Henley-in-Arden
9th February 2006
The views expressed in the stories & articles on this site do not necessarily match the views of the editor.
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Henley Websites - High Bailiff speaks

The High Bailiff, Douglas Bridgewater, joined the debate this week about the Henley Community Websites. He told Monday's meeting of the Joint Parish Council that he applauded the JPC for launching its own website as a method of communicating with the town.

He went on "I am unhappy about the attempt to make it an umbrella site for all the other websites in the town. I think also in a number of ways it falls rather flat. I think what is required is consultation rather than confrontation. I think co-operation rather than dictation. I am concerned that the Parish Council is in some danger of adopting a closed unilateral approach."

He went to say he was concerned that a number of items on that night's agenda about the website, including website support for the next twelve months, registering other domain names, the council's control system and future strategy, all of which, he said, were of legitimate interest to the town, would be discussed in closed session.

ELECTRONIC POLL RESULT
The Editor of Henley NEWS on-line, Bill Leech, announced at the JPC meeting the results of the poll for the Henley Community Websites Initiative. 90 votes had been received: 88 supported the Initiative, 1 was against the initiative. (There was one ineligible vote under the rules of the poll.)

Bill Leech commenting on the result said the town had resoundingly rejected the JPC's "Super Website" in favour of Community websites run by an independent organisation, free of political bias and spin. He went on the give three examples for recent spin from the JPC.

The first example was the letter from the Clerk stating that "the council is currently developing its own website with information about the council and its policies". When the JPC website was unveiled last week, it went far beyond this modest brief, being the "Super Henley" website as previously forecast by Henley NEWS on-line.

The second example for JPC spin was on the council's new website which had a link "Latest Newsletter - What's happening in Henley-in-Arden". He commented that this part of the site was out of date as far as news was concerned, as it was reporting on events which happened before Christmas.

The third example of JPC spin the editor gave was from the Council's own agenda for that night's meeting. Item VB19, "To discuss the action of the council following the unauthorised access into the council development website." He said using information published on the World Wide Web could not be described as "unauthorised" access; "Unfortunate", may be. The council should look to their own management procedures and inquire why their contractor made such a basic mistake of not password protecting the development site until after the revelations appeared in Henley NEWS on-line."

LETTER FROM A RESIDENT TO THE JPC

I would like the JPC to know that I and many others support an independent Henley web presence not dominated by the JPC. The JPC does a good job in many other ways representing Henley's interests, but when it comes to a community website they need to humbly reflect on their reasons for wishing to be so controlling.

I would like the JPC to know that I and many others support an independent Henley web presence not dominated by the JPC. The JPC does a good job in many other ways representing Henley's interests, but when it comes to a community website they need to humbly reflect on their reasons for wishing to be so controlling.

The people of Henley love the town, are passionate about it's activities and people and are proud of the way that they are currently afforded access to free speech. We don't all agree with what each other says but we defend each other's right to say it! There will be no confidence in a JPC controlled website, although the JPC have of course a part to play (along with other town clubs and groups) in contributing to an Independent Henley web presence. There is a great fear that opinions which don't toe the party line will not be included, and that a JPC gloss will be applied to all controversial issues. Whether or not this is true, justice should always appear to be being done. A JPC dominated website is already an unpopular choice, a lost cause with precious little support.

The website is already fine! - don't fix what isn't broken. The JPC alternative is viewed as controlling, which won't earn you love or respect. To acquiesce to the feelings of the townspeople you represent, would not be seen as weakness but true strength... that is, you have the power to forge ahead with your original plan, have the courage not to use that power!

Thank you for listening.

A Resident of Henley-in-Arden

CONCLUSION
This week the editor told the Stratford Herald that “It was a fitting finale to our poll to have the High Bailiff endorse the principles which Henley NEWS on-line has been campaigning for. It is now time to move on and leave the JPC to sort themselves out. In the meantime, I think everyone will come to regard www.henley-in-arden.org as the definitive gateway website for the town.”

Read next week's edition about the launch of www.henley-in-arden.org

STOP PRESS

A SINISTER DEVELOPMENT
Following information received, the Police visited the home of the editor of Henley NEWS on-line on Wednesday evening (8th). The investigating officer told the editor's wife that the police were enquiring into the 'al ledged' break in and/or theft of information from www.henley-in-arden.co.uk.

The police officer had already been given a copy of the 2,500 word report prepared by Henley NEWS on-line and submitted to the JPC the previous week. This report contained detailed information of the legitimate software used by Henley NEWS on-line to obtain the early screen shots of the JPC's development website.

The editor was not at home but spoke to the investigating officer by phone for approximately 45 minutes, describing in detail how he had been able to obtain legally the screen shots of the JPC's development website and publish them in Henley NEWS on-line.

On the following day (Thursday), the police made further investigations and in the early afternoon, advised the editor of Henley NEWS on-line that they had closed the case as they did not consider it to be a police matter. Throughout the whole investigation, the Warwickshire Police were courteous and very professional.

Henley NEWS on-line has been urged by many of its most respected readers to make this information public. One reader, who was a former IBM executive, commented, "If you leave the front door open, you must expect visitors. Why did the JPC's website developer not use simple password protection if they wanted to keep their development site secret?"

The editor now hopes that the person, or persons concerned, will apologise to the editor and his wife for this malevolent harassment.

STOP PRESS 2

The new Henley-in-Arden 'Gateway" site goes on test.

www.henley-in-arden.org


Concern at Station Road Development

At Monday's Parish Council meeting, the High Bailiff spoke about his concern at the proposed development of 9 residential units at Station Road. Following the High Bailiff, two residents registered their concern to members of the JPC.at the proposed development on the site of Little Orchard, close to to Bear Lane.

Subsequently, these residents summarised their concerns to Henley NEWS on-line:

  1. There is no demand for this type of development. A recent development at Deer’s Leap on Station Road/Bear Lane, in the same group of properties, remains with many units empty.
  2. The number of units will change the nature of this part of Henley. There are a number of properties from Station Road to Cherry Orchard, in a range of sizes and values, that have good sized gardens with a quiet rear outlook. The closely packed housing proposed will create a densely developed piece of land.
  3. The access to the front of the land will be narrow, and lead to queuing on Station Road, very close to a blind bend. Station Road is a route to avoid the traffic lights on the Stratford Road, and is therefore heavily used. Any traffic queues would increase the risk of accidents. The access to the rear of the property is narrow and if used, would present a congestion problem.
  4. The plans do not include rear access to the development. There is not enough room for this access to be used as more than an occasional carriageway. The residents in the area are concerned that owners of the proposed new properties would take advantage of this route with little to stop this happening once the planners’ attentions are turned away.
  5. The Deer’s Leap development has replaced two properties with 8 – a potential increase of approximately 16 cars to this area. Application 05/03191/FUL would add another ~18 cars. This further increases traffic through a residential area and there is no infrastructure to support this.
  6. Henley has pursued an “in fill” policy of property development for a number of years now, with the specific aim of not encroaching any further out into the countryside which makes up part of the green belt. Although the development will be on the east side of the railway line, it still adds development between current buildings and open countryside, which everyone believes erodes the green belt boundary.
  7. The development will take 12 months. The construction noise will be audible from adjacent properties and cause significant disruption to the enjoyment of residents in the area.

Henley NEWS on-line joins the residents of the area and the JPC in urging Stratford Council to reject this application.


40's Evening with Court Leet

A packed Memorial Hall enjoyed the Forties Evening organised by the Court Leet Garden Committee on Saturday 4 February 2006.  Most guests wore costumes of the period, some highly inventive: there were military uniforms in profusion (Henley has probably never before had so many high ranking officers in one room), evacuees, Bevin Boys, ARP Wardens, nurses and enough ladies in forties costumes to have held a fashion parade. A main course of Beef & Prune Casserole with Woolton Pie from Sue Dalby was followed by Sherry Trifle donated by ladies of the Court.  After supper entertainment was provided by Aynuk and Ayli, whose Black Country humour ended the evening on a high note.  Over 140 attended and all pronounced the occasion a great success. 


The organisers
Seated Left to Right: Marijana Bainbridge; Sylvia Doyle; Sue Bridgewater
Standing L to R: Douglas Bridgewater (High Bailiff); Annette Walker;
John Latham; Ray Holding (Low Bailiff); Duncan Bainbridge

The event raised £1,500 for the Court Leet Garden Project and was sponsored by John Shepherd, Estate Agents.


COUNCILS PLAN TAX RISES

Council taxpayers in the Stratford district are facing the prospect of a 3.7 per cent increase in 2006-07 while those in Warwick can brace themselves for a 4.94 per cent tax rise.

The figures became clear this week as the councils geared up to gain final approval for their budget plans. Warwickshire County Council—by far the biggest spender of taxpayers’ money—will be revealing its proposals next week.

Will 26% of these tax rises be used to provide council staff with a 'gold plated' pension scheme, better than anything now on offer to most private sector workers?


Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church

We have recently been pleased to welcome into full membership two long standing friends, Ena Anton and Joan Barlow. At our Pastoral meeting we agreed that there is little difference between friends or adherents, and members; but there is one significant fact, members can vote in church business decisions, others may not. Nevertheless, we are a welcoming and friendly church. If you feel there is a place in your life for friendship blessed with the love of God as demonstrated in the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, then please do come along. In March our Sunday Services, all at 11.00 a.m. are:

5th, Mr John Parkes.
12th, Revd Graham Spicer.
19th, Dr David Arthey.

26th, Revd Robert J Powell (Sacrament).


Arts celebration in Warwickshire

Are you a local artist or craft designer who would like to get more exposure for your work? Would you like to join in Artsweek 2006 and exhibit your work at a venue in Warwickshire?

The County Arts Service is holding a series of meetings across the county for any interested in Artsweek to come along and find out more. The first of these meetings is on Thursday 9 February at the Angel Hotel, Regent Street, Leamington and starts at 6.30pm. This is for anyone in the Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth and surrounding areas.

The meetings are being organised by Brenda Boardman, Visual Arts and Crafts Development Officer for Warwickshire and Solihull. Brenda, a part-time artist herself, has been employed by Warwickshire County Arts Service to manage the growth and success of Arts week and assist artists in their professional needs.

Artsweek 2006 is a biannual event and it runs from 1-16 July. Last year some 134 artists exhibited in 119 venues, attended by 24,000 visitors and generating approximately £67,000 in sales by artists.

Brenda said,“ The fourth event in 2006 promises to be bigger and even better with visual arts and crafts representing all aspects of Warwickshire communities. Venues start getting booked up very quickly so artist should start looking and book their venues as soon as possible. Please take advantage of our extended registration deadline, now 31 March ”

Artsweek is open to all artists – young and old, amateur and professional.


Registration for Artsweek 2006:-

Individual artists: £60
Joint Group / Studio exhibition: £100
Gallery with 3 or more paid staff: £150
Registration forms must be completed and returned by 31 March 2006


Each registration receives one entry in the brochure, a page on the Artsweek Website, Arts Trail Maps, posters, venue signs and other publicity.

You can also benefit from advice, support and training to help you succeed in marketing, exhibiting and selling your work.

Warwickshire Artsweek is organised by a steering group representing galleries, education, tourism, creative industries and artist groups and is supported by all local authorities in Warwickshire.


Parents fined for not belting up

Hundreds of drivers in the West Midlands have been fined for not wearing a seat belt outside schools. West Midlands Police ran a two-week campaign with spot checks during dropping off and picking up times.

The schools chosen had been picked by the roads safety officers as having problems with children not wearing seat belts in cars.

Letters had already been sent to parents at the schools to warn them of the police operation.

Stations handing out most tickets:

Acocks Green (128)
West Bromwich (121)
Smethwick (64)
Rose Road (47)
Stechford (40)
Wolverhampton West (39)

They reminded parents of the potentially-fatal consequences of not restraining children while driving.

Some 627 fixed penalty notices were issued through the campaign, which ended on 27 January.

Pc Steve Rogers, from the Road Policing Unit at Park Lane, said: "The police will not turn a blind eye to parents who put their children at risk.

" If you or your children are not wearing a seat belt and you are stopped by the police, you may be given a fixed penalty notice."


New Local Brewery

After almost two years of planning and building work at Upper Spernall Farm, near Alcester, a new brewery is gearing-up to open its doors and roll out the barrels this week.

Following national publicity of stars such as Madonna drinking real ale, the new Purity Brewing Company hope their product will sell well—making Alcester the new home of “the perfect pint.”

Paul Halsey, sales director of Purity Brewing, said: “Our first batch of beers have gone tremendously well. Perfecting the quality and consistency has certainly paid dividends. I think Madonna’s in for a pleasant surprise.”

Which of our local pubs will be the first to offer the new brew?


Urgent Request


Black Panther seen again locally

The mystery surrounding a black panther roaming the Warwickshire countryside continues after yet another sighting.

After reports earlier this month of a large black cat prowling Snitterfield, a nail technician from nearby Bearley said she had spotted a big cat through the window of a customer's home as it wandered through the fields.

Big cat enthusiast Helen Smith was busy preparing her equipment in the customer's kitchen sink on December 23 when she looked out across the fields and was gobsmacked to see what she claims was definitely a panther." I couldn't believe it when I looked out of the window and there it was just walking across the fields without a care in the world," said Mrs Smith. " It was quite a distance away but still looked very big so I immediately knew it was a panther."

While many sightings of the big cats come from people who may not be familiar with the animals, Mrs Smith is something of an expert having spent ten summers in a row going on safari to spot them." I know that what I saw was definitely a panther - I watched it for five minutes as it walked across the fields behind Bearley near to Stratford Oaks Golf Club," she added.

" It was an amazing sight and I think it is fantastic to know these wonderful creatures are harmlessly going about their business in our countryside."

The sighting is one in a long list which include a sighting two weeks ago in Snitterfield, two in Lowsonford and Rowington last year and several in recent years in places including Ilmington, Alcester, Weston, Wellesbourne, Barford, Hampton Lucy and Charlecote.

Warwickshire Police's big cat expert PC Craig Fellowes said that evidence collected by the British Big Cat Society suggests that a black panther could be roaming the Warwickshire countryside.

He added that people who do come across these animals should not be alarmed but should keep away from them and contact the police immediately on 01926 415000.


Opportunities for Sports Horse Breeding

The worldwide market for warmblood sports horses (showjumpers, dressage and event horses) is growing year on year.

Currently, 95% of all young sports horses purchased in the UK are currently bred and reared by Dutch and German farmers and imported into the UK. This needn’t be the case as there are tremendous opportunities for UK farmers to develop small, on-farm breeding enterprises using existing husbandry skills, livestock buildings and grazing.

Greater returns can be generated if on-farm rearing units are linked into A.I. studs and training and sale centres, ensuring that the correct type of horses are produced and their sale values are maximised.

The Warwickshire Rural Hub is keen to investigate the opportunities for sports horse breeding locally and regionally, linking in with a local A.I. stud, training and sales centre. If you would like to explore how sports horse breeding and rearing could fit in with your farming enterprise, come along to a short introductory meeting at 7.30pm on Monday 13th February 2006. The meeting will be held in the Arthur Rank Centre at Stoneleigh Park.

Please register your interesting attending by emailing Vikki Stephens at vikkis@rase.org.uk or calling Vikki on 024 7685 8242.


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.

BURGLARY DWELLING
At approximately 12:21 hours on Monday 23rd January three unknown male offender/s, wearing balaclavas, have forced the front door of a premises on the Birmingham Road, Henley. Once inside offender/s have stolen numerous items from within. The offender/s have made off from the scene in a green Landrover Discovery motor vehicle on mirrored plates.
Incident number 266 of 23rd January refers

Between 16:45 hours and 18:00 hours on Tuesday 24th January unknown offender/s have forced the rear door of a property on Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen and gained entry. It is unknown at present what property has been stolen.
Incident number 497 of 24th January refers

Between 19:30 hours and 22:15 hours on Wednesday 24th January unknown offender/s have forced the rear door of a premises on Brook End Drive, Henley by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have stolen £50.00 cash and a car key for a VW Golf motor vehicle, which was not stolen.
Incident number 631 of 24th January refers

Between 00:30 hours and 08:20 hours on Wednesday 25th January unknown offender/s have forced the rear patio doors to a premises on Earlswood Common, Earlswood by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have located two sets of car keys, one to a Mercedes CLK and one to a VW Sharan motor vehicle. Both vehicles have been stolen from the scene.
Incident number 70 of 25th January refers

BURGLARY COMMERCIAL AND OTHER BUILDING
Between 09:30 hours on Friday 20th January and 19:00 hours on Saturday the 21st January unknown offender/s have approached a retail premises on the High Street, Henley and have cut the padlock to the garage premises attached. Once inside offender/s have stolen an unknown quantity of goods.
Incident number 607 of 21st January refers

Between 12:15 hours and 16:45 hours on Tuesday 24th January unknown offender/s have forced entry to a domestic garage on the High Street, Henley by forcing the padlock. Offender/s have stolen golf clubs, an oak bureau and alcohol from within.
Incident number 440 of 24th January refers

At unknown hours between Sunday 22nd January and Wednesday 24th January unknown offender/s have forced the lock of a domestic garage situated on Brook End Drive, Henley. Offender/s have stolen a number of power tools from within.
Incident number 288 of 24th January refers

Between unknown times on Tuesday 24th January and Wednesday 25th January unknown offender/s have forced the door handle of a domestic garage door on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood. Once inside offender/s have stolen a leaf blower from within.
Incident number 298 of 25th January refers

Sometime before 07:40 hours on Thursday 26th January unknown offender/s have gained entry to a workshop situated in the grounds of Mary Ardens House, Station Road, Wilmcote by forcing the door lock. Once inside offender/s have stolen numerous tools from within.
Incident number 102 of 26th January refers

Sometime before 07:50 hours on Monday 30th January unknown offender/s have removed the glass from the door of Snitterfield primary school by unknown means. It is unknown at present whether entry to the premises has been gained or if any property has been stolen.
Incident number 134 of 30th January refers

Between 22:00 hours on Thursday 26th January and 07:00 hours on Friday 27th January unknown offender/s have gained entry to a secure garden shed of a premises on Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen a number of power tools from within.
Incident number 129 of 27th January refers

Sometime before 09:05 hours on Monday 30th January unknown offender/s have entered a secure compound on Bear Lane, Henley by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have stolen an unknown quantity of diesel.
Incident number 106 of 30th January refers

Sometime before 12:05 hours on Tuesday 31st January unknown offender/s have gained entry to a barn building in Hockley Heath by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen a large quantity of horse tack from within.
Incident number 212 of 31st January refers

Between 18:00 hours on Thursday 2nd February and 06:30 hours on Friday 3rd February unknown offender/s have forced open the rear door of a school premises in Wootton Wawen by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have stolen two overhead projectors from within.
Incident number 64 of 3rd February refers

AUTOCRIME
Between 09:30 hours on Friday 20th January and 19:00 hours on Saturday the 21st January unknown offender/s have approached a retail premises on the High Street, Henley and have cut the padlock to the garage premises attached. Once inside offender/s have stolen an unknown quantity of goods.
Incident number 607 of 21st January refers

Between 12:15 hours and 16:45 hours on Tuesday 24th January unknown offender/s have forced entry to a domestic garage on the High Street, Henley by forcing the padlock. Offender/s have stolen golf clubs, an oak bureau and alcohol from within.
Incident number 440 of 24th January refers

At unknown hours between Sunday 22nd January and Wednesday 24th January unknown offender/s have forced the lock of a domestic garage situated on Brook End Drive, Henley. Offender/s have stolen a number of power tools from within.
Incident number 288 of 24th January refers

Between unknown times on Tuesday 24th January and Wednesday 25th January unknown offender/s have forced the door handle of a domestic garage door on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood. Once inside offender/s have stolen a leaf blower from within.
Incident number 298 of 25th January refers

Sometime before 07:40 hours on Thursday 26th January unknown offender/s have gained entry to a workshop situated in the grounds of Mary Ardens House, Station Road, Wilmcote by forcing the door lock. Once inside offender/s have stolen numerous tools from within.
Incident number 102 of 26th January refers

Sometime before 07:50 hours on Monday 30th January unknown offender/s have removed the glass from the door of Snitterfield primary school by unknown means. It is unknown at present whether entry to the premises has been gained or if any property has been stolen.
Incident number 134 of 30th January refers

Between 22:00 hours on Thursday 26th January and 07:00 hours on Friday 27th January unknown offender/s have gained entry to a secure garden shed of a premises on Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen a number of power tools from within.
Incident number 129 of 27th January refers

Sometime before 09:05 hours on Monday 30th January unknown offender/s have entered a secure compound on Bear Lane, Henley by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have stolen an unknown quantity of diesel.
Incident number 106 of 30th January refers

Sometime before 12:05 hours on Tuesday 31st January unknown offender/s have gained entry to a barn building in Hockley Heath by unknown means. Offender/s have stolen a large quantity of horse tack from within.
Incident number 212 of 31st January refers

Between 18:00 hours on Thursday 2nd February and 06:30 hours on Friday 3rd February unknown offender/s have forced open the rear door of a school premises in Wootton Wawen by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have stolen two overhead projectors from within.
Incident number 64 of 3rd February refers

Credit Card Scam
This scam has been used locally in the last couple of moths.

The scam works like this. The person calling says, "This is (name), and I'm calling from the Security and Fraud Department at VISA. My Badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. Did you purchase an Anti-Telemarketing Device for £249.99 from a marketing company based in (name of any town or city)?"

When you say "No" the caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range from £150 to £249, just under the £250 purchase pattern that flags most cards. Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is that correct?"

You say "yes". The caller continues - "I will be starting a Fraud investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the 0800 number listed on the back of your card and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this Control Number. The caller then gives you a 6 digit number. "Do you need me to read it again?"

Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works. The caller then says, "I need to verify you are in possession of your card". He'll ask you to "turn your card over and look for some numbers". There are 7 numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the security Numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. These are the numbers you sometimes use to make Internet purchases to prove you have the card. The caller will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him.

After you tell the caller the 3 numbers, he'll say, "That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?" After you say no, the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to call back; if you do", and hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or tell you the Card number.
Should you then call back with a question the REAL VISA Security Department will tell you it was a scam and that within the last 15 minutes a new purchase of £249.99 has been charged to your card.
What the scammers want is the 3-digit PIN number on the back of the card. Don't give it to them.

Instead, tell them you'll call VISA or Master card directly for verification of their conversation. The real VISA told us that they will never ask for anything on the card as they already know the information since they issued the card! If you give the scammers your 3 Digit PIN you think you're receiving a credit. However, by the time you get your statement you'll see charges for purchases you didn't make, and by then it's almost to late and/or more difficult to actually file a fraud report.

The police are currently taking several of these reports daily!

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

HENLEY, SNITTERFIELD AND TANWORTH COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM


Alerts from Trading Standards

Email Virus
We have received reports of a number of emails in circulation which falsely claim to come from genuine business and trade publications/websites (but which are actually sent by spammers) usually entitled 'photo' or 'deadline', asking the recipient to approve an article or a photo within an article. The emails contain attachments which when opened are reported to contain 'torjan horse' virus-like applications designed to open up your PC to hackers and allow them to steal personal data. Reports have been received by Trading Standards Services across the UK. If you have opened the attachment that came with such a message then it is very important that you seek help from a qualified person in order to disinfect your system. You should switch off your PC until it can be disinfected, as the attacker may have the ability to remote control it.

Mobile Phone Sales
The Trading Standards Service have received numerous complaints from mobile phone customers who feel they have been misled in to agreeing new contacts, either on the same or in some circumstances on less favourable terms. Consumers have reported receiving calls from sales people who claim to be calling on behalf of the consumers service provider (when they are not). Customers think they are extending their present contract, but instead find that they have agreed to a new contract instead. Some then end up paying on two contracts simultaneously. Trading Standards advise consumers to always get confirmation of who you are talking to before agreeing to anything, and shop around for the best deals.

Sweepstake Con
Consumer have reported receiving a letter from a Toronto Company claiming that they have been issued an escrow account and are eligible to receive a cheque for £5000. The recipients are asked to send £20 to receive their prize. However the small print reveals that the sender will simply be placed in to a sweepstake to win £5000 at odds of 1:550,000. Scams Awareness Month February is Scams Awareness Month and as a result the Trading Standards Service has produced 'The Bogus Bugle' (attached), which contains information on the most common scams.

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

2006 Henley Directory

Available from

The Vanity Box

Price £4 ea

Overseas and country readers
may request a copy through
Henley News on-line.

HADS  next show will be

"The Odd Couple (Female Version)"

Auditions are being held soon, if you are interested in Auditioning for this play please send an E-mail, containing your name and contact number to:

Auditions@hads.org.uk
Auditions are open to everyone.

Tickets are now on sale for the Memorial Hall's Spring Supper Dance

on Saturday 11th March

Starting at 7.30 pm

There will be a 3 course meal, main course by Sue Dalby, followed by our usual wonderful homemade puds, then dancing to the Likely Lads. Come and practice what you lean on Friday evenings at the Church Hall. Tickets are £20.00 from The Vanity Box

or Duncan Bainbridge
01564 793539 day  01564 794987 evening

Henley Gardens Open Day

Sunday, 18 June 2006


Please note the above date in your diary, as we now have a number of gardens that will be open on the day. In association with it there will be a Plants and Garden Books Sale in the Guild Hall. Johnsons’ Coaches have generously agreed to run a shuttle bus service during the afternoon from Whitley via the town centre to Uplands House, Camp Lane where teas will be available.

A raffle will be held during the week ending 18 June, with some excellent prizes.

The plants for the Guild Hall and Riverside Gardens are now being finalised and it is hoped to submit a planning application to Stratford District Council in the near future.

Sue Bridgewater


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.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of HENLEY-in-BLOOM on Friday 10th February at 7.00pm in the Baptist Church Hall. Everyone welcome to hear plans for this year and give comments or suggestions.

HENLEY-in-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB will meet on Tuesday February 14th in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm for “Diary Dates” with Lesley Cole. Competition: ‘Hearts & Flowers’

WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB monthly networking and lunch with a quality speaker at Henley Golf & Country Club starting at 11.30 am on 16th February.

HENLEY & BEAUDESERT CIVIC SOCIETY will meet on Thursday 16th February in the Fire Station Room at 7.30 pm for a talk from Andrew Loundes titled “RMS Titanic”.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Brian Draper MBE makes a welcome return with an illustrated talk about the “Warwickshire Avon” from 7.45 pm on Tuesday 21st February in the Baptist Church Hall. Come and make new friends - Visitors only £1.00

SHROVE TUESDAY - 28th FEBRUARY A bring and share supper at 7.00 pm in the Church Hall. A different format this year - everyone welcome but please put your name down at back of church if you would like to come along to this enjoyable event.

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

Rotary Annual Charity Walk. Walk starts at 9am on Sunday 14th May, last entry leaves 1 pm. Distance 10 miles on the eastern side of Henley. Further details from Rotarian Alan James on 01564 778831.

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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