14th October 2005
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Mop arrives in Town

The High Bailiff and members of the Court Leet were on hand to ensure the celebrations at the annual mop.

Photo John Love

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.



MEETING - Monday 24th October, 7.30 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall

Ginny Matheou

St Mary's benefits from PTFA Support

The Children from St. Mary's RC Henley are enjoying the new playground equipment and classroom expansion.

The Playground was supported by the PTFA and parents raising funds from the Stratford 1/2 Marathon.

The classroom expansion is supported by our Parish church Our Lady and St. Benedicts in Wootton Wawen.

Property Auctions

John Earle & Son held their monthly auction on the 20th September and below are the results. I also attach two photographs of each property. I would like to add that although the market has lost some of its value over the last 12 months, now that schools and universities have gone back and the holiday season is already becoming a distant memory, activity in all sectors of the residential property market has increased. Confidence generally seems to be growing, possibly helped by the recent fall in interest rates and people’s expectation that they are likely to remain low.

Nine lots were offered for sale, five other lots, all land around Parkfield House Dorridge had been sold prior at a total figure substantially in excess of the guide prices.

The first lot offered was just 3.11 acres of pastureland at Valley Road, Earlswood. The bidding started at £20,000 and sold for a remarkable £72,000.

Next offered was Bridge Cottage in Lapworth, after a low, slow start the gavel was brought down at £269,000.

The 4.35 acres at Dark Lane, Hollywood, had an opening bid of £10,000 and was finally knocked down at £52,000 (£11,158 per acre).

The two lots making 9.62 acres at Spencers Lane, Berkswell, failed to make their reserves; a sale negotiation is now ongoing.

The 10.77 acres at Kenilworth Road, Knowle, sold for £72,000 and Vale House, Old Station Road, Hampton-in-Arden, after some spirited bidding realised £492,000.

The final lot offered was 1 Ragley View, Alcester, it failed to make its reserve, but terms were agreed in the auction room and contracts exchanged immediately.

History of Henley Series

William de Montfort Dean of St Paul’s

Edward I’s reputation as a formidable king is well known. Peter de Montfort was killed by Edward at Evesham in 1265 and Edward’s stature alone brought about the death of Peter’s son William in 1294.

William was Peter de Montfort’s youngest son and as expected he went into the church. William went to Oxford University in 1261 and was incepted under the chancellorship of Thomas de Cantilupe. Thomas was a supporter of the baronial reform programme and a relative of Walter de Cantilupe the bishop of Worcester and the De Montfort family. It was therefore no surprise that William de Montfort would become part of Thomas’s household that effectively ran the administration of the diocese. It is known that many clerks and students at Oxford University took a great interest in the politics of the times and supported the barons. Clerks of the University fought under their own banner at Northampton on the baron’s side. William de Montfort was captured in Northampton alongside his father Peter who was the baronial commander there in April 1264.

Thomas de Cantilupe became bishop of Hereford in 1274. In 1276 William de Montfort was given a canonry and precentorship at Hereford. He was made joint guardian of the temporalities of the see of Hereford in the bishop’s absence in 1280. When Thomas died in 1282, William as a trusted member of his household became one of the executors of his will. William became dean of St Paul’s London in 1285, a position he held until his death. He held an important position within the English church and he escorted the King’s daughter to the continent early in 1294.

William held the churches of Stratford, Avening and Whitchurch in the Worcester diocese and held prebends in the London, Lincoln and Hereford dioceses. Taxation of the clergy became a source of tension in the late thirteenth century, which would lead to a crisis between Edward and Parliament in 1297. William de Montfort died just before he was about to give a speech in defence of the clergy at the Westminster Parliament of September 1294.

When Parliament was held William de Montfort, dean of St. Paul’s, London, who was the procurator in the Roman Court for the business connected with the tenth previously granted to the King of England for the defence of the Holy Land, and also the principal agent and promoter of the King’s schemes for the overthrow of the liberties of the English church, was suddenly and unexpectedly struck with pain in the presence of the King and his court and unexpectedly gave up the ghost. He was brought for burial at St. Paul’s and laid with his forebears.

The Chronicle of Bury St Edmunds, 1212 – 1301, ed. A. Gramsden (London, 1964)

In his will, William expressed the hope, and 100 marks (£66, 13s, 4d), that Thomas would be canonized. This eventually happened in 1320 after many appeals by Richard Swinfield, Thomas’s successor as Bishop.

Jonathan Dovey
Part of the 'History of Henley' series

Another Prestigious Award for Johnsons

Johnsons have landed yet another prestigious award to add to their already impressive trophy cabinet.

At the glittering National Coach and Bus Industry Excellence Awards, held at the National Motorcycle Museum recently, Johnsons walked away with the highly coveted ' Coach Operator of the Year award ' in the category 31 plus vehicles.

In their summing up the judges said "Johnsons have an excellent business strategy in terms of management structure and have people that know what's expected of them. There is a transparency in the way the company communicates to all staff and the company has definitely benefited by going through the Investors in People process".

They went onto to say "they remain committed, firstly, to providing quality and reliability to customers and secondly they have maintained market shares in all their coaching activities, while continuing a high level of investment in new vehicles".

John Johnson, Director, Johnsons Coaches said, " It is extremely satisfying to have been recognised once again by our own industry for all our hard work. We have so many facets to our business from holidays and excursions through to private and contract hire and tailor made holidays which all require high levels of service and operational efficiency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We have a dedicated and professional team here and this award is a great accolade for all of them".

Vandals attack Riverlands work

Last Friday night, the Town's vandals attacked the protective screen around the flood defence worksite.

These works on the riverbank by the surgery seem to be involving vast expense on fencing which we are told is to protect the newts! How much is it all costing? Is it the tax payer or the rate payer who picking up the bill?

Photo John Love

The Henley Directory

Work is now in hand for the preparation of the new Directory for publication in January 2006. During the next few weeks, volunteers are likely to be calling on you for the details to be printed in the Directory, namely surname, initials, address and telephone number.

It is in the best interests of the community if the Directory can be as comprehensive and accurate as possible and your co-operation would be much appreciated. We intend this Directory to be the best yet.

If you are running a business in Henley and have not yet been approached to see if you would like advertising space, please contact John Brealey on 792487.

The last Directory contained details of over 70 clubs and societies active in the town. This information needs updating and extending.

If you are involved in running a club or society which has not already been contacted for information, please call Douglas Bridgewater on 793633.

Manure on Offer

I was speaking to a Barry Mills this week and he has lots of stable manure on hemp, free and bagged for anyone who would like to collect it for their garden. Give him a call on 01564 793784.

Sounds a little strange but you never know this could be just what everyone wants this time of year!

Wendy Cowdrill.

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 12:15 hours on Monday 19th September four offender/s driving a silver Vauxhall Zafira motor vehicle have gained entry to a house on Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen, via the back door. Once inside offender/s have stolen a laptop computer from within.
Incident number 287 of 19th September refers

At approximately 12:05 hours on Monday 19th September two unknown white males in their 20’s have been disturbed trying to break into a Porsche 911 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on the driveway of a house in Nuthurst Lane, Hockley Heath.
Incident number 280 of 19th September refers

At approximately 14:20 hours on Sunday 25th September three unknown offender/s have stolen three sets of golf clubs from an integral garage on Vicarage Hill, Tanworth by unknown means. Offender/s have made off in a green Landrover motor vehicle.
Incident number 349 of 25th September refers

Sometime between 10:20 hours and 11:10 hours on Friday 23rd September unknown offender/s have stolen the front VRM plates from a Mercedes SLK motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Broad Lane, Tanworth.
Incident number 226 of 23rd September refers


At approximately 01:30 hours on Friday 23rd September unknown offender/s have gained entry to an office premises on Kington Lane, Claverdon, via a window and external door. Offender/s have ripped the alarm off the wall, stolen a digital camera and cash box from within and poured a large quantity of syrup into a printer and computer tower.
Incident number 78 of 23rd September refers


Sometime between 20:00 hours and 20:15 hours on Monday 19th September unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a MG ZT motor vehicle parked secure and unattended in Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen golf clubs and trolley from within.
Incident number 652 of 19th September refers

Between 10:10 hours and 11:30 hours on Tuesday 20th September unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Freelander motor vehicle parked secure and unattended in Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen golf clubs from within.
Incident number 205 of 20th September refers

At approximately 08:20 hours on Thursday 22nd September unknown offender/s have interfered with both Range Rover and Landrover motor vehicles parked insecure and unattended in Wootton Wawen. No other details are known at present.
Incident number 66 of 22nd September refers

Between 08:45 hours and 15:40 hours on Tuesday 27th September unknown offender/s have stolen a Landrover 110 Defender parked secure and unattended on the driveway of a house in Liveridge Hill, Henley.
Incident number 350 of 27th September refers

Sometime between 08:00 hours and 21:45 hours on Wednesday 28th September unknown offender/s have stolen an Ifor Williams box trailer from the driveway of a premises in Whitley Hill, Henley. Offender/s have unhitched the trailer from a Landrover motor vehicle parked in the same location.
Incident number 559 of 28th September refers


Sometime between Saturday 24th September and Sunday 25th September unknown offender/s have smashed a 2ft by 1ft stained glass window in the porch of a premises on the High Street, Henley.
Incident number 314 of 27th September refers

At approximately 18:50 hours on Tuesday 27th September a female IP was driving down Blackford Hill, Henley when a group of youths, on the side of the road, have thrown concrete at the car. Police conducted area search but no trace.
Incident number 527 of 27th 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

None received so far.

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board

The Memorial Hall Committee presents an evening of entertainment with

Wilson Roberts and Friends


Saturday 12 November at the Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm

Tickets £10.00 to include supper with pudding!

Available from the Vanity Box or Duncan Bainbridge 793539 day
or 794987 evenings

In Aid of Memorial Hall Funds

Also a date for your diaries - Saturday 11 March 2006 a Spring Dance
at the Memorial Hall-dancing to the Likely Lads

Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street or electronically to p_hammond@tiscali.co.uk. All diary dates for the next Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

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.

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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