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Edition 106 - 25th May 2006
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Claverdon LionsHenley NEWS On-line has been commanded by the High Bailiff to request that all residents of Henley, with their friends, to assemble at the Market Cross on Saturday 27th May at 12 noon to welcome back the Claverdon Lions, who came 5th in the recent race to the North Pole.

The High Bailiff will hand over a cheque for their charity.

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Court Leet Ale Tasting

A gallant band of men trudged along the High Street last Thursday evening in full regalia, trying to dodge the showers, in the interests of ensuring that the ale served to the people of Henley was fit for them to drink.

Ale Tasting

The High Bailiff and Court Leet at the Nags Head.

Happily this proved to be the case and the Nag’s Head, Three Tuns, Blue Bell, Matricardi’s, the Black Swan and the White Swan were all presented with certificates to that effect signed by the High Bailiff and Ray Evans, Ale Taster.

Ale Tasting

Ale Taster John Dalman samples ale at the White Swan

The latter was assisted in his duties by John Dalman, Henley’s second Ale Taster and by the Ale Tasters of Alcester and Bromsgrove Courts Leet. The High and Low Bailiffs of Alcester and the Reeve of Bromsgrove were also in attendance.

Ale Tasting

Matricardi's receives its certificate

Photos John Love

NHS in South Warwickshire shake-up

The biggest shake-up of the NHS in south Warwickshire for years has been given the go-ahead with the controversial scrapping of the county's ambulance service and local NHS funding bodies. And in triple whammy for health services, the chief executive of Warwick and Stratford Hospitals, Janet Monkman, has resigned amid a spiralling multi-million pound crisis.

AmbulanceWarwickshire's ambulance service, which has its headquarters in Leamington, is to be abolished and replaced by a regionwide supertrust for the Midlands - despite fears that it could put lives at risk. And South Warwickshire Primary Care Trust, based in Warwick - which funds hospitals, doctors and other community health care providers - is to merge with neighbouring trusts to create a new primary care trust for the whole of Warwickshire. Both mergers were announced as expected by the government on Tuesday (May 16) after months of wrangling, and opposition from campaigners who believed south Warwickshire communities would suffer. Both changes will result in redundancies in management and administration. The government insists the new supertrusts will improve services and produce efficiency savings for the cash-strapped NHS, which could be redirected to frontline services.

But it is unclear if any savings will be made in Warwickshire, or how much money will be swallowed up by the cost of setting up the new organisations. It is also unclear where the two new regional organisations' headquarters will be, although many insiders expect the ambulance HQ to be in Dudley, north of Birmingham.

Coventry and Warwickshire Ambulance NHS Trust will merge on July 1 with West Midlands and Shropshire and Hereford. Staffordshire won a two-year reprive from the merger - because of its excellence, the government said - but there was a strong public campaign to retain its independence. The number of ambulance trusts nationwide has been cut from 29 to 12 - a move which ministers say should lead to better emergency planning and preparedness. But a bitterly dejected Malcolm Hazel, chief executive of Coventry and Warwickshire Ambulance NHS Service, said he feared the merger would be a "disaster" for south Warwickshire communities. He said: "I fear a gradual decline in services locally. For a government which has put so much money into the NHS, this is an error of judgment. It is inevitable that if we run operations from the West Midlands conurbation, communities in south Warwickshire and especially rural areas will lose out. And I do not believe it will produce any savings. We are bitterly disappointed. Right up until the announcement we were hoping optimistically that the government would listen to the public consultation which was overwhelmingly against the merger."

Stratford MP John Maples, local councillors, and Warwickshire's patient forum were among those who fiercely fought to retain the independence of the local ambulance trust, which had consistently received excellent three star ratings. Some believe lives could be put at risk with longer call-out response times, with ambulance crews potentially taking longer to reach remote areas and lacking intimate knowledge of rural addresses.

South Warwickshire Primary Care Trust is to merge with its counterparts Rugby and North Warwickshire, to create the new Warwickshire PCT. A spokeswoman for South Warwickshire PCT said the merger would produce 15 per cent savings in administration. mainly by reducing managerial, administration and secretarial posts. She said some redundancies were inevitable, but the PCT hoped to avoid mass job losses by freezing the posts of departing staff, and redeploying staff whose positions became redundant.

Staff could be affected at several sites run by the PCT, including health offices in Stratford, Westgate House, Leamington Rehabilitation Hospital and St Michael's Hospital in Warwick. The government believes merging England's 303 primary care trusts into 152 new trusts will save £250 million in administration costs which could be pumped into frontline health services.

They also argue the new regionwide PCT will have greater commissioning power, with greater choice over who it buys services from, and that the PCT will be able to work more closely with social services in Warwickshire in providing joint health care. The mergers bring PCTs into line with county council boundaries.

But opponents fear that the PCT merger will result in rural communities being marginalised, as with the ambulance merger. It comes just four years after the PCTs were set up, and opposition MPs believe it will create even more instability in the NHS.

Henley Inner Wheel learn about “Blacksmithing”

The Inner Wheel club of Henley-in-Arden held their monthly meeting at Henley Golf Club on Tuesday 16th May. In the absence of the president who was attending the International Inner conference in New Zealand, Jeanne Dorsett chaired the meeting. Jeanne announced details of the overseas charity event to be held in her garden on Sunday 25th June.

Following the meal, Margaret Twigg gave members an interesting talk entitled “The Village Blacksmith”. The talk was based on a local Warwickshire village forge. Members learnt about the work and customs associated with the trade, and of the life and times of some of the smithies who had lived and worked there. She illustrated her talk with copies of old paintings and sketches, 19th centurary census returns, old photographs and post cards, 19th century census returns, and examples of old maps.

Frozen food stolen in Preston Bagot

PoliceA van containing frozen food worth £6,000 was stolen from outside a property in The Green, Preston Bagot near Henley in Arden at about 14.50hrs on Tuesday May 23.

The van was parked temporarily, with the keys in the ignition, as the driver delivered food to the property. He was standing very close as the unseen offender made off in the vehicle in the direction of Stratford.

The vehicle is white with a large, freezer unit and has the name Eismann on the side. The registration number is KB05LEJ. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Stratford police station on 01926 415000.

Bench Debate continues

What a big difference to the residents of Alne Close and Beaudesert Lane the removal of the bench at the bottom of the mount has made.

1/ we can now walk to the High street without fear and abuse from the gang of teenagers who made the bench there party area.

2/ Damage to property and vehicles have now reduced.

3/ Noise late at night when the teenagers congregated with their Skate boards and cans of beer no longer happen.

4/ Cars pulling up late at night with the music blasting, wheel spinning and meeting teenagers then speeding off has disappeared...


If only the police made more of an effort, it may not have come to this.

A big thank you to the residents whose spirit and desire not to become victims of modern life prevailed to allow us all to live our life’s in peace.

Many Thanks

Henley Resident

Maintenance to Retaining Wall on Warwick Road

JPCThe wall adjacent to the Stream on Warwick Road is scheduled for repairs which will start on the 1st June 2006, with an anticipated duration of about 8 weeks.

The work will require small sections of the footpath and carriageway to be fenced off, with temporary traffic lights installed between the hours of 9am - 3pm weekdays. Temporary lights and protective barriers will not be erected on Market days.

If you have any comments or concerns, or would like any further information, please contact Warwickshire County Council on 01926 412951.

Hayley Syratt
Clerk to Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council
Telephone/Fax: 01564 795499


Excursions BrochureJohnsons Coaches made a clean sweep of it in two categories at the National Coach Tourism Awards evening held recently at the prestigious Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The company was nominated for awards in 4 categories which were Day Excursions programme, Brochure of the Year and both UK and European Holiday programme of the year.

In the face of fierce national competition Johnsons emerged outright winners by picking up the much coveted award for ‘UK Holiday Programme of the year’ and ‘Day Excursion programme of the year’

John Johnson, Director of Johnsons Coaches said “We are delighted to have picked up these awards, we were the only company to receive two on the same night, we work hard on both our holiday and our day excursions programme, continually refining them and offering choice, variety and quality. The complete programme is shown in colourful, well designed and easy to understand brochures, which the judges made special mention of. We run 234 excursions to 192 different locations in the Summer and similarly on holidays there are some 64 different holidays with 144 departure dates on offer. We have a dedicated and highly professional Tours Management team and these awards recognise all the hard work and effort that goes into producing such a large and varied programme.

The latest two awards follow the company’s success at the end of last year when they were nominated Coach Operator of the Year.

Stratford Mayor Making

Henley-in-Arden was represented by the High Bailiff and Mrs Susan Bridgewater at the celebrations to mark the election of Councillor Roy Lodge to be the Mayor of Stratford on Thursday last (18 May).

Letters to the Editor

Following my article about not hearing about the Court Leet activities, it was great to see notices advertising the beer tasting, it was just a pity I was unable to go, as I was away on business. Thank you for letting us know.
But the response I had from both the JPC and Henley NEWS On-line was very similar. Both are dependant upon organizations letting them know, beforehand, when things are going to happen. When they get advance notice, events can be publicised, and hopefully attendance can be increased.
So if you are involved in any organization, please let the editor of Henley NEWS On-line and the JPC know what you are planning.
Would it be easier if there was one coordinated publication, what do you think?

Andy Langford

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

Save electricity when you defrost food! Try and remember to get it out of the freezer the day before and pop it in the fridge. That will help other things in the fridge stay cold, whilst your food defrosts, thereby saving the fridge from working so hard.

Try to avoid late decisions, which will mean using the microwave to defrost food; that uses extra electricity !

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

John Stott

JPCJPC 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

Spanish Lottery Warning
Consumers are warned to beware of a letter that purports to come from a Spanish Lottery based in Madrid. The letter asks the recipient to reveal a great deal of personal information including drivers licence no., passport no. and other identity information. The letter also asks recipients to send money in order to release their 'winnings'. Recipients are advised not to respond to the letter.

Persuasive Pan Salesman
A report has been received concerning the activities of a door to door salesman selling pots and pans. A elderly resident was approached on her doorstep and was persuaded to buy £500 worth of knives, cutlery, and pans (four sets in all). The trader was very persuasive and told her that he needed to sell all his stock so that he could return to Holland. £100 was paid in cash, and the remainder in the form of a cheque. No receipt was provided or company name given.

For more inforamtion on doorstep selling visit:

Cold Calling 'Security Company'
Residents are warned to beware of a 'security company' cold calling householders on the phone and asking for their bank sort code and account numbers. One elderly resident was called and when she refused to provide any information, the caller said he would visit her home. She put the phone down but was immediately called again.

The Return of the ‘Bogus Bugle’!
The ‘Bogus Bugle’, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service’s newspaper, filled with information on scams and rip-off’s, has proved so popular that Trading Standards has now launched a new edition.

May’s edition of the Bogus Bugle will be distributed to libraries, community organisations, NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Associations, businesses, Parish and Town Councils, Residents Associations and others. It is also available on our website:

Mark Ryder, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards said: “We first produced the Bogus Bugle in February as part of Scams Awareness Month, but have been amazed by the number of organisations that have continued to request copies, such that we have sent out hundreds more than we initially expected to.

The Bogus Bugle is one way in which we are continuing to raise awareness of the most common types of scams that are targeted at Warwickshire consumers and businesses.

Demand from local people has led us to produce a second edition, and more will follow in the future.”

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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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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CHURCH FETE will be held on Saturday 24th June in and around the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane from 2.00pm. All the usual activities. Come and enjoy all the delights of a traditional village fete.

HENLEY-in-ARDEN W.I. A nice surprise is in store at our meeting on Tuesday 6th June (nothing to make or do!) Come along to the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm to find out what the surprise is all about. D o not be shy, come to W.I. for companionship, learning new things and lots to do.

HENLEY-in-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB Tuesday 13th June in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm for Open Evening - Variations on a Theme by Sue Davies

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY For our first outdoor meeting this year please come to the Market Cross at 6.30pm on Tuesday 13th June (N.B. change of date) for a visit to Wootton Lake. Contact Secretary on 792555 if you would like to come. Visitors £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.

HENLEY & BEAUDESERT CIVIC SOCIETY Summer Outing Tuesday 20th June. Visit to Rockingham Castle - depart Henley 9.15am. Visitors welcome. Details & application form from Secretary 792955 or Chairman 793373

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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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
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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
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