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Edition 105 - 18th May 2006
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New Head appointed at Henley High

Paul WrightMr Paul Wright was appointed to the head teacher post at Henley High School after two days of intensive interviews carried out in school and at the Henley Centre, Warwickshire College. He is the governors ’ unanimous choice.

Paul, aged 48, originally from Liverpool, has taught for 23 years. He spent the first 11 years of his career in London. He was promoted to lead a sixth form in Derby which he undertook very successfully until his appointment 9 years ago as Deputy Head of Chipping Campden School. His reputation as an excellent teacher and school leader leads governors to be absolutely confident that this high quality performing school will soon be an outstanding academic establishment.

After his appointment Paul stated, “I liked Henley as soon as I came to visit the school prior to my interview. All the staff and students were very friendly and made me feel very welcome.

“Henley is clearly a very good school and I feel fortunate to be given the opportunity to lead it in what is an exciting phase in its development. I am particularly pleased that Henley High School is a Specialist Performing Arts College as I know the advantages this can bring to a school and its community.

“I am excited by the challenge of taking the school forward and building on the successes of the previous head. I am sure he will be a tough act to follow.”

Peter Crathorne, the chairman of governors, commented “We were fortunate in having several excellent candidates for the post and are confident that the rigorous selection procedures that were put in place have given us the perfect new leader for the future.”

Mr Wright will take up his post on September 1st 2006.

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Henley Market to Close?
Henley MarketThe future of the Market could be in doubt after owners confirmed they are undertaking a review of the business. The market, which dates back to medieval times, runs on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays alongside car boot sales. The Warwick Road premises also hold regular auctions.

Letters have been sent out to shareholders saying that a change in rules, regulations and restrictions have resulted in discussions over the future of the business. Maxine Warren, secretary of Henley-in-Arden Auction Sale, wouldn't confirm or deny rumours that the market could be sold off to make way for a residential development."It's very early days and we are in the throws of a review but I can't really say at the moment what that will involve, that all depends on what the members want," she said. "No plans have been put forward, we are in discussion and have to go to the members to see what they want to do."

Ms Warren also pointed out that the threat of bird flu could also be a factor in deciding the future of Henley Market."There has been changes in health and safety and if the bird flu threat comes back then our poultry market on a Wednesday would be greatly affected."

Many residents in the Prince Harry Road area would be delighted to see an end to the traffic chaos every Wednesday and on many Saturdays during the year. The market brings very little economic benefit to the Town as the majority of traders come from further a field.

The "Price is Right" for Tennis Club Member

Price is RightWhen Sarah Rowen heard the famous 'come on down' call on the new series of ITV's 'The Price is Right', it wasn't only good news for her, it was great news for Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club. Sarah, a member at the Stratford Road sports club, scooped a host of prizes after she attended the filming of the famous quiz show in Manchester last Friday alongside nine other Henley tennis players. The lucky contestant's haul included a Suzuki Swift, a designer lamp, jewellery, pictures, a leather sofa, a plasma screen fire, a holiday in Milan and £500 spending money. However rather than keep all of her goodies, kind-hearted Sarah has decided to have the car but sell the rest of the prizes with the proceeds going towards a fund to help upgrade Henley Tennis Club's facilities.

The mother-of-three, who lives in Wootton Wawen, said: "The show was completely mad and stressful but it was fascinating. I'd picked up a last minute invitation and wasn't that keen on going. "Nobody thought we had a chance in hell of getting called down."

Sarah, an IT consultant, is now considering whether to sell her prizes on eBay or at an auction at the tennis club, where she has been a member for four-and-a-half years. Judy Wilde, who helped organise the tickets to the filming of the show, presented by Joe Pasquale, said: "We were absolutely thrilled to bits when Sarah was called down because that was the aim of going up there, so somebody could get picked and mention Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club.

"The prizes were just the icing on the cake, I'd said on the train to Manchester that if anyone won they could keep the car but the rest would go to the tennis club. Thankfully Sarah stuck to that."

Station sign to be Auctioned

Station Sign

The original Henley-in-Arden station sign, along with those of Lapworth and Stratford-upon-Avon will be auctioned by GWRA on May 20.

Should his piece of our railway history be obtained and presented to the Heritage Centre rather than end up in junk shop in Tokyo which is where the Hatton Station sign was found?

The Auction of Railwayana at Pershore High School, 20th May 2006, viewing from 0800 Sale at 1030.

More details at:

Fantastic Family Fun Day - Sunday 3rd Sept

ScoutsOur local Scout troop have asked that you make a note in your diary for their big summer fund raiser. Their ‘Fantastic Family Fun Day’ is on Sunday September 3rd on Henley High schools playground and field. Open from 1pm to 6pm, this great fun afternoon will offer attractions for the whole family, from tiny tots to teenagers, and even grandparents!
Attractions will include a number of great fun inflatables, such as a Bouncy Castle, Gladiator Challenge, Bungee run and Bouncy Slide, plus side stalls entertainment too.

There will be a BBQ plus tombola, face painting and the like. Admission is free; there’s just a small charge at each of the attractions.

All proceeds are in aid of 1st Henley and Wootton Scout troop, to purchase better equipment for the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scout troops.

For further information please call John Johnson on 01564 792073. So for a Fantastic Family Fun Day….put Sunday 3rd September in your diary now!

John Johnson …. Fun Day Organiser.

JPC reconvenes after Easter Hols

VandalismFollowing the Easter break the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council reconvened for its next round of meetings on Monday 15th May 2006. The Council discussed four planning applications, thirty eight items of business as well as other general and procedural matters during the evening.

The vandalism to the councils play area at the Riverlands open space in Prince Harry Road was discussed. Unknown offenders had set fire to a wooden bench, fence posts, litter bin and play equipment causing approximately £500 worth of damage. The council discussed weather the bench should be replaced and if so purchasing a bench suitable for disabled requirements in line with the Disability Discrimination Act. Although the matter was not resolved it was referred to the councils Planning the Environment and the use of the land committee whose next meeting is on Monday 22nd May 2006. The need for proactive reporting of such incidents and the identity of the vandals was stressed. Residents often felt reluctant to identify vandals through fear of recrimination but this lack of action only allowed the vandals to keep getting away with such acts at the tax payers expense.

A letter from Warwickshire Police in response to the council’s representations about the limited powers of Police Community Support Officers (PCSO’s) was discussed at length. Members understood that Warwickshire’s PCSO’s had fewer powers than other counties. In Warwickshire Police’s response David Shirley PCSO/Accreditation Manager said the government were about to announce a minimum standard of powers for all PCSO’s. The new powers would be focused on Community Issues such as more Fixed Penalty Notices, Stop and Search powers, and Dispersal powers. The council were unimpressed with the response they had received and still felt the PCSO’s powers were so limited as to make their role ineffective. They resolved to invite Mr Shirley to a future Parish Council meeting to discuss the matter in greater detail.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday 5th June 2006. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and as with all meetings of the council members of the public are welcome to attend.

Rotary WheelAnnual Rotary Walk for charities

The annual Rotary sponsored walk took place last Sunday with 50 walkers entering. The route was 9 miles via Lowsonsford, where the ladies of the Inner Wheel provided refreshments.

The event was organised by the incoming Rotary President Alan James and he told Henley NEWS On-line that he expected about £2,000 for the charities. Raynet, the emergency communications organisation, provided the emergency cover and control system for the event.

Family Haliwell

Rotarian Alec Haliwell leads 3 generations
of his family on the walk

Join us at Rockingham Castle

Rockingham CastleThe Civic Society are organising their annual outing on Tuesday 20th June. This year they will be visiting historic Rockingham Castle in Leicestershire.

Come with us on a journey through history; starting as a Norman fortress, converted to a comfortable Tudor home which featured in the Civil War, the castle subsequently becoming a Victorian mansion with lavish entertainment, and latterly a family home in a large agricultural community. For the first 450 years of its existence Rockingham was a Royal Castle, after which it became a family home and has remained so for a further 450 years. Originally built on the orders of William the Conqueror the castle has played host to many medieval kings, including Richard the Lion Heart and the unpopular King John.

Besides being a fine example of English medieval architecture the castle ramparts enclose 12 acres of sweeping lawns with both formal and informal gardens; all this with fine views of five counties.

May I, as Chairman of the Civic Society, invite Henley NEWS On-Line readers to join us on what will be a memorable day out amongst friends. We leave Henley by coach at 9.15am in order to enjoy the maximum time at such an entrancing location. Lunch may be taken in the form of a picnic or or a more formal lunch will be available in the licensed tearoom at the castle.

Rockingham CastleRockingham CastleRockingham Castle

For more information please contact myself (01564 79 3373) or the Secretary (01564 79 2955)

Margaret Twigg

Henley’s Hidden Gardens - Sunday, 18 June 2006

A number of people in the town have generously agreed to open their garden to the public on the above date from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm to raise funds for the Guild Hall Garden Project. The event is being sponsored by Johnsons’ Coaches, who are providing a shuttle service through the town between the southernmost garden in Whitley and the northernmost garden in Camp Lane. There will be a Plant Sale and a Garden Book Sale in the Guild Hall Garden. Teas will be available at Uplands House, Camp Lane. A raffle will be running during the day, with extremely good prizes.

Car parking is available in the town, at Whitley, at Park Farm and at Uplands House. Tickets are £5 each and will be available on the day from each garden, giving access to all of the following gardens:

Henley Garden
Guild Hall Garden, 139 High Street
Whitley, Edge LaneUplands House, Camp Lane
14 Riverside Gardens15 Riverside Gardens
Park Farm, Birmingham RoadArdencroft, Birmingham Road
95 High Street109 High Street
267-269 High Street1 Green Gates, Bear Lane
10 Arden Road6 St John’s Close

The gardens range from small town gardens to large country gardens. An opportunity not to be missed!

Douglas Bridgewater

JOHNSONS launch New Website

Rob KingscottJohnsons Coaches have launched their brand new website and have already received favourable reaction from customers. Every aspect of their services is covered from holidays through to coach hire. With on line facilities to request brochures and ask for coach hire quotations. Also included is a section on local bus services together with timetable information.

Rob Kingscott, Sales & Marketing Manager (right) of Johnsons Bus and Coach Travel said “A lot of thought has gone into the development of the site, we are pleased with the way it looks. There is still some work to do over the next few weeks but we were anxious to get it launched. The site to date is stage one, we are now looking at ways forward which will eventually include on line booking for day excursions, private hire and eventually holidays”

The new website can be viewed at:

Warning for Website Owners

Website operators who fail to make their sites user-friendly for disabled customers face unlimited compensation payments and legal costs of up to £50,000. The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) served notice yesterday on private and public service operators that it intends to get tough with the 81 per cent of British-based sites that currently fall foul of accessibility standards for disabled web users. A survey of 1,000 sites jointly conducted by the DRC found that the average Internet home page had not been designed to work with software and hardware systems used by disabled computer users and contained 108 obstacles to ready access.

Many web pages failed to allow those with poor sight to use software that reads out text on the screen or transcribes it into Braille. Poor ­ colour contrast between text and background was found to confuse people with dyslexia and the partially sighted. The survey also found that site navigation systems that relied too much on the mouse impeded those with arthritis or restricted movement who depend on their keyboards. The Disability Discrimination Act requires all businesses to provide equal physical access to their products and services or face the threat of prosecution. The legislation does not set a maximum limit to the amount of compensation that companies found guilty of discrimination can be made to pay.

The Royal National Institute of the Blind won out­of-court settlements last year after launching legal action on behalf of two people claiming discrimination against organisations with inaccessible websites. The DRC survey, which found little awareness among site operators of their responsibilities under the Act, presages more cases. Only 9 per cent of website developers had tested their sites on disabled users.

The web operators running inaccessible sites are turning their back on the £50 billion a year spent by Britain's 8.7 million disabled people, the DRC Said Bert Massie, the commission's Chairman, said that the survey's findings were unacceptable: "Eight in ten sites are next to impossible for some disabled people to use ­ that means no last-minute holidays, cheaper car insurance or lower rates of interest on credit cards.

"It also means a technological lockout from chat rooms and web forums, from recruitment opportunities that are increasingly happening through the web, and education and information services that have had an increased profile."

The DRC recommendations for making the web more accessible at a relatively modest price included the adoption of formal policies to meet the needs of disabled people and the involvement at an early stage of disabled users in web design.

The DRC survey conducted with the Centre for Human Computer Interaction Design at City University London subjected 100 sites to detailed evaluation by users with a range of impairments.

Researchers also canvassed the views of more than 700 businesses that had commissioned websites and nearly 400 website developers.

Henley News On-line believes that its website and the "Welcome to Henley-in-Arden" website conform to the guidelines. The same may not be true for the JPC website but then they will only pass on any fine to the council tax payers.

Report by our Malvern Correspondent

British LegionHenley Invasion of War Rooms & Chartwell

The Henley & District Ex Services Social Club for their annual outing this year, visited the Cabinet War Rooms in Whitehall, and following a good lunch in Redhill, toured Churchill's former home at Chartwell in Kent.

War Rooms

Photos by John Love

Jobs in Henley

St MarysA vacancy has arisen for the post of Clerk to the Governors of St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.  This is a paid position with important and confidential responsibilities for the smooth running of the Governing body.  In particular, the Clerk is responsible for convening and taking minutes at meetings.  Training will be given.

If you are interested, applications should be sent by letter to the Chair of Governors, Mrs C Treacy, c/o St Mary’s Catholic Primary School. Arden Road. Henley in Arden B95 5LT by 7th June please, or contact the school on 01564 792316.


HSLHSL The Chair Showroom, 181 High Street, seek a part time staff member.

Sunday 10-4 and two other days in the week.

For more details contact Shirley on 01564 795787

Letter to the Editor


I have read with increasing dismay the reports in Henley NEWS On-line about the mindless vandalism that is occurring in Henley.  

Today, I have noticed a further example and I wondered if you are aware of it.  The lovely old flower pots, which are positioned at various locations on the High Street, have been previously targeted by the hooligans .  The latest one that I have noticed is the one positioned on the pavement between the chemists and opticians opposite my office.  It now lies smashed with it's contents spilled out over the pavement.

I think that you have been doing an excellent job by publicising these incidents.  Please keep up the good work.

Kind regards.

Bob Cullingworth

Neighbour WatchHenley in Arden Police Surgery

A 'Drop In' facility at Henley Police Station to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team.

The next Police Surgery will be WEDNESDAY 31st MAY 2006 between 11am-1pm

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

To make your holiday greener, plant some trees to absorb the Carbon Dioxide released by flights or other forms of transport.

Airliner & TreesIt costs about £10 for a tree that will absorb during its lifetime, the effects of a trip to Europe.

It is easy to arrange to have a tree planted for you in new woodland. Go to:

Fill in your trip details as requested and the number of trees will be calculated for you. You can then order them by credit/debit card. Alternatively, British Airways will add a tree to your BA booking if you ask!!

For more information about the Make Henley Greener project, click here.

John Stott

JPC Information on-line

JPCInformation 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

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Alerts from Trading Standards


And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Trading StandardsSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board


This is the fourth year of the C4C which goes from strength to Strength... This year we have moved the event from September to July at the request of the youth groups and schools that are involved in supporting the event. So please make a note in your diaries for Sunday July 9, 2006 - well before the World Cup football final starts!


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The following diary dates have been notified to Tricia Hammond at 132 High Street or electronically to 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 at any time.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK - MAY 14th to 20th As usual an envelope for your contribution to support the work of this vital charity is here. Your generosity last year raised nearly £3000 which gave help & hope to those far worse off than we are, many coping with the aftermath of disasters beyond their control. An authorised collector will call for your contribution between 14th & 20th May. Please give generously filling in the gift aid section if a Taxpayer. If you can help with collection please contact John or Cilla Pudney 797949.

Henley Wildlife Society Dr. Jon Radley from Warwick Museum will be speaking about ‘The Geology of Warwickshire’ in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45pm on Tuesday 16th May. Visitors are always welcome £1.00

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.

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

Ullenhall Gardening Club Visit to Hampton Court Flower Show on Thursday 9th JULY leaving Henley at 7.00am return approximately 7.00pm £37.00 includes coach and admission.  Contact Diane Bayley on 793903

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.

Bowling ClubHENLEY-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.

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 its 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

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

Bridge ClubThe 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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Court LeetDouglas Bridgewater
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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
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CanadaAnne Elliott
Warwickshire CountyGeorge Atkinson
Stratford DistrictStephen Thirlwell
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Heart StartPeter Crathorne
The HubJames Kirby
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Heritage CentreRay Holding
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