9th September 2005
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UK 28 - Zimbabwe 21

Last weekend, the International Polocrosse Test Match UK v Zimbabwe took place at Whitley Farm. David Lodder told Henley News on-line that there were three times as many spectators compared with last year's event. Many locals attended and were impressed with the exceptional equestrian skills of all the players.

A real good cliff-hanger, retrieved from even scores at 14:14 at the fourth chukka. Then it went against us and there were soto voices like "we should stick to cricket", but all ended up well".

The UK women were terrific, with what looked like faultless approaches, passes and scores.

The prizes were presented by Kirstie Lodder.

Cycle 4 Charity Event – 18 September

SCOUTS AND GUIDES AT THE C4C DAY Scouts and Guides will be taking part in the Cycle 4 Charity event being held at the Birmingham Model Engineers’ Steam Train Centre at Illshaw Heath on Sunday 18th September.

The Scouts will be constructing an aerial runway and the Guides will be running several stalls including a face-painting stall.

Guides, Brownies and Rainbows of the 1st Tamworth in Arden Guides with their Guide Leader Nicola Rooke
show off their face painting skills and look forward to seeing you on the day.

Come along for a great day out cycling along our leafy lanes and enjoy the events taking place at the Model Steam Train Centre.

For more information and entry forms call the Solihull Festival Box Office on 0121 704 6962 or www.solihullfestival.co.uk


The ‘HUB’: (n) nucleus, focal point, gathering place, an axis
on which a community works with and round. “The HUB of all activity”.

The Hub is ready to be used by a variety of groups……such as yours!!

The building is multi-functional, catering for youth club activities, adult learning opportunities, community meetings and parties. The Hub comprises one main hall with seating area, coffee tables and games area with pool table, plus kitchen facilities. It is a very family friendly environment, ideal for parties. The centre is convenient for wheelchair-users, with ramps and specially fitted toilet facilities.

Hire charges are £6 per hour, which includes insurance cover (min. charge 2 hours). Saturday and Sunday costs may require to be negotiated.

This centre was built for the people of Henley, yet some residents are unaware of its existence.

It is light and airy, ideally suited for art classes, as the newly formed Art in Henley group have discovered. They meet at the Hub each Wednesday afternoon. The Henley Men’s group meet most Thursdays at 11.30 a.m., using the kitchen facilities for cooking and also enjoying a game of darts and pool. Stratford College hires the centre on Tuesday mornings for an art class and the Youth Club meets 4 evenings per week.

If you are new group, or just forming, we may be able to help financially with your first bookings.

The Hub can be found on the High School site, opposite the market, on Warwick Road. If you would like to have a look around, please contact the Bursar, Jan Crathorne on 01564 794042, or mobile no. 07816327727.

The Gourmet Walk to the Waterman

There was an Autumnal nip in the air when we set off early last Saturday to walk from Henley to the Waterman at Hatton. We had heard good reports about this recently refurbished pub so wanted to try it ourselves.

Our starting point was along the bottom of the mount, passed the Junior School, across the playing area and up through the woods to Edge Lane.

We followed the footpath across the Lodders’ land, stopping for a moment to watch a Polo-cross event that was taking place there over the weekend. We then continued on the footpath that crosses the fields down to The Crab Mill then onto the Warwick Road for a few yards until we were able to join the Stratford & Avon canal towpath going towards Lowsonford. By now the sun had come out and it was becoming a very lovely warm day. The canal is a beautiful walk at this time of year especially when the trees are providing dappled shade and the many narrow boats provide constant distractions.

At Preston Bagot, we left the canal and walked through Yaringale Common, along the bridal path to Holywell and then taking the road across the motorway and into Shrewley. Just passed the shop in Shrewley we took the small lane /footpath to the right, this is not very clearly marked, but does lead down to the Birmingham canal. From here we followed the towpath along this very picturesque canal to Hatton Locks. The Waterman pub can be seen up a steep field to the left. I must admit the climb up the hill through the field was the hardest part of the walk. It was just less than ten miles and had taken us three hours; we were very ready for a drink and lunch

On entering the Waterman we were impressed by the changes, the interior of the pub is now modern and attractive. It was about 1 o’clock when we arrived and the pub was already very busy, the outside tables were all taken, so we ate inside at a window table looking down onto the canal. Two glasses of Pinot Grigio and a jug of ice cold water arrived quickly and we were able to concentrate on ordering lunch. There was a good choice ranging from delicious sounding sandwiches to hearty main courses and prices that would suit all budgets. There was also a special children’s menu. I was pleased to see that all the meat on the menus came from the local Hatton farm shop and can vouch for the pork sausages with herb mash potatoes and caramelised onion gravy, they were truly delicious as was the beautifully cooked Scampi with tarter sauce, chips and salad. It was agreed that after such a long walk we had earned some proper gooey puddings and we were not disappointed. A rich chocolate chip pudding with ice cream and a sticky toffee pudding with sauce anglais were just as good as they sounded and provided all the energy we needed for the walk home. Even though the pub was very busy, service was quick, friendly and efficient.

We were ready to retrace our steps back to Henley, By now it was hot so walking along the shaded canal was very pleasant the long walk home justifying all that delicious food. This walk and pub are definitely recommended.


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.

At approximately 14:32 hours on Tuesday 23rd August unknown offender/s have used a plant pot to smash the window of a property on Gentleman’s lane, Ullenhall. Offender/s have stolen the car keys to a silver BMW from within the property and made off from the scene in the stated vehicle.
Incident number 342 of 23rd August refers

Sometime between 11:00 hours on Tuesday 23rd August and 10:25 hours on Wednesday 24th August unknown offender/s have entered a house in Wootton Wawen by forcing the front door. Offender/s have smashed the alarm panel. It is not known at present if anything has been stolen.
Incident number 162 of 24th August refers

At approximately 06:15 hours on Thursday 25th August a male offender has been disturbed ripping off garage doors on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. Offender made off in red metro with three other suspects.
Incident number 64 of 25th August refers

At approximately 02:41 hours on Wednesday 31st August the One Stop shop on the High Street Henley has been the subject of a cigarette break by five offender/s driving what has been described as a blue sports car, possibly a Subaru. Offender/s have unscrewed security cover to allow access to electric’s which operate the front doors. Doors have also been forced and buckled. Offender/s have left a crowbar at the scene.
Incident number 62 of 31st August refers

Sometime between 20:00 hours and 22:00 hours on Thursday 25th August unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Mercedes motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Ladbrook Park Golf Club, Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen a golf power caddy and ping golf clubs from within.
Incident number 619 of 25th August refers

Sometime between 19:50 hours and 22:15 hours on Thursday 25th August unknown offender/s have forced the rear window of a Mitsubishi shogun motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Ladbrook Park Golf Club, Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen golf clubs and trolley from within.
Incident number 623 of 25th August refers

Between 20:00 hours and 22:00 hours on Thursday 25th August unknown offender/s have forced the window of a jeep motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Ladbrook park golf club, Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen golf clubs and power caddy from within.
Incident number 640 of 25th August refers

Sometime between 21:00 hours on Thursday 25th August and 08:15 hours on Friday 26th August unknown offender/s have stolen a white VW hatch parked secure and unattended on Earlswood common, Earlswood, by unknown means.
Incident number 97 of 26th August refers

Sometime between Monday 29th August and Wednesday 31st August unknown offender/s have stolen an Audi motor vehicle which was parked secure and unattended on Langley Road, Claverdon. No other details are known at this time.
Incident number 180 of 31st August refers

A disabled couple from the Henley area has reported to Police the ongoing victimisation they have received from a group of youths over the last few years. Report comes after the youths tried to push the female complainant from her wheelchair on Monday 29th August. The lady received bruising following the incident.
Incident number 652 of 31st August refers

Three men were taken to hospital with stab wounds after being attacked in Alcester in the early hours of Saturday 20th August.

An 18 year old man, who is not local to the area, was arrested at the scene and was later released on Police Bail pending further police enquiries.

The three injured men, aged between 23 and 28, were taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for treatment where their injuries were said to be “not life threatening.” Alcester Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the stabbings which occurred at around 2.30am on Saturday 20th August. Anyone with information should call Warwickshire Police on 01926 415000.

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

Graduates visit Business Club meeting

TWENTY graduates looking to meet local businesses and improve their networking skills will be guests at the Warwickshire Business Club monthly networking lunch at Henley Golf and Country Club on 15th September. The networking lunch will mark the end of a four-day, intensive transferable skills course entitled Grad-Skills for graduates from the West Midlands and beyond.

The course is provided free of charge by Graduate Advantage, a project funded by Advantage West Midlands aimed at retaining graduates in the region following their university studies.

During the four days, the delegates undertake training in several areas with a view to improving their employability. Sessions include; -Presentations and public speaking, -Project management, -Team building and financial business analysis. These will be delivered by business professionals, careers advisors and members of the Graduate Advantage team.

Accessing the hidden job market and the value of building relationships are key messages of the Effective Networking Skills session prior to attendance at the Warwickshire Business Club Networking Lunch. Attendance at the event is being supported by local businesses including The Enterprise Consortium, organisers of the Warwickshire Business Club and Johnsons Coach Travel, who will provide subsidised transport to and from the event for the GradSkills delegates.

Following attendance at the GradSkills course, graduates are encouraged to apply to roles with local businesses seeking to fill their graduate roles by using the free of charge services provided by Graduate Advantage including free vacancy development and advertising on the project's website.

For more information on the GradSkills course and the Graduate Advantage project, contact Lucy Dinsdale, graduate employment and training co-ordinator on 01212044784.

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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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.

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
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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