4th November 2005
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Gunman arrested outside One Stop

imageLast Sunday evening, a man was arrested by Police after being disarmed by local teenagers. He had been seen wielding a handgun. Brave local youths kicked and punched him to the ground before seizing the weapon.

Police, including armed response officers, rushed to the scene outside One Stop at 6.30 pm after reports that a 28 year old local man had been threatening passers by with a gun. When they arrived the gunman was already on the ground.

Police questioned two youths as they seemed to have used force to disarm the gunman. They were not arrested.

The man was taken to Warwick Hospital where he was detained while a mental health assessment was carried out. The gun was found to be a replica.

Airport Finally Reveals Master Plan

Birmingham International Airport (BIA) this week finally launched its new draft Master Plan, “Towards 2030: Planning a Sustainable Future for Air Transport in the Midlands”. The Master Plan, which had originally been expected in June, sets out the Airport's own plans as a response to the Government's White Paper on the future of air transport.

Local communities are expected to be dismayed that the Airport does envisage the need for a second runway but will be encouraged that it will look to extend the existing runway and maximise its use as a first step. There are also groups in favour of airport expansion, particularly business interests and those keen to see the resultant growth in jobs.

In publishing this long-term vision for the future, the Airport also triggered the start of a major consultation process to seek the views of all its stakeholders and other interested parties about the proposals. To provide plenty of time for comment, the draft Master Plan consultation will be open until Friday 31st March 2006. Once responses have been received and examined, the Airport expects to consider publishing a new adopted Master Plan later in 2006. However, the Airport will still need to proceed through the local authority ‘planning permission’ process before any new developments can begin.The new Master Plan envisages passenger numbers rising to 33 million per year by 2030, supporting as many as 27,430 new job opportunities in the same timeframe and generating income of £957 million for the West Midlands region. To cope with this traffic level it is proposed to extend the existing runway and add a second runway and provide a third Passenger Terminal.

Commenting on the launch, the Airport’s Managing Director, Richard Heard, said, “In line with Government policy and support for continued development at Birmingham International Airport, we have prepared a blueprint for the future, outlining how we believe development could be delivered in a progressive and sustainable way up to the year 2030.

“ The need and demand for air travel is forecast to grow in the future, with airports becoming an increasingly important focus for the development of regional economies. In the West Midlands, Birmingham plays a vital role in supporting the economy with research showing that by the year 2030, the Airport could handle 33 million passengers, support over 27,000 job opportunities, and generate around a billion pounds of income in the region.

“ In the ever changing and increasingly ‘international’ world that we live in today, standing still is not an option. We believe that the Airport should continue to grow and develop, as it has over the last twenty years, to continue to support the growth and development of the region. However, we believe that a coherent, comprehensive and effective policy, which deals with the environmental impact of our operations and future growth & development, is also essential.”

The Airport Company has accepted the principle that the people most directly affected by the proposals in the draft Master Plan should have some form of redress and has, therefore, developed a Voluntary Property Support Scheme. A separate document entitled ‘Property Valuation Support Scheme’ was also released today providing reassurance to home-owners.

Mr Heard continued, “Although some elements of the proposals will not be needed for many years, the draft Master Plan should help to remove uncertainty for our neighbours. The trust and support from the communities we serve is vital, and crucial to our success. The Airport brings many benefits to the local community, not least jobs and wealth, but we are aware that operations can impact on the lives of our neighbours. Over the years we have operated a good neighbour policy and we will continue to listen to local people and work with them to mitigate the impacts of our operations.

“ I therefore urge all our stakeholders and interested parties to take part in this consultation exercise. We want to receive views from as many people as possible, to ensure that Birmingham International Airport’s future enhances the prosperity and well-being of the Midlands and its people.”

The full draft Master Plan, and supplementary documents concerning the process, can be viewed on Birmingham International Airport’s website. A programme of public meetings and exhibitions has been arranged to inform local communities of the proposals and the Airport will be issuing a summary newsletter with a wider circulation over the next few weeks.


A group of intrepid walkers from Johnsons Coaches set off recently to walk to the 4,000ft summit of Ben Nevis – all in the name of charity!

The party drove up to Scotland and then tackled the 5 hour walk to the top of the mountain to raise funds for Kidney Research.

The group of 10 including Director, Pete Johnson and his daughter Ellie successfully made the summit in spite of everything the weather could throw at them including wind, hail, rain and even driving snow!!!

Sponsorship came from colleagues, friends and relatives and the proceeds of a summer staff bar-b-cue which all helped swell the funds to £4,000 – no mean achievement.



Johnsons Holiday Show – held at Henley-in-Arden High School last Saturday, was deemed a great success by Directors and staff.

Over 1,200 people packed the hall throughout the day and staff were kept busy, taking bookings, organising slide and film shows, generally giving out holiday advice. Several trade representatives were also in attendance from hotels, tourist boards and attractions.

The new look Johnsons brochure which includes for the first time “Activity Holidays” covering cookery, painting and an increased programme of walking is proving very popular and initial figures for holiday bookings is encouraging. This is the 17th time that Johnsons have held a holiday show in Henley-in-Arden and each year a charity is supported with raffles and donations by members of the public.

This year it was Midlands based charity “Promised Dreams” which make dreams come true for terminally ill children. Some £500 was raised on the day. John Johnson, Director of Johnsons Coaches said “we are delighted with the response to our show, we know we offer a quality product and many of our customers return year after year which is testament to value and high standards of our holidays!”


imageATAC - a local registered charity, fund raising for a Digital Mammogram Machine for the Breast Care Unit at Warwick Hospital, hosted a Ladies Luncheon with Christmas Bazaar Stalls last week at Hogarths Restaurant Dorridge when KAY ALEXANDER, BBC newscaster was the Personality Guest who contributed with a short talk and amusing poem.

Some 100 ladies - including the Chief Executive of South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust [Warwick Hospital] - attended this successful function which boosted the ATAC fund by nearly £1080 from the raffle, table flowers, stalls and sundry donations.

Action Taken Against Cancer was founded just over 12 months ago by Virginia Haynes and Pat Harrison – both breast cancer victims, and has now raised some £21,000 towards the massive cost of £300,000 which they are informed is the sum required for this vitally needed item of equipment.

The WI coffee morning at Dell Court raised £390.76 to boost ATAC funds for a digital mammogram machine for the Breast Care Unit, Warwick Hospital.


Solihull Choral Society Concert

imageSaturday, 26, November 2005 at St George’s Church, Edgbaston at 7.30pm. “Music for Choir, Harp & Organ” including: Chichester Psalms (Bernstein) & Ceremony of Carols (Britten).

Matthew Reeve – Counter-Tenor
David Webb – Tenor
Tanya Houghton – Harp
Vicky Walton – Percussion
Phil Ypres-Smith – Organ
Andrew Fletcher – Director of Music

Tickets: £12.00 each (Concessions £10.00, Student £5.00)

Apply to: Mr Geoff Taylor (Business Manager), “Elbury”, 6, Oakdene, Langley Road, Claverdon, Warwickshire CV35 8PU  Tel No: 01926-843571

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.


Sometime between 12:00 hours and 15:25 hours on Tuesday 18th October unknown offender/s have forced the glass in the rear door of a premises on Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath. Offender/s have stolen a flat screen TV from within.
Incident number 330 of 18th October refers

Sometime before 08:30 hours on Saturday 22nd October unknown offender/s have entered an integral garage of a house on Earlswood Common, Earlswood. Offender/s have stolen a cement mixer and tools.
Incident number 165 of 22nd October refers


Between 19:00 hours and 20:00 hours on Thursday 20th October unknown offender/s have forced the garage door of a premises on Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen a John Deere sit on lawnmower from within.
Incident number 579 of 20th October refers


Sometime between 22:00 hours on Monday 17th October and 06:45 hours on Tuesday 18th October unknown offender/s have smashed the windows of a Volvo motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Deans Green, Henley. Offender/s have stolen a laptop computer from within.
Incident number 68 of 18th October refers

Between 02:00 hours and 07:45 hours on Tuesday 18th October unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Blind Lane, Tanworth.
Offender/s have stolen a laptop computer from within.
Incident number 73 of 18th October refers

Sometime before 08:30 hours on Tuesday 18th October unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a BMW motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Blind Lane, Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen a satellite navigation system from within.
Incident number 89 of 18th October refers

Sometime before 07:25 hours on Tuesday 18th October a white male, wearing a baseball cap has been seen driving away from a silver BMW motor vehicle, parked secure and unattended at Henley Railway Station. On closer inspection the vehicle has been seen to have its windows smashed.
Sometime between 17:00 hours on Tuesday 18th October and 08:00 hours on Wednesday 19th October unknown offender/s have gained entry to an insecure BMW motor vehicle parked on The Green, Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen a satellite navigation system from within.
Incident number 83 of 19th October refers

At approximately 03:05 hours on Friday 21st October unknown offender/s have smashed the window of an Audi A3 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on The Green, Tanworth, activating the alarm. Offender/s have then made off from the scene in an unknown direction.
Incident number 51 of 21st October refers

At approximately 21:00 hours on Thursday 20th October a female driver in a Porsche 4x4 was followed through Henley by two males in a black/dark grey convertible motor vehicle. When in the Hockley Heath area the males produced a handgun and tried to take the vehicle. No other details are known at this time.
Incident number 637 of 20th October refers

A known offender, currently on bail for TWOC (taking without consent) of a vehicle in the Henley area was, at approximately 12:05 hours on Saturday 22nd October, seen with other offender/s to attack a vehicle, belonging to the same IP, with baseball bats and lump hammers.
Incident number 259 of 22nd October refers

At approximately 01:10 hours on Tuesday 25th October two unknown male offender/s have been disturbed trying to gain entry to outbuildings in camp Lane, Henley. Offender/s have used a screwdriver to force the lock of a metro vehicle parked at the same location.
Incident number 33 of 25th October refers

Sometime before 18:22 hours on Monday 24th October unknown offender/s have stolen hub caps from a Renault 21 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on New Road, Studley. Five youths were seen leaving the scene.
Incident number 487 of 24th October refers

Between 19:00 hours on Monday 24th and 05:00 hours on Tuesday 25th October unknown offender/s have entered a Ford Transit van parked secure and unattended in Ullenhall, by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen cigarettes and a screwdriver from within.
Incident number 597 of 25th October refers


Remember, most burglaries happen when a house or flat is empty. They are also more likely to happen during the evening or at night. It is therefore always a good idea to make it look like you are at home.

  • Don’t leave curtains closed during the daytime
  • Use timer switches to turn on lights, radios and other appliances when you are out. These can be purchased from any DIY Shops
  • Don’t use these if they are going to show that you are out. For example in ground floor rooms where curtains have been left open
  • Keep any valuable items out of sight

If you are going away:

  • Make sure you cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries
  • Cut the lawn before you go
  • Do not put your home address on luggage labels when travelling to your destination
  • Ask a friend or neighbour to look after your home while you’re away. Ask them to collect your post, draw your curtains at night and open them in the mornings and generally make the place look lived in.

Good lighting is also a very good deterrent for a burglar and will often put off or draw attention to a thief trying to break into your home.

The most appropriate form of lighting to use is high-efficiency low-energy lighting, controlled by a dusk-to-dawn switch so that it comes on only when its dark. This provides a constant and uniform level of light. It costs very little to run and helps create a more reassuring environment.

Outside lights that come on if they sense movement can be annoying to neighbours and dangerous to passing traffic. If you have these lights make sure they are directed downwards.

Outside lights should always be fitted out of easy reach at a height of at least 2.5 meters from the ground.

If you would like any further information on crime prevention or are in any doubt, please contact the Community Safety Team, based at Stratford Police Station on 01789 414111 ext 4598 or 4540.

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



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

Proceeds to Rotary charities.

Ticket enquires. Rotarian. David J BRAIN
djb.ccwks@btinternet.com or 01926 402404.


Alerts from Trading Standards

None posted

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

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The Memorial Hall Committee presents an evening of entertainment with Wilson Roberts & Friends “Growing Old Disgracefully”. Saturday 12th November at the Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm. Tickets £10 to include supper & pudding, are available from the Vanity Box or Duncan Bainbridge 793539 daytime or 794987 evening. In aid of Memorial Hall Funds

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.

Henley Wildlife Society Celia Davis will give an illustrated talk “Insects in the Garden” on Tuesday 15th at 7.45 pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Visitors £1.00
Christmas Gift Fayre will be held in the Guild Hall, Henley (above Library) on Tuesday evening 8th November 7.30 - 9.00 pm in aid of Friends of Merrydays Nursery. Come & buy unique & beautiful Christmas gifts. All welcome.

Warwick Hospital Cancer Ward Appeal Barclays Bank Henley, will be holding a Coffee Morning Friday 18th November 10 - 12 noon in aid of the above appeal.
There will be Cakes & Christmas fayre for sale

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.

You are invited to an Exhibition of Paintings by JOHN DAVIS at Aston Cantlow Village Hall on Saturday 26th November 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
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 robinf@ribi.org

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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