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Edition 128- 26th October 2006
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The Court Leet of the Manor of Henley in Arden


The Annual General Meeting of the
Court Leet of the Manor of Henley in Arden
will be held at 7.30 pm on 8th November in the Guild Hall



In order to continue to keep this historical part of the community running the Court Leet needs Jurors. Anyone who has resided within the parishes of Henley and Beaudesert for 2 years can become a juror.

All you need to do is to click on the button right and complete the simple form. Henley NEWS On-line will advise the Steward on your behalf.

Even if you do not wish to become a juror, all are welcome. However, becoming a juror gives you the right to elect the officers of the Court.


A bit of History
The courts are a relic of Henley's feudal past. The Court Leet had jurisdiction over petty offences and civil affairs and was empowered to inflict fines and other punishments: the Court Baron dealt mainly with the transfers of property and land within the Manor. The Courts met jointly and all members of the Court were required to be present or be subject to a fine. The Steward was appointed by the Lord of the Manor and the burgesses of the town elected the officers of the Court each year.

The Court Leet is presided over by the Lord of the Manor, Mrs. Robin Hardy-Freed, daughter of the American lumber millionaire Mr. Joseph Hardy of Nemacolin, Pennsylvania. The latter bought the title at auction in London in 1992 and has shown great interest in and affection for Henley. Through his generosity the Guild Cottage has been renovated and he has provided substantial sums to create a Heritage Centre for the town and its visitors.

In the present day the Court Leet seeks to act as guardian of the history and traditions of the town. It also promotes causes and activities for the general good of the community:

The Court Leet continues to meet annually on the second Wednesday in November to elect its officers. It also administers the Guild Hall Trust, which owns the Guild Hall and other property in the town, including the land between the Guild Hall Garden and the river.

David Lodder
Steward of the Manor

Henley High's First Newsletter

School Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our half-termly Newsletter. The aim of the Newsletter is to celebrate all aspects of success at Henley High School.

The first half-term has raced by and I have been very pleased with all year groups in the school. I try to get around most days to see what goes on in lessons and I‘m constantly de-lighted by the response of students, the sense of order and purpose in the classroom and the high quality of teaching that takes place.

Ofsted judged us to be a good school and it is my goal to make Henley High School an outstanding one that we can all be proud of. We have made a very good start this term and I am very proud to be Headteacher of such a great school.

Paul Wright
Head Teacher

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Indecent Exposure in Henley in Arden

PolicePolice are investigating reports of a man in a red Land Rover who was indecently exposed.

A group of school girls were walking to the High School along Henley in Arden High Street near to Barclays bank at around 08 30 on Thursday, October 19. A red Landrover was parked facing in the direction of Stratford upon Avon.

The girls noticed a man in the driver's seat who was indecently exposed. The man was white, aged in his 60s, with short grey hair. He was wearing an orange/yellow tee shirt. The girls walked on and reported the incident when they arrived at school.

Stratford district police are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 01926 415000 or CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111.

The Hub @ Henley is the BEST

PoliceAt the recent AGM of the Youth and Community Centre, the assembled company were encouraged to hear of the successful progress of the youth club.

We are the best Youth Club in South Warwickshire, having exceeded our targets for contacts with young people; that is, the number taking part in planned activities and award bearing challenges.

Average attendance for the most recent period is 25.

Peter Crathorne

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Last Saturday morning saw over 50 visitors to the Energy Saving exhibition in the Baptist hall. Sylvia Doyle from the JPC and Ray Holding, Low bailiff of the Court Leet, were amongst those who attended.

The exhibition was provided by South Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) and facilitated by Make Henley Greener. 3 experts from SWEEP, aided by members of Make Henley Greener, provided discussion and advice to visitors about all aspects of saving energy in the home. SWEEP provided an energy saving gift to all who completed their questionnaire. There were also free booklets and leaflets on how to save money by saving energy. Posters about energy saving made by children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School were on view. Since Saturday was ‘Apple Day’, Margaret Anderson also kindly provided (free of charge) english apples for visitors to taste.

The exhibition will be repeated this Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; again in the Baptist hall. Don’t miss this unique opportunity especially since this week is Energy Saving Week!

Report on the October meeting of the Civic Society

Anthony Eden – Leamington Spa to Suez

A dry subject, you might think, but David Howe knows how to tell a story. On 19th October, he had the members of Henley & Beaudesert Civic Society quietly hanging on his every word.

Last year was the 50th anniversary of Anthony Eden becoming Prime Minister and this had set David researching his life in a good deal of detail.

It was interesting to learn that 18 PMs went to Eton and 25 were at Oxford University, of which 13 went to Christchurch. Anthony was one of those; he attended Eton and then Christchurch. Whilst at university he did not, however, appear to take any part in political activities. He gained a first in Oriental Languages/Studies and started a military career, during which he was awarded the Military Cross. Later, he returned to his home of Bishop Aukland and decided to become an MP.

Anthony first stood for a seat in the Durham area and later stood at Leamington. A candidate was needed for a by election, but after 3 weeks of campaigning, a general election was called, so he spent another 3 weeks campaigning and was duly elected to parliament. In those days his seat covered Warwick, Leamington , Stratford and Henley. In 1950, he retained Warwick and Leaminton, and the new seat at Stratford was contested by the infamous Mr Profumo.

During Anthony’s canvassing for his first successful entry to parliament, he got married and had to be persuaded to take a couple of days honeymoon! In fact, his eventual divorce was considered to be partly due to his spending more time on politics and not enough on his home life. He also had a reputation as a very charming man and one who preferred the company of ladies to that of gentlemen!

Anthony was recognised to be a good constituency MP with his constituency being known as ‘the garden of Eden’. Even in the 1930s the Middle East was a hot topic and Anthony made his maiden speech about Iraq. Churchill had Anthony as his Foreign Secretary on three occasions, starting in 1938. When Churchill lost the 1945 General Election, Anthony noted in his diary that he went to Snitterfield to ring Churchill and commiserate with him; an interesting local note. In 1951 he was named as Parliamentarian Of The Year and during that year’s election campaign was one of the few politicians to realise the potential of television and to accept an invitation to be interviewed on TV. He also understood the value of an apparently relaxed interview, with topics under his control, all of course, well rehearsed !

David Howe fielded many questions and continued talking with members during the coffee break and needed reminding to drink his own coffee!

The Bluebell, pub or restaurant ?

Blue BellWell both actually. Lee and Duncan seem to have the mix right. Whether it’s a nice meal out or an evening having a few beers the Bluebell I a great place to go.

I’ve spent many Saturday & Sunday evenings having a chat with a few chaps while sampling some delicious real ale. Duncan really knows how to keep his beer and pipes in good order. But on a Saturday it is often difficult to get a table to sit down as they are full of people eating. But as most people finish eating by 9:00-9:30 and there is plenty of standing room at the bar, don’t let this put you off, it just adds to the friendly atmosphere. If it is the summer there is plenty of room outside too. There is a selection of real ale, larger, and many different wines to choose from, allowing for all tastes.

This brings me onto the food. Lee’s menu covers traditional pub food and more adventurous delights. Booking is essential for popular nights and Sunday lunchtimes. Sundays do bring a real roast dinner, with good small portions for the children. While waiting children get crayons and pictures to occupy them, good touch. All cooked food is well presented and the best point is the vegetables are not overcooked, which happens in some restaurants. If you are eating, you don’t even have to go to the bar for drinks, Lee or one of her girls will fetch them for you. They don’t even have to queue at the bar ! During the summer (when the Norman market was on) we took the children in for lunch and Tapas was served in the rear garden. Sitting in the sun, with a selection of goodies and a pint of Old Hookey. The only improvement would be Kylie at the table too, but she was ill in hospital at the time so couldn’t be there.

Smoking inside is only allowed at the bar, allowing people eating to do so in fresh air. Great if you don’t smoke. There was one criticism though, crisps were not sold. On a Saturday evening after one or two beers crisps are essential. All that was on offer were peanuts, Wasarbi Peas and olives. But someone has been listening and now crisps are on sale, so there is nothing to complain about now.

To conclude, good selection of drinks, great selection of fine food, no smoke while you are eating, tables outside in the summer, snacks for the munchies, and the odd celebrity (Chris Tarrent was eating there a few Saturdays ago). See you in there soon!

Andy Langford
Restaurant Correspondent

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Henley Wildlife Society

SpeakerHenley Wildlife Society were entertained Tuesday last by Stephanie Gaskin who gave a very interesting talk on her walks in New Zealand last year.

Stephanie went on one group walk, and one with a friend to the forests of New Zealand, showing the trees indiginenous to the areas. Also to the very large amount of ferns growing, from which they get their emblem, and also the birds which are very different from ours.

The meeting decided to donate the proceeds of the raffle taken this evening to the Friends of the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, who were needing funds.

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Mat reflects on title-winning year and targets BTCC move

JacksonHenley in Arden’s Mat Jackson has selected his win at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk – where he overtook seven cars – as his favourite victory out of the 11 he achieved to become Blaupunkt SEAT Cupra Champion at Silverstone last weekend.

Whale Tankers-sponsored Mat, aged 25, collected a cheque for £100,000 and is now awaiting a test drive in SEAT Sport UK’s British Touring Car Championship Leon as his prize for winning the Spanish manufacturer’s hotly-contested Cupra series for his family-run Jacksons Motorsport team.

In 2006, Mat has achieved the following:

  • 11 wins from 18 races (including 3 ‘double-header’  victories – also achieved at least one win at all except one of the nine race  meetings)
  • 6 pole positions
  • 5 fastest race laps
  • 2 second place finishes
  • led championship from start to  finish
  • led more than half the season’s laps – 161 out of  291
  • led more than half the season’s miles – 248 out of  493
  • never overtaken in a straight fight (i.e.. whenever car  was mechanically sound)

Mat says: “I am very proud of those figures and hopefully they will give the BTCC team bosses something to sit up and take notice of. I’ve shown I can cleanly overtake people – even around the outside – if I have to and my pace over the early laps of the race and, in particular, off the start when the tyres still aren’t up to their optimum performance is there for all to see.
“Looking back, my best win was definitely in race two at Snetterton – the weather conditions had caught us out in qualifying and I started only seventh on the grid. I was very fired up and to go out and overtake everyone and then to drive the car around the outside of Alan Blencowe into the chicane for the lead just before the end was very sweet.”
Mat says that beating the opposition in such convincing style – he had the title wrapped up with the final rounds still to run – was hugely rewarding, considering the depth in quality of this year’s SEAT field. He adds: “I always knew it was going to be tough. I expected Tom Ferrier and Carl Breeze who have previous top-line BTCC experience to be the main opposition, but in fact it was Alan Blencowe and Jonathan Adam who got closest, plus you had Ben Winrow and Fulvio Mussi usually up there.
“Anyone who says I should have won the championship because this was my second season in it should think again. I won more races than anybody else in my first season in it and if I could do that then why couldn’t the other drivers this year? Also, bear in mind we were a one-car team without the budgets of some of those drivers.”
Combined with the eight wins he achieved in 2005, Mat has won precisely half of the 36 Cupra Championship races he has contested and more than a third of all SEAT races held in the UK in the last four years. His ability was further highlighted in last year’s end-of-season European Masters Race – held for SEAT’s top Cupra racers from across the Continent – when he consistently proved to be the fastest driver on the Barcelona circuit before exiting from a winning position with a punctured tyre.
Looking forward, Mat’s next ambition is to progress to Britain’s biggest motor racing championship – the BTCC. And he believes he has proved to any watching teams that he is capable of delivering at such a high level.
“The BTCC is the pinnacle in Britain and it’s where I have to be,” says Mat. “It’s hard to win in a one-make championship when everyone’s on a level playing field. I’m now just keen to get out there and do the same in a touring car. In equal machinery I’ve previously beaten quite a few names who are already in the BTCC grid and doing well in it and believe given the right car and support I can put together a very strong championship programme.”

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John Garner's Business Column


John GarnerHow often do you carry out an appraisal of your staff? Once a year? Twice a year? Or, er, never?It’s an easy thing to keep putting off. There’s always something more urgent to be done but it’s vitally important if you want to encourage good relations with your staff.

What is an appraisal anyway? At the most basic level an appraisal is an opportunity for each manager to sit down with each person who reports directly to him/her and, without interruption, review that employee’s performance since the last appraisal.

Perhaps the most important part of this is that the employee must be given the chance to say what they think about their performance and the way they have been managed, and to discuss any concerns they may have. It has to be a two way thing or it won’t work. It also has to be a fair and positive experience. It definitely should not be a time to chastise employees about all the things they have done wrong recently. Such problems should be tackled as and when they arise.

The purpose of the appraisal is to make the employee aware of how the manager thinks they have been performing (also giving the employee chance to disagree!) and, importantly, to decide on how the employee can improve and develop. This is a good opportunity to agree on training which may be needed (or requested by the employee). Many companies link appraisals to salary reviews, but that doesn’t mean you have to review the salary after each appraisal. Ideally employees should see the appraisal as a constructive event out of which they will get some benefit. In my own company we used to appraise each employee at 6 monthly intervals but give a salary review after every other appraisal, ie once a year, but we always ensured that there were positive outcomes from each appraisal.

At the end of each appraisal session you should arrive at a plan of action, agreed by both parties. This could involve objectives for the employee to achieve before the next appraisal but ought certainly to include next steps in the training and development of the employee.

Ideally all managers who carry out appraisals should be given training themselves in appraisal techniques to ensure fairness and consistency, something they should ask their own boss about when they have their own appraisal.

For lots more information on appraisals and how to carry them out properly see our old favourite the ACAS website at

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

The lunatics have taken over the asylum

Nigel HastilowAlastair Campbell helped to celebrate Mental Health Day this week by admitting the Hutton inquiry into the death of Dr David Kelly made him a bit depressed. The inquiry, please note. Not the death of the Government weapons expert who – whatever Lord Hutton may think – was driven to his death by Mr Campbell’s relentless “spinning”.

It might be understandable, indeed forgivable, if the ex-drunken ex-pornographer who ran Tony Blair’s spin machine in the heyday of New Labour had succumbed to a bit of self-loathing for being responsible for Dr Kelly’s death. But that’s not what worried our Al. No. He was depressed by the possibility that Lord Hutton might expose his loathsome activities and condemn him for them.

“It was a phenomenal pressure,” he says. “The blood they smelled was mine.”

Luckily Al was the main beneficiary of Lord Hutton’s whitewash while the BBC took all the blame. Campbell got away with it in exactly the same was as he’d got away with so many previous acts of treachery. At one time or another, few members of Tony Blair’s Governments have not felt the sting of a well-placed Campbell quote.

Few have been spared, over the years. Even Gordon Brown was damned by the Campbell slurry machine as “psychologically flawed”. Yet Al shows no remorse. Why should he? This is the man who gave the world Saddam Hussein’s “45 minutes to destroy the world”. That was a spin that led not just to the death of Dr Kelly (who exposed the shameless cynicism of Campbell’s manipulation of public and political opinion) but to the whole Iraq invasion and the civil war that country is now embroiled in.

Alastair Campbell tells us he suffered depression at the threat of being found out. He should be suffering eternal shame for being responsible for allowing Tony Blair to take us into war on the basis of a “sexed-up” lie. Shame, though, is in short supply these days. So, it seems, is good mental health. You may have thought all politicians must be mad – it seems you were right if David Blunkett’s anything to go by. Blunko’s maunderings are being serialised in various papers, which drip-feed us his self-pity.

This is a man who went so doolally after he was forced to quit as Home Secretary that Tony Blair brought him back into the Cabinet as Work and Pensions Secretary for the sake of his mental health. Tony, bless him, was apparently so worried that Blunkett might succumb to some kind of breakdown that he brought him back into Government “to get his head straightened out”.

How bizarre is that? Maybe Tony should put a notice up above the door of the Cabinet meeting room in Number Ten which revives that old cliché: “You don’t have to be mad to work here but it helps.” David Blunkett’s memoirs betray his self-centred obsession with himself. The world revolves around him. His personal crises – largely related to being caught with his trousers down – are, according to Mr Blunkett, of earth-shattering importance.

He likens his persecutors in the press to the East German Stasi and the damage inflicted on him to the sufferings endured by the troops in the trenches during the First World War. Well it must feel a bit like that when you become the centre of a media storm and no doubt it does temporarily destroy your sense of perspective and unbalance your mental equilibrium.

Perhaps we should be grateful to the ex-Home Secretary for sharing his secret diaries with the rest of us. Maybe the insights they give us into the life of someone under great pressure will be valuable in dealing with others suffering from mental health problems in future. Perhaps if we understood more about the terrible pressures faced by someone like David Blunkett after he’s exposed to ridicule we would be better able to protect the David Kellys of the future from despair and suicide.

And if only we could understand and forgive the depression Alastair Campbell fell into at the thought of being censured by Lord Hutton. If we just realised how difficult life had become for him, then maybe next time he tries to hound an innocent man, we will feel a little more understanding for the hounds as well as the fox.

For all their mental breakdowns, David Blunkett and Alastair Campbell are still alive. And they are both exploiting the very media they supposedly feared and despised to enrich themselves. Life after political death seems to be highly lucrative for both of them.

I wonder what Dr Kelly’s widow, or the widows of all those soldiers who have died in Iraq, think about it all.

Nigel Hastilow

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Put Them On

Well we are now well into October and Christmas is only 2 months away, cards and presents are being bought, and the mornings are foggy and damp. People are even complaining about the cold (these are the same people who complained that it was too hot last month).

But with the fog comes the muppet drivers, out in force. There are the two extremes out there. The first ones drive along our streets and motorways with no lights on their car. With compromised vision we need all the help we can get. Many modern cars are silver in colour, and guess what colour the fog is? yes silver. So drivers have compromised vision and cars, many the same colour as the fog, have no lights on. What are we doing ?

The second extreme is the people who not only put on their headlights but fog lights (front and rear). Yes vision is impaired, but when you are following some one with rear fog lights on, you have difficulty seeing brake lights. When someone behind you has their front fogs on, all you can see is 110W of halogen energy in the rearview mirror. Then to make matters worse the fog lights are forgotten, which means for the next 3 weeks we are all being dazzled every time they put the headlights on.

So can I beg all of you drivers to think about your own safety and put headlights on in fog. My driving instructor always used the simple rule : if in any doubt about putting on your headlights PUT THEM ON. But please use fog lights with caution, if you can see the car (either in front or behind) over 50 – 100 metres away without their fog lights on, do you really need them? If it is thick fog, yes put them on, if it’s just misty use caution. Being a bit sad, I know the rear fog light bulb is the same 21W as brake lights, it’s very easy to confuse them, and the effect can be dangerous.


Grumpy Old Man

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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 0630 hours and 1400 hours on 4th October 06 unknown offender/s approached a property on Station Road, Claverdon. They then used an unknown instrument to force open the double garage door. Once inside offender/s have made an untidy search and stolen various tools, including 9” grinder, JCB drills, McCulloch chainsaw and cordless drills.
Incident number 423 of 4th October 06 refers.

Between 0800 hours and 1700 hours on 17th October 06 unknown offender/s approached a property on Perry Mill Lane, Ullenhall. They then forced entry into a locked and secure garage. Once inside they have stolen a De Walt router, Bosch electric hammer drill, Little Wonder electric hedge trimmer and Honda 22” rotary mower.
Incident number 436 of 17th October 06 refers.

Some time prior to 9th October 06 unknown offender/s approached a black Saab Convertible parked on Brook Road, Aston Cantlow. They then used an unknown instrument to cause damage to the rear deck lid.
Incident number 325 of 9th October 06 refers.

Between 2200 hours on 14th October 06 and 0800 hours on 15th October 06 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on High Street, Henley in Arden. They then smashed the rear window.
Incident number 149 of 16th October 06 refers.

Prior to 17th October 06 unknown offender/s have approached a VW Golf parked on High Street, Henley in Arden. They then climbed onto the roof causing a massive concave dent.
Incident number 90 of 17th October 06 refers.

Between 1930 hours and 2245 hours on 6th October 06 unknown offender/s approached a silver VW Golf parked secure and unattended in Preston Bagot. They then gained entry by using a screwdriver or similar to punch the drivers doorlock. Once inside they have removed a handbag from the passenger footwell.
Incident number 99 of 9th October 06 refers.

Between 1030 hours and 1200 hours on 9th October 06 unknown offender/s approached a field on Umberslade Road, Hockley Heath. They then removed six “Pratley” aluminium sheep hurdles. A vehicle would have been required to remove these 6’ x 3’ items.
Incident number 121 of 13th October 06 refers.

Some time prior to 13th October 06 unknown offender/s removed a girl’s mountain bike, left insecure in communal grounds at Henley Court, Henley in Arden. The bike was later found and the owner contacted.
Incident number 427 of 13th October 06 refers.


Henley In Arden Police will be holding a ‘drop in’ facility at Henley Police Station for you to come and discuss any issues or problems, within the community, with your local policing team!

The next ‘police surgeries’ will be held on:

Wednesday 1st November 2006
Wednesday 15th November 2006
Wednesday 29th November 2006

Please note one Anti Social Behaviour Contract (ABC) has been issued in Henley.

Inspector Ayers attended the Studley Parish Council meeting and was happy to report a 15% reduction in Anti Social behaviour incidents for the same period year to date than last year. There is further work planned to combat the run-up to Halloween and Bonfire Night, to include enhanced visible police presence over half-term school holidays. The schools have agreed to send letters home to parents to help monitor what youths are taking out with them, e.g. eggs for throwing etc. If they are found with eggs, these will be taken off them.

The Trading Standards Office have advised of the following scam. A card is posted through your door from a company called PDS (parcel delivery service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number). DO NOT CALL THIS NUMBER as this is a mail scam originating from Belize. If you call this number and you start to hear a recorded message you will already have been billed £15 for the phone call. If you do receive a card with these details, please contact Royal Mail Fraud on 0207 239 6655 or ICTIS (the premium rate service regulator) at http: or your local Trading Standards Office. THIS IS A GENUINE SCAM.

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207. Thank you. Please also note Alcester Police station is now based temporarily at the former Alcester Infant School, Moorfield Road, Alcester (on the way to Somerfield).

All to note a Public Service Desk at Headquarters is now operational. The Public Service Desk (PSD) is designed to put Police Officers back in the control room, thus enabling a better service delivery to members of the public wishing to speak to a Police Officer, on any matter which does not necessarily need Police deployment. Persons wishing to speak to the Police about any issue that does not require a Police Officer to attend can do so via this Desk. Contacting any of the Police station telephone numbers will direct you to the switchboard where you can then simply ask for the Public Service Desk.

We are often asked the best way to report an incident or to make contact with a Police officer. Should a member of the public witness or be affected by a crime whereby there is a threat of injury, injury or damage or theft of property and the incident is ongoing and offenders are still at the scene, they should ring 999, classed as an emergency or an immediate response incident.

Should the incident have already occurred and is not ongoing, for example waking up and finding your car has been broken into, you should ring one of the normal Police station numbers and ask to report a crime or an incident. You will be put through to the force control room or the crime desk. Please ask for an ‘incident number’ – you should be given one. If a crime has been committed against you, you will be given a crime reference number by the crime desk or by the officer who attends the incident. Such incidents are ‘managed’ and you should be given an indication of when an officer can attend.

If you wish to speak with an officer about a non-urgent matter, please use the list of contacts, which are always included in our newsletters.

Hopefully the Public Help Desk will help members of the public when they wish to speak to the Police.

Please note advisory warning letters have been given to nuisance youths.

Please note it is an offence to let off fireworks after 2300 hours except on Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve.

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 1st November 2006 between 11am-1pm

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

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Wednesday, November 8, 5.30-8pm. Open evening at Warwickshire College's Henley-in-Arden Centre for prospective students to find out information about full-time courses starting in autumn 2007.

Make Henley Greener and Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Advice Centre invite residents of Henley and district to a free Energy Saving Exhibition on Saturday 21st October from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and Thursday 26th October from 6.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall. Come and talk to the professional energy team and get your free energy saving gift. Grants available towards energy saving measures that can cut bills by up to 50%. Further information from Margaret Anderson on 792138.

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
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB holds their 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.
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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Henley in Bloom
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Henley Diary
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