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Edition 114  -  20th July 2006
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Election by the JPC for the JPC = Democracy??

On this week's Agenda for the JPC meeting on Monday night, there was the following item:

Council to co-opt a replacement member:

Candidates for the vacancy:

Mrs Jane Aldred, 55 Meadow Road, Henley-in-Arden
Mr Christopher Milsom. 2 Whitley Road, Henley-in-Arden
Mr Colin Sykes, 20B High Street, Henley-in-Arden

Is this a new form of democracy with the JPC Councillors selecting the replacement member. If there are three contenders "What about an Election?"  Do you approve of this new form of selection for the JPC?  Please send your comments to

I have asked Hayley, Clerk to the Council, for an explanation.

To view the agenda on the JPC page of the Henley Gateway website Click Here

Response from the Clerk to the Parish Council

Ordinary elections of Parish Councillors usually take place to coincide with the election of the district council i.e. every four years. However, if an elected Parish Councillor resigns, dies, is disqualified, the election is declared void or the person fails to make his declaration of acceptance of office within the proper time a ‘casual vacancy’ is deemed to have occurred.

After the vacancy has been declared by the council, it must be publicly notified. A notice is placed at several locations around the town inviting ten local government electors to give written notice to the proper officer of the district council that they request an election to fill the vacancy within 14 days. (Certain days such as the weekend are disregarded when computing this timetable.)

A copy of the notice is sent to the proper officer of the District Council so that he can monitor the declaration and any election request.

If a request is received then a by-election must be held. If no request is received no by-election is called so the council must as soon as practicable fill the vacancy by co-option. A co-option is an election by the members of the councils itself.

The council may co-opt whom it pleases to fill the vacancy provided that person is qualified to be a councillor. The person co-opted must receive a majority of the votes of those councillors present and voting at the meeting where the co-option takes place.

Beaudesert and Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council have Standing Orders which define their procedure for co-option. They are (Section 18 – SO52)

“(b)Vacancy on Parish Council – The vacancy should be advertised in simple, easy to read, eye-catching posters in more places than just the two parish notice boards. Candidates should be asked to submit a brief resume about themselves and why they would like to be a Parish Councillor, including their address and telephone number, for issuing to parish Councillors with their agendas for the meeting at which we would vote on them. A list of the names should be on the agenda. A deadline of seven days before the meeting when voting will take place shall be set for candidates to respond by. Voting will be done by means of secret paper ballots. In addition, if there are more than two candidates, the council will consider if it is appropriate for the voting to take place in confidential session, if councilor’s didn’t want the relative positions of the unsuccessful candidates to be publicly known.”

In the instance to which your news article refers Mrs Bruce's resignation was formally received on 5th June 2006. I advertised the vacancy and the procedure, as outlined above, later that day and advised the District Council of the same. The end date for any request from ten local government electors to have an election to fill the vacancy was set as 23rd June 2006. The District Council advised me that no request had been received by the proper officer by the date specified.

I then advertised the co-option procedure in line with the council’s standing orders. The council co-opted Mr C Milsom of 2 Whitley Road, Henley-in-Arden.

Hayley Syratt, Clerk to the Joint Parish Council

Games machine cash stolen from social club at Wootton

PolicePC Tony Hall is appealing for information about a burglary which occurred at the Wootton Wawen Social Club, in Alcester Road, in the early hours of Friday July 14.

Offenders entered the property from the rear of the building and deactivated an alarm before removing a cash box from the games machine and a light meter from the wall in the snooker room.

Both items contained an unknown amount of cash.

PC Hall would like to hear from anyone who has any knowledge of the offence or who knows what happened to the metal cash containers. He can be contacted on 01926 415000.

NEW Summer Holiday Club in Henley

Jumping JacksJumping Jacks - Kids 4 Fun!

Summer time is here – School will soon be over!

With the summer holidays fast approaching, there is no need for the children of Henley to be lost for something to do!
Warwickshire College are hosting a full range of activities you can look forward to.

Your day starts with ice breaker games to help you get familiar with your new friends. Funnel your imagination and creative skills into fun packed arts and crafts sessions. If that’s not enough try our action packed activities and quick fire sports. Finally time for games, which is all about improving your abilities and skills and of course having a WICKED TIME….!

Activities are running at Warwickshire College, Henley in Arden Campus, starting Monday 24th July 10.00am. Prices start from £10.00 per day or £35.00 for the week. Advance booking forms and information leaflets are available from Sector 4, Warwickshire College, Alternatively just turn up on the day. Bookings for the activities can be made by calling Warwickshire College on 01564 797819.

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Henley Baptist Church launch website

One of the first contributions that Pastor Charles Boyd and his wife Pat have made during their six month ministry in Henley is to launch a website for the Baptist Church.

Charles and Pat Boyd who are both retired college business teachers, contracted Martin Bartlett to design the website which went online this week at A link can also be found on the Henley Gateway website at

Charles and Pat will return to their home in Springfield, Missouri, U.S.A. on November 1, 2006

For the most Comprehensive Information about Henley-in-Arden

Visit Henley-in-Arden's Gateway Website at

Alan James New Rotary President

Rotary ClubAlan JamesAt the annual hand-over ceremony last Monday, Paul Rayner formally passed on the Henley Club Presidency to Alan James (pictured right).

Paul reviewed his year of office which he described as busy and effective. The club had again made significant contributions to the local community and had also supported both national and Rotary’s international projects. He was particularly heartened by the club’s support of the Prostate Cancer charity, a cause in which he has special interest, and its involvement with local schools.

Local primary schools had again benefited from the Life Education programme of visits from the special mobile classroom, and Henley High School’s achievement of obtaining arts status has been supported by substantial grants from the club. It seemed especially fitting that his year as President ended with the most successful Rotary Schools Performing Arts Festival (described in detail in a recent issue).

Paul then handed over to incoming President Alan who, in setting out his aims for the next twelve months, stressed his wish that the club maintained its much-envied reputation for friendliness and service to the community.

Rotarian Mike Redman Reporting

Show StoppersThe Fabulous Showstoppers Cabaret

At the end of October I am walking across the Moroccan Sector of the Sahara with Kay White and Dougie Brown of Warwick CCC to raise money for Cure Leukaemia.

In support of this adventure I am organising a Cabaret Evening in the Memorial Hall on Sept 9th 2006. The tickets are £15 and include supper and entertainment. Dress is casual and a bar is available.

As you may know we have already received over £2 million to build the Leukaemia Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Edgbaston. The next target is to raise £3 million to provide research nurses, drugs for clinical trials and equipment to make it a centre of excellence for world class clinical research which can be compared with similar facilities in Europe and the USA.

John Latham
Head of Fundraising Cure Leukaemia

Scouts Marathon Challenge

John Johnson reports that the scouts did a 26 mile marathon challenge, and 16 of them did it on bicycle’s in Derbyshire…And they raised over £600 for “Children with Leukaemia”.

John also reminds readers that The Family Fun Day is Sept 3rd. Details on the Henley Notice Board below.

Royal Show Visitors down by 7,000

Royal ShowRoyal Show organisers say "Despite a heat wave and an associated nationwide slow-down in retail spending of 11% visitor numbers fell by just 5% to 141,308."

The 7000 drop, thought to be equally divided between farmers and other rural visitors, is attributed to record temperatures that reached the low nineties (33 degrees Celsius) and triggered an official Department of Health heat wave warning.

“It’s not surprising that some of our anticipated audience stayed away as the media warned of the effects of the heat and sun,” said Haymarket Land Events managing director Dominique Gill.

“But we were delighted with this year’s Royal Show and I am indebted to all those who worked with us to stage it this year,” explained Mrs Gill. “We made changes to the format and to the content and, although there is always fine-tuning to be addressed, exhibitors and visitors reported a very satisfying outcome. One element that was outstanding was the quality of the livestock on show. The entries were up by 200 on last year, and we have received many comments about the magnificent standard of the cattle, sheep and pigs on show. All credit is due to the exhibitors and stockspeople who turned out superb animals in very trying conditions. The excellence of the cattle we witnessed in the Champions Parade in the Grand Ring shows that the Royal Show has retained its title as the premier agricultural show.

“The Royal Show is a terrific institution and remains an important source of information as we move into an era without subsidies; an era where environmental concerns often appear as important as commercial cropping and livestock production; an era where many new landowners are starting up farming businesses or smallholdings; a time when what we see as alternative crops today may become the norm tomorrow; where consolidation and encouraging a new generation of farmers into a restructured, more dynamic industry is the aim. Nowhere was this more evident than the Royal Show conferences, which proved to be hugely successful. There was a full house on all four days, with standing room only on some. From the impact of climate change on agriculture to the opportunities for young people in the industry, we tackled the issues that really matter in our rural communities, and the strong attendance shows just how valuable delegates found the programme and the show’s vital role in providing a platform for the industry. What we have witnessed at Royal Show 2006 has been a great turning point for UK Agriculture, and it is heading in the right direction.

“Major politicians came to the Royal Show this year and set their road map for the future. We are now seeing a public yearning to know more about the source of their food – and Westminster now knows that. MPs came to Stoneleigh not to preach but to listen; not to lecture but to learn.

“The platform that we have provided through the Royal Show for policy-makers to glean the information they need about farming and our rural way of life is unique. The fact that they used that platform to announce their vision for the future is perhaps one aspect that is most valuable and of which I am most proud,” said Mrs Gill.

“We now have a lot to look forward to in an industry with a bright future based on rural communities that can thrive with farming at their heart. I look forward to Royal Show 2007 where we can provide the platform to showcase the realities of this positive vision.”

Tell us as it is

District LogoResidents in south Warwickshire can tell their local council just what they think about the services. A consultation exercise is being carried out by Stratford-on-Avon District Council, one in a series of surveys with local residents to find out their views and expectations of their District Council.

The Customer Satisfaction Survey is repeated every two years to provide a comparison of the council's performance from the residents' perspective and provides a guide as to where the council should improve its services. Results are also benchmarked against similar surveys by other Councils across the country.

"The customer satisfaction index is very important to the Council, as it helps us to understand residents' views of services," said Paul Lankester, the District Council Chief Executive.

"From our last set of results the public wanted more parking, more affordable homes and more public toilets. We have introduced Parking Decrim to help keep the traffic moving in our town centres; included more affordable homes in our Corporate Strategy and assisted in the opening of the toilets in Town Square. All in line with resident's views."

Five thousand questionnaires have been sent out this week to a random selection of the district's 50,000 plus households. The particular areas of the council being looked at include street cleaning, planning, leisure and refuse collections, all previously surveyed in 2004.

Questionnaires should be returned by 2 August, and all respondents will be entered into a prize draw for £50 of shopping vouchers. The results of the survey will be published later in the year in the residents' newsletter, Your Review, as well as the District Council's website.


Is your business prepared?

Fire ChiefBusinesses need to prepare for the changes in fire safety legislation for October 2006 – that’s the message coming from County Fire Officer, William Brown

Under the new legislation, anyone who has control of premises will be responsible for carrying out their own fire risk assessment. This includes offices, shops, care homes, community halls, pubs, clubs, schools, sports centres, hotels and hostels.

County Fire Officer, William Brown said: “This new legislation will replace existing fire legislation including fire certificates, which were previously issued by the fire and rescue service. The responsible person will now have the duty for assessing the fire risk for everyone who enters your premises including employees, visitors and members of the public. This new legislation may seem a little daunting, but by taking a few simple steps such as replacing highly flammable hazards with less flammable ones you could reduce the risk within your premises.”

The fire risk fire assessment will help businesses to identify other possible dangers such as boxes blocking fire exists and hazardous materials being stored near heating systems. When the fire risk assessment has been completed the identified risks must then be reduced or controlled.

For further information and help on what you need to do to be prepared for the new legislation please log onto and then follow the fire and resilience link where you will be able to down load the latest guidance.

The Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service help line can also give further advice, Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 5 pm, on 01926 466282.

Speeding – What’s your excuse?

GatsoWarwickshire Casualty Reduction Partnership has launched a hard hitting publicity campaign called ‘Speeding – What’s your excuse?’.

The campaign has been designed to help reduce the number of casualties and deaths on the region’s roads.

The campaign targets drivers in their 20s and 30s, an age group that research has shown generally do not relate driving too fast will with an increased chance of being involved in a crash. The adverts focus on excuses frequently given for speeding such as ‘Late for work? and ‘Running Late?’ alongside hard hitting visuals of the aftermath of road traffic collisions.

The posters will be displayed on billboards and bus backs throughout the Midlands during July, supported by adverts on local radio stations.

Partnership Communications Manager Stephen Rumble said: “People always have an excuse for breaking the speed limit – such as being late for an appointment, because they have been held up or because they simply want to get home. Some drivers will respond to these situations by taking risks such as driving a bit faster to reach their destination on time. Most drivers who do this will complete their journey safely, and possibly a minute or two quicker than they would have done had they been driving within the speed limit. But driving too fast brings an increased risk of causing or being involved in a crash. This campaign shows what can happen when everything goes wrong – a situation that is all to familiar to the emergency services that are left to clear up the carnage of road traffic collisions. We want people to take notice of this campaign and ask themselves whether the risks that accompany driving too fast are really worth taking.”

Stratford Park and Ride is officially up and running

Park & Ride busStratford Park and Ride, Warwickshire’s first park and ride scheme, is officially up and running and providing a hassle free transport option for shoppers and commuters alike heading into the town. Based at Bishopton off the A46 the park and ride service provides buses every ten minutes into the centre of Stratford, it’s completely free to park, and a return ticket is just £1.30 – or completely free if you already hold a concessionary bus pass.

The scheme forms a key element of Warwickshire County Council’s Local Transport Plan, which over the next five years seeks to improve people’s access to services and facilities while managing our impact on society, the environment, our economy and resources.

Cllr Martin Heatley, Environment Portfolio Holder said: “This official launch is a welcome first step in tackling traffic congestion and the environmental and economic impact this can have on a town. This is not a quick fix solution to traffic congestion in Stratford, indeed we’re in this for the long haul.

“Traffic problems are already an issue in Stratford. Our responsibility is to anticipate the problem of increasing traffic congestion over the next five years. Our LTP anticipates the growth of traffic, from both residents and visitors to Stratford, therefore we must act now. We have put in place a scheme which, nationally, has a proven track record of successfully mitigating the negative impacts of vehicles parking in major town centres.”

The opening ceremony at the new customer service building was attended by a number of dignitaries and Cllr Martin Heatley was joined by Chairman of Warwickshire County Council Cllr Chris Davis in cutting the ribbon and unveiling the commemorative plaque.

Peter Johnson, of Johnsons Quality Coach Travel based in Henley-in-Arden, who deliver the scheme, said: “I’m delighted to be involved with Warwickshire County Council on this extremely exciting scheme.” Despite the scheme only now officially launching, it has already won a prestigious environmental award, and has seen usage numbers increase month on month with more than 9,000 people using park and ride into Stratford in June.

The county council’s Local Transport Plan specifically links Park and Ride with its Decriminalisation of Parking scheme in Stratford. This is because similar schemes operating in Cambridge, York, Nottingham, Chester, Oxford and Coventry have delivered a shift from vehicle congested urban centres to sustainable public transport. In achieving this they have also created a better, safer, cleaner environment for everyone to enjoy.

More information about the Stratford upon Avon Park & Ride Scheme can be found on

County Councillor George Atkinson writes

Good news for residents qualifying for Warwickshire County Council's bus passes, i.e. those over 60 and other residents entitled to them. The Bishopton 'park and ride' bus to/from Stratford takes the passes. So if wanting to go to Stratford and the timing of the local bus service is inconvenient you can leave your car at Bishopton and use the 'park and ride' arrangement for shopping etc. all without the hassle of finding parking, wondering what time is left on a meter and with the ease of the 10 minute bus service.

If you need more information about the concessionary travel scheme do contact the department managing the scheme for W.C.C. at Stratford District Council. Telephone: 01789 260408. Download pdf application

Composting is the answer to hay fever woes

With an estimated 12 Million* hay fever suffers in the UK, a huge number of used tissues are ending up in the bin during the summer months.

And, as most people with allergies know, used tissues cannot be added to your paper recycling.

All is not lost though. Warwickshire County Council is working with Recycle Now – the national recycling campaign for England – to let everyone know this summer that home composting is the best way to recycle paper hankies.

Cllr Martin Heatley, the county council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “Home composting is this year’s hottest recycling trend and people up and down the country are learning how to turn their kitchen and garden waste in to top-of-the-range fertiliser for the garden.

“It is not just veg peelings and grass cuttings that can go in to your compost bin – it is important to add drier organic materials such as shredded paper and card, sawdust, twigs and, of course, your old tissues, to get a really good quality compost.

“Even though hay fever may be getting you down this summer, you can cheer yourself up with the knowledge that by recycling your old tissues you are doing your bit for the environment.”

And, if you don’t already compost at home, now is the time to get started. Warwickshire County Council and Recycle Now are offering 330 litre bins at an amazing £6 including delivery. Check out the website or phone 0845 073 2001 for more information.   (* Source of statistic –

1. For more information about Recycle for Warwickshire Campaign go to

2. Recycle Now - Launched by Matthew Pinsent in September 2004, Recycle Now is the multi-media national recycling campaign, implemented and managed by WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) on behalf of the Government. The aim of the campaign is to encourage more people to recycle more stuff, more often.

3. WRAP (the Waste & Resources Action Programme) is a major UK programme established to promote resource efficiency. Its particular focus is on creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products and removing the barriers to waste minimisation, re-use and recycling.

4. A not-for-profit company, WRAP is backed by substantial Government funding from Defra and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

5. A typical household’s total waste is made up of 20% of garden products and 17% of kitchen remnants. Encouraging recycling through home composting is essential to help minimise the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill as the UK has a legal target of reducing this by 75% between 1995 and 2010.

6. Details of all WRAP’s activities are available at and for more information on the Recycle Now campaign visit

7. A survey conducted by Exodus in Autumn 2005 interview 20,000 GB citizens revealed that 34% of GB households have composted something at home over the last 12months, with 23% composting both kitchen and garden waste.

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Nigel HastilowTen reasons why John Prescott must not be forced out of office:

  • Who else could we tell jokes about now that political correctness rules out all the usual suspects? Don’t forget this is the man who declared: “The Green Belt is a Labour achievement and we intend to build on it.” A recent joke about the man who mangles his words and is not exactly Mensa material: John Prescott goes to dinner with some of his advisers. The waitress shows him the menu. He asks her for a quickie - the waitress slaps him in disgust. His adviser says, "No, John - it is pronounced quiche".

  • The irony of his latest scrape is that he was being wined-and-dined – or should that be beer-and-beansed by an American tycoon who wants to do something vaguely useful with the Millennium Dome. Given the total and utter pointlessness of that monument to the folly and vacuousness of all things Blairite, the fact that Prezza was trying to do something to get rid of Tony’s Folly really ought to be a point in his favour.

  • Without Prescott to fill the airwaves, what would we do for wonderful lines like the one he came out with in his infamous Radio 4 interview the other day? Refusing to comment on website claims about other affairs apart from Tracey Templeofdoom, the Mouth of the Humber insisted he should be judged only by what he does “on the job”.

  • The activities and non-activities of the under-employed Two Jags divert attention from questions such as: What on earth is Tory leader David Cameron doing hugging hoodies? Instead of being angry with the Deputy Prime Minister, we should be kind and understanding. As Mr Cameron says: “If the phrase ‘social justice’ is to be meaningful, it has to be about justice as well as compassion and kindness – just rewards and just deserts.” Or perhaps, in Prezza’s case, just desserts.

  • As long as we have John Prescott to laugh at, and his powerful right hook to relish, we can forget about England’s manifold sporting failures. And we can always enjoy a nice civilised game of croquet safe in the knowledge that it is now officially the “people’s game”.

  • His continued presence at the heart of government is excellent for good foreign relations. It gives the French at least one reason why they can still think themselves superior to us even after the debacle of the World Cup Final and Zinedine Zidane’s final header.

  • If we lose John Prescott from his role as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, his comrades would be forced to hold an election for that job just in time for their conference in the autumn. This is not an election anyone wants, least of all Tony Blair.

  • If an election were held for the deputy leader, it is inevitable the demand would become overwhelming for the election of a new leader to take place at the same time. Party members would point out the expense of it all, the futility of choosing a deputy when they don’t know who the Top Banana is likely to be. This would make life very difficult for Tony Blair.

  • Gordon Brown is once again adopting the Brer Rabbit tactic of lying low and saying nuffink. The continued presence of John Prescott at the heart of Government puts off the evil day when the dour Scot finally makes it to Number 10.

  • In the meantime, the cracks that have always existed in the façade of New Labour are turning into deep cavities and fissures which no amount of political Polyfilla will ever cure. This will be the Blair-Prescott legacy to Gordon Brown and, of course, to David Cameron. The longer it goes on, the worse it will get.

  • Tony wants a freebie holiday. How can he depart these shores for some zillionaire’s tropical paradise if he can’t leave Prezza minding the shop? If the DPM went now, who would be left with their finger on the nuclear button if North Korea take it a bit too far next time? Actually I admit this isn’t much of an argument for keeping Mr Prescott in his job. But assuming North Korea don’t exploit the situation, Mr Prescott will be in charge during the traditional “silly season”. How much more appropriate can it get?

Actually, that's 11 reasons which is one too many so perhaps he should go, after all.

Nigel Hastilow

The Grumpy Old Man Comments

Computers, love them or hate them?

Again too much good news so I’m going to moan about computers this week. Hate is a very strong word but I really hate my (or any other)  computer. 

We used to live without Windows XP, email, the world wide wait etc. but now we communicate by email, shop online and spend many hours looking at the curser hour glass which is telling us the computer is doing something. How much time is wasted waiting for the machine to boot up? How many times does it crash? How many times does the machine need to ask me if the 1 and only printer I have connected is the one you want to print with?

The world wide wait (www) is full of useful data and sites that can educate our children and us, you can listen to radio stations all over the world and even watch channel 4 (who watched that anyway?). The supermarket run now consists of sitting at home looking at last weeks list and repeating it, then it’s delivered. All good stuff but, I needed some rubble once as a foundation for a new drive. I went onto Google and asked where I could buy hardcore in Warwickshire, fairly innocent I thought but no! the interweb thinks hardcore is not a building material, I’ll leave the rest to your imagination, I was shocked.

Mail, the best invention since the breadslicer. How is it possible to communicate with USA, Australia, Thailand, France etc within seconds. Its fantastic! But now the downside how many emails do we all get that are ‘FYI’? How many are passing problems on without our acceptance? Then 2 months later someone asks what you have done with the email they sent? And how many do you get from Russian girls wanting English men and offers of Viagra and enlargements etc.

So computers, www and email, they are great inventions that have been abused by us all. That’s progress.

The Grumpy Old Man

Henley Crime Report
This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Snitterfield and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.

Between 1300 hours and 2000 hours on 25th June 06 unknown offender/s have entered the rear garden of a premises on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. The offender/s have then attempted to gain entry by placing a wooden chair under the bay window and opening the small top window fully (window had been left slightly open by owner). No entry gained, possibly disturbed by large dog inside the premises.
Incident number 416 of 27th June 06 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 5th July 06 and 1700 hours on 6th July the rear garden of a property in Blind Lane, Tanworth in Arden was entered by unknown offender/s who pushed through a privet hedge from a field at the rear. The offender/s entered a brick shed at the rear of the garden by opening a roller shutter door and stole a Honda 50cc Mini Moto, Honda 47cc Mini Moto, three mountain bikes and a strimmer.
Incident number 431 of 6th July 06 refers.

Between 0900 hours and 1200 hours on 11th July 06 unknown offender/s have attempted to crowbar open the back door of a property in Shutt Lane, Earlswood.
Incident number 391 of 11th July 06 refers.

Unknown offender/s entered premises in Ashford Lane, Hockley Heath and stole a green, 2-seater, Bennington Buccanneer horse drawn carriage. A saddle may also have been taken. The offender/s forced a padlock off the gate allowing access to the paddock/stable area and also forced a padlock off the door to the secured storage area, where the stolen items were contained. A vehicle was used to take the carriage away.
Incident number 171 of 4th July 06 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 10th July 06 and 0930 hours on 11th July 06 unknown offender/s stole a double-horse box from premises in Springbrook Lane, Earlswood.
Incident number 221 of 11th July 06 refers.

Between 1730 hours and 2015 hours on 11th July unknown offender/s have stolen a 12’ long trailer from premises in Dyers Lane, Hockley Heath. It appears entry was gained through a wooden gate that secures the premises.
Incident number 596 of 11th July 06 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 1st July and 0900 hours 3rd July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a secure and unattended VW Passatt parked in Knowlebury Cross, Tanworth In Arden. They have then forced the drivers door lock to gain entry to the vehicle. Once inside they have searched the vehicle including the boot (which had been covered by the parcel shelf). Nothing believed to be stolen.
Incident number 139 of 3rd July 06 refers.

Between 1145 hours and 1230 hours on 3rd July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a secure and unattended silver Audi TT Saloon parked in High Street, Henley In Arden. Entry was gained by smashing the front nearside window, once inside they have stolen a Satellite Navigation System from within.
Incident number 289 of 3rd July 06 refers.

Between 1350 hours and 1615 hours on 3rd July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a grey coloured Toyota Yaris, parked insecure and unattended in Butts Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then stolen an Itachi cordless drill from within.
Incident number 300 of 4th July 06 refers.

Between 1435 hours and 1545 hours on 5th July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a black BMW that was parked secure and unattended at Earlswood Common, Earlswood Lakes. They have then gained entry by smashing the front offside window and levering the window frame. Once inside they have stolen a black leather wallet containing various credit cards and cash.
Incident number 362 of 5th July 06 refers.

At approximately 1345 hours on 5th July 06 unknown offender/s have stolen a red, Honda CBR 600 motorbike from a property in Forde Hall Lane, Tanworth in Arden. The offender/s smashed into the front steel gates, and pushed the motorbike away from the drive.
Incident number 347 of 5th July 06 refers.

Between 1230 hours and 1800 hours on 5th July 06 unknown offender/s stole the front and rear plates from a vehicle parked in Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen. The vehicle was parked at the top of the drive where it was being advertised for sale.
Incident number 519 of 5th July 06 refers.

On 21st June 06 a mobile phone was stolen from the glove box of a Seat motor vehicle parked at a public house in Henley Road, Claverdon. The unknown offender/s gained entry by forcing the driver’s door handle and lock.
Incident number 290 of 7th July 06 refers.

Between 1030 hours and 1430 hours on 7th July 06 unknown offender/s approached a white VW Transporter van parked at Earlswood Common, Earlswood Lakes. They smashed the glass on the rear load space door and stole various items including a stereo CD player and fishing equipment.
Incident number 386 refers.

Between 1545 hours on 7th July 06 and 1030 hours on 8th July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a secure and unattended red Fiat Punto Hatchback parked in Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed the front nearside window to gain entry enabling them to steal a radio/CD player from within.
Incident number 352 of 10th July 06 refers.

Between 0200 hours and 0735 hours on 12th July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a secure and unattended Audi A4 parked in Blind Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then gained entry by smashing the front offside window, once inside they have then stolen a satellite navigation system from within.
Incident number 95 of 12th July 06 refers.

Between 2300 hours 27th June 06 and 0700 hours 28th June 06 unknown offender/s have damaged the plant tubs in Henley In Arden planted by Henley in Bloom.
Incident number 235 of 28th June 06 refers.

Between 0900 hours and 2000 hours on 28th June 06 unknown offender/s have caused damage to a basketball post and net in Chingley Bank, Henley in Arden. They have set fire to the net and put graffiti on the back of the net board.
Incident number 227 of 29th June 06 refers.

Between 1730 hours on 7th July 06 and 0800 hours on 8th July 06 unknown offender/s have ripped off window boarding’s to a property in Stratford Road, Henley in Arden. Iron bars to the front door were also pulled off.
Incident number 257 of 8th July 06 refers.

Overnight between 8th and 9th July 06 unknown offender/s have gained entry to the rear garden of premises in Rushbrook Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then forced the doors to two sheds to gain entry. Nothing believed to have been stolen.
Incident number 354 of 9th July 06 refers.

Between 0730 hours and 2230 hours on 3rd July 06 unknown offender/s have stolen 17 ewes and 55 lambs from a field in Ullenhall. All animals were ear tagged.
Incident number 105 of 3rd July 06 refers.
Between midnight and 0900 hours on 24th June 06 unknown offender/s have removed 3 20” hanging baskets containing mixed flowers from outside a premises on Birmingham Road, Henley in Arden.
Incident number 387 of 24th June 06 refers.

Between 2120 hours and 2130 hours on 2nd July 06 unknown offenders have approached a female walking through the park area at the rear of Pool Road, Henley in Arden. One of the offender/s have barged the females shoulder and at the same time has grabbed her purse, which she was carrying under her arm. Both males ran off towards High Street. The female received no injuries during this incident.
Incident number 144 of 3rd July 06 refers.

Between 27th June 06 and 2100 hours on 1st July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a premises in Harris Close Henley in Arden and have stolen a plastic cover off the electric meter at the side of the house and damaged the meter within.
Incident number 156 of 3rd July 06 refers.

Between 1200 hours on 2nd July 06 and 0910 hours on 3rd July 06 unknown offender/s entered the rear of a business in Whitley Hill, Henley in Arden. They have then stolen a new-boxed Dell computer from within.
Incident number 172 of 3rd July 06 refers.

At approximately 1815 hours on 2nd July 06 a silver-grey Concept Timber wolf mountain bike, with bronze over spray at the front, was stolen from Earlswood Common, Earlswood. After parking the cycle the owner noticed a white male, about 16 years of age, quite tall, brown hair and wearing light-coloured trousers mount his cycle and ride off.
Incident number 529 of 3rd July 06 refers.

Between 1930 hours on 5th July 06 and 0800 hours on 6th July 06 unknown offender/s have stolen a Ifor Williams 10’ trailer from Umberslade Road, Earlswood. An insecure caravan was also entered and a ratchet set and various tools were stolen.
Incident number 167 of 6th July 06 refers.

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.  Thank you.


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 26th July 2006 between 11am-1pm

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet    

When is OFF sometimes ON?  Answer, ‘ When you shut down your PC or turn off your printer using their own shutdown or on/off switches!!’ PC’s and other equipment such as cassette radios or CD radios continue to draw power so shutting them down doesn’t turn them off completely. My PC, printer and VDU take about 10 watts total when turned off!

Also offending was the microwave oven – another 5 watts - and an old rarely used PC+VDU - 7 watts the pair. With three radio cassette players at 2 watts each the total is 28 watts or a small light bulb on continuously costing nearly £25 per year in electricity leading to release of more than 5,000 bucketfuls of Carbon Dioxide a year into the atmosphere.

With this type of equipment the only way to be sure it’s off is to turn it off at the mains socket – a little inconvenient sometimes but worth it for the savings and environmental benefits. Clues that something is not really off are noise or feint hum from the equipment or if it feels warm in any way. The above assumes that equipment is not left on standby which can waste greater amounts of electricity - more info on this next week.

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

John Stott

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Alerts from Trading Standards

Phishing Scam

One of our County Councillors has reported receiving a dubious email purporting to come from the HSBC bank, asking him to click on a hyperlink which at first glance appears to take the user to the banks own website, in order to confirm their personal details. Indeed the address in the email began

However this is actually a scam email. By hovering their cursor over the hyperlink and looking in the bar at the bottom of their screen, recipients could see that the hyperlink actually took them to them to a Dutch site (suffix .nl).

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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Henley Diary Dates

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

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.

KIDVENTURE DAY CARE & PRE SCHOOL is having a fun open day on Sunday 23 July 2006 from 11:00 - 15:00. Our activities will be: Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, BBQ & Refreshments, Visit from a Fire Engine (13:00 - 15:00) Everyone welcome to attend at Cherry Orchard, Henley in Arden, Telephone: 01564 792020

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

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN METHODIST CHURCH  During August, we will hold our usual Coffee Morning on Saturday 12th from 10.00 a.m. till 12 noon, please do call in if you can.

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

Business Club

THE 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 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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