19th August 2005
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VJ 60th Anniversary Parade

The Henley in Arden and District Royal British Legion held a parade and Drumhead Service on Sunday 14th August 2005 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of V J Day.

The parade started from the Memorial Hall in Station Road to march to St. Nicholas Churchyard in Beaudesert Lane and was led by the Shirley Pipe Band, followed by members of the Royal British Legion, Court Leet and the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Colour Party. Squadron Leader Andrew McKenzie-Orr took the salute at the Market Cross. The Squadron Leader is based at RAF Wyton in Cambridge.

The Rev. J. Ganjavi conducted the Drumhead Service in St.Nicholas Churchyard which was well attended by members of the public as well as all members of the parade.

On the return parade led once again by the Shirley Pipe Band, Squadron Leader Andrew McKenzie-Orr, and Burma Star Holders Arthur O'Donnell and Peter Roddis took the salute.

Les Goodman - reporting
John Love - photos

Late Breaking News

Just as this edition was being 'put to bed', we learned from one of our most reliable correspondents that Parish Councillor and former Chair of the JPC Judith Wild resigned from the JPC on Tuesday.

Judith represented Beaudesert for about six years and was chair for two years finishing in May of this year.

There is now vacancy in the Beaudesert ward of the Joint Parish Council.

Imagine how you’d feel…..

You or a member of your family develop symptoms that you suspect may be a heart attack. You dial 999 for an ambulance. The ambulance is immediately dispatched from Warwick or even Coventry. This can take upwards of 20 minutes to arrive in Henley. Did you know that at this point, the ambulance service also call one of the trained volunteer ‘First Responders’ from Henley ‘Heartstart’.

First Responders live in and around Henley and can be with you within 5 minutes, day or night. Over 100 families already know how much it means to have the calm and reassuring presence of one of our volunteers at such a stressful time.

They may only need to sit with you and help you to stay calm whilst waiting for the ambulance, but all are trained in CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and carry a defibrillator should an emergency situation arise.

We can save lives!

Could you?

We aim to provide a 24 hour, 7 day a week service, as no-one knows when a heart attack will strike.

Imagine….. you have read all this and now feel reassured that should you or your loved ones have a heart attack, immediate help will be at hand. However, Henley Heartstart is in crisis. From an original 30 volunteers we are now struggling with only around half a dozen very stretched people. We want to continue our service to our community but need more help.

You don’t have to live in Henley – if you work here would your organisation consider training a group of employees to be first responders?

You don’t have to be at home all day – if you work elsewhere we need volunteers for evenings, weekends and overnight.

Imagine……being able to be part of this group of volunteers. You would receive training from the ambulance service, regular updates, and the support of your colleagues. Even half a day a week on call would make a difference.

You don’t have to imagine any more. Call Peter Crathorne on 01564 795470 or June Griffith on 01564 795168 to find out how you can learn to save lives.

June Griffith
Vice-Chair of Heartstart


A well-attended meeting of the Henley-in-Arden NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Scheme took place at 7pm on Thursday 4th August 2005 at Henley Fire Station. This was the first evening meeting, as usually we hold morning meeting, but it was decided to try evenings in the hope of attracting more co-ordinators and members of the public.

The agenda included CCTV, cycling on pavements, drugs, the importance of reporting incidents, Smartwater (which is the essential property marking deterrent and available at £11) and the need to recruit new co-ordinators.

Also present were PC Simon Bennett and Community Support Officer Tristan Jelfs.

Being a NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH co-ordinator is a worthwhile and popular way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in local crime and community issues. This usually begins with people sharing crime prevention advice and activities, keeping an eye on each other’s property, improving home security and building two-way communication with the police. By becoming a member of a NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH scheme you can help the police and your neighbours to strengthen your community and make your area an even better place to live.

We really do need extra co-ordinators and if you feel you would enjoy helping your community please give Annette Walker on 01564 792837 a call for further information.

The next meeting is on Thursday the 6th of October 2005 at 7pm at the Henley Fire Station. Please come along and join us and support your local NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH scheme.

Wendy Cowdrill
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinator for Riverside Gardens

Picture taken this week of damage to fencing at Riverlands.

Beat the Rush

Enrol now for part-time courses starting in September Student Services at Warwickshire College are encouraging people to 'beat the rush' and enrol on part-time courses at Warwickshire College over the summer.

Student Services will be open from 9.30am-4.30pm Monday-Friday. Janet Hall, Director of Student Services said, "We're open throughout the summer, so people can visit us for advice and guidance on courses and enrol if they would like to ensure that they secure a place on their chosen course."

The College's part-time course guide for courses starting from September 2005 is now available and contains hundreds of study and leisure opportunities. From professional development and academic
programmes to courses for fun and relaxation, there is an enormous variety of choice.

Part-time courses run at the College's five main Centres in Leamington, Whitnash, Moreton Morrell, Henley-in-Arden and Rugby, Learning Centres in main towns in Warwickshire and over 60 community centres across the county. Study via distance learning is also available and many courses offer flexible learning options.

To receive a part-time course guide or for more information on part-time courses and enrolment, please freephone 0800 7836767 or email enquiries@warkscol.ac.uk

Don’t Pay For Something You Can Get For Free!

Trading Standards Service warns consumers to beware of companies that are charging up to £29.95 to stop unwanted telephone sales calls when consumers can register for this service free of charge! The TPS, the Telephone Preference Service is run by the Direct Marketing Association and is a free service to which consumers and businesses can register and reduce the number of unwanted telephone sales calls they receive.

However, some companies are offering the same service and are charging up to £29.95. The businesses then simply register the names of those who have paid with the Telephone Preference Service.

Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire Trading Standards said:
'These businesses choose not to say that the service they are offering is available free of charge, and incredibly, some actually cold call homeowners to offer their cold calling prevention service’!'

Trading Standards Officers are also warning householders to beware of unexpected phone calls from people claiming to work for one of the preference services, and asking for personal and banking details. The preference services will not do this.

Consumers wishing to stop unwanted telephone sales calls, junk mail or faxes – free of charge – should contact the appropriate preference service:

You can register by phone or online and there is no charge.

Traffic slows down in Warwickshire villages

Vehicles are travelling at safer speeds through Warwickshire villages following a number of speed reduction measures. In its Local Transport Plan, Warwickshire County Council included an undertaking to carry out a systematic review of speed limits on rural roads to establish where lower limits would be suitable in villages.

Sixteen villages so far have been treated by this review with lowered speed limits and include; Alderminster, Newbold-on-Stour, Tredington, Wootton Wawen, Claverdon, Pillerton Priors, Long Itchington, Halford, Radford Semele, Ufton, Princethorpe, Gaydon, Rowington, Salford Priors and Napton-on-the-Hill.

Monitoring of vehicle speeds in these villages, taken before and after the installation of the lowered speed limit with speed reduction measures, has indicated that, on average, vehicle speeds have been reduced by 7mph. Radford Semele however has seen an even greater speed reduction, with vehicles travelling over 10mph slower than before. This has been achieved by the introduction of a 30mph speed limit, improved white lining and road surface treatments, vehicle activated signs and a Puffin Crossing near School Lane.

Katrina Pedlar, Warwickshire County Council, Village Speed Limit Review Project Leader said: “I am really delighted with the positive reduction in vehicle speeds through Radford Semele and all the other villages that have been treated by the speed limit review scheme.

“ Villages on ‘B’ class roads are now being be reviewed and during 2005 these include the B439 Bidford on Avon, B4086 Kineton, B4088 Dunnington, B4098 Corley, Fillongley and Furnace End, B4112 Withybrook, B4453 Weston under Wetherley and B4455 Stretton on Dunsmore. All villages throughout Warwickshire ,that do not have a 30mph speed limit will eventually be reviewed as part of this process.”

Cllr Michael Doody, Warwickshire County Council member for Cubbington, said: “The Radford Semele speed reduction to 30mph, has had a remarkable impact on the area and the speed of traffic flowing through the village. Residents that were initially suspicious of the traffic calming, now openly accept the benefits that have been received through these measures. Initially there were minor hiccups but now the scheme is up and running, we can only have praise for the officers of Warwickshire County Council involved in completing this scheme. I therefore look forward to the other villages within the Cubbington Division that I represent, being included in the village speed limit review, to help provide a safer environment. ”

If you would like further information on the proposals, please contact Katrina Pedlar, Project Leader, Warwickshire County Council’s Traffic Projects Group, on 01926 412076.

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Art in Henley Society   August meeting will be a ‘Henley Treasure Hunt’ organised by Colin Fisher 01564 792715

Coffee Morning will be held at Dell Court on Saturday 24th September from 10am - 12 noon in aid of the DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT at Warwick Hospital. Admission 50p including tea & biscuits. There will be a bring & buy table & raffle. Please support this worthwhile cause

The Parish Council’s Footpaths Committee is organising another walk on Sunday 4th September starting at 2.00pm from the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. 3 walks are available and are: - For the hardy - 4.1/2 miles: intermediate - 2.1/2 miles and Children's walk - 1.1/2 miles. Why not join in and enjoy the public footpaths around the town. Do pray for a good sunny day.

First Choice Nursery School & Summer Holiday Club are held at the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane and run on 4 days a week from 9.00am to 3.00pm The fees are very competitive and the organisation is registered through Warwickshire County Council. The Nursery School, is registered for 26 children aged 2-5yrs and prepare the children for a school environment, and the Summer Holiday Club is for children aged 2-12yrs. For further information telephone First Choice organisers on 07751 689868 for a brochure or informal chat or visit Henley website, www.henleyinarden.plus.com

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

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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