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Edition 121  - 7th September 2006
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Women steal from Henley OAP

Two women conned their way into a Warwickshire home and stole £2,600 from an elderly resident.

At about 2.45pm on Saturday 26th August, two women called at the home of a elderly man in Arden Road, in Henley-in-Arden.

They claimed they were checking on the welfare of the householder. While the man was making them a cup of tea, the women stole a wallet from a cupboard containing about £2,000 and a Zetna watch valued at £600.

Anyone with information should call 01926 410 111.

Cattle escape after gate is stolen

A metal gate was stolen from farmland in Buttermilk Lane, Yarningale Common, allowing cattle to escape from a field.

The theft was reported to police at about 11.40hrs on Thursday August 31.

The gate formed the central part of a kissing gate.

Police in Stratford would like to hear from anyone with information about the incident and they can be contacted on 01926 415000.

Ullenhall Village Show

This annual event was held on Saturday 2nd September and was organised jointly by Ullenhall W.I. and Ullenhall Gardening Club.

Some 50 adults and 20 children entered the classes and attracted a record number of entries (nearly 500) in vegetables, flowers, photography, cookery, handcrafts and paintings as well as some very imaginative crafts from the children.

Delicious homemade cakes were on sale together with a plant stall and handicraft stalls. The W.I. teas proved to be popular and the event was well supported by members of both organisations as well as other local people.

The cups were presented by Ann Runacres, President of Ullenhall W.I. and Mike Flood, Gardening Club Chairman gave a vote of thanks to everyone who had helped make the event such a success.

The winners were: Cookery and Preserves Cup – Boz Davis; Garden Club Cup for Fruit and Vegetables – Mike Tipping; Flower Vase – Mike Flood; Children’s Cup – Spencer Knight; Family Cup – The Tippings; Overall Winner – Mike Tipping and the new Andrew Craythorne Cup for Photography was awarded to Mike Flood.

Diane Bayley

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Jackson wins in Scotland

JacksonRounds 13 and 14 of the 2006 Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship saw a pair of race winners at Knockhill in Scotland. Local hero Jonathan Adam took the day’s first win, followed home by championship leader Mat Jackson and Alan Blencowe in typical wet Knockhill conditions. The drier second race saw Jackson dominate, with Blencowe once again second, the sixth time the two have finished in that formation, fractions of a second separating them. Jonathan Fildes filled the third podium position for race two.

Leader of the 2006 Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Championship Mat Jackson of Henley-in-Arden (Whale Tankers/Jackson Motorsport) stretched his already-impressive lead even further this weekend, as the championship visited the Knockhill circuit in Scotland. He took another race win, his tenth, and second in the two races and leaves Scotland with a 49-point lead in the championship. Local hero Jonathan Adam (Total Control Racing) was also a winner on his home circuit, taking an emphatic victory in the day’s first race, leading from the lights to the flag. Alan Blencowe (Triple R) finished immediately behind Jackson in both races, boosting his second place in the championship, with Irishman Jonathan Fildes (Asgard Taverns/Total Control Racing) third in race two.

After the end of the day’s action, Jackson said; “It’s been a fantastic day for us and the championship chase. I knew it would be tough in the first race, starting from sixth but the key was staying out of trouble and getting as far ahead as possible as quickly as I could. Of course I’m delighted with the results; we knew what we had to achieve when we came here and this result is just one position short of that. The car has been fantastic all weekend and that’s testament to the effort the team put in. Alan [Blencowe] was very strong again this weekend; his result in the first race was excellent and I knew he would be tough. But this is just what we needed for the championship.”

The result means that Jackson head’s for the penultimate round of the championship with a 49-point lead over Blencowe, who extended the gap between himself and Adam in third to seven points. The next round of the championship returns to Brands Hatch, scene of the season opener in April, over the weekend of 23 & 24 September.

Public give views on Stratford Bridge designs

New BridgeThe STRATFORD OBSERVER reports:

THE PUBLIC consultation over the new - and highly contentious - £2 million footbridge over the River Avon has been branded a "charade" by an influential town group.

Members of Stratford Voice said they were left angry and concerned after observing the very first consultation held by Warwickshire County Council at the Bancroft Gardens over the Bank Holiday weekend. Some 1,000 people chose between five bridge designs, drawn up by some of the country's top architects, on Bank Holiday Sunday (August 27) and Bank Holiday Monday (August 28).

They were also given the chance to list which aspects of each different bridge they liked, or disliked, or to vote for no bridge at all.
And more consultations are being held from 11am until 4pm on Sunday (September 3) and Monday (September 4) in Henley Street and Thursday September 14 and Friday September 15 from 3pm until 8pm at Morrisons car park.

But Vikki Upchurch, from Stratford Voice, said the consultation process was "flawed" and of "dubious value" in a bid to make sure the bridge went ahead. She said the consultation showed "a naked bias towards visitor opinion" due to the "visitor hotspots" sites chosen for two out of three of the exhibitions. The consultation team have been "parachuted in" for the event with no background knowledge of the project. The lack of three dimensional models meant it was impossible to appreciate the scale or context of the designs. And the questionnaire was not only devised to "suppress opposition" but had been handed out to anyone for completion, regardless of where they were from or if they would ever visit Stratford again.

However, a spokesperson from Warwickshire County Council said it was nonsense to call the consultation a charade."At least a thousand people completed the questionnaires and everyone was free to join in and have their say, residents included. Ther is also the opportunity to complete a questionnaire on-line and the county council have assured that it will be taken into consideration if an overwhelming number are in opposition", he added.

Following the consultations, a panel of judges will meet in November to select one of the designs, which will be worked up in detail and submitted as a planning application in the spring next year.

The bridge has caused mass controversy in the town. Many residents fear it will destroy the iconic view down the river to Holy Trinity church, while others believe it is a waste of cash.

Reprinted from The STRATFORD OBSERVER.

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RSSAt the top of page in our Masthead, and on the right, you will see a small symbol RSS 2.0

This symbol indicates that this page is providing a News Feed. News Feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content. You can get the latest headlines and video in one place, as soon as its published, without having to visit the websites you have taken the feed from.

Feeds are also known as RSS. There is some discussion as to what RSS stands for, but most people plump for 'Really Simple Syndication'. In essence, the feeds themselves are just web pages, designed to be read by computers rather than people.

Henley NEWS On-line has for some weeks now been including in its email alerts to regular readers a link "Click Here to read the News Headlines". This links to our newsfeed page.

HNO AlertMartin Bartlett, who recently designed the Baptist Church website, has carried out some research in to how are readers of Henley NEWS On-line can use this new service.

If you are using a Windows PC, there is a range of different news readers available and new versions are appearing all the time. One that works well with a Windows based PC is NewzCrawler as recommended by the BBC. A 14–day trial version can be downloaded from  Each time you load or unload the product during the trial period you will be offered the opportunity to purchase for $US 24.95.

The setup instructions are easy to follow and you will soon get a feel for the usefulness of the product in bringing you up-to-date news from around the world including Henley-in-Arden (once you have set up to do so)!!

If you are using the superior Mac Operating System, you will find the Newsreader is already built in to the browser.

This is last week's news feed page from Henley NEWS On-line.

With a News Feed Reader, you can automatically receive alerts from the BBC, New York Times, Warwickshire County Council and many other websites which are regularly updated.

Wootton CottageWootton Wawen Cottage

Peter Crathorne, our Property Correspondent writes:-

Mrs Oliver of Mayswood Cottage, Wootton Wawen sadly passed away recently and John Earle & Son have been favoured with instructions to offer this property for sale by Auction on 26th September 2006 at Henley Golf and Country Club.

This will provide a rare opportunity to acquire a detached cottage that dates from Georgian times. There is maturing woodland to the rear of the house and views across the road are to open countryside.

Lotto windfall for community groups

Lottery LogoCommunity projects across south Warwickshire have been awarded £20,000 in the latest round of the National Lottery funding programme 'Awards for All'.

The emphasis of the Awards for All scheme is on community projects where a small sum of money can have a big impact. If you are a local group and you need between £500 and £5,000, then Awards for All may be able to help you. The aim is to make a real difference to smaller groups and strengthen community activity.

Any local community group in south Warwickshire who would like to apply for a grant should contact Lucy Workman at Stratford-on-Avon District Council on 01789 260694 for advice.

The four grants totaling £20,000 that have been awarded in this round in the Stratford District are:

£5,000 to Marston Sicca Parish Council: to develop a community website to be updates and supported by people in the local community. The grant will pay for a computer, hardware, broadband connection, domain name, software, training and technical support.

£5,000 to Snitterfield Primary School: to improve the wildlife area within this school, through an out-of-school-hours project involving the pupils and local community groups.

£5,000 to Guide & Scout Support Group: to this group, based in Harbury, to provide sporting activities for young scouts and guides.

£5,000 to Tysoe Children's Group Ltd: to resurface their play area.

For further details contact
Lucy Workman, Community Funding Officer

Tel: 01789 260694

Registered charity number 221993
Seymour Fieldhouse Homes
Wootton Wawen

Small community of seven properties in enclosed private gardens.

A first floor bed/sitting flat for a single occupant is immediately available. Recently modernised with new shower room and kitchen. The applicant ideally to be retirement age and to have connections with Henley in Arden, Ullenhall or Wootton Wawen of around five years. This charity requires its residents to contribute a small monthly sum towards maintenance.

Please apply in writing to:- The Clerk to the Trustees c/o Morton Dell, Henley Road, Ullenhall B95 5NNor Tel 01564 794475 for further details.

Washburns of Henley sought

Can anyone help me please. I have recently found out that my great great grandfather lived in Henley. In the 1891 census, it says he was an innkeeper and farmer. His name was Charles Washburn. His wife was Ann and at this time they had three children Walter, Ada and Madeline. Both Ann and Charles were born in Aston Cantlow. The address on the census form was 10 High Street. Are there any Washburns still in the area? Also where would he have been buried if he had died there? I do remeber being told by my grandmother that they may have run a pub called the Black Horse.

Thanks in anticipation

Lynn Winterton

Ask the experts!

SDC LogoAre you considering building works? Are you thinking of extending your house? Do you need some advice before submitting a planning application or advice on your neighbour’s application?

From next Wednesday 13 September you will be able to make an appointment to meet a Planning Officer from Stratford-on-Avon District Council to advise you on any planning topic.

You may be thinking of extending your property and would like to know whether your proposal would be likely to be granted planning permission or you may have received a neighbour notification letter from the District Council and you want to understand the likely impact of your neighbour’s proposal.

The surgeries are open to everyone, including professional agents and whatever the planning query you can meet an Officer for free at either Elizabeth House in Stratford-upon-Avon or at The Grange in Southam.

The planning surgeries will be held at Elizabeth House on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings for enquiries about properties in the west of the District including Stratford, Bidford, Studley and Alcester.

Surgeries for the east part of the District including Stratford south of the river, Southam, Shipston and Welford-on-Avon will be held on Wednesday afternoons and at The Grange in Southam on Thursday afternoons.

If you would like to make an appointment or for further information please contact the District Council on 01789 260303 or 01926 812881 for an appointment at The Grange. Alternatively email, or visit the District Council’s website, where there is a wide variety of information about the Planning Service.

Al-gebra is a problem for us

A public school teacher was arrested today at Gatwick Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Home Secretary John Reid said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the Metropolitan Police with carrying weapons of maths instruction.

"Al-gebra is a problem for us," Reid said. "They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute values. They use secret code names like 'x` and `y` and refer to themselves as `unknowns,` but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with co-ordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle".

When asked to comment on the arrest, Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking from his holiday resort before the planes stopped flying, said, "If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Maths Instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes."

Endorsement from High Ground

I always enjoy Nigel's column, he is the thinking man's Jeremy Clarkson.

"To the point, with what is blindingly obvious to all, except the tin pot politicians."

Dan Wild

The Nigel Hastilow Column

The West Midlands RIP.

Nigel HastilowThis is not a political statement or a prediction for the future of the regional development agency. It isn’t even the beginning of an obituary for some aspect of our region’s way of life. It is, instead, a title conferred by our bureaucrats on yet another Government initiative. It is called the “West Midlands Regional Implementation Plan” and I am just recovering from trying to read it.

This 38-page report refers continually to the “West Midlands RIP”. Until I pointed it out, nobody seems to have noticed that this could be read as: “West Midlands Rest in Peace.” This piece of waffle comes from the Government Office for the West Midlands. But it could have come from one of the trillions of quangos and councils which swallow our money. They’re all at it. Issuing long and complicated reports describing their activities and plans in a way that sounds most impressive until you actually try to make some sense of what they’re saying.

They will, of course, include the hallmarks of Newspeak, the language George Orwell invented in “1984” and New Labour (itself a Newspeak concept) has been teaching us all over the last decade. Reports will be “inclusive” and talk about “communities”. They are big on “stakeholders” and promise “focus”, “strategy” and, above all, “delivery”.

Take the “West Midlands RIP” for instance. It turns out it’s about how to spend more money on the countryside and why subsidising farmers is good for people living in the Black Country. Early on it pledges: “The West Midlands RIP is a short ‘fit for purpose’ document…” Immediately you become suspicious. “Fit for purpose” is the new catch-phrase ever since “Dr” John Reid said the Home Office wasn’t. Luckily it goes on to explain that the “Rural Renaissance Framework has been developed to translate the commitments of the RES into a rural framework, demonstrating what the region can expect from AWM in delivering a cross-cutting rural agenda”.

The good news is that “it is important that bottom-up and top down priorities interface effectively” and there is a “clear grass roots foundation”. Sadly, it seems there isn’t much money. Or, to put it another way:

“There is therefore a need to balance the desire for clear distinctions with the likely realistic focus of programmes and the fact that there are more than likely to be gaps in regional provision. For instance the ‘Sustainable Communities’ Structural Funds strand is theoretically available to the whole region. However, broad current estimates for this strand of the fund, if it were to be made available on a population basis, would probably equate to less than £2m pa for the whole of the rural parts of the region, and this is even before weighting for the deprivation statistics, which would be likely to reduce this level further. In addition, the DCLG are looking for a strong urban focus, which may depress these levels further.”

Glad they’ve cleared that one up. Still, don’t worry: “Each project in all 3 axes (including EWGS, ELS and HLS) will be challenged to demonstrate wider linkages wherever possible. Projects supported by the West Midlands RIP will be highly focused and projects will be judged first and foremost on the basis of their measure and axis focus.”

At least we can console ourselves that civil servants won’t squander our money willy-nilly: “A business proposal will not become inherently more sustainable because it is part of a proposal to create environmental or social goods. A project that is composed of two or three weak components will remain weak and is unlikely to succeed.” Don’t despair if you don’t think your views have been taken into account. “The RIP partners are proposing a multi-stranded approach to consultation.”

In fact, “partners will make use of existing groups and Fora, such as the RAF, Biodiversity Partnership and Regional Forestry Forum to reflect cross-cutting and sectoral interests. This should ensure wider stakeholders are engaged in the development of RDPE in the region to help inform development and delivery. The RIP will be promoted through the ERG, RAF and the Rural Network, both through meetings and electronic means”.

The consultations could go on for ever: “The length and end point of the consultation process has not yet been determined.” And if you think living in the Black Country means you can ignore all this, think again. The RuriPolitan programme is for areas like the West Midlands where 85 per cent of the land is given over to farming. It “has been established as an inter-regional rural innovation network looking to address the challenges faced by such regions.” There’s also PURPLE which is “a network that focuses more on the urban-rural spatial zone and its policy agenda”. It goes on and on like this until you begin to lose the will to live. It says, for instance, that “access to a range of ‘fit for purpose’ housing stock” is important but admits there’s nothing they can do about it, though not in so few words.

Another priority is to create “a strong sense of place, of health, well-being, security and a demonstrable satisfaction with their environment”. You couldn’t argue with that, would you? But how will they know when they’ve managed it? The answer is simple: “Community engagement with strategic processes and localities.”

Whatever that means. Meanwhile, what's in a name?

A few weeks ago I wrote: "The leaders of Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Woverhampton, Coventry, Solihull, Birmingham and, strangely, Telford can’t even agree on a sensible name, why should they agree on anything else?" Click here for the full article....

They have now pronounced on the burning issue of what to call their unwanted "city region" and, as predicted, it is not Greater Birmingham. Instead, if it ever exists, it will rejoice in the name The Birmingham, Coventry and Black Country City Region. Full story here....

Doesn't it just trip off the tongue? No wonder West Midlands RIP is on the agenda.

Nigel Hastilow

The Grumpy Old Man

Congestion charges, will they work ? What are they for?

We all know we need to do more to reduce carbon emissions, but how do we impose a ‘fair’ tax on car travel.

What is congestion charge? Is the main purpose to generate revenue for the treasury, or is it to cut emissions? In my opinion it is a tax on Mr Average who uses a car to carry out his normal daily business, whether that is traveling to work, traveling to the shops, traveling to a place of leisure. Mr Average will be the only one who actually pays it.

Top executives travel around in large cars, with any expenses paid for by their companies.
Sales reps, again travel around in relatively large cars, most with expenses paid for.
Mr and Mrs Average do fewer miles in often smaller cars, and do similar journeys each week and have no expense account.

Lets have a layman’s option :

  1. scrap the road fund license. If Mr A has a 2 litre diesel and does 30,000 miles a year he pays the same road fund license as Mr B with a 2 litre diesel who does 8000 miles a year. Is that fair?
  2. Don’t even consider congestion charges. They just hit Mr Average and business’s.
  3. Revise the tax on fuel. In my opinion all revenue should be generated from fuel tax. Retired Mrs C does 4000 miles a year to the supermarket and back, in a small economical car. She uses less fuel than Mr D who drives 30,000 miles a year in a 3 litre petrol car.

If revenue from fuel tax only, the high mileage company drivers would be forced to look at what car they drive. Earlier this summer MP’s were given the option of a Jaguar or a Toyota hybrid car. As their expenses are paid for by us the tax payer, do we know how many had the Jag?

The choice of our personal cars is and should be ours. But would we all consider more economical options if that was the cost driver? Maybe it would make us think about what we drive and how our choices affect our planet.

I think congestion charge is a fundamentally floored idea. Maybe I’ll email my MP…….

Grumpy Old Man
A resident of Henley

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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 1000 hours on 20th August 06 and 2300 hours on 24th August 06 unknown offender/s approached a property in Oaktree Close, Bearley. They have then gained entry via an insecure door whilst the property was occupied. Once inside they have stolen an amount of cash from one of the bedrooms.
Incident number 183 of 25th August 06 refers.

At approximately 1500 hours on 26th August 06 two females approached a property in Arden Road, Henley in Arden. They then informed the resident they were checking his welfare in order to gain entry, however did not show any identification. Whilst the resident was making a cup of tea they have stolen an amount of cash and a Zetna watch from a cupboard. Females described as about 22 years of age, one wearing a bright green top and one wearing a brown blouse.
Incident number 397 of 26th August 06 refers.

At some time prior to 28th August 06 unknown offender/s approached a property in Perry Mill Lane, Ullenhall. They then attempted to gain entry by smashing the glass next to the door.
Incident number 214 of 28th August 06 refers.

At approximately 1300 hours on 31st August 06 unknown offender/s approached a property in Salter Street, Hockley Heath whilst the owners were on holiday. They attempted to force all downstairs window casements and doors using a crowbar-type instrument. Offender/s possibly crawled through large insecure dog flap in utility door allowing the door to be opened from the inside. They have then made a tidy search of cupboards and drawers. Nothing believed to be stolen. Three garages adjoining the property had also been searched. Offender/s were possibly disturbed by an audible alarm.
Incident number 38 of 31st August 06 refers.

Between 1415 hours and 1430 hours on 24th August 06 offender/s approached the garage to a property in Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They have then broken into the garage and stolen a green off-road Kawasaki 65 child’s motorbike. The chains to two other bikes were cut through but these were not taken as the offender/s were possibly disturbed. It is possible a silver BMW was used to transport the stolen motorbike.
Incident number 495 of 24th August 06 refers.

Overnight between 30th August 06 and 31st August 06 unknown offender/s approached the rear of a shop in Umberslade Road, Earlswood. They then smashed a single pane window, cut through two metal bars and smashed a hole in the plasterboard wall in order to gain entry. No entry was gained and nothing believed stolen.
Incident number 117 of 31st August 06 refers.

Overnight between 31st August 06 and 1st September 06 unknown offender/s approached a business premises in Pound House Lane, Hockley Heath. They have then knocked off the alarm box and placed a wheelie bin against the window. No entry was gained. The door to the premises next door was also kicked in.
Incident number 105 of 1st September 06 refers.

During the evening of 30th August 06 unknown offender/s have broken into a property in Salter Street, Hockley Heath and stolen some car keys. They then returned to the property on 31st August 06 and used the keys to steal a grey Peugeot 206.
Incident number 340 of 31st August 06 refers.

Between 1900 hours and 1930 hours on 3rd September 06 unknown offender/s have approached a property in Malthouse Lane, Earlswood and shot out the security lighting, possibly with a pellet gun.
Incident number 699 of 3rd September 06 refers.

At approximately 1500 hours on 24th August 06 two lads approached an elderly gentleman fishing at Earlswood Lakes. They have then stolen all his fishing tackle whilst his back was turned. Offenders described as white, about 17 years of age and of slim build.
Incident number 499 of 24th August 06 refers.

During the afternoon of 31st August 06 two males approached a Surgery in Station Road, Claverdon. They have then entered the staff room through an open window and stolen two handbags. Offenders are described as one white, one black, both approximately 18 years of age. They have made their getaway in a motor vehicle, possibly blue in colour.
Incident number 346 of 31st August 06 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 3rd September 06 and 0700 hours on 4th September 06 unknown offender/s approached a red Rover Cabriolet parked in The Square, Wootton Wawen. They have then smashed the rear off side quarter light and attempted to steal the CD/tuner from the dashboard. They then jacked up the vehicle, stole all four alloy wheels and attempted to torch the vehicle.
Incident number 129 of 4th September 06 refers.

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 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  

Junk or treasure?

Before you bin anything, stop! Find out if there is another use for your junk, and save money, time and the planet. Or maybe you have some suggestions for what other people can do with their junk? Browse some whacky ideas at

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

Unexpected Mobile Phone Offer
The Service has received a report concerning mobile phone telesales. A Kenilworth resident received a call on her mobile phone from someone who knew her address and claimed to be phoning on behalf of a mobile phone company. The caller offered her a free mobile phone and, unusually for this type of selling technique, asked to come to her home.

Consumers are warned that some unsolicited telesale mobile phone callers are known to have falsely claimed to represent the network of the consumers mobile phone provider. The consumer then believes that they are signing up to an extension to their contract when they are actually signing up to a completely new contract with a different provider, leaving the consumer with two mobile phone contracts. Further, offers of free mobile phones are typically accompanied by contracts. Finally, the Trading Standards Service would advise against inviting someone into your home that you do not know or trust.

Consumers who do sign a contract in their home for goods or services following an unsolicited visit from the trader or a visit arranged via an unsolicited phone call have in most cases the right to cancel the contract within seven days of the contract being made. Notice of cancellation of the contract must be given in writing. For more information visit our website:

Guttering Rogues
Residents in the Warwick and Leamington Spa areas are warned to beware of itinerant rogue traders offering guttering work door to door. The service has received a number of complaints including one from a resident who was approached on the doorstep by a man who told him that on the 'recommendation' of a neighbour he had been asked to look at the gutters on the front of the property. The resident told him that he did not need anything doing, other than his porch gutter. The rogue trader quoted him £160 and returned the following morning. At that time, and without the residents permission, the rogue trader removed his main guttering and told him that it could not be realigned and would need to be replaced with plastic guttering at a cost of £1200. The resident did not know the name of the trader, who gave him a false address in Warwick.

The Trading Standards Service has received a number of complaints recently, similar to this case whereby perfectly acceptable guttering has been ripped down without the property owners permission by door to door rogue traders.

Potentially Unsafe Sofas
The service has been alerted to the activities of a man who is believed to be selling potentially unsafe sofas door to door. A resident in the Southam area paid £700 for two sofas, after he was approached by a man driving an old white ford transit van with yellow writing.

Furnishing sold in the UK must comply with strict fire safety regulations, and although these sofas have not been tested, they do not carry any manufacturers details and attached to them are only crude bubble jet copies of the fire safety labels that should be affixed to all new furniture. That together with the manner in which they were being sold would suggest to the Trading Standards Service that they may be imported sofas that do not comply with the regulations and as such could pose a potential fire hazard.

Business Directory Scam
A local Henley-in-Arden business has reported receiving an unsolicited letter/invoice from a Czech company demanding the payment of £398.20 for inclusion of his business in their world web page directory. Several businesses locally have received similar demands. For more information on business directory and similar scams, visit our website:

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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CrestHenley in Arden Town Dinner

Memorial Hall

Saturday, 23 September 2006

The Court Leet is organising a dinner for all those who contribute on a voluntary basis to the life of the community in Henley. It is hoped that representatives from all organisations and societies in the town will be present.

The evening will begin at 7.30 pm and dinner will be served at 8.00 pm. This will be followed by entertainment provided by Wilson Roberts and Friends. Tickets are £ 19.00 each.

If your club or society has not yet been invited to send representatives, please contact Mrs Susan Bridgewater on 793633 or email her at

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Henley Diary Dates

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

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.

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.
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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