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Edition 119 -  24th August 2006
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Intruders walked into a house in Riverside Gardens and demanded the keys to a car parked outside. The incident happened at 23:35 on Tuesday August 22 as a 63 year old woman sat inside her home watching television.

Two men walked in and shouted at her to hand over the car keys to her Ford Fiesta. The woman refused and ordered them out of her home. The two men made off empty handed into Meadow Road.

The intruders were not carrying weapons. One is described as white, aged about 20, medium build with short cropped dark hair. He was wearing a dark tee shirt with a white splatter pattern across the chest. The other man is described as tall and slim.

DC 437 Simon Osborne is appealing for witnesses and information. Anyone who can assist the inquiry is asked to contact him at Stratford CID on 01926 415000 extension 4568.

Alternatively, callers can contact CRIMESTOPPERS the anonymous freephone line on 0800 555 111.

Henley-in-Arden Brook Lookers?

GroupLast Thursday evening over twenty intrepid members of the Henley and Beaudesert Civic Society braved the adverse weather to meet at the Medical Centre. The occasion was an evening walk along the River Alne to look at the work done by the Environment Agency to improve the river and maintain the flood protection barriers in the town.

The walk was ably led by Steve Novak the Flood Defence Engineer responsible for Crayfishthe River Alne. He explained how the Alne is home to several species of fish, including brown trout and bullheads, while the river also supports many colonies of the native white-clawed crayfish a protected species. It was therefore important in carrying out maintenance to make sure that the impact on protected species was kept to a minimum.

Steve explained how gravel and vegetated build-ups were removed to allow an easier flow of water. It was explained that the last time the river was realigned was in 1981 when two flood relief channels were made together with localised flood banks. It was those banks that now needed repair and he showed us the way in which metal baskets of stones were used to repair the erosion that had taken place.

Fish PassA feature of the work was the modification of the three weirs to incorporate fish passes to allow easier fish movement along the river. The work on the weirs incorporated stone work with small gaps to increase the number of hiding places for the crayfish.

Answering many questions, Steve emphasised the need to co-ordinate things with the other interested agencies that have an overriding say in how things are done; e.g. the timing of the work so as not to interfere with periods of fish spawning. At the same time the Agency had taken into account the comments of local people providing better access to the river side walk from Prince Harry Rd., and locating benches in desirable positions.

Steve was thanked by the Chairman, Margaret Twigg, for a most informative and enjoyable evening.  

Brian Twigg - Reporting      

“Fantastic Family Fun Day”

Cycle RideArrangements are progressing well for Henley and Wootton Scout troop’s latest ‘fun day’ fund raiser…The “Fantastic Family Fun Day” at Henley High School Playground field on 3rd September 1pm - 6pm.  (Please see the poster below on the Henley Notice Board.)  It should be a great fun day out for all, including children of all ages, parents and grand-parents too.

All troops are increasing in size at the moment, so numbers are healthy. However there are places available in most troop sections.  Much of the troops success is created by the dedicated and enthusiastic energy of the leaders which means that the children in all sections enjoy a wide range of adventurous activities.

They raise money for Charity too!...This summer the Scouts did a 26 mile bike ride at Tissington in Derbyshire.  They were raising money for the ‘Children with Leukaemia’ charity with the “Cheeky Monkey’s Marathon Challenge”. 

They all completed the ride successfully, had a lot of fun and between them they raised £764 !!....A Brilliant effort.

We always appreciate help from parents and residents and if anyone would like to become more involved in Scouting or would like to introduce their children to Scouting then just give me a call: 01564 792073 or e-mail me at: .

John Johnson - Reporting

Rotarians Donate 5 Wheelchairs to East Africa

Rotary DonationHenley Rotary Club was visited on Monday by District Governor Don McConnell, who set out his aims for the 69 clubs in his District. Among them, he highlighted his target of gaining enough support to finance a container load of 289 wheelchairs organised by Rotary's Wheelchair Foundation for countries in East Africa.

There is a desperate need there to give relief and provide mobility for those who have been crippled by disease, accident, civil war and, most distressingly, by personnel mines.

Henley President Alan James was able to respond at once, thanking the Governor for his visit and presenting him with a cheque to finance five of the much-needed wheelchairs. "In drawing up our plans for this Rotary year," he said, "we had agreed that this is one of Rotary's international charities that we were especially keen to support."

Rotarian Mike Redman - Reporting

JPC returns from Summer Recess

At the councils first meeting after the summer recess members discussed fourteen planning applications, thirty-eight items of business along with several other procedural matters of the council.

Following representation from local residents about noise pollution and invasion of privacy, they resolved to object to a retrospective planning application for the Blue Bell Public House to construct a free standing timber terrace area to the rear of the pub as they felt the development was intrusive, would have a bad neighbour relationship and was unsuitable in Henley’s conservation area.

Members discussed the findings of a Housing Needs Survey of the town commissioned by the council in July. They raised several questions about the findings of the survey, the statistics quoted and the formula used in identifying local need. They resolved to invite a representative from Warwickshire Rural Community Council, who managed the project, to a future meeting so that a resume of the findings could be given and councillors could raise the concerns they had with him.

Edition 16/3/06Following the positive results of a poll in the Parish Councils Newsletter and also one on Henley News on-line, concerning the reinstatement of the Market Cross members decided to pass future discussions on the matter to the General Purposes Committee. Who they hoped would move the project forward and investigate the possibility of the restoration of the Cross to its former glory. For more than 20 years attempts have been made to have it restored, but English Heritage has not been co-operative whilst it is a listed ancient monument. Many believe if restoration occurred Henley would have a distinguished landmark to boast of and a monument not seen in any other village or town. The original cross was erected circa 1440 and stood some 30 ft high. The top was four sided with recessed niches under cinquefoil headed canopies resting on a ring borne by four figures holding a shield unfortunately the top fell off in about 1894.

Members also resolved to hand a project to review and regenerate the council’s Allotment land to the General Purposes Committee. The Allotment land in Henley-in-Arden was purchased by the council in 1987 from British Railways since that time the land has been worked by many local people with an interest in growing their own produce. Although the council has maintained the fences around the site extensive work to improve the area has not been undertaken and more recently the land and allotments have suffered from vandalism. The lack of mains water to the site has been an on-going and contentious issue which is not helped by the fact that the land is situated in an isolated area on the west side of the town. The council has been approached by developers and land owners on several occasions about getting mains water to the allotments via developments to neighbouring property but nothing has ever been forthcoming. A project in 2002 by the Allotment Association for which the council gave a grant of £1,500 also never came to fruition. The council hope that by passing the matter to a committee, who will have a positive direction, some action will finally be taken to improve the lot of Henley’s Allotment owners.

The untidy condition of the Court Leet Garden in Beaudesert Lane was also mentioned in ‘Any Other Business’ so the council resolved to add this to the agenda of the councils next meeting.

Hayley prentationDuring the meeting the Chairman acknowledged the work of the Parish Clerk, Hayley Syratt who resigned from the council’s service in July following eight years of service to the council. The Chairman said “on behalf of all councillors he wished to pay tribute to the Clerk for her excellent service to the council during her period of office. The Chairman noted that the clerk had minuted nearly 200 full council meetings, over 150 committee meetings and walked over 400 miles delivering agendas and minutes. The clerks’ professionalism, commitment and dedication will be missed by both the council and the Henley community.” On behalf of all councillors, the chairman presented the clerk with a specially commissioned oil painting of the Heritage Centre by local artist Caroline Pratt, widow of a past parish councillor and a piece of glass art from Torquil Pottery – a Henley based Art Gallery. Hayley, who is leaving to take up a new position at a school, will attend her last Parish Council meeting on 18th September 2006.

The next council meeting is scheduled for Monday 18th September 2006. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, and Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and as with all meetings of the council members of the public are welcome to attend.

Henley Railway Station update

Background information
StationThe station buildings have been boarded-up for about 13 years. Network Rail (then known as Railtrack) informed the Parish Council on 18 October 2000 that they do not require the station buildings and put the station buildings and adjoining land for sale with closing date for the tenders on 17 November 2000. The successful tender was from Ralphs and James Chartered Surveyors based in Birmingham who are the agents of the Pullman Great Western Limited. The terms for the purchase of the freehold were agreed in July 2001 and ever since the two parties have been finalizing the details.

The Parish Council totally frustrated with the poor state of the Railway station launched an investigation with the aim of establishing the facts and we produced a Feasibility Study report on 21 November 2004. The report is in the public domain.

Despite the fact that the Parish Council has no responsibility and therefore no authority over the assets of the station it has a keen interest in all matters that affect the image and economy of the town. Consequently, we have taken the view that we must push as much as we can for an appropriate redevelopment of the station site.

Short Terms Goals
To establish a management team with participants from Network Rail, Central Trains, Ralphs & Janes, the Manager of the Shakespeare Line, the Parish Council and Shakespeare Line Promotion Group in order to co-ordinate activities and promote our Henley Station.

  • To improve the housekeeping of the station.

  • To improve security by active participation from the Transport Police.

  • To replace the plywood panels of the doors and windows with more substantial panels painted brown to blend better with the bricks.

  • A voluntary organisation from Henley to adopt the station.

  • JPC to take on-board a continuous and very pro-active managerial style in steering this project forward.

  • All the above short term goals have been achieved.

TotemThere is a difference between a dream or wishful thinking and a realistic vision. Our dream would be to bring back to life the old station, to make it attractive with flowers, to be spotless clean and to have a station manager who loves it and is meticulous about Henley Station. In our Dream there will be no vandalism. Alas, we cannot achieve this dream. Management is the art of the possible. The reality is that we have to deal with a very complicated Railway structure and because of that we face an incredible inertia to decision making. One company runs the track and is responsible for the station buildings and another operates the trains that use the stations. The latter is given only a short duration franchise without any guarantees for continuation. This makes it impossible to plan any long term investment for branch lines and stations such as Henley-in-Arden which is also an unmanned station. An example that exemplifies this uncertainty is that Central Trains, who have supported the JPC strategy, we are told will cease to exist in 2007/8 and at the time of writing we do not know who is going to replace them.

Medium term strategy (2006-2008)
To ensure that Network Rail exchange contracts as soon as possible. Without the completion of sale there is nothing we can do but wait. To make this happen I telephone a number of people every week and Email everyone who may have some influence on the matter. I have the full co-operation of James Plaskitt MP who has written to Network Rail in support of our arguments.

The latest situation is:

  • The purchaser's solicitors have approved the conditional contract. Network Rail is currently re-costing the refurbishment of the car park and the removal and redirection of the cables from the station building. When this is done they will ask the Railway Authority to approve the sale of the buildings. When the approval is obtained the conditional contracts will be exchanged and the architects will prepare the Planning Application.

  • We understand that the purchaser intends to preserve the existing station buildings, reuse them in the best possible manner whilst keeping the best facilities for rail customers.

  • To make the development economically viable the purchaser plans to develop the station buildings outwards by a similar width and to create a two-storey building in the Great Western Railway style of design that will also be in harmony with our town's architecture. There is a possibility that the buildings maybe occupied by the purchaser.

  • The existing canopy will be retained and refurbished.

  • The bridge will be refurbished.

  • The station car park will be resurfaced and enlarged to the south end to accommodate the loss of parking space to the north end of the car park.

  • Steam TrainThere will be a promotion for the use of the Henley-in-Arden station.

  • We plan to have an opening date with the arrival of the Steam Train.

  • I shall attempt to ensure that the Steam Train stops at Henley station regularly.

This is part of the grand economic plan to promote our town for tourism, business and employment.

Note that the Parish Council has not so far received a Planning Application for this development. I hope I have given you some insight on this project but please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information.

George Matheou
JPC Councillor

Standard declaration: I am a Councillor of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council. The above represents my personal opinion and not the Council's and should not been taken as the Council's policy, decision or view.

Consultations for Stratford bridge designs

River AvonFive bridge designs - created by some of the top architects in the country - have been unveiled for the first time. This marks the launch of an extensive consultation as part of a competition to come up with a world class design for a new pedestrian and cycle footbridge in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The public will now have the opportunity to view and give comments on the designs at a series of public exhibitions, kicking off on the August Bank Holiday weekend and running for eight weeks at locations around Stratford. Dates already booked for consultation events include Sunday and Monday, August 27 and 28 from 11am until 4pm at Bancroft Gardens; on Sunday and Monday, September 3 and 4 from 11am until 4pm in Henley Street; and on Thursday and Friday, September 14 and 15 from 3pm until 8pm at the Morrisons car park. In addition a series of stakeholder meetings are being arranged with key groups within the town.

The idea and support for a new bridge originated from Warwickshire County Council’s Local Transport Strategy consultation in 2003. The photo above shows the Maple Park Footbridge at Nuneaton designed by the WCC Civil and Structural Design Section and is typical of current design styles.

Ideas were developed at the same time to improve the riverside area. The concepts were subject to much public consultation and have adopted jointly by both Warwickshire County Council and as supplementary planning guidance by Stratford on Avon District Council as part of the Waterfront Masterplan. It is viewed by many as a way of improving pedestrian and cycle access, particularly improving links into the town from 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.

Cllr Chris Saint, Economic Development Portfolio Holder said: “The views of the public are vital. Now it is their turn to give us comments on the five proposals. There will be several opportunities to see the contrasting designs. I would encourage residents, businesses and tourists alike, young and old to join in the consultation. It’s a timely opportunity to have a say on a significant proposal.”

Vicky Haywood, Executive Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, said: “We know from our own consultation on the transformation of the RSC’s theatres that the people of Stratford have great ambitions for the future of the town. The feedback we’ve already received from local residents, businesses and our audiences has undoubtedly led to plans for a better theatre and a building that improves the relationship between the RSC and the town. We cannot develop our theatres in isolation. That’s why the plans for World Class Stratford and the development of the waterfront in particular are so exciting. We look forward to the results of this important consultation, and to including our staff, actors and the RSC Community Forum in the process.”

Tony Brooker, Chairman of the Stratford Town Centre Management Partnership wants a thorough consultation. He said: “There are many positive aspects to the proposed footbridge. It would provide pedestrians, cyclists, mums with pushchairs and wheelchair users with full access for those with disabilities across the river; be far more user friendly than the seasonal ferry (primary school children have to wear life jackets) and the present remote footbridge accessed by steep flights of steps; facilitate dispersal of visitors, reducing pedestrian congestion on the Tramway Bridge and encouraging better use of the Recreation Ground; and following the establishment of Park and Ride for long stay parking and an increase for short stay, a well located bridge would potentially reduce traffic on Clopton Bridge by up to 2,000 vehicles per day.”

Following the consultation, a panel of judges will meet in November to make a final assessment of the five designs, by which time all stages of the competition will have been completed. The judges’ choice will be based on the feedback from the public consultation, along with technical considerations.

The judges will select one of the five designs, which will be worked up in detail and submitted as a planning application in the spring. The panel judging date has been amended, to allow for a longer period of consultation. The bridge is part of the multi million pound World Class Stratford project, for which substantial funding has already been secured from the Regional Development Agency, Advantage West Midlands. Of the £7m secured to date from AWM, £2m has been ring fenced for the new bridge.

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

Bad news for blokes aged 37

Nigel HastilowFrom October, the only people we will be able to discriminate against with impunity are heterosexual white men aged 37. This is good news for the rest of us as there is only one thing worse than being an oppressed minority in Blair’s Britain. And that is not being an oppressed minority.

And under the age discrimination laws, we will all be members of an oppressed minority except blokes of 37.

Moslems are using the latest terrorism scare to issue new demands and no doubt our Government will bend over backwards to accommodate them. Yet, actually, most members of ethnic minority groups have never had it so good. As a white, heterosexual, middle-class, middle-aged man I am in the unusual position of being in the most discriminated-against group of all.

Bizarrely, the discrimination is usually carried out by guilt-sodden, white, middle-class, middle-aged, heterosexual men. The drones of the PC revolution. One of these poor chaps rings to ask for my help in finding businessmen (I use the term generically to describe people of both sexes who work in a business environment) prepared to offer work experience to Government employees.

I am willing to help. He then tells me “off the record” that, unfortunately, so far the volunteers have almost exclusively consisted of white, middle-class, middle-aged, heterosexual men. Could I, in particular, assist in finding some volunteers who were not among this particular group?

I then get an e-mail from someone else; nothing to do with the first inquiry. She needs professional people for a video. She stresses it’s “important we get people from a range of different nationalities, with different accents, some women and all preferably with a bit of personality…. not a middle-aged white man – we need diversity.”

Meanwhile, an internal memo arrives from yet another organisation – a major financial institution – announcing big news from the “diversity committee” about its determination to force through change. The memo declares that “developing and motivating diverse talent must be a priority for us. The Diversity Committee members are charged with leading our initiatives, and I expect everyone to support them in their efforts.“We will be hearing much more from the Committee in the coming months, as they begin to implement their program throughout our businesses.”

That’s good news for BMEs – “BMEs”, by the way, is the latest patronising, politically-correct shorthand for people who are either black or members of an ethnic minority or, I suppose, both. If you were not aware of that then you almost certainly need to attend a re-education course of the kind described by George Orwell in “1984”. We all need re-education. It’s not enough to pay lip-service to equality. We have to “go the extra mile” to ensure there is “affirmative action” (though not “positive discrimination”) in favour of every oppressed minority.

Look at the laughable BBC. Their ludicrous “editorial executive of diversity”, one Mary Fitzpatrick, demands “cultural accuracy” among reporters. Basically thinks there were too many white blokes reporting from non-white nations, particularly in Africa. She is mad, of course. But so is the BBC for employing her in the first place.

The natural assumption is that while it’s wrong to discriminate against everyone else, it’s fine to discriminate against white blokes. In the light of the latest terror scare, there’s a national debate about whether it’s acceptable to single out Moslems for special attention. As they are the most likely to be involved in acts of terrorism, it’s surely reasonable to search them more carefully than the average mother and baby off for a fortnight in Ibiza with bmibaby.

Yet, absurdly, the mum and baby get searched more thoroughly – she even has to drink the baby’s milk to prove it’s not explosive – because we might otherwise offend Moslems. What is so wrong in protecting the majority of the population – including the majority of Moslems – by stopping and searching those most likely to blow us all up? Yet Moslems are seizing the opportunity not just to reject the idea of singling out potential terrorists for special attention, they’re using the latest crisis to demand their own Bank Holidays, their own schools, even their own laws. They want an Islamic state within a state.

Every time the Government makes another concession, someone loses out. The principle is the same whether it’s encouraging more women into top jobs or refusing to search young Moslem men in case they take offence. Maybe it’s reasonable for WHAMMs (White, Heterosexual, And Middle-aged Men) like me to take a back seat if the only issue is money and career. But why is it acceptable to discriminate against WHAMMs when it’s totally illegal to discriminate against anyone else?

Especially when a failure to discriminate actually makes the world much more dangerous for all of us?

New anti-discrimination laws coming into force in October offer even the WHAMMs some protection – we can’t be discriminated on the grounds of age. Yet even this law is absurd. You can use it to sue if you’re refused a job for being too old. And you can use it to sue if you’re refused a job for being too young.

According to my friendly NEIGHBOURHOOD legal eagle, under the age discrimination laws, the only people who won’t be able to sue will be those aged 37, who are neither too young nor too old. So, as of October, it will only be possible to discriminate against WHAMMs aged 37. Everybody else has officially been classed as a potential victim.

Nigel Hastilow

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Potential Holiday Website Frauds

Holiday WebsiteWarwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service would like to alert Warwickshire holidaymakers to potential holiday website frauds.

The Trading Standards Service has received some complaints relating to the booking of holidays through some of these sites:

They all seem to trade under Fleetwood Holidays Ltd or Sun Orient Ltd.

The Metropolitan Police Fraud Squad believe that there maybe potential frauds involving these online holiday websites and have issued this advice:

•Call your credit card company and advise them of this transaction. Discuss whether to cancel the card or not. Ask them to send you a claim form. They will deal with this matter under the Consumer Credit Act.

•If you have paid by other means i.e. debit card, ask about the chargeback service and if by cheque, if it has not cleared, place a cancellation on the cheque.

•If you need further advice on your consumer rights call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

If you are a potential customer of any of these holiday websites you are also asked to complete a pro-forma available at: and send it to the freepost address on the form.

Simon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

Jonathan's History of Henley Series Resumes

Roman and Saxon Beaudesert?

The notion that Beaudesert and Henley had Anglo Saxon or Roman origins came from the assertion by Dugdale in the 17th Century that Beaudesert was recorded as ‘Donnele’ in the Domesday Book.

Camp HillHannett in 1863 wrote (illustration from Forest of Arden - right):

At the Norman Conquest it was certified to have contained, under the name of Donnelie, (its after designation as Beldesert being given to it by one of its Norman owners,) one hide, with two ploughlands arable, six villeins and two bordars with two ploughs…

Other writings of this time stated that:

These hills had formerly belonged to Alwold, who, lived in a hut, surrounded by a stockade on this promontory. This mountainous ground was once a Roman encampment, and at that time bore the name of Donnele.

However the location of Donnelie was re-assessed in the 20th Century. Antiquarian Horace Round and others compiling the Victoria County Histories established that it was not Beaudesert. Donnelie is now reckoned to be Honiley by the National Archives and the latest editions of the Domesday Book. The VCH mentions that Beaudesert was incorporated into Preston Bagot in the Domesday survey. Cooper in his Records of Beaudesert (1931) wrote:

Beaudesert does not occur in the Domesday Book and Dugdale conjectures that the place Donnele is identical with it, but recent investigation does not support this view.

However, Cooper speculates that Beaudesert had been occupied in earlier times.

It is possible that it was first fortified by an early British tribe as it is adjacent to this ancient track, Edge Lane. At a later date it was most likely to be fortified by the Romans as they had a Station at Camp Hill, a couple of miles northwards which was connected with the castle by the above mentioned track. It is also known that the Romans had a station at Camp Hill, which also lies on Edge Lane, so it is possible that they also used this natural vantage point.

Camp Hill From Hannett’s, Forest of Arden

However there is no evidence to back up these claims. The NMR for Camp Hill reveals that it was considered to be Roman by Hannett, Cromwellian by Rev. Bell and ignored by the VCH. The Field investigator in 1968 commented that ‘this feature is situated on a hillside. It is completely devoid of any defensive qualities and is undoubtedly a quarry’.

The Archaeological dig upon Beaudesert ‘Mount’ found nothing earlier than Norman in date. The majority of pottery finds were from the 12th and13th centuries. There have been no finds from the Saxon or Roman period in the Beaudesert area to support the claim that there was a settlement.

Therefore the early history of Beaudesert is not quite as attractive as Dugdale, Hannett and others had so poetically written. Instead Beaudesert and Henley highlight how later settlements impact upon earlier landscapes. Beaudesert was formed out of areas of woodland and forest hence its name Beautiful Waste. Henley was obtained from the manor of Wootton by the De Montfort family in lieu of either 3 shillings or a pair of scarlet hose. The smallness of the planned town borough and the way in which the town burgage plots were marked out using the original ridge and furrow highlight its later formation over open fields.

Jonathan Dovey





Our Malvern correspondent has been on a "walk about" down under.


He reports he thought he was hallucinating when he was about to enter Beaudesert(shire).


Our photo shows Dan Wild supporting the sign or is it the sign supporting Dan.

ATAC Update

ATACATAC - Action Taken Against Cancer – are pleased to report continuing support for this registered local charity.

£752 was raised from a Coffee Morning in Studley, £1663 was the result of a Summer Garden Party in Rowington. £370 was raised from a coffee morning at Pam Atkinson’s home in Wootton Wawen, further funds resulted from a Sardinian Evening and a Clay Pigeon Shoot/Pig Roast, both held in Solihull.

Various individual donations have also been received and £500 from the Stilton Sniffers in Norton Lindsey. As a result the current fund totals over £57,500 and the committee express their gratitude to all who continue to support ATAC.

Pat Phillips -  ATAC

Come and enrol on part-time college course

Warwichshire CollegeWarwickshire College is inviting potential students to visit one of its five centres for several advice, guidance and enrolment events.

The ‘Opportunities’ part-time guide to courses is now available, with details on hundreds of varied courses in 23 subject areas, from accountancy to sport and fitness, including animal welfare, art, counselling, engineering, first aid, hairdressing, horticulture, teacher training and travel.

At the advice, guidance and enrolment events specialist staff will be hand to give help and more details of courses, fees, facilities and what it is like being a student at Warwickshire College. If you are then happy to enrol, they will take you through the enrolment process.

The dates are:

•5-8pm, Thursday, September 7: All centres
•10am-2pm, Saturday, September 9: All centres

Marketing manager Kate Atwell said: “This event is for people who are thinking about upgrading their skills, returning to learn, changing career, or perhaps trying something completely new. Potential students will be able to talk to friendly, expert staff about courses that interest them, find out which level of course would suit them and their lifestyle best, as well as gain information on fees, childcare and other issues.

“Employers are also welcome to come along to find out about part-time courses which can update their employees’ skills and qualifications.”

For more information on enrolment or to receive a copy of Warwickshire College’s Opportunities part-time course guide, call freephone 0800 783 67 67 or email

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 6th September 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  

Pump it up
Keep your tyres pumped up. If you're a cyclist, keeping your tyres pumped will make your ride more comfortable, reduce puncture risk and make your ride easier. If you drive, maintaining correct tyre pressure will make your car less wasteful. It's estimated that up to 80 per cent of car tyres are under inflated, which means each car wastes approx 5 per cent of its fuel .

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

District & Parish Council Information

Planning Applications - Search on-line at Stratford District Council

Stratford on Avon District Council Website

Information about the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council is regularly updated on the Gateway Website "This is Henley-in-Arden". Look no further than for the latest and most comprehensive information about the JPC.

Since the resignation of the Parish Clerk, Minutes & Agendas have not been published by the JPC





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Alerts from Trading Standards

Rogue Roofers

A resident has reported receiving a unexpected visit from a group of itinerant rogue roofers. The men approached the resident and claimed that they had been working on another property close by and had noticed that he had a few loose tiles on his roof. They then offered to go up on to the roof and take a look. The resident agreed and a few minutes later the 'roofer' came down holding some tiles and a piece of rotten wood.

At this point the resident became suspicious and went up the ladder himself to discover that the rogue trader had almost certainly removed the tiles himself and had probably taken the rotten piece of wood up with him as well.

The resident challenged the trader who in turn offered to replace the tiles for £40, (having already offered to replace a whole line of tiles for £40 a metre). The resident stood his ground and called the Police. The tiles were replaced and no money changed hands although the trader threatened to send the resident a bill.

The rogue traders were driving a white van.

It later transpired that the traders had falsely claimed to be working on a neighbours house.

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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Help some of the most needy people through a very well respected organisation, The Salvation Army. Please give generously for this annual appeal via the door-to-door collection commencing Monday 18th – Sunday 24th September (envelopes enclosed, please retain for collection). If you would like to know more about this year’s appeal, please come to St. John’s Church on Sunday 17th September, when Major Stephen White from the West Midlands Headquarters, will be speaking at the 8.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. services.

Coffee morning on Saturday 9th September 10.00 a.m. till noon.
Sunday Services all at 11.00 a.m.: 3rd – Mr John Griffin, 10th – Dr. David Arthey, 17th – United Harvest at Baptist Church, 24th – Harvest Festival Prof Eric Ives, 6.30 p.m. Revd Graham Spicer.

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.

Mr. Jack Lindsey will be telling us about “Making Compost the Easy Way” on Tuesday 5th September. Visitors are welcome to join us from 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. Members will be given details of a social occasion – High Tea at 4.30 p.m. 8th September. The fortnightly Patchwork Group for Beginners and Improvers (open to non-members) starts on 13th September in the Baptist Church Hall from 2.00 p.m. Telephone 792488 if you are interested in joining.

10th September, 2.00 p.m. from the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, featuring 2 walks with refreshments afterwards. A healthy stroll along our footpaths will give you an enjoyable afternoon. Look out for notices giving more information.

12th September, 7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. “Wot Pot” by Katherine Kear. Competition “The Beauty of Foliage” Novice only.

Meets Tuesday 19th September from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall for an illustrated talk by Dr. Johnny Birks of the Vincent Trust about the “Return of the Polecat”. Visitors are always welcome £1.

Thursday 21st September in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 p.m. “Where’s that Monument” by Heather Jones.

Tuesday 26th September Ullenhall Village Hall 7.45 p.m. “Gardens of Scotland” by Anita and John Ruffell. Visitors (£1) and new members welcome. Competition: Fuchsia from plug supplied in March.

The Tanworth Singers and their talented soloists played to full houses with their concert performances of Princess Ida. As a result, our treasurer has sent donations as follows: £1,000 to South Warwickshire Young Carers and £70

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.
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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