11th November 2005
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Remembrance Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

We will remember them.

On Sunday 12th November, there will be the customary church parade, form up at the Memorial Hall at 10:15 am.

New High & Low Bailiffs take office

The Annual Meeting of the Court Leet was held in the Guild Hall on Wednesday, 9 November at 7.30 pm. A good number of townspeople were in attendance. The Court was presided over by Honorary Burgess Derek Sharman in the absence of the Lord of the Manor, Mrs Robin Hardy Freed.

Ray Holding Low Bailiff with new High Bailiff Douglas Bridgewater

Following the retirement of Brian Jackson, Douglas Bridgewater was elected High Bailiff with Ray Holding being elected Low Bailiff. A notable event was the appointment of Sharon Enstone as one of the Brooklookers, the first time that a woman has been elected to the Court.

The new High Bailiff said that he had two main projects to accomplish in the year. The first of these was a new edition of the Henley Directory, which last appeared in the millennium year. The 2006 edition should be available in January, priced £4. The second project was the refurbishment of the Guild Hall Garden and the incorporation into it of the land off Beaudesert Lane between the Guild Hall Garden and the river. This is at present of no real benefit to the town, but the construction of a wall will enable the area to be transformed: it is planned to provide flowerbeds, shrubberies and an open area with a small stage which can be used for open-air productions of plays and musical events. Access to the area will be via the present Guild Hall Garden.

A number of events are planned to help to raise funds for the project. There will be a Coffee Morning in the Guild Hall on Saturday, 26 November when plans for the garden will be on view. A Forties Evening is being held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, 4 February 2006 with a dinner and entertainment by Enoch and Eli. On Sunday, 18 June 2006 there will be a Henley Hidden Gardens Open Day, when some fifteen private gardens in Beaudesert and Henley will be open to the public.

Photos John Love

ROTARY award for Outstanding Service


Parish Councillor and Court Leet Member for many years, John Love was presented with the Rotary Award for outstanding service to the Town at the Court Leet meeting on Wednesday evening.

In delivering the citation, Rotary President Paul Rayner said that a fundamental tenet of the Rotary Movement was the promotion of “ high ethical standards in business and the professions”. In the way he conducted his business with patience , quiet courtesy and integrity John more than adequately met these standards. Moreover throughout many years he had provided many services to the Town being the “ticket office” for countless Town events, the viewing place for all the paperwork on planning actions for the Parish Council, one of the Town`s chief photographers and lately a sponsor and supporter of the Henley News on-Line, which only this week had been recognised by a Warwickshire Rural Council award.

Rotarian Alec Halliwell

New Burgesses Ford and Halliwell

At the Annual Meeting of the Court Leet, John Latham proposed that Alec Halliwell and Keith Ford be elected Honorary Burgesses of the Manor of Henley-in-Arden. Douglas Bainbridge seconded the motion.

John in his traditional ebullient style gave a history lesson on role of the honorary burgesses. He said "Like all matters Court Leet it all goes back to Medieval times and is an honour equivalent to being made Freeman of the City. It is given in recognition of the contribution an individual has made to their community over a number of years."

He recognised that the Court Leet of Henley was a bit slow in appointing Burgesses. "According to records in the Guild Hall, Henley didn’t start appointing them till 1918. And there have only been 15 such appointments in nearly 100 years. An honour not given lightly then."

Keith Sharman congratulates Alec Halliwell

Keith Ford receives his award

Keith Ford and Alec Halliwell, together with Pam and Mary and their families, came to Henley nearly 40 years ago. They both bought homes in the same road – and became leading members of that mysterious but powerful group known as the "Glenhurst Mafia".

They both have been at the heart of our community serving many roles;

They have both been leading members of the church and Church Wardens
The have both been High Bailiffs of this court and outstanding officers
They are both past presidents of Rotary.
Alec is a High School governor
They have both been involved in many other community activities and organisations.

Award for Henley NEWS on-line

Henley NEWS on-line has received an award from the Warwickshire Rural Community Council in its Village Ventures Competition 2005.

I would like to thank all our correspondents for helping to make this possible. Without the steady stream of contributions, Henley NEWS on-line would not be able to publish a weekly edition with such wide appeal.

Chief among our contributors has been John Love at the Vanity Box who has been our photographer and on call 24 hours a day, to whom I would like to say a special thank you.
Many thanks for your support.

Bill Leech

Hospital pledges to be more open

Warwick Hospital chief executive Janet Monkman has pledged to end internal speculation over its future with "rumour busting". Speaking at an NHS Trust meeting last week, she admitted information given to the media had left her "wrong footed". But she said team briefings would be used to quash claims of job losses and downgrading of the hospital's role.

The fears have been sparked by a review of what services it should provide, with the findings being implemented in the Spring, and a £9.1 million debt. The Amicus union claimed earlier this month that up to 200 redundancies would be made at St Cross Hospital in Rugby, Warwick Hospital and George Eliot in Nuneaton.

But Mrs Monkman insisted no changes would be made detrimentally affecting patients and said: "Information given to the press by people who used to work here can only be third-hand and fuelled by gossip." She went on: "I can't speculate on why people chose to do that but I'm very clear - I used a very open communication method with the majority of very senior people within this organisation and as far as I'm aware, I haven't seen comments from these individuals in the press."
Maternity services liaison committee member Catherine Williams spoke of "a sense that there must be a plan" and called for a "meaningful and real role for the public to contribute".

But despite Mrs Monkman's assurances over communication, there was still confusion in the wards after the meeting. An ex-worker still close to front-line staff said: "Morale is low. People don't know what's happening. If you knew you were going, at least you could work towards it."

A front-line worker at the hospital said: "There was something on the intranet about not worrying about rumours. But people are concerned about the future, especially students in their third year who need jobs to go to." I think the Department of Health has already made up its mind - and I am considering other options just in case."

The hospital has a "historic" debt of £9.1 million to the NHS, and expects to owe an additional £5.5 million by April. It has embarked on an ambitious recovery plan - the facilities directorate alone has to find savings of £250,000. An area of surplus land on the Lakin Road will be sold off, possibly for community or public sector use. On a day-to-day level, cutting costs include encouraging staff to switch off lights and use both sides of a piece of a paper.

Celebrating 20 years

The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden

This colourful exhibition includes ceramics, wall ceramics, paintings, etchings, sculpture, glass and jewellery. The Gallery Upstairs has become known in the Midlands and further afield as an excellent venue for contemporary art by new and nationally known artists, ceramicists and sculptors. The gallery (45’ x 18’) is light and airy and the gardens, which lead down to the River Alne, look across to Henley’s famous ‘Mount’.

Visitors will be pleased to hear we are having two late night openings on Thursday 10th and Friday 18th November until 8pm.

Monday 7th – Saturday 19th November 2005
Open daily 10 – 6, closed Sundays.

The Christmas Exhibition at The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden opens on Monday 7th November. It is free to come and browse through the collections of paintings, prints, ceramics, jewellery, glass, wood and sculpture all made by British artists and craftspeople and only here for 2 weeks.

The Exhibition includes work by:-
Jayne Lucas is artist-in-residence at Torquil Pottery. She has recently been working on a series of ceramic wall panels made out of paper-clay and decorated with oxides, earth colours and pieces of wire. These works echo Jayne’s original starting point which came from an interest in landscape and aerial views of the surface of the earth. However, the work now has a life of its own, which is purely abstract.
Carey Moon is an artist based in Warwick who paints on paper and canvas and also on clay. Recent work comprises – asymmetrical porcelain dishes, decorated with coloured slips and oxides and scratched into when the clay is dry. The work is then ‘biscuit-fired’ and then fired again with a transparent glaze. The motifs are fish shapes and floating figures, inspired by an interest in Greek mythology.
Penny Gildea is an enameller who lives in Stratford and exhibits her work internationally. She exhibited in Spain and Japan, (where she won an award) earlier this year. Penny uses traditional ‘basse-taile’ and cloisonne techniques to make enamelled bowls and jewellery.
Jo Barry lives and works in a village near the New Forest where she walks her five cocker spaniels. She is inspired, particularly, by winter landscapes of ancient woodlands alongside wild romantic heath land covered with heather and gorse. The Gallery Upstairs has several of her delicately coloured recent etchings, framed and unframed.
Jenny Colquitt is based in Dudley, but exhibits in art fairs around the country. Jenny makes these beautifully intricate wall panels out of clay. They are decorated by drawing into the clay surface in minute detail. Subtle colours and lustres are painted on by hand.

For further information please contact Carey Moon or Jayne Lucas on 01564 792174 or come and see it for yourselves!

Access is via Torquil Pottery.

The Gallery Upstairs Ltd
81 High Street, Henley-in-Arden
Warwickshire B95 5AT
Tel. 01564 792174

E-mail. galleryupstairs@aol.com

History of Henley Series

By Jonathan Dovey

Lost Houses of Henley - Arden House Lane

This cottage once stood on the corner of Arden house lane and the Stratford Road. However it was taken down and replaced by a late Victorian house that was lived in by Annie Blackwell at the turn of the century. You can see that the shaped trees have grown in the second photograph.

Many of these types of cottages were built quickly by squatters on areas of common land like the roadside verges.

The Old Parsonage House, Beaudesert

The Parsonage House was a large half-timbered property that stood to the North of Beaudesert Church. In the 1860’s, John Hannett noted:

The Parsonage House was interesting as exemplifying the style of such residences in olden time. It was a large half-timbered gabled structure, with small low rooms, and had not been inhabited by any rector for more than a century. This has been taken down and a new rectory built a little further east, and the surroundings improved.
This photograph shows the newly restored church and grounds with newly planted trees. This is probably the last photograph of Beaudesert’s old parsonage house still standing.

Alerts from Trading Standards

Block Paving and Driveway Resurfacing Complaints - Kenilworth

Householder in Kenilworth have reported experiencing difficulties with traders offering block paving and driveway resurfacing services door to door. In the first incident a trader offering such a service increased his estimate of £1900 to £2400 and asked for the money in advance, offering to drive the householder to a cash point to withdraw it.

In the second incident, a trader approached a householder unexpectedly on the doorstep and tried to persuade her to have her drive done. The consumer did not agree to have her driveway paved but asked the trader to return after the weekend. However, on the Saturday a group of men arrived and without warning, or permission, began to dig up her driveway. The householder contacted the Police and reported the incident as criminal damage. The trader was using freephone and mobile numbers.

In the final case, a trader was reported to have been using high pressure sales to try and encourage householders to have their driveways resurfaced. A consumer reported that the trader had three vans in the street and three salesman walking round knocking on people's doors for an entire day. The consumer's neighbour was reported to have been quite distressed as salesmen were knocking on her door every 2 hours, each time lowering the price they quoted.

One elderly lady in the street was reported to have been quoted £3,000 to top dress her drive and one gentleman paid £2,000 for a job that took two hours and involved stripping the top layer of his drive off and re-covering it with tarmac. Another lady at one point was reported to have had all three salesmen surrounding her on her doorstep trying to force her to have work done - they would not take no for an answer.

This Christmas
Make Internet Shopping Safer

New Figures show online fraud on the rise

This Christmas, more and more shoppers are expected to turn their backs on the traditional high street and buy their festive gifts without leaving the comfort of their own homes - by using the Internet.

Buying online has its advantages say Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service, but there can be problems too, and so on the day that APACS, the UK banking payments association announces a 29% rise in Internet, mail order and telephone, ‘card not present’ fraud, the Trading Standards Service gives you a guide on how you can shop safely on the Internet and protect yourself from online fraud.

Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards said:“ Unfortunately many people are still shopping online without checking whether or not the websites they are using are secure, more still have never heard of phishing, and more still are unaware of online password protection systems which are now being promoted by some of the major credit card companies and which enable cardholders to authenticate themselves when shopping online.”

Internet, phone and mail order frauds are known as 'card-not-present' crimes as neither the card nor the cardholder is present in a shop when making the purchase.

This type of fraud went up by a massive 29% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2004. At £90.6 million for January-June 2005 card-not-present fraud now accounts for 41% of all card fraud. £58 million of this is committed on the Internet.

The crime of Phishing and similar online banking frauds alone cost £14.5 million during January to June 2005. Phishing is where fraudsters copy genuine websites (for example of banks) and create replica sites. E-mails are then sent out asking those who receive them to visit the replica site and ‘register’ their bank account details. The fraudsters behind the scam hope that the recipient of the e-mail will think they have received a genuine request from their bank. Card or account details are then stolen and used fraudulently.

Consumers should also bear in mind that most online fraud is the result of someone stealing your cards and card details in the real world – so keep them safe at all times.

Warwickshire Trading Standards receives approximately 100 online banking fraud complaints each year.

We would advise online shoppers to follow our tips for a safer online shopping experience.

Select your supplier careful:

  • Try and get a full name, address and telephone number of the seller, the Distance Selling Regulations means this information must appear on the website.
  • Check with friends to see if they have used particular companies and go on recommendation if at all possible. Anyone can create a ‘flashy’ website – don’t judge a company solely by its appearance on the web.
  • Check to see if the company has been independently approved, for example by the 'Which' Web Trader scheme or Trust UK.
  • Be very careful about buying from private individuals, for example on auction sites, as your rights will be very limited. Ensure you know exactly what you are bidding for, look at the sellers history, and use a secure method of payment such as PayPal where the money is deposited in a third party’s account before it reaches the seller (your financial information is never shared for example credit card numbers and bank account details, and only the agreed amount of money is taken).

Look after your money.

  • Always use your credit card – not debit card. For purchases over £100 and under £30,000 the credit card company can reimburse you if the company disappears.
  • It may be wise to have a separate credit card for internet purchases with a lower credit limit, e.g. £250, in case your credit card details are stolen and used fraudulently.
  • Visa and MasterCard now offer password protection systems for shopping online (Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode®), consider using them.
  • Check that the website is secure – look for symbols such as the closed padlock. The internet address should also change from http to https when entering a secure area.
  • Don’t simply email your personal or financial information, this is not secure, and beware of emails asking you to verify your account details – you could be being ‘phished’.
  • Make sure that you know exactly how much you are paying, does the price include postage and packaging or taxes?
  • Keep your PC secure - Use up-to-date anti-virus software, security patches and a personal firewall. Be extra careful if using Internet cafes or any PC which is not your own and over which you have no control.
  • Check your statement - If you notice anything irregular on your account contact your bank immediate

Cooling off

  • You are entitled to a 7-day cooling off period for the majority of goods bought via the Internet or by mail order from companies (not from private individuals). If you change your mind about the goods act quickly and contact the company straight away. The cooling off period only applies where the seller is based within the European Union.

And remember - if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is!

For more information on shopping safely, Internet and email scams, and buying from auction sites, visit our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

- Paint-a-Pot -
Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th November, 11am – 4pm

Come and decorate a pot made in our studio. Items range from £4 - £50, including coasters, mugs, cereal bowls, vases, egg cups, asymmetric dishes, salad bowls and lamp bases. Great for gifts/ Christmas presents.We will fire the items for you to collect after the exhibition.

Ring to book, to assure place.  Tel. 01564 792174

Contact Carey or Jayne at
Torquil Pottery
81 High Street
B95 5AT
Tel. 01564 792174
Email: torquilgallery@aol.com

Please note that our former e-mail address henleyheritage@lineone.net is discontinued.

In future please address messages to admin@heritagehenley.org.uk

or go via the new website at www.heritagehenley.org.uk <http://www.heritagehenley.org.uk>

Please record this change in your address book. Many thanks

Ray Holding
Trustee and Administrator



1st RACE 1930 hrs.



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.

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.

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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