22nd July 2005
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This year the Rotary movement celebrates the 100th anniversary of its formation in Chicago in 1905.

Two of Henley`s Rotarians, Secretary Robin Freeman and past President Alec Halliwell and their wives, flew to Chicago to join another 42,000 Rotarians at the Centenary Convention in the famous McCormick Centre.

After the Inaugural Parade down the traditional Columbus Avenue, which took 2 hrs to pass the end point, they joined the other delegates as flags of 167 nations – one for each country in which Rotary operates--were brought into the main hall by youngsters on bicycles because the hall was so big it would have taken too long to walk or run.

In subsequent sessions, messages of congratulation were received from Khofi Annan and President Bush and the Rotarians listened among others to CNN boss, Ted Turner ask for 65 billion dollars to cure world poverty which he pointed out was a mere 5% of the US military budget. Noble Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai ( you saw her next on the Live Aid platform with Bob Geldorf ) made an impassioned plea for Rotary`s help in the fight against global warming and director general of the World Health Organisation, Dr. Jong-Wook Lee, presented an award for Rotary`s fight against polio.

Rotary projects throughout the World were displayed in 9 aisles in the traditional House of Friendship where the colour was provided by the representatives of the continents of Africa and Asia dressed in their traditional dress but the real star overall was the city of Chicago, shining and resplendent by the waters of Lake Michigan;(it`s 80 miles across), beautifully clean with stunning modern architecture, boasting the tallest building in the USA and super beaches. New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles eat you heart out !

Rotarian Alec Halliwell

Medieval Ring found in Warwickshire

If Harry Potter fans fancy a taste of real magic then they should head to the Warwickshire Museum and check out a striking and enchanting new find.

A 13th century gold and garnet ring found recently Wixford, Alcester, has been bought for the county collections with the help of a grant from the National Art Collections Fund.

The ring, which carries a message around the band and even has officials at the British Museum mystified, will be on display at the Market Hall Museum from Saturday 16 July for members of the public to view.

The letters on the band, which could be symbolic of love, are reversed and turned upside down. This unusual arrangement has led the curator to believe that, in fact, the inscription is either a love token or holds a magical meaning.

Sara Wear, Keeper of Archaeology for Warwickshire County Council said: “We are incredibly lucky to have this rare find on display, especially as it coincides with the launch of the sixth Harry Potter book! Who knows, one day we may be able to unlock its magical secrets.”

First Choice Nursery School

First Choice Nursery School is a family run partnership located in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley-in-Arden. It is registered through Warwickshire County Council and as a provider of nursery education, we undertake OFSTED inspections by the Department of Education and Employment. We are also members of the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) and are fully insured and covered for public and employers liability.

The nursery ethos is:
" To provide high quality, affordable and accessible childcare to children age 2 to 12 years, In a safe and supportive environment, and to work in partnership with parents in the provision of this childcare."

The Nursery School is registered for 26 children between the ages of 2 to 5 years. We offer full or part-time educational sessions, 4 days a week from 9.00am until 3,00pm for 39 weeks per year. The nursery provides a creative and stimulating educational curriculum, preparing children for a school environment, however the highly qualified staff ensure that all children have their individual! needs cared for.

During the school holidays periods, First Choice Nursery is registered to open a Summer Holiday Club for children aged 2 to 12 years. The club provides fun activities for children promoting socialisation, creatively, respect and friendship in a safe and secure environment. Our fees are also very competitive and excellent value for both the Nursery School and the Summer Holiday Club.

At First Choice Nursery we a committed to working in partnership with parents to provide the highest quality childcare and education for their child. Whether this is through involving parents within the curriculum or always having a senior practitioner available for discussions, the nursery respects parents as first educators and carers of their children.

For more information regarding First Choice Nursery School or First Choice Summer Holiday Club please call us on 07751 689868 for a brochure or an informal chat

Latest JPC Meeting

The twelfth meeting of the council this year took place in the Baptist Church Hall off High Street in Henley-in-Arden on Monday night.

Mrs Iris Birch addressed the council during the open forum concerning the vacant shop in Whitley Road. She drew the council’s attention to previous discussions about the shop, when the council had resolved to pass the matter to their Employment, Business and Security and Safety Committee.

The Councils committees, of which there are four, were set up following the completion of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Parish Plan. The committees were given detailed objectives in order to put into practice the requirements of the Parish Plan, in other words to implement the wishes of the residents of Henley-in-Arden. One of the objectives of the Parish Plan was that “The Parish Council will press at all times for the retention of existing employment sites for employment purposes.” And “It will seek to encourage and attract business and employment to the town and to support the facilities which make the town an attractive location for businesses, including those in the retail sector.” Members had referred the Whitley Road shop matter to Committee to see if the retention of the business was viable and what other factors existed.

Mrs Birch said that she objected to the council forwarding the matter to the committee as she did not believe there was a need for a small retail premises in Whitley Road. The shop had not been viable previously and it had attracted youths and anti social behaviour in the evenings. She said that she had proposed some alternative uses for the shop to South Warwickshire Housing Association, who own the property, such as a Community Office / Advice Shop or conversion into two flats. Mrs Birch suggested that the council could not have experience of living near the shop so they should approach the Residents’ Association for their opinion, rather than act on a letter from one resident. Members thanked Mrs Birch for bringing her opinion to their attention and explained that as a council they could not influence the economics of a business situation which was subject to market forces, they had merely sought to investigate the retention of the employment site as the Community had asked them to do via the Parish Plan. The next meeting of the South Warwickshire Housing Association Residents Association is in August.

Members went onto discuss the proposed Maudsley Park Retirement Village Development in Great Alne which it was feared would create an increase in construction traffic through Henley-in-Arden and Wootton Wawen for a substantial period of time, as the development was due to be phased in over six years. They resolved to respond to Stratford on Avon District Council with their concerns.

It was noted that there would be an election on Thursday 18th August to fill the vacant Parish Councillor position. Nomination papers needed to be received at the District Councils Office by noon on Friday 22nd July. Nomination papers can be obtained from the Returning Officer at Stratford on Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford Upon Avon (01789 260280) or from the Clerk to the Council, Hayley Syratt at the Council Office, 150 High Street, Henley-in-Arden (01564 795499).

Members discussed Glendale Environmental’s report on works to the River Alne which are due to start in August, they felt the proposals were excellent. The 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. The work will take place 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 be providing additional recreational facilities such as seating and information boards beside the river so that people can enjoy the environment.

Henley-in-Arden residents are also invited to see plans for the river work at an open display day on Thursday 21st July 2005 at the Guild Hall in Henley-in-Arden from 2pm to 7pm

The next meeting of the council will be on Monday 1st August 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.

Motor industry's future in Warwickshire?

The future of the automotive industry in Warwickshire will be under the spotlight at the next meeting of the County Council’s Economic Development Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

The Committee has invited three speakers with particular expertise in the field to address an audience of councillors, officers and invited guests at a meeting in Warwick on Tuesday 26 July 2005.

They are Dianne Williams, chief officer for Business Link at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber and Business Link, who was closely involved in Coventry and Warwickshire’s response to the collapse of MG Rover; Dr Nick Barter of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and Launch Director of the new Automotive Academy; and Dr Nick Henry, who is a consultant from Motorsport Research Associates who will be presenting the results of his research, commissioned by the County Council and its partners, into the future prospects of motorsports industries in the region.

County Councillor Mick Jones, Chairman of the Economic Development sub-committee responsible for organising the seminar, said: “Warwickshire has been at the heart of several key developments in the automotive industry over the last ten years. We have the new BMW engine plant at Coleshill – a sector leader in manufacturing technology and environmental performance in manufacturing. At Gaydon we have a great new success story in Aston Martin, who are producing some brilliant new products, combining skills and craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. Of course we’ve been affected by the MG Rover collapse and there is very natural concern about the future of manufacturing at the Peugeot plant at Ryton. But our economy is sound and, to some extent, change is part of the cycle in a dynamic economy. It is vitally important that we look ahead now, and in this seminar we will be examining what these changes in the industry mean to Warwickshire. I expect the session to help my Committee get a grasp of the prospects for the industry. This will help shape the Council’s future strategy for Economic Regeneration, to ensure that we give proper recognition to the needs of a key sector of our economy.”

Anybody interested in attending the seminar should register their interest through the County Council’s website or by phone on 01926 412476.

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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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