18th November 2005
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Invitation from the High Bailiff

“The new High Bailiff, Douglas Bridgewater, invites everyone living in the Manor of Henley in Arden to attend the annual Court Leet service at St Johns Church on Sunday, 20 November at 6.00 pm.

The service will be followed by light refreshments in the Guild Hall.”

Remembrance Day Parade
& Service

The annual Remembrance Day parade and service in St Johns Church took place on Sunday 13th November. The parade formed up outside the Memorial Hall, which was the site of a military hospital during the First World War.

Parade led by Dennis Cox - Chairman British Legion, Henley and John Ambler - Standard Bearer

Rotary Club donations

The Rotary Club of Henley in Arden has announced the donations it has made during the last six months.


£ 500


£ 100


£ 1,025


£ 250


£ 100


£ 100


£ 490


£ 950


£ 100




£ 5,115

The Rotary Club's annual Christmas collection will take place in the High Street on 17th December.

Baptist Church events in December

Christmas Sale

The annual Christmas Sale will be held on Saturday December 3rd at 10.30 am till 12 noon. There will be a large selection of stalls including cakes, children's toys and books, and a good selection of Christmas gifts, perfumery and white elephant stall. (Please no jumble.)

Entry will be 50 pence which includes coffee. No sales will take place before 10.30 am.

Gift Service

On December 11th at 11am, the Baptist Church will be holding its Gift Service for the Birmingham City Mission.  Only new gifts can be accepted and must be unwrapped. Items are required for young children, teenagers and adults.

Further information from Gordon Trinder on 01564794445.

Village Ventures Competition 2005-2006

What is it?
A competition that aims to highlight voluntary effort that seeks to improve life in small towns and villages of Warwickshire. It runs annually and the closing date for entries for the current year is 1st April 2006.

There are small cash prizes; but, more importantly, the opportunity to showcase your project at the awards ceremony later in the year and even win a cash prize for that.

Who can take part?
Almost anyone. Entries must involve volunteers. The project may focus on any aspect of village or rural life. And there must be something significant for the judges to consider by summer 2006. There are special categories for community magazines, websites, conservation, local history, etc.How to enter?

Please contact the Warwickshire Rural Community Council to discuss your project and request an application form. Tel. 02476 303232 or email enquiries@wrccrural.org.uk

Compost fever hits Warwickshire

Over 1,600 homes in Warwickshire are now equipped to composting at home thanks to a one day compost bin extravaganza held last week by Warwickshire County Council in conjunction with WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme).

The bins, that retail at almost than £50 in the shops, caused long queues at The Cattle Market in Rugby when they went on offer for just £3 on Sunday 30 October.

Jack Lindsey, Waste Minimisation Officer for Warwickshire County Council said: “It was fantastic to see so many people turning up to get their bin and start composting at home despite the rain. The bins proved to be such a hit with the public that supplies of the kitchen caddies were exhausted by lunchtime.”

Recycling kitchen and garden waste gives gardens a nutritious boost and also reduces the amount of rubbish going to landfill.

Both the compost bins and the kitchen caddies are still available for a short time at £5 by calling the compost bin order line number 0845 073 2001

Top cartoonist comes to Warwick

The continuing series of ‘Meet the Author’ events, organised jointly by Warwick Library and local retailer Warwick Books, brings one of Britain’s best-known political cartoonists to Warwick on Wednesday November 23.

Gerald Scarfe will be in the Barrack Street library to talk about his 45-year career and his new book Drawing Blood – the first collection of his work for 20 years. The event starts at 7.00pm.
The cartoonist’s long career spans newspapers, satirical and political publications, television, film, theatre and opera. He has worked for the Sunday Times for 38 years and the New Yorker for 12 years.

Scarfe worked for Punch in the 1960s and then moved to Private Eye. It was here that he found his true style of drawing. “I felt I could let go and proceed at full rip,” he said. “I could draw whom I liked and what I liked - warts, nipples, pubic hair and all. I hadn’t known I wanted to draw these things but I had a great feeling of childish release when I did, like shouting ‘bum’ at the vicar’s tea party.”

His visit to Warwick Library on November 23 promises to be an entertaining and memorable evening. Tickets are limited so early booking is advised. Tickets cost £3.50 each and are available from Warwick Library in Barrack Street or Warwick Books in Market Place.

Have your say on improving access to
Warwickshire’s countryside

The people of Warwickshire are being asked their views on the future of the county’s glorious countryside. Warwickshire County Council has unveiled extensive plans for improvements over the next ten years following consultation work carried out last summer and is asking residents what they think of the proposals. Visitors and residents in the county will be able to enjoy the canal tow paths, commons and parks, rural lanes and nature reserves, as well as the county’s 1,700 miles of public footpaths, bridleways and byways. The plan and a summary document are available online at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/carowip or by calling the Countryside Access Team on 01926 413427. The deadline for comment is Thursday 22 December 2005.

The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 placed a duty on local authorities to prepare Rights of Way Improvement Plans by 2007. The county council’s draft plan is the first in the West Midlands to be prepared under the act. The final version of the plan for Warwickshire will be published in Spring 2006 in conjunction to the Local transport Plan (the LTP).

County Councillor Martin Heatley, Portfolio Holder for the Environment said: “Actions included in the plan will mean that the county’s beautiful countryside is more accessible for everyone. There will be continued removal of stiles, improved surfacing and a repeat of this year’s very successful Warwickshire Walking Festival. Now that we have prepared the plan, we need people to tell us if we have got it right. We are keen to know what people strongly agree or disagree with and whether there is anything people would like to see added to the plan. We have committed significant resources to improving access to the countryside over the last 15 years. The plan builds on our successes and shows our commitment to the future of countryside access in Warwickshire.”

Local solicitor, Michael Orlik, who chairs the Joint Local Access Forum for Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry said: “We welcome this new plan. Warwickshire County Council have taken great care in involving the forum and many other partners and have already attracted grant aid from the Countryside Agency to begin implementing three projects from the plan.”

Arts venues needed in Warwickshire

Artsweek is held every two years as a celebration of visual arts and crafts. Venues are urgently needed to give local artists and craft designers the opportunity to exhibit their work as part of this high profile event.

If you can offer some space for an exhibition or display around the Artsweek 2006 celebration please contact Brenda Boardman at Warwickshire County Arts Service. Brenda, herself a part-time artist, has recently been appointed Visual Arts and Crafts Development Officer for Warwickshire and Solihull, to manage the growth and success of Arts week and assist artists in their professional needs.

Warwickshire Artsweek organisers have had a good response to a series of meetings held across the county for any one interested in Artsweek but interested artists can still join in.

Artsweek 2006 is a biannual event and it runs from 1-16 July. Last year some 134 artists exhibited in 119 venues, attended by 24,000 visitors and generating approximately £67,000 in sales by artists.

Brenda said,“ Venues are needed in all areas of Warwickshire – the ideal space needs to be in an accessible position to enable as many people as possible to get to have a look. The space does not have to be that large – if you can offer anything please contact me and we can discuss it more.”

Artsweek is open to all artists – young and old, amateur and professional. Artists can now register for Artsweek 2006 online at www.warwickshireartsweek.co.uk/register .

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 before 21:11 hours on Sunday 30th October three unknown offender/s have forced the door of a premises on Broad Lane, Tanworth. The Three black males have assaulted the homeowners and stolen a handbag and set of car keys from within. The offender/s have then made off from the scene with the couples Jaguar S type motor vehicle.
Incident number 701 of 30th October refers


Between 02:00 hours and 03:15 hours on Friday 4th November unknown offender/s have gained entry to a premises in Snitterfield by jemmying the door lock. Once inside offender/s have attempted to steal a Plasma screen from within. No property has been stolen.
Incident number 60 of 4th November refers

Sometime before 10:00 hours on Sunday 6th November unknown offender/s have entered an outbuilding of a farm premises in Claverdon. Offender/s have stolen 100 fully grown turkeys from within. No other details are present at this time.
Incident number 234 of 6th November refers

Between midnight and 04:00 hours on Tuesday 8th November unknown offender/s have entered an out building at a farm premises in Wootton Wawen. It is not known at present what property has been stolen.
Incident number 115 of 8th November refers


Between 17:20 hours and 18:26 hours on Friday 28th October unknown offender/s have stolen a Ford Fiesta Motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Earlswood Common, Earlswood, by unknown means.
On discovering the theft the IP has called his mobile phone, which was left in the vehicle, the phone was answered by a male who stated they were going to “burn the vehicle out.”
The vehicle was later found burnt out in Northfield, Birmingham.
Incident number 570 of 28th October refers

Between 18:30 hours and 23:45 hours on Monday 1st November unknown offender/s have stolen a Taishan Scooter parked secure and unattended on a Public House car park in Earlswood.
Incident number 5 of 2nd October refers

Sometime before 08:30 hours on Tuesday 1st November unknown offender/s have stolen a Suzuki Supercarry van parked secure and unattended from a car park in Ullenhall by unknown means.
Incident number 114 of 1st November refers

Between 18:00 hours and 19:00 hours on Sunday 30th October unknown offender/s have gained entry to a Mercedes sprinter van parked secure and unattended on Alcester Road, Beoley by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen £21,500.00 worth of motorcycle equipment from within.
Incident number 265 of 1st November refers

Between 19:00 hours and 21:00 hours on Thursday 3rd November unknown offender/s have forced the door handle of a VW Passat parked secure and unattended in Claverdon. No property has been stolen from within.
Incident number 631 of 3rd November refers

Between 17:35 hours and 18:10 hours on Thursday 3rd November unknown offender/s have forced the drivers door lock on a Ford Mondeo motor vehicle parked secure and unattended in Henley. Once entry to the vehicle has been gained offender/s have managed to gain access to the boot area and a pair of sunglasses have been stolen.
Incident number 536 of 3rd November refers

Between 01:30 hours and 07:15 hours on Tuesday 8th November unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Maxda motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Deans Green, Henley. Offender/s have stolen a laptop computer from within.
Incident number 77 of 8th November refers

Between 03:00 hours and 04:30 hours on Tuesday 8th November unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Range Rover motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Danzey Green, Tanworth. Offender/s have stolen a satellite navigation system from within.
Incident number 239 of 8th November refers

Between 17:30 hours on Tuesday 8th November and 11:00 hours on Wednesday 9th November unknown offender/s have smashed a window of a Mercedes motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Church Road, Claverdon. It is not known at present if any property has been stolen from within.
Incident number 209 of 9th November


At approximately 00:10 hours on Saturday 29th October the IP confronted a group of youths who were smashing bottles in the High Street, Henley and asked them to stop. The offender/s have then threatened the IP with the broken bottle.
Incident number 013 of 29th October refers

At approximately 21:00 hours on Friday 28th October the IP was cycling along the High Street, Henley when a group of youths have pushed him from his bike and kicked him to his side.
Incident number 693 of 28th October refers

At approximately 18:30 hours on Sunday 30th October a known male offender has burst into a store on the High Street, Henley and threatened staff within with a handgun. The male has then left the store and threatened a group of males in the street.
The offender has now been arrested.


At approximately 21:05 hours on Monday 31st October unknown offender/s have smashed the front window of a property on School Road, Snitterfield by throwing eggs. This is the fourth offence at the property in six weeks. Local youths are suspected of the damage.
Incident number 772 of 31st October refers


On Monday 31st October (Halloween) 26 incidents were reported on the Alcester Sector of a ‘Rowdy’ nature, 14 of which were in Studley.


Warning over unusual crime
Warwickshire Police are warning the public to be vigilant against unusual crimes occurring across the county.

Increases in crimes like phising and documentation theft have been highlighted in a report by force analysts into criminal behaviour during the last financial year.

Phising, the process of using fake but credible emails and websites to deceive recipients into divulging personal data, has increased from 21 incidents in November 2003 to around 2,000 by July 2005.

Documentation theft is also increasingly being targeted during house burglaries with passport, driving licences, as well as bank and building society books being stolen.

ATM crime is believed to be the fastest growing type of card fraud, rising 85% nationally, with the majority of fraud occurring through fake cards, cards not present during transactions and the fraudulent use of lost or stolen cards.

Chief Inspector Mike Slater from the crime reduction unit said the report provides valuable indicators to help tackle crime.

“ Phising and identity theft are on the increase and the public should be wary of any unexpected and unusual telephone calls and emails. It is also advisable to follow basic crime prevention advice to avoid becoming a victim.”

Police have released a set of guidelines to prevent the public falling prey to these scams.

These include shredding or burning unnecessary documents, storing valuable documents with the bank and alerting the Royal Mail if you suspect your mail is being stolen.

Never respond to telephone calls asking for personal information or divulge information following requests made by email, and never release personal information or payment details on insecure websites that do not display the official padlock.

Cancel lost or stolen credit cards, passports and driving licences immediately and never carry them unnecessarily.

Warning letters, Anti Social Behaviour Orders and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts

In the last few months, in the Alcester sector, one warning letter have been issued in Henley in Arden, three in Bidford, two in Lower Quinton, nine in Studley and five in Alcester.

Acceptable Behaviour Contracts have been issued to three people in the Studley area, and one in the Bidford upon Avon area.

Anti Social Behaviour Orders have also been issued to one individual in the Studley Area.

What are Warning letters, Anti Social Behaviour Orders and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts all about?

Warwickshire police work within the crime and disorder reduction partnership, working with various agencies. Part of this strategy involves identifying anti social behaviour. Miss Kuldip Takhar works within the Warwick and Stratford district councils as an anti social behaviour officer for South Warwickshire.

Usually incidents of anti social behaviour are reported to the police but reports may also be received via environmental health, housing associations, landlords, schools or councilors.

In conjunction with Stratford district Council and Warwickshire police a letter will be sent to the individuals parents or the individual, if he/she is an adult, warning them of the consequences of their behaviour. Should the individual come to light again, with the district council, the police will negotiate an ABC (acceptable behaviour contract) with the individual and their parents, if a juvenile. Conditions are agreed as to appropriate standards of behaviour. There may also be a referral to other youth group organisations who will involve themselves with the individual.

Should the individuals behaviour not modify, further interaction will take place between agencies, for example consideration of an ASBO (anti social behaviour order) currently taken out jointly by police and the local authority, evidence having to be gathered to support the application.

A CRASBO (crime anti social behaviour order) is similar and can be obtained through the criminal courts after an individual has been convicted of an offence and there is evidence of previous convictions of offences anti social in nature.

For applications to be made evidence is required and we do rely on the support of the community to assist in these applications.

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

Alerts from Trading Standards

Housing Concerns - Kenilworth

The Trading Standards Service has received complaints relating to a property company operating in the Kenilworth area. The company is reported to be trying to pressurise local residents to selling their houses to the company. Some householders have reported that the companies representatives are almost ' forcing ' their way in to people's homes.

Please feel free to pass on the information to whom ever you feel appropriate. We are keen to alert as many people as possible, for example community groups, charities, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH members, etc. We are happy for this information to appear in community newsletters, parish council magazines etc. In addition, if you think you know of someone else who would benefit from receiving these email alerts, please let me know and I will add them to this email group.

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



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.

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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.

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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