16th March 2006
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Vote on the Market Cross renovation

History tells us that it is an ancient monument, but compared with its former glory what remains demands imagination to guess what it was. In fact a visitor approached a resident and asked, "What is it?" When told "It's a very ancient market cross" the reply was "But it's not a cross!"

For more than 20 years, attempts have been made to have it restored, but English Heritage has not been co-operative as it is a listed ancient monument. Many believe if it was restored, we would have a distinguished landmark.

The original cross was erected circa 1440 and stood some 30 ft high. It is one of few still existing in this country and is of exceptional interest. Composed of local stone, the shaft and raised base of three steps are now all that is left. The top had four recessed niches under cinquefoil-headed canopies, resting on a knop or ring, borne up four angel figures at the angles, each holding out a shield bearing a cross. The niches, as late as 1815, exhibited in relief first the Rood, second the Trinity, third St Peter with his key, but the sculpture of the fourth was worn away by the action of time and was not distinguishable. It was probably the Virgin and Child. Unfortunately the top fell off in about 1894.

The Market Cross in c 1899, shortly after the top had fallen off.

Should the Market Cross remain as it is or should it be restored? You can see from the illustrations below what it was like compared with its sorry state today.

As it was

As it is today

Initially a small team has agreed to do the work needed to develop the Market Cross Project. Kathryn Clarke, a resident of Henley, requested this project in the recent Parish Plan. George Atkinson, Parish & County Councillor, has tried from time to time to preserve and improve this focal point.

Councillor George Atkinson has asked Henley NEWS on-line to organise an electronic poll to ascertain the opinions of its readers. George Atkinson told Henley News on-line that the remains of the original cross could be moved to the new Guildhall Garden or the Heritage Centre.

ELECTRONIC POLL (Click on the proposition below which you support).

80th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

Were you born in 1926 and now live in Henley in Arden? 

If so, the High Bailiff and Sue Bridgewater would like to invite you and your partner to join them for a celebration tea party on Friday 21st April 2006. 

Please contact them on 793633 for your invitation.

Henley Rotary Club gets Award

In December of last year, the Warwickshire Education Business Partnership invited The Rotary Club of Henley in Arden to support their programme designed to prepare pupils for the world outside school. The programme provides practice at being interviewed in mock interviews and poses realistic problems found in day to day business management for pupils to solve on “Enterprise Days”, and is offered to all pupils in Year 10.

The Rotary Club’s job, along with other local and national business representatives from among others, Ford Motor Company, The National Grid and Amec, was to provide experienced interviewers and business experts from among their members to work in the schools of South Warwickshire including Henley, Stratford, Kineton, Alcester and Studley. The project was taken up so enthusiastically by the Henley members that the club was nominated for an award which was presented to their Vocational Chairman, Alec Halliwell seen here with Rotarians Brian Mitchell, Keith Ford and David Brain at The Quality Awards Conference at the National Agricultural Centre at Stoneleigh on March 7th.

Commenting on the award, Rotary President Paul Rayner said “One of the principle avenues of service offered by Rotarians to their community has always been through their vocational skills and our contributions to this programme is just one example of the work done by Rotarians throughout the World”.

Evergreen Club news

The A.G.M. was held at the beginning of March and the Committee was elected for 2006.

Chair          Gordon Trinder
Secretary    Rosemary Lydiatt
Treasurer    Pat Williams
Committee  Joyce Dunscombe, Joan Hurst, Joyce Puga and Muriel Wanklyn.

Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 p.m. A varied programme for the year has been arranged together with various outings. A party of 40 members will be going to Eastbourne  for a week on the 6th May.
The Evergreen Club is a self supporting group and receives a little help from the Joint Parish Council.
The Membership is around 80 but we are always looking for new Members. If you are interested in joining, please contact Gordon Trinder. Membership is £5 for the year. At most meetings, you will pay 25p for tea and  there is a raffle.
Gordon Trinder.

Memorial Hall's Spring Supper Dance

Congratulations to the organisers of the Supper Dance that was held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday night. The hall was decked out in its finery. The 3 course meal started with Antipasti followed by Lasagne finishing off with an array of delicious puddings – trifle, meringues with strawberries, a mouth-watering pear and ginger pudding to name but a few The Likely Lads Band then started to play and the dance floor was heaving through until midnight.

90 people attended and a great time was had by all. Our photo gallery shows some of the guests who enjoyed an excellent evening.

Brian Twigg and his party

High Bailiff and  his party

Ray Holding and his party

John Stott and his party

The Likely Lads

Marijana announces the raffle winners

Jan Wright, one of the lucky winners

Accident waiting to happen.

A Henley NEWS on-line reader is very concerned that there is an accident waiting to happen at the Traffic lights in the High Street.

On four separate occasions, two cars have gone through the red light at speed unable to stop in time. Whilst crossing on another two occasions, our reader was narrowly missed being knocked over.  

Has this happened to anyone else in Henley?  We need to make sure there isn't going to be a fatal accident at some time in the future.

Please send your reports to editor@henleynews.co.uk

Museum displays big cat footprint

Warwickshire Museum is delighted to be able to display a cast of the footprint of a big cat taken in Barford in November 2004. This was recently donated to Warwickshire Museum by the tenant farmer of Wasperton Farm

A gamekeeper at the farm had a spine-chilling encounter with what he thought was a big black panther that had just caught a pheasant. Big cat reports are regular occurrences in Warwickshire, but this time the creature left a footprint in wet mud.

Warwickshire Police took a cast of the print and sent it to experts who confirmed that it was made by a big cat, probably a black leopard.

Steven Falk, Keeper of Natural History, said “We are pleased to receive this donation of the big cat print. Although reports of sightings of big cats are not unusual in the county this evidence is fascinating proof that something did exist.”

The print can be viewed at Warwickshire Museum in Market Place on Tuesdays to Saturdays between 10am and 5pm.

Henley Goes Greener

Can you tuck your curtains in behind the tops of radiators below windows? Doing this reduces the temperature in the space between the curtains and the window and cuts down the amount of heat lost via the window. This saves you money but costs nothing to do. If you are having new curtains make them long enough to tuck in.

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

John Stott

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

The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board

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.

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.

Henley-in-Arden Evergreen Club. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15 p.m. The Club has around 80 members and organises a varied programme together with various outings. If you are interested in joining, please contact Gordon Trinder.

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.

From our own Correspondents

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Why don't you become one of our correspondents and send in stories about your area, your club, your school or events you have witnessed. Please always try to include a photo.

Letters, articles, pictures to the Editor are always welcome. Please do not use the following file formats 'Publisher" or 'Serif'. 'Microsoft Word' is preferred format. Please send to editor@henleynews.co.uk

We are delighted to publish the growing list of our correspondents:

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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Bill Leech - Editor

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