23rd September 2005
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Henley NEWS on-line has received further information direct from Warwickshire Police about the attempted abduction in the High Street which was the lead story in last week's edition.

At approximately 08:30 hours on Saturday 10 September an unknown offender attempted to abduct a girl during her paper round in the Henley area. The offender asked the girl to get into his van and when his request was refused the male tried to grab her and pull her into the vehicle. The girl managed to make her escape.

The offender has been described as a white male, approximately 20 years of age with dark curtain style hair, a light to medium build and wearing a white boiler suit.

The vehicle is believed to be a blue in colour Mercedes Sprinter flatbed or similar.

Henley in Bloom needs YOU to survive

Have you enjoyed the flower displays this summer?

Do you think they have contributed to the appearance of the town and are they a worthwhile contribution to the enjoyment of visitors and residents, alongside all the excellent personal efforts many people make all over the town with their gardens, pots and baskets? Visitors to the town frequently comment on how attractive our town looks with the flowers everywhere from the Welcome signs to the Bridges and of course our High Street, Arden Road etc. Indeed, not so long ago our Henley received one of the prestigious Britain in Bloom awards.

To achieve all this requires a certain amount of planning and organisation that has been provided over the years by volunteers on the Henley in Bloom committee, supported with some financial help from the Joint Parish Council and donations from local businesses and individuals. The assistance of Mr. Nigel Woodward of Mayswood Garage in offering his Fire Engine for watering has been invaluable, and of course we could not do anything without our keen volunteers that have been planting, watering and weed-killing round the displays. It has been a wonderful effort by everyone in our town for many years.

However, next year we shall be unable to continue with Henley-in-Bloom as our gallant Chairman, Gordon Trinder is retiring after many years dedicated service and the numbers on the committee and our helpers list are too few. Can you imagine our town without the flowers? We are appealing to residents either to join the committee or be an occasional volunteer helper. There is to be an open Town Meeting on Monday 24th October, 7.30 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall when anyone wishing to show support can hear what is involved and the kind of help required. People are understandably nervous about getting involved with perhaps limited time available but we have a system whereby members of a team can give the odd hour or two at their convenience. This only works when there are enough people on the Committee and on the Helpers' List to share the tasks around.

Do please come along to the meeting, your support will be warmly welcomed and newcomers to Henley you will quickly get to know people and feel part of the community!

Anyone who wishes to respond in any way by letter can write to the present Chairman, Mr. Gordon Trinder, c/o John Love, The Vanity Box, 191 High Street, Henley-in-Arden B95 5BA.



Ginny Matheou

From Smallbrook Queensway to Lord of the Rings

On Thursday 15th, Henley Civic Society was presented with an educational and interesting lecture by Laura Henwood, Deputy Curator of Blakesley Hall, Sarehole Mill and Weoley Castle. These all belong to Birmingham Museum Service and details of the two former sites made it clear that local people and children are well catered for. Period costumes are available for school children to wear and Blakesley Hall has a new cafe and study centre, which local people drop into for a chat and to learn about aspects of their heritage.

Laura Henwood with Ray Holding, Vice Chairman of the Civic Society

As long ago as 1275, the Smalbroke family owned land at Blakesley. By 1590, Richard Smallbrook, trader in spices and ironmongery had acquired considerable additional land and built the current hall. It passed down the generations and into the Colmore family by marriage. Both these well known Birmingham families are celebrated in local street names. In 1932 Birmingham City acquired the house and auctioned off its contents and surrounding land. Of the historical documents relating to the hall, the most interesting is an unusually detailed room by room inventory and valuation drawn up following the death of Alma Colmore in 1684. Following the decision in 1976 to restore the house to 17th century style, the museum staff put an advert in Country Life regarding recovery of artefacts from the house. To their joy, the dining table mentioned in the 1684 inventory came to light and was returned to the place in which it first stood over 350 years ago! The hall is a particularly fine example of a timber framed farmhouse and is one of the last remaining in Birmingham. It has many interesting internal features, amongst which are 17th century decorations on bedroom walls. These were discovered in 1940 when a bomb strike in the adjoining cottages dislodged plaster from the walls in the main house. As early as the 17th century there was the rare feature of an upstairs, internal toilet; quite a status symbol! Weddings are sometimes held at Blakesley, using the hall and its barn.

Sarehole Mill, one of only two remaining of the 50 mills once in Birmingham, has been a flour mill and a metalworking mill in its time. It was owned for a while by Matthew Boulton, famous for developing the steam engine. On certain days the museum still lets water turn the mill wheel and grind flour. The machinery of the later steam mill is also run sometimes, using electricity. There is a very large millpond and the museum plans to dredge it when funds are available, in order to restore it to its former glory. JRR Tolkein lived nearby as a child and drew upon his memories of the mill in "Lord of the Rings".

Both sites are clearly worth visiting.

The next meeting will be on Thursday 20th October with a talk on Witches and Witchcraft by Dixie Aitkins 8:00pm at Henley Fire Station.

Report by John Stott
Photos John Love

Wildlife Society - 1st meeting for 2005/6

Henley Wildlife Society were entertained on Tues 20th by Steve Falk, Curator of Warwick Natural History Museum. Steve goes on many trips abroad, taking slides. His subject for the meeting was 'Wildlife & Scenery in Kerala & Goa' which were former Portuguese Protectorates until the 1960's.

This was the fourth time Steve had talked to the Wildlife Society and as always gave a most interesting programme. There was a good turnout of about 40 members and visitors attending this the first indoor meeting of the season.

New members are always welcome. A raffle is held each meeting with good prizes.

John Love - Reporting and Photos

Local Company launches website

Henley Metal Products is a long established metalworking firm, specializing in the fabrication of Gates, Balustrading and general fabrication in all metals. We added to this with the introduction of a range of affordable Pet Pens which have become very popular due to the ease of erection and versatility.



On their new website, there is a selection of gates, fencing and beds along with the Pens. Due to their unique design, the pens are robust, simple to assemble and dismantle for storage if required. They are manufactured in their workshops at Edge Lane, then Hot Dipped Galvanized prior to dispatch. This protects them from corrosion when left outside to the elements. A basic 8ft x 4ft pen can be erected and ready for use in less than Two Minutes.

The main advantage of the Pet Pens is that the unique design allows for ease of relocation from the house to the garden or patio in minutes. They can be sited on concrete, slabs or grass. If they are used on polished floors indoors, we also supply anti-scratching strips to the Post Feet.

For a demonstration of how quick and easy the pens are to erect, visit Pet Pens website at www.henleypetpens.co.uk and view a movie showing the erection of a standard 8ft x 4ft x 3ft Pen in 1 Minute 10 seconds.

Henley NEWS on-line backs local businesses.


If you are 60 or over and living in or around Stratford upon Avon or Shipston on Stour, take advantage of the remaining free electric blanket tests being offered by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Appointments for free blanket tests are still available and Trading Standards Officers are urging pensioners to take advantage. To book an appointment freephone: 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.

The owners of blankets that fail will be offered a voucher toward the cost of a new electric blanket.Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service said:
“ Many house fires each year are caused by faulty electric blankets. I strongly urge Warwickshire residents to take advantage of this service.”

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.

Between 01:00 hours and 07:00 hours on Saturday 10th September unknown offender/s have gained access to a property on Brook End Drive, Henley via the railway line at the rear. Offender/s have then entered the premises through an insecure conservatory window. Offender/s have stolen Phones and a handbag from within. Some of the property stolen has been recovered in the Mappleborough Green area.
Incident number 181 of 10th September refers

At an unknown time on Sunday 11th September unknown offender/s have stolen various items, including £1200 worth of kitchen knives from the Throckmorton Estate, Coughton by unknown means.
Incident number 248 of 13th September refers

Sometime between Monday 22nd August and Tuesday 6th September unknown offender/s have stolen a gold Toyota Rav 4 parked secure and unattended in Colweswood Lane, Earlswood. The vehicle has later been found in the Sparkbrook area of Birmingham with minor fire damage.
Incident number 430 of 6th September refers

Between 23:00 hours on Thursday 8th September and 07:30 hours on Friday 9th September unknown offender/s have stolen a CD player from an insecure Escort van parked unattended on Oak Dene Close, Claverdon.
Incident number 110 of 9th September refers

Between 00:01 hours and 06:00 hours on Saturday 10th September unknown offender/s have smashed the window of Renault Laguna motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Bell Field, Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen a briefcase from within.
Incident number 199 of 10th September refers

Motor vehicle, an Audi TT has been taken without the owner’s consent from a house in Claverdon. The known offender has later returned the vehicle undamaged.
Incident number 442 of 11th September refers

Between 16:00 hours on Monday 12th September and 01:00 hours on Wednesday 14th September unknown offender/s have forced the door of a VW Passat motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on School Road, Snitterfield. Offender/s have gained access to the boot and stolen £3000.00 worth of camera equipment from within.
Incident number 31 of 13th September refers

At approximately 23:55 hours on Wednesday 14th September unknown offender/s have taken a Skoda motor vehicle left insecure, with the engine running from the High Street, Henley. The vehicle was later found nearby with no damage.
Incident number 688 of 14th September refers


At approximately 08:30 hours on Saturday 10 September an unknown offender has attempted to abduct a girl during her paper round in the Henley area. The offender asked the girl to get into his van and when his request was refused the male tried to grab her and pull her into the vehicle. The girl managed to make her escape.

The offender has been described as a white male, approximately 20 years of age with dark curtain style hair, a light to medium build and wearing a white boiler suit. The vehicle is believed to be a blue in colour Mercedes Sprinter flatbed or similar.
Incident number 205 of 10th September refers

At approximately 18:25 hours on Sunday 11th September a male has stopped in a layby in the Beoley area in his MG TF motor vehicle. An unknown male offender, driving a purple Ford Focus and wearing a balaclava and surgical gloves has then chased the male and trampled on his hand in order to obtain the car keys. The offender has then made off in the vehicle.
Incident number 470 of 11th September refers

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

Alerts from Trading Standards

Email Scam
Consumers are warned to beware of bogus emails purporting to come from a CM Watson. The emails, which have been received by residents and businesses in Harbury, Kenilworth and Rugby state that an account has been successfully open under the name 'CM watson payroll merchant bank'. The email goes on to read that a transaction of the amount of 486.95 has been debited and that should the recipient which to 'cancel the account' they should click on the link in the email that will take them to a website. Consumers who have done so say they just receive error messages. Trading Standards advises consumers to delete these messages when they arrive. Do not follow any links to any websites or enter any personal information. Unsolicited and unusual emails can be used to 'phish' for personal information to use for fraudulent purposes, or deliver computer viruses.

Energy Transfer
A consumer has reported being swapped to another energy supplier without his knowledge or permission . The consumer contacted his 'new' supplier who said that he had signed - even though the consumer was sure he had not.

Further enquiries revealed that the 'new' company had a different name for the address the resident lived at, suggesting that the 'new' suppliers representative simply filled out the forms himself without speaking to residents or asking for their consent. This sort of practice is well known, and is the result of over zealous commission only sales staff, whose pay is based upon the number of people they can sign up. The industry describes this practice as an 'erroneous transfer'. and consumers may be entitled to compensation if they are transferred without their knowledge (contact Energy Watch).

Rogue Gardener
A resident paid £240 to two young men who came to her door claiming to be tree surgeons and offering to carry out any work required immediately. The resident did need a tree felling and asked the callers to do this. They then found other things that needed 'fixing' and used intimidation to encourage her to agree to the work. The work was substandard and the traders left no contact details.

Cold Calling Alarm Sales
Local residents are warned to beware of unexpected telephone calls from a company selling alarm systems. The caller simply tells the resident that they will be coming around to fit the alarm, and 'discuss her options'. Consumer are warned to think twice before letting anyone in to their home under such circumstances and first seek advice from their local Police crime prevention officer. Such companies often use high pressure sales techniques to encourage consumers to buy. They may offer a free alarm - but the consumer will still have to pay for installation and may have to sign
an expensive monitoring contract. If you don't want to speak to the person, don't open you door to them. It can be hard to distinguish the good traders from the cowboys; it might be easier to keep the door closed.

House to House Collections
Householders are warned to beware of door to door collections in the local area. Leaflets ask for clothing and bric a brac to be sold for charity. The telephone number on the leaflet is reported to be bogus and the line dead.

Roofing Rogues
A trader approached a house in Kenilworth and advised the home owner that her chimney was 'dangerous' and needed work doing. The trader spent 10 min on a ladder on the roof before telling the consumer that the work had cost £425, which with a £50 discount would be £375. The householder told the trader to come back in an hour so that she could go and collect the money - but then told her neighbour what she had done. He advised her not to pay and told the trader this when he returned. After a short argument the trader left. Trading Standards warning notices were distributed along the street, together with doorstep stickers.

Rogue Traders - Hampton Magna
The Trading Standards Service has received a report that three rogue traders are operating in the Hampton Magna area. Driving a white van, the three are offering very poor quality roofing and gardening work. An elderly person living in the village paid over £700 for entirely unsatisfactory work when they approached him on the doorstep.

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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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).

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.

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. Monica Evans is coming on Tuesday October 4th to speak about “Herbs & Spices - Facts & Legends”. Visitors are very welcome to join us and spice up their evening from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall!

Henley Wildlife Society John Tuer will take us on “A Spring Walk in Shropshire” when he gives his talk with slides on Tuesday 18th October from 7.45pm in the Baptist Church Hall. John will give special emphasis on looking at trees. Visitors are very welcome £1.00

Henley-in-Arden Flower Club meet on Tuesday October 11th at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall for Clair Bond and ‘Night at the Theatre’. Competition: ‘Autumn Cascade’ Visitors welcome £3.00

Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society will meet at 8.00pm in the Fire Station Room on Thursday 20th October for ‘Witches & Witchcraft’ with Dixie Aitkins. Visitors welcome

Henley-in-Bloom PUBLIC MEETING - MONDAY 24th OCTOBER - at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Open to all residents and interested parties, to discuss the future of Henley-in-Bloom and hear any ideas, suggestions or comments. At the end of this year the existing committee will be too small to function so future action will depend on the support and interest shown at this meeting, otherwise there will be no Henley-in-Bloom flowers next year. No gardening expertise is necessary, just enthusiasm to enhance the appearance of Henley-in-Arden

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.

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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