16th December 2005
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There are ‘no second chances’

imageImagine what it must feel like to be standing in your living room knowing the things you value most have been destroyed by fire, heat and smoke.

Now think how lucky you are that you had recently been given a free Home Fire Safety Check, which led to the installation of a smoke alarm that just saved your life and the life of your family. There are No Second Chances! Which is why Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service have launched a campaign to get vulnerable people, such as older people and families with young children, to have a free Home Fire Safety Check (HFSC).

Firefighters from across the county have been pushing leaflets through doors in the run up to Christmas with their hard-hitting ‘No Second Chance’ Leaflets’.

The leaflets have been designed to encourage people not to take unnecessary risks with their life. If firefighters call at your home and you are out, then a leaflet telling you that they have called will be put through your door. If they call again and you are not in, then a second leaflet with a more hard-hitting message will be put through the door telling you that there are ‘No Second Chances’ so please call and book your Free Home Fire Safety Check.

Area Risk Manager, Kevin Gardner said:“ Having a home fire safety check could literally safe your life. Over the years there have been a number of incidents in Warwickshire where a smoke alarm could have saved lives or reduced the damage caused to a home. So if we put a leaflet through your door, make sure that you give us a call. There are no second chances, so why take the risk?”

For further information please log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/hfsc

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire TV

A new link has been added to our righthand column of links for BBC Coventry and Warwickshire TV.

The BBC is currently trialing a new localised television service in the West Midlands. The service builds on the existing Local Radio infrastructure and is available on the internet and digital satellite.

What is Local Television?
The BBC currently offers 18 regional and national television regions across the UK. These regions are often very large and are currently defined by the coverage of terrestrial transmitters. In the future, the BBC intends to provide a new local television service for approximately 60 areas across the UK. The service will embrace the latest broadcasting technology to create and distribute genuinely relevant local news and information.

What's the difference between local and regional television?
The BBC currently offers a regional television service. While our regional news programmes continue to prove very popular, feedback from our audiences has highlighted the need for a more localised service. Local Television will build on the infrastructure of our existing Local and National radio stations to offer more granular local news and information.

What kind of programmes can I expect on Local Television?
The Local Television service aims to provide up to date local news and information. It will cover a range of local interest stories and provide a voice to people within the local communities.

Click on the link above to view the latest bulletin from BBC Coventry & Warwickshire TV.

Warning to High Performance Car Owners

imagePolice in Warwickshire are warning owners of high performance cars to be alert to determined criminals stealing vehicles in a series of burglaries and robberies across the Midlands. Crime prevention officers warned motorists not to risk personal safety by confronting offenders -particulary if they are armed or threaten any form of violence.

The most recent Warwickshire incident happened on Monday evening December 5 when a Subaru Impreza was stolen by armed men as a motorist was parking the car in the garage of his Binley Woods home. Chief Inspector Mike Slater, Head of Community Safety at Warwickshire Police, said motorists should avoid putting themselves in danger when confronted by car thieves.

He said: "If someone who is determined to steal your vehicle is armed or threatens you in any way, hand over the keys. Personal safety is the most important consideration. Invariably there will be more than one offender involved in these incidents and you may be putting yourself at greater risk by attempting to resist a car theft."

Chief Inspector Slater reminded motorists to review their home security to reduce the risk of night time car key burglaries.

  • Conceal keys so they are not in view through windows or by pushing open a letter box
  • If at all possible park cars in a secure garage over night.
  • Invest in a good quality home security system - police crime prevention officers can offer advice.
  • Install a satellite tracking system in high value cars - stolen cars can be more easily traced.

And he advised motorists to be aware of criminals who spot an opportunity to steal a car at petrol stations:

  • Always lock the car when you leave it at the pump to pay for fuel
  • Try not to leave young children in an unattended vehicle while you are in the shop
  • Always take the car key with you - it's surprising how many people don't
  • Never leave any valuables on display while you pay.


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.

At approximately 14:20 hours on Thursday 8th December three unknown offender/s have managed to gain entry to a premises on Chestnut Walk, Henley. No other details surrounding this incident are present at this time.
Incident number 297 of 8th December refers

Sometime before 12:25 hours on Sunday 27th November unknown offender/s have entered a secure lock up on Poolhead lane, Earlswood by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have stolen various items of machinery from within.
Incident number 274 of 27th November refers

Sometime between Saturday 26th November and Thursday 8th December unknown offender/s have gained entry to a shed within the grounds of a property on Henley road, Ullenhall. Offender/s have then stolen property from within.
Incident number 129 of 8th December refers

Between 17:00 hours and 21:35 hours on Saturday 26th November unknown offender/s have stolen a red Suzuki van parked secure and unattended on Meadow Road, Henley in Arden. No other details surrounding this incident are available at this time.
Incident number 615 of 26th November refers

Between 22:30 hours on Wednesday 19th December and 09:00 hours on Thursday 8th December unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Vauxhall Signum motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Warren Close, Earlswood. Offender/s have stolen a satellite navigation system from within.
Incident number 92 of 8th December refers

Between 18:00 hours and 23:50 hours on Thursday 8th December unknown offender/s have entered two cars parked secure and unattended on a car park on the Warwick Road by smashing the rear windscreens. Offender/s have stolen two video projectors and some chocolates from within the vehicles.
Incident number 634 of 8th December refers

Between 09:30 hours and 18:58 hours on Wednesday 30th November unknown offender/s have slashed three tyres of a motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on a public house car park on Earlswood common, Earlswood.
Incident number 461 of 30th November refers

Warning letters, Anti Social Behaviour Orders and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
In the last few months, in the Alcester sector, eleven warning letter have been issued in Henley in Arden, one in Bidford, thirteen in Lower Quinton, seven in Tanworth and eight in Alcester.

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


Alerts from Trading Standards

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service is supporting the launch of the OFT’s new ‘Get Clever With Credit This Christmas’ national campaign designed to help 18 to 24 year olds choose the kind of credit that best suits their needs and help them to manage their borrowing during the festive period and beyond.

The web based campaign provides advice, online budget-planners and interest calculators to help give young consumers the skills and tools they need to:

  • be as choosy about how they borrow as how they shop
  • compare the costs of different kinds of borrowing and keep the costs of borrowing as low as possible
  • assess their ability to cope with credit repayments if they were to experience a change in their circumstances, such as losing a job.

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards to find out more.The campaign has been developed in response to research from a range of sources that illustrate levels of credit and attitudes towards it among young adults.

For both men and women in this age group, access to credit is viewed as a sign of freedom and an affirmation of adulthood; but a survey carried out by Experian suggests that this is also the group most worried about debts over the festive season.

Research by the OFT shows that young men and women have different triggers for spending and the use of credit at Christmas. Men said they were more likely to spend money on nights out with friends and are happy to use a credit card to finance such spending, as it saved them having to carry cash. Women are more likely to spend money on shopping for presents and feel under pressure to buy high-quality presents of equal value for all their family and friends. They also said that ‘panic-buying’ gifts at the last minute was likely to trigger overspending.

According to a survey of clients by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service, young women tend to owe more numerous, smaller debts to store card, credit card and catalogue providers, and their overall debt levels as a proportion of income are rising faster than those of men.

Men tend to have few store card and catalogue debts, but more credit card and personal loan debts, which have larger balances.

The average debt among young women in the survey group rose from £10,953 in 2003 to £14,202 in 2005, compared with take-home pay of £10,420 and £10,728. For young men in the survey group, average debt levels increased from £12,740 to £15,118 compared with take-home pay of £10, 349 and £10, 747.

Responding to a recent survey carried out by Equifax, over 30 per cent of young adults said they would be unable to survive financially for a month were they to lose their job; and over 30 per cent of those who described themselves as ‘struggling financially’ blamed job losses.

Top tips for managing credit:

  • Ask yourself, ‘What’s the best way for me to borrow?’
  • Different types of borrowing include: credit card; personal loan; hire-purchase; current account overdraft; store card; buying goods on credit through a catalogue; interest-free deals directly from a retailer. These can have very different costs.
  • Different methods of borrowing suit different people and situations. Make sure you are able to afford the repayments – a personal budget calculator can help you.
  • Shop around for credit deals and make sure you are getting value for money. Use a loan calculator to help you compare how much borrowing at different rates of interest and over different lengths of time can cost you.

Twelve tales of credit at Christmas - statistics on young people and credit.

  1. According to figures from Experian (November 2005), 27.9 per cent of 17-25 year olds are still paying off what they overspent at Christmas 1-2 months later. 18.4 per cent are still paying off Christmas 3-6 months later, with 6.1 per cent still paying off Christmas 7-12 months later.
  2. 17-25 year olds are the age group most worried about existing debts over the Christmas period, with 40 per cent rating this as a money pressure in the festive season – (Experian).
  3. 17-25 year olds are the age group most under pressure to buy costly gifts at Christmas (44.2 per cent rate this as their biggest money pressure over the Christmas period compared to an overall average pf 33 per cent of people) – (Experian)
  4. According to figures from Equifax (July 2005) five per cent of young men and three per cent of young women have 15 or more credit cards
  5. 20 per cent of men and 55 per cent of women pay as much as they can afford each month on their credit and store card bill (Equifax)
  6. 20 per cent of men and 10 per cent of women pay the full balance of their credit and store card bill off each month (Equifax)
  7. 10 per cent of men and 19 per cent of women spend over half of their wages repaying their credit card/loan payments each month (Equifax)
  8. 46 per cent of men and 38 per cent of women have long term debts (excluding mortgage) of between £1,000 and £10,000 (Equifax)
  9. 33 per cent of men and 36 per cent of women said they could not survive financially for more than one month if they lost their job (Equifax)
  10. 27 per cent of men and 48 per cent of women always have an overdraft (Equifax)
  11. 30 per cent of men and 45 per cent of women admit to making late payments for their credit agreements (Equifax)

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

The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street or electronically to p_hammond@tiscali.co.uk. All diary dates for the next Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Tricia. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

MEMORIAL HALL Growing Old Disgracefully was a great success. Wilson Roberts & Friends entertained us with their usual style & enthusiasm. Lots of humour, some pathos & wonderful singing. During the interval a ploughmans supper was enjoyed followed by some super home made puddings. The evening raised £800.00 towards new folding doors which are now in place and looking good.

Two dates for your diaries: March 11th Spring Dance with the Likely Lads and July 1st Jazz in the Guild Hall Garden

COFFEE MORNING and Bring & Buy on Saturday 28th January in the Church Hall Beaudesert Lane - 10.30 am - 12 noon in aid of St. Basil’s centre for young homeless in Birmingham

Your Fire Fighters at Henley Fire Station wish to thank all the children & parents for their continued support also the sponsors who donated so generously making this year’s ‘Santa’s Grotto’ a great success. Over £100 was raised for the Fire Service

HENLEY DIRECTORY The 2006 edition is being printed and should be available at the end of January. Copies will be on sale at The Vanity Box & John Dukes £4.00. Volunteers will also be calling with copies for sale. Make sure you get one - the next one won’t be available for another five years!

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.

imageWarwickshire 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

imageThe 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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