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 20th April 2006
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Edition 100 of Henley NEWS on-line 

Henley NEWS on-line this week publishes its 100th  edition and we have taken the opportunity to update our design. We would like to thank all our correspondents for their support and in particular our chief photographer, John Love.

Our registered subscribers have increased by over 50% since the recent high profile exposure in the local and national media and we believe we now have one to the largest requested readerships in Henley. You can view the majority of our previous editions.  

The picture right shows one of the first issues from the summer of 2004.

Easter Message from the Rector

I would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter! Good Friday was a glorious day, weather-wise; Easter is a glorious day message-wise! 

Life after death! Every culture has its own beliefs about what happens when you die, but the death and alleged resurrection of Jesus Christ has intrigued the whole world for 2000 years. There is no story like it, taking such a universal hope and grounding it in tangible evidence. Let’s celebrate!

John Ganjavi


Detectives in Alcester are trying to trace a man in connection with two incidents which occurred in Henley on Tuesday April 18. At about 14.27hrs a man was found in the garden of a property in Beechcroft.

He told the elderly female occupant that he was fitting a washing machine in a flat upstairs and asked if he could go in and turn off the water. When the woman said no the man ran to her shopping trolley which was in the doorway and snatched a blue carrier bag containing money and cards. He then ran off towards High Street.

The offender is described as a short, white male, of slender build, aged in his early 30s, clean shaven with mousey/brown hair which is collar length and swept back. He was wearing black clothing. A man answering a similar description is believed to have entered a property in Cherry Orchard during the same afternoon, April 18.

The man was seen by the male and female occupants as he walked past their property and looked in through the window. He then went to the house next door which was unoccupied at the time and when asked what he was doing he said he was looking for the neighbours and would come back later. The couple then discovered that someone had been into their property, entering through a back door, and searched cupboards in the bedroom though nothing is believed to have been stolen.

Police believe that the two incidents are linked and are also connecting it with a distraction burglary in Kenilworth (Incident 292 April 18), details of which have already been released.

Anyone with information is asked to call DC Simon Osborne at Alcester police station for the Henley incidents or PC Tim O'Mahoney for the Kenilworth incident. Both are available on 01926 415000.

Local Arctic Adventurers race to the North Pole

Our local admirable amateur adventurers Darren Ariss from Claverdon and Tommy Dalman from Henley have made it to the race start line of the Sony Polar Challenge 2006. Renowned as the toughest race on Earth, they all knew skiing 360 nautical miles to the magnetic North Pole pulling 90lbs of supplies behind them would be demanding but already they have had to face more than they dared imagine - a polar bear scare, complete white outs, Arctic blizzards and temperatures as low as -42 degrees and the race itself is only just beginning!
Competitors have spent the last 2 weeks in the Arctic undergoing the most intense physical and mental training program in some of the most extreme conditions to prepare them for the race start this Sunday. This together with all their skills learned over the passed year in Wales and Austria means they can embark on this journey alone in the company of their team mates with the support of the Polar Challenge safety network near by.
Navigation, map reading, keeping warm and hydrated, Polar bear safety, camping and equipment routines and sheer survival is now second nature as they focus on the finish line, approximately 14 punishing days away. Some will choose to sleep for only a few hours a day, skiing up to 30 miles in a day in order to cross the finish line first.
The physical strength and superb fitness required for the challenge should not be underestimated but a positive mental attitude and strong mind are just as vital as teams spur themselves on under pressure and motivate each other through difficult times. Each team will learn valuable life skills through this experience, learning about hardship, teamwork, communication, leadership and personal development.
The teams also derive motivation from their efforts to raise funds for their chosen charities, many very close to their hearts providing much needed drive and incentive to keep going.
If, like the Sony Polar Challengers 2006, you want to test yourself in one of the worlds most extreme and fascinating environments and realise a life changing experience by achieving the extraordinary, please visit and be inspired!

15/04/2006 - The Sony Polar Challenge Starts Tomorrow! The excitement in the air at the start line is electric this evening: teams have now arrived at the beginning of the real thing - the race itself. It has been a long and testing journey but today competitors have enjoyed another day of fine sunshine and spirits are high. Rumours of each other's team tactics are running through camp and preparations are now being finalized ready for tomorrow. The race is due to start tomorrow afternoon local time, updates will be available first thing tuesday morning. The best of luck to all competitors!

Easter Sunday - Frantic morning of planning prior to the grand opening of the Polar Challenge race. This is it, this is the moment we've been planning for so long, the horizontal Everest! Count down, gun fire and a twin otter plane fly by triggered the noon send off. Polar storm got off to a strong start and completed 35km by night fall. This ended by having scaled the cliffs of Bathurst Island.

The world's highest Easter Egg Hunt took place at the start line camp. Competitors enjoyed a bit of light hearted fun before they began the 350 nautical mile race to the Magnetic North Pole and beyond. A few Easter Eggs will make up only a tiny proportion of the calories the racers will need to get to the North Pole – they will consume over 5,000 calories per day and have taken over 15kgs of chocolate with them each!

As well looking for the Easter Bunny, competitors will be on the lookout for a magical creature of a different kind – the polar bear. The Arctic is home to over 80% of these awesome predators, which can stand up to 14ft tall on their hind legs. All racers have been trained and drilled in how to move the bears away should they encounter them.

17/04/2006 - Race Day 2. Racers have all pushed hard over Bathurst Island today. ATP are in the lead, with ITV and Breaking Trail close behind, but its a close field and anything could happen over the next few days. Many competitors are aiming to pass through Polar Bear Pass and be out the other side in the next 24 hours. Yesterday Cotswold saw a Polar Bear, and today PolarKats had an unexpected visitor (of the knee high kind) to their tent. Some teams have been disheartened by slow progress, but this is a race of highs and lows and tomorrow will be a new day for everyone.

Only two days in to the race, competitors are cold and many are tired but spirits are high as they embrace this awesome experience. Jonny Clayton from Team GOSH It's Cold commented on his experiences of traveling in the Arctic so far:

         "It feels like you're flying on clouds, it is the most unbelievable feeling."

Heritage Centre reopens

Ray and Ann Holding were on duty at the start of another season at the Heritage Centre. Over the winter months, 14 new stewards have been recruited at Henley's outstanding visitor centre and museum.

Ann told Henley NEWS on-line that 800 school children had already been booked for scholl visits in the coming months and there were also bookings for 6 adult groups.

Within minutes of opening on Easter Monday, Ray was helping a visitor locate information about his family's property in the 1960's.

Amongst the early visitors were also two young lawyers from London together with a steady stream of local residents who wished to see the improvements which had been completed during the closed season.

HADS "Odd Couple" another successful production

Last week saw the Henley-in-Arden Drama Society (HADS) present “the Odd Couple” (female version) by Neil Simon. Based on the successful play and film starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matheau, the play charts the trials and tribulations of Olive as she plays host to Florence, who has recently been dumped by husband Stanley (a bald, 5’3”, russian learning, Cowboy wannabee who, gratefully, we never get to meet).

Olive is the ultimate professional slob, and her apartment in New York is messy beyond belief, and it is in this state as the play opens during her regular Trivial Pursuit evening with ‘the Girls’. Florence soon arrives and immediately starts causing havoc with her threats of suicide, and ongoing hypochondria. However, she is anything but a slob, and soon starts to take over the apartment with her cleaning and cooking.

Olive is sexually frustrated, and dreams of a liaison with the Spanish lads upstairs, a tryst she tries desperately to get Florence involved in. This fails, but not before we are treated to a wonderful scene with the lads, abound with language misunderstandings (did you know your husband was a spouse before you married him?). However, Olive’s despair deepens as Florence has another health problem and precipitates her (Florence’s) unceremonial ejection from the apartment.

Not surprisingly, she ends up in the hands of the Spanish lads, and realises they are not so bad after all. A “new life” awaits!

Olive and Florence were very ably acted by Rosie Hammond and Catriona McDonald and well supported by Eunice Bagshaw, Kystyna Aukstolis, Kate Castle, and Sheena Ison as ‘the Girls’, with Phil Walker and Ray Evans as the ‘Spanish Lads’. The performances were of the highest standard and resulted in an extremely entertaining evening. It is just a shame there were not higher numbers in the audiences as this was a rare treat indeed. Those that did attend were very appreciative, and enjoyed truly superb value for money.

Tony Capps - Drama Correspondent

St Mary’s parents prepare for half-marathon

The photo right shows last year’s victorious team from St Mary’s Catholic primary school, having run in the 24th Shakespeare Half Marathon. Not only did they manage to recruit willing parents they were joined by their parish priest, Father Patrick Sayles.

After their tremendous success last year, not only in personal achievement but also in fantastic fundraising, Henley’s local catholic primary school has managed to put together another team of willing parents.

The parents taking part this year include husband and wife team, Phil and Sharron Cannings, and Laura Campbell. Sharron also competed last year and finished first amongst St Mary’s competitors, clearly her consistent training throughout the year pays dividends.

If you would like to sponsor them please contact the school on 01564 792316. Alternatively you can send cheques to the school at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Arden Road, Henley in Arden B95 5LT. Pease make cheques payable to St Mary’s PTA.

If you would like to join us and support them on the day, the race takes place on Sunday 7th May in Stratford. Their children will be joined by a number of pupils from St Mary’s to cheer them over the finish line.

Should the seating have been moved?

Until recently a group of drug addicts used to gather on and around the seat outside St Nicholas Church. After careful debate, the JPC had the seat removed following complaints from local residents. The addicts moved to the lychgate for their orgies and general hanging around.

Now complaints are being expressed by residents from up-town, who used to sit on the seat to rest on their way to and from their shopping. They say there are many of them and they are annoyed that the seat should be moved at the demand of just a few selfish residents of Beaudesert Lane.

Perhaps you could consider having a vote on this 'debate' in your excellent publication...

Henley Resident

‘We need policing that is closer to the people…’

Campaigning Conservative Candidate Laurence Marshall has today called upon the people of Henley-in-Arden and Wootton Wawen to tell Charles Clarke and John Prescott loud and clear where to stick their unelected regional assemblies.

Laurence Marshall says ‘Labour’s latest plan to regionalise our ambulance service and police force is taking more power away from local communities. We need policing that is closer to the people not further away. Prescott was dealt a bloody nose by the brave electorate of the North East who overwhelmingly rejected the plan for regionalisation but this government is far too arrogant to accept a democratic decision and now seems hell-bent on bringing regional assemblies in through the back door.’

The Lib Dems stand shoulder to shoulder with the Labour Party with their enthusiasm for these unelected and unaccountable regional bodies choosing to ignore the fact that they can already remove the protection of our green belts and even make decisions about where new housing estates can be located.

Laurence Marshall who lives locally in Henley in Arden and also sits on the Joint Parish Council continued ‘A future conservative government would scrap unelected regional assemblies and give power back to local people and the council elections on May 4th are the ideal opportunity to get the message over to Labour and the Liberal Democrats – the people of Henley in Arden & Wootton Wawen do not want unelected, unaccountable regional assemblies’

For more information contact Laurence Marshall 07970444363

M42 Traffic Management Scheme Warning 

On April 1st, the Highways Agency switched on the Active Traffic Management (ATM) system over the 17km stretch between junctions 3a and 7 of the M42 (28% of the traffic leaves the M42 at junction 7 to join the M6). This test-bed section of the M42 has extremely variable traffic flows, as it functions as part of a cross-country north-east to south-west route; an orbital route for Birmingham; and an access road to Birmingham Airport, the NEC, and business parks and residential areas. It handles over 120,000 vehicles per day.

The section is a three-lane motorway (six lanes plus full hard shoulders). This scheme combines new technologies with well-known motorway traffic management techniques. These include mandatory variable speed limits (such as those in use on the M25), enhanced driver information signs and a new congestion and incident management system. The system will allow operators to open and close any lane on the motorway to traffic in order to help manage congestion at busy times of the day or traffic build-up due to an incident. This will eventually include using the hard shoulder as a running lane between junctions under controlled conditions.

Henely NEWS on-line has received the following warning from a number of readers.

"I have been given some reliable information from a friend "in the  know". As of the 1st April 2006 the new digital automated tracking system between junctions 3 & 7b on the M42 is scheduled to go live. There are 276 Digital Cameras which have been set to 2MPH tolerance. You will not see any flash. The 1st you will know when you have been caught is the day the postman delivers the £60 fine."

Does the date have anything to do with this warning? In the past, the police have usually allowed a 10% tolerance.

Henley NEWS on-line broadcasts RSS       

As part of the upgrade to coincide with our 100th edition, we are now broadcasting a RSS feed service in addition to or email notifications. Click on the logo above to view the feed information for this edition.

What is RSS?
In a world heaving under the weight of billions of web pages, keeping up to date with the information you want can be a drag. Wouldn't it be better to have the latest news and features delivered directly to you, rather than clicking from site to site?

RSS allows you to see when sites from all over the internet have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and articles (or even audio files, photographs or video) in one place, as soon as they are published, without having to remember to visit each site every day. It takes the hassle out of staying up-to-date, by showing you the very latest information that you are interested in.

There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. RSS feeds are just a special kind of web page, designed to be read by computers rather than people. It might help to think of them as the free, internet version of the old-fashioned ticker-tape news wire machines.

Not all websites currently provide RSS, but it is growing rapidly in popularity and many others, including the Guardian, New York Times and the BBC provide it.

How do I start using RSS feeds?

In general, the first thing you need is something called a news reader. This is a piece of software that checks RSS feeds and lets you read any new articles that have been added to them. There are many different versions, some of which are accessed using a browser, and some of which are downloadable applications. Browser-based news readers let you catch up with your RSS feed subscriptions from any computer, whereas downloadable applications let you store them on your main computer, in the same way that you either download your e-mail using Outlook, or keep it on a web-based service like Hotmail.

Click here for more information on How To Receive RSS Feeds In Your Email In Four Simple Steps

Gardeners urged to cut water use

Water bosses in the Midlands are urging people to use the minimal amount of water in their gardens.

Severn Trent Water says although it has no plans to introduce hosepipe bans, like elsewhere in the country, people still need to minimise their usage. The company has issued guidelines to gardeners over the Easter period as water consumption from gardens traditionally rises over the holiday.

It urges gardeners to water less frequently, but more thoroughly, 'Water-wise'

A spokesman said: "There are a number of tips gardeners can use which are really good in driving down usage. "Easter is always a busy period and is the first time in the year where we will see a big increase in consumption, so we are always keen for customers to be water-wise, both in the home and garden."

Tips from the company include using dish water to avoid indiscriminate watering and to collect rainwater in a water butt for later use. The company says it has hit its April targets with reservoirs 95% full.

Henley Goes Greener
Save Money - Save the Planet
A tip for conserving water. Whilst brushing your teeth, turn off the tap or several gallons of water will be wasted. If you are on a water meter you pay for this water so it is money down the drain. Water is brought to your house by the action of electric pumps. Water discharged into drains is taken away by the action of electric pumps.

Generating electricity releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and causes Global warming. So, brushing your teeth causes global warming but the amount of global warming caused is much less if you turn the tap off whist brushing.

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

John Stott

JPC Information on-line

Information about the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council is regularly updated on the Henley Gateway Website "This is Henley-in-Arden".

Look no further than for the latest and most comprehensive information about the JPC.

For the most Comprehensive Information about Henley-in-Arden

Visit Henley-in-Arden's Gateway Website at

Alerts from Trading Standards

Rogue Tarmac Gang
Warwick householders are advised to beware of rogue roofers operating locally. The roofers claim to come from Birmingham and were reported to have visited the home of an elderly man several times to 'encourage' him to have work done and suggest he claim off his insurance company. In total the householder is believed to have paid out around £900.

Postal Delivery Concerns
Stratford upon Avon householders are warned to beware of cards that are being dropped in to residential letter boxes in the Stratford area. The cards informs the resident that a parcel is awaiting their collection and asks them to phone a premium rate number which is reported to cost the caller up to £15. It is not clear if any parcel is actually delivered as a result of making the call, but consumers should be aware that the value of the parcels contents may be less than the cost of the call.

Charity Leaflet
Nuneaton residents are warned to beware of another 'charity' collections leaflet that has been dropped through residents letter boxes in the Nuneaton area. The leaflet claims that your donations will help people in the third world, but it is not clear whether donations are sold or given away. Unless the leaflet carries a charity number, it is likely to have been sent by a business and we would therefore advise consumers that if they want to be sure that their donations are going to a charity that they look for a charity number or use a charity clothing bank or shop.

Door to Door Mobile Phone Hard Sell
Consumers are warned to beware of door to door mobile phone sellers after a Nuneaton resident was targeted by one such caller. The resident reported that a man came to her door and convinced her to sign a contract for a new mobile phone, telling her it was £22 a month on a 12 month contract. As the trader was leaving he shouted back that he forgot to mention that after 6 months the tariff went up to £50 per month and the contract was for 18 months and not 12.

The trader took her bank details to sign her up to a direct debit and also took one of her utility bills. She was left with no paperwork at all (including no cancellation rights, as doorstep sellers must in most cases by law provide). Trading Standards advised her to speak to her bank about cancelling the direct debit and to the Police about identity fraud issues. Never provide you personal or financial information to someone you do not know or trust.

A number of traders have been reported trying to sign people up to mobile phone contracts on the doorstep claiming to be working for well known mobile phone manufacturers. However, Trading Standards understand that in most cases these traders have no connection to the manufactures of the phones they are selling, they are independent traders.

Parcel Deliver Scam
Following the alert concerning bogus parcel deliver cards in the Stratford area, and NHW member from Leamington Spa has reported a similar case. The scam involves cards pushed through residents doors that inform them that a parcel is awaiting their collection and asks them to phone a premium rate number which is reported to cost the caller up to £15. It is not clear if any parcel is actually delivered as a result of making the call, but consumers should be aware that the value of the parcels contents may be less than the cost of the call.

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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PARISH CHURCH AGM will be on Wednesday  26th April  in St. John’s Church at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome to hear  what we have achieved and what we hope to do.  As usual there will be time for questions and comments.

NORMANDY MARKET organised by Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council on Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July.

PETTICOAT LANE SALE  in and around our Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane on Monday 1st May from 10.30 - 12.00 noon.   Home-made cakes, Plants, Bric-a-Brac, Refreshments & many other stalls.   All in aid of St. Basil’s Centre for Young Homeless in Birmingham & Church Funds .

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.

HENLEY- in ARDEN BOWLS CLUB meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the A34 just outside Henley. The Club welcome new members, whether beginners or established players. For further information contact John Townson 01564 792407.

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

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 HistoryJonathan Dovey
Henley in BloomRichard Aldridge
British LegionLes Goodman
Wild Life SocietyJohn Love
Warwickshire CollegeHilary Wright
Prince Harry RoadHelen Knight
Riverside Gardens Wendy 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
Drama Tony Capps
AustraliaPaul Jackson

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