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Edition 133 - 30th November 2006
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From Belsen to Buckingham Palace

image‘They never asked me if I was in Belsen.’ Mr Paul Oppenheimer MBE explained as he related his remarkable story to the Henley and Beaudesert Civic Society’s October meeting.

In a calm but captivating style Mr Oppenheimer told the story of his early life in Nazi Germany and Holland. Despite his parents being non practising Jews they still suffered Nazi oppression in Berlin. So, in 1936 his mother brought him, aged seven, and his younger brother Rudi to stay with relatives in England. His father remained in Berlin for a while but soon managed to get a company transfer to Amsterdam where the family reassembled, now including Mr Oppenheimer’s sister, Eve, born in London. Relating the happy days of his childhood in Holland, Mr Oppenheimer mentioned skating on the frozen canals and playing football in the street with non Jewish children without regard to religious affiliation.

imageOn the 10th May 1940, when he was 11 years old the Germans invaded Holland and persecution resumed, gradually at first by classifying pure Arian Germans as citizens and everyone else as subjects without rights. Further classifications divided out Jews on the criterion of having two Jewish grandparents. Identity cards were mandatory and those of Jews carried a ‘J’ beside the photograph. A progressive series of restrictions over subsequent months resulted in all Jews being concentrated in south east Amsterdam wearing yellow stars on the left breast of all items of clothing. They were, were banned from parks, restaurants, hotels and public transport and eventually even from owning bicycles. They were under curfew from 8pm to 6am with no access to radios. During this time, Mr Oppenheimer learned about Judaism for the first time in his life, since all Jews had to attend a Jewish school. Classmates gradually disappeared without warning as deportations to transit camps in Poland began and in June 1943, the family was given 30 minutes notice to depart their home and bring with them food for 3 days plus blankets and towels. Life in the camp was hard labour digging potatoes, the family was split, living in separate male and female barracks . Mr Oppenheimer still has documents relating to this time, one of them recording his weekly bath at 3pm on Fridays.

Every Monday the names of those who had to leave the camp that day were called out. All others had to stay in barracks and knew only that an eastbound train carried the 1000 named people away in cattle trucks. Most of these were killed within a week at Auschwitz , only about 1% surviving. The Oppenheimers realised that their stay in the camp was unusually long. The reason, unknown to them at the time, was the British nationality of Eve, which classified the family as exchange Jews who were retained for possible exchange for German prisoners of war.

imageAfter 7 months in the transit camp, all exchange Jews were taken to Belsen (left), a much worse camp with guards with machine guns. Exchange Jews lived in an area for privileged prisoners, were not shaved and kept their civil clothing, in contrast to others who wore striped prison uniform.

The 4000 people in this special area were counted every day, which often required them to stand in the yard for many hours, sometimes all day, whatever the weather.Food was meagre consisting of turnip soup for lunch and a thick slice of bread in the evening. By the winter of ‘44/’45 they were in poor health looking like “starving skeletons”. Typhus broke out and they spent hours every day searching for and killing the body lice which were the agents by which Typhus was transmitted. In January ‘45 Mrs Oppenhiemer contracted Typus and died a few days later, leaving Eve aged 8 alone in the female barracks where an orthodox Jew kindly looked after her. Two months later his father also died of typhus within 1 month of liberation. Camp inmates were dying at the rate of 600 per day.

On 10th April, 2500 exchange Jews were evacuated from Belsen, allied forces being only 20 miles away. They had no food and had to evacuate the train during allied air attacks which they watched whilst lying in nearby fields. From these same fields they scavenged leaves and grass. After two weeks on the train the SS guards disappeared and the train was liberated by Russian Cossacks with whom they couldn’t communicate to explain who they were. When eventually freed they went out hunting for food initially from fields but later aided by the Cossacks they helped themselves from local shops. Mr Oppenhiemer retuned to the train one day with a wheelbarrow full of tubes of cheese paste.

Next day, he and his brother showed the spots symptomatic of typhus and they were taken to a Russian army hospital for four weeks. The brothers were then taken to an American camp in Leipzig. As a result of becoming obsessed with food they had forgotten all about their sister who they had last seen on the train some four weeks previously. Just as they were leaving the camp to return to Holland they saw their sister on an incoming vehicle and felt really embarrassed that they had forgotten about her. If they had left a few minutes earlier they may never have seen her again.

They contacted their uncle, who took Eve to England but Rudi and Paul had to stay in a Jewish Orphanage for some months until they got visas. The children aged 17,14 and 9 started a new life in England and didn’t talk about their concentration camp experience for over forty years. For the last 10 years Mr Oppenheimer has been relating his story to schools. He does this so such events should not happen again, reminding us of the quote, ’He who does not learn from history will repeat it!’

imageMr Oppenheimer continued with a synopsis of his life in England, studying for a degree, marrying, working for BSA and Lucas and culminating in being awarded the MBE for services to British industry. A reporter interviewing him about his MBE asked him about Belsen. This led Mr Oppenheimer to realise that people ought to know more about it. Up to this time, none of his work colleagues knew about his experiences at the hands of the Nazis and when asked why not, he said, ‘They never asked me if I was in Belsen.’

John Stott - Reporting
John Love - Photo of Mr Oppenheimer

Bronze Figure Stolen from The Gallery Upstairs

imageA bronze figure worth £2,750 has been stolen from The Gallery Upstairs in High Street. The incident happened between 13.30 hrs and 14.30 hrs on Friday November 24 when offenders removed the figure from a display stand on the first floor of the gallery. The figure, called "Solo", a semi-abstract piece of a saxophone player by Helen Sinclair and is 2' 6" high .

Police are appealing for information about the incident and would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity in High Street or knows the whereabouts of the figure. The artist and owners of the gallery are very concerned to recover this valuable piece of work. There will be a reward of up to £500 for information leading to the recovery of this item.

Anyone with information is asked to call 01926 415000, quoting incident 466 of November 24, or the anonymous CRIMESTOPPERS helpline on 0800 555 111.

Post Box Stolen Alcester Rd, Wootton Wawen

imagePolice in Alcester are investigating the theft of a 1950s style post box which has been stolen from a lamp post in Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen.

The post box, which bears the letters GR, was stolen between 08.30hrs on Saturday November 25 and 09.30hrs on Monday November 27.

Anyone with information about the theft or who is aware of the whereabouts of the post box is asked to call Alcester police station on 01926 415000.

Henley Community Arts Group

The launch date for the inaugural meeting of Henley Community Arts is November 30th 2006. The meeting will be held at Henley High School at 7.30 p.m.

We have a new Headmaster well ensconced at Henley High, with great enthusiasm for the development of the group. He has invited us, once we are officially launched, to put forward up to four names to become co-opted members of Henley’s Specialist School Governors Sub Committee, taking part in the development of not just Henley Community Arts, but the High School itself in its role as a Specialist College for the Performing Arts. You will find the new rules and constitution on the Henley High Web Site.

We look forward to meeting you all soon, and to a rosy future for the Performing Arts in Henley. Please contact either Sonia Lewis or me at the email or telephone numbers below if you would like to attend.

Tim Sturges

Tim Sturges:,   07817239084 mob, 01926 842279 home

Sonia Lewis:   01564 792364 School Office

Henley High - Coummity Arts Leader

imageSince Henley High School has attained its Specialist College for the Performing Arts status, it has been an important aim to develop links with the community.

To this end, a Community Arts Group is about to be launched and we have appointed a Community Arts Leader, Hayley Pope, who will help to steer the group. This article gives a more in-depth perspective on her appointment.

Read the Special Report

Richard Dalton-Moore

Interest Rate Rise Does Not Dampen Enthusiasm

imageLast Tuesday, Richard Abbey of John Earle & Son held the firm’s collective land and property Auction at Henley Golf and Country Club.

Three Lots were advertised very widely and produced a good level of interest with a number of pre-auction offers being made. Nicola Farmer at John Earle’s, who was responsible for Crabmill Farm, agreed a pre-auction sale for a substantial figure that was well in excess of the guide price of £570,000 resulting in a binding contract being exchanged the weekend before the Auction.

imageIn the room Richard firstly offered the 14.8 acres near Kenilworth and although there was some competition, it was withdrawn and is now available at offers around £100,000. The second Lot offered was the three bedroom detached bungalow requiring modernisation and improvement situated in Snitterfield, near Stratford-upon-Avon. The bidding started slowly at £220,000 and was finally knocked down for a more credible £280,000 nicely in excess of the pre-auction guide price.

In conclusion, the recent Bank of England base rate interest appears not to have dampened the buying public’s enthusiasm.

John Earle & Son’s final land and property auction is scheduled for 5th December 2006 and includes two parcels of overgrown pasture land in Langley and Bearley and a building site for two new detached houses at Bretforton near Evesham.

John Earle & Son are already planning auctions for February and March 2007 and we expect there to be a number of interesting residential properties, pasture and arable land.

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The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular


imageSt John’s Church, Henley-in-Arden was full for the annual Court Leet Service on Sunday 26th November 2006. Most of the Court’s Jurors were present, together with the regular worshippers at St Johns and including many children. This was a truly inclusive community event.

The Courts of neighbouring towns were represented by the Bailiff of Warwick, the Reeve of Bromsgrove and the Low Bailiff of Alcester and their families. Beaudesert and Henley’s Joint Parish Chairman Stephen Thirlwell was present for the town and the Court Leet itself was out in force.

Taking the day’s theme of “Christ the King”, the Court’s Chaplain, Henley’s rector Rev John Ganjavi encouraged the congregation to be aware of the balance of life. He said that modern times in particular could make everyone so busy that they never paused to reflect, to take stock of why they were where they were and doing what they were doing.

There was a danger that we might lose sight of the “bigger picture” and focus too heavily on treasures on earth. The second reading, from Luke chapter 12, verses 22 to 34 cautioned against this.

Introducing a new slant, the Chaplain subjected the High Bailiff to a gentle “John Humphreys moment”, with some questions about the past and present role of the Court Leet.

imageThe High Bailiff responded by recalling the historic judicial duties of the Court, including the operation of the local legal system. It was his duty to preserve the memory of some of the ancient rituals through their re-enactement Looking ahead, the High Bailiff said that his duty nowadays was to function as a figurehead for the town at home and away. His plans for the coming year were in preparation: they included a big event in thesummer and it was intended that they would provide the opportunity to have fun and the programme would be published very shortly. Above all, the High Bailiff wanted to “connect” the Court more strongly with the whole community.

At the conclusion of the service, the Rector spoke to all members of the congregation as they left St John's. Our photo left shows Ann Holding, wife of the High Bailiff, with the Rector at the West Door.

Following the service, about a hundred of those present moved into the Guildhall for a lively reception, from which no-one seemed in a hurry to leave.

Photos - John Love & Bill Leech

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US First Lady Visits Land Girls

imageIn November 1942, the First Lady of America, Eleanor Roosevelt, came to Oldberrow House, Henley-in-Arden, which was used as a hostel for newly recruited Land Girls. Everyone thought her very brave to fly across the Atlantic just to boost morale in this war-torn land. Every thing was painted and spruced up for her arrival, flowers and greenery decorated the house and the customery spartan conditions were temporarily lifted.

Unfortunately, only the more experienced girls were invited to meet her and,as Oldberrow House was for new volunteers, there were no such Land Girls among its residents; Oldberrow girls were disgruntled at being sent off to work, while girls from neighbouring hostels were brought in. To add insult to injury they were made to pose for a picture purporting to be waving her off, after she had already left. They were cold, tired, wet,and hungry after their day's work and they didn't get so much as a glimpse of her. They had had to work in the fields in their own gaberdine macs because there were no greatcoats for them. Seeing a pile of Land Army issue greatcoats in a staff car parked in the drive, they went and helped themselves.

This photo was taken at Oldberrow Court Farm and the attractive girl on the front row, on the right is Doris Pettifer (nee Bevan) brought in from Marston Jabot hostel. Their great-coats look very new and smart. I wonder if they were allowed to keep them.

Pam Kearsley

Italian Movie

imageContinuing our season of movie cartoons, we are please to include one about Italian Life.

Telling the Time.

We have also been requested to include the Yorkshire Airways video again.

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Jonathan Dovey's History of Henley

Henley in Arden’s Medieval Hospital

imageThe Gables in the High Street

In 1448, the Bishop of Worcester granted an indulgence to anyone who made a contribution towards the newly built hospital or house of alms.

On the 28th day of the month of January 1448, the reverend father in his Manor of Alvechurch granted forty days indulgence to all his subjects and others, the diocesans … who [should contribute] any of their goods, etc., to the new building and support of the hospital or house of alms within the town of Henley in Ardern, for the refreshment of poor people and pilgrims there assembling, newly erected, etc., for three years from the date of these presents consecutively reckoned and so long to endure.

Unfortunately little is known about this institution. However Dugdale writing in the 17th century mentions that there was a hospital for the relief of the poor.

‘Some think that the Gild house, situated on the North side of the chapel, is the hospital house spoken of, for in the chapel before mentioned there was a Gild founded by Ralph Boteler’.

Hannett in the 19th century in his book ‘The Forest of Arden’, wrote:

‘The site of this hospital is unknown, though by some it is thought probable that the old timber built house now a butchers shop, opposite to the county police station, formed part of it’.

Hannett thought that ‘The Gables’ was the hospital as it was built in the 15th century. In 1863 the house was a butchers shop before Hannett himself bought it in 1869.

imageLord Leycester Hospital, Warwick

A medieval hospital or house of alms was formed by a charitable institution like a Guild. Hospitals were modelled upon the dormitories of a monastic house. They contained a long hall that could be divided, a chapel and a separate room or house for the wardens or priests. The Lord Leycester in Warwick is a nearby example of a medieval hospital. It housed a hospital, chapel, guildhall, reception rooms and a great hall. In Stratford, Abingdon and Banbury the hospital was incorporated into a Guildhall or School. While at Yarmouth the Hospital of St Mary was established upon part of the original marketplace.

Using these examples it looks highly likely that the hospital in Henley would have been placed near the Guildhall and Chapel. William Cooper even suggests that it may have been under the same roof as the Guild since it was built in the mid 15th century. In many cases, the occupants of a hospital had to attend daily services in the chapel. The Lady Chapel or Chapel of the Guild embraced the entire North aisle of St John’s Church and was entered to via the North door. This suggests that the hospital lay to the North of the Church perhaps around a courtyard like the Lord Leycester Hospital.

Jonathan Dovery

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John Garner's Business Column

Can you afford it?

John GarnerHaving dealt in previous articles with the various aspects of employing people, I think it’s time for a change of emphasis.

How do you know whether your business can afford to employ all these people? For that matter, how do you know whether you can afford all that computer equipment, perhaps, or those new offices? Most importantly, how do you (the boss) know how much to pay yourself this month or whether you can afford that new Jaguar?

All businesses must produce accounts at the end of their financial year because the law and the tax man require it. Many small businesses have a mad panic just before their accounts are due and throw a year’s worth of paperwork at their accountants. The poor accountants then have to go laboriously through stacks of old invoices and receipts and try to make some sense out of them. No wonder their bill is rather large; this is not the best use of their time, you should be using a bookkeeper for this.

Your accountants are vital to your business and you want to get your money’s worth out of them; use them to advise you how to improve your business, not let them get bogged down in your paperwork.

A well produced set of annual accounts can tell anyone reading them a great deal about the business. Trouble is: it’s all a bit late then. Things could have gone wrong 11 months ago but no-one knew, so what sort of a mess are things in now?

Accounts are an enormously useful management tool. They should be produced monthly as soon as possible after the month end. This way you can see what your business has been doing during the month and have time to take corrective action if necessary.

There are two vitally important things you need to keep track of:

  1. How much profit or loss you’re making
  2. How much money you have (and will have in the near future).

We’ll look at how you do this next time.

If all the above seems too obvious for words to you then please forgive me. It’s just that I’ve come across a number of small business that waste a huge amount of money by not getting this right, and the tragedy is that they have no idea just how much money they are wasting – because they don’t keep proper accounts!

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Ken goes for (our) Olympic gold

Nigel HastilowAshes to ashes? Too early to tell, obviously. But I’d rather be in Oz than worrying about less important things like Government’s utter neglect of the West Midlands. A delegation of the great and good felt it necessary to take a Virgin train to London to demand money for a new New Street Station in Birmingham.

Meanwhile Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, was defending the cost of his 2012 Olympic Games. Again.

New Street is the heart of the country’s rail network. It’s a dive. Everyone knows we need a new one. They also know there should be more tracks into and out of the station. Not that there will ever be enough money for that, even if they get some sort of commitment over the £600 million needed to rebuild the existing 1960s silo.

Why is it necessary to lobby the Government over something as blindingly obvious as the need for a better rail network outside London? Because if it’s outside London, the Government just isn’t interested.

The Olympic Games are hailed as a national event. We are supposed to believe we will all benefit from this great extravaganza – even though we will be biting our nails from now until 2012 hoping the stadium is open on time. Unlike Wembley. What we can be sure of, though, is that it will cost far more than the number they first thought of. London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell announced the other day that the bill is rising by £900 million. Almost half of that will go to consultants to see if they can complete the project on budget and on time.

But the new £3.3 billion cost for the actual stadium development won’t be the end of it – the Treasury thinks it could over-shoot by another £2 billion or so. Those sums are, anyway, not the half of it. The Government is planning to spend £17 billion on London’s transport system just to get the crowds in and out of the stadium. Having spent five-hours trying to get home after a rugby international at Twickenham, it’s clear to me that London is not the place for any great sporting event.

Which is why, as far as I’m concerned, the 2012 Olympic Games might as well take place in Uzbekistan. Yet we are told the Olympics are good for the whole country. Advantage West Midlands and businesses in this part of the world are solemnly debating the benefits the Games will bring to us.

These include training camps for foreign athletes, the chance to sell 10,000 miles of loo paper to the Games organisers, and a “fitness at work” programme for the region’s armchair athletes. As a sop to the regions, it doesn’t get much more patronising than this.

Meanwhile, as well as the billions chucked into the Olympics, the Government is spending a colossal £10 billion at least (probably more) on London’s new Crossrail line. And it is spending £6 billion on the high speed rail link from St Pancras Station to the Channel Tunnel. This will cut a feeble 20 minutes off the journey time to Paris. It’s St Pancras not Waterloo so that the line links up with the high speed cross-channel express trains from Birmingham and points north. Or at least it would link up with them if there were any.

Of course the Government abandoned that idea because it was far too expensive and they discovered the platforms along the West Coast Main Line would have to be made narrower – because the trains were too wide. This is the sort of blinkered incompetence we pay for through our taxes. And in return we get to sell loo paper to London and go cap in hand to Westminster begging for money.

The Government may proclaim, as it did this week, that £8.3 billion has been spent on the West Coast Main Line which links London to Wolverhampton, Birmingham and the North West. We’re told the work has increased demand for the services of Virgin Trains. This is surprising. The other day I was with a group of business people who seriously debated the idea of campaigning for a boycott of the service because of its utter unreliability, sky-high fares and rock-bottom service.

Meanwhile Labour MPs in the region continue to demand the imposition of congestion charges on motorists. They bleat that it’s the only way we will get any public transport investment. They demand “leadership” from Conservative councils because, they claim, the region is “losing out” as a result of its failure to impose road-pricing. If the region is losing out, that’s because far too much taxpayers’ money – our money, don’t forget – is being squandered on Ken Livingstone’s London.

Some years ago the CBI said that for every £1 per head spent on public transport in the West Midlands, London got £10 per head. That’s bad – I bet it’s worse today. Even if the Olympics are ready on time, I won’t go anywhere near them as a matter of principle.

And anyway it’ll be cheaper to fly to Australia and see England retain the Ashes. Again.

Nigel Hastilow

imageGrumpy Old Man Comments

Biweekly Refuse Collection

So following a rise in council tax, year on year above the rate of inflation, what is the prospect for us now? Once a fortnight refuse collection. When I moved to Henley many years ago, we were fortunate to get 2 black bags a week. Many may say 2 is enough, which it is for a single person or a couple, maybe enough for a family with one child, but we always had to supplement with more bags. But then it was reduced to 1 bag for a few months, but since increased to 30 bags every 26 weeks. I did feel sorry for the chap who was handing out the single bag, he was hounded by all asking where the other bag was.

So even though we had a 10% hike in council tax the refuse bag situation has declined. But this is not all, last week Henley news online reported we would be having our refuse collected only 26 times a year !

It is bad enough having no actual bin to put the rubbish in, with 2 or 3 neatly placed waiting for Tuesday cats, foxes, rodents etc regularly open the bags and distribute the contents all around. But with the number of bags doubling the increase in the distribution of our refuse will happen. I can imagine the wildlife waiting with anticipation now. In the summer even with weekly collections, the aroma does start to appear, but what will the small be like after 14 days? Don’t answer that one please.

Maybe we should all (if we are lucky enough to own a car) take our own rubbish to the land fill site, and help our less fortunate neighbours out by taking theirs too. But will we get a suitable REDUCTION in council tax ???? Of course not, can I suggest we should withhold what we pay by the same percentage that our refuse collection is being reduced, namely half. Oh no, we can not do that; we will end up in court.

Is this another way of a Local Council blaming central government for making them increase tax by 10% + while reducing the real services of the residents. I don’t believe that at all, The poor councilors have to spend the increases on other more important things, lets see if we can all name a few?


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.

Prior to 20th November 06 unknown offender/s approached a property on Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They then used an instrument on the front door in an attempt to gain entry.
Incident number 304 of 27th November 06 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 19th November and 0910 hours on 20th November 06 unknown offender/s approached a secured garden hut on Mount Road, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry by forcing the padlock. Once inside an untidy search has been made and a tool box stolen containing fret saw, electric drill and electric screwdriver.
Incident number 145 of 20th November 06 refers.

Between 0800 hours and 1330 hours on 25th November 06 unknown offender/s approached a farm on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. They gained entry to a brick outbuilding by forcing the door padlock. Once inside a very untidy search was made. Not known if anything stolen. Offender/s also smashed windscreen and front near side window to an Austin Mini.
Incident number 368 of 25th November 06 refers.

At approximately 0900 hours on 28th November 06 unknown offender/s have stolen a white Ford Transit van parked at a Café on Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden.
Incident number 138 of 28th November 06 refers.

Prior to 1430 hours on 19th November 06 unknown offender/s approached a maroon Honda Civic parked on a drive on Brook End Drive, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry by smashing the rear near side door window. Not known if anything stolen.
Incident number 387 of 19th November 06 refers.

At approximately 2230 hours on 21st November 06 three offenders were seen walking away from a silver Honda Civic parked on Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden. The rear off side panel had been kicked resulting in a dent. One offender described as late teens, short spiky hair, wearing black puffa jacket.
Incident number 77 of 21st November 06 refers.

Prior to 23rd November 06 unknown offender/s approached a restaurant on High Street, Henley in Arden and smashed the front door glass.
Incident number 608 of 23rd November 06 refers.

Between 2250 hours on 23rd November and 0830 hours on 24th November 06 unknown offender/s approached a yellow Nissan Micra parked on High Street, Henley in Arden. They then smashed the front near side door mirror.
Incident number 558 of 24th November 06 refers.

Between 0800 hours and 1330 hours on 17th November 06 unknown offender/s approached a property on Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They then removed two heavy wrought iron gates which had been awaiting installation. One gate was described with Dun and one with Elm.
Incident number 347 of 17th November 06 refers.

Between 1330 hours and 1430 hours on 24th November 06 unknown offender/s have approached a Pottery business on High Street, Henley in Arden. They then entered the exhibition upstairs and removed a bronze figure. Figure is abstract stick figure, 2.5 feet high on a bronze slab. Statue is limited edition called ‘Solo’.
Incident number 466 of 24th November 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 29th November 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  

imageWould you like to  car share?

Make Henley Greener are acting as facilitators for anyone who wants to save money and or reduce their contribution to climate change by sharing car travel. Please e-mail your name, contact details, travel destination and frequency (e.g. ‘daily return’ or ‘every Thursday morning’)  to . Car sharing doesn't have to be like in this picture!

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

John Stott

Alerts from Trading Standards

TV Offer
A resident reported that he had received a letter through the post to inform him that he had 'won' a television. The consumer was asked to send off £29.99 to claim his 'prize'. The Trading Standards Service advised him that this was probably a scam and that anything he received was likely to be worth less than the £29.99 fee he had been asked to pay.

'Government' Visit
A elderly resident reported receiving an unsolicited visit from someone claiming to be 'working for the Government' who gained entry to her property and asked for her gas and electricity bills. Fortunately a relative of the resident was on hand and the caller left. It later emerged he was from an energy supply company and could have been attempting to use underhand methods to switch her supplier without her knowledge or permission. For more information visit:

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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Vanity Box

Carols for All

A Great and Mighty Wonder

Concert: Solihull Methodist Church

Saturday, 9 December 2006

Director of Music - Andrew Fletcher
with the Eversfield Chamber Choir and Kevin Gill (organ)

Tickets: ££10.00, Students (under 18) £5.00 available from Geoff Taylor (Business Manager) 01926-843571

Always a sell-out - book early to avoid disappointment!

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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.

We are holding a Christmas Concert at Rowington Church on November 7.30pm entertainment, 'BearBrass Quintet' and Ian Jones Guitar.  Tickets £3.00 to include wine and mince pies.

Saturday 2nd December 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon – Coffee morning in the Guild Hall. Bring your friends and learn about the progress and see the latest plans.
Two further dates for your diary:
24th March 2007 “What Not To Wear” Dinner/entertainment in the Memorial Hall.
23rd June 2007 – Midsummer Night’s Ball at Uplands Farm.

Meets in the Memorial Hall on the 1st Tuesday each month from 7.30 p.m. On December 5th we are having our Christmas party when members will be providing food and entertainment. This should be a good evening to round off our year.

Thursday 7th December 7.30p.m. Christmas Party and “Comic Potential” with Peter and Jeanette Cook.

We are holding a Christmas Coffee morning on Saturday 9th December 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. On Wednesday 13th December, 11.30a.m. we will meet for a Christmas Miscellany. Pupils from the Music Department at the High School will join us for a seasonal celebration. Our Carol Service will be on Christmas eve, but we will not hold a Christmas Day service this year.

Tuesday 12th December 7.30 p.m. Memorial Hall. Christmas Dinner and AGM.

Saturday 15th December in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. “Christmas Crackers” with mulled wine and mince pies. Tickets £7 from John Love at the Vanity Box or on-line at

The meeting on Tuesday 19th December is the AGM followed by our Christmas Party. Visitors are welcome to come along to the Baptist Church Hall at 7.45 p.m. if they are thinking of joining in the New Year and wish to learn more about the society.

During the run up to Christmas we will have two seasonal events. On Saturday 9th December our Christmas Coffee Morning will be, as usual from 10.00 a.m. till noon, please do call in. Then on Wednesday 13th, at 11.30 a.m. we will meet for a Christmas Miscellany. Pupils from the Music Department at the High School will join us for a seasonal celebration, and I am sure we will round off the morning with some mince pies.

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 Friday and Sunday from September to May in the Memorial Hall. Details contact Alan Barber on 793320. Thursday evenings from 7.30 –9.30 pm at Henley Community Primary School. Details please ring Pauline Barber on 793320.
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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