23rd February 2006
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One Stop Gun terror man gets three years

A MAN who went on the rampage with an imitation pistol, terrifying two teenage boys and a shop manager, has been jailed for three years.
Desmond Catterill, aged 29, had drunk two cans of strong lager and a litre of cider before going berserk at the One Stop store in High Street, a court heard.

Coventry Crown Court was told Catterill, from High Street, Henley-in Arden, held the gun to a 14-year-old boy's head, pointed it at the shop manager and aimed at the heads and chests of two passers-by before he was disarmed pleaded guilty to five charges of possessing an imitation firearm with the intent to cause fear of violence. Prosecutor Andrew Smith told the court that the incident happened on Sunday, October 30, when Catterill went into the store to buy alcohol. It was claimed that he asked One Stop's manager Kim Parsons if she wanted to buy a gun and then said: "When was the last time you were done over?"

He then approached two 14-year-old boys outside, pulled out the pistol and pressed it against one's temple, pinning him to a postbox, yelling: "Who wants to mess with me?" The youngsters ran into the shop, pursued by Catterill, then escaped outside. Catterill returned to the shop and aimed the gun at the manager, demanding to know the identity of the youngsters. Another customer said the gun was fake and Catterill left. Outside he confronted two men with the weapon, who over-powered and disarmed him.

Jonathan Challinor, defending, said Catterill had been visiting a friend where he had consumed a large amount of alcohol. He claimed the friend, a collector of military artifacts, had given him the gun to put above his bed as an ornament. The court was also told Catterill had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and had been diagnosed with extreme depressive disorder.

Sentencing him Judge Richard Cole said: "You got yourself in a stupid state of mind and cared not a jot for the welfare of others. That type of behaviour cannot possibly be tolerated."

Civic Society Lecture "Best Ever Event "

“The best event ever for Henley and Beaudesert Civic Society” was how Bill Leech’s vote of thanks described Andrew Lound’s presentation ‘Titanic’, at the society’s meeting on February 16th. Murmurs of ‘hear, hear’ from the audience confirmed Bill’s view.

Andrew opened his talk by reading a short passage from ‘The Wreck of the Titan’ by Morgan Robertson published in 1898. Eerily similar to Titanic in more than name, Titan was a large luxury liner which sank after striking an iceberg!!!. She carried only the regulation 16 lifeboats, grossly insufficient for the ship’s passengers and crew. So, the loss of the Titanic and the cause of the human tragedy were foretold in fiction some 14 years before the real event.

Supported by numerous slides from disc, some with fade in/out or inset small pictures and some with music or sound effects, Andrew told how competition between White Star Line and Cunard led to the building of the Titanic and her sister ship Olympic at Harland and Wolf. The wealth of information revealed, amongst other things:-

  • Harland and Wolf were initially refused planning permission for adaptation of the shipyard to build the enormous ships. When faced with the threat of closure of the yard and resulting loss of 20,000 jobs, the local authority reconsidered its initial refusal!
  • Titanic contained 3 million hot rivets having a total weight of two thousand tons. Each of her two 30,000 HP main engines weighed 1000 tons. 159 boilers provided steam and were hand fed by stokers using coal which was barrowed from the ship’s bunkers by boys as young as 13 years.
  • She had 15 watertight compartments and could survive with two of them flooded and was, according to her designers, practically unsinkable. The word ‘practically’ was conveniently omitted from advertising and publicity material.
  • Originally, one of the White Star Line directors believed that Titanic should have 64 lifeboats, but financial pressures reduced the number to 20, 4 more than required by Board of Trade Rules! Ironically, in expectation of a rule change that would require more lifeboats, Titanic was fitted with special davits, each capable of launching several boats (if available).
  • The anchors were made at Hingley’s near Birmingham and each needed 10 horses to transport them from the works. Actually, 20 were used, due to pride and rivalry between different parties involved in the transportation. (The grandfather of a member of the audience used to work at Hingley’s.)
  • Luxury beds for first class passengers were made by Hoskins and Sewel of Birmingham. Grills for the hot air central heating system in first class cabins were gold plated.
  • Although single men and women travelling 1st class had cabins in the same area of the ship, 3rd class single ladies were accommodated aft whilst single men were far forward, because it was considered that they did not know how to behave properly! 3rd class passengers were health screened before embarkation, because the US authorities would refuse entry to any passenger with illness and White Star Line wished to avoid having to bear repatriation costs.

Andrew enacted the sighting of the iceberg, the collision avoidance manoeuvres and dramatic moments of the collision. He brought to life the ensuing events and confusion that arose during abandoning a ship carrying insufficient lifeboats to save the 1523 lives lost. Pictures of the wreck lying in the deep included a lone pair of shoes on the seabed.

The well-told detail and drama enthralled the audience so much, that when questions were invited at the end of the presentation, there was a noticeable delay before people gathered their thoughts and hands were raised.

John Stott reporting
Photo John Love

Readers report Howlers on JPC's new website

An eagle eyed reader has reported that a significant number of the local pubs and restaurants listed on the JPC's new "prestigious" website have been transferred to the West Midlands, whilst others remain in Warwickshire. We have been asked to enquire if this is a JPC "editorial howler" or a secret cost reduction campaign, for which JPC should be congratulated! 

Another observant reader, asks where are the 800 new residents. In the 2004 Parish Plan, the JPC stated that the population of Henley was 3,200. On the new website, they state that the population is now 4,000.

This reader also notes that according to the JPC the town is 25 miles south of Birmingham. The RAC reports the distance as 15.9 miles. Clearly, the new site should be ignored as a source for accurate data. It was also disappointing to note the JPC could not even publish the minutes of their Council meeting of the 20th ahead of www.henely-in-arden.org.

If you want comprehensive details about our local restaurants, pubs and takeaways, consult www.henley-in-arden.org where you will find a better quality of information.

Henley Bears to Return

Some years back now, Shirley Tipping created the Henley Bears.

With a work colleague, Lina Clifton, they wrote 3 stories each. Shirley then had them recorded on cassette and CD. She also had a few Henley and Posy bears made up. Rare collectables now.

Shirley has written to Henley NEWS on-line to say she is about to start a web site selling wooden jigsaws. This should be up in a month. Henley NEWS on-line will advise when it is on-line.

She has told Henley NEWS on-line that she is having a few jigsaws of the HENLEY BEARS made up. These will be collector editions made by the famous Wentworth Company. They are the victorian style with whimsy's and will be 250 pieces. These jigsaws are tricky and a challenge. They come in a lovely cloth bag and presentation box. This is to celebrate the Henley Bears short but memorable history. If you are interested in owning one, email Shirley. They will be £19 (delivered locally) postage £3.50.

Our picture right shows the famous Henley Bears and we wish Shirley great success.

Henley High gets Excellent Marks

The inspector confirmed the excellence of the pupil-staff relationships at Henley High, which have been the subject of praise in previous Ofsted inspections. He also praised the teachers’ subject knowledge and expertise in questioning pupils. Interestingly, he raised the importance of handwriting and felt that some pupils did not always produce their best work. Handwriting is dealt with much more systematically in primary schools but Mr Nye felt that it could be an important indicator of children’s commitment to their work. Careful work contained fewer mistakes than scrappily presented assignments which often indicated carelessness.

His comments on the assessment were also very helpful as some pupils were failing to take up their immediate targets to improve the quality of their writing.

“Speaking better developed than listening...” Pupils inability to repeat comments and points made by the teacher and other pupils is a clear hindrance to progress. How often, teachers have made this comment but it has not been heard! This is often a matter of attitude rather than physical impairment and the good listeners are often amongst the top achievers.

Source: Henley High website

High cost for rail fare dodgers

More than 160 fare dodgers were caught using rail services in the West Midlands in January. Central Trains said they paid more than £22,000 in fines, costs and compensation, about 10 times more then their tickets would have cost.

Their names have also been listed on posters at stations around Birmingham, as part of a campaign to cut the number of people traveling without a ticket.

Since last March £261,577 has been paid and nearly 1,300 people convicted. Central Trains said it has seen ticketless travel around the region dropping from 6% to 3%.

Tony Brown, director of West Midlands services at Central Trains, said: "We remain committed to pursuing passengers who do not pay their fare.

"The message is simple - Don't be a loser, buy a ticket."


Have-a-go former Stratford mayor Cllr Maureen Beckett has been fined £80 after she intervened to try and stop what she thought to be vandalism of one of the town’s new bus shelters.

Cllr Beckett, pictured right, who was the town mayor in 1998-99, accepted the fine as an alternative to possible prosecution, after she challenged two girls she took to be smearing grease over a bus stop in Woodlands Road, Stratford.

Local MP backs Smoking Ban

James Plaskitt, our local MP, backed a ban.  He claimed the vast majority of his constituents are in favour of the change, scheduled for next summer.

Mr Plaskitt said: "It was clear to me that there was overwhelming support amongst my constituents for a ban. "I voted in line with their feelings to protect members of the public and workers from the dangers of passive smoking."

While Wednesday's result was a ban without exemptions for private membership clubs, Mr Plaskitt voted with 183 other MPs in favour of such a get-out clause.

He said: "I felt that genuine clubs, not for profit and run by their members, should have the freedom to decide their own policy on this. This is not to be the case, but I am certainly not disappointed by yesterday's result. It has led to a significant step forward in the safeguarding of public health."

Warwick Hospital increases Parking Charges

Patients are being forced to pay up to £2.30 more to park at Warwick Hospital in order to reduce its £9.1million debt. Previously people using the car park in Lakin Road for between 15 minutes and four hours paid £2.20 and £4 for up to six hours.

But from Monday patients have had to pay £3 to stay between 15 minutes and two hours and £4.50 for up to 24 hours - a £2.30 increase for anyone who previously stayed there between two and four hours. The new tickets can be used for parking both at Warwick and Stratford hospitals and the seven-day ticket has risen from £7 for using the Lakin Road site to £15 to park in both.

The hospital's Patient and Public Involvement Forum chairman Val Davis said: "We are very disappointed that this is one of the increases the hospital has decided to make. "Transport is a major issue for patients in south Warwickshire and the public transport is not that effective so people rely on their cars. Visitors may only stay for two hours and it seems a shame that they are being penalised in an attempt to help with the hospital's deficit. Patients have paid their share in the way of taxes and it seems a pity that this is an extra charge on the patients and their families."

The car park is for people using all the facilities at Warwick Hospital and is used by visitors to the emergency department. Doctors are expected by the government to see, treat and discharge or admit all patients who come to the A&E department within four hours - the length of time which has seen the biggest charge increase.

Car parking costs last went up in September 2004 when the prices were increased by ten per cent and the hospital claimed the rise was brought in to increase security. Staff car parking charges came into force last month with people paying between £5 and £10 a month.

South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust director of facilities Alan Hammerton said: "It is with regret that we have had to increase visitors' car parking charges. The current financial position of the trust means that it has no option but to increase the income it receives from car parking charges to maintain patient services."

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 08:30 hours on Tuesday 7th February unknown offender/s have gained entry to a premises on Earlswood Common, Earlswood by forcing the rear door. Once inside offender/s have stolen jewellery and a plasma TV from within. The offender/s have then been disturbed by the occupants and have made off in a Vauxhall Astra motor vehicle.

Sometime before 23:45 hours on Friday 10th February unknown offender/s have forced the rear patio doors of a premises on Brook End Drive, Henley. Once inside offender/s have made a tidy search and stolen a handbag and car keys to a Jaguar X Type from within. Offender/s have subsequently stolen the vehicle from the driveway.
Incident number 712 of 10th February refers

Sometime before 09:50 hours on Sunday 5th February unknown offender/s have gained entry to the Birmingham and Solihull Rugby club, Earlswood by unknown means. Once inside offender/s have made their way to the bar area where damage has been caused. No property seems to have been stolen.
Incident number 194 of 5th February refers

At approximately 03:35 hours on Tuesday 7th February unknown offender/s have attempted to force the rear doors of a retail premises on the High Street, Henley by unknown means. Offender/s have made off from the scene when the alarm has activated.
Incident number 116 of 7th February refers

Between 14:00 hours and 14:30 hours on Sunday 5th February unknown offender/s have smashed the window of a Rover motor vehicle parked secure and unattended in Salters Lane, Wootton Wawen. Offender/s have stolen a handbag from within.
Incident number 391 of 5th February refers

At approximately 00:51 hours reports have been received of a number of youths breaking into a van parked secure and unattended on Castle Road, Henley. Offender/s have removed a number of hand tools from within.
Incident number 25 of 5th February refers

At approximately 21:50 hours on Saturday 4th February unknown offender/s have stolen the spare wheel from a Landrover discovery motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on the Birmingham Road, Henley by unknown means.
Incident number 224 of the 4th February refers

Between 18:50 hours and 20:00 hours on Monday 6th February unknown offender/s have smashed the rear windscreen of a mini motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on a public house car park in Earlswood. Offender/s have stolen a laptop computer from the boot of the vehicle.
Incident number 562 of 6th February refers

Between 19:00 hours and 21:45 hours on Wednesday 8th February unknown offender/s have smashed the rear window of an Audi A6 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Ladbrook Park Golf Club. Offender/s have stolen a number of Ping Golf Clubs and a Power Caddy from within.
Incident number 128 of 8th February refers

Between 00:30 hours and 15:00 hours on Thursday 16th February unknown offender/s have stolen a Honda 125cc motorcycle, parked secure and unattended in Grange Road, Bearley and made good their escape in an unknown direction.
Incident number 324 of 16th February refers

Henley In Arden Police will be holding a ‘drop in’ facility at Henley Police Station for you to come and discuss any issues or problems, within the community, with your local policing team!

The next ‘police surgery’ will be held on:
Wednesday 22nd February 2006between 11am-1pm

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


Alerts from Trading Standards

Do you sell Alcohol?
Licensees are invited to attend a free seminar on complying with the law on under-aged alcohol sales. The seminar will be held in Leamington Spa on Thursday 9th March and is being organised by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service.

Noel Hunter, Director of Trading Standards said: Selling alcohol to an underage customer is a criminal offence and the Trading Standards Service continues to take action against businesses that illegally sell alcohol to children. However, we know that the vast majority of retailers want to comply with the law and I would therefore strongly urge them to take advantage of this opportunity to obtain some free help and advice.”

Places are still available at the seminar to be at Manor Hall, Leamington Spa on Thursday 9th March 9.15. - 1.00 p.m.

To attend, please contact Pat Whorton, Warwickshire Trading Standards on 01926  414004.

Any number of employees from a business are welcome to attend and a free lunch will be provided to attendees.

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

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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

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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.

PARKINSONS DISEASE SOCIETY THURSDAY 2nd MARCH in the Methodist Church Hall - Please come to a COFFEE MORNING to raise sponsorship for the London Marathon for the PDS.  10am to 12 noon.  Coffee & Biscuits £1. Raffle and Bring & Buy Stall

HENLEY in-ARDEN W.I. Our meeting on Tuesday 7th March should be entertaining with Mike & Patricia Ledbury ‘In Costume’. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm. All are invited to enjoy a PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH in the Baptist Church Hall from 1pm on Wednesday 15th March cost £3.50 including tea  & biscuits.  Fair Trade goods will be on sale as it is Fair Trade Fortnight.

MEMORIAL HALL’S SPRING SUPPER DANCE Saturday 11th March starting at 7.30pm there will be a 3 course meal, main course by Sue Dalby, followed by our usual wonderful home made puds, then dancing to the Likely Lads  (Come & practice what you learn 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-in-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB  will meet on Tuesday 14th March in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm for “Raindrops on Roses”  with Jayne Edmunds. Competition: ‘Spring Fever’ Novice Only

HENLEY & BEAUDESERT CIVIC SOCIETY  meet on Thursday 16th March in the Fire Station Room at 7.30pm for the AGM  followed by Jessie Berridge  on ‘Kenilworth Castle’.  Visitors welcome

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY   Wendy Conway is showing her slides of ‘Two-legged, Four legged, Furry and Feathered’ wildlife on Tuesday 21st March in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm.   Visitors £1.00

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.

There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Co-ordinator's. 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
THE 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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PropertyPeter Cornford
RotaryMike Redman
Civic SocietyBrian Twigg
Henley History ColumnJonathan Dovey
Henley in BloomRichard Aldridge
British LegionLes Goodman
Wild Life SocietyJohn Love
Warwickshire CollegeHilary Wright
Prince Harry Road areaHelen Knight
Riverside Gardens areaWendy Cowdrill
Tricia's DiaryTricia Hammond
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CanadaAnne Elliott
Warwickshire CountyGeorge Atkinson
Stratford DistrictStephen Thirlwell
Joint Parish CouncilHayley Syratt
Heart StartPeter Crathorne
The HubJames Kirby
The Gourmet WalkersDL & MM
Heritage CentreRay Holding
Memorial HallMarijana Bainbridge
Medical CentreLinda Jennings
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Chief PhotographerJohn Love
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