reserve their place.”

Gaumont Memories for John Love

John Love, our Chief Photographer and Proprietor of the Vanity Box has filed the following report.

About a month ago, I received an email from Liverpool enquiring about my time as Manager of the Gaumont Theatre at Anfield.(48 years ago).

The building has been saved from developers in 1998, and over the last few years refurbished, by a religious group called Love & Joy. It was reopened in 2003 by the Duchess of Gloucester, as a community centre for the people in the area. Now renamed the Liverpool Lighthouse. I was invited to take part in an evenings entertainment called 'Gaumont Memories'.

I was asked to give a five minute talk on my memories as manager in the middle fifties and requested to wear a dinner suit. The exterior of the building has not altered much, but the interior has been completely refurbished with the original circle reseated, and the stalls floor brought up the circle level, to give a space for functions. Almost all of the art deco features of the building have been retained and expertly refurbished.

I was made very welcome by the ladies, and stayed over night at 'Epstein's Guest House', the family home of the Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Incidentally, I was at school with Brian Epstein in 1952.

John Love Reporting & Photos

Polocrosse Tournament

The first tournament for the 2005 season at the Arden Polocrosse Club will be held at Whitley Farm, Edge Lane this Saturday and Sunday 2nd and 3rd July.

The tournament, in the first instance, will be organised into Teams of six but entries will be considered for Sections in which case the Organisers reserve the right to combine sections from different clubs to form teams - if space is available.

New man at the helm in Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council is to appoint Jim Graham from West Berkshire as its new Chief Executive. The interview panel made its unanimous choice from a shortlist of seven earlier this week, and full Council has been asked to formally ratify the appointment.

The Council’s new boss has served as Chief Executive at West Berkshire Council – a unitary authority - for three and a half years, and is recognised as a leading figure in local government circles. Current Chief Executive, Ian Caulfield is bowing out after 18 years in the Warwickshire job, having recently steered the Council to an ‘excellent’ rating in the government’s CPA assessment programme. But the new man at the helm comes with a sparkling track record of his own - and a determination to take up the baton of improvement and make a real difference. West Berkshire, with its ‘one Council, many partners’ theme, was identified as one of the most improving councils during the last CPA cycle. Mr Graham says he believes in ‘can do’ cultures where the citizen and customer come first. He is, he says, drawn towards change – but wants staff to have ‘some space, some fun and to try other ways of working’.

Leader of the Council and chairman of the interview panel Cllr Alan Farnell was delighted with the appointment and said of the new CEO; “He is outward looking and wants very much to work with other agencies for the benefit of individual members of the public and the communities of Warwickshire. It’s an ambition shared by the political leadership, and we are all excited at the prospect of working with him.”

Jim Graham said : “I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured. It’s a great challenge, and a great county. I know I’ll be working with committed, mature politicians and a talented workforce. It will be my job to help them all focus even more sharply on the things that matter, and make us even better at what we do.”

Jim Graham started his career in local government in Hampshire in 1974. He was Director of Social Services at Plymouth before being offered the top job in West Berkshire. He is married with two children.

Letter to the Editor following last week's article on Nirex

NIREX has Warwickshire in its sights

This processed nuclear waste is mostly from other countries and is processed at Sellafield in Cumbria. Nirex made a proposal to build a storage facility under the beautiful hills in the Lake District. Thankfully this was blocked but there are places all over Cumbria owned by Nirex which are well fenced and guarded.

John Dalton of Nirex is quoted as saying that we have benefited from Nuclear but he did not say anything about the price which is now being paid.

Has he seen the dead beaches on the Cumbrian coast? Where every day the radioactive measurements are displayed. The seagulls fly over these beaches because their food sources are no longer there. Morecambe Bay is polluted by the Nuclear power plant at Heysham. I would never eat anything which came from that area. There is a high incidence of leukaemia in Cumbria and notebly in the shipyard at Barrow in Furness which has now closed.

People in Warwickshire do not appreciate the damage which has been done in Cumbria and should shout loud and clear to protect our lovely county.

Irene Robinson

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Our next networking meeting will be on Thursday 21st July at the Henley-in-Arden Golf & Country Club, starting at 11.30 am.

The guest speaker will be Paul Malin, who will be speaking on "How to survive a tax investigation". With the merger of the Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise, things will inevitably change. Add to that the £12 billion black hole on the nation's finances, the hardening attitude to any type of tax saving arrangement, the ever increasing number of stealth taxes and one can begin to appreciate that taxpayers may be in for a surprise or two. Paul will describe how such disputes can be more readily and cheaply resolved if certain key matters are addressed.

Please book early for this month's event using the downloadable booking form to pay by cheque. Alternatively, you can book and pay on the website using PayPal.


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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.
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.

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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