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Edition 112  -  6th July 2006
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Man Injured During Violent Incident in HIGH STREET

Warwickshire Police A man was injured during a violent incident which occurred in High Street, Henley in Arden, on Saturday night. The incident began in the Nag's Head public house with an altercation between two local men and four males who are believed to be from Birmingham.

When the fight moved into the street one of the four Birmingham men collapsed and had an epileptic fit. As the others tried to administer first aid a white Rentokil van pulled up and four other males got out. It is believed that the males were known to the first group of four.

One of the local men was assaulted. He was taken to hospital where he had nine stitches in his lip. Two of the assailants then ran off leaving the man who had had a fit behind and the rest of the group got into the van and drove off towards Birmingham.

A hard hat and high viz jacket were left at the scene.

Police were called to High Street at about 20.19hrs and are keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or knows what happened to the males who ran off or the van.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Alcester police station on 01926 415000.

Rotary Henley Music Festival - The Best Yet!


“We expected 200, planned for 350 but in the event had well over 400” said Rotary`s Annual Festival organiser Alec Halliwell. This year, the 28th.year, Rotary`s Festival was held as usual at Henley High School last Thursday and extended to include all the Performing Arts in order to reflect the changed status of the High School.

Presented by Rotarian John Latham the packed audience was treated to a fascinating display of talents ranging from the “Bolywood Dancing” of Claverdon Primary School and spectaculars from the Star Struck Dance School and Singers of Tanworth Primary School to the performances of choirs and orchestras from the two Henley Primary Schools.

Henley High contributed near-professional performances by the “ Beautiful Disasters” , dance routines both from the boys and girls and their own in-house rock band “The Legacy”. The really brave items were in the quieter and confident performances supplied by the solo instrumentalists on clarinet, flute, violin and piano.

Rotary Music Festival 2006

President Paul Rayner presents Head Teacher with a cheque as part of its continuing support for the Arts Status Project.

Rotary Music Festival 2006
Rotary Music Festival 2006
Rotary Music Festival 2006
Rotary Music Festival 2006
Rotary Music Festival 2006
Rotary Music Festival 2006

Head Teacher, John West, said that the School had events like this mind in making the case for Performing Arts status and they looked forward to continuing their association with Rotary. Rotary President Paul Rayner noted that Rotary was normally helping the distressed or disadvantaged both at home and overseas and it was a pleasure on this occasion to be simply celebrating talent in our young folk.

Through its Vocational Committee, Henley-in-Arden Rotary has taken a keen interest in Henley High`s application for Performing Arts Status and with the School had just completed their second project to provided “front to back” stage communication and tonight he had great delight in presenting the School with a cheque for £2130 to cover both equipment and professional installation costs.

Alec Halliwell

Outstanding JAZZ IN THE GARDEN evening

Jazz in the GardenThe annual Jazz in the Garden, organised by Marijana and Duncan Bainbridge, took place in the Guild Hall garden on Saturday 1st July 2006.

Over 100 residents and their guests picnicked on a warm evening listening to the Ad Hoc Jazz Band and their singers Alison and Ruth, to eat picnics, with strawberries and fizz and to dance on a balmy summer evening in a glorious setting. The evening finished with fireworks. John Earle and son and Lodders sponsored this event yet again.

£1,400 was raised for Memorial Hall funds and the next project will be a new ceiling in the main hall. This work will take place  during the summer holidays.

Henley NEWS On-line's photographers John Love and Bill Leech recorded the event and have produced a special slideshow.

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Jazz in the Garden - Slideshow

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Warwickshire College students win US scholarships

The TrioThree students, who are all taking the BTEC National Diploma course in Sport and Exercise Science at the college’s Henley-in-Arden centre, will be going to different universities to take four-year degree courses and receive more coaching and experience in their chosen sports. A company called Sports Ed runs the scholarship programme and visited the college to talk about the opportunities on offer.

Nicole Evans, aged 17, lives in Rugby and used to attend Bilton High School in the town. She has a scholarship to the Christian Brothers University in Memphis where she will play football – she hasn’t decided what subject to study for her degree yet. Nicole, who has had trials for Coventry and Leicester women’s football teams, said: “I had to go for a trial in Nottingham where I was competing with girls who had come from all over England. The trials lasted all day and consisted of several six-a-side matches, which was quite exhausting.

”I’d always wanted to go to America, female football’s bigger out there than here. I’m looking forward to playing in front of so many people - you can have up to thousands and games there can be broadcast on television as well.”

Joe Copland, aged 18, from Lapworth, has played football for the county and the college. He said: “At the moment there are three colleges that have come back to me with offers – Ohio, Florida and Kansas. “I think it’s the university in Florida that may win. I’m excited, but I am also apprehensive because I think it’s going to be quite hard to fit in because everyone is going to be on their own. I have been over there once and played and I am not worried about that.”

Hazel Jeffers, aged 17, from Rugby, is going to study sports science and play tennis on a four-year scholarship at Emmanuel College, Georgia. The former Rugby High School pupil said: “I am looking forward to the chance to play a lot. I will train every day out there. I couldn’t have done that here. I have really enjoyed this course - it’s been really great.”  Hazel plays for Rugby Lawn Tennis club, has played for Warwickshire and last year represented the West Midlands in the British games.

Andy Ellis, Curriculum Leader in HE Sports Studies, said: “They are excelling academically as well as in their sports and it’s a great opportunity for them. They have all worked really hard at their courses – it’s not just a case of their sporting talents got them there.”

Before being accepted at the American universities the students also had to sit three-and-a –half hour exams and be videoed playing their sport. Their details were then sent to various universities, which made the offers.

Also going to the US are Leanne Harkness, aged 18, of Whitnash, near Leamington, who has accepted an offer to go to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee on a football scholarship, and Kiel Mullen, aged 18, from Coventry, who will also play football at Missouri University.

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French Market from Normandy visits Henley

Normandy MarketTake some excellent weather, add street music in the form of the lively combo of hot and swinging French gypsy jazz known as ‘Swing Manouche’; mix in a measure of Parisian ambiance by way of talented accordionist – Richard Adey and add a bustling authentic French Market. It’s a certain recipe for a good time and that’s what was had by one and all!

The two day event organized by the Parish Council was officially opened by the Chairman of the Parish Council Stephen Thirlwell (left) ably assisted by our Town Crier Gordon Trinder and the French theme concluded with an outstanding professional performance of the ‘Spirit of Piaf’ in the Memorial Hall (see report below).

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Normandy Market - Slideshow

Harley Street Comes to Henley

Shelia GlazeTo look ten years younger is not just TV hype!

Dr Sheila Glaze of Omnia Healthcare, who lives in the town, has teamed up with Henley Spa to bring a range of high end facial aesthetic procedures to The Spa’s existing range of treatments.

Harley Street trained and accredited in cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics, Sheila is very experienced in her chosen field having undertaken many procedures with a high proportion of her clients returning for repeat treatments.

The SpaGood results can be achieved with traditional beauty treatments but for those clients looking for more, Sheila is able to offer a number of facial aesthetic procedures such as Botox, Restylane, Sculptra, chemical peels, tooth whitening & Isolagen.

Come along to an informal coffee morning on the 8th July at 10.30am, or just pick up the phone and call The Spa on 01564 797 833 for a free consultation.

The BENCH Debate Continues

I really must reply to Mrs Tolley's letter, because she has not grasped the REAL problem of the situation, but first I must inform her that I live within 100 yards of the area & have suffered the results of these louts. I have had gravel from a neighbours drive scattered on my front lawn, my garden wall gradually destroyed by kicking it  & chain link fencing stolen, which is why I'm continuously "winding up" the situation.

I want to shame the powers that be, to get rid of these louts from the town, not just push them a few yards up the lane, where they continue to practice their habits & drop their needles. Then you might see some elderly & infirm people sitting on the bench - if they put it back - because they don't have to worry about bother from them.

If you care about the children -  & I do - then redirect your efforts to getting rid of the problem, not depriving anybody of a rest. You may be old & infirm yourself one day & then perhaps you will have some sympathy for those that suffer.

Dora Heath

Court Leet Summer Ball Cancelled

The High Bailiff, Douglas Bridgewater, today announced that the Court Leet Summer Ball on Saturday 15th July would not take place as ticket sales had not reached target.

Royal Reception XVI at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

“Sixteen years ago, Mr Joseph A Hardy III, founder of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, purchased the title of Lord of the Manor of Henley in Arden. Every year since, he has held a celebration in honour of the small village in England. He calls this celebration Royal Reception. In past years, the High Bailiff, Town Crier, Brook Looker, Butter Weigher, Ale Taster, all of Henley in Arden, have graciously joined this event.” So ran the preamble to the brochure publicising the occasion. Henley was represented this year by the High Bailiff and Mrs Susan Bridgewater. For 2006 the theme was “From London to Paris”.


The Royal Reception is held at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, a 2,800 acre property in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania formerly owned by Joe Hardy and now by one of his daughters, Maggie Hardy Magerko. Over the last twenty years it has been developed into one of the finest resorts in the USA, being one of its top ten golf hotels and top twenty spa hotels. Its spectacular facilities can be viewed on its website,

On Friday evening a private party was held at Joe Hardy’s house on the resort, attended by members of the Hardy family and other guests holding titles to lordships in the UK, Ireland, France and Germany. It was a good opportunity to renew acquaintances with those whom we had met on our last visit in 2000. This was followed by dinner in the Royal Arena, a huge tent built on to the hotel to accommodate the 700 guests who attended for the weekend. The meal was accompanied by entertainment from Harry Connick Jnr. Saturday morning began with a procession from the Henley in Arden room in the main hotel to the Royal Arena. Flowers were strewn in our way during the procession.

Guests were assembled to receive those processing, each of whom was announced by Redfern O’Colonies, the champion town crier of the USA. Prior to sitting down to an amazing brunch, the guests were welcomed by Joe Hardy and Robin Hardy Freed, Lord of the Manor of Henley in Arden, and briefly addressed by the High Bailiff. Dinner in the evening was preceded and followed by entertainment from some of the highest profile performers in the country, including the band Earth, Wind and Fire and star acts from the Cirque Royale. Dancing continued into the small hours and the formal weekend concluded with brunch on Sunday morning. It is difficult to do justice to the splendour of the surroundings and the range and quality of the food provided in abundance.

A Royal Reception at Nemacolin is a unique experience, which a number of people in the town have now been able to enjoy.

Douglas Bridgewater - High Bailiff

Plastic Recycling - Information Requested

Plastic BottlesI think a lot more people would be very willing to collect their plastic if we were told where to take it.

The main centre's are not convenient, how many know that there is a collection point at the rear of Tesco in Stratford?

How can we co-operate if we are not told where to go?

I had to ring the Council office and ask, there are probably others in the area too.

Could one of our Councillor's look in to it and report back?

New mother and baby group needs your help!!

I am a new mother living in Aston Cantlow. Whilst heavily pregnant it was noted that at present there is no facility for a mother and baby group within the area. Jolly tots who I believe have been going for some time are rather established toddler group and don't cater for the new born, new mother.

So I decided to set one up. It will start 10th July at Henley Church Hall and will run every Monday morning from 10am until 12 noon. It has been NHS approved and has heavy involvement from the local Health Visitor as well as some funding from the Parenting Project based in Stratford Upon Avon. The reason why I write to you is to request a write up about us but also as we are desperate for toys, play mats, cradles and such as. New or used all will be welcome as we only have limited activities and toys at present.

The group is not only there as a coffee morning for mums to socialise but is hopefully going to aid in the decrease of post natal depression, and increase in the confidence and awareness of the health and safety and well being of mother and baby. It is open to all mums to be and for new borns up until 12 months old. We also have various spokespeople coming from week to week including baby signing, rhythm and time (music for babies), exercise professionals who specialise in pre and post natal fitness and nutrition as
well as first aid specialists to talk about choking, burns and resuscitation. The local Health visitor Allison Dobson will also be attending most weeks to cover any queries mums may have and will do sessions on areas such as weening and sleepless nights.

If any readers of Henley NEWS On-line have any toys, play mats, baby gyms, cradles etc that people may no longer need, I would be more than happy to collect. Please ring me on 07909 634821.

Joanna Pilgrim

B4C requires Part Time Executive Secretary

B4CB4C (, a charity closely associated with Claverdon Church, has been quietly working for some years now, assisting youth projects in South Warwickshire.  The Charity's board is now looking to employ a paid, part-time executive secretary to take over day to day responsibility for the charity and to better exploit the work done to date in developing a successful formula.

B4C is looking for an able, energetic man or woman (or a partnership!) initially working one day per week, based at home.

Part Time Executive Secretary Wanted - £80 for 1 day per week

Full details available from Richard Anderson on 07836 339710  email:

Spirit of PiafSpirit of Piaf

The tragic yet gripping story of Edith Piaf, a Parisian prostitute plucked from the streets and shaped into a star, bears many similarities to the life of Marilyn Monroe as she staggers through life shackled by the ill effects of drink, drugs and a string of men - sound familiar ladies!

Not an easy role to fill by any stretch of the imagination yet somehow the true spirit of Piaf’s tortured and somewhat wretched life is resurrected in this commendable Troika production. Margaret Griffiths rendering as Piaf could best be described as ‘scarily accurate’ and typifies the amazing versatility of the woman.

A rare treat to see a production of this quality on the doorstep and a brave and fitting conclusion to the Parish Councils French Normandy weekend.

Duncan K Livingston

Cycle4Charity and Family Fun Day Out 2006

Model RailwayThe Birmingham Model Engineer’s Steam Train Centre in Illshaw Heath, near Hockley Heath is the venue for this year’s Cycle4Charity and Family Fun Day Out.

The date for your diary is Sunday 9th July from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Why not come along and join in the fun.

Now in its 4th year this cycle ride and fun day is organised by the Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege assisted by the Rotary club of Henley. Monies raised will go to the local charities, Cure Leukaemia and the Foundation for Conductive Education.

CyclistsSponsored cyclists can choose between 2, 4 or 16 mile routes around the leafy lanes between Solihull and Hockley Heath, all starting from the Steam Train Centre. We will have three classes; Under 16s, girls and boys, Adults, male and female and Teams of up to 4 members.

Awards will be made to the person or team to raise the most sponsorship money and hand it in within 30 days of the event. The first model steam railway ride will be FREE for under 16s who complete a cycle route. Routes will be well signposted and marshalled, complete with refreshment stops. First aid cover and rescue vehicles will be in attendance throughout.

Riders and all who come to the Fun Day, young and old alike, will be delighted with the music and entertainment. The hilarious Professor Crump will once again be with us, the steam train rides are always a big attraction as are the side-shows including games, competitions, scouts and guides activities, face-painting and for the first time this year a delicious Pig Roast

Come along and meet former England footballer Geoff Thomas who raised £170,000 last year. Geoff, who has himself suffered from leukaemia, completed the 2005 Tour de France (2,200 miles) and will sign autographs for you.

Youth bands and musicians will perform in the marquee to entertain you and teas, coffees, ice creams and doughnuts will be on sale in the indoor Café. There are also picnic areas on the site.

This event has the full support of the Solihull Cycling Club, local schools and youth organisations including Scouts and Guides. For more information visit our website:

Rotarian David Newman - Rotary Club of Solihull St Alphege

Another £3,000 for ATAC from Charity Golf Day.

ATACThe 8th Annual Warwickshire Charity Golf Day was once again organised at Henley Golf and Country Club in June by Peter Wimbush and Rosemary Stretton-Cox.

This year they decided to support ATAC [Action Taken Against Cancer] raising funds for a digital mammogram machine for the Breast Care Unit at Warwick Hospital.

There was a full complement of teams and an excellent finale was the dinner in the evening when Mr Dayalan Clarke - a breast care and general consultant from the Hospital attended with his wife - to draw the raffle and present the excellent array of team and individual prizes.

As a result this event contributed £3,000 to the ATAC fund.

JOHNSONS Look Forward to Winter

Winter 06 07In the middle of a very warm summer, local coach operator Johnsons are already looking forward to winter and spring with the launch of their new Autumn, Spring and Christmas holiday brochure. There are over eighty holidays on offer between October this year and March next year, in the UK, continental Europe and worldwide.

The Christmas theme starts in November with the very popular Turkey & Tinsel holidays, there are Christmas markets early December, thirteen Christmas holidays from Stirling down to Southampton and across to Austria and Monschau.

New Year is not forgotten with breaks at Salston Manor in Devon and the Ribble Valley in Lancashire.

Once Christmas is passed, there is a big choice of spring holidays, but the emphasis on the brochure is once again on themed short breaks. There are sixteen on offer.

Rob Kingscott, Marketing Manager of Johnsons Coaches said: “Themed breaks have been gaining in popularity with customers searching for something different. We recognise this need and our brochure now covers everything from aircraft and armour through to Mothering Sunday weekends, a relax and rejuvenate 3-day holiday which includes aerobics, dancing, fitness and make-up classes, there are Gilbert & Sullivan weekends and Battle of Britain and Dam Busters experiences”.

At the same time the company has also launched a new theatres programme and a winter day excursions programme.

For further information call 01564 797000.

Sans Chinese Restaurant

Sans RestaurantWe have all missed John Hung's Ocean Restaurant since it closed last July but I am pleased to say Sans continues the tradition set and has a good range of Chinese Food. Obviously a different menu interpretation has been introduced but the same level of quality cooking and selection of courses is offered. A good wine list and at reasonable prices will enhance your meal.

As residents will have noticed a lot of refurbishment to the premises has occurred which has opened and enlarged the dining area and introduced a new reception area and table arrangement, it is a pleasing layout and a welcome addition to the Towns dining facilities.

Opening hours are from 12.00hrs. to 23.00hrs.and seven days a week. You can drop in for coffee, enjoy a 2 course lunch for £5.50 and if you have coffee it's half price. Up to 6p.m., and you select from the a la carte menu, a 20% discount is given.

Do visit Sans for I believe you will find it as enjoyable as I did.


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Memememememememe - Clarke throws his toys out the pram

Nigel HastilowIt’s all about ego and wounded pride. Charles Clarke pretends it’s all to do with policies, the direction of the Government, Tony Blair’s grip on power and John Reid’s conduct at the Home Office. In reality, Mr Clarke was dumped by the Prime Minister for gross incompetence and he is feeling hurt so he’s lashing out to make them share his pain.It’s very childish behaviour but not uncommon among politicians for whom the struggle up the greasy poll of preferment is always and inevitably bound to end in one long, inglorious slide down to the bottom again.

And when they are dumped on their behinds after they have plotted and planned, squirmed and crawled their way to the dizzying heights of one of the great offices of state, they don’t like the sudden descent.Who would? A man like Mr Clarke has had his ego flattered for years as he gathered to himself a little band of supporters who hung on his every word and hoped to rise by clinging onto his coat-tails. He would have preened himself whenever some TV crew or reporter stopped him in the street to ask his views on the great issues of the day. He will have revelled in the attention and the sense of his own significance. Better still, his rise was all very public. Now, so is his demise. And that’s much harder to bear.

Nobody likes getting the sack. It’s much worse if you’re sacked by a supposed friend. And the deprivation is harder to take when it’s the stuff of front page headlines in all the papers. Most people, if they suffer a serious reversal in their career, at least have the comfort of being able to slink away and hide until the bruises to their ego start to feel better. Charles Clarke couldn’t do that. Instead, he suffered the added shame of watching his successor take every available opportunity to rubbish his regime.

How much of this can one ego take?

Mr Clarke is not alone in feeling a desperate desire to hurt the people who have hurt him. It’s what children and Geoffrey Howe do. Lord Howe, you will recall, finally snapped and gave a Commons speech which led to the downfall of his boss, Margaret Thatcher. Mr Clarke’s pique is being written up as similarly catastrophic for Tony Blair. But the Prime Minister is on his way out anyway and, in the case of Mr Clarke, the axe was entirely justified.Let’s not forget he was in charge of a Home Office which let convicted foreign criminals out of jail and allowed them to disappear when it should deport them. Some have gone on to commit further crimes including rape and murder. In all the coverage of Charles Clarke’s revenge, this scandal seems to have been forgotten.

The Prime Minister’s demise does not need any encouragement from failed ex-Ministers. Mr Blair is performing the last rites over his own administration quite ably by himself. It’s easy to forget his third term of Government is a little over one year old as the political landscape has changed completely.

The impact of David Cameron and the lack of impact of Sir Menzies Campbell; the glowering frustration of Gordon Brown; the ill-discipline and back-biting among Labour MPs; above all the hideous complications in Iraq and Afghanistan mean everyone is counting the days until Mr Blair throws in the towel. From the Conservatives’ point of view, the longer he stays in power the better. The in-fighting, drift and rebellions play straight into the hands of David Cameron. For the first time in a decade, his party looks like the better bet.

Tony Blair is getting desperate. His I’m-in-charge interviews lack credibility. His supporters strike their tents and disappear in the night. The only people left are loyalists whose careers will die when his does. It will be interesting to see if the Prime Minister has finally got the message that his regime is now way past its sell-by date. This has nothing to do with Charles Clarke’s witterings. He was never as important as he thinks he was. His wounded pride is not, in itself, a strong enough weapon to destroy Tony Blair or even John Reid.

But if Tony Blair doesn’t make way for someone else very soon, he will plunge Labour into further chaos from which – as some of its own MPs now acknowledge – it won’t recover for 15 years.

So let’s hope he ignores Charles Clarke and stays on as long as possible.

Nigel Hastilow

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 12th July 2006 between 11am-1pm

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet    

Take a mug to work
Save waste at work - use a mug or glass for your drinks instead of disposable cups, and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

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

John Stott

Latest JPC Information

Meeting of Joint Parish Council on Monday 3rd July 2006

JPCThe Council discussed an outline planning application from Montpelier Estates Ltd on Land at Mayfield Farm, Bear Lane, Henley-in-Arden for the proposed development for the provision of care/treatment (class C2) at their meeting on Monday night. The application is for the provision of a healthcare facility with more than 60 bedrooms on the West Side of Henley-in-Arden off Station Road.

Mayfield Farm, which is a brown field site within the green belt surrounding Henley-in-Arden, is owned by a local resident. It currently houses a small number of light industrial units and has been the subject of a number of planning applications in recent years from office to residential proposals but none of the applications have been successful. The applicant, Montpelier Estates Ltd states that the complex will be entirely self sufficient catering for all patients needs and will provide appropriate nursing accommodation for a whole range of care services. Although these have not been finally determined it is suggested that patients would be drawn from the Learning Disability group. Although brain injury, autistic spectrum disorders, eating disorders, aspergers syndrome, huntingdon’s disease and the needs of the elderly are also mentioned.

During the open forum at the beginning of the councils meeting representations were heard from local residents objecting to the application. The residents raised concerns about the increase in traffic the proposal would create and continued that as the facility would require 24 hour cover so traffic would be coming and going constantly. They were also concerned about the size of the proposal.

Although the applicant stated that 50 jobs would be created by the health care unit, the council felt these would mostly be specialist positions which would not significantly benefit the people of the town. The council resolved to object to the application stating that they felt it was an inappropriate and detrimental development in the Green Belt and Arden Special Landscape Area and that it would spoil the openness of the landscape. The scale, style of architecture and function of the building urbanizes beautiful countryside and agricultural land on an elevated position outside the settlement.

The Council went on to discuss the Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Acute Service Review document which outlined the proposals for how the health service in Coventry and Warwickshire might be provided in the future. They resolved to respond that many hospitals are already having their services down graded and their big fear was that we will end up with a pile of assessment centres rather than real hospitals. Eventually all of the ‘high value’ services will be integrated into the new Public Funded Institutions (for us probably the new Walsgrave PFI) and these have a near insatiable appetite for money needing to pay between 50 & 70 million pounds to the private sector each year, just to pay for the building at Coventry. They went on to respond that in much the same way that government is ignoring our concerns about regionalising the police forces, this review suggests that it is a public consultation when in reality we all know it will be a fait accompli.

The council discussed correspondence from the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) and a copy letter from the Home Office concerning the Police Force restructure. In the Home Office letter John Reid says that he does not intend to proceed with laying the Orders to create new mergers in July, for implementation in April 2007, as was proposed by his predecessor Charles Clarke. The only merger that will go ahead is between Cumbria and Lancashire, who have volunteered to merge together. However NALC anticipate that other mergers will go ahead in the future, but the Home Office may renew its efforts to bring police forces together voluntarily, as John Reid still believes the ‘destination’ is right i.e. larger strategic forces, but he wants dialogue about how to get there. The council resolved to respond that whilst they have no concerns about the voluntary merger of Cumbria and Lancashire police forces they did have serious concerns about the enlargement and forced creation of a giant force in the West Midlands. It is inevitable that the Chief Constable of such a vast set up would be isolated from rural Warwickshire. Even as it stands now our policing requirements are routinely ignored and beat officers are removed without consultation, what chance would the people of Henley have with a super force. Low Crime areas would suffer as priority would be given to higher crime areas.

They discussed correspondence from a resident about a bench which had formally been situated in Beaudesert Lane and had been removed by the council in October 2005. The council had removed the bench following complaints and a petition from residents of the area, who were concerned about anti social behaviour happening around the seat. Youths were attracted to the area because of the seat but windows had been smashed and abuse had been thrown at residents passing by. There was evidence of underage drinking and a suggestion of drug taking. The council had responded to the residents concerns and removed the bench, as Police action had not been effective. However their had been some conjecture on the matter via Henley’s News Online, a local news website in the town, from elderly residents who used the bench to rest when returning from the High Street with their shopping. The Council felt it was in a no win situation and could not possibly ‘please all of the people all of the time’ so it resolved not to reinstate the bench at this time.

They also discussed their new committee structure which now comprises of three main committees and set their terms of reference.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday 17th July 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.

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Alerts from Trading Standards

Radio Delivery Scam
A number of consumer alert recipients have contact the service today to report that they have received an automated phone message that purports (falsely) to come from a leading's courier company. The message tells recipients that there is a radio awaiting their collection and asks them to phone an 070 number to confirm a delivery time. Consumers are warned that this number may be expensive to call. The service contacted ICSTIS the premium rate line watchdog who advised that 070 numbers are non regulated personal numbers where the charge per minute can be anything from 35p to £1.50 (approx). Therefore if a caller spent several minutes on the phone the cost may exceed the value of the radio, should they actually receive a delivery (we cannot confirm at this time that anyone has received a radio).

Garden Rogues
A resident has reported that after employing some men to remove a conifer from his garden, and paying them £180, the men disappeared without finishing the job. The men were employed after they posted cards through residents letter boxes offering tree services including topping, lopping, felling and hedge trimming. Two mobile telephone numbers were also provided, but no names or addresses. The men left a half felled conifer and all the debris. They also agreed to do work for his neighbour as well and again disappeared having been paid, and without completing the job. The mobile phone numbers are answered but the person is claiming that he has not worked in the Lillington area.

'Free' Holiday Winner
One of our consumer alert recipients has reported receiving a phone call from a woman who appeared to be calling from a call centre. The recipient was told that he had won a free holiday, and if he rang their free claims line, they'd go through the full terms & conditions of obtaining the prize with him. The recipient of the call did not take up the offer and was also concerned that they had contacted him via a telephone number that was not his own.
(The Editor has also received such a call. The giveaway is that it is a recording.)

Mobility Aids
The manager of the Shop Mobility Scheme at the Royal Priors shopping centre has reported that an unknown trader is phoning Shop Mobility Scheme customers, wanting to arrange an appointment with them. The unknown trader is claiming to be calling from Shop Mobility, but the manager of the scheme wishes to stress that these phone calls and this as yet unidentified trader have absolutely nothing what so ever to do with the scheme. The manager has received reports from three customers about this issue.It is possible that the trader may be linked to some people who were ejected from the shopping centre approximately 6 months ago for pretending to represent Shop Mobility and getting elderly people to give them their details with a view to selling them mobility aids. The Shop Mobility manager wished to alert people to this issue.

Spanish Lottery
A number of consumers have contacted the service to complain about an award notification letter claiming to be from a Spanish Lottery 'Lottery Primitiva'. The letter claims that the recipient has won a cash prize of €615,810 after having been 'entered' (without the recipients knowledge) in to a computer ballot. The letter then goes on to ask the recipient to fill in a 'payment processing form' and send it to a Madrid based security company. The form asks for a great deal of personal and financial information including name; address; date of birth; place of birth; telephone fax and mobile numbers; bank name; account number; sort code; etc.The letters are being sent direct from Spain and are entirely bogus. Recipients are warned that if they fill in and return the form they will either have their details used fraudulently or will be asked to send money to Spain to assist in the transfer of the non existent prize. Those who send money will simply be asked for more and more.

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

There is another scam doing the rounds and I would like you to publish in Henley News on Line, if you do not already know about this one,  to make people aware and to destroy the letter.

Letter is from International Lotto Commission - Loteria Primitiva, Madrid, Spain.  Letter will inform you that you have won thousands of euros but to receive the winnings you have to let them have bank details.

I would like to impress upon everyone do not complete the form that is attached to the letter but destroy letter and form.

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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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN WI Brenda Brewer is coming to give her talk “My experiences as a Rep in Cyprus 2002/2003” at our meeting on Tuesday 4th July in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to join us and will find out about all the activities available through the W. I. Our activities are very varied and there should be something to appeal to everyone.

HENLEY-IN-BLOOM I’m sure you will agree that Henley is looking lovely thanks to all the hard work our volunteers put in. We shall be having our annual street collection and produce/plant sale on 8th July by St. Johns Church. Please support our efforts and a big “Thank You” to those who have already contributed.

PARISH CHURCH SUMMER DANCE in the Church Hall, 8th July, 8 till late. Tickets £8.50 from the Rectory.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY Another outdoor meeting is scheduled for Tuesday 18th July when we will be going for a Nature Walk. Please meet at the Market Cross at 6.30 p.m. Contact Secretary on 793373 if you need a lift. Visitors welcome £1.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB Workshop on 11th July has been cancelled. Saturday 29th July Annual Show and Competition at the Memorial Hall.

SCOUT TROOP ‘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.

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.

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

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 Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close marked ‘Henley Diary’ email: . Please tell all your friends about The Henley Diary.

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