6th January 2006
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Happy New Year to all our Readers

New Year message from the Rector

The Rector writes:

I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

Here are some words from Ephesians 3 that set us up very well for the coming months,

‘And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’

May we journey well together in this brand new year.

Strictly great fun!

One of the country’s top ’10 Dance’ champions, James Cutler, from Solihull, and his Estonian dance partner, Keit Spiegel, gave a Latin American dance demonstration at Elaine Davies’ Christmas Dance in Henley-in-Arden on 16th December 2005.


Elaine Davies, MIDTA, started dance classes for beginners back in April 2005 on Friday evenings in the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley-in-Arden.


‘Improvers’ Classes restart on Friday 6th January 2006 - 7.30 – 8.30 pm; and ‘New Beginners’ Classes start on Friday 13th January 2006 - 8.30 – 9.30 pm.


If you wish to join either class, contact Elaine on 0121 773 4085. Come and take part in the revived craze of Ballroom and Latin American Dancing!

Hen Mens Group

Not "henpecked fellows" but a local crowd of retired gents of all ages meeting at the Youth Centre, Warwick Road(opposite Jacksons Garage) every Thursday at 10.15am to discuss any subject but those tailormaid to members interests. The topics range over many, depending upon demand, and have included computor skills, art, histoty, bellringing and the important need of cooking.

To develope culinary skills the group has been given support from Warwickshire County Council to buy a new top of the range double oven cooker. With the support of County Councillor George Atkinson a grant was obtained so that the budding, but mature, Jamie Olivers are able to swing into "hotplate and oven" without delay.

The next meeting is 12th. January @10.15am. so if you are interested in joining the vibrant gentlemen contact Danny Jones on 794883.

Do come along, it's interesting.


Civic Society December Meeting & Party

They had their Exits and Entrances’ was the title of a talk by actress Gillian Andrews at the Henley and Beaudesert Civic Society Christmas party on Dec 15th. Gillian told the story of theatres in South Warwickshire from 1100 to the present day, complete with music and recitations. Our picture right shows Gilian Andrews with Civic Society Chairman Maggie Twigg.

Amongst the many fascinating gems of history was the explanation of how the box office got its name, from the time when boxes had locked doors and the keys had to be collected from the box keeper who could usually be found in the office.

In the early 1800s, Leamington had become a fashionable spa town. Bathing in the spa was advertised as being better than elsewhere, as patrons could watch their baths being filled and so be sure that no one else had used the water; unlike at other spas that were short of water! Because of its rich clientele, entertainment was required and Leamington Spa became the theatrical centre of the region for a while. Later, the theatrical centre moved to Warwick and eventually to Stratford. The entrance to M&S in Stratford was once the Portico of a theatre.

After the talk, the Christmas buffet party took place, with festive light refreshments provided to a full house by the party subcommittee.


Heritage CentreEver considered joining the Stewards Team at the Heritage Centre?

Each year, Henley’s unique museum of local history welcomes about 5,000 visitors including many hundreds of school children.

It is open to the public from Easter to the end of October. Since opening in 1997 the Heritage Centre has become one of Henley’s most important organisations and visitor attractions.

A few more Stewards are needed for the coming year, to join our existing team of 70 lively volunteers. Could you do a fixed two hour stint every fortnight? Or joint the “reserves” list to help cover for absence? The stewards work in pairs, welcome people in and generally help them to make the most of their visit. It’s an ideal way to escape from daily routines and meet new folk!

Ray Holding, the curator or the Centre, would be delighted to hear from anyone with a community spirit and a little time to spare - or even from anyone who would simply like to know what’s involved. Please ring 792512 or e-mail rayholding@onetel.com

Vandals already started in 2006


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.


Sometime before 07:40 hours on Sunday 11th December unknown offender/s have entered two storage containers on a premises on Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath by use of a blow torch. Offender/s have stolen boxes of paint and other equipment from within.
Incident number 201 of 11th December refers

Between 19:15 hours and 20:07 on Wednesday 14th December unknown offender/s have gained entry to an office within Wootton Wawen C of E School, by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen a Toshiba laptop from within.
Incident number 507 of 14th December refers

Between 12:00 hours on Thursday 15th December and 07:30 hours on Monday 19th December unknown offender/s have forced the lock to a shed in the grounds of a premises in Foreshaw Heath Road, Earlswood by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have stolen a Stihl Petrol strimmer and a pedal cycle from within.
Incident number 110 of 29th December refers

Between 11:00 hours and 12:30 hours on Thursday 24th November unknown offender/s have gained entry to a Diahatsu motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Danzey Green, Tanworth by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen a number of tools from within.
Incident number 262 of 9th December refers

Between 20:00 hours on Sunday 11th December and 11:30 hours on Monday 12th December unknown offender/s have stolen a white Ford Fiesta van parked secured and unattended on the driveway of a premises on Smiths Lane, Snitterfield by unknown means.
Incident number 206 0f 12th December refers

Between 19:00 hours and 20:00 hours on Tuesday 13th December unknown offender/s have smashed the right near side window of an Audi A3 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on the Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Once inside offender/s have pulled forward the rear seats but have stolen no property from within.
A VW Bora motor vehicle has also been attacked at this location by offender/s forcing the door handle.
Incident number 560 of 13th December refers

Between 19:30 hours and 21:00 hours on Wednesday 14th December unknown offender/s have gained entry to a Mazda motor vehicle parked secure and unattended in Wootton Wawen by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen a number of security cameras from within.
Incident number 556 of 14th December refers

Between 21:00 hours and 21:39 hours on Saturday 17th December unknown offender/s have, by unknown means, stolen a blue Yamaha 125 Motorcycle parked secure and unattended on Arden Road, Henley.
Incident number 550 of 17th December refers

Between 06:30 hours and 20:28 hours on Wednesday 21st December unknown offender/s have stolen the registration plates from a MGTS motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Tanworth Lane, Henley.
Incident number 503 of 21st December refers

Warwickshire Police has launched an online survey to find out what the public thinks about its Police Community Support Officers.

The survey that was launched on Thursday 1st December last for one month and will ask questions such as how often would residents like to see PCSO’s patrolling.

Dave Shirley, PCSO manager said “we are encouraging as many people as possible to take part because the responses will help us decided how to use PCSO’s in the future.” We need to know what people think of PCSO’s now and how they can better support communities in the future. We will also be asking questions internally of supervisors and other staff who interact with PCSO’s as well as the PCSO’s themselves to help improve the way they work.”

Warwickshire Police was one of the first forces to employ Police Community Support Officers in December 2002 following a Home Office Study revealing that a more visual Police presence was required.

The results of the survey will be published in the spring. To take part visit www.warwickshire.police.uk and click on the link to the PCSO survey on the home page.

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


Alerts from Trading Standards

The New Year Sales Have Already Started!
So Make Sure You Know Your Consumer Rights

It seems like the New Year Sales have already started so Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service are providing sales shoppers and bargain hunters with some timely advice to help them survive the New Year Sales.

Trading Standards Officers want to ensure that consumers on the hunt for a bargain avoid ‘too good to be true’ offers, are aware of their consumer rights, and know what to do if things go wrong.
The law controls the way that traders can advertise their bargain offers in the media or in shops, but there are ways in which the law can be side-stepped to trap the unwary consumer.

Bargain hunters are advised to:

  • Read everything it says on the sale notice or in an advertisement. A sign might read 80% off from a distance, but a closer look might reveal the words 'up to'.
  • Shop around - even a 'massive reduction' doesn't mean you can't buy the same for less elsewhere.
  • Don't be fobbed off by notices such as 'no sale goods exchanged' or 'no cash refunds'. If the sale goods you buy are faulty or mis-described then you do have a claim against the trader.
  • But remember, if the product is labelled 'shop soiled' (for example if it is marked on the sleeve or you are given this information verbally, then this may affect your legal rights.
  • Treat 'special purchase' items with caution. If the store has brought them in just for the sale, you have no way of making a price comparison.
  • If you are sales shopping on the Internet you have home shopping rights that enable you to change your mind and cancel most orders within seven working days of receiving your goods – for whatever reason, as long as you are buying from a trader and not a private seller.
  • If upon opening the goods at home you find they are faulty or have been mis-described, you are entitled to a refund, as long as you return the goods within a reasonable time, and with proof of purchase. Just follow our guide:
  1. Return the goods as soon a possible. If you don’t you may only be entitled to a repair or replacement.
  2. Take some proof of purchase with you – a receipt is best, but a bank statement, credit card slip, or other proof of purchase is also acceptable.
  3. Try and speak to the manager. Remain calm and polite, but be firm. Describe the problem and what you want done about it, for example getting your money back.
  4. If you do not receive a satisfactory answer, put your complaint in writing,
    keep a copy, and send it recorded delivery.
  5. If you are still experiencing problems, contact your local Trading Standards Service. Warwickshire consumers can contact Warwickshire Trading Standards Adviceline on 01926 414000, or visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

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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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

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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