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Edition 107 -  1st June 2006
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Artic Explorers welcomed back by High Bailiff

Claverdon Lions

On Saturday the Court Leet recognised the achievement of the Claverdon Lions Polar Challenge team by welcoming them at the Market Cross.  It was an achievement well worthy of recognition.  One hundred years ago no one had reached the North Pole and even now fewer people have reached it than have climbed Mount Everest.  Their race to the North Pole, in conditions in which survival was itself a challenge, was completed in 13 days: the distance covered was over 400 miles, the equivalent of 15 back-to-back marathons. 

The High Bailiff saluted their skills, their strength and endurance and their physical and mental toughness. The Claverdon Lions were raising money for the Society of Parents of Children with Cancer, based at Birmingham Childrens’ Hospital.  On behalf of the Court Leet, the High Bailiff presented them with a cheque for £500.

Our photograph, by John Love, shows the High Bailiff handing over the cheque to Darren Arris.  Others in the picture are Tom Dalman and the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder.

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Jazz in the Garden

Jazz in the GardenMarijana has written to Henley NEWS On-line to remind everyone that the high spot of the Henley social calendar is fast approaching - JAZZ IN THE GARDEN. This annual event will take place in the Guild Hall Garden on the evening of SATURDAY 1st JULY.

Bring your own picnic and listen or dance to THE AD HOC JAZZ BAND.Tickets are £10.00 and include Fizz and strawberries. For the tenth year we have been kindly sponsored by John Earle and Son and Lodders.

Tickets, which are likely to sell out very quickly, are on sale at the Vanity Box or phone Marijana Bainbridge 793539/ 794987. Proceeds go to Memorial Hall Funds.

The Bench Debate continues

Dear Editor,

I would like to contribute to the 'Bench Debate'.The removal of the bench sent out a clear statement, a statement that society is incapable of addressing the criminal and antisocial behaviour of the feral youths who infest Henley and Beaudesert Lane in particular.Yes the bench was used as an area to congregate around. Removing it simply moved the problem, the same group of unruly adolescents now use the lichgate as a refuge. The drag benches from the church yard and there is clear evidence that they consume alcohol, and take controlled drugs inside. I say that we need to solve the problem not move it 25 meters down the road.I have reported matters to the authorities and supplied evidence of criminal offences, but like so many similar matters is ignored.

Beaudesert Lane Resident

Dear Editor,

You live in peace, having just moved on the offenders to wreak their havoc in somebody else's back yard & not a mention of the many elderly & infirm who relied on the seat for a rest. Another case of the majority having to suffer because of the minority who cause the trouble. We pay our rates as well, so why don't you complain to the powers that be, to get rid of the culprits. I have been told that there is photographic evidence, so why don't the Police use it & make some arrests?I am also a Henley Resident, but I don't mind identifying myself.

Dora Heath.

Henley in Bloom

Henley in BloomFirst may I introduce myself? I am Christian Schulte and at the annual general meeting on Feb 10th 2006 I was elected as Chairman of Henley in Bloom. At the same meeting, Margrit Johnson became secretary and John Love was reappointed as Treasurer. I have been living here in Henley for nearly for 7 years.

On May 15th we held our meeting to organise this years planting so that Henley will be looking nice from the first of June. I would also like to mention that the four town-entrance beds will be sponsored this year by "The Blue Bell" and we would like to say "thank you" to Leigh and Duncan for their support.

This years planting will be on June 1st and we believe our village will look very good. We are happy to have helpers for doing that and are looking for more helpers to join us for planting and watering. We also welcome new members of any age.

Please Help!!! The recent spate of damage to Henley-in-Bloom flowerpots has resulted in more than 10 large containers being broken beyond repair. The police are urging us to supply information - timing, descriptions etc and assure us that the following numbers can be telephoned WITHOUT giving name and address.

PLEASE help if you have any information - Alcester police on 01789 - 414111 or Warwickshire Crimestopper on 0800 - 555 - 111.To replace those pots will reduce the amount of money we can spend on flowers. Henley in Bloom works only by the contributions we get by local shops and companies. For further information or questions please do not hesitate to contact us, chris@schulte.net

Christian Schulte

Revamp finished at Kenilworth castle

Kenilworth CastleEnglish Heritage has completed a revamp at Kenilworth Castle aiming to remove eyesore buildings and show off the surrounding countryside. The old south ticket office has been demolished giving a better view for visitors passing through the ruins of Mortimer's Tower.

It means people now enjoy the same unimpeded castle view that greeted Queen Elizabeth I on her visit in 1575.Tim Greensmith of Richard Griffiths Architects said: "With the visitor centre we have tried to create an environmentally sympathetic structure." He said the intention was to position it so visitors could gain an impression of the former Gallery Tower of which only a single ruined wall remains.

The removal of the prefabricated 1950s structure also opens up a view of the surrounding countryside, which was once flooded to create a defensive mere.The new ticket office and shop on the Brays approach, designed by Richard Griffiths Architects, is made of green oak protected by a layer of oil, which in time will allow the oak to turn silver.The copper lantern roof, which has already oxidized to become a reddish brown, will eventually turn to green. Insulation and under floor heating aim to ensure the visitor centre will be warm and inviting throughout the winter.

SPIRIT of PIAF comes to Henley

Spirit of PiafAlongside the Normandy Market, the JPC has arranged for productions of the Spirit of Piaf by Troka Productions in the Memorial Hall on Friday 30th June at 8 pm and on Saturday 1st July at 4 pm.Trokia Productions have told Henley NEWS On-line about this show:

Chanteuse to drug addict to lover extraordinaire, Piaf's life was full of passion and contradictions.Troika Productions proudly presents this tribute to to the life of the famous French diva known as "The Little Sparrow" ... the one and only Edith Piaf whose spirit is lovingly restored in this unique tribute with live backing, from Musical Director, Stephen Powell on keyboards and Richard Adey on accordian.

Spirit of Piaf evolved from Troika's production of by by Pam Gems which received critical acclaim at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe and thereafter on tour. Spirit of Piaf comprises many of the best loved songs of Edith Piaf with touching vignettes of her life, written and directed by Stephen Bames.

Tickets at £8.50 (Conc £7.50) are on sales at the Vantiy Box in the High Street.

DVLA Notice

We have obtained 3 tickets for the World Cup Final in July - £150 each, or £400 if you buy all 3.

The seating position is on the attached photograph so you can see exactly what you are buying.

World Cup seats

Yes, we have no bananas

BananasThere’s nothing worse for an employee than thinking your boss is out to get you. That must be the feeling among some of the top officials at the Home Office after John Reid gave himself 100 days to clear out the chaos that is his department. He’s already removed one top bureaucrat from his post after being obliged to apologise to MPs for claiming the 22 most serious foreign prisoners were all in custody when actually a murderer, a rapist and a paedophile are all out on bail.

No wonder he told MPs the Home Office had "inadequate" leadership and management systems. It was "dysfunctional" and "wholesale transformation" was "probably" needed. One of those looking over her shoulder may be Lin Homer, who rejoices in the grand title of Director General of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (salary £200,000 a year).

Ms Homer is best remembered in these parts as the Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council where her claim to fame was that a judge said she “threw the rule book out of the window” during the postal vote fraud crisis. That meant crooked politicians were able to perpetrate a fraud so bad that, according to a judge, it would “disgrace a banana republic”.

She left Birmingham after just two and a half years to get the top job dealing with our illegal immigration crisis. She’s just seen her boss sacked – sorry, moved to a key strategic role within the Home Office – in Mr Reid’s mini re-shuffle. Out went Tony McNulty and in came Liam Byrne as Immigration Minster.

There are, doubtless, many reasons why, in Gorbals die-hard John Reid’s words, the Home Office is “not fit for purpose”. But while we’re examining them, it is surely worth asking whether there is anything to learn from the Birmingham vote-rigging scandal.

Ms Homer’s time in Birmingham was marked by a judicial investigation into postal vote fraud in six seats won by Labour in 2004. Election Commissioner Richard Mawrey QC, ordered elections to be re-run in two wards and warned last year’s General Election would also be blighted by fraud. He said: “The system is wide open to fraud and any would-be political fraudster knows that.” He said there was evidence of a “vote-rigging factory” responsible for "massive, systematic and organised fraud”.

When the Government said there was nothing to worry about, he responded: "Anybody who has sat through the case I have just tried and listened to evidence of electoral fraud that would disgrace a banana republic would find this statement surprising." During the investigation, Ms Homer was accused of failing to discharge her duties in accordance with electoral law. Judge Mawrey said she "threw the rule book out of the window" to deal with overwhelming numbers of postal vote application forms received.

The judge complained: "Postal ballot packages are sent out by ordinary mail in clearly identifiable envelopes. Short of writing 'Steal Me' on the envelopes, it is hard to see what more could be done to ensure their coming into the wrong hands." In her defence, Ms Homer denied responsibility, claiming she was only in "strategic, not operational control". Her role was confined to "motivational management and fire fighting".

She left Birmingham soon after last year’s General Election when fears of fraud again surfaced. But Ms Homer calmed our fears by declaring that “virtually all” the 39,000 postal votes received were genuine. Note the use of the word “virtually” here. Note also that the city council issued 59,000 postal votes and only received back 39,000. What happened to the other 20,000? Who can tell? Certainly not Ms Homer.

Her relaxed approach to these things seems to be ideally-suited to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate. It was one of Ms Homer’s staff, the “head of removals” David Roberts, who told MPs last week he hadn’t got the "faintest idea" how many illegal immigrants there were in the country.

He said no effort was made to trace individual illegal immigrants, unless they were thought to pose a threat to national security. Instead, resources were targeted on firms who employ illegal immigrants.

The committee was also told that applicants were given National Insurance numbers without anyone bothering to check their immigration status. Until recently Ms Homer’s department was itself employing five illegal immigrants from Nigeria to do the cleaning. One of her immigration officials has been suspended over claims he offered to help a teenage asylum seeker with her application in return for sex. Interestingly, Ms Homer used to tell a story about the day she met an exhausted woman on the train who’d been mugged and had her handbag stolen.

The victim complained that everything wrong with this country was caused by asylum seekers. Instead of offering sympathy over the robbery, Ms Homer gave her a lesson in politically-correct thinking, warning her against "such a strong and inappropriate set of views". I reckon Ms Homer will survive the Home Office purge. In her spare time she was a member of a New Labour think-tank “commission” set up to boost the ludicrous plan for “city regions” like Greater Birmingham.

An immigration system to disgrace a banana republic, anybody?

Nigel Hastilow       http://nigelhastilow.blogspot.com/

The Gallery Upstairs summer exhibition

Gallery UpstairsThere are over 40 artists taking part in this year's Gallery Upstairs exhibition, showing pots, paintings and sculpture in the gallery and sculpture and ceramics in the garden. The gallery is open 10 - 6, Monday to Saturday until the 18th June. Access is free via Torquil Pottery Shop.

"When we first walked through the arch from the High Street into the Gallery Upstairs we entered a new world. We were warmly welcomed by Reg Moon and were enthralled by the variety and craftsmanship of the range of works of art on show. We were particularly drawn to the pottery of the Leach family and that of Reg himself. We enjoy choosing presents at the Gallery and have never come away empty-handed. On open days the exhibitions run out into the unexpectedly extensive garden bounded by its stream and ducks. There is a family feel about the place thanks to Reg and his wife, to whom we send warmest congratulations on the Gallery’s coming-of-age."

Sir Adrian Cadbury.

"In the last 21 years, the Gallery Upstairs has become part of the fabric of Henley-in-Arden and one of the town’s notable attractions. Reg and Maggie Moon’s premises on the High Street are one of the original fourteenth century burgage plots of the town and still largely conform to the original layout of shop at the front, workshop at the rear and living quarters on the first floor. To this they have added a significant feature in ‘The Gallery Upstairs’. Henley has long been a market town, but not until the opening of the Gallery did it offer a market place for modern art. The twice-yearly exhibitions which Reg and Maggie have run tirelessly, attract regular visitors from far afield as well as from the town itself. Many, including Sue and I, have been inspired to build up collections over the years and we trust we shall have the opportunity to add to them for many years to come."

Douglas Bridgewater, High Bailiff.

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 14th June 2006 between 11am-1pm

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Use rechargeable batteries for torches, portable radios, toys etc. Most things that use throw away batteries can use rechargables. They'll save you money in the long term. For £7 you can get a charger that will charge all the common sizes of rechargeable batteries. You can even buy solar powered chargers if you want a lower environmental impact.

Rechargeable batteries are about £1 each for small ones (AA size) and £2 to £3 each for the larger (C or D sizes). A charger and four AA rechargeables can be bought for £11 and the batteries can be recharged 500 to 1000 times. This means the effective cost of your 1st four batteries is about 2 pence each and becomes even less if you have more batteries. Compare this with the cost of AA sized batteries of 25 pence each. (To get them this cheap you have to buy them in packs of 32!).

If you are not sure whether rechargeables are suitable, try them. They won’t damage the equipment. We found our alarm clocks did not always run very long on rechargeables although the batteries weren’t discharged. Rechargeables have slightly lower voltage than disposables and the alamclocks didn’t like the lower voltage.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 www.henley-in-arden.org/jpc for the latest and most comprehensive information about the JPC.

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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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St Mary's School
Civic Society
Inner Wheel Event


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!



Gallery Upstairs
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The following diary dates have been notified to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close. All diary dates for the next Tricia's Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

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

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.

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

SPIRIT of PIAF organised by Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council on Friday 30th June and Saturday 1st July. Tickets from the Vanity Box.

Jazz in the GardenJAZZ IN THE GARDEN. This annual event will take place in the Guild Hall Garden on the evening of SATURDAY 1st JULY. Bring your own picnic and listen or dance to THE AD HOC JAZZ BAND. Tickets are £10.00 and include Fizz and strawberries. Tickets, which are likely to sell out very quickly, are on sale at the Vanity Box or phone Marijana Bainbridge 793539/ 794987. Proceeds go to Memorial Hall Funds.

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 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

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 Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close marked ‘Tricia’s Diary’. Please tell all your friends about Tricia's Diary.

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

AgriculturalDavid Burman
Court LeetDouglas Bridgewater
PropertyPeter Cornford
RotaryMike Redman
Civic SocietyBrian Twigg
Henley HistoryJonathan Dovey
Henley in BloomChristian Schulte
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 DistrictLaurence Marshall
Joint Parish CouncilHayley Syratt
Heart StartPeter Crathorne
Trading Standards Simon Cripwell
The Gourmet WalkersDL & MM
Heritage CentreRay Holding
Memorial HallMarijana Bainbridge
Medical CentreLinda Jennings
High School Peter Crathorne
Chief PhotographerJohn Love
Green Henley John Stott
Drama Tony Capps
AustraliaPaul Jackson

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