2nd March 2006
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Ten Hurt in Bearley Crash

Ten people were injured in a three-vehicle smash on the A3400 near Bearley. A blue Toyota Hiace van travelling toward Stratford was in collision with a blue Ford Fiesta travelling from the opposite direction north of the junction with Salter's Lane at 5.15pm on Tuesday 21st. A white Escort van travelling behind the Fiesta was also involved in the collision.

Eight passengers, all from Birmingham, were in the blue van. One man suffered a back injury and was treated at Warwick Hospital. The other seven were slightly hurt. The driver, a 35-year-old man from Castle Vale, Birmingham, suffered shock and bruising.

The Fiesta driver, a 31-year-old man from Moseley, Birmingham, suffered a broken right arm, knee injury and a scalp injury and was taken to Warwick Hospital. The other motorist was not seriously injured.

PC Julia Davis is appealing for witnesses to phone her on 01926 415000, voicemail 10168.

Wildlife Society Meeting

The Henley Wildlife Society were entertained once more by Brian Draper MBE on Tuesday 21st with a very entertaining and amusing talk about 'The Warwickshire Avon'. from the source at Naseby in Leicestershire to the Severn in Gloucestershire.

Our picture shows Brian Draper talking to Brian Twigg, Chairman of the Henley Town Improvement Committee.

A full hall of nearly 50 members and visitors enjoyed this annual visit by Brian. The Chairman David Evason thanked him in the usual manner, and we look forward to his next visit.

John Love Reporting & Photo


This is a local registered Charity which has been founded by two ladies from Rowington who both – like so many other ladies [and yes some men too]  in the South Warwickshire District and further afield – have suffered the effects of Breast Cancer.

This charity has been formed to support the  Cancer Breast Care Unit  at Warwick Hospital.   ATAC is  raising funds to provide a new Digital Mammogram Machine. 

This equipment, according to Mr Simon Harries, one of the breast cancer consultant surgeons, is vitally needed and will  benefit patients, specialised nurses, other medical staff, clinicians and consultants, tremendously.  Initially some £300,000 is needed.  To date  ATAC have received generous donations from a variety of sources including members of the  public  and local organisations  and so far, this recently founded Charity has raised in excess of £40,000 with further sums promised.   Yet  there is still a long way to go to achieve the initial target.

ATAC are looking for support from people to organise sub-committees of the Charity in districts throughout South Warwickshire and anyone interested in promoting and supporting this worthy cause should contact Pat Harrison on 01564 782496 or Virginia Haynes on 01564 783923 or fax on 0121 772 6444. 



Falcon Hotel, Stratford upon Avon. 12 noon for 12.30

Tickets £25 from Carol Allen 01789 9 204653, Justina 01789  841562
or Domino 01789 204889

Henley Golf and Country Club, Henley in Arden

Entry forms and further details from Peter Wimbush  01789 268909
or Rosemary Stretton-Cox 01789  488550



Further details from Virginia Haynes 01564  783923 or Anne Cattell 0121 705 8340



Tickets and further details in due course from Linda Williams  01564  783570 or Pat Harrison 01564 782496

Action Taken Against Cancer – Fund raising for Digital Mammogram Machine for Warwick Hospital Breast Care Cancer Unit
Registered Charaity No  1108018

Coventry Blitz Theory Explored

Speculation that wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill knew Coventry was to be blitzed, but said nothing, will be among the questions tackled by a leading academic.

Professor Richard Holmes, well known for his BBC2 television series War Walks, has agreed to be the guest at an open meeting of the Coventry and mid-Warwickshire Historical Association. He will talk about his favourite subject - Winston Spencer Churchill - at the Guy Nelson Hall, at Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, at 7.30 pm on March 15.

In fact, the 59-year-old professor of military and security studies does not put much value on the idea that Churchill knew the bombers had planned the devastating raid on November 14, 1940. The rumour is he did nothing because it would alert the Germans that British boffins had already cracked the top-secret Ultra code.

Prof Holmes said: "Churchill was a controversial figure but I do not think there is enough evidence to suggest that Coventry was one of his mistakes. Relatively few people were cleared to see the Ultra code - often called the enigma code - which had been brought to Britain thanks to the bravery of some Poles and cracked by the mixture of Oxbridge dons, mathematicians, misfits and cross-word puzzle experts based at Bletchley Park. I believe there are a lot more accidents than conspiracies in history and I honestly do not believe Britain could have won the war without Churchill."

Tickets for the talk, £3 from John Wilks on 01926 492221.

Water Rescue Training

Firefighters have been braving the cold water this week as part of a specialised programme of water rescue training. Head of Training and Development for Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service, Simon Frost said: “The main aim of the programme is to support the introduction of new operational procedures and equipment relating to water rescue from the ODPM. The procedures, equipment and training will provide a first-response capability to water rescue incidents for every fire appliance in the county and will compliment the specialist rescue boats and equipment already available.”

Currently Rugby fire station is designated as the county’s boat rescue station and specialist firefighters are mobilised to water related incidents occurring anywhere within Warwickshire. This latest initiative completes the overhaul of the service’s water rescue provision providing an enhanced rescue capability and improving the safety of firefighters. This programme of training and new equipment will also enable the first firefighters on the scene to undertake rescues or to stabilise the situation prior to the arrival of the rescue boats.

As part of the water rescue training, which around 470 firefighters in the County will be undertaking, the firefighters will learn how to use a range of new equipment which include life jackets, an improved design of thrown line, quick release waist harness for rescuers entering the water, a rescue harness to secure casualties, an inflatable hose system enabling lengths of hose to be joined together and pushed out to casualties, and ‘cow tail’ lines to secure pump operators to their appliances when pumping from lakes and canals.

Chance to win Ideal Home tickets if you recycle

If you put out your kerbside recycling box this fortnight there is a chance that you will win a pair of ticket to this year’s Ideal Homes Show at Earl’s Court worth £13 each.

The competition is run in partnership between Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwickshire County Council under the Warwickshire Waste Partnership and the Waste Resources Action Programme (WRAP) in a bid to encourage more people to participate in kerbside recycling. There are 12 pairs of tickets up for grabs for the show, which starts on the 9th March and runs through to 2nd April.

Recycling will once again be taking centre stage at the show. Visitors will be able to experience the recycling loop for themselves by walking through Recycle Now’s Education Alley - a series of huge, interconnected, tin can tunnels, with interactive displays showing material as they make their way from the shop, into the home, through the recycling process and then back into new products. Stratford-on-Avon District Council provides a recycling service for waste paper, magazines, glass bottles and jars, food and drinks cans and textiles. This is carried out on the same day as your refuse collection but on a fortnightly basis.

To have a chance of winning the tickets all you need to do is put your recycling box with recyclables out for collection on your designated day. Households will be randomly chosen and checked to see if they have recycled. If you do not have a recycling box but would like to request one please contact Chris Dobson at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260616.

Award Winning Pinks Farm Syrups For Sale

After a year that has brought such extreme highs and lows to their lives, Sue Osborne and her family have decided to sell their cherished farm-based business making pure fruit syrups and are hoping to hand it over to an enthusiastic entrepreneur, someone who can fully exploit the burgeoning potential of their unique product range.

Pinks Farm Fruit Syrups, based on the farm at the top of Liveridge Hill, began as a hobby with Sue creating the additive-free, natural syrups in her kitchen from fruit crops grown on their own land in Henley-in-Arden. Having built up a tried and tested range, including Damson, Summer Fruits, Muscat and Elderberry with Cloves, husband Richard suggested they go into business, so in 1999, with Sue hand producing the stock and Richard lending his sales and marketing expertise while holding down a day job, Pinks Farm Fruit Syrups became a fully fledged, thriving concern with a specially adapted 100sqm production unit.

They went on to scoop an astonishing 21 national food awards in 6 years, including Best UK Farm Producer in the 2005 Great Taste Awards. Then in May 2005 Richard Osborne died suddenly, aged only 55 and just 6 weeks after leaving his job to join the family business full time. Sue was left holding the reins, trying to keep up with the demands of supplying over 90 retail stores nationwide virtually single-handed. She says of that time, ‘It was such a shock to lose Richard when we did. He and I were such a great team and no-one can fill the gap. Our children have been exceptionally supportive and pro-active but they all have their own lives and careers and the business needs full-time commitment. This is why I have reluctantly come to the decision to sell.’

The sale of Pinks Farm Fruit Syrups is being managed by The Enterprise Consortium Ltd, the Funding and Business Sale Specialists from Henley-in-Arden. Bill Leech, director of The Enterprise Consortium, described Pinks Farm Syrups as ‘a viable business with a unique, well proven product and a significant, proven potential for expansion’. Sue explains, ‘It has always been a profitable business but we have limited our growth because I simply can’t handle the extra work. In the 6 weeks that Richard spent pushing the sales side, considerable interest was shown in the product and if circumstances had been different, things would have really taken off for us.’

Pinks Farm Fruit Syrups have attracted plenty of media coverage in recent years and have featured in numerous consumer titles including Country Life, Olive and the Financial Times. This is attributed to the ‘lifestyle’ appeal of the business and a number of covetable product USPs. Not only are the syrups a true artisan product, free of artificial colours, flavours or preservatives but they are multi-functional in the food service sector.

‘Our syrups are used a lot by professional chefs,’ says Sue. ‘Aside from making great dessert toppings they work extremely well in sauces for meat, poultry and game, marinades and vinaigrettes and in both soft and alcoholic drinks and cocktails. Although the range has been sold into Waitrose stores and does very well at food fairs, in farm shops and delis, there are so many untapped markets yet to explore. I really hope we can find someone with the amount of passion Richard and I shared for this product, to take it on to new heights.’

For more information on the business and terms of sale, please visit www.enterprise-consortium.co.uk/syrups.

Hunting continues one year after ban

The ban on hunting with hounds has led to more foxes being shot, wounded and “accidentally” killed in Warwickshire than ever before, it was claimed this week. Warwickshire Hunt members who met at Alscot Park on Saturday—exactly one year since the Hunting Act came into force—vowed to continue their fight for the ban to be scrapped.

Over 300 riders and footfollowers who turned out for the meet proved beyond all doubt the ban has only served to strengthen their resolve.

The Warwickshire Hunt claims that the Hunting Act came into force on 18th February last year has led to more foxes being shot and wounded than ever before.

The hunt exploits an exemption in the Hunting Act by using an eagle owl to kill foxes which the hounds have flushed out. However, the hunt says “accidental” deaths of foxes are unavoidable.

Stratford Parking Plans

More major changes to parking in Stratford are being mooted - and they could see charges and one-hour limits slapped on town centre streets until 10pm. The contentious plans, part of a series of alterations drawn up by Warwickshire County Council, have sparked further fears trade will be driven out.
At the moment, town centre parking restrictions and charges end at 6pm, but if the new proposals get the go-ahead, they will be extended until 10pm in certain areas. They include Sheep Street, Waterside and Southern Lane as well as residential roads like Payton Street. Anyone wanting to park in the restricted zones will have to fork out and abide by a strict one-hour limit, with parking attendants, who already work at night, patrolling. Motorists will only be able to park in Bridge Street, High Street, Chapel Street, Chapel Lane and Ely Street free of charge between 6pm and 10pm.

Council chiefs claim the tabled changes are designed to help town centre residents by discouraging long-stay visitor parking in certain areas in the evening, freeing up spaces outside homes for permit holders. However, the changes will mean that those heading into Stratford at night to visit the theatre or a restaurant will only be able to park in a limited number of streets free of charge and for any length of time, sparking fears trade will be lost.

Town businessman Colin Hewitt, manager of Serendipity in Sheep Street and one of the main forces behind RATS, an action group set up to battle the parking charges and restrictions when they were first put in place in October 2004, said all the county council were focusing on was money."The damage has already been done as far as I am concerned and huge numbers of people have already been driven out of the town. This just seems to be another example of the council filling their own pockets to the detriment of the town's trade."

Council bosses insist the proposed changes will benefit the town, giving residents greater flexibly in finding a parking space. They denied there would be a negative effect on business. Further controversial proposals tabled include cutting three parking spaces in Bridge Street to make way for park and ride buses and turning Union Street into a disabled parking only area - losing some 12 spaces.

The free parking time in Bridge Street will be extended from 20 minutes to 30, but Chapel Street, Chapel Lane and Scholars Lane will shrink from two hour limits to one hour limits. Full details of the proposals are available to view at Elizabeth House in Church Street. Residents only have until next Friday (February 3) to send their written objections to Warwickshire County Council. Town Partnership Manager Andrew Cooper said his group would be discussing the new planned changes at a meeting later this week.

Purring Prowler seen again

A further sighting has been reported of a suspected black panther roaming the Warwickshire countryside. After reports earlier this month of a large black cat prowling Snitterfield, the Observer was contact by a nail technician from nearby Bearley who told us she too 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 amazed 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 has 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.

Henley Goes Greener

Energy saving tips for electric kettles.

Put in just the amount of water you need to boil. If your kettle is one that boils for a while before it switches off, you can save energy by switching it off as soon as you hear it boil.  An added bonus is less dampness in the home.

For more information about The Henley Goes Greener project, click here.

Alerts from Trading Standards

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

Solihull Choral Society

Concert – Saturday, 1, April, 2006

St Matthew Passion  - J S Bach

    Olton Friary, St Bernards Road, Solihull at 6.45pm

Nicholas Smith  - Evangelist
Grace Davidson  -  soprano
David Clegg  -  counter-tenor
Nathan Vale -  tenor
William Townend - baritone
Eamonn Dougan   - bass

and the Chameleon Arts Baroque Orchestra

Director of Music    -  Andrew Fletcher

Solihull’s most prestigious choral society is hosting the larger of Bach’s two surviving Passions, which is acknowledged to be one of the most profound of all the religious works. It was first performed in St Thomas Church, Leipzig on Good Friday, 1729 under the direction of the composer. In addition to the double choir, the work is divided into two parts, each part sub-divided into a number of scenes and each beginning and ending with a great chorus.

The narrative is told by the Evangelist (tenor) in contrast to the words of Jesus (bass), which are always accompanied by strings. Reflections and commentaries on the story are provided by arias for solo voices, by chorales and by the chorus, which gives dramatic effect to the words, shouted by the mob.

The society have clearly been affected by the spiritual intensity of Bach’s response to the subject matter which has ensured high quality rehearsals. The use of the Neil Jenkins user-friendly edition of the musical score has been a contributory factor in the smooth build up to the concert.  

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
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. Full details are at www.swbc.co.uk

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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