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Edition 123 - 21st September 2006
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Henley's Birds are Dying

FinchTogether with several of our neighbours in Riverside Gardens, we have noticed many dying and dead finches in our gardens over the past few weeks, and after contacting the RSPB and UFAW have got the following information which may help others who enjoy watching and feeding wild birds in their gardens.

The disease is called Trichomoniasis (canker) and is usually in collared doves and pigeons, but due to this year's hot summer is now in finches i.e. sparrows, goldfinches, greenfinches and chaffinches. The advice is to remove all feeders together with water containers and thoroughly wash in mild bleach, Milton or Jeyes fluid and then air dried. Ideally not returned to the garden for two weeks.

We have found this most distressing to see the birds which give us so much pleasure in our gardens dying in such a cruel way so if
you see any signs of the disease (eg lethargy, fluffed-up plumage, inability to fly and struggling to eat) or dead birds please call 0207 449 6685 (Institute of Zoology). I've telephoned them and they have been most helpful and value your call which enables them to find out more about this distressing disease. More information can be obtained on their website www.ufaw.org.uk

Wendy Cowdrill.

Trichomoniasis is a disease that most commonly affects pigeons, doves, and the raptors that feed on them. It is characterized by raised lesions in the mouth, esophagus, and crop. Infected birds may appear to have trouble closing their mouth. The disease is caused by the protozoan Trichomonas gallinae, which is often present in the mouth secretions of birds that appear to be healthy but are carriers of the disease, such as pigeons.

Infected birds can contaminate water containers (birdbaths) with their oral secretions, which can, in turn, expose many other birds to the disease. Mortality from this disease varies, but it can be quite high.


Theft from Wootton Primary School

CrimestoppersA projector and computer screen were stolen when thieves broke into Wootton Wawen CE Primary School, in Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen, during the night of September 14/15.

Police in Stratford are investigating the burglary and would like to hear from anyone with information which would help them with their inquiries. They can be contacted on 01926 415000.


Farm equipment stolen in Henley and Morton Bagot

CrimestoppersPolice in Stratford are investigating the theft of farm equipment which has been taken from farms in Henley in Arden and Morton Bagot.

Between 06.15hrs and 07.45hrs on September 18 a 12' blue trailer was stolen from a farm on Hunger Hill after offenders first removed a water trough from it. The trailer has a broken ramp which is held together with string and the rotting wooden bed has a piece of plywood attached to it.

During the previous night a sheep handling kit, comprising 20 aluminium hurdles, was stolen from a building at a farm in Morton Bagot. The property is believed to be worth £2,000.

Anyone with information about the incidents or who knows the whereabouts of the stolen property is asked to call Stratford police station on 01926 415000.


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Camels - Beware!  John's crossing the Sahara

John LathamJohn Latham, former High Bailiff and Head of Fundraising for Cure Leukaemia - a West Midlands charity raising funds for the new Leukaemia Research Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, is setting off across the Sahara Desert to raise money for this charity on October 29th.

imageJohn is moving across the divide from organising the fundraising to taking part. He is hoping to raise more than £2,500 for his walk which is lead by Warwickshire and England cricketer Dougie Brown and Edgbaston housewife Kay White across Moroccan Sahara and the High Atlas mountains.

If you would like to support John’s adventure to raise money for a charity which is bringing new hope to more than 7,000 leukaemia patients in the West Midlands then contact 0121-627-5858 or donate on line www.justgiving.com/johnlatham


Work Well Under Way At JOHNSONS

John & Pete

Coming along nicely
Brothers John (left) & Peter Johnson

Directors of Johnsons Coach and Bus

Henley visitors and passers by will have noticed a great deal of activity up at Liveridge Hill as Johnsons have started work on their much needed yard expansion scheme.

For several weeks contractors have been building a new coach, bus and car park which will double the existing parking facilities at the site and at a stroke offer customers and staff a safer and more secure parking area.

Director John Johnson explains, “We have grown out of our existing yard and currently parking is not ideal, particularly on dark winter nights, when you have a dangerous mixture of cars, buses and coaches all vying for space. The new facility will solve this problem once and for all. There will be a designated parking area for an additional 60 staff and customer cars, clearly marked out and ample room to park about 50% of our fleet in a separate area.”

He went on to say that “in addition to the parking we will now be able to offer customers the option of leaving their vehicles in the yard while they go away on holiday or take an excursion. Plans are already being formulated to offer this service for the 2007 summer programme.”

It is hoped that the new facilities will be in operation by November.


Henley’s Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachments
and its Auxiliary Hospital

The Memorial Hall has been improved recently by the installation of new lighting, as those attending the Town Dinner this Saturday (23 September) will discover. It plays a significant part in the life of the town and will be celebrating its centenary in 2009 (though in what way remains to be seen). It was built by the Henley in Arden Public Hall and Institute Ltd, set up in 1908 “to build premises adapted for the purposes of a Working Men’s Club, with Reading Rooms, also a Rifle Range, and a Large Room which may be used for Concerts, Theatricals, Dances, Meetings, and Social Gatherings generally”. Within a few years, the Hall was to be used intensively for a much more serious purpose.

In 1909, the same year in which the Hall was built, two Voluntary Aid Detachments of the British Red Cross Society had been established in Henley, one for men and the other for women. Preparations were going ahead for war, even though most did not expect it to happen. Plans were laid for Auxiliary Hospitals throughout the country to supplement the resources of the Army Medical Corps, which it was recognised would be inadequate in the event of a major conflict. The Henley VADs were instructed by Dr W E Nelson, who was a local GP and also served as High Bailiff.

At their annual inspection held on 14 August 1914, ten days after the outbreak of war, 28 members of the men’s and 19 members of the women’s VAD put on a field display at the Council Schools and in the grounds of Green Gates, Dr Nelson’s house in the High Street. It was intended to show how accommodation could be provided for 100 sick and wounded on 24 hours’ notice. The Public Hall became a Hospital in November 1914. Although manned largely by local volunteers, with Dr Nelson being its Commandant, it was under military control and was attached to 1st Southern General Hospital, located on the Edgbaston campus of the University of Birmingham.

The first wounded to arrive at the Hospital were brought by motor ambulance from Birmingham on 28 November 1914. There were several serious cases, from a variety of regiments, including the Black Watch, the Cameron Highlanders, the Royal Irish Rifles and the Royal Artillery.

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The Hospital opened with 22 beds. It did not have an operating theatre until early 1916, prior to which operations were carried out in the bathroom or in the wards: the operating theatre was created from part of the Rifle Range. The eventual capacity of the Hospital was 82 beds, 52 being in Henley-in-Arden and 30 in an extension opened at Wootton Hall, the home of Mr and Mrs Guinness, in June 1917. In all, a total of 1,576 servicemen were treated in the Hospital, only two of whom died. The only local soldier recorded as having been a patient was Sergeant Howard Cooke, a regular soldier whose parents lived at The Gables in the High Street: he made a good recovery.

Henley’s Open Air Ward, with a capacity of 8 beds, was opened in 1915. It was the first of its kind to be introduced and following its success a larger Open Air Ward was opened in 1917, the gift of Mr F E Muntz of Umberslade Hall, after whom it was named. The treatment proved to be particularly useful in treating septic wounds and the more serious kinds of suppurating wounds. The wards were open on both sides, only the ends being closed in.

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The people of Henley and the surrounding area were very supportive and a list of donors of money and of gifts in kind was published in the Stratford Herald each week. From time to time, shortages of supplies resulted in specific appeals. On 1 October 1915 an urgent request was made for dressing gowns, blankets and sheets. On 22 October, there was a request for slippers, pyjamas, cigarettes, tobacco and armchairs. Bed linen was urgently needed in July 1916, following an increase in the number of beds in the Hospital.

The town took the Hospital to its heart. Patients were frequently visited by relatives and the townspeople. As they recuperated they were also to be seen walking through the town. Four seats were provided for them, two being donated by Mr & Mrs Newcombe and placed outside their garage in the High Street. Recreation and suitable entertainment were not forgotten. Concerts were given regularly and in such a concert in February 1917 some of the less seriously wounded took part. Patients were treated to car rides by Mr Mahler of Alvechurch and Mr Guinness of Wootton Hall, and to carriage rides by Mrs Strang of Yew Trees in the High Street. In June 1916, Harry Payne, Mrs Strang’s coachman, reported that driving wounded soldiers was his principal employment. The White Swan Bowling Club had its green next to the Hospital and patients had free us of it except on three evenings of the week, which were reserved for members. Mr W T Geary and Mr Percy Fewtrell, hairdressers in the town, gave the patients free haircuts and shaves.

Particular attention was paid to Christmas festivities. On Christmas morning 1916, 18 of the 49 patients attended the service at St John’s Church, followed by a sumptuous lunch. A magnificent Christmas tree, laden with gifts, was presented by Mr Muntz. In 1917 Christmas stockings were filled for all patients and 5 large turkeys and 8 plum puddings were consumed for dinner; games took place in the evening, while a Whist Drive was held on Boxing Day and Father Christmas visited on 27 December.

The Hospital did not close until April 1919. A valedictory article appeared in the Stratford Herald on 16 May 1919. It reported that the Hospital had been administered “with a care and efficiency that could certainly not be excelled”. The credit for this was largely attributed to the “energy, skill and unfailing resource” of Dr and Mrs Nelson. To mark the closure of the hospital, the Nelsons invited past and present members of the two VADs to a supper, whist drive and dance in the newly reconstituted Public Hall. At the end of the evening, Dr Nelson presented the matron Miss Stevenson with a gold watch: she had been matron during the whole period the hospital was open and she had “won for herself, by kindness and devotion to duty, the warm admiration of the wounded, the staff and the visitors”. Public recognition had already been given to Dr Nelson in the form of an OBE, awarded to him by King George V at Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 27 September 1917.

The Public Hall was renamed the Memorial Hall after World War II, the names of those commemorated appearing on a panel inside the Hall.

Douglas Bridgewater
September 2006


Academics to investigate Website Wars

Birmingham Post

Henley NEWS On-line has been approached by a University which has been carrying out research into the development of community websites and in particular those which have aroused concerns or received antagonism by some individuals or groups in that community.

The academics were recommended to contact us by one of our readers who runs an adjacent community website.

We have provided the university with a copy of the report, which was published in Henley NEWS On-line in February of this year.
The picture right shows part of a full page report in The Birmingham Post on March 18th 2006.

Any readers, who wish to submit evidence, or their views about these events, are asked to email: websitewars@henleynews.co.uk  

These emails mails will then be forwarded to the research team.


Lady Godiva to be cleaned by Henley firm

Lady GodivaCoventry's bronze statue of Lady Godiva is to undergo a specialist wash and brush-up by Henley company EcoLogic Systems.

The naked lady astride her horse is one of the very few equestrian statues outside London to have a Grade ll listing. It was sculpted in 1949 by Sir William Reid Dick and used to stand in the middle of the grassed public area of Broadgate before it was moved under the canopy of Cathedral Lanes shopping centre.

EcoLogic Systems has been asked to clean up both Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom at the top of Hertford Street, along with Phoenix - the bronze by Allesley artist George Wagstaffe at the bottom of the street.

James Ackrill, of EcoLogic Systems, which has proved its worth in removing graffiti from many town centres, said: "Because each statue is so sensitive, we ensure we use the most effective applications to clean thoroughly but don't damage the delicate substrates so that it can be enjoyed for many more years to come."


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Alternative Footbridge Proposal

Lucy's Mill BridgeAn Influential Stratford group has come up with a plan, which it hopes will blast highly contentious proposals for a new £2 million footbridge over the River Avon out of the water. Stratford Voice is set to meet with members of Warwickshire County Council next week to persuade them to redesign Lucy's Mill Bridge instead. The photo shows the bridge today.

The group believe it will be a more than adequate alternative to the county council's proposed pedestrian and cycle bridge. The redesign would be funded by the cash already stumped up by Advantage West Midlands for the other bridge, but the finished product could cost less than £2 million. And Stratford Voice think their idea will ease the fears of residents who have been opposed to the county council's plans since the outset.

Lucy's Mill Bridge lies further down the river from the proposed location for the new footbridge and is currently inaccessible to cyclists, wheelchair users and pushchairs. The redesign for the bridge will be built off the existing foundations and will incorporate ramps on either side. Ralph Maddern, from Stratford Voice, said they were confident the county council would give their idea the go-ahead.

He told The Observer after talking to people at the first public consultation over the county council's proposed footbridge last month, the vast majority appeared to be in favour of the redesign. Many people believe the county council's proposed footbridge will destroy the iconic view down the river to Holy Trinity Church, while others think it is a total waste of cash.

Mr Maddern said Stratford Voice's plans would combat this."The case for refurbishing Lucy's Mill Bridge is a strong one. The view down the river has been dubbed one of the most impressive views in England and our proposals will preserve this view. A number of Stratford area councillors have already said they are considering the Mill Bridge redesign as a serious alternative. We are now looking for architects to come forward with their designs, perhaps even those who have already submitted designs for the footbridge," he added.

Stratford Voice will meet with Warwickshire County Council's Stratford Area Committee on Wednesday (September 20). If the county council give the adaption of Lucy's Mill Bridge the green light, the next stage will be to consider the best design.

Reprinted from The Stratford Observer
www.stratford.observertoday.co.uk/


John Garner's Business Column

Recruitment – Part 1

John GarnerFollowing last week’s thoughts on employing people let’s look at the pitfalls in recruiting them.

Small companies often say to themselves “We need more staff.” So we’d better slap an advert in the local paper then! Hold on! The first thing to do is to write a Job Description for the job you think needs doing. Yes, I know it’s a fag, but it will concentrate your mind on the real problem.

Ideally you should write one for each employee in terms of what they actually do. You can get each employee to write their own if you prefer, but make sure you have the final say! You’ll be surprised at what these tell you. If job descriptions already exist then review them each year to ensure they still represent what each employee is currently doing. After doing this you might decide you don’t really need to recruit anyone (good – save a bit of overhead) but let’s say you do. You’d better get that ad in the paper then!

Er no, not yet. You must decide what skills and qualifications you want the successful candidate to have. Make a list of these, but don’t be too prescriptive as you might rule out someone who is lacking in one requirement but great in all the others. These can form the basis of your recruitment process and point you at the best methods to use.

A newspaper advert may not be the best solution – consider other options, for example if you need specialist skills should you advertise in a trade journal? If you are trying to fill a key role you may need to spread your net wider than just the local press.

REC LogoAnother solution is to use a recruitment agency. Select one with care. Choose one which can demonstrate success in recruiting people of the type you are seeking. Make sure you give them an accurate picture of your requirements and check to ensure they’ve understood. Discuss with them how they intend to proceed and agree how they will keep you informed of progress. Agree their fee structure in advance (usually a percentage of starting salary). Make sure you know what they’ll charge you if they fail to find anyone or what rebate you’ll get if the person they do find leaves you after a short time.

It’s their job to find candidates, interview them and produce a shortlist for you. Then you should be personally involved with the final interviews. Agency fees are significant so get them to do as much as possible for you.

Next week we’ll say a word about discrimination – very timely as new rules come into force on 1st October.

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk


Mat Eyes Title At Brands Hatch

Mat Jacksion Henley-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson can be crowned the 2006 Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Champion at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent this coming Sunday 24 September. If Mat does win the title, he will also have earned the Champion’s prize of a cheque for £100,000 from SEAT UK – the biggest cash prize in British motor sport.

Mat will be in action once more in his Whale Tankers-sponsored SEAT Cupra, run by his family’s Jacksons Motorsport team. In it this season, he has won ten of the 14 rounds held so far and currently holds a 49-point lead at the top of the championship.

If that gap is 41 points or more after Brands Hatch’s two races on Sunday, he will have provisionally won the championship. This weekend’s latest two rounds will be held around Brands Hatch’s short Indy circuit where Mat won both the season’s opening rounds back in April. He has led the championship ever since.

Mat says: “It was a great start to the season and we achieved those wins with a car that wasn’t quite set-up to my liking. In the six months since, we’ve got it working much better so I think we’ll be in a strong position to challenge for victories again.
Of course I’m not going to take any silly risks with so much at stake, but I would like to win the title while still racing for wins – not by sitting back and collecting points. That’s not what the fans come to see. Besides, I always feel more comfortable leading from the front. You slip back into the pack and you run a greater risk of something going wrong.”

Mat’s and the Jacksons Motorsport team’s big Brands Hatch weekend will begin on Friday with two test sessions in which they’ll seek to fine-tune their car to suit the circuit’s characteristics. On Saturday come the two qualifying sessions that will decide the starting grid order for Sunday’s pair of races that will be staged in front of a huge British Touring Car Championship crowd.

“It’s going to be a very exciting weekend for everyone involved in the team,” adds Mat. “Brands Hatch is a world famous motor racing circuit with an amazing history so doing well around there is always extra special. The circuit always pulls a big crowd and the atmosphere is second to none. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Mat’s two races at Brands Hatch on Sunday 24 September can be watched live on satellite television channel Motors TV (channel 413 or 545 on NTL).


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Pay up, pay up and pay again

Nigel HastilowCouncil taxes will soar next year because everyone who works for a local authority is about to have their job re-graded. That means big pay rises for dinner ladies – and much bigger bills for the local taxpayers. I reckon we’re facing rises of at least 10 per cent just to meet the cost of a review aimed at creating a classless society in our Town Halls.

The “single status” review aims at removing the difference between weekly-paid “blue collar” workers and monthly salaried “white collar” staff in our Town Halls. And we will foot the bill for this footling piece of political correctness. It’s not surprising Gordon Brown is calling for wage restraint from public sector workers.

Thanks to his generosity with our money it is now impossible to get as well paid and featherbedded – job for job – in the real world as it is in the public sector. And when it comes to pensions, our public servants are, as they say, on the pig’s back – the rest of us being the pigs.

It may be that Mr Brown, our Prime-Minister-in-Waiting, is worried.

At the moment, every local council in the country is in the process of re-evaluating every one of its employees’ jobs. By next March, in theory, they will have finished this lengthy, expensive and time-consuming task. The reappraisal means some people will see their status and pay scale down-graded and others will see theirs up-graded. In theory even this shouldn’t make any difference overall. The up-grades and down-grades could cancel each other out.

But of course the unions have negotiated a clever deal. Anyone up-graded receives their pay rise straight away. Anyone down-graded doesn’t lose any money, they just wait five years for inflation to catch up with where they are now. The winners win and the losers can’t lose. Brilliant – if you’re working for a local council. Not so great for those of us who have to foot the bill, of course.

To make matters worse, where the re-appraisal of a job shows an employee has been under-valued for years, there is every chance they can claim back-pay. Unison, the local government union, is preparing its members to launch a wave of sex discrimination claims. A briefing document for activists says: “Under-valuation of social services and education jobs compared with jobs in highways, transport and finance departments has been widespread in the local government sector.”

This looks like being a bonanza for dinner ladies, lollipop ladies and home helps and not such good news for road-sweepers, hole-diggers and book-keepers. Unison’s briefing makes it clear the exercise will be costly, even before they decide who gets what. Imagine the expense of working out how much each job is worth. It’s a wonderful job-creation programme in its own right, occupying entire council departments, consultants and computer programmers. Birmingham has 16 staff devoted full time to this one subject.

According to Sandwell Council, the Job Evaluation Scheme consists of “a ‘factor plan’, ‘a scoring system’ and ‘weightings’ free from gender bias and discrimination on the grounds of race, sexuality, religion, race and disability.” The system takes into account every employee’s knowledge, mental skills, interpersonal and communication skills, physical skills, initiative and independence, the physical demands of the job, its mental demands, its emotional demands, the amount of responsibility for people, responsibility for supervision of employees, responsibility for financial resources, responsibility for physical resources and working conditions.

A computer gives “an overall score for each job type” based on weightings for these 13 “sub-factors”. Knowledge, for instance, counts for 16.3 per cent of a job while working conditions count for five per cent and emotional demands another five per cent.

The real question is, of course, how much will all this cost us? This financial year, council taxes rose by 4.5 per cent on average, more than twice the rate of inflation. The tax has doubled since Labour came to office, from an average £525 in 1997 to well over £1,000 this year. So with Chancellor Brown urging pay restraint, what’s this latest ruse likely to add to our bills?

The short answer is no-one knows. But be warned, it won’t come cheap.

Wolverhampton Council set aside a modest £2.5 million this year to meet the cost of this new deal. I asked them what that represented in local taxes but they never came back to me with an answer. When I spoke to them, they said that’s all there is available at the moment but admitted they didn’t know what the final cost was likely to be.

In Birmingham, which is admittedly a bigger council with about 50,000 staff to Wolverhampton’s 13,130, it is alleged the actual cost will a cool £64 million. Their spokesman said it was far too early to tell what the bill would be and he would come back to me on my £64 million figure. He never did. On the basis of a £64 million bill for Brummies, Wolverhampton’s taxpayers would have to find about £16 million with similarly enormous cost increases everywhere.

All we know for sure is that this will be another expensive and wasteful exercise in pointless, petty bureaucracy and that you and I will be required to foot the bill through another hefty increase in our council taxes.

Nigel Hastilow      
http://nigelhastilow.blogspot.com/


For the most Comprehensive Information about Henley-in-Arden

Visit Henley-in-Arden's Gateway Website at www.henley-in-arden.org


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 4th October 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  

Refuse plastic carrier bags

Plastic carrier bags take generations to break down in landfill. Get a funky re-useable or cotton bag instead for your shopping trips and say 'no thanks' to plastic carrier bags. Eight billion plastic carrier bags are handed out in the UK each year - or over 134 for every one of us including babies and children !

But it's easy to find yourself down the shops without any other way of getting your groceries home. So keep a reusable bag - or your stash of plastic bags - by the door or in the car so you remember to take a couple when you pop out. Ladies, keep a couple in your handbag, for those spontaneous retail moments! And don't forget to make a point of refusing bags at the shops.

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 www.henley-in-arden.org/jpc 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

SDC

 

 

JPC


Alerts from Trading Standards

Rogue traders rip down guttering

Itinerant rogue traders who rip down the guttering of residents homes without their permission are door knocking in the Warwick and Leamington Spa area warn Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

One Leamington Spa resident was approached on the doorstep by a man who claimed that on the 'recommendation' of a neighbour he had been asked to look at the gutters on the front of the property. The resident agreed to have some minor work done to his porch guttering at a cost of £160, but when the rogue trader arrived the following day they pulled down his main guttering and then claimed it could not be realigned.

The rogue trader then offered to replace it with plastic guttering at a cost of £1200. The cowboy builder did not provide his name and used a false address. The Trading Standards Service is investigating the case and no money was paid.

Mark Ryder, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards said: “As it is so difficult to tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep, it might be easier just to keep your door closed. Keep the chain on your door and never allow uninvited callers in to your home.”

Dealing with Doorstep Traders

  • Fix a security chain to your door, and make sure you use it every time someone calls.
  • Always ask yourself - do I really want these goods or services?
  • Don't agree to buy goods or services from the first person who comes knocking on your door - shop around.
  • If you don't want to speak to the person, don't open your door to them. It can be hard to distinguish the good traders from the cowboys; it might be easier to keep the door closed.
  • If you feel threatened, call the Police.

Consumers who require advice, or who wish to report a rogue trader can do so by phoning Consumer Direct West Midlands on 08454 040506. Consumers can also report problem traders (anonymously if they wish), online at: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reportascam

For more information on scams, visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/latestscam


Going Away To University Or College?
We’ve Got The Advice You Need!

Students moving away from home to college or university this coming Autumn are being offered a free pack of advice and information covering everything from tenancy agreements and safety in rented accommodation to consumer rights and advice on buying a second hand car.

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service has produced the pack, and says Mark Ryder, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards, it will prove particularly useful for students leaving home for the first time:

“Leaving home for the first time can be very daunting but we hope that our advice pack will give students the information they need as they make the transition from living at home to living independently. And parents may find the advice useful too!”

  • Buying a used car
  • Buying goods and services
  • Unfair tenancy terms
  • Home working and bogus job offers
  • Safety in rented accommodation
  • Credit and debt advice
  • Scams

All the information is available to download from the Trading Standards website www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

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


The Henley-in-Arden Notice Board

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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 nsb@rdbridgewater.fsnet.co.uk

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Rotary Club
ROTARY CLUB OF
HENLEY IN ARDEN

LADIES EVENING
WINE TASTING EVENT
 
HENLEY IN ARDEN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, MONDAY, 2nd OCTOBER 2006

THE EVENING WILL COMMENCE AT 6.30PM
FOR A 7.00PM START.

TASTING PROVIDED BY C.A.ROOKES, WINE MERCHANTS OF STRATFORD UPON AVON ( JOHN FREELAND - WINE AGENT AND CONSULTANT).


THE EVENT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY 3 COURSE MEAL AND WILL INCLUDE A RAFFLE AND A FORMAL ROTARY CLUB PRESENTATION TO ONE OF OUR NUMBERS.

 
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM RTN. DAVID J BRAIN AT  £14:50 PER HEAD.

 
CONTACT NOS. 01926 402404 OR
e.mail – djb.ccwks@btinternet.com

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