2nd September 2005
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Latest - Ram Raid at One Stop

In the early hours of Wednesday 31st, ram raiders struck at One Stop, the convenience store in the High Street. Substantial damage was done to the entrance, which was boarded up over night. A police forensic survey will take place on Wednesday morning before the store reopens.

Photo by John Love

Chesterton Windmill to open

Warwickshire County Council will once again be opening Chesterton Windmill to the public this September. Following the success of last year’s opening, the windmill will be fully operational (weather permitting) for one weekend, planned for 10 and 11 September 2005.

The opening is the result of a partnership between the county council and local residents. Many of the stewards for the event are volunteers from the local community.

Volunteers will also be responsible for direction signs and facilities for visitors on the day. They have also been involved in much of the preparation to make sure that the windmill is fully ready to receive visitors.

The windmill will be open between 10.00am and 5.00pm on each day (last entry is at 4.00pm) and the entrance fee is just £1 per person. It is situated approximately five miles to the south of Leamington Spa, just off the B4455 Fosse Way, map reference SP 348 595. The nearest village is Harbury.

Peter Davies, Head of Project Development for Libraries, Heritage and Trading Standards, said: “The opening of Chesterton Windmill has been a very successful event in the past and we are delighted that the event is able to happen again this year. Warwickshire County Council would like to thank the local residents who have so enthusiastically offered their services as volunteers and ensured that the opening takes place”

Malcolm Murphy, organiser of the local volunteers, said: “The local residents are very proud of Chesterton Windmill and we are pleased to be able to offer our support to keep up the annual openings of the Windmill.”


RURAL communities fear new licensing laws could devastate their peace and tranquility if pubs are granted later opening hours.

The majority of objections to applications for extended opening hours have come from villages, according to Stratford District Council licensing officials.

And this week Stratford MP John Maples has spoken out against the 2003 Licensing Act which is currently being implemented by Stratford District Council. The new act allows pubs to apply to stay open past the previous 11pm restriction.

“ I think the government is wrong in this,” he said. “It’s much too liberal and will make the problem of drinking worse, and it’s bad enough already. Rural pubs are applying to extend their hours from 11pm to 2am and midnight on Sundays. That is just terrible nonsense. Most people in a village are happy for them to go on until 11, but 2am is too much in little villages.”

Parish Church Newsletter

The Rector, John Ganjavi, writes in this month's parish church newsletter.

Dear friends,

How long does it take to rebuild a nation? Our involvement in Iraq continues to occupy the news. Questions are raised about how long we should stay there. Regardless of which side of the argument we take, what amazes me is the idea, suggested by some, that all should have been settled by now.

In our own country, we have recently marked the 60th anniversary of the VJ Day. After 60 years, memories are still vivid and feelings are still raw. Battles may well have been won and wrongs put right, but it takes a long time for new infrastructures to be put in place and for the turbulence of war to clam down. The road to peace is long and hard.

Well away from the headlines, occasionally wars break out between individuals - even between family and friends. Things flare up and have to be addressed. With help, most problems can be resolved and calm restored. Rut once the war between two people is over, it takes time for all wounds to heal. The road to peace is long and hard. The good news is that peace is possible (provided we have the other 'p' word - patience).

What I find so exciting about the Gospel is that it offers so much hope. Jesus champions the causes of forgiveness and reconciliation. We cannot always put everything back together like it used to be, but hope tells us that the future is a path, not a brick wall.

Finally, I commend to you our annual door to door collection for the Salvation Army - an organisation that helps so many people put their lives back together again.

John Ganjavi

Lunch on the Flying Scotsman

The legendary Flying Scotsman will be hauling a 'Circular Lunch Train' operated by Vintage Trains this Autumn. In conjunction with the National Railway Museum, the Flying Scotsman will be based at Tyseley in late 2005. Five Circular lunch trains are planned, all of which will start from Dorridge Station.

Autumn Lunch Circulars are planned for Sundays 16th October and 30th October. These trains will make a mid-morning pick up at Dorridge, Solihull & Tyseley and take a circular route out via Tamworth, Burton, Castle Donington, Sheet Stores, Trent, Loughborough, Leicester, and return through Narborough and Nuneaton, to cross the West Coast Main Line and make a return to the pick up stations by late-afternoon.

Christmas Lunch Circulars for Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December. These trains will also pick up at Dorridge in mid-morning, as well as Solihull & Tyseley to take a leisurely circular route out via Tamworth and into the East Midlands to Burton on Trent. The route from here is yet to be confirmed. The final part of the route will again pass through Narborough and Nuneaton, to cross the West Coast Main Line and then make a return to the pick up stations by late-afternoon.

Further details can be found at http://www.vintagetrains.co.uk.

Free Electric Blanket Tests

Free electric blanket tests are to be offered to Warwickshire’s over 60’s by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Electric blanket tests will be conducted during the month of October in the following towns: Rugby; Warwick; Nuneaton; Stratford upon Avon; Leamington Spa; and Shipston on Stour. The freephone booking hotline is now open, call:

0800 413332

Tests will be conducted by appointment only, and bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis. The number of appointments is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service said:“ It may still be Summertime – just, but if you are 60 or over, live in Warwickshire and own an electric blanket I would urge you to dig out your electric blanket and get it tested before the onset of Winter. Last year we were able to test 496 electric blankets for elderly people in towns across Warwickshire. Sadly, a significant number, 159 in all failed and had to be destroyed. Unsafe electric blankets have the potential to catch fire and kill and elderly people are particularly at risk making up the majority of accident victims. I would therefore urge older people in Warwickshire to take advantage of this free service.”

Electric blankets sold in the shops are made to strict safety standards. But they wear with age - and what's more a not-so-old blanket can become dangerous too - and can even start a fire, if it is misused.

Those unable to take advantage of the testing programme can check their own blankets by looking for the following warning signs:

• the fabric is worn or frayed
• there are scorch marks anywhere
• the tie tapes are damaged or missing
• the flex is worn or damaged
• any connections are loose

Remember older blankets in regular use are much more likely to have one or more of the above faults.

For a complete guide to choosing, using, storing, and checking your electric blanket, visit our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Due to the expected demand for blanket tests, a limit of two blankets per person has been set. However, details of testing houses which deal with bulk and trade enquiries can be provided on request for private nursing and residential homes which are interested in having large numbers of blankets tested.

Scam Alerts from Trading Standards

Tarmac Gang - Kineton
A NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH member has reported that a local resident received a visit from a man offering 'leftover tarmac'. Consumers are strongly advised to seek a number of quotes for local reputable traders, go on recommendation and ensure that everything is put in writing - before employing anyone to do work for them. Beware of door knockers, and whoever you employ, ensure you know where they are based. Some rogue traders use false addresses, or accommodation addresses on their advertising and untraceable 0800 or mobile phone numbers.

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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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.

HARVEST SUPPER - FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 7.30 pm in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Do come along and join in this traditional evening with a wonderful supper followed by fun & fellowship. Tickets £5 (concessions for families) from the Rector (792570) This is always very popular so order your tickets now!! If you are an aspiring star don’t be shy, please come along and entertain us. Contact Master of Ceremonies Phil Bonson (792639) AT LEAST ONE WEEK BEFOREHAND to make sure you are included in the programme. To ensure a prompt finish to the evening please limit your performance to THREE MINUTES.

Henley-in-Arden W.I. “Well fancy that!” is the intriguing title of the talk by Mrs. Joyce Finnemore on Tuesday 6th September. Visitors welcome to join at 7.30pm in
the Memorial Hall to find out what it is all about!

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 available - for the hardy 4.1/2 : intermediate 2.1/2: Children 1.1/2 miles long. Enjoy the public footpaths around our town and pray for a dry & sunny day!

Salvation Army Week The Parish Church of Beaudesert with Henley in Arden ask
you to help some of the neediest people through a very well respected organisation.
Please give generously via the door to door collection Monday 19th - Sunday 25th
September. (Envelopes enclosed, please retain for collection).

Henley Wildlife Society Steve Falk will show his slides of the “Wildlife & Scenery of Kerala & Goa” from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 20th September.

Coffee Morning will be held at Dell Court on Saturday 24th September 10.00-12 noon in aid of the DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY UNIT at Warwick Hospital. There will be a raffle and bring & buy table. Admission 50p. including tea & biscuits. Please support this unit.

Henley Directory The Court Leet is planning to produce a new edition of the Henley Directory not later than January 2006. The last edition was issued in 2000 and, though still in regular use in most households, is obviously becoming increasingly out of date. Your co-operation with the volunteers collecting information would be much appreciated. If you would like to assist in the compilation of the necessary data please contact Douglas Bridgewater on 793633. If you have a business in Henley which has not yet received an order form for advertising space in the new Directory, please contact John Brealey on 792487. Don’t miss out - the next opportunity will not arise before 2010!

Garden Open Day - Sunday 18th June 2006 There has been a good response from people willing to include their garden in the above. We should like gardens in the town to be more fully represented - there must be many little gems hidden behind the High St. Contact Sue Bridgewater on 793633 or Marijana Bainbridge on 794987 if you would like to be involved. We shall also need volunteers to help in fund raising and organising other events for the Guild Hall Garden project. This will be challenging but also great fun.

Forest of Arden Agricultural Society Annual Ploughing & Hedging Competition to be held at New End Farm, Spernal, Studley on Thursday 15th September. Secretary Sue Westmacott 01564 793746

Art in Henley Monday 12th September - talk from John Beaman. Members to submit entry's for possible production of limited edition of A in H Christmas Cards.

Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society Thursday 15th September in the Fire Station Room 8.00pm for an illustrated talk about Sarehole & Blakesley Mill by Mr. Rolls(Curator)

Henley-in-Arden Flower Club Tuesday 13th September in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm for ‘Bright & Beautiful” with Jane Fox. Competition: ‘Treasure Chest’ Items for October Newsletter to Tricia Hammond please at 132 High Street by NOT LATER than Wednesday 14th September and marked ‘Parish Newsletter’

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.

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