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Edition 118 -  17th August 2006
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A Sign of the Times

One StopFor the past twelve months the Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society has been battling with Tesco (the owners of One Stop) about the inappropriate signage over the One Stop store in Henley High Street. Members of the Society, together with many residents of the town feel that the bright red, garish sign is not in keeping with the traditional street scene of a historic English town. In fact the One Stop sign was highlighted in the Village Design Statement as an example of the townspeople's dislikes. Other stores on the High Street have managed to advertise themselves in a much more tasteful and appropriate manner; see the new Somerfield sign for example.
SeasprayIt was originally suggested to One Stop that they could replace the sign with the cream and gold sign used in other conservation areas such as Stratford-upon-Avon and other Cotswold villages. However the Society was told that these signs were now obsolete!
Recent correspondence with the Property Director has revealed that a more subdued red sign has been installed in other conservation areas in the UK, and which One Stop have suggested as a replacement for the present sign. The initial reaction of the Society Committee was not entirely favourable, but the suggestion will be put to the Society meeting in September.
We are anxious to win this particular battle because the continued existence of the current red signage encourages further eyesores in the High Street; the new illuminated red sign over the fish and chip shop being the first example.

Margaret Twigg
Chairman - Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society

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Designs submitted for New Stratford Footbridge

River AvonWorld leading architects have submitted their bridge designs ahead of a huge consultation exercise in Stratford. Details of the designs and consultation events, which will get underway at the end of August, will be released shortly.

In a bid to strengthen communication with local groups, Warwickshire County Council’s Strategic Director for Environment and Economy, John Deegan, last night met with Stratford Voice, a local action group. He said: “The meeting with Stratford Voice was a frank and open discussion and for me an extremely worthwhile meeting. They expressed concerns, which will be considered as part of the consultation. All public views will be welcomed, residents and visitors alike.”

The bridge is part of the multi million pound World Class Stratford project. £7m has been secured from Advantage West Midlands, £2m of which is ring fenced for the new bridge.

The bridge will provide improved pedestrian and cycle access, particularly from the town centre to the recreation ground and vice versa, as well as providing a circular scenic walk along the river and an important link into the national cycle network. As a new landmark development, it is also expected to make Stratford more attractive to visitors, tourists, local visitors and residents alike.

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Fired Up Mat Sets New Victory Record

Mat Jackson Henley-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson made it four wins in a row with another pair of victories at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk on Sunday to further extend his Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship lead and edge closer still to the Champion’s prize of £100,000.

His weekend was made all the sweeter as he achieved his double victory with probably the season’s most spectacular overtaking manoeuvre. Whale Tankers-sponsored Mat took the maximum points haul possible from the weekend with two wins, two fastest laps and a bonus point for gaining the most number of places in race two.

He has now won nine of the season’s 12 rounds – breaking his own record of eight wins from last year – and is 47 points ahead of nearest challenger Alan Blencowe.

Mat has also praised Blencowe for withdrawing an appeal against him that threatened to jeopardise his weekend. After race one, Blencowe’s team protested Mat’s car for not having all its lights illuminated. The protest was unsuccessful, although Mat received two penalty points on his competition licence. However, Blencowe’s team appealed to the stewards to increase the penalty, but Blencowe later took the decision to withdraw the appeal. ”Trying to get me thrown out over such a trivial matter – I may have caught the light switch during a gear change and not noticed – was the worse thing they could have done,” says 25-year-old Mat. “The matter hadn’t been resolved as we went out for race two and I was so fired up. We had made an incorrect tyre choice in qualifying and I was back in eighth on the grid but I was not going to be beaten.”

At the first corner, Mat’s Jacksons Motorsport SEAT drove around four cars to move up to fourth position. By mid-distance he was up to second and on the penultimate lap, braking heavily from 130mph, passed Blencowe for the lead with a sensational move on the outside line into the Esses. Mat adds: ”That was such a sweet moment and there was a lot of cheering from inside the car when I crossed the line.

After the podium celebrations, we had to resume the appeal and Alan obviously saw sense and withdrew it. He said he didn’t want his first win to be on a piece of paper. His team’s actions were ridiculous, but full credit to Alan for seeing the light – no pun intended!” While race two was held on a dry track, race one had got under way on a wet circuit. Mat briefly lost his pole position advantage to Fulvio Mussi as they pulled away from the start but at the first corner he again drove on the outside line to re-take a lead that he would never relinquish.

Mat says: “The SEAT Cupra generates so much grip in these wet conditions it is a joy to drive. It’s been a tremendous weekend for the whole team – to come away with the maximum score possible is such a great achievement. My points lead has increased and with six races to go it’s looking very positive. But it’s not over yet and I’m not going to fall into a trap of believing it’s in the bag. There’s still a lot of hard racing to be done and I intend adding to my victory tally.”

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Henley Forest Football Club - Chairman's Report

Dear Players, Supporters & Parents

Following my letter during last season, this is my latest update, written on 10/08/2006.

Results on The Pitch
2005/2006 provided a mix of league & cup winners, runners up, mid table and alas some relegation.

Our first team won the premier division of the Stratford Alliance this was our first premier division success in some 15 years. Our A Team, in their first season, came runners up in the third division but where also cup winners an excellent start for a new team .

Our most successful junior team were our under 9's who clinched cup glory for the second successive year in a fantastic final against Tasmanian Cruisers who were considered practically unbeatable.

Overall we moved forward on our previous year and we are now investigating the possibility of joining a higher league the Midland Combination. This would involve our Adult First Team and would be effective from the start of next season 07/08.

Most of our managers have stayed in place for the coming season, but we have lost Alan Key our long standing reserve team and under 16's manager, and club secretary. Alan has decided to move on after literally a lifetime with the club it is no exaggeration to say the club would probably not exist but for Alan's stalwart efforts during more difficult times, thanks for your service Alan, and we hope to see you as a spectator during 2006/7.

Our under 16's from last season have outgrown boys football and we do not currently have a youth set up something I am hoping to change for next year and beyond. We have also lost our under 11's who have decided not to continue following manager and coach resignations, thanks for your input over the past 3 years Daryl and Simon.

We have restarted a kinder section, Henley Lions, and training for 5 , 6, 7, and 8 year olds is now underway on Thursday evenings from 6pm at the club.

So the playing side is moving forward. On the financial side our subscription approach has generally gone down very well and will provide us with a solid platform to put the clubs finances on a much stronger footing. Thanks for your help in making this happen. Of course whenever you introduce anything new there will always be issues and questions of detail and fairness, these are all gradually reaching resolution and next year should be very much smoother. We ended the season with a healthy bank balance for the first time in many years and we have set a budget for 2006/7 which will allow us to continue improving the club. Details of the budget can be found on our web site see below.

Social and Fund Raising

Our social secretary Lisa Chartrand is putting a plan together for activities this year. We have a golf day planned, a start of season do and we will have a couple of xmas parties again. Lisa has a variety of other ideas more information to follow.

Our new web site is up and running and we really do need to make the most of this facility by keeping it up to date.

Long Term Strategy
Whilst our efforts at obtaining a major football foundation grant failed we are still committed to take the club forward on a more professional basis. We aim to do this whilst maintaining our standing as locally based and club which treats all of its players and teams with the same fair and open approach.

We basically want success, but not at all costs and expect our players officials and supporters to treat each other and opposing teams and match officials with due respect. The primary aim of the club is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for local youngsters to enjoy the great game that football is and to instill an understanding and feeling for the game that will make them want to continue supporting the club even after their playing days are over.

Some of the areas outlined above are helping us move towards these aims, but there is still much to do. Some of the progress and next steps are outlined below:

  • The provision of club track tops for all players and coaches - Completed and to be maintained
  • The completion of our application for FA Charter Status - currently stalled we need a volunteer to drive this forward
  • New kit for the teams in desperate need - Underway
  • Appointment of new treasurer now and new secretary - new secretary is Jenny Clifton, new bookkeeper is Donna Cornelius, new standing order organiser is Caroline Daw
  • Establishment of training and education opportunities for coaches and players - Level one course being set up - October 2006
  • The restarting of a training group for 5-8 year olds - now underway
  • Plans for establishment of girls and ladies football - looking for a lady volunteer
  • Interims plans of work to improve current building and facilities - Project started involving the pricing and work for renovation of the current storage building at the club. This would allow us to provide more changing and decent storage facilities. Project being run by John Colby (John will be looking for volunteer labour and materials so if you can help get in touch with John -
  • Investigation of new or renovated goals for Adults and Juniors - Football Foundation grant being applied for to buy new goals and existing equipment is being brought up to date and made safe

More information on these areas of development and others will follow. In the meanwhile enjoy the season. If anyone has any concerns or ideas or would like to talk to me please feel free to pick up the phone or drop me an e mail. I am also available to referee games if you need, this helps me get around our various teams to see how they are doing first hand and meet players and parents.


Improvements to the Henley Gateway website

Gateway'This is Henley-in-Arden' Henley's most popular information website as voted by readers of Henley NEWS On-line regularly updates and expands its information about Henley and the surrounding area.

Recently links to all the surrounding villages' websites have been added.

The 'Restaurant & Pub Guide' is regularly updated and contains details of most of Henley's dining out places, often with a link to their menus.

The Travel links provide detail of bus and train services,from both Henley and Warwick Parkway. You can even access the arrivals and departures board.

There are also many links to local history and tourism sites. This site has been developed as part of the Henley Community Websites Imitative.

If you run a Business, Society or Sports Club in Henley-in-Arden or the surrounding area, the webmaster would be pleased to hear from you. If you have a website, please send the details and the webmaster will arrange a link. He will also ask you to provide a link to this site. If you do not have a website, the Henley Gateway site should be able to provide your organisation with some web pages free of charge. Just send the text and photos to

Please can you help?

Dear Editor,

As part of an ongoing project with the University I work for, I am doing some research into family tree history. In particular I am interested in finding out more information about a former businessman in your town whom I understand is related to my family.

The gentleman in question is a Mr Gordon Barrie Andrews whom I understand worked as an Income Tax Consultant based at Herring House, 98 High Street, Henley-in-Arden. From research conducted, I understand that Mr Andrews worked in the town during the 1970's up until around 1989/1990, when he moved from the town to start another business.

I wish to ask if any of your readers know of any further information that would assist with my research project. Please could they contact me on the e.mail address below.

Thank you for your help in this matter.


Mark Andrews
Learning Development Officer

Henley Residents Association

The CommitteeHenley-in-Arden Residents Association are a group of residents who first met up in October 2004 to look at local issues that affect their town. Representatives from South Warwickshire Housing Association (SWHA) and the Parish Council attend the meetings to answer any questions. The committee are pictured right.

Our aims, as in our constitution, are:

  • To promote the interests of residents living on South Warwickshire Housing Association (SWHA) estates in Henley-in-Arden.

  • To promote residents’ rights, and the maintenance and improvement of housing conditions.

  • To act as a consultative body for residents living on SWHA estates in Henley-in-Arden regarding services provided by SWHA.

  • To promote social activities for all members of the community.

The meetings are held every other month in the Baptist Church Hall, and are attended by residents who live on, or whose properties border, SWHA estates. This, obviously includes private home owners, who do attend meetings.

The Gala Day, at Henley High School on Saturday 19th August from 12 noon until 4pm, is our first venture. Attractions such as the bouncy castle, fun obstacle course, fancy dress and face painting will be free.

There will also be a host of local organisations at the event with stands for information. These will include Myton Hospice, Age Concern, Crime Prevention, Police, SWHA.

Jayne Llewellyn

Two people who have inspired me.

IreneEven if I had not been a regular reader of the Daily Mail, I would have taken the issue of Friday 4th August from its rack. On the front page is a happy family group which by all rights should not have happened but there id the central figure of a young women in a special wheelchair, Abigail Witchell. There is no spin, no makeovers just remarkable courage of Abigail and her husband.

Abigail was walking her young son in his pushchair when she was stabbed from behind in the neck, severing her spinal cord. The doctors did not think she would survive but we see the love and devotion oftener, her husband and the witness to the attack, her little boy Joseph. Remarkably Abigail survived and she can now speak, turn her head and lift her right arm, also remarkably she gave birth to their second son Dominic , naturally. The family recently visited Lourdes the scene of many miraculous cures where Abigail talked in French and English to other visitors to Lourdes and she was applauded as she took part in a procession.

In spite of permanent paralysis she is looking forward to returning to her career in teaching.

My second inspiration is Frank Gardner, BBC Security Correspondent, who, while reporting in Saudi Arabia was ambushed by Islamist gunmen. His cameraman died but he was shot and when he fell to the ground was shot at point black range in his lower back. Frank had been fascinated by the Arab world and had taken Arab studies at University. He had lived amongst Arabs of all kinds and had many Arab friends. He was in every way ideal for the job.

In his book “Blood and Sand” which is not for the faint hearted, he describes his rehabilitation. He was treated in NHS hospitals and I can only say that the NHS employs highly skilled, committed people that cannot be equalled. I can only wonder at this man who is now reporting from Jerusalem in his wheelchair after months of physical and emotional pain. Again he describes his close and loving family “ties”, the courage of his wife Amanda, the joy of his children.

He was awarded the OBE and managed to walk to the Queen wearing calipers. Again with realism and humour he describes how Buckingham Palace officials were worried he might fall on the Queen. He received a huge volume of letters including letters from Muslims expressing their shame at such an atrocity. Characteristically Frank felt they need not feel ashamed,

The media tends to present the human condition in a very sorry state. There must be many more like Abigail and Frank who display the virtues of courage and determination.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent


Henley in Bloom would like to thank all the following businesses and organisations for their generous support in 2006. 


Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Council
Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society
Kevin Trevor Antiques
Jacksons of Henley
Abacus Kitchens
Brian Tovey
RPR Linings
Henley Ice Cream
Samuel Bath Associates
Cellett Travel
Pamela of Henley
John Earle & Son
Bridge House B&B
Ironing Maidens
Johnsons of Henley
Henley Engineers
F Goldsmith & Co Ltd
Chase Midland
R Adams & Sons Ltd
Henley Golf Club
John Dukes Stationery and Print

A very special thank you to all the individuals who gave and those who supported
our street collection and cake stall.

Margrit Johnson

Longer opening hours shouldn't mean more noise

District CouncilThe Licensing Act 2003 allows licensed premises to apply for increased opening hours and some licensees within the District have taken this opportunity. Many licenses have been issued with specific conditions relating to noise which if breached would have to be reviewed.

Landlords across south Warwickshire are being advised to consider their neighbours when customers are enjoying the longer days and licensing hours, otherwise action will be taken.

The warning comes from Stratford-on-Avon District Council, which is reminding people, of its out-of-hours Environmental Health service, particularly to deal with noise generated from licensed premises.

The service operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 9.00pm through to 1.00am.

The number to ring is 01789 414066.

Last year the District Council dealt with over 800 noise complaints, ranging from barking dogs to wedding parties. Most were amicably resolved, but the District Council will take legal action on persistent problems.

Warwickshire Business Receives Scam Letter

Trading StandardsWarwickshire businesses have begun to receive a scam letter that is sweeping across the region, Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service are warning.

The letter purports to come from the Office of Government Commerce’s Procurement Department based at Rosebery Court, St Andrews Business Park in Norwich.

The Government Department and the address are both genuine, but the letter is fraudulent. The letter asks that current or potential suppliers return an "authorisation to release financial information" form by fax to a telephone number with an 020 London prefix. The form asks businesses to supply their bank account details and asks requests signatures.

A Stratford upon Avon business recently received the letter and alerted the service, but officers think that many other businesses will also have received the letter.

These letters are not being sent by the OGC and businesses are advised not to comply with such requests, or risk potentially having their bank account details stolen and used fraudulently. The OGC will never request information of this type in this way.

For more information visit their website:

Speed cameras at A429 Barford Road Works

GatsoWarwickshire Casualty Reduction Partnership and site contractor GallifordTry are asking motorists to observe the temporary speed limit introduced as part of the A429 Barford Bypass road works.

A temporary 30mph speed limit has been imposed through the extent of the road works for the safety of construction workers and the travelling public. The road works will be carried out adjacent to the highway and construction machinery will be operating in close proximity to the road. The temporary speed limit has extended the existing Barford speed limit at both ends of the village.

At the request of the site contractor, GallifordTry, the Partnership is installing a fixed speed camera to encourage motorists to obey the temporary speed limit and reduce the risk of crashes. The camera will be positioned at the southern end of the road works. A speed survey has shown that 85% of traffic is exceeding the temporary speed limit. The Partnership and GallifordTry will continue to monitor the speed of traffic through the road works and if necessary further enforcement may be carried out.

Estyn Williams, Warwickshire County Council Road Safety Manager and Chairman of Warwickshire Casualty Reduction Partnership said: “The reduced speed limit has been introduced to protect the lives of construction workers and also motorists who will face greater distractions and hazards as they drive through the road works. I ask all motorists to drive with care and consideration through the road works at Barford and to make sure they keep within the signed speed limits and pay attention to road signs and works traffic. Our message is very clear, respect the limit and abide by it or run the real risk of getting a speeding ticket.”

Recycling levels are doubled

The amount of household waste being recycled in Warwickshire has doubled in the last four years, winning praise for the county’s residents. This summer Warwickshire County Council has launched a campaign to thank people for the efforts they have gone to in pushing recycling figures to almost a third of all waste collected.

In 2002/2003 Warwickshire’s residents were recycling 15 per cent of household waste (40,316 tonnes), in 2005/2006 the figure is 30 per cent and the tonnage has increased to 86,342. Across Warwickshire the county’s residents should now start to see the message `You’re a Star’ praising them for their efforts in hitting the 30 per cent figure.

Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “The people of Warwickshire deserve praise for their efforts. Thanks to the county council working in partnership with the five districts we are seeing recycling increase year on year. Through this campaign we are aiming to demonstrate that great things have been achieved, and that people do not have to do an awful lot more to change their daily lifestyles and send the figures higher still.”

Warwickshire County Council and the five district councils are working together as the Warwickshire Waste Partnership to improve waste management in Warwickshire and to ensure waste is managed sustainably.

For more information take a look at Warwickshire’s Municipal Waste Strategy at

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Descent into madness

Nigel HastilowAs we queue for flights at Britain’s airports and worry about the Middle East’s “crescent of cruelty”, one answer is staring us in the face: Bring back Saddam Hussein. Let’s face it, we should never have invaded Iraq in the first place. The sooner we give it back the better. The chaos at our airports is just the latest result of this folly.

As we now know, Saddam Hussein didn’t actually have any of those infamous weapons of mass destruction. As soon as our soldiers started looking for them, they disappeared like a few drops of water on the desert sand. Of course, as the WMD hunt turned fruitless, so the hunt for Saddam and the apparently urgent need for “regime change” became the new reason why we invaded a sovereign nation. Saddam wasn’t the most savoury of world leaders. He gassed the Kurds. He invaded Kuwait. He was feathering his own nest and looking after his family and friends at the expense of the country as a whole.

But we can’t send the army in to oust every tin-pot dictator in the world so why choose Saddam Hussein, strongman of the Middle East? It isn’t our business how Iraqis were governed. We only made it our affair because Saddam, with fatal foolishness, decided to pretend he was stronger than he really was. He got rid of any WMDs he may have possessed long before Mr Blair and President George Bush started making a fuss about them. But he couldn’t lose face by admitting as much. So he lost everything, instead.

Now he is awaiting the verdict of a trial in which he is accused of being responsible for the deaths of 148 villagers during a crackdown in the village of Dujail after an assassination attempt in 1982. You have to say that in the great scheme of things, those 148 lives are pretty small beer beside the thousands who have died since the Bush-Blair coalition invaded Iraq and ousted its President.

It’s difficult to know exactly how many people have died. Some estimates claim it’s over 100,000. Certainly the number rises by the day. A website called puts the total at between 40,069 and 44,596 Iraqi civilians. President Bush says 30,000; the UN says 14,000 in the first six months of this year alone.

The Americans have lost 2,571 soldiers, 115 “under-equipped and over-stretched” British soldiers have died as well as 114 from other nations and at least 538 assorted reporters, contractors and aid workers have been killed.

Meanwhile William Patey, who has just given up as our man in Baghdad, admits civil war is now a more likely outcome in Iraq than democracy. The place is falling apart as various factions carve out bits for themselves. This isn’t a straightforward anti-West conflict, either. Moslems are murdering Moslems just as Christians killed Christians in Northern Ireland, only more so.

At the same time, the invasion and mayhem have destabilised the Middle East even further. It led directly to last year’s London underground bombings when 52 people were killed. It’s encouraging Iran to build nuclear weapons.

Saddam was not part of the “axis of evil”. His regime was a bulwark against Al-Qaeda. If he were still in power, there would be fewer plots to blow up planes in mid-flight. The invasion enticed Hezbollah to provoke a fight with Israel and then hide behind the TV coverage of dead bodies in their bombed-out bomb bays.

Of course, the object now is to establish democracy in Iraq. At the point of a gun. Even if the Iraqis don’t want it. We in the West have a proud record when it comes to establishing democracies. Look at Palestine. After years of demanding proper elections in Palestine, what happens? The locals vote in the Islamic militant group Hamas. And how do chaps like Mr Blair and Mr Bush respond to this show of democracy?

They say they won’t talk to a terrorists. Which rather undermines not just the election itself but our belief in the efficacy of democratic institutions. Maybe the Arab world doesn’t want democracy and isn’t ready for it. Iraq is going the way of Yugoslavia after the departure of Marshal Tito.

Comrade Tito ruled the place for 35 years and made sure the Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Moslems lived more or less peacefully side by side. It was only after his death that the place descended into anarchy and bloodshed. Now the same chaos has descended on Iraq – yet Saddam Hussein is still alive. Maybe he could sort out the chaos we have created by blundering into his country.

The bravery of 19-year-old army medic Private Michelle Norris from Stourbridge in rescuing her shot commander is an inspiring moment of great heroism. But why did we put her life at risk in the first place in a country which, according to the BBC, “is descending into madness”?

It needs a leader of strength and single-minded determination to bring any sort of order back to Iraq. That rules out Mr Blair and Mr Bush. Maybe Mr Hussein wasn’t such an ogre after all.

Nigel Hastilow

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 1445 hours and 1530 hours on 3rd August 06 unknown offender/s have approached a property in Penn Lane, Tanworth-in-Arden. They have then gained access by throwing a stone through the side living room window. Once inside they have stolen a Sony PSP and accessories, together with some jewellery.
Incident number 345 of 3rd August 06 refers.

Between 1900 hours and 2300 hours on 31st July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a club on Birmingham Road, Henley in Arden. Offender/s believed to have used the CCTV button operated system via the bar staff to gain entry. A screwdriver or similar instrument has then been used to force open several secured wooden lockers and golf clubs have been stolen from within.
Incident number 188 of 1st August 06 refers.

Between 1730 hours and 1930 hours on 8th August 06 unknown offender/s have approached a large steel walk-in container at premises in Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They gained entry by levering the padlock hasp until it broke. Once inside they have stolen a whacker plate, Makita block cutting saw and laser level tripod base with sit-on facility.
Incident number 116 of 9th August 06 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 2nd August 06 and 0805 hours on 3rd August 06 offender/s have approached a property on Vicarage Hill, Tanworth-in-Arden and stolen a Land Rover 90. The vehicle had no battery and was towed away. The vehicle was later recovered and two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident.
Incident number 121 of 3rd August 06 refers.

At approximately 1130 hours on 4th August 06 unknown offender/s have approached a property in Tithe Barn Lane, Hockley Heath. They have then stolen the trailer from a vehicle belonging to a landscape gardener, who was mowing the lawns of the property. Two mowers were being transported on the trailer and are described as one red Countax ride-on and one Westfield ride-on. The offender/s made off in the direction of Earlswood. There were no witnesses to the incident.
Incident number 236 of 4th August 06 refers.

At approximately 1350 hours on 6th August 06 offender/s have stolen a yellow Land Rover from a horse event near Henley in Arden. The vehicle was later found opposite Cutthroat Lane in Earlswood. The inside had been trashed and the winch stolen.
Incident 368 of 6th August 06 refers.

On 28th July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a property in Ashbury Close, Henley in Arden and smashed a window to the conservatory.
Incident number 487 of 28th July 06 refers.

Between 2200 hours on 2nd August 06 and 1000 hours on 3rd August 06 unknown offender/s have smashed the front window of a premises in High Street, Henley in Arden.
Incident number 222 of 8th August 06 refers.

Around 07.45 hours on 28th July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a property in Wawensmere Road, Wootton Wawen and attempted to steal a horse box trailer. They were unable to hitch up the trailer as it has a hitch lock and wheel clamp on it. The vehicle responsible is believed to be a green, short wheel-based Land Rover. The offender/s made good their escape after the owners were alerted by their dogs.
Incident number 137 of 28th July 06 refers.

Between 1600 hours and 1630 hours on 30th July 06 unknown offender/s have approached a vehicle parked in a public house car park in Wootton Wawen. They gained entry by inserting an instrument into the near side sliding door handle and forcing the lock. Once inside they have stolen a bag of clothing.
Incident number 329 of 3rd August 06 refers.

At some time on 2nd August 06 unknown offender/s have approached two lads who were fishing at Earlswood Lakes and stolen from them two fishing rods and two reels.
Incident number 534 of 2nd August 06 refers.

Between 1910 hours and 1920 hours on 4th August 06 unknown offender/s have approached a blue Ford Mondeo parked on Earlswood Common, Earlswood. They have then gained entry by smashing the rear near side window and pulling down the rear seat. Once inside they have stolen a Bosch jigsaw.
Incident number 122 of 7th August 06 refers.

Between 1200 hours on 7th August 06 and 0900 hours on 8th August 06 unknown offender/s have approached a property in High street, Henley in Arden and stolen an antique planter urn from the footpath outside. Item is described as black, wrought iron, column base with two cherubs on top.
Incident number 255 of 8th August 06 refers.

Between 2200 hours on 6th August 06 and 0300 hours on 7th August 06 unknown offender/s have approached a Morris Traveller motor vehicle left insecure in High Street, Henley in Arden. They have then stolen a Motorola mobile phone from the glove box.
Incident number 418 of 8th August 06 refers.

Between 1150 hours and 1810 hours on 8th August 06 unknown offender/s have approached a silver Ford Focus Estate parked on Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden. They gained entry by smashing the rear off side window and once inside have stolen a Nokia camera phone and IBM Notebook laptop computer from under the driver’s seat.
Incident number 549 of 8th August 06 refers.

Between 1115 hours and 1145 hours on 8th August 06 unknown offender/s have approached a Daf tanker on a public house car park in Station Road, Claverdon. They have reached in through a window which was slightly open and stolen a Tomtom satellite navigation system and cradle.
Incident number 294 of 8th August 06 refers.

Further to the above reports, approximately ninety other reports of theft were received at the Global Gathering event held at Long Marston Airfield on 29th July.

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


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 23rd 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
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Changing your car?

Go for one with low Carbon Dioxide per km. This basically means one with high miles per gallon.  Generally, diesels are better than petrol and small cars better than large except for petrol electric hybrids such as the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic Hybrid. The Prius is the Gold Standard for Carbon Dioxide emissions.

No car currently on the market makes less than its 104 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre and it is a comfortable family saloon with the performance of a 2 litre car. It is more expensive than equivalent cars but if you do high mileage, the saving in fuel cost will eventually offset the extra cost of the car. We test drove one and liked it and will probably get a second hand one when we next need to change our car. A typical 2 litre petrol saloon with similar performance would be 180 to 210 g/km.

Other cars worth considering for low emissions are the Smart fortwo (113 to 136 gm/ km)  and the Smart forfour (116 to 159 gm/ km), Toyota Yaris (117 to 165 gm/km), Ford Fusion, (117 to184 g/km) and Honda Civic (134 to 212 gm/km, 116 gm/km (hybrid )). The grams per kilometre of a particular car can be found in manufacturers’ literature or magazines such as What Car? If anyone knows of a website with gm/km tables please let me know.

Make Henley Greener would very much like to hear from anyone who would like to help develop this project. We are particularly keen to hear from people with  experience and flair for business development, with local contacts or marketing experience who can devote time to  devising and implementing ways of realising  the project  aim of  moving Henley in the direction of smaller carbon footprint and one planet living. If you think you might be able to assist, call John Stott 792251 or Margaret Anderson 792138.

Make Henley Greener will be hosting a FREE Exhibition on Energy Saving on Saturday 21st October and Thursday 26th October 2006 at the Baptist Church, Henley-in-Arden.

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

John Stott

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The following diary dates have been notified to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close. All diary dates for the next 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.

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.

Evergreen ClubMeetings 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.

No meeting in August.

No meeting in August.
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-ordinators. 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
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 at
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email
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.
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