28th October 2005
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Trafalgar anniversary Lunch

Readers of Henley News on-line remembered the historic event, the Battle of Trafalgar, at a lunch held in the magnificent dining room of the Judges House, which forms part of the Crown Court and Warwickshire County Council complex in the centre of Warwick on Saturday 22nd October.

Many well known Henley residents arrive

Some 60 attended and enjoyed a meal ranging from Hoatio's Smoked Fish Pate, Midshipman's Lamb Hot Pot to Bosun's Bread and Butter Pudding. Cheese & Hard Tack was accompanied with Coffee.

The highlight of the event was an address by Nigel Hastilow who made a study of Lord Nelson’s life for the occasion. He traced his formative years in the Royal Navy and gave many examples about his tenacity in facing the bigotry of his superiors and peers of that era. Determination won through as his success as an Admiral testifies.

Nigel Hastilow delivers his talk on Nelson and Trafalgar

Many insults had to be borne not least was the general description of his physique, "he was of shallow chest and spindly legs" yet even with the loss of an arm and eye from navel conflicts he became an outstanding leader and seafaring tactician.

His relationship with Lady Hamilton raised many eyebrows but whilst that drew questions about it's appropriateness he was and remained a religious man for every night, it is said, he knelt in prayer.

The audience greatly appreciated Nigel's talk

Despite the early resistance to his career the welcome to his appointment as Admiral is given in his letter to Lady Hamilton on 1st. October 1805."I believe my arrival was most welcome, not only to the Commander of the Fleet but almost to every individual in it, and when I came to explain the 'Nelson Touch' it was like an electric shock. Some shed tears, all approved- 'it was new-it was singular-it was simple'.

County Councillor George Atkinson closes the event

Organisers of the event were Bill Leech, Editor of Henley NEWS on-line, and Cllr. George Atkinson.

Support for Henley in Bloom at meeting

imageThe Town Meeting was well attended. 35 residents turned out to show their support, and five firm offers of help were made to serve on the committee, with several others to go on the helpers' list of occasional volunteer helpers.

We will still need a Chairman to head the Henley-in-Bloom Committee and we hope further helpers will now be forthcoming as the more we have, the less time each person has to give. Please contact Ginny Matheou on 794308 if you would like any further details.

We are very grateful for the new support and we are encouraged to continue into 2006 with fresh heart.

Ginny Matheou.

High Bailiff collects for earth quake


High Bailiff's Collection last Saturday for the Earthquake Appeal

John Love - Photo

Warwickshire Well Known for Witches

imageDixie Atkins gave a most informative talk about “Witches and Witchcraft” to assembled members and visitors to the Henley and Beaudesert Civic society at their October meeting. Our picture right shows Dixie with Maragret Twigg Chairman of the Civic Society.

Many of our customs have origins in witchcraft e.g. Kissing under the mistletoe arises from the belief that kissing strengthens a spell. The belief that the magnetic properties of iron were magic led to blacksmiths placing horseshoes with the open end downwards above the entrance to the forge because it was thought that the magic could flow out and strengthen the metal they worked.

The earliest known reference to witchcraft is in 1100BC in Egypt. In the harem of Rameses II pins were stuck into an effigy of Rameses, because of dissatisfaction amongst the women! Witches were originally local wise persons or herbalists. In the Middle Ages the Catholic Church saw their knowledge as a threat and consequently pronounced them evil. The ensuing persecution in Europe led to the killing of 9 million people as witches. A person accused of witchcraft was presumed guilty until proved innocent and in mainland Europe, those who denied being witches were brutally tortured until they confessed. Thus, once accused, it was difficult to escape eventual death. In England, direct physical torture was not allowed, but sleep deprivation in cold conditions without food was practised! Penalties were the stocks for first conviction and life imprisonment for second conviction. Consequently, no witches were burned in England. On the continent, witches could be shown ‘mercy’ for cooperative behaviour during interrogation. This meant that they would be strangled prior to being burned!

imageRelatively recent witchcraft incidents (all outside the law) include cornish locals in 1924 accusing a visitor on a bicycle of being a flying devil. This man escaped attack, because he bled when put to the classic pricking-with-a-pin test for witches. Not so fortunate was a person beaten to death in 1969 in Germany following accusation of witchcraft and the burning down of a house in 1976 also in Germany.

Witches are still with us, with 10,000 in the USA and 2,000 in England and Warwickshire was well known for witches, so look out!

Dixie Atkins’ talk was preceded by John Love (pictured right) giving a brief explanation of current works on the River Alne in Henley. A detailed study by the council of silting, flow rate over weirs, etc., has led to remedial work. The flow capacity is being improved to reduce flooding to a once in a hundred years risk. Precautions are being taken to protect the fish and crayfish that live in the river and plans exist for most contingencies. The council report was available for viewing at the meeting.

John Stott Reporting

Spring Walk in Shropshire

imageJohn Tuer (retired schoolmaster), took the Henley Wildlife Society on a 7 mile walk round Clunbury area of Shropshire looking at trees in Maytime all the various blossoms through National Trust lands and forestry commission plantations.

A good audience of about 40 including 10 visitors. Chairman David Evason thanked John for a very interesting talk in the usual manner.

John Love - Reporting & Photos

Make Them Safe

imageWarwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging residents in the Stratford district to fit a working smoke alarm in to their home.

Throughout the year firefighters from across Warwickshire carry out Home Fire Safety Checks. The main aim of these checks, is to identify the potential for fires in the home. They also highlight the need for an escape plan and assess the amount of smoke alarms needed in a home.

Area Risk Manager, Simon Ellershaw said: “ Although we provide a free home fire safety service, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t check your own home. It is imperative that residents in the Stratford district make every effort to ensure their own safety and the safety of others in their care. This is especially important for carers of young children, those less able and the elderly.

“ Over the years I have heard a number of excuses for why people haven’t got a smoke alarm fitted, including, “they’re too expensive” or “they go off when I burn the toast and it’s a nuisance” In my experience I would say that there is no one who, after suffering the loss of, or injury to a child or loved one, wouldn’t happily, in hindsight, pay the price or suffer the odd inconvenience, if it meant getting their loved ones back.

“ For these reasons, parents and carers of vulnerable people should act today. Go out, purchase a smoke detector or two, and fit them in your homes to ensure that those who you love are protected from the effects of fire and smoke. If you achieve nothing else, you will know that you have done the best you can to care for them.”

If you have any queries or worries about how many detectors to buy or where to fit them, call Simon Ellershaw or Ian Tonner on 01789 293271 and we’ll be pleased to help in any way we can. Alternatively log onto to find out more or apply online.

Simon Ellershaw
Area Risk Manager,
Stratford District.


Richard Abbey of John Earle and Son conducted the firm's monthly land and property auction, held at Henley Golf and Country Club and the auction room was packed with an estimated three hundred people in attendance. Only Five Lots were to be offered, but it would appear that each had generated a substantial amount of interest over the five week marketing campaign conducted in The Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, Solihull News and Birmingham Post.

imageThe first Lot offered was 22 Berrington Close, Ipsley, Redditch, and obviously although bidding started slowly, Mr. Abbey encouraged all those interested to bid strongly and managed well the competition between a broad degree of interest, finally knocking the property down for a very satisfactory £154,500.

The Second Lot in the same Estate as 22 Berrington Close, being 12.72 acres of permanent grassland at Shelfield, Great Alne, sold for a most impressive £102,000, which equates to £8,019 per acre.

Mr. Abbey then offered Round Hill Lodge, near Little Alne, and although the bidding was slow to start with an opening bid of £200,000, he persevered encouraging many bids from all corners of the room and managed further fierce competition between two parties who were reluctant to give way, resulting in the gavel falling at £359,000.

imageThe fourth Lot offered was The Orchard, Kenilworth Road, Knowle, and, again after a slow start, Mr. Abbey encouraged a number of parties to bid and right up to the last minute there was a three-cornered fight with the gavel finally falling at £612,000.

A parcel of land at Bakers Lane had been sold prior to the auction and the second part was withdrawn at £29,000 and is now available for sale by private treaty.

Peter Cornford of John Earle and Son was very pleased for all the clients, as he felt the results were exceptional, underlining yet again that for interesting property there is a genuinely strong market from people with money available, who have the confidence to compete to try and acquire properties for their own occupation and enjoyment.

John Earle & Son's final auction of 2005 will be held again at Henley Golf and Country Club on the 15th November. Currently to be offered are four Lots, including a building plot and some parcels of land.

Open evening at Warks College

imageOn Wednesday 9 November 2005 from 5-8pm, Warwickshire College's Henley-in-Arden Centre will be holding an Open Evening aimed at Year 11 pupils and their parents or guardians.

The College's Henley-in-Arden Centre specialises in courses in sports, hair, beauty, holistic therapy and textiles courses. The Centre's facilities include a state-of-the-art lecture theatre for teaching, conference and community use, outdoor pitches for football, rugby, netball and tennis, a floodlit full-size all weather pitch, a sports hall for indoor activities, a fitness training suite and a fully equipped gym.

Visitors will be able to gain advice and information on courses, meet tutors, discuss options with a Connexions Personal Adviser and source information on Warwickshire College's extensive bespoke transport service. Information on Education Maintenance Allowances (EMAs) will also be available. This government initiative makes grants of up to £30 per week available to many young people on further education courses, depending on their household income. Visitors will also be able to look around the College's new luxury day spa at the Henley-in-Arden Centre.

For more information on the Open Evening, freephone 0800 7836767 or email


Henley In Arden Drama Society

proudly announce their production of


the novel by George Eliot

adapted for stage by Ray Evans

Memorial Hall, 26th to 29th October 2005
07990 515 305



1st RACE 1930 hrs.



Ticket cost to include supper - £10:00 PER PERSON.

Proceeds to Rotary charities.

Ticket enquires. Rotarian. David J BRAIN or 01926 402404.


Alerts from Trading Standards

Bogus Email
Consumers are warned to beware of a new scam email. The email says that the recipients credit card account has been temporarily locked and that the recent online credit card transaction involving a Mr H Wall was therefore not authorised. The email will have been sent to many thousands of people in the hope that some of those who read it will have recently made online credit card purchases. Anyone tempted to click on the link provided on the email risks exposing their computer to viruses. Further, the email will also request personal and financial information as well as asking the recipient to confirm their bank details, and if obtained this can lead to identity theft.

Consumers should delete unsolicited (or spam) email immediately and not be tempted to open it or follow any links. In addition, never provide your personal or financial information.

Red Cross Scam
A local resident reported receiving a call from a man who said he was working for the Red Cross and was collecting for charity. He asked her for her bank details and she signed what appeared to be a direct debit form, although she was not told how much she would be paying. The caller was very pushy and told the woman that all her neighbours had already signed up.

Investigations revealed that the Red Cross are not knocking on doors and asking people for money. Never provide your personal or financial information. The Police have been advised.

Please feel free to pass on the information to whom ever you feel appropriate. We are keen to alert as many people as possible

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board

Johnsons Holiday Show

imageOn Saturday 29 October well over 1,000 holiday makers are expected to descend on Henley High School for the Johnsons Coaches annual "2006 Holiday Show" Henley High School, Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden which is now in its 17th year.

John Johnson, Director of Johnsons Coaches said "Our show gives new and potential customers an opportunity to come along, discuss their 2006 holiday with members of our team from drivers through to couriers and industry experts who have a good knowledge of the destinations on offer. In addition to being able to book on the day. Each year we try to introduce different tours in order to keep our programme alive and fresh for our customers. For 2006 we have still included favourites such as Sidmouth, Bournemouth and Torquay, but a whole range of new destinations have now been added which include Poland, an Imperial Cities tour, more walking holidays and an activity section which includes holidays covering Painting in the Lake District, Cookery Creations in Derbyshire and holidaymakers can even follow in the footsteps of the Impressionists with an unusual and fascinating holiday in Paris.

At the show there is also a whole host of activities including computer slide shows, video presentations, Grand Prize draw and a charity raffle".

The show runs from 9am to 4.30pm. FREE coach travel to the event is also available from pick up points throughout the South and West Midlands and customers are asked to call the Show helpline on 01564 797000 for more details on this service.

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 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 at any time.

ATAC - Action Taken Against Cancer - wish to thank Henley WI, Barbara Warmington and friends and Henley Engineers for their donation of £390.76 raised in part from the Coffee Morning at Dell Court which has been added to our fund to supply a digital mammogram machine for the Breast Care Unit, Cancer Clinic, Warwick Hospital.  Grateful thanks for your valued support.
Fashion and Fitness Extravaganza to be held at the Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, Thursday 10th  and Friday 11th November. Doors open 7 pm for show at 7.45 pm. Tickets £8.50 Thursday and £9 Friday from Jenni Fuller 01926 4921983.  Proceeds to be divided between Air Ambulance and ATAC - Action Taken Against Cancer - for digital mammogram machine, Warwick Hospital.
Gala Dinner and Charity Auction, Billesley Manor Hotel, Nr. Stratford upon Avon  Friday 18th November.  Tickets £35 per head but numbers limited.   To check if tickets still available contact Pat Harrison 01564 782496.   This is arranged by ATAC - Action Taken Against Cancer.
WASP - Warwickshire Action on Stroke Project  supports the Acute Stroke Unit at Warwick Hospital and the newly formed dedicated Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Leamington Rehabilitation Hospital.    Further details from Patricia Phillips on 01564 793114 who recently organised a collection at Sainsburys in Warwick which raised nearly £800 in total for these two units to assist stroke patients.

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.

imageWarwickshire 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

imageThe 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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Henley in BloomRichard Aldridge
British LegionLes Goodman
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Warwickshire CollegeHilary Wright
Prince Harry Road areaHelen Knight
Riverside Gardens areaWendy Cowdrill
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CanadaAnne Elliott
Warwickshire CountyGeorge Atkinson
Stratford DistrictStephen Thirlwell
Joint Parish CouncilHayley Syratt
Heart StartPeter Crathorne
The HubJames Kirby
The Gourmet WalkersDL & MM
Heritage CentreRay Holding
Memorial HallMarijana Bainbridge
Medical CentreLinda Jennings
Chief ReporterJohn Latham
Chief PhotographerJohn Love
Proof ReaderDawn Leech
AustraliaPaul Jackson

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Bill Leech - Editor

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