15th July 2005
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A good idea especially after recent events

East Anglian Ambulance Service has launched a national "In Case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign in association with Vodafone's annual life savers award.

The idea is that you store the word "ICE" in your mobile phone address book, and against it enter the number of the person you would want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency".

In an emergency situation, ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them. It's so simple - everyone should do it.

Please tell everyone you know about this. It could help save your life.

Invitation to see plans for river work

The Environment Agency will be holding an Open Display Day on Thursday, 21 July 2005, at the Guild Hall in Henley-in-Arden from 2pm to 7pm to give Henley residents an opportunity to find out more about the forthcoming river maintenance work on the River Alne.

Their Flood Risk Management Department will be undertaking essential river maintenance work to re-establish flood protection for at-risk properties. The work is essential to maintain the level of flood protection to the town. Work will start in August 2005 and take about three months to complete.

They will be working at various locations between a point just upstream of Beaudesert Lane Bridge and down past Blackford Bridge (A4189 Warwick Road) where it joins the Ullenhall Brook.

In addition to the proposed work to improve flood protection, several weirs will be modified to allow fish movement along the River Alne. They will also try to provide additional recreational facilities such as a seat and information boards beside the river so that people can enjoy the environment.

An Environmental Report, which provides more information about the work, can be seen at the following locations:

Parish Council offices, 150 High Street, Henley-in-Arden
Henley-in-Arden Library, Guild Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden
Stratford District Council Planning Dept, Church Street, Stratford upon Avon
Environment Agency, Olton Court, 10 Warwick Road, Olton, Solihull B92 7HX

Information and advice on how to prepare for flooding is available form Floodline on 0845 988 1188 (Quick Dial Reference Number for Henley-In-Arden is 052442, then Press 2 for the River Alne) or on our website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

120 new jobs in prospect

Last Friday (8th July), Ray Chamberlain invited the local business community to the opening of Forward House, the new office building at the north end of the High Street. The opening was performed by Sir Digby Jones, Director General of the CBI and a resident of Snitterfield.

In his address pictured right, Sir Digby congratulated Ray Chamberlain on the quality of the new building, which will bring around 120 new jobs to Henley when fully let. This will have a major positive impact on the local economy, which has lost around 750 jobs in the last 7 years. The fully air conditioned offices are on a par with the best office accommodation that can be found in London, Birmingham and the business parks across the region. However, they have one major benefit and, that is, staff can enjoy all the facilities available in and around Henley-in-Arden that don't exist in places like Blythe Valley.

Parish, District and County Councillors were all present and The High Bailiff, pictured below, represented the Town with his wife Val.

The office space is some 28,000 sq.ft. (2,698.40 sq.m.). It is on three floors with a secure underground car park having secure lift access to all floors. Any businesses wishing to inspect the offices with a view to renting one, two or three floors, should contact Mr. Peter Cornford, John Earle & Son, Henley-in-Arden, telephone 01564 794343, or e-mail peter.c@johnearle.co.uk

New President at the Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden has elected Paul Rayner to be their President for 2005-06. Paul, who lives in Wilmcote, is a senior Operations Manager with UK Highways and is responsible for many large infrastructure projects, including the maintenance of the M40.

Commenting on his election and the work of Rotary in Henley, Paul told Henley NEWS on-line:

I have the honour of being the President of the Rotary Club of Henley in Arden for the forthcoming 12 months and I look forward to the year ahead working on various Community Service projects and fund raising events within Henley in Arden and surrounding areas. By harnessing the efforts of local people, our Club has provided assistance to the Wednesday Club for the partially sighted, provision of electric scooters to enable less able persons in the community to carry out day to day activities, sponsored local schools in the Life Education Programmes, Air Ambulance, the Macmillan nurses and Mencap to name but a few.

Rotary not only covers our local Community Service but also International Service including an ambitious programme to eradicate Polio and international assistance when disasters occur, Vocational Service involving local school for example the Music Festival and particularly Henley High School in their Art Status Award, this is an ongoing financial commitment by Henley Rotary Club for the next 3-4 years.

All in all another busy year ahead with our first major fund raising event on Friday 9th September 2005 which is our Charity Golf Day at Stratford Oaks Golf Club. Teams are most welcome. Please contact Mike Grundy 01564 792127 or Mike Redman 01926 843060. This year the proceeds will go to the Prostate Cancer Charity and our other worthwhile causes.

Rotarians believe in “Service above Self”, can you spare a little time? Why not come and find out more about rotary. We have fun fund raising and even find time for some super social events! We meet every Monday at the Henley in Arden Country Golf Club 7.00 for 7.30pm [except Bank Holidays]. Please call our secretary for more details of how you can help your community’s needy and good causes, as well as international causes Tel Robin Freeman 01789 765411 or email: robinf@ribi.org

I look forward to working with you and thank you for your past support and future support together we can make a difference in your community.

Paul Rayner
President Rotary Club of Henley in Arden

Real Tennis book


Dr Richard Seymour Mead when off duty escapes to the unusual and eccentric world of Real Tennis. He claims he has played for thirty years without much skill but much enjoyment.

To celebrate the centenary of the lovely court at Moreton Morrell he has compiled and published a book of cartoons celebrating 'the Lighter side of Five Centuries of Tennis'.

Called 'Tennis with Real Attitude' there is a forward by Tim Henman and it is endorsed by John Inverdale of the BBC: ' a must for all tennis fans'.

Copies are available at the Medical Centre priced at £9.

'Heroes of Henley' series by Douglas Bridgewater

The Huggard Brothers

Leslie Sydney Huggard (born 1892)
Private, 8991, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards

Cyril Godfrey Huggard (born 1894)
Sergeant, 3516, 2nd South Midland Field Artillery Brigade

Gordon Cuthbert Huggard (born 1896/7)
Flying Officer, Royal Air Force

In 1901, Sydney Godfrey Huggard and his wife Sarah Ann were living on the eastern side of the High Street in Henley. Sydney had been born in Shanklin in the Isle of Wight, while Sarah had been born in Henley. Both were then aged 41 and ran a laundry business in the town, though Sydney also worked as an auxiliary postman. They had three daughters, Lillian (aged 14), Constance (13) and Winifred Alma (11) and three sons Leslie (8), Cyril (7) and Gordon (4). All of the boys were born in Henley and were baptised in St John’s Church, Leslie on 20 November 1892, Cyril on 25 March 1894 and Gordon on 28 February 1897.

By the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914, Sydney had died and Leslie and Cyril had joined the Army as regular soldiers. Leslie enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Coldstream Guards and went to France with them on 13 August 1914, where they formed part of the 1st Guards Brigade in the 1st Division. The Battalion was in the thick of the fighting from the beginning and Leslie was wounded in the left thigh at the Battle of Mons. In November 1914 he was in hospital in the Midlands, where his family and friends visited him. The Stratford Herald of 11 December 1914 reported, “his wound is now healed but some stiffness remains”. He returned to barracks in January 1915. Soon after that he returned to action with his Battalion, only to be shot through the jaw in the summer of that year. There are no further reports in the local press of his progress and it is unfortunate that the Regimental Archivist of the Coldstream Guards has been unable to find his records. Leslie was awarded the 1914 Star with clasp (showing that he was one of the Old Contemptibles), the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was married to Florence and was a Police Constable in Henley-in-Arden when their son Norman Leslie was baptised on 6 November 1921 in St Nicholas’ Church in Beaudesert.

One of his younger brothers, Cyril Godfrey, was also a regular soldier, who had enlisted in the East Yorkshire Regiment. At the outbreak of war he was engaged to be married to Gladys Mary Plummer, the banns being read in St John’s Church in July 1914: Gladys was then living in Southam but had previously lived in Henley. The outbreak of war postponed their wedding plans. Cyril was serving as a Corporal when he went to France with the 1st Battalion on 8 September 1914, landing at St Nazaire as part of 18th Brigade, 6th Division. He was promoted to Sergeant and was seriously wounded shortly afterwards, returning to hospital in England. He had suffered a severe bullet wound in the right arm, while carrying despatches under difficult conditions. The wound was above the elbow and his arm had to be amputated. He progressed slowly, the severity of his wounds being such that the Stratford Herald of 11 December 1914 reported that “careful nursing will be required before he can feel anything like his old self”. The Herald also expressed the hope that “the Government pension scheme will come to his assistance”.

He was in hospital in the Midlands, though the precise location is not known and he was visited by his family and friends. On 9 July 1915 the Herald said he was “now much improved in health after a long and tedious convalescence”. He finally married Gladys Plummer in Southam in August 1915, at which time he was said to be a Sergeant in the East Yorkshire Regiment. However, he had been transferred to the 2nd South Midland Field Artillery Brigade as a military instructor on 1 July 1915. His health does not seem to have been good as he was discharged from the army on 29 September 1916. He was awarded the 1914 Star with clasp (showing that he was one of the Old Contemptibles), the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

The youngest of the Huggard brothers, Gordon Cuthbert, enlisted in the 15th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment (the 3rd Birmingham Battalion) in October 1914, when he was only just eighteen. He acted as best man at the wedding of his elder brother Cyril in August 1915, at which time he had been commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. The London Gazette of 2 April 1918 recorded that he had been transferred as a Flying Officer to the Royal Flying Corps, which became the Royal Air Force later that year. His Medal Index Card notes that he was ineligible for the 1914/15 Star (indicating that he had not served in a war zone before the end of 1915), but he was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

It was not unique for three brothers in Henley to be serving in the war: other families had four and five brothers who enlisted, and more will be written of them in due course.

There was another Huggard family living in Henley before the war, which is likely to have been related. Evan Huggard died in Henley on 27 June 1914 at the age of 67. His obituary in the Stratford Herald of 3 July 1914 recorded that he had been gardener to the Misses Knight at “their interesting new residence” of Brook End, New Road and had formerly been gardener to the Marquis of Hertford at Ragley Hall. He had at least two sons, the second being named Charles Evan (and also known as Evan). The Commonwealth War Graves Commission state that Evan was born in Henley, but the records of Soldiers Died in the Great War show him as having been born in Leicester. The latter seems to be the more likely, as he enlisted at Dalston and was living in Uppingham when he enlisted. Evan was a professional soldier, having served in the South African campaign and holding the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. During the Great War he served as a Sergeant with the 3rd Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment. This was a reserve battalion, and neither it nor Evan served overseas during the war. It is likely therefore that he was suffering from an illness rather than wounds when he died in hospital at Killingbeck, Leeds on 10 May 1915, aged 38. He is buried in Leeds (Lawns Wood) Cemetery. His widowed mother, Charlotte, had moved from Henley and was then living at The Limes, Ella Street, Hull. Evan was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

If you have a photograph or further information on any member of the Huggard family please contact Douglas Bridgewater on 01564 793633 or e-mail him at rdb@rdbridgewater.fsnet.co.uk. He would also be pleased to have any information on any of the other men from Beaudesert and Henley who served in the Great War. A list of these names is available in the Heritage Centre.

Ullenhall Gardening Club

Cornwall Holiday
Thirty one members of the Ullenhall Gardening Club have just returned from their 6th annual holiday. This holiday was based at the well appointed Falmouth Beach Hotel, Falmouth, Cornwall, where the food was excellent and the rooms comfortable, with some having sea views. The weather was also perfect for garden visiting.

On the journey to Cornwall we squeezed in a garden (Rosemoor, Devon), which is looked after by the Royal Horticultural Society and is well worth a visit. During the following 4 days we managed to visit a garden a day, sometimes 2. Some of the gardens were in private hands (green fingered ones!!!) and some were gardens run on a commercial basis, but everyone had one thing in common – PLANT SALES!!!!

Trebah Gardens are wonderful but the highlight of the holiday for some was the helicopter trip to Tresco on the Scilly Isles. This garden, pictured right, is just fabulous and like nothing else on the British Isles – a must see.

On our way home we managed to visit The Duchy of Cornwall nursery (near Lostwithiel) - more plant purchases, and we had an excellent lunch and garden visit to (Newton Farm at Hemyock, Devon) with a lady we had met selling fudge at a French chateau last year (another Garden Club holiday).

None of the adventures we had would have been possible without the research done by our holiday organiser Diane and the excellent planning done by Johnsons. Last but not least, thanks to our driver who puts up with the coach becoming more and more like a garden centre as the holiday goes on - his plant watering skills were first class. He took the coach where no coach has ever gone before (or not very often) but he was heard to mutter “the last time this road saw a coach it was being pulled by horses!”.

Broughton Castle
Our evening visit in June was to Broughton Castle near Banbury where we had an excellent guided tour of the castle by Lady Saye and Sele. The gardens are very romantic set amongst a ruin. This was yet another successful evening.

We are a very friendly group with about 100 members who meet monthly, if you would like more information please contact us on 01564 793903. Plans are already underway for next year’s holiday.

Margrit Johnson
Ullenhall Gardening Club

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Business Club



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 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.

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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