25th November 2005
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Edmunds Radhuni takes over Edmunds

The latest addition to Henley-in-Arden's restaurant scene opens its doors on Tuesday December 6th, promising to deliver authentic northern Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.

In fact the word "radhuni" means homecooked in Bengali, which symbolises this type of light, home-made cooking prepared in domestic kitchens throughout the sub-continent, using ingredients that are freshly prepared and well sourced.

Mr Gani, the restaurant's manager, is well aware of the standing enjoyed by Edmunds in Midland foodie circles.

He said: "Edmunds has a fantastic reputation in Henley and the surrounding areas. Obviously it's important for us to maintain and uphold that reputation with new and existing clients.

“ The owners and the style of food may have changed – but the commitment to excellence remains. We aim to carry on where Andy Waters and his team left off".

To celebrate the restaurant's opening, the team is offering a 25% discount on meals and complimentary drinks.

Christmas Presents from the High School

Henley High School contributed a massive 234 christmas parcels for the Operation Christmas Child appeal which aims to brighten up the festive season for the many millions who would otherwise receive nothing. Many thanks to everyone who helped.

As you can see, the many boxes needed careful loading on Monday when they were collected to begin their long journey to many parts of the world where they will be distributed for the festive season.

Joint Parish Council meeting

At Monday nights Joint Parish Council meeting, Mr Laurence Marshall was co-opted to the council as a member for Henley-in-Arden.

Mr Marshall who has lived at Nookery Cottage, Beaudesert Park for five years is married with three daughters. His hobbies include walking, keep fit and racquet sports. He is a member of Knowle Operatic Society and St Alphege Musical Theatre Company.

He is currently employed as Chief Executive for a small Birmingham based company that he formed some twenty five years ago. He sold the business six years ago and re joined the company on a freelance basis the weekend after!

Mr Marshall said he wanted to be a parish councillor because he was a firm believer in people putting something back into the community and as he now had a bit more time than he had used to, he felt he could do just that.

After considerable debate and consideration on the terms of the lease for land at Henley High School the Parish Council resolved to sign the agreement. Henley Skate Crew has raised nearly £34,000 to build a skateboard park on the land and the Parish Council will take over responsibility for the facility once it is installed. The details of the lease and its terms were therefore critical to the Parish Council.

The facility which will be placed by The Hub, the Youth and Community Centre on the Warwick Road in Henley was due to be started in the summer but was delayed due to concerns over some of the responsibilities the Parish Council would be taking on. However with the support of the community following a survey in November 2004 and grants from Stratford on Avon District Council, the Warwickshire Development fund and from lottery schemes amongst other donations from local groups councillors felt they had to finalise the agreement and formally agree the lease.

The Chairman of the Council Cllr Stephen Thirlwell said “This will be an exciting development for the youth of the town and will incorporate a youth shelter where they can meet providing a better provision for them than ever before. It is hoped that the initiative will help tackle some of the anti social behaviour seen in the town in recent times.”

The next meeting of the council will be on Monday 5th December 2005. The meetings of the council are held in the Baptist Church Hall, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and members of the public are always welcome to attend.

Warwickshire organised Gun Powder plot but Guy Fawkwes not the main villain

Guy Fawkes not the Main Villain. This was revealed on 17th November to members of Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society in a most informative and entertaining tale told by Mairi MacDonald, archivist at Stratford Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office, who is pictured right with Margaret Twigg, Chairman of the Civic Society.

We learned that Guy Fawkes was a mining engineer and mercenary engaged by the main plotters to tunnel under the Houses of Parliament. The tunnel was abandoned when the plotters had the good fortune to rent a cellar adjacent to Parliament. Fawkes, a Yorkshireman, was really an outsider, since most of the plotters lived within 25 miles of Henley and many of their properties still stand.

The major players Robert Catesby of Ashby St Legers, John Grant of Norbrook, the Wrights of Lapworth and Robert Wintour of Huddington were all related by birth or marriage to the Throckmortons of Coughton Court. Plotters, Ambrose Rookwood of Clopton and Robert Keyes were related. Stephen Littleton lived at Holbeach. As the plot developed, others rented houses around here, including Sir Everard Digby, who rented Coughton Court from the Throckmortons. Norbrook House no longer exists, but Norbrook Farm can still be seen.

The plot and its aftermath was a cross between a soap opera and a James Bond film. The 9-year-old Princess Elizabeth was their target. Once they had blown up the king, they planned to kidnap her from the charge of Lord Harington at Combe Abbey near Coventry and bring her up as a catholic. The explosion was originally planned for the opening of Parliament in February 1605, but the king deferred the opening due to plague in London. The delay caused increased costs for things such as renting the cellar and renewing the gunpowder. Like food, gunpowder doesn’t keep forever! Further conspirators were recruited to fund the project overspend, so it was not surprising that the Government discovered the plot. To ensure there was good evidence, it bided its time, then the conspirators were quickly gathered up (plus some who became unwittingly involved at the last minute), tortured, hanged, drawn and quartered. Heads were placed on stakes as warnings to other would-be plotters.

On the 8th November a bizarre event occurred at Holbeach. Some of the fugitive plotters were drying gunpowder in front of an open fire when it exploded! Catesby, Grant and Morgan were injured. Catesby, the ringleader, was shot dead later that day during a siege of the house. This denied the authorities the pleasure of a public execution, but sometime later his body was exhumed and his head put on public display.

So, Mairi suggested we call the effigy on the bonfire a Robert (after Robert Catesby) rather than a Guy.

Warwickshire warns off the bullies

Children and teachers are taking a stand against bullying next week with a host of activities across Warwickshire. Anti-Bullying Week runs from 21-25 November and schools are preparing to raise the profile of the work they do to prevent and tackle bullying.

A new logo has been launched to bring all the existing work together. Designed by three Warwickshire children, it carries the slogan: “Together we’re buddies not bullies”. More than 70 young people took part in a competition with three designs being chosen by the County Youth Panel as the ones to be used. The young people who came up with the designs were Dean, aged 15, from Rugby, Drew, aged 13 from Binley Woods, and Kayleigh, aged eight, from Rugby.

Information for parents, carers, young people and teachers is being made available on the Warwickshire County Council website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/bullying

And young people of secondary school age are being reminded that they can get confidential support by text message from an anti-bullying service called text2talk. By texting ‘bully’ or ‘racist’ to 07786 200 999 the young person can report an incident. If they add ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the text message they can indicate if they want further contact. The service is run by Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, Positive About Young People and supported by Stagecoach.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, cabinet member for Children’s Services, said: “Children who are bullied can be assured that help is there for them and that adults are looking out for them. Warwickshire County Council is bringing together the existing good work and helping to make sure that there is consistency of support across the county. One example of this is the text2talk project, which gives young people an easy, confidential way of letting someone know that there is there is a problem.

“ A lot of bullying can seem minor but can carry the risk of flaring up into a more serious situation. The information that is being made available will help parents, young people and teachers prevent minor bullying, which in turn will help prevent conflicts escalating.”

New law to tackle fly tipping

Warwickshire is set to become a cleaner, tidier and more enjoyable place to live thanks to new legislation tackling fly tipping that comes into force next week. The County Council is warning householders that from Monday 21 November waste must be disposed of properly or residents will face a hefty fine. From that date householders across the UK will have a responsibility, under the waste ‘Duty of Care' regulations, to make sure their rubbish is passed on to authorised carriers only. Residents not taking reasonable measures to do so could face fines of up to £5,000.

The new regulations will help reduce the thousands of tonnes of household waste that are illegally dumped each year. Operators can profit by charging to take household rubbish away, then dumping it illegally or fly-tipping. If that rubbish is traced back to the household it came from, the householder could now be fined. The move comes from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and aims to crack down on fly tipping. This regulation ensures that householders are not excluded from normal Duty of Care waste obligations.

All household waste can still be disposed of at tips free of charge. If you are unable to take bulky waste to the tip yourself, the district and borough council’s offer collection services. Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/waste for more details.

County Councillor Martin Heatley, Portfolio Holder for the Environment welcomes the legislation: “This will help to address one of the scourges of rural life, that of fly-tipping in lay-byes and in farm gateways. It puts the onus fairly and squarely on householders to ensure that any waste that is disposed of from their property is taken to a licensed waste disposal site and not being dumped in the countryside at a cost to council tax payers and a detriment to the environment.”

Alerts from Trading Standards

‘Don’t be Duped By David Dube!’ – that’s the message from Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service following the latest ‘Nigerian’ letter to be received by Warwickshire consumers. The letter claims to be from a man called David Dube of Zimbabwe, who following unrest within his country fled to South Africa with $20 million US dollars.

The ‘money’ it is claimed now resides in a South African bank account but cannot be released without help from the recipient of the letter, who in return for helping to transfer the money out of the country will be given 20% of the total amount, some $4 million US dollars! But warn Trading Standards Officers consumer who respond to the letter will leave themselves open to being defrauded. There are two methods:

Method 1: The victim is persuaded to part with personal and financial information ostensibly so that the ‘money ‘ can be transferred in to their own account. In reality however the fraudsters will use the information to carry out identity theft.
Method 2: The victim is persuaded to part with their own money as an up front payment in order to ‘facilitate’ the transfer of the millions of US dollars. More money is requested until the victim realises that it is a scam.

Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire Trading Standards said: “ We would advise consumers to throw away any letters they receive from David Dube, or indeed from anyone else who claims to be sitting on a fortune in an African bank! Never respond to these letters – those who do will only receive further scams in the post, or by email.

Always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!”

UK National Lottery Used to Scam Warwickshire Consumers
Consumers living in Warwickshire have reported receiving ‘Winning Notification’ emails that purport to be from the UK National Lottery. These emails display the National Lottery logo and use Camelot’s Liverpool address. However warn Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service they are nothing to do with the real National Lottery but are instead part of a scam to steal money, orchestrated by criminal gangs operating abroad.

The emails tell the recipient that their ‘lucky’ numbers – drawn in an online version of the lottery - have come up and they have won a £250,000 prize. They are then asked to contact an email address to claim their prize.

Those who do are then told that because of ‘Inland Revenue rules’ they must pay a percentage of the total prize, some £3,250 in advance by Western Union money transfer.

A final email is then sent to advise the ‘winner’ that the non-existent prize money has been lodged in an account with a fictitious bank.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Service, and the organisers of the genuine National Lottery advise consumers to:

Don't click on links in unsolicited emails
Never send any up-front fees required in order to 'claim your prize'
Never disclose personal information or financial information via email or a 'claims' or 'verification' form
If you wish to visit a particular website, always key in the address directly rather than using a given link
Always remember, when you wish to discuss your National Lottery Account with the National Lottery, the company will always verify your identity by asking specific security questions you gave them when you set up your account. The company’s Interactive Customer Care team do not have access to your full password.
And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service



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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
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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.

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