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Edition 116  -  3rd August 2 006
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Ofsted gives Henley High a Good Report at Grade 2

OfstedOfsted, the schools inspectorate, has published its report following the inspection at the end of June. The school achieved Grade 2.

The summary to the report states:

Overall effectiveness of the school
This is a good school which is well led and managed. The staff team work in successful partnership with parents and pupils to achieve the school aims, which are encapsulated in the school motto ‘CARE’ - consideration, achievement, responsibility and endeavour.

Through good teaching, the school helps pupils to achieve standards that are above the national average. Pupils make good progress and some pupils could make even better progress with more sophisticated and consistent use of assessment tracking data. Good achievement and good personal and social development helps to equip pupils for their future lives.

Self-evaluation is well planned and provides the school with a clear picture of its performance. The curriculum is only satisfactory but the school has clearly identified its shortcomings. The newly devised timetable has been designed to address issues around curriculum entitlement. Good partnership with other schools and colleges helps the school meet a wide range of learning needs, although there are not enough opportunities for gifted and talented pupils.

The school has limited resources but uses these well and provides good value for money. Although the speed of some improvements has been hampered by the impact of staffing difficulties, significant in a small school, there has been satisfactory and in some areas good improvement since the last inspection.

Capacity to improve and become outstanding is good. Self-evaluation is effective, although a clear focus on pupils’ learning during lesson observations would strengthen it. Detailed planning, which identifies priority areas for improvement, is in place for implementation in the new academic year.

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Peter Crathorne, Chairman of Governors, responds to the OFSTED Report.

Peter CrathorneThe governors welcome the report which is a very accurate reflection of the school and its strengths. This has been achieved by the dedication and hard work of all members of the teaching and non-teaching staff. The standard described can only be achieved by excellent teamwork amongst the staff and brilliant relationships between the pupils and their teachers.

The issues raised in the report brought no surprises. Our rigorous monitoring systems had already highlighted the matters referred to in the report. They are featured in our development plans for the school during the next year. This process will continue over the next few years. We are confident that the elusive GRADE 1 will be ours at the next inspection.

If readers of the report would like to add their comments they can e-mail:

Peter Crathorne

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JPC loses Hayley as Parish Clerk

Joint Parish Council Requires a Parish Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer.

HailleyAfter 8 years, Hayley Syratt is moving on and the council wishes to appoint her successor as soon as possible. Because of the high cost of advertising in local media, Henley NEWS On-line is running an advertisement at no cost to the parish council.

Principal duties include the running of the Parish Office, publishing meeting agendas for the full council and 3 committees, producing minutes for all council meetings and committees, liasing with contractors and outside bodies, actioning the councils decisions, acting as the councils financial officer, keeping the councils financial records and managing the councils website.

Ideally the successor should have knowledge of local government procedures and should be able to demonstrate good organisational skills, confidence in dealing with the public and have computer competencies, preferably in Microsoft Office.

The Joint Parish Council was awarded Quality Parish Council status, if not already held, the applicant will be offered training to achieve the qualifications required for Parish Clerks at Quality Parish Council status. Hours of work will be by prior agreement and based on a 25/30 hour working week with occasional evening work. An appropriate salary with contributory pension will be given based on local government guidelines.

To apply please forward your C.V. and a letter explaining the qualities you could give to this key role to: The Chairman, Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council, The Parish Office, 150 High Street, Henley-in-Arden B95 5BS.

Closing date for applications is Friday 12th August 2006. Download the Job Spec for the Parish Clerk

Henley NEWS On-line thanks Hayley for all her help over the last two years and wishes her great success with her new appointment.

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Double delight for Mat Jackson at Donington Park

Mat JacksonLocal driver, Mat Jackson (Whale Tankers/Jackson Motorsport) tightened his grip on the 2006 Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship with two wins out of two in Rounds 9 and 10 at Donington Park. He was pushed all the way in both races by Alan Blencowe (Triple R), while Ben Winrow (CMS Motorsport) moved into second overall in the Championship securing two 3rd place finishes.

It was a clean start in race one and Blencowe, who started on pole position, held his own into the first corner at Redgate, but an error coming out of the Old Hairpin allowed Jackson through. Winrow stayed out of trouble and the three leaders soon started to put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack.

As the laps passed, it quickly became a two-horse race as Jackson and Blencowe’s rivalry saw them pull clear of Winrow, who chose to stay out of trouble and preserve both points and tyres.

Jackson looked comfortable, but Blencowe never let him out of his sights, and saw an opportunity to overtake on lap 12. Coming into McLeans, Blencowe dived up the inside of Jackson, catching the rear of the Whale Tankers/Jackson Motorsport car and pushing him out to the edge of the track to take the lead. Blencowe’s lead lasted for less than one lap, however, as Jackson quickly closed the short gap and, as the Triple R driver made a second error coming out of the Old Hairpin, he went by him, then held off one final charge to take the chequered flag and extend his lead at the top of the Championship.

It was a case of as you were in race two with the same three drivers taking the same three podium positions as Round 9. Jackson started on pole position, alongside Mussi, with Blencowe and Winrow on the second row. The third row of the grid was empty as Neil Waterworth hadn’t managed to repair his car after the shunt in the first race and Jonathan Fildes pulled in after the warm-up lap and started from the pits.

After a clean start, Jackson led into the first corner and never looked back. He quickly pulled away from Winrow who’d snatched 2nd, and by lap 5 he was nearly two seconds clear.

Blencowe mounted a charge, however, climbing from 4th to 2nd before starting to reel Jackson in. By lap 12, the gap was closed to 0.9 seconds and by the final lap it was just 0.4 seconds. But Blencowe never managed to get close enough to the Henley-in-Arden driver to mount a meaningful challenge.

Naturally, Jackson was delighted with his weekend’s work; “It’s been a fantastic weekend, we got maximum points and we’ve gone well to increase our Championship lead.

“Despite starting second in the first race, we knew we had the pace to win it. It was a bit of a crazy move from Alan late on, but I chased him down and he made a bit of a mess of things coming out of the Old Hairpin so I got the inside line in the run up to McLeans and regained the lead. In race two it was a case of get the lead straight away, get my head down, make no mistakes and just deliver qualifying lap speed. Alan was quicker towards the end of the race and I knew it was going to be close.”

Record School Attendances at the Heritage Centre

Ray Holding“Dull, brutish and short” – that was life in mediaeval times for the vast majority of children in this country. No interesting trips to great places like Henley-in-Arden, no school holidays, no stimulating education – in fact, no school. Mainly drudgery and bad health.

Mediaeval life is one of the topics covered in the guided tours given to schools at Henley’s Heritage Centre. The Centre’s Curator Ray Holding says that at this stage, halfway through the 2006 season, over a thousand schoolchildren have already come to the Centre on group visits planned to complement their curriculum. That’s substantially above the figures for previous years and schools who have been once generally come again – the best possible recommendation and a tribute to the dedication of the Centre’s 80-strong volunteer staff.

Schools may chose, for instance, to look at the early development of a settlement (Beaudesert and Henley being fine examples), or how trade starts and develops, or what life was like in England during the world wars of the twentieth century, or how it felt to attend a Victorian school.

All these visits are arranged and co-ordinated by Ray’s wife Ann with the help of her team of guides and tutors – many of them professional educationalists who know how to fire-up the imagination of young people. Great care goes into defining the programme for each visit before it takes place. In that way the Centre helps schools to bring history and social development alive. For the pupils it’s a refreshing break from toiling through textbooks or listening to “Sir” or “Miss” droning on in the classroom.

Visiting schools come in groups numbering from 20 to 120 at a time, the larger ones being split up on arrival. Whenever possible Town Crier Gordon Trinder, in his formal regalia, provides a cordial (and loud) welcome for the children as they arrive in the town: that makes a great impression. There’s teaching in that, too: the Town Crier’s role in the past was to do what Henley News On-Line now does – communicate!

Bookings are already being taken for 2007 (over 300 so far) and schools are advised to get their booking in early to avoid disappointment. Look at the Centre’s website where there is a schools contact page, or phone 01564 795919.

The Heritage Centre at 150 High Street is run by the Joseph Hardy Trust and was made possible by the generosity of former Lord of the Manor Joseph Hardy of Pennsylvania, who ten years ago set up an educational charitable trust as the vehicle for the Centre. So its proper business is education, which it exactly what it is doing.

HADS Auditions for "The Vicar of Dribley"

HADSHenley-in-Arden Drama Society (HADS) are pleased to announce auditions for their next production, which is entitled “The Vicar of Dribley”, a tribute to the similarly named television comedy.

These will take place at 8pm on Monday 7th amd Wednesday 9th August in the Memorial Hall. Anyone interested in the production, or Drama in general, should feel free to attend.

The Production is planned for the week ending October 28th. Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Memorial Hall.

Tony Capps - Drama Correspondent

Barrells Hall enquiry from Washington State, USA

Barrells HallI was interested in the article about Barrells Hall and the mention of a book about it written by Andrew Craythorn.

We used to play in and around the house in the mid 40's. Was it ever restored and do you know what the new owners have planned for it?  

I doubt if the book is available in the U S A so if possible could you give some web sites of book sellers in England who may have it.

I enjoy Henley News On-line, my sister in California gets it also.  Henley seems to be moving right along, so many things going on. I was interested in the castle dig, as kids we always wanted to dig and see if we could find things, suits old armour and swords etc.

Many thanks.

Avis L Lee - Bellevue, Washington State, USA

Can any of our readers help Avis? Please email her direct and copy Henley News.

The Plastic Recycling Debate

IreneIn June, the Warwickshire Federation of the WI organised a day when members would return excess plastic packaging to their supermarket.  This was a non-event because many members felt the front line employees would suffer for something that is not their fault.

The excess use of plastic is a result of our life style.  How many of  my generation remember paper carrier bags disintegrating in the rain?  Those nice strong plastic bags were the answer to our prayers.  We were totally ignorant of land fill sites.  The returnable glass bottles were replaced by non breakable safe plastic bottles. Then our magazines and junk mail arrives through our letter boxes sealed in a nice plastic envelope.  Now I know plastic takes many years to degrade, I feel dismayed that the easy solution to my shopping packaging is causing terrible harm to our beautiful country so I am asking myself what can I do?

PlasticMy resolution is to try and decrease my use of plastic.  Plastic containers used for margarine, ice cream and yogurt are used for stock for home made soups, left overs from meal, even making my own ready meals, all go in the freezer.  When I go shopping I take a shopping bag.  My meat is bought from the butcher who does not display his wares in plastic containers.  Our local greengrocer uses paper bags for many of his items and our local catering lady makes sandwiches with fresh ingredients which she packs in a paper bag.  We could reduce junk mail arriving in plastic envelopes by ringing The Mailing Preference Service on 0207 2913 300 as suggested by John Stott.

At Christmas and birthdays we could give our young relatives non plastic presents.  Mot of my young relatives prefer the money – a truly re-usable option!!

Excess packaging also involves cardboard combined with plastic.  If we are sincere about this issue we will start with our own day to day consumption of these materials.

PS.  The recycling unit by the Medical Centre was for glass bottles which was very noisy and attracted swarms of wasps.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

Warwickshire College links up with US campus

MapWarwickshire College has set up an exciting new link with a college in the United States.

The affiliation agreement calls for Warwickshire College and Craven Community College in New Bern, North Carolina, to encourage ‘linkages’ between each other, including possible student and staff exchanges.

It also calls for them to keep each other up to date with developments at each other’s campuses, to share good practices, particularly in employer engagement and economic development, and to encourage economic ties between their respective regions.

Warwickshire College Principal Ioan Morgan said: “Warwickshire College is delighted with the affiliation with Craven Community College. The work of President Scott Ralls is well known in England and both colleges have a focused employer engagement mission.

"This offers exciting opportunities to share information and learn from each other's best work to benefit students and employers in each country."

Scott Ralls, President (principal) of Craven College, said: “This creates a ‘sister college’ relationship between our two institutions. The agreement does not obligate the college financially, but does build on Craven’s commitment to global education.”

Mr Morgan visited North Carolina during research work on the Foster Report which looked at the role of FE colleges, and informed the White Paper Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances. The role of North Carolina’s 58 community colleges in workforce training and the economic development of the state was looked at, and the work of Scott Ralls at Craven Community College was used in the report as a model of good practice in employer engagement.

Mr Morgan has since been back to see Craven’s workforce development programmes, including customised training, its Small Business Centre and Institute of Aeronautical Technology.

In June Scott Ralls visited Warwickshire College. He spoke on the work of community colleges in North Carolina at a conference organised by Tribal Education on the future of further education, which was also attended by Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education Bill Rammell.

Killer weed targeted in Warwickshire

RagwortTeams are out in Warwickshire targeting the weed ragwort, which can be a killer to grazing animals, with horses particularly at risk. And early indications on the control of ragwort are showing positive outcomes for Warwickshire County Council.

Ragwort is a dangerous species of weed that can be very difficult to control. It can be poisonous if eaten by grazing animals and particularly horses. Grazing animals will not normally graze or eat ragwort when the plant is growing, the risk is when cut and within forage. The previous method of control was to hand pull at areas of concern. Last year, a number of trial sites on county highway verges were sprayed with pesticides to control ragwort and this was found to be a success. During April this year all problem sites across Warwickshire on highway verges under the control of the Warwickshire County Council were targeted with pesticides, using a specialist contractor, to spot treat the ragwort rosettes.

Over the past few weeks the 177 hotspot sites have been monitored by the County Highways Area Teams who have reported great reductions in the ragwort growth and infestations, indicating the new strategic approach to ragwort control is working.

It is anticipated that very limited pulling and disposal of ragwort will be necessary this year to protect grazing animals.

Bryn Patefield, County Highways Manager, said “We will continue to monitor ragwort growing on the highway verges and monitor all known high, medium and low risk sites. We shall undertake an annual review in August. We ask that adjacent landowners help us with planned control of ragwort growing on their land.”

County Councillor Martin Heatley, Environment Portfolio Holder for Warwickshire County Council, said: “As a local farmer I am pleased to see Warwickshire County Council is making positive progress on dealing with ragwort. The work is being developed with specialists following full risk assessments being carried out.”

An Ex-Wife's Revenge

She spent the first day packing her belongings into boxes, crates and suitcases. On the second day, she had the movers come and collect her things. On the third day, she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candlelight, put on some soft background music and feasted on a pound of shrimp, a jar of caviar and a bottle of Chardonnay.

When she had finished, she went into each and every room and deposited a few half-eaten shrimp dipped in caviar, into the hollow of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.

When the husband returned with his new girlfriend, all was bliss for the first few days.

Then slowly, the house began to smell. They tried everything; cleaning, mopping and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were steamed. Air Fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters, during which they had to move out for a few days, and in the end even paid to replace the expensive wool carpeting.

Nothing worked. People stopped coming over to visit. Repairmen refused to work in the house. The maid quit. Finally, they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move.

A month later, even though they had cut their price in half, they could not find a buyer for their stinky house. Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls.

Finally, they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place.

The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly, and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back. Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was, he agreed on a Price that was about 1/10th of what the house had been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day.

She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork.

A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home....

.......including the curtain rods.


The Nigel Hastilow Column

The death of an Englishman

Nigel HastilowJohnny Cobham died in Spain two weeks ago. He had been living there for some months, coping with illness and playing golf. But his heart was still at home in Hagley Hall, the mansion he loved and which was such a burden to him.

Johnny, Viscount Cobham, was an English gentleman. A toff, certainly, but a very private man, a kind man, a generous man. He nursed the wounds life dealt him with a stiff upper lip and delighted in the acclaim given to his beloved second wife, the round-the-world yachtswoman Lisa Clayton.

Lisa is an old friend and it was only after their marriage that I came to know her remarkable husband.

Lord Cobham was an aristocrat of the old school. His house, the magnificent 18th century pile near Stourbridge, has been in the family since it was built. Its parkland has been in the family longer. Johnny inherited it from his illustrious father but despite – maybe because of – his upbringing, he was never quite able to match the achievements of his family’s past and, indeed, never seemed to feel the need to do so.

He was privileged. He had a seat in the House of Lords. One way or another he was related to just about every aristocratic title in the land. He had a position in the world which few can ever achieve. This may have been by accident of birth but he took his duties and responsibilities seriously. He always seemed to me a deeply shy man, reticent about appearing in public, let alone speaking to an audience. Yet he always did his duty.

And he maintained a keen, incredibly well-informed interest in the world of politics even after Tony Blair deprived him and his fellow hereditary peers of their seats in the House of Lords. It was a blow and he felt it. The hereditary system, no matter how bizarrely unconstitutional it may seem, gave us a continuity of government which few other countries enjoy. The peers who took their seats in the Lords by right of inheritance owed nothing to any political party. They were in nobody’s pocket. They hadn’t paid for the privilege. They cared deeply for the country, its people, its traditions and its future.

And at one vindictive stroke, people like Johnny Cobham were robbed of their birthright by a Government which still has no idea what to replace them with. It was a calculated, petty act of class warfare which has done nothing but land the Prime Minister with a police investigation over the sale of peerages.

Johnny would have chuckled at this. Just as he chuckled in private over the misfortunes of David Mellor, the former Conservative Cabinet Minister. Mellor was given shelter at Hagley Hall in the midst of the tabloid storm over his sex life and he repaid Johnny by stealing his wife.

The first Lady Cobham, Penelope, abandoned her husband and home for the unprepossessing Mellor and left Johnny to rattle around, lonely and shell-shocked, until he met Lisa. Their romance probably came as a surprise to both of them. But anyone who saw them together knew how fond they were of each other. He would affectionately refer to her as “saucy” and was delighted with the acclaim she continued to receive for her heroic, single-handed, non-stop voyage around the world. Not that long ago he was telling me he still hoped they might yet produce an heir.

Yet the burden of Hagley Hall weighed heavily on Johnny and Lisa for most of their marriage. The cost of maintaining the place was bad enough; the cost of a divorce settlement for Lady Penelope and David Mellor was crippling. It led to many a conversation about whether they should sell the Hall and have done with it. They would be more than comfortable and free of the burden and worry. Yet Johnny had a duty to his heir – a nephew – and did not want to be the last member of the Littleton family to own the Hall and its valuable contents. So he struggled on.

Mind you, it’s all relative. When most of us worry about paying the bills, it’s on a modest scale. Johnny owed millions. Lisa tried to economise. I remember when she was debating whether to buy a second hand car for £10,000. She was livid when Johnny went out and – without telling her until afterwards – he bought himself a Bentley. He was so shame-faced about this that for some time he only took the car out under cover of darkness, hoping the people of Hagley wouldn’t notice.

Maybe Viscount Cobham was a bit of an eccentric. Many a night as we drank whisky and smoked cigarettes he would regale me with tall tales of politics and the aristocracy – those from the 19th century retold as vividly as those from last week. The more he drank, the quieter his voice became, however, so as the evening wore on I got to hear less and less of what he had to say.

Even so, his tales were always fascinating and funny. And he would carry on where he left off in the morning, sitting in the family kitchen, bleary-eyed, drinking tea, smoking cigarettes and thumbing through last night’s “Express & Star”. He once told me about his complete set of the cricketing Bible, “Wisden” and I commented that it was probably rare and valuable.

“It might have been,” he nodded. “Unfortunately an uncle of mine went through them all tearing out every page which talked about women playing cricket.”

Maybe Johnny, like his uncle, was not really made for this era. Too much of the world he was born into has gone now. And little of it has changed for the better.

But he enjoyed life, loved his wife and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. I am glad I knew him.

Nigel Hastilow

The Grumpy Old Man Comments

The Good Old Days

My parents were always talking about the good old days. We all walked or cycled to work, you could leave your doors unlocked, there were jobs for all, fish and chips came in newspaper etc. Many will have had the same discussions with their parents or children.

But, were the old days so good?

Yes, there was less pollution, people spoke to each other rather than email, the corner shop was open for the groceries and a chat. My first pint was only 28p etc

But, white goods mean that washing is easy and cleaner, washing up consists of loading the machine, lawns can be mowed in a quarter of the time. We can live in a nice town such as Henley and work many miles away. I used to have a job 50 miles away and the drive was only 1 hour each way.

The drive to Cornwall, when I was a kid, took 8 hours through all the towns on the A38 as the M5 was not built. The car had to be serviced before the trip. Now, I can jump into my car do a 400 mile round trip and it controls the temperature inside, tells me if I need fuel, washer water, oil etc. And it has a CD, Cassette, radio which is better than the 8 track I had in my Spitfire, but I haven’t got a cassette to put in it.

Talking to friends on another continent was difficult with a phone having to go through an operator, now we can just dial or with Skype do it over the internet (which is amazing). Emails are there in seconds where before a letter could take weeks to arrive.

Cures have been found for many diseases have been cured, very rarely do we hear of rickets, diphtheria, small pox etc. So now every time my mom talks about the ‘Good Old Days’  I just smile and say ‘Yeah Right!’

Grumpy Old Man

Henley in Arden Police Surgery

Neighbour WatchThere is 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 9th August 2006 between 11am-1pm

If you have any information or have witnessed any incidents, contact Alcester Police Station on 01789 762207.

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet    

Biofuels are renewable alternatives to petrol and diesel, produced from crops such as oil seed rape or sugar beet. Using biofuels produces less climate-changing gas. Many cars can use biofuels with little or no modification to the engine, so ask your garage or find a filling station which already sells it - there are 150 in the UK and the number is growing. See .

You can also adapt your diesel to run almost entirely on vegetable oil bought from chipshops or straight from grocery stores . Use of 100% biofuels causes minimal damage to the atmosphere, as the next crop will absorb the harmful emissions from your car. Partial biofuels typically 95% ordinary fuel and 5% bio are a step in the right direction but not a complete solution.

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

John Stott

District & Parish Council Information

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Alerts from Trading Standards

Rogue Builders, Hillmorton Rugby
A consumer has contacted the service to alert us to the activities of cowboy builders operating door to door in the area. The resident reported that between 3 and 4 men driving a white van with red lettering on the side knocked on his door. He told them to go away and warned them off his neighbours house as well. However they did take £20 from an old lady for 'cleaning' her guttering, a job which they didn't actually do.

Itinerant Blockpaver, Brownsover Rugby
A resident reported that whilst working in his garage he was approached by someone offering to block pave his driveway. He was quoted £2500. The consumer asked for a written quote but when the trader later returned he immediately began to dig up the driveway. The price then increased to £3,000, then £3,500 until it reached £4,000 as the trader claimed he was having problems removing the concrete. The consumer continued to ask for documentation, a receipt and his '10 year' guarantee, but the trader refused to provide it.

Before the job was finished the trader asked for payment in cash. The consumer agreed to pay £2500 but refused to pay anymore until he had received a written receipt and guarantee. The consumer then said he would contact the traders office, printed on a flyer the trader had been distributing around the estate. However the trader asked him not to and as he had 5 men with him, the consumer felt he had no choice but to pay £4,350 in cash. The trader still had some work left to do and told the consumer he would complete it. However the trader has failed to return. The 0800 number printed on the flyer the trader was distributing is unobtainable and the address does not exist. The only other number is a mobile phone number.

This is as much information as the Trading Standards Service is able to provide at this present time about the activities of these rogue traders.

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

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Coffee morning Saturday 12th August 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. Sunday Services: all at 11.00 a.m. 6th – Miss Paddy Beardsall; 13th – Mr Philip Bayliss; 10th Mrs Elizabeth Harrison; 27th – Revd. Graham Spicer (Sacrament). All welcome.

ATAC (Action Taken Against Cancer)
Pam Atkinson is holding a coffee morning on Thursday 3rd August at Heartsease Cottage, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen in aid of ATAC. Thank you to Wootton Wawen WI for £303 raised from a coffee morning. They also raised £300 which has been divided between Acute Stroke Unit at Warwick Hospital and Feldon Specialised Stroke Rehabilitation Ward at Leamington.

Saturday 19th August, 12 noon – 4.00 p.m. This newly formed Association is holding a Gala Day at Henley High School. Bouncy Castle, tombola, raffle, bric-a-brac, home produce, fancy dress, etc.

Tuesday 22nd August at 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall. Talk by Arthur Phillips on ‘Fuchsias’. Visitors (£1) and new members welcome. Autumn Show Saturday 2nd September. Classes include fruit and veg, arts and crafts, cookery and flowers. Open to everyone. Schedule from Alison Pigdon on 793197.

Sunday 3rd September 1st Henley and Wootton Scouts at Henley High School from 1.00 pm - 6.00 pm Attractions include bouncy castle, gladiator challenge, bungee run, side stalls, BBQ, tombola etc. Proceeds to troop equipment. Further information John Johnson on 792073.

No meeting in August.

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 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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