9th December 2005
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Christmas Lights Switch on

At 5pm Saturday December 3rd, Joint Parish Council Chairman Cllr Stephen Thirlwell along with Vice Chairman Cllr Sheila Roy opened the Annual Christmas Lights 'Switch on' and Carol Service.

In front of a good crowd, the Alcester Silver Band played the music for the carols and at 5.30 the Chairman introduced the Carol Sheet Cover Design Competition Winner from St Mary's R.C.School, Michael Woollard Aged 8 who was presented with the winners prize.

Then Michael and the Chairman switched on 2005's Christmas Lights. Cllr Thirlwell thanked The Alcester Silver Band, Hayley Syratt -Parish Clerk, Les & Carsina Goodman & British Legion, Brian Jackson for Public Address, Gordon Trinder for decorating Market Cross, and all the Businesses in the Town, named on the programme for all the help in creating once again the Town Christmas Lights.

John Love
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Warks College at Clothes Show Live!

Theatre costume design students from Warwickshire College's Henley-in-Arden Centre will be showcasing their talent on the catwalk at the Clothes Show Live - the largest fashion event in the world.

Held at the NEC in Birmingham, it has been estimated that the 6-day event will attract around 250,000 visitors. Warwickshire College has been given four 15-minute catwalk shows each day, during which professional models will don the students' dramatic creations and show them off to the visiting crowds. The students, who are all part-time, are studying City & Guilds qualifications in Theatre Costume Design.

Warwickshire College will have a further presence at the show as an exhibitor. More designs will be on show at the stand, and staff and students will be promoting the many textiles and fashion design courses on offer at Warwickshire College.

Theatre costume tutor Tracy Bridger said, "Every fashion student's dream is to exhibit designs alongside major fashion names at a very high profile event. Our students have worked extremely hard to give form and life to their creative visions - I'm delighted that they have this opportunity at the Clothes Show Live."

Warwickshire College offers a wide range of full and part-time courses in fashion and textiles, which are funded by the Learning and Skills Council Coventry and Warwickshire. These include fashion design, theatre costume, pattern cutting, millinery, corsetry and lingerie making. For more information freephone 0800 783 67 67 or email enquiries@warkscol.ac.uk

A Consumer’s Twelve Days of Christmas
From Warwickshire Trading Standards

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards said to me:

12 candles burning. Keep children away from lighted candles and never leave them unattended whilst they are lit.

11 dodgy dealers. Money generated by selling fakes often goes in to other forms of organised crime. Counterfeit goods can also be of poor quality and dangerous.

10 faulty presents. Always examine presents as soon as you can and take any defective goods back immediately. The sooner you take them back the more rights you have.

9 cards a swiping.Pay for goods over £100 on a credit card. You may have extra protection if things go wrong.

8 ‘wizzy’ websites.Some very dodgy companies can hide behind very professional looking websites. If you’re shopping on line this Christmas, check out the company fully before you buy.

7 ‘bootleg’ bottles. Beware of fake alcohol. Counterfeit alcohol or alcohol that claims to be brought in cheaply from abroad but is in fact made in the UK can be hazardous to health, some containing large amounts of methanol.

6 vouchers dated.Check the expiry dates if you are buying gift vouchers as a present.

5 lights a burning.Make sure fairy lights are safe and have the CE mark.

4 guarantees. You are not obliged to buy a guarantee or warranty. Many give no more protection that you already have by law. Check the small print to see what you are covered for.

3 shops a shutting. At Christmas time, empty shops are often occupied by traders offering cheap goods. However, these traders may have disappeared by the New Year, offering you no recourse if there are problems with your gifts.

2 turkey dinners. Check the best before and use by dates on all perishable food you buy over the festive period. If you buy a fresh turkey, check to ensure it’s not actually a frozen turkey that has been thawed out, it would be dangerous to re-freeze it again.

And don’t forget to keep your receipt!!

For consumer advice contact Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service on 01926 414000, or visit our website:  www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards


The Annual General Meeting recorded their delight at the decision to agree a lease that would allow the new skate area to be built alongside the Youth Club in February next year. Members reflected on the help and support that they had received from the residents, businesses and organisations in Henley which has meant that £34,000 has been raised by the young people themselves with the help of the Youth Centre.

Phase one of the project will see a 25 x 7metre tarmac area installed. It will have two quarter pipes and a series of jumps alongside a grind rail. This will provide an open access activity area for all who wish to practice their skills on skateboards, in-line skates or BMX.

But we are not finished yet: in conjunction with The Hub (The Youth and Community Centre), further grants will be obtained to create an artistic fence of murals depicting the hobbies, enthusiasms and dreams of the young people. It is hoped to build a Youth shelter at the same time. This will be done during the Spring.

BUT WE ARE NOT FINISHED YET: Money raising will continue; aiming to complete Phase Three, which should double the size of the skate area.

BUT WE ARE NOT FINISHED YET: Further low level fund raising will ensure that the Sk8 CRU maintain the area to a high standard in conjunction with the parish council and the youth club.


Peter Crathorne

Henley Forest Chairman reports

Pete Johnson - Club Chairman

Dear Players, Supporters & Parents,

I thought I should outline where the club is and where we are trying to get to.

Results on The Pitch
We are now well into the new season, our teams are having mixed fortunes as you would expect across 11 teams. On the positive side our first team and our Adult A team are both flying high. Our under 9's and under 15's have both had a number of good results and all of our teams bar one have had some victories. We won two cups throughout the club last year and a number of teams moved up divisions I expect us to improve on this haul by the end of this season.

So the playing side is moving forward. On the financial side our newly introduced subscription approach has generally gone down very well and will provide us with a solid platform to put the clubs finances on a much stronger footing, thanks for your help in making this happen. Of course whenever you introduce anything new there will always be issues and questions of detail and fairness, these are all gradually reaching resolution and next year will be very much smoother.

Social and Fund Raising
We now have a social secretary Lisa Charterend who has a plan for activities this year. We have had a race night at the Nags Head on the 29th November 2005, we also have a grand raffle, an end of season golf day planned, a get together for those on the world cup trip 9/12/05. and two christmas get togethers one for senior players on the 20th Dec at Wootton Social, and one for the kids at the Nags Head on the 18/12/05. More news will follow.

Our new web site is obviously up and running and we really do need to make the most of this facility by keeping it up to date.

Long Term Strategy
Whilst our efforts at obtaining a major football foundation grant have been unsuccessful we are committed to take the club forward on a more professional basis. We aim to do this whilst maintaining our standing as locally based and club which treats all of its players and teams with the same fair and open approach.

We basically want success, but not at all costs and expect our players officials and supporters to treat each other and opposing teams and match officials with due respect. The primary aim of the club is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for local youngsters to enjoy the great game that football is and to instill an understanding and feeling for the game that will make them want to continue supporting the club even after their playing days are over.

Some of the areas outlined above are helping us move towards these aims, but there is still much to do. Some of the next steps will be:

  • The provision of club track tops for all players and coaches - By end of December 2005
  • The completion of our application for FA Charter Status - ASAP
  • New kit for the teams in desperate need - ASAP
  • Appointment of new treasurer now and new secretary end of season - we have an applicant
  • Establishment of training and education opportunities coaches and players - in the new year
  • The restarting of a training group for 5-8 year olds - after the new year
  • Plans for establishment of girls and ladies football - by the end of the season
  • Interims plans of work to improve current building and facilities - from the new year

More information on these areas of development and others will follow. In the meanwhile enjoy the season. If anyone has any concerns or ideas or would like to talk to me please feel free to pick up the phone or drop me an e mail. I am also available to referee games if you need, this helps me get around our various teams to see how they are doing first hand and meet players and parents. It also allows me to pick up praise and tips from opposition supporters!


Alerts from Trading Standards

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service is taking part in a national crackdown on the illegal sale of alcohol to children.

In the run up to Christmas, child volunteers will full parental permission will be asked to attempt to buy alcohol from retailers across the county. Trading Standards Officers will use Police intelligence and information from local communities to identify shops that may be illegally selling alcohol to children under the age of 18.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:
" Under aged drinking is a serious problem in some Warwickshire communities. The Trading Standards Service is working hard to improve the lives of Warwickshire people by cracking down on the minority of irresponsible retailers who are illegally selling alcohol to children and so help reduce alcohol fuelled nuisance youth crime. Retailers are warned that if they fail to take on board the help and advice Trading Standards Officers provide to them, and continue to sell alcohol to minors, then they may face prosecution."

Trading Standards Officers help and support retailers to comply with the law, advising them on measures they can take to prevent illegal alcohol sales, for example by displaying notices, keeping a refusals book, training staff and crucially by asking for proof of age.

But licensees and shop assistants are reminded that they all have a responsibility to ensure that alcohol is not sold to children and if they fail in their duty they could all face prosecution.

This project is being part funded by the Home Office. For further information on age restricted sales and proof of age cards, visit our website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Police and Government Repossession

Complaints have been received from schools and others concerning unexpected faxes that claim to offer Police and Government repossession goods e.g. laptops and PC's etc. The recipient contacted the Police and was told that they (the Police) had no knowledge of the offer.

Damp Proof Caller Warning

Residents in this area are warned to beware of callers offering free damp proof checks after one householder received a telephone call from a lady claiming to be from the government. The caller told the householder that there is a new government scheme to check the damp proofing of houses over 40 years old. The house owner arranged for a 'damp proof specialist' to visit. When the man arrived he flashed what appeared to be a government ID and checked the man's damp proofing but found nothing wrong. However, Trading Standards are warning that very often this sort of approach is used by those unscrupulous traders offering damp proofing at a 'reduced' rate to residents who don't really need work doing. Such approaches should be treated with caution. The service is not aware of any Government scheme of this type.

Property Developer Complaints

Consumers are advised that there are property developers door knocking residents living in the Kenilworth area, offering to buy their properties. The service would strongly advise local residents that if they do not wish to speak to door knockers that they do not open their doors to them and that if there are people on their property who are refusing to leave, that they call the Police.

Bogus Charity Warning
Leamington Spa

We have received information via a consumer alert recipient that a NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH member in the Woodcote Road area of Leamington Spa had reported receiving a leaflet requesting unwanted clothes for the Third World that is not from one of the 'typical' charities. Residents are advised that if they want to ensure that their donations of clothing and other items go to a genuine charity that they look for a charity number on any flyer they receive. Do not mistake a charity number with a business number, often placed on flyers not sent by charities.

Door to Door Seller

The service has received a complaint regarding a man selling 'Beaughaus knives' and pots and pans door to door. The man claims to have recently come from an exhibition and has some excess stock he needs to sell before returning to Holland (his BMW vehicle carried Dutch number plates). The consumer asked the man in to his home to check the 'authenticity' of the offer by directing him to a website. He then agreed to buy a set of knives and assorted posts and pans for £250 (cash). The trader has since disappeared and the items purchased are thought to be cheap imitations. The 'excess stock' claim is often used to sell fake goods with those perpetrating the scams putting on fake accents etc. to add credence to their cover stories.

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

Tricia's Henley Diary Dates

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“ 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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