9th March 2006
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Edition 94
District Councillor Anne Haddon to Retire

One of Henley's District Councillors, Ann Haddon announced at Monday's meeting of Stratford District Council that she was retiring after 18 years representing Wotton Wawen and Henley in Arden.

Cllr Les Topham (Cons, Samboume), leader of the district council, told councillors that it was truly the end of an era. Cllr Haddon was first elected to the Stratford council for the old ward of Wootton Wawen in 1988. "For 18 years she's worked tirelessly—not only for her constituents—but also for this council," said Les Topham. "During this time she's seen many councillors come, and indeed, many go. When I joined the council in 1996, Ann's presence was awesome. If she thought there was something wrong, like a terrier with a bone she hung on and persevered until her grievance was satisfied.

"Ann would always ask that one question that was 'spot on' and it is with regret that we have all become aware in the past year that she has slowed down."

On behalf of the Readers of Henley NEWS on-line, we thank Anne for her work on behalf of the community and wish he a happy retirement. An election will be held on 4th May to choose a successor. All candidates are invited to submit their election addresses to Henley NEWS on-line for publication.

Henley High Head announces his departure

Ten years ago, I was appointed to the post of Headteacher of Henley High School and began the most satisfying part of my teaching career. It has been exciting, challenging, rewarding and at times exhausting but the rewards have been considerable. Ten cohorts or individuals have left or entered the school and their achievements have more than doubled since 1997. Young children have grown into fine young adults who have much to offer in our changing world. I feel that it is now time for me to step aside to allow a new Head to look at the school afresh and continue to develop the school for an ever changing future. I will be leaving at the end of this academic year.

I believe I am stepping down when the school is in a tremendous position to respond to future challenge and change. We are fully staffed with Specialist Teachers of a very high calibre whilst our budget is in the black, rather than the red, which is quite rare in Warwickshire’s secondary sector. Indeed, the advent of Specialist School status is bringing more resources with which we can promote the teaching and learning process at the school. We are at last achieving levels of ICT hardware and software which will have a dramatic impact on learning in the near future.

The school’s rolls are at the highest for over two decades and we enjoy a fine reputation which draws parents from a substantial distance to consider us for their child’s education during these very important and formative years. Furthermore, the Governing Body is very strong and influential. We have a full complement of committed governors who respond positively to the continual onslaught of new initiatives despite working with very poor annual budgets which are a millstone round the neck of Warwickshire Schools particularly in the leafy and beautiful rural areas.

I have always been proud to be a teacher and feel that it has been a privilege to work with teenagers who have unsullied and often refreshing view of their schooling. The true strength of Henley High School is its pupils, their parents and the staff. For that reason alone, the future is assured although there is always much to be done to respond to our changing world.

I wish my successor plus the staff, governors, and pupils of Henley High School the best of luck for the future. My memories will remain very special.

John West - Headteacher


Peter Crathorne, Chairman of Governors, responds to the news that John West, Head Teacher at Henley High School for the past ten years, is leaving at the end of the summer term.

“The news that John West intended to leave came as a shock to everyone.  There had been no indication that he was contemplating a move.  He will be greatly missed.  During the last ten years he has guided the school to ever improving examination results, greater pupil participation in residential visits, sporting activities and community involvement, with huge amounts being raised for charity. A pinnacle of achievement must be the award to the school of Arts Status.  Overcoming huge obstacles and demonstrating great perseverance over six years, the school managed to raise the £50,000 which enabled it to apply.  Reaching the high standards required is a credit to his leadership of the strong, dedicated team of professionals in the school.  He is an accomplished cricketer who still plays regularly, he transferred those attributes of being very competitive and determined but scrupulously fair to every aspect of school life.  He is also a really pleasant and friendly chap.  The Governors wish him well as his career moves on.”

Property Market Report

By Peter Cornford - John Earle & Son

Through the late summer/autumn and early winter of 2005, market activity seemed to contract and properties that were being sold in the main were quite a bit under the original asking prices sought and some would argue that values actually went down for a short while during that time.

Although there was a slow start to the market's activity in January, towards the end of the month into February at the lower end of the price spectrum, in the Henley area demand has been good and many agents are now reporting an increased number of sales in this price sector. It is possible, due to some pent-up demand and the fact that first-time buyers feel prices cannot go backwards and, if interest rates do fall, even by 1.25% in late spring, then prices will harden significantly and start to rise.

John Earle and Son recently have sold, subject to contract, 16 Riverside Gardens, a two bedroom bungalow in good order at close to the asking price of £188,500, and a two bedroom flat, 3 Beaudesert House, Tanworth Lane, in the Parish of Beaudesert, for just under the asking price of £145,000.

Hunters have recently agreed a sale on Johnson Place, Birmingham Road, a three bedroom mews property known as 'Jaymar' at around the asking price of £295,000".

16 Riverside Gardens

'Jaymar', Johnson Place

Open Letter to Ladies from our Senior Correspondent

Irene Robinson - High Street

Not satisfied with stealing jewellery, antiques, power tools, and even driving our cars away, burglars are now stealing ladies handbags. In the days of my youth, handbags contained purse, powder compact and a pristine linen handkerchief, perfumed with eau de cologne and perhaps a shopping list. Now we have in our bags, mobile phones, diaries, debit and credit cards, and perhaps our medical card - our life is in that handbag.

Handbags have been used as weapons. An aunt of mine attacked a man who was whipping his horse which could not pull the overloaded chart. The cowardly carter tried to wrestle the handbag away from my aunt's grip. However, he had underestimated the strength of my 5ft tall furious aunt and the carter received a painful kick in the groin.

Margaret Thatcher wheeled her metaphorical handbag on unruly European Prime Ministers and US heads of State.

Beware Ladies, the criminal now has beadier eye on your handbag. If he breaks into your house, ten to one you handbag is on the hall table, kitchen work top or other conspicuous place. What a haul - credit cards, mobile phone and other information about you. If your mobile phone is in your handbag, it could quite a time lapse before you could notify your loss. Minimise the contents of your handbag. Do you really need more than one credit card at a time? Perhaps your phone could go in you coat pocked with your house and car keys.

Do not let these terrible people win the day. Guard your handbag. It is your most important possession.

Aerial Photo of Henley

Henley's new Gateway website at: www.henley-in-arden.org has recently added a superb high quality aerial photo of the High Street to its front page. David Wilkins, Managing Director of the copyright owners First House Photography has kindly given permission for its use the photo and has waived any fee. We are most grateful to David, who lives in Norton Lindsey.

Click on the photo to view in full size.

There is a magnificent selection of Central England aerial photos on their website at: www.firsthouse.co.uk

Thanks to Hayley at the JPC office, we can now confirm the population of Henley. The population of Henley according to the 2001 census was 4,176. She has also provided us with the link to the data on the WCC site.

Rotary Annual Charity Walk.

Paul Rayner, President of the Henley in Arden Rotary Club has told Henley NEWS on-line that the Rotary Club has now completed planning this year's annual Rotary Charity Walk.

It will be on Sunday 14th May, with walkers departing from 9 am to 1 pm. The distance will be 10 miles on the eastern side of Henley. A refreshment stop will be provided at Lowsonford village hall. A unique feature of this event is that the walkers can nominate a charity which will share the funds collected with Rotary Charities. This is now an important date in the Henley social calendar. President Paul and all the Henley Rotarians look forward to welcoming a large number of friends and supporters of the event.

Further details from Rotarian Alan James on 01564 778831.

Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church

Recently, we were very pleased when a young couple chose to be married in our church. Our marriage register has been much neglected in recent years, the last previous entry was in 1984, a gap of 22 years. Hopefully the next gap will be not so long. Anyway we wish the newlyweds a very happy life together and pray that God will bless them in every possible way. April of course sees the end of lent with the celebration of Easter.

James Steele


As a direct result of Henley-in-Arden High School becoming a Specialist College for Performing Arts, Henley-in-Arden and the surrounding districts have been presented with a once only opportunity to create a Community Arts Group. The group would, in conjunction with the high school, build a modern, fit for the purpose facility for use by all ages.

The school already, as a result of grants given on obtaining Arts Status and local fund raising including money from its capital building programme plus grants, can put £300,000 into the fund.

A Community Arts Group could, we believe, raise a further £250,000 by application to Lottery, Arts Council and other Arts funding organisations. We know this can be done as other areas, such as the Alderbrook School district, in Solihull, have already completed their project. Our up to date research shows that there is money available to community generated projects and the school governors can give expert guidance through the application processes.

The Governors have sufficient funds to build a useful building for the pupils to enhance existing school facilities. A draft design for the building will be ready at the end of March. However, they have decided that this is a good chance for the whole community to benefit. Such an opportunity is unlikely to arise again. They are sharing their vision with as many people and organisations as possible.

If you would like to support this project, register an interest now. The school's funding is time limited and a decision will need to be made by September 2006 at the latest.

Telephone: Katey Smith 01564 792364
e-mail: krsmith@4108.wgfl.net or write to the school:

Henley-in-Arden High School
Stratford Road
B95 6AF

Look out too for the survey about this project of every household in Henley-in-Arden, Wootton Wawen, Claverdon, Hatton, Tanworth-in-Arden and others to be launched soon. This will be the opportunity to express your views about this exciting prospect. The pupils of Henley-in-Arden High School will be able to return the questionnaires for you. You will be able to contact school and someone will collect.

Please think about this; it is a wonderful opportunity.

John West
Head Teacher

Peter Crathorne
Chairman of Governors

Explore the past of Northgate Street, Warwick

A glimpse into life in Warwick over the past 300 years will be unveiled next week when a book detailing the history of one of the town’s streets is published. Described more than 80 years ago as one of the most attractive streets in England, Northgate Street has seen many changes over the centuries. Northgate Street, home to the Crown Court and St Mary’s Church, saw its modern roots after the great fire of 1694 that destroyed much of Warwick.

The book, by local historian Christine Cluley, lifts the lid on some of the characters who lived in the street – which once boasted two pubs. Famous local architect, Francis Smith, widows and gentlemen, a Crown Sergeant and a Quarter master, a baker, an attorney, a tailor, a carpenter, a reverend and a clergyman, a school master, a grocer and tea dealer, a fishmonger and draper, a wine merchant and a land agent were all based in the road.

The street started to be used for administrative purposes, and quartered the Chief Constable. At the beginning of the 20th century the Local Education Authority established its offices there, and the second half of the book looks at the upstairs/downstairs lives of the officers who shaped the county’s education policy.

The book is being published to mark the end of the Warwickshire County Council’s Education Department presence in Northgate Street. Staff are due to move out at the end of the summer to new offices in Saltisford, with the street set to be converted back into residential accommodation.

Eric Wood, who stands down as the final County Education Officer at the end of this month ahead of the creation of a new Children, Families and Young People’s Department, said: “It is the end of an era for the Education Department as it prepares for changes that will enable the County Council to offer services that meet the challenges of the 21st century. However we should not forget the rich history of both the department and the buildings which we have occupied for the past 103 years. This book is a truly fascinating account of Northgate Street’s history as it prepares for a new chapter in its varied life.”

The book costs £5 and is available from Warwick Books in Market Place and Warwick Library.


National No Smoking Day is 8 March 2006. Cigarette fires are by far the biggest killers in accidental domestic fires in the UK. In 2004/05 there were 18 fires in homes caused by smoking materials...and that's just in Warwickshire. Nationally, smoking related materials caused 114 deaths and 1,300 non-fatal casualties in 3,500 fires.

Warwickshire's County Fire Officer William Brown, said: “We encourage all smokers to give up this No Smoking Day. Smoking not only puts your health at risk, but can also put you and your family under major threat of a house fire.”

If you are not ready to give up smoking this time around follow these simple precautions to prevent a fire at your home:

·Never smoke in bed.
·Never leave lit cigarettes / pipes unattended.
·Always use a proper ashtray and make sure it can't be knocked over.
·Take special care when you are tired or when you've been drinking.
·Keep matches and lighters away from children.
·Fit and maintain a smoke alarm.

Other major fire-related dangers associated with cigarettes:

·Cigarettes are the third most common source of ignition after cooking and electrical appliances.
·Cigarettes are the second biggest cause of injury after cooking fires many of which could have been prevented     if cigarettes had been extinguished with greater care.

For more information on fire safety, order a copy of the free fire prevention handbook by calling 08456 087 087 or order a copy on-line at: www.firekills.gov.uk

For more information and advice on giving up smoking and No Smoking Day visit: www.nosmokingday.org.uk

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 19:50 hours on Wednesday 22nd February unknown offender/s have gained entry to a locked and secured office within a college premises on the Stratford Road, Henley. Once inside offender/s have stolen a Dell Laptop before making good their escape in an unknown direction.
Incident number 461 of 22nd February refers

Between 18:00 hours on Thursday 23rd February and 08:00 hours on Friday 24th February unknown offender/s have entered a detached garage via an insecure up and over door and smashed the window of a black Toyota MR2 within. Offender/s have then released the boot and stolen the boot lid and both rear light clusters before making good their escape in an unknown direction.
Incident number 110 of 24th February refers

Between 23:00 hours on Monday 27th February and 05:30 hours on Tuesday 28th February unknown offender/s have entered a garage compound on the Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen by cutting the padlocks that secured the gate. Offender/s have stolen a BMW motor vehicle along with other items from within.
Incident number 60 of 28th February refers

Between 18:00 hours on Wednesday 22nd February and 07:15 hours on Thursday 23rd February unknown offender/s have attempted to gain entry a secure and unattended motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on the High Street, Henley in Arden by forcing the door handle. No entry to the vehicle has been gained.
Incident number 260 of 26th February refers

Between 19:00 hours on Monday 27th February and 09:30 hours on Tuesday 28th February unknown offender/s have gained entry to a Peugeot 206 motor vehicle parked secure and unattended on Grange Road, Bearley by forcing the drivers door lock with an unknown implement. Once inside offender/s have gained entry to the boot area and stolen a black shoulder bag containing a purse and a number of credit cards from within. Offender/s have made good their escape.
Incident number 140 of 28th 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 8th March 2006between 11am-1pm

New Telephone Number for NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Office
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Officer, Barry Armitage, based at Stratford Police Station, has a new direct dial phone number. Anyone wishing to contact Mr. Armitage can ring on 01789 444544.

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


Henley Goes Greener

Do you get the car out to drive down the road to get your paper or odds and ends of shopping?  Why not enjoy a short walk instead? Cheaper and healthier...can't be bad!

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

John Stott

Alerts from Trading Standards

Credit Card Offer
An anonymous caller has reported seeing a man posting 'guaranteed' credit card forms through doors on an Alcester Estate. The forms promise that in return for a payment of £99, a credit card can be obtained within a month.

The forms are reported to look as if they have been printed off a home computer and contain only a mobile telephone number, written in felt tip pen. The mobile telephone number is connected to an answerphone. The form does not contain a traders name. Enquiries are on going, but consumers are warned to be very wary and not to provide their personal or financial details to anyone they do not know and trust.

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

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.  

Tickets cost £15 (Concessions £12, under 18s £6) are available from Solihull Art Complex or by telephoning Geoff Taylor on 01926-843571.

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.

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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AgriculturalDavid Burman
Court LeetDouglas Bridgewater
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
Out of Town 
Malvern, WorcsDan Wild
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
Chief ReporterJohn Latham
Chief PhotographerJohn Love
Proof ReaderDawn Leech
AustraliaPaul Jackson
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