23rd December 2005
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Happy Christmas

to all our Readers

This year's Christmas scene of Henley is by local artist Brian Tovey
who has a art gallery and picture framing shop opposite the White Swan.

The High Bailiff and Officers of the Court Leet wish all Burgesses a Merry Christmas and
a Happy and Peaceful 2006.

Douglas Bridgewater

High Bailiff
Manor of Henley in Arden

Beaudesert and Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council would like to wish all residents of the Town a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Stephen Thirwell
Chairman of the Joint Parish Council

At Christmas, it is pleasing to see children's anticipation and excitement at Church Services and at present opening, How satisfying it would be if these expressions of innocence were universally applied throughout this troubled world.

To all, my Good Wishes for a meaningful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

George Atkinson
County Councillor

I wish everyone in Henley a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas, and I hope the New Year will be a
fulfilling one.
James Plaskitt
Member of Parliament

Rotary Club
I would like to thank all our friends in Henley for contributing so generously to our charity events and collection. A very Happy Christmas to you all.

Paul Rayner
Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club


Tristan Jelfs
(PCSO 6065)

Henley's Police Community Support Officer

With best wishes for a happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year from the Directors and staff at Johnsons Coach & Bus Travel

John Love
@ The Vanity Box Movies Video

Wishes all his customers
a Very Happy Christmas
and New Year.

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards wish everyone in Henley in Arden a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer

Thank you for all the up-to-date news from Henley. Keep up the good work.
Merry Christmas from your Sydney correspondent!

Paul Jackson - Sydney, Australia

Bill Jones sends christmas greetings and best wishes

to all his friends in Henley

Rotary Club

Greetings to members of Henley in Arden Rotary Club.

Clive Jolliffe - Immediate Past President.


Staff at Warwickshire College's Henley-in-Arden Centre would like to wish residents, students and clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

A very Happy Christmas and New Year from The Spa at Henley in Arden. 2006 heralds new treatments, new packages, beauty and spa evenings and much more!

We hope that you have a great break and look forward to seeing you in the New Year -especially if you need to detox after the festivities!

Kerry Shemmans
Manager - The Spa

Season's Greetings to the people of

Henley and Beaudesert from

the Trustees of Henley-in-Arden Heritage Centre

Ray Holding

Mrs Sue Westmacott of Sue Dalby Catering Limited, would like to thank all her clients for kindly inviting me to cater at their various functions throughout the year. It has been a great privilege to work for each and every one of you.

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Henley in Arden and District Branch




Les Goodman

Cure Leukaemia wishes all it’s Henley Online readers a Happy Christmas and a healthy New Year and thanks the many who supported our first year of fundraising.

During the year £175,000 has been raised towards the £3 million needed in the next 5 years to support the new Leukaemia Centre at the QE hospital which opens in March.

There is an exciting events programme in place for 2006 which we hope might interest you. It includes treks to Kilimanjaro and the Sahara, and a Geoff Thomas bike ride across America. In addition, Cure Leukaemia is involved in organising the Ashley Giles Benefit Year and Ashley is donating a substantial part of his benefit fund to the charity.

The popular Cure Leukaemia Run in Sutton Park, which this year raised £20,000, will take place on May 21st and is sponsored by the sports company Asics.

Your support for the charity in whatever shape or form is much appreciated.

Kind Regards and Best wishes for 2006.
John Latham
Head of Fundraising & Development




Important Advice about local Crime

The police have given the following advice to anyone who hears an alarm go off in the early hours and discovers car or house have been burgled: call 999. The reason being the culprits are more than likely to be in the area and it give the police a chance to catch them.
We were burgled in September, and it was reported on your publication.  But last night my car alarm went off at 2:00am. I could see nothing as it was dark and raining at the time. But this morning I found the lock had been broken as someone had attempted to gain access to the car.  I believe it was due to the fact I had left a PDA cradle attached to the windscreen.
They have also said to report any suspicious vehicles hanging around.  They do follow up all calls. We recently reported a Peugeot by the garages at the top of School Road at 12.40am.  This was the day after the house that was broken into in Chestnut Walk.  With the increase in burglaries in the area, we need to be more vigilant.
Andy Langford
Brook End Drive


On the 20th December Father Christmas delivered all the pupils at St Marys an individual gift which he brought from Lapland where his Summer Palace and toy wharehouse is based. Some of the orders will be pleasing to parents, in particular, a family in Beaudesert Lane whose children between them wished for a trumpet and drum. So keen are they to show appreciation for the delivery, the children have promised to entertain parents and neighbours at dawn on Christmas Day.

Others have a range of musical instruments, video games, cycles and sport items to make certain all the parents have no doubt that Santa was at the school.

Our photograph shows the pupils of St Marys with Father Christmas.

Missing Cat MOET found

Moet, the cat recently reported in a special message to all readers of Henley NEWS on-line, has been found. The owner thanks all readers for their help and concern.

Footpath Committee lunch

The Parish Council's footpaths committee is an active group managing the public rights of way throughout the parish boundaries. At it's December meeting they agreed the detail of a map which highlights the many walks within the parish. When produced it will be displayed alongside the existing street map outside "One Stop".

The committee is grateful to Henley Rotary Club for its financial support in meeting the costs of artwork and framing of the map.

After the meeting members enjoyed their customary Christmas Lunch at Macracardies. Seated with the Chairman of the committee, Cllr. George Atkinson is, Simon Timbrell, John Knowlson, Dawn Leech, Hayley Syratt, Mike Lane and Keith Thomas.

Joint Parish Council Meeting

At Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Councils meeting on Monday night (19th December) the Council raised concerns about the number of tree that had been felled over the years at the development at Yew Tree Gardens in Henley-in-Arden. A planning application to carry out aboricultural work to seventeen trees was discussed, which included two trees that were proposed for felling.

Yew Tree Gardens is a development of retirement houses in Henley-in-Arden. The properties were built among a large number of trees, some of which are subject to tree preservation orders. Council members felt housing developments, such as this, built in areas containing trees were often developed following assurances that the trees would be preserved but once the development was in place the trees were steadily removed. Members commented that if this was allowed to continue the town would be ‘Henley’ without the ‘Arden’.

They resolved to object to the felling of the proposed trees at the site stating that they had strong reservations about the number of trees which had been felled over the years as cumulatively this site denuded of trees would be harmful to the setting. However, they raised no objection to the pruning, pollarding and height reduction of the other trees at the site as they understood the need for some tree management.

Later in the meeting they also raised objections to the removal of trees to the land adjacent to the River in the copse on the north east boundary of Henley as they stated the trees were an important part of the entrance to the town.

Following a communication from Stratford on Avon District Council’s Enforcement Officer, concerning a fence erected in November on the Stratford Road, members agreed to respond that they found the fence unacceptable; it was too high and unsightly and was placed in front of the line of the other fences and hedges on the roadside. Planning legislation requires that a boundary treatment adjacent to a highway be no more than 1 metre in height. The fence was originally substantially higher than 1 meter it was then reduced but is still higher than the permitted height. The matter would now be referred back to the Enforcement Officer for action.

They also resolved to query the cost of elections with the District Council. The schedule of estimated charges to be levied on the Parish Council in the event of an un-contested election showed a charge of £100. Members decided to ask what this charge included. If the election was contested members noted that the cost to the Parish Council rose considerably and they wondered if this could be reduced in anyway as traditionally contested Parish Council by-elections have produced a low vote turn out which, with present costings, could show a cost of over £5.00 per vote.

The council went on to award grants to local community groups and organisations for the financial year from April 2006 to March 2007 awarding grant totalling £10,250. Supporting amongst others the War Memorial Trust – Town Improvement Committee, Henley in Bloom, the Hub (Youth and Community Centre) and the Heritage and Visitors Centre.

The next meeting of the council will be on Monday 16th January 2006. 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.

The councils wishes all its residents a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

Official Launch of Arden House

Monday 12th December 2005 saw the official launch of Arden House, based at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre. Ursula Russell, Chair of the Learning and Skills Council Coventry and Warwickshire launched the newly restored Grade II listed building. She said," I am delighted to have been asked to launch Arden House officially. With the highly-skilled and experienced staff here, students will be introduced to excellence in beauty and holistic therapy from day one and the local community can have every confidence when they book a session in this beautiful spa."

Among the guests were members of the national spa and beauty industries, local community members and local employers. College Governors, staff and students were also present.

Ioan Morgan, Principal of Warwickshire College said,“ Two years ago, we identified that the beauty spa industry was experiencing a growth phase, and in order to meet the increasing training needs of the industry, Warwickshire College launched its Foundation Degree in Spa Management.

“ The newly built Spa at Arden House is the key training environment for the Foundation Degree in Spa Management. This spa facility is one of only a handful of such training environments in the country, and it is already attracting students from a wide geographical area.

Mr Morgan continued:“ The restoration and development of Arden House has been an exciting project that we feel has benefited the local community as well as students at the College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre. We have preserved the building’s original Regency style, whilst transforming it into a unique facility.”

During their studies, students must complete four hundred hours of work experience and the live spa environment in Arden House provides the students with the opportunity to achieve the requirements of their study programme, as well as providing a luxury facility for the local community. The upper floor of Arden House now houses a comprehensive range of business training suites.

The creation of this specialist training facility was funded in partnership with the Learning and Skills Council Coventry and Warwickshire. The architects for this complex project were Hitchman Stone Partnership and the renovation and conversion work was undertaken by GAJ Construction. Dale Sauna supplied the specialist equipment for the new spa training facility.

The Single Room Dilemma!

One of the biggest problems facing both tour operators and holiday makers is the lack of availability of single rooms in hotels.

For several years now, Henley based Johnsons Coaches have alleviated this problem a little by operating a series of friendly coach holidays where all passengers have a room to themselves with no single room supplement.

2006 is no exception and the company have just launched their brand new, biggest ever, single room holiday brochure. John Johnson, Director of Johnsons Coaches said “Whilst we can always offer a limited number of single rooms in our main holiday programme, demand for single rooms always exceeds availability. Therefore we are delighted that with the co-operation of some helpful hoteliers, we are able to offer holidays where we have 30-40 bedrooms available for sole occupancy and with no single room supplement. There is also the added benefit that the rooms allocated will often be singles, doubles and even twins and each one is for sole occupancy. This means that 30 or 40 customers, who maybe travelling alone, sometimes for the first time, can go away and have a wonderful holiday with like minded people and make new friends but still have the privacy of their own room”.

He went on to say “It is an industry problem and one which operators and travel agents alike have little control over, although at Johnsons we always do our best to accommodate all our customers to ensure that they get exactly the holiday they want.”

The new brochure is out now, and those interested should contact Johnsons on 01564 797000.


On Saturday 7th January 2006 from 10am-1pm, Warwickshire College's Henley-in-Arden and Moreton Morrell Centres will be holding Advice, Guidance and Enrol events for part-time courses held at those College centres.

Sandy Cormode, Adult Learning Events Manager at Warwickshire College, said," This event is for those who are thinking about upgrading their skills, returning to learn, changing career, reviving an old hobby or perhaps trying something completely new. Visitors will be able to talk to friendly, expert staff about courses that interest them, find out which kind of learning would suit them and their lifestyle best, as well as gain information on money, childcare and similar issues."

Warwickshire College's latest part-time course guide is now available and is packed full of part-time study and leisure courses for early 2006. There are hundreds of part-time courses on offer and nearly 70 locations in the Coventry and Warwickshire area to choose from.

The Advice, Guidance and Enrol events will be held at all of Warwickshire College's main centres in Leamington, Rugby, Moreton Morrell, Henley-in-Arden and at the Trident Technology and Business Centre in Warwick, and people are advised to visit the centre at which the course will run to enrol.


Warwickshire County Council offer this service without cost to residents and on a regular basis although pre-booking is necessary. The service includes:
  • Chippings being left with the resident in plastic bags supplied as part of the service. They will not be taken off site but left for the normal green waste collection
  • Residents must be present at all times because of Health and Safety reasons
  • Service will be available weekdays Monday to Friday by appointment.
  • Garden waste must be no greater than 10cm or 4inches in diameter.
  • Garden waste for chipping must be left by residents in an area with vehicular access for the operative.
  • To have economy for the service it would be useful for neighbours to liase so that repeated journeys to the same location are avoided.
Interested, then phone 01926 738827 between 9.30am-12.30pm.(anserphone outside these hours)

Alerts from Trading Standards

Text ‘Student’ for Help
A new text messaging service and accompanying website are launched today by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service to help students with any consumer problems they may be experiencing.

Noel Hunter, Director of Warwickshire Trading Standards said:“ We are a universal service, providing help, advice and information to everyone, but our research clearly shows that young people and students make far less use of our services than other groups within Warwickshire. Young people can be very vulnerable consumers, the targets of rogue traders and high pressure sales people. This is why we are launching this new text messaging service for them today. Combined with online advice, we hope that we can encourage young people to use our services more by making best use of available new technology – the type of technology young people are very familiar with using.”

Students can text warksts (space) student (space) and their consumer complaint or enquiry to 60003 (your normal sending charges apply) for shopping and other consumer advice, or they can visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/studentadvice for advice and information on everything from tenancy agreements and safety in rented accommodation to consumer rights, advice on buying a second hand car, and bogus job offers.

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

Next Edition

The next edition will be in 2 weeks on Friday 6th January 2006.


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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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 ploughman's 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.

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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Heart StartPeter Crathorne
The HubJames Kirby
The Gourmet WalkersDL & MM
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Chief PhotographerJohn Love
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