8th July 2005
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A Swinging Social Event

On a day when the eyes of world were on Sir Bob Geldof and Live 8, Henley had its own al fresco musical feast in the Guild Hall Gardens.

Last Saturday, 180 fun lovers of the town had a great evening dancing to the sounds of the Ad Hoc Jazz Band and enjoying fine food and wine under the balmy summer skies (…..it didn’t rain).

The evening which was kindly sponsored by two of Henley’s leading companies, John Earle & Son and Lodders Solicitors, raised £1,200 for the Memorial Hall thanks to the efforts of the organisers, Duncan and Marijana Bainbridge.

Our picture left, shows Marijana Bainbridge checking the 180 bowls of strawberries just before they were served.

Among the local high society enjoying the music and a picnic were, from left to right, Tony and Pauline Holdback, Dawn Leech, Yvonne and Richard Rogers, and Maggie Motherwell.

As the evening came to its finale with a fabulous fireworks display and serenades from the Halesowen nightingales. We were left to ponder, as far as Henley is concerned, if Bainbridge didn’t now equate to Geldof amongst the great impresarios of our time.

Heritage Centre has a New Website

Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre has a new website at www.heritagehenley.org.uk

The website’s designers Oneightwo Interactive worked closely with the Heritage Centre to develop a site which reflects the style and content of the Centre and gives a sense of the history of the town and townsfolk of Henley. The new site was to be accessible and easy to use, making contact with the Centre as easy as possible - a key requirement for the many schools, other educational establishments and adult groups wishing to arrange visits.

Ray Holding, Heritage Centre Administrator, said that one objective was to tickle the appetite of site visitors without giving the whole story away, so as to encourage people to come and visit in person. The technical framework was important: Oneeighttwo began by replacing the existing web address with the more memorable www.heritagehenley.org.uk and before building the site itself they ensured that the Centre had a versatile range of email accounts in place, so as to ease the process of making contact with the Centre. The next step was to develop a logical site architecture and navigation system ensuring that visitor’s paths through the site are clear and easily followed.

Then, using images from the Centre’s extensive photographic archive and smaller detail pictures of exhibits on show, the site was given a a unique look and feel, reflecting the depth and quality of the Heritage Centre’s archives and artifacts, without the site itself looking dated. One feature of the site is that it enables the site visitor to “walk round the house”, going from room to room.

The new site was completed in May and after a ‘soft launch’ (which saw website visitor numbers increase dramatically) and a subsequent testing period it is now officially launched. Its most important link is that with South Warwickshire Tourism (SWT), by which it is “on show” to the thousands of people world-wide who use STW’s websites for booking holidays in the area.

Ray Holding said, “Already, many children who come with school parties report having enjoyed touring the site beforehand! The young are always a jump ahead with the technology!”

With an ongoing search engine optimisation programme and expandable site design, the Centre now has a website that will serve it well for many years to come.

Visit the new site at: www.heritagehenley.org.uk

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.

Sometime before 17:40 hours on Friday 17th June unknown offender/s have entered an integral garage of a house on Whithorse Hill, Snitterfield. No further details are present at this time.
Incident number 441 of 17th June refers

Sometime between Sunday 19th June and Thursday 23rd June unknown offender/s have gained entry to an integral garage of a house on Broad Lane, Tanworth. Offender/s have then stolen a lawnmower from within.
Incident number 297 of 23rd June refers

Sometime before 07:45 hours on Friday 24th June unknown offender/s have gained entry to a workshop on the Birmingham Road, Pathlow. Offender/s have stolen an off road motorcycle and a chainsaw from within.
Incident number 127 of 24th June refers

At approximately 00:14 hours on Saturday 25th June unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a retail premises on the High Street, Henley. Offender/s have stolen two bottles of Stella from within.
Incident number 294 of 25th June refers

Between 17:50 hours on Tuesday 21st June and 05:50 hours on Wednesday 22nd June unknown offender/s have punched the drivers door lock of a VW Passat motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Littleworth, Henley.
Incident number 87 of 22nd June refers

Between 16:00 hours and 17:00 hours on Tuesday 21st June unknown offender/s have stolen the registration plates from a Ford Focus motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Grange Road, Bearley.
Incident number 459 of 21st June refers

Between 19:00 hours on Tuesday 21st June and 11:45 hours on Wednesday 22nd June unknown offender/s have entered a Mercedes A Class motor vehicle parked unattended on Yew Tree Gardens, Henley. Offender/s have stolen a Sony Radio and Sunglasses from within.
Incident number 442 of 22nd June refers

Between 23:00 hours on Saturday 25th June and 04:45 hours on Sunday 26th June unknown offender/s have stolen a Gilera GSM 50cc motorcross bike from Umberslade Road, Earlswood by unknown means.
Incident number 203 of 26th June refers

Sometime between Friday 3rd June and Sunday 5th June unknown offender/s have smashed 10 panes of stained glass windows at Snitterfield Methodist Church.
Incident number 168 of 20th June refers

At approximately 0310 hours on Tuesday 21st June offender/s in a stolen van from a car key break in Birmingham have been disturbed stealing garden furniture from house Broad Lane, Tanworth. The offender/s have abandoned the van, which was using false VRM plates, and made off from the scene.
Incident number 46 of 21st June refers

At approximately 12:40 hours on Monday 20th June a lorry stolen from the Redditch area was recovered on tracker on the roadside in Ullenhall.
Incident number 310 of 20th June refers

From now on the Alcester Sector Community Policing Team newsheet is now going to include, the number of Warning letters, Anti Social Behaviour Orders and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts issued throughout the area.

Since the start of January 2005 five warning letters have been issued in Tanworth, one in Bidford and five in Henley.

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts have been issues to two people in the Studley area and four in the Alcester area.

Anti Social Behaviour Orders have also been issued to five individuals over the area.

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

German return visit to Henley U14's

24 members of Phoenix Bellheim U14s visited Henley for an exciting weekend, accompanied by 7 parents, and their coach, former Rumanian international, Sorin Radu.

The sporting element came from two action packed games, against Henley Forest U14s which ended 6:1 to Phoenix, and against a mixed team of Knowle Lions which ended 12:2, also to the German visitors. The Henley U14s game was followed by a Dads 6 a side game, which was won by the English side 4:3.

Henley Forest organized a packed social program, which included a visit to the Birmingham City Football Academy combined with a visit to Birmingham’s busy city centre. The local club also organized two great evenings for the team. Club members layed on a BBQ on the Friday evening with salads and side dishes prepared and donated by the mums of the U10s team.

Following Saturday’s game the visitors were treated to a late pub lunch at the Nags Head in Henley, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Later the High Bailiff Mr. Brian Jackson welcomed the team to Henley. The team and their Henley hosts then danced to the sounds of Darren Powlett’s “D. J’s Disco and Karaoke”, before returning to their accommodation the Quality Hotel in Redditch. Our picture shows Sorin Radu presenting a memento to Peter Johnson.

A special thanks goes to all the parents who assisted, supported and sponsored this weekend in particular and the community project in general. A special acknowledgement goes to Pete Johnson and John King for their non-stop support both before and during the visit. And there is much more to come: The Henley Forest Youth Section is planning a Football Camp, for boys and girls age 6 to 16, in Hanhofen, Germany with Sorin Radu’s Football School. The camp is planned for Easter 2006. This event is for Club members only. Young people interested in joining the Club should please contact the leader of the Youth section: John King, either by phone on 07841 407947 or by email at jjdking@hotmail.com

And the excitement doesn’t stop there: 50 Henley Forest Club members and their children are traveling to two FIFA World Cup games in Germany next year. This tour was fully booked within a couple of days.

For further information please contact Andreas Klohe, Henley in Arden, Tel 07904048111, or email henleyu10@yahoo.co.uk

September Fun Day out

Now in its 3rd successful year, the C4C Charity Cycle Ride and Fun Day Out has not only provided invaluable support to local charities but proved to be a winner with the many families who come along to enjoy this unique event. Why not come along and join in yourself this year?

Organised by your local Rotary Clubs, who serve the community by many activities throughout the year, this event has the full support of Solihull Cycling Club, Solihull Festival and local youth organisations including Scouts & Guides.

Warks College wins silver at WorldSkills

A top beauty therapist from Warwickshire College recently won a prestigious silver medal at the 2005 WorldSkills Competition held in Helsinki.

Joanna Thompson, who works at The Spa at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre, represented the UK in the beauty therapy category of the international competition, where she walked away with the Silver Medal – making her officially one of the top beauty therapists in the world.

Chris Humphries, Chairman of UK Skills and Director-General of City & Guilds said, “ We are extremely proud of Joanna who has proven to be a world-class beauty therapist. WorldSkills is the largest skills competition in the world, with over 700 competitors from almost 40 member countries participating. Our young people were excellent ambassadors for their country and their outstanding achievements demonstrate the UK’s ability to achieve world class standards in vocational skills.”

Having proven herself to be the best in her field in the UK, Joanna, who already has a gold medal from The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) under her belt, pitted her skills against the very best in her field from ten different countries. She was tested on all aspects of beauty therapy, performing facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing, make-up, massaging and body treatments on live models in front of a large audience throughout the four-day period.

Joanna was trained for the competition by Dawn Ward, Vice-Principal of Warwickshire College. She follows in the footsteps of Leanne Knighton, who, also trained by Dawn Ward, won the Gold Medal in Beauty Therapy 2003 WorldSkills competition in St Gallen, Switzerland and now manages The Spa at Henley-in-Arden.

Vice Principal Dawn Ward, who is also the World Skills Chief Expert and UK Skills Training Manager for the contest, said, “ Joanna qualified to compete in the event after winning the National Skills Therapy Competition in 2003. She spent two years in training to refine her skills and prepare her to meet the world’s best in Beauty Therapy. Her determination and hard work paid off – congratulations, Jo! “ I would encourage Henley residents to visit the Spa at the College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre to experience a treatment by our world-class beauty therapy team, which includes Jo and Leanne.” 

Our picture shows Joanna with Dawn and Leanne.

The recently opened Spa at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre offers a wide range of luxurious beauty and holistic treatments. Visitors can take advantage of the Spa’s current special offer of a half-day of Spa treatments for only £35 – to find out more, call The Spa on 01564 797833

Minor Injuries Unit at Stratford Hospital

South Warwickshire Hospital bosses have vowed not to axe the minor injuries unit at Stratford hospital - but the campaign to save the vital service is still raging on amid fears they are not telling the whole truth. Managers at the South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust claimed this week, there were no concrete plans to close the vital unit, in a last ditch attempt to clear up rumours it was set to be shut amid a massive £5 million hole in the health authority's budget.

In a statement, the trust said the unit, housed at the Arden Street hospital, was simply undergoing a review, along with a number of other south Warwickshire health services, and was not facing the chop or major service changes. But the contentious issue, made public my anxious hospital staff, had already sparked concern amongst some of the town's most influential voices.

Last week, Stratford MP John Maples along with bosses at Stratford District Council and Stratford Town Council, voiced their fierce opposition to the potential closure. All pledged to fight the trust every step of the way to secure the future of the minor injuries unit, which not only serves Stratford's residents but also its thousands of visitors.

And despite this week's statement of reassurance from hsopital bosses, town mayor Bill Lowe said he was still pumping all his efforts into a campaign to save the unit, fearing the trust was not telling the whole truth. " Since I retired I have done quite a lot of work with the health service and I have found that they tend to give you three options when they have already got their sights set on one. As far as I am concerned closure of the unit is still an option and as the worst case scenario for this town, I am focusing all my attentions on it. I am determined to show that the people in this town are not prepared to just roll over and accept the inevitable."

But the trust still insisted the review process would not lead to the closure of the unit and added hospital staff, GPs, residents and patients would all be consulted before any potential changes to the service were made.

Warks Schools Funding Under Threat

When Craig Barrow travelled to London in 2002 to hand in a 250,000 signature calling for fairer funding for Warwickshire’s schools, he thought he had made his point. The funding formula was duly changed following a national campaign, and Warwickshire got a better deal.

The county still isn’t the best funded in the country, but it is nearer the average for shire counties.

Three years on, Craig has come out of retirement. Now aged ten, the Cubbington C of E Primary School pupil, who knocked on the door of 10 Downing Street to hand the petition in, is back. Unwilling to miss a day’s schooling, Craig has given the latest petition to Warwickshire County Council’s Director of Education Resources Jeff Mann. Signed by leading education representatives in the county, the Save Our Budgets (SOBS) campaign calls for guarantees that sudden changes to the funding formula won’t hurt Warwickshire.

Following Warwickshire County Council’s revelation that the Designated Schools Grant could eventually see £4.7 million drained from the county’s budget, other local education authorities have started calling for change. Jeff will deliver the petition to the Department for Education and Skills for the personal attention of Education and Skills Secretary Ruth Kelly.

He said: “We’re not asking for more money than anyone else. We want to maintain the momentum of the last few years where we have received a fairer deal and seen standards rise. This plan will take money from counties like Warwickshire and give it to most authorities mostly inner cities – areas that already receive a greater share per pupil.”

County Education Officer Eric Wood said: “All three political parties, representatives of headteachers, governors, unions and the County Youth Panel are behind this petition, which simply asks Ms Kelly for a guarantee that we will not lose out. “ We very much hope that ministers will issue a second consultation later this month so they can step back and have a re-think about what they are trying to achieve.”

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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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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.
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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