2nd December 2005
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High Bailiff unveils Garden Plans

On the morning of Saturday, 26 November the Garden Committee of the Court Leet held a well supported Coffee Morning in the Guild Hall.

Plans for the proposed developments to the present Guild Hall garden and for a major makeover of the land between the garden and the river were on view. These have been drawn up by Geoffrey Smith, who is responsible for the design of the gardens at the Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick. It is hoped that a Planning Application will be submitted shortly. The project has been initiated and led by Sue Bridgewater and other members of the Committee are Marijana Bainbridge, Marion Brealey, Douglas Bridgewater (Chairman), Brian Brinkworth, John Latham, Alan and Carol Robson and Gordon Trinder.

All those present at the Coffee Morning were enthusiastic about the proposals. The sum of £275 was raised for the Guild Hall Garden Project. Also on view were photographs of the gardens in the town which are scheduled to be open to visitors on the Henley Hidden Gardens Open Day, to be held on Sunday, 18 June 2006.

A number of other fund-raising events are planned. The next event is a Forties Evening on Saturday, 4 February 2006 in the Memorial Hall. Supper will be followed by entertainment from Enoch & Eli, who will be in uniform and talking about their army experiences. Tickets are £15 each and are available from any member of the Committee.

New Henley Football website

Henley Forest Football Club, covering 10 junior and adult sides, involving over 200 locally based players and a larger number of parents, supporters and officials has just developed a website

Site includes information about joining, "how to find us", results, fixtures, history,events, budget, funding and fees and various standards and policies.

Next fund rasing event is a race night on Tuesday 29/11/05, in the Nags Head we are closing the pub for this event.

Henley NEWS on-line has placed aa link direct to the Henley Forest website in the right hand column.

ATAC - Action Taken Against Cancer

ATAC is a local registered Charity raising funds for a vitally needed digital mammogram machine for the Breast Care Unit, Cancer Clinic, Warwick Hospital. Founded by two ladies from Rowington who have both suffered breast cancer it has been established for just over 12 months and a lot of support for this charity has been received from Henley in Arden and Wootton Wawen as well as from events further afield in South Warwickshire.

The Fashion and Fitness Show in Leamington organised by Bodies and Co of Warwick presented a cheque for £6,000 recently to ATAC [plus a further similar sum to the local Air Ambulance], a Glammie Dodgers evening at Bishops Itchington Village Hall raised £1,770 for ATAC and a Gala Dinner and Charity Auction at Billesley Manor raised a further £8,679.44.

In a little over 12 months ATAC has raised some £38,000 towards the target of £300,000 required for the digital mammogram machine which the senior breast care consultant at Warwick Hospital says is a vitally needed item of equipment to benefit breast cancer sufferers. Grateful thanks to all who have supported ATAC to date.

WASP needs support

Warwickshire Action on Stroke Project is always seeking support and it is reported that the work on the new dedicated stroke rehabilitation ward at Leamington Spa is now underway. A recent initiative by the Stroke Project Manager at Leamington Rehabilitation Hospital, Nicole Woodyatt, has been very positive for improving stroke services whether in the acute stage at Warwick Hospital, Rehabilitation at Leamington or with the outreach team.

Many of the staff involved in all these three disciplines recently joined forces in a positive approach when the first 3 day training session for nurses, therapists, doctors and specialists took place and keen interest was shown by all to create a multi disciplinarily approach to stroke care.

It was enlightening to see those employed by the Hospital Trust and the Primary Care Trust all working in close harmony to achieve a combined way forward to benefit stroke patients at all stages of their disability. Further details about Stroke can be obtained locally from Patricia Phillips on 01564 793114.

New treatment is the perfect gift

The Spa at Henley-in-Arden has launched a new treatment in time to give chocolate lovers a real treat for Christmas.

‘ Chocolate Indulgence’ is one of a new range of body treatments that truly lives up to its name – this body wrap involves being smothered in chocolate!

Kerry Shemmans, Manager of The Spa at Henley-in-Arden said, “This deliciously tempting treatment is already proving popular amongst our clients, who love indulging in chocolate without the consequences of weight gain! As well as being a heavenly experience for chocolate lovers, many are delighted to realise that chocolate brightens the skin and has superb moisturising benefits, which last up to ten days after the treatment. It really is a perfect Christmas gift.”

The treatment also involves a dry floatation experience, renowned for inducing deep relaxation, re-energising the body and mind and providing the equivalent effects of over three hours sleep.

The entire range of luxuriant skin wraps, called ‘Temptations’, include dry flotation. There is a variety of deliciously tempting body wraps to choose from, which combine deeply enriching ingredients such as oils of avocado, evening primrose, calendula, rose, orange blossom, milk – and of course, chocolate.

All Temptations treatments last 55 minutes and cost £45. For more information please contact The Spa at Henley-in-Arden on 01564 797833.

Rotary shows its racing colours

Last Saturday evening, the Rotary Club of Henley in Arden organised a race evening at the Dorothy Mitchell Hall in Claverdon.

The event was supported by 90 punters anxious that their horses would be first past the post. Winners and losers alike enjoyed a most enjoyable evening of fun and fellowship.

The evening raised a total of £1,007.42 which will be donated to various Rotary charities.

As chairman of the Club Foundation Committee, may I express my appreciation on behalf of Club President Paul Rayner, for the support given to the evening by sponsorship and donations to the event and also to those who attended and spent so freely.

Local sponsorship was received from Johnson Quality Coach Travel and Burchell Edwards ‘Overseas’ Dept and others.

Thanks again, and by the way, put the 18th November 2006 in your diaries. The punters want a rerun next year.

David J Brain
Chairman of Foundation Committee
Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden

Send in your pictures of Warwickshire

Members of the public are invited to post their best digital photographs of Warwickshire on a new website celebrating the glories of the county. The new site www.enjoywarwickshire.com, provides visitor information for Warwickshire and Coventry, listing details of places to go and things to do in the area along with other information on the county. The site already has a gallery of well-loved Warwickshire scenes, but there is plenty of scope for adding more.

Jim Atkinson, an Economic Development Officer for Warwickshire County Council, says: “So many people have digital cameras nowadays and I’m sure there are some great pictures out there. This is a great chance for people to show off their best images, and for visitors to the site to see different views of the county.

“ All people need to do is visit the website and follow the link to the ‘Warwickshire Photo Gallery’, where there are full instructions.”

For more information, contact Jim Atkinson on 01926 412210 or email tourism@warwickshire.gov.uk

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.


Between 21:50 hours and 21:59 hours on Monday 21st November unknown offender/s have cut the padlock of a metal security gate to a house on Glenhurst Road, Henley.
No entry to the premises has been gained.
Incident number 599 of 21st November refers


At approximately 11:35 on Saturday 12th November unknown offender/s have gained entry to an office in the Wootton Wawen area by unknown men. Once inside offender/s have entered a safe and stolen £1000,00 from with.
Incident number 267 of 12th November refers

Between 08:00 hours on Saturday 19th November and 08:00 hours on Monday 21st November unknown offender/s have cut padlocks on two gates surrounding a premises on the Snitterfield Road, Henley. Once inside offender/s have entered and insecure outbuilding tampered with a forklift within and used same to load a container, containing unknown items, onto the offender/s vehicle. Offender/s have then left the premises in an unknown direction.
Incident number 86 of 21st November refers


Between 20:50 hours and 20:55 hours on Friday 11th November unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a VW Bora motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on the car park of a public house in the Henley area.
Offender/s have stolen a suitcase and briefcase from within.
Incident number 665 of 11th November refers

Between 17:00 hours on Friday 11th November and 09:30 hours on Saturday 12th November unknown offender/s have forced the rear door lock of a motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Highfield Close, Snitterfield. Offender/s have stolen power tools from with.
Incident number 553 of 14th November refers

Between 22:00 hours and 22:30 hours on Tuesday 15th November unknown offender/s have entered a Subaru motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Oak Dene Close, Claverdon by smashing a window. Offender/s have stolen a laptop computer bag from within.
Incident number 657 of 15th November refers

Between 20:30 hours on Tuesday 15th November and 07:30 hours on Wednesday 16th November unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a VW Golf motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Tanworth Lane, Henley. Offender/s have stolen a satellite navigation system from within.
Incident number 97 of 16th November refers

Between 19:30 hours on Tuesday 15th November and 08:00 hours on Wednesday 16th November unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Ford Fiesta motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on the Hill, Snitterfield. No property has been stolen from within.
Incident number 96 of 16th November refers

Between 20:30 hours on Tuesday 15th November and 07:30 hours on Wednesday 16th November unknown offender/s have removed the rubber seal from the window of a VW van parked secure and unattended on Hales Close, Snitterfield, and gained entry. Once inside offender/s have stolen a mobile phone and satellite navigation system from within.
Incident number 93 of 16th November refers

Between 17:00 hours on Tuesday 15th November and 08:00 hours on Wednesday 16th November unknown offender/s have, by unknown means, removed the windscreen from a Toyota pick up parked secure and unattended on the Hill, Snitterfield. Once inside offender/s have removed property from the glove box. All property was later found discarded.
Incident number 91 of 16th November refers

At approximately 08:00 hours on Monday 21st November unknown offender/s have gained entry to a Red Lexus motor vehicle parked on Earlswood Common, Earlswood. The vehicle had been left to defrost and was therefore insecure.
Incident number 69 of 21st November refers

Between 19:00 hours on Wednesday 23rd November and 07:20 hours on Thursday 24th November unknown offender/s have attempted to force the door lock of a Ford Mondeo motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on the High Street, Henley. No entry to the vehicle has been gained.
Incident number 109 of 24th November refers


At approximately 15:25 hours on Wednesday 16th November a father and son have arrived at a school in the Henley in Arden area. The father has then encouraged his son to hit a fellow pupil, which he has done causing a black eye. The father has stated that the IP in this case has been bullying his son.
Incident number 462 of 16th November refers


Partnership working to tackle crime in South Warwickshire has been praised by the home office. The crime and disorder reduction partnership, being led by Stratford District Council, targets issues such as anti-social behaviour, drug abuse and the fear of crime at a community level.

A top Home Office Official has paid a visit to Studley on a fact-finding trip, which will lead to a government report highlighting the Stratford District as a good example of such Partnerships in action.

“ Its safe to say the community was thrilled and excited to have their hard work over the last 18 months or so recognised by the Home Office,” said Councillor Juliet Short.

“ Studley is one of our priority areas for community safety and is a credit to everyone involved – the Police, all the local councils and the local community groups, that our success in tackling crime will be used as an example of good practice by the government.”

Warwickshire Police would like to thank all the community groups involved in this process for their hard work in tackling anti social behaviour and to remind people that whilst this is an excellent in road into the problem there are still more issues that will continue to be tackled.


PC Gary Knight from the South Warwickshire Community Safety Department offers the following Christmas shopping crime prevention advice:

Keep your wallet or purse in a safe place, ideally in an inside pocket of your jacket or coat with the zip or button done up.
Make sure you carry your chequebook and cheque guarantee card separately, don't keep them together in your handbag or wallet.
Don't carry large amounts of cash. Use a payment or credit card if possible or if you are paying by cash only take out reasonable amounts of money from the cash point and return for more when you need it.
If you are carrying a handbag, keep it fastened and tucked under your arm or with the strap across your body. Be particularly aware if the bag has a long strap, that it doesn't get pulled away from you in a crowd, enabling thieves to open it without your knowledge.
Don't leave purses or bags unattended even for a second, whether on a supermarket trolley or on the shop counter, while you are paying for goods.
At sales counters make sure you take a few seconds to put your money and cards safely away in handbags or inside pockets before moving from the counter. Do not feel pressurised, even if there is a queue. Don't just put your purse at the top of your handbag, tuck it well down inside the bag.

Members of the public should also remember that leaving valuable items on display in their car is an invitation for thieves.

If you have a lot of shopping to do and need to take some back to the car before making more purchases make sure you leave someone with the car. Thieves go Christmas shopping too - but they go looking in people's cars for their gifts.
Keep your car park ticket in a separate place to your keys. If your bag is stolen with the keys and the car park ticket inside it may help a thief to locate your car.

PC Knight adds: " Christmas is a busy time for everyone - including criminals. At this time of year criminals can have rich pickings. Don't make it easy for them. Take a few moments to ensure your money is safe and you do not make yourself an easy target".


Householders in the Kenilworth area have reported experiencing difficulties with trades 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 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.

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 salesmen 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 two 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.

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

Alerts from Trading Standards

Digging Out and Dusting Off  Those Christmas Decorations?
Then Follow Our Safety Advice

If you are putting up your Christmas trees, lights, and decorations in the coming few weeks, then a few simple checks and sensible precautions will help ensure you have a safe and happy Christmas.

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Officers are warning consumers that Christmas decorations are not toys and are exempt from stringent toy safety requirements. Christmas decorations may contain small removable parts that could choke a young child or sharp points or edges and 'finger traps' that can be harmful, and therefore must not be given to children.

Christmas tree lights, and in particular those that have been coiled up in storage for a year, could harbour faults which might cause an electric shock or fire, but fortunately, all that is needed to make sure that your tree lights are safe to use are a few simple checks:

Check to ensure that the lights are fitted with an approved plug with a 3 amp fuse or a mains transformer;
Wires should be double insulated, and firmly attached to the plug by the cord restraint;
Check for cuts in the wires and in particular exposed wires at the bulb holders;
Only use the correct spare bulbs and ensure that a fuse bulb (normally painted white) is fitted;
Always remove the plug from the mains before changing bulbs.
Do not allow children to play with Christmas tree lights.
Do not use ‘indoor’ lights outside.

If you are in any doubt as to the safety of your lights, discard them and buy a new set.

New lights should carry the European CE mark and many new models now run on a very low 12 to 36 volts via a mains transformer. It is worth remembering that light sets which do not have a transformer will have 240 volts running through them, increasing the danger of an electric shock if they become faulty.

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

The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board

War Memorial Trust AGM
24th January 2006 @ 8.00pm
Memorial Hall, Station Road,
Henley in Arden

The managing committee is the umbrella organisation for the sports and social clubs of the Playing Fields and the Memorial Hall.

Town members are invited to become members of the committee and therefore, this is an open meeting for all Henley in Arden town people.

For further information contact
Karen Summers 01527 850182

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GRAND SWITCH-ON OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS will take place on Saturday 3rd December around the Market Cross at 5.00 pm for Carols (with the Alcester Silver Band). Grand Switch on of lights at 5.30 pm followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.

HENLEY-in-ARDEN W.I. Tuesday 6th December is our Members Evening with entertainment by the Play Reading Group and others. Come along to the Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm and join in the fun.

“ SANTA’S GROTTO” is returning to Henley Fire Station again on Saturday 10th December between 10.00 am and 1.00 pm Father Christmas will be making his annual visit to see the children of Henley. Come and join us and make it a morning of festive cheer.

HENLEY-in-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB will be meeting on Tuesday 13th December for the AGM and Christmas Dinner to be held at the Henley Golf & Country Club and not at the Memorial Hall.

HENLEY & BEAUDESERT CIVIC SOCIETY will be meeting at 7.30 pm in the Fire Station room on Thursday 15th December for a talk titled “They had their Entrances and Exits” followed by the traditional celebration of the festive season with refreshments.

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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