16th September 2005
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Man held over attempted abduction

A man is being questioned by police about the attempted abduction of a 15-year-old girl in Henley in Arden.

The teenager was asked by a man to get into his van on the High Street close to the HSBC bank on Saturday morning 10th September.

When she refused, he tried to grab her and pull her in by pulling at the bag she was carrying.

A 22 year old from Birmingham was arrested in connection with the incident on Monday.

70% - A New High for Henley

Seven out of ten pupils achieved at least 5 passes at GCSE grades A* to C at Henley High School. The key to this success has been hard work and together with the increased aspirations of last year’s cohort.

Ten years ago, many pupils saw little point in studying hard and many made little effort. Today, pupils see the importance of their education and believe that they can achieve. This coupled with the very high commitment and expertise of the staff has led to a year on year improvement.

Boys were not left behind as they have been in some parts of the country. They achieved at virtually the same levels as girls and the average points score increased once again.

These results are better than both National or County averages, and whilst these are the best ever at Henley, we believe it can act as a platform for even better achievements from the next cohorts at the school.

Many pupils have achieved their potential whether this is 9 A or A* passes or more modest results. Some pupils for whom learning has been a long and difficult road have worked amazingly hard and it is important that their achievements are recognised.

I must also praised the efforts of the teachers who give unstintingly of their time to support pupils. We are developing our professionalism by providing for all learners whether they learn by seeing, hearing or doing. This makes the curriculum accessible to the majority rather than just the elite and the academic.

The school becomes a Specialist College for the Performing Arts this September and has plans to raise results still further. By increasing pupil self esteem and confidence, academic performance will increase still further. We are confident that we will be looking at even better results in the future.

John West – Headteacher

Cycle 4 Charity

This weekend, as part of the Solihull Festival 2005, the Cycle 4 Charity takes place.

The Rotary Club of Henley in Arden will be assisting at the event by acting as marshals.

Acclaim for Warwickshire Youth Orchestra

The Warwickshire Youth Orchestra received a standing ovation at a recent concert given in Germany as part of the Mosel Festival .The finale - Pomp and Circumstance March no. 1 by Edward Elgar (Land of Hope and glory) - was encored three times. This special ‘Last night of the Proms’ concert was given at the Kurfurstlichen Palais in Trier to an audience of over 300 people. The 'Kultur' section of the local newspaper, the Trierischer Volksfreund, described the orchestra as having “astonishing security in both technical and musical respects” and said that the “ young artists had effortlessly won over their listeners”

Members of the Orchestra come from schools throughout Warwickshire. It is run by Warwickshire County Council’s County Music Service.

Youngster from Leamington and Warwick who took part included Mathew Belcher (percussion)from Myton School, Catherine Cleal (violin) from Aylesford, Angela Pell-Walpole (bassoon) from the Trinity Catholic Technology College, Philip Rashleigh from Warwick School, Becka Fidler from Kings High School and Lucy French (cello) from Kingsley. Mark Aspinall (oboe) -originally a pupil at Myton School- returned specially from Nottingham University to take part.

Youngsters from the South of the County who took part included Andrew Hood (viola) from Alcester high, Rebecca Eldridge from Studley High ,and Libby Allen from Stratford High School.

The orchestra meets every Friday at Kenilworth School, with the first rehearsal of this year taking place on 16th September. Entry is by audition and new players are very welcome. They should be of a standard equivalent to Grade Six and have some experience of orchestral playing. Details and an application form are available online at www.musicforlife.net/groups/wyo.asp or from the CMS office on 01926 412803.


On August 30th the members enjoyed a talk on “Hardy Ferns and Ivies” by the very enthusiastic Angela Tandy from Fibrex Nurseries. The nursery was established 47 years ago and specialises in Pelargoniums (of which there are 2000 varieties). They now hold the National Collections of Pelargoniums and Ivies. They exhibit regularly at Chelsea, Hampton Court and other large flower shows, and also specialise in Hardy Ferns.

Angela brought along several varieties of ivies and hardy ferns and described propagation techniques and a practical demonstration of how to take cuttings. She also brought along some of their display ivies and showed unusual ways of growing them.

Angela finished her talk with an invitation to visit the nursery, which we shall be following up as she also promised us home made cake!

Our next meeting is September 27th at 7.45pm, visitors welcome. The subject is Bamboos and Ornamental Grasses. Members competition is the Fuchsia from the plug provided at March meeting.

The Gardening Club and Ullenhall WI held their annual Autumn Show on Saturday 3rd September.

A good number of entries for all classes were displayed. Classes ranged from Arts and Crafts, Cooking, Vegetables, Plants etc. This year a new class was included, men only – an all in one sponge cake! The standard as usual was very high.

Several charity stalls were situated in the sun outside along with tea and cakes. Live music and a bouncy castle for the children were also provided.

The prizes for the main classes were presented by the WI chairman. This was a most enjoyable event. Thanks go to everyone who supported and helped to make this a successful show.

Call for candidates for County Youth Panel

Warwickshire’s successful County Youth Panel is set to expand, and teenagers from around the county are being encouraged to stand for election. The panel gives young people a chance to voice their views on a number of issues that affect them. Representatives of the panel were involved in the selection process for the new Warwickshire County Council Chief Executive during the summer. The panel is working with Warwickshire Police on leaflets and hand-outs that clearly explain stop and search policies, anti-social behaviour contract and anti-social behaviour orders.

In Rugby the youth panel has launched an in-depth consultation into public transport in the area, to ensure that young people’s needs and views are taken into account.

The panel is also involved in setting up system for consultation on young people’s use of health services. Representatives are also going to explain their work to the European Parliament this Autumn. Currently there are two representatives from each borough and district. In the elections three young people from every area will be elected. Candidates should be between 11 and 19.

Rob Townsend of Warwickshire County Council’s Youth and Community Service said: “The Youth panel plays an important role in giving young people from across Warwickshire a voice, and works closely with a number of departments within the County Council as well as other organisations such as the police. These elections offer a chance for more people to get involved.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, added: “Young people have grasped the chance to show that they are interested in community matters, and their views have helped ensure that policymakers consider their needs. The elected members of Warwickshire have consistently been impressed by the input of the panel, and the involvement of young people will become increasing important when the recommendations in the Government’s Green Paper Youth Matters are implemented.”

Potential candidates can get a full application pack and further details from Rob Townsend at Warwickshire County Council on 01926 738494 or by emailing him robtownsend@warwickshire.gov.uk
or from the website at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/youthandcommunity . The closing date for nominations is 7th October.

Cut car use and save money

As oil prices across the world are soaring, the national Travelwise campaign is urging the Government to curb Britain’s dependency on oil. At the same time, Warwickshire County Council’s Sustainability Team is calling on the people of Warwickshire to use their cars more sparingly.

Car owners are feeling the pinch because the price for petrol and diesel has reached an all-time high. Crude oil now costs more than $60 a barrel, and experts predict prices may soon rise as high as $100 a barrel.

Oil is one of the biggest contributors to the production of carbon dioxide, the main climate-changing gas. The transport sector is responsible for 27 per cent of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions – which means that drivers must cut back on their dependence on cars if the UK is to meet it tough commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent by 2010.

There were 278,432 cars licensed in March 2005 in Warwickshire. Nationally, 79 per cent of registered cars use petrol, 20 per cent diesel and only one per cent are powered by other means, such as petrol/gas, gas/bi-fuel, and hybrid electricity.

Nicola Small, Warwickshire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Team Manager, says: “In spite of the high costs of fuel, the number of short car trips by single drivers is rising. We want to encourage people to try more sustainable modes of transport like cycling, walking, public transport and car sharing, and to use their cars only for essential trips. This is the only way we will prevent irreversible damage to the environment.

“ And with fuel prices so high at the moment, motorists will see real savings in their pockets if they make these changes.”

Alerts from Trading Standards

‘Mint All Round’ - Ford Fiesta was Dangerous and Unroadworthy

Mr John Langton of White Hart lane, Ufton, Leamington Spa, trading as Motor Masters, of Coventry Road, Marton, Rugby, has pleaded guilty to falsely describing a 1988 blue Ford Fiesta XR2 as ‘mint all round’ in an advertisement in the Leamington and Warwick WHY magazine when the vehicle was actually in a dangerous and unroadworthy condition due to excessive corrosion. Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service took the prosecution after receiving a complaint from a Wellesbourne consumer who purchased the vehicle.

At Rugby Magistrates Court on 31st August 2005, Mr Langton pleaded guilty to two offences under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968, one under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and one under the Fair Trading Act 1973. Mr Langton was fined £1350, ordered to pay the consumer £600 compensation and £800 prosecution costs.

When a Trading Standards expert vehicle examiner looked at the car he discovered a number of faults that led him to conclude that the vehicle was both dangerous and unroadworthy. These included corrosion to a number of load bearing areas, protruding jagged edges that could potentially have injured any pedestrian that was in collision with the vehicle and severe corrosion around a seat belt mounting.

Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire Trading Standards said:
“ Consumers lives must not be put at risk by irresponsible traders who sell vehicles that are unroadworthy. We will continue to take action against traders who fail to take their responsibilities seriously and I urge any consumer who has suffered similar problems to contact Trading Standards.”

As well as falsely describing the vehicle as ‘mint all round’ when it was not, and supply a vehicle that was in a dangerous and unroadworthy condition, he had also written on the consumers receipt that the vehicle was ‘sold as seen’, implying that the consumer did not have any rights to redress to if something was subsequently found to be wrong with the vehicle – when this was not true. Consumers do have rights where businesses have sold goods that are not of satisfactory quality.

Mr Langton appeared in Court but was unrepresented. In mitigation he explained to the Court that he was deeply sorry for what had happened, that it was an honest mistake and he never intended for this to happen. He mentioned that he had offered to rectify the situation but had not been allowed to.

Further he stated that he had never found himself in this situation before and hoped he would never again and wished to apologise to the customer in question.

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.

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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