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Edition 138 - 11th January 2007
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It used to be Education Education Education but after some 10 years of it anti social behaviour has got worse and worse and worse. It seems therefore that education slogan was another bit of political bluff.

The lack of community pride and responsibility hits Henley yet again as you will see from the photograph showing a recent act of mindless vandalism. Some 50ft. of fence bordering the base of The Mount from Beaudesert Lane to Meadow Road was demolished. Information is it occurred over the New Year period and done by the usual few. Identities are suspected but proof is needed so if anyone can give information to pinpoint the culprits a reward of £100. will be given.

Do remember it is you the residents who will foot the bill for the repair costs which are estimated at about £1,500. This is an unnecessary cost and money that could have been spent on some positive need rather than for an expense because of the mindless few.

If you have any information give it.

George Atkinson - County Councillor

Millionaire accused of frenzied stabbing

A retired industrialist accused of murdering his wife in a frenzied stabbing at their isolated £2 million home may be moved from prison to a secure psychiatric hospital.

Eighty-year-old Kenneth Mack appeared at Coventry Crown Court for a preliminary hearing after being charged with the murder of his 51-year-old wife Lorraine.

Grey-haired Mack, wearing a double-breasted blazer with a folded handkerchief in the top pocket, stood slightly stooped in the dock as he was addressed by the court clerk.

The millionaire retired industrialist spoke only to confirm his address at Mockley Close, Gentleman’s Lane, Ullenhall, near Henley, where he lived with his late wife but which had been put on the market last year.

Vicki Lofrese, prosecuting, told the court it was alleged that Mack had murdered his wife of 23 years in the kitchen of their home ‘on a day prior to December 13 last year.’ Miss Lofrese told the court: “The police were notified of this by the defendant at about 12.45 pm on December 13.Police officers visited the home and found the deceased in the kitchen, covered with a sheet.”

It is alleged that Lorraine Mack had been stabbed about 50 times in a frenzied attack the previous evening, and that in the morning Mack had visited his dentist before returning and only then calling the police.

Miss Lofrese said: “Mr Mack was arrested and taken to the police station where he was interviewed, and during the interview he said he acted in self-defence when his wife came towards him with a knife.”

She asked for the case to be adjourned for the prosecution papers to be served on the defence late next month, prior to a plea and case management hearing in March. James Mulholland, defending, agreed with the proposed timetable, and said that at the moment the defence lawyers ‘are instructed privately, not under a legal aid order.’

Judge Richard Cole said the question of legal aid for Mack would be dealt with in chambers, rather than in open court. There was no application for bail, but Mr Mulholland added: “There is likely to be a bail application in due course for him to be transferred from the prison to a secure hospital unit.” Adjourning the case until the plea and case management hearing and remanding Mack in custody, the Judge pointed out: “The venue will depend on the directions of the Presiding Judge of the circuit.”

From The Stratford Observer

High Street and Lord's Waste

A quaint characteristic we have in the Town is the Lord's Waste, and whilst it has been acknowledged over many years doubt remains about it's origin, what we hope to achieve with this explanation is who is responsible for it's maintenance.

Complaints about the condition of the High Street footways are generally directed to Warwickshire County Council. They have some responsibility but not all. Part of what is considered the footway, or footpath, is classed as Lord's Waste which does not come within the responsibility of the County Council for repair or maintenance. Their task is to manage the adopted area only which is about 1 to 2 metres from the road edge to either side of the High Street.

The question who actually owns the area of Lord's Waste is problematical but it has usually been considered that ownership is with the frontages and therefore those having title to the properties, whether they be private houses or business premises. Any ownership however does not inhibit the rights of the public at large to have access across the area at any time.

In the circumstances therefore complaints about the condition of pavements, or footways, in front of properties should be dealt with by the owners of the frontages to the Lord's Waste.

However, let the Parish Council know if difficulties arise and we will try to remedy the situation.

GEORGE ATKINSON - Parish and County Councillor


The current dangerous condition of the footway in the shopping area of the High Street
Pictures - John Love

Get fit and feel pampered - for £36!

People who have a New Year’s resolution to get fit are being made a good-looking offer.

The gyms at Warwickshire College’s Leamington and Henley-in-Arden Centres have got together with The Spa at Henley-in-Arden to put together a special package starting this month.

For just £36 a month people can use the gym facilities at either centre, and at The Spa they can use, for a maximum of an hour and a half each day:

•Steam room
•Foot spa
•Aromatherapy room
•Relaxation area, showers, towels, robes and changing facilities

Plus, they can have 20 per cent off:

•Elemis face and body treatments
•Spa essentials
•Holistic treatments

Anyone who joins in January also gets 30 days of membership FREE.

Helen Pennells, health and fitness manager, said: “This is a fantastic offer for anyone looking to join a gym and get fit in 2007 - they get the chance to look good and feel good for an excellent price. Users can exercise in our gym then pamper themselves and relax at The Spa.”

A gym-only membership of £21 a month is also available, complete with the first 30 days of membership free.

The Spa is set in a classical Regency mansion next to the Henley-in-Arden Centre, and offers a large range of relaxing and reviving treatments, as well as facial aesthetics.

To find our more about the special packages or to sign up contact either gym on 01926 318046 or 01564 797819.

Note for Residents

Henley NEWS On-line, along with numerous residents and organisations, remains strongly opposed to the development of the "Sports Shed" with 35 ft roof height on the side of the Stratford Road at Warwickshire College.

Planning consent is expected to be requested imminently.

Henley NEWS On-line has learnt that the current design will be an industrial style building more than the height of two double decker buses. It has been reported that students are having to be bussed in from Banbury. Is this a green policy or a destruction of our rural environment?

Planning Applications can be viewed on line at:

Enter the Parish as 'Henley' and put in the date range the last two months and press 'Search'



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Court Circular

The High Bailiff, and his wife Ann, wish the townspeople of Henley and Beaudesert

a healthy and peaceful New Year.

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Archaeologists get online

Anglo Saxon Ring from the County Collection

Staff at Museum Field Services are urging members of the public to use a new online form to report any archaeological findings.

Staff are keen to learn about any recent archaeological discoveries made in the county. They would also like to hear from anybody who has been carrying out historical research, or conducting archaeological fieldwork.

A free online form has been set up, where members of the public can report their finds. It is easy to complete and will help the specialists at Warwickshire County Council to further understand the archaeology and history of the area.

The form can be found on the new look Historic Environment Record website at http://timetrail.warwickshire.gov.uk. It has been created as part of the archaeological outreach project Extracting Warwickshire’s Past. The project is supported by the English Heritage Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF).

Christina Evans, Archaeological Project Manager said: ‘’We are keen to hear from anyone with any information that would help us, and this online form is a great way for people to report, and gain acknowledgement, for their findings.’’

For further information please contact Christina Evans, archaeological project manager at christinaevans@warwickshire.gov.uk, or telephone on 01926 418023.

Congratulations to St Mary's Primary School

Congratulations to the Staff and Pupils of our local school for it's results in the Key Stage 2 examinations. The official SATS put the school in the top 25% of all schools in the country and even higher in Warwickshire. 100% of the children achieved level 4. this is the average for an 11 year old, in both English and Science. In addition 45% made level 5 in Science and 91% gained level 4 in Mathematics.

These outstanding results put the school above the Warwickshire and national standard compared with the average point score and placed it in the top 25% of the countries Primary Schools.

St. Mary's is an excellent school and welcomes all pupils so if you are van interested parent contact the Head Teacher, Elizabeth Taylor on 01564 792316.

George Atkinson - County Councillor

Charities Update

Action Taken Against Cancer - Update
ATAC committee are pleased to thank Henley WI for a further contribution to their fund which now stands in excess of £62,000. Further events are planned for 2007 which include a FISH AND CHIP SUPPER with the MERLIN SINGERS at Lapworth Village Hall on Friday 2nd February at 7.30 p.m. prompt. A small number of tickets are still available, £12 per person. To obtain tickets please contact Pat Harrison on 01564 782496.

Wootton Wawen resident Pat Phillips – who opened the Stroke Ward at Warwick - supports this Stroke Project each year for the Acute Stroke Unit at Warwick Hospital and the Feldon Ward Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Leamington Spa Rehabilitation Hospital. With support from colleagues - by reducing the number of Christmas Cards sent plus postal costs - £150 plus gift aid benefit has been forwarded to the Acute Stroke Unit at Warwick Hospital.

John Garner's Business Column

VAT overview

John GarnerSuch an enjoyable subject with which to start the New Year!

VAT is really a very simple concept: you pay the tax on everything you sell and reclaim it on everything you buy, the difference goes to the government.

Of course, once the politicians got hold of the idea they made it more and more complicated – and they haven’t stopped yet. There are now so many detailed rules and exceptions that it’s become a potential minefield and is dreaded by many small businesses.

It needn’t be such a problem unless your business is very complicated or your trade attracts special rules. It gets a bad press, though, because of what used to be the draconian attitude of the Customs & Excise (now Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs - HMRC) to the slightest transgression – often just an innocent mistake. Fortunately they are now much more reasonable although letters you receive from them can still appear threatening.

The basic rule is that if your company has a turnover in excess of £61,000 per annum (at the moment) then you must register for VAT. This is “unless your supplies are wholly or mainly zero rated in which case you may apply for exemption from registration” (quote from HMRC website). You can now apply on line.

You normally have to work out your VAT every 3 months (although there are inevitably exceptions to this) and you have a further month in which to send HMRC your completed return together with the money you owe. HMRC now encourages you to fill in your return on line and send them the money by BACS (Bankers Automated Clearing Services), in which case you “may be entitled to” a 7 day extension of the payment date. Note this is 7 calendar days so if the 7th of the month falls on a Sunday, for example, you will have to get the payment in on the Friday before. Of course, using BACS you can hit the correct date exactly (why pay early?) but woe betide you if you’re a day late. You can also pay by Direct Debit and still get the 7 days grace (but you’ll need to allow 3 working days for the transfer to reach HMRC).

As you can see, every VAT rule comes with exceptions. The HMRC website tries to be helpful but isn’t especially user friendly; have a look at this.

Alternatively you might find the Business Link site more use:

Please make sure you check everything I’ve said in this article with the HMRC website and also with your accountant.

In future articles we’ll look at the nuts and bolts of what you should do and what happens when you have to undergo a VAT inspection.

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

The Inverted snobbery of the mad Liberals

Nigel HastilowSometimes you get so angry at the sight of a news story you cannot resist retaliating. That's what happened when I saw an item in The Birmingham Post in favour of congestion charging. The mad Lib Dems on the hung Birmingham City Council want to force "snobs" out of their cars and onto buses because it would be greener and reduce congestion (allegedly).

Their demand comes as Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry issues a new report demonstrating that at least a quarter of all businesses could move out of the West Midlands if a congestion charge is imposed on the region. Strangely, the Chamber still offers a few words in favour of a spy-in-the-car £1.30-per-mile charge. But as the thrust of their survey of members is entirely in the opposite direction, it is difficult to understand. Anyway, this is my letter to The Post:

The last time I tried to get to work by bus was at the invitation of a Channel 4 “Dispatches” programme. It took over two hours to complete a trip that usually takes 50 minutes by car. I will not be repeating the experiment. This has nothing to do with snobbery. I would far rather read the paper and listen to my iPod than drive. But there is no alternative for me and thousands like me who are obliged to commute into Birmingham.

I question whether the city council’s scrutiny committee speaks for the local authority as a whole when it insists those “snobbish and paranoiac” motorists who won’t use the bus should be priced off the roads through a congestion charge. Apart from any other consideration, the inverted snobs on this Lib-Dem and Labour-dominated committee might wish to consider the latest survey by the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

This survey looks at the economic impact of a congestion charge on the West Midlands from the point of view of the businesses based here. One sentence from this lengthy report should be enough to convince even the most fanatical Lib Dem that turning the issue of transport a class war is a very dangerous game to play.

The relevant sentence reads: “The implementation of road user charging could amount to the relocation of approximately 10,150 businesses, which could be intensified if an unfavourable scheme were introduced to approximately 23,550 businesses.”

In other words, the snobs and paranoiacs would not be forced onto the bus – instead, they’d simply move out of the city altogether. It might solve the problem of congestion but what would committee chairman Martin Mullaney do for council tax revenues when half the city’s businesses have gone elsewhere?

The full Chamber of Commerce report is too long to reproduce here but this is a news story based on what it says:

A congestion charge could have a devastating effect on the West Midlands destroying thousands of jobs, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce is warning.

The Chamber says up to a third of businesses would move out of the Black Country, Birmingham, Solihull and Coventry to avoid the £1.30-per-mile tax.

A new report warns that as many as 10,150 of the region’s 40,757 businesses could move out of the area. It adds that the figure could even reach 23,550 businesses “if an unfavourable scheme were introduced, this would inflict serious damage to the economy of not only the metropolitan area, but to the region as a whole,” the report says.

The Chamber report, based on a survey of businesses across the region, says the congestion charge in London has done serious damage to trade at shops and restaurants trapped inside the zone. The report goes on: “If businesses incur increased costs as a result of such a scheme, they may be forced to pass such costs on to customers, which would have an inflationary impact on prices locally. Where firms are unable to pass on costs due to competitive pressures, they may cease to become viable businesses, thus removing both wealth and jobs from the region.”

The report, by policy adviser James Cooper, rejects the idea of using the West Midlands as a test-bed for a congestion charge.

It insists any new charge should be imposed throughout the country and that up to £4 billion of new investment should be spent on public transport and road improvements in the West Midlands first. The survey findings show:

  • Two thirds of businesses say public transport does not provide an adequate alternative to the car;
  • Most businesses also feel public transport is not good enough for their employees to use to travel to work;
  • Only 27 per cent of businesses think a road user charge would reduce congestion, and 43 per cent felt that it would not be effective at all;
  • 41 per cent of businesses not accept road pricing under any circumstances.

Businesses also rejected the idea of a workplace parking tax though the Chamber does back the idea of a reduction in the availability of long-term car parking to cut congestion. The report rejects the idea for nine separate congestion charge zones or for a single large area. But it does support a pay-as-you-drive spy-in-the-car satellite tracking system, even though this would cost motorists £1.30 a mile at peak times.

The report says: “A distance based road charging scheme, utilising uniform technology to that used in the West Midlands, must be implemented nationally across the UK. Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry will not accept a situation in which other key UK cities and conurbations gain a competitive advantage over the West Midlands. Such a situation would dissuade businesses to locate or invest in the region and could facilitate a migration of firms away from the conurbation.”

The report adds: “BCI calls for significant increase in the amount of public transport investment to be delivered in the conurbation, to offer reliable and convenient public transport choices to businesses that suit their transport needs. Such investment must be secured and implemented before road pricing is used as a means to reduce congestion.”

This has also come my way:

Sign and pass it on. It only takes a minute. The government's proposal to introduce road pricing will mean you having to purchase a tracking device for your car and paying a monthly bill to use it. The tracking device will cost about £200 and in a recent study by the BBC, the lowest monthly bill was £28 for a rural florist and £194 for a delivery driver. A non working Mum who used the car to take the kids to school paid £86 in one month. On top of this massive increase in tax, you will be tracked. Somebody will know where you are at all times. They will also know how fast you have been going, so even if you accidentally creep over a speed limit you can expect a NIP with your monthly bill. If you care about our freedoms and stopping the constant bashing of the car driver, please sign the petition on No 10's new website: http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/traveltax/

Please pass this on to anyone who owns a car/motorcycle. It affects them all.

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Dansette to IPOD……….

What is happening to technology ? It’s going mad or is it me?

As a child I listened to scratched vinyl records on a Dansette record player with a total of two buttons on/off and volume was the one and tone was the other. Now look at the rack of box’s in the corner with more buttons than a 747 cockpit and how many speakers and sub woofers?

I had a small transistor radio which I listened to radio 1 and radio Luxemburg, FM or VHF as it was known didn’t even have radio 1 broadcast all day, and my transistor radio only had MW anyway. We move into the 70’s and the stereo appeared with 2 speakers and a cassette to record the Sunday chart show. Followed by the 80’s and the CD. Weren’t we told you could drill a small hole in a CD and it would still work. No chance, one finger print and it jumps like a 12” record.

But now we have virtual media, CD’s are a thing of the past now Bill Gates has invented broadband and we can download at 8MB, from Itunes etc, stick it on the PC, download to the IPOD or other MP3 player (what happened to MP1 and MP2?).

I must admit I do it, my mobile has a Flash memory card with approx 120 songs on it. Great for holidays you don’t need a stack of cassettes or CD’s in the hand luggage. And the songs are all from the 70’s !

Does anyone remember waiting for the TV and radio to warm up before we heard or saw anything? Real valves with real heaters in them. Now we all want instant pictures and volume. Progress. What’s next after the HD TV, and the IPOD mini TV?

But why do the kids always have them on so loud everyone else can hear the songs too!


Grumpy Old Man

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Make Henley Greener
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Money Blowing in the wind?

Does your home need draught proofing? If you have wooden doors, windows and or downstairs wooden floors, the answer is probably yes. On a cold and preferably windy day, but when your house is nice and warm, feel around downstairs doors, windows, skirting boards and floors for cold draughts. If you can feel cold draughts, cold air is leaking in. Check especially where the moving parts of the doors and windows meet the fixed parts. The cold air soon gets warmed up and escapes through similar places upstairs. Making the air warm before it escapes costs you money and once it has escaped the money is outside blowing in the wind! These leaks can be up to a quarter of your heating bill!  

Draught excluders on doors and self adhesive draught proofing foam strips can easily be fitted to doors and windows to reduce or eliminate these leaks. The hatch into the loft should be fitted with draught proofing strips and there are draught excluders for letterboxes. Draughts coming under the skirting board can be reduced by blocking with various materials such as rolled up strips of newspaper, flexible sealants, cork strips etc depending on the type of gap. Cracks in upstairs ceilings should be filled. Rooms with  fires, gas fires or boilers without balanced flues should have air inlet grills from outside, ideally as near as possible to the appliance, so that the cold air gets straight to the appliance without having time to warm up.

SAFETY NOTE: Adequate air supply is essential for safe operation of gas appliances. Consult experts if in doubt.

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

John Stott

District Council Information

Planning Applications - Search on-line at Stratford District Council

Enter the Parish as 'Henley' and put in the date range the last two months and press 'Search'

Stratford on Avon District Council Website




Influence your Council’s spending

Tax payers in the Stratford district are being invited to air their views on services provided by their Council Tax next year. Stratford-on-Avon District Council is holding a public consultation meeting on Tuesday 16 January 2007 at the Council's headquarters.

"Council Tax is obviously of great concern to our residents. We want to make sure that District Council services, which cost about nine per cent of their bill, provide value for money and meet the needs of our taxpayers," said Cllr Les Topham, the District Council Leader.

"The aim of this consultation is to let the public have their say on where they think we should concentrate on with our spending. All members of the public are welcome, because their views are taken into account when we look at prioritising our various services, which will then give us a steer on setting the levels of Council Tax."

The meeting takes place between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on Tuesday 16 January at Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Background Information
Information provided at the meeting will explain how the District Council's expenditure is spread across various services, how much of the Council’s income comes from Council Tax, and how the remaining budget requirement is funded through Government grant, fees, etc.

For further details about the consultation meeting please contact Simon Purfield on 01789 260118. Any inquiries relating to Council Tax should be made to David Buckland on 01789 260425.

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 1630 hours on 29th December and 1000 hours on 30th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a locked barn on Star Lane, Claverdon. They have then gained entry and stolen a white Swift Fairway 550 caravan from within.
Incident number 248 of 30th December 06 refers.

Between 1730 hours and 1115 hours on 4th January 07 unknown offender/s have stolen a Mitsubishi from a property on Church Road, Ullenhall.
Incident number 198 of 4th January 07 refers.

Between 2030 hours on 13th December and 0800 hours on 14th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a silver Peugeot 206 parked on driveway of a property on Aspley Heath Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed the front near side window and stolen a purse from the passenger seat.
Incident number 117 of 14th December 06 refers.

Prior to 14th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a wooden garage at rear of property on Doctors Hill, Tanworth in Arden. They then gained access by cutting the door rubber. Once inside they have removed a Bosch drill and jig saw, De Walt electric saw and hammer drill and JCB battery drill.
Incident number 434 of 14th December 06 refers.

Between 0400 hours and 0545 hours on 14th December 06 unknown offender/s have approached the front of a store on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen and stolen three crates of milk and a crate of pies.
Incident number 160 of 14th December 06 refers.

Between 1400 hours on 16th December and 0900 hours on 18th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a Land Rover Discovery parked on Church Hill, Ullenhall. They have then both wing mirrors and exchanged four wheels and tyres.
Incident number 153 of 18th December 06 refers.

Between 2230 hours on 16th December and 0715 hours on 17th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a property on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then removed free standing Christmas decorations from the property.
Incident number 320 of 17th December 06 refers.

Between 1800 hours and 1925 hours on 17th December 06 unknown offender/s entered an insecure staff room at public house on Earlswood Common. They have then removed a Sony Ericsson mobile phone from within a shoe left in the room.
Incident number 373 of 18th December 06 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 17th December and 0730 hours on 18th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle left insecure on driveway to property on Stratford Road, Hockley Heath. They have then removed a Makita drill from within.
Incident number 206 of 18th December 06 refers.

Between 1850 hours and 1930 hours on 18th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on public house car park on The Green, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed the rear windscreen and removed a briefcase and rucksack from within.
Incident number 494 of 18th December 06 refers.

Between 1700 hours and 1900 hours on 19th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a Mercedes Coupe parked on public house car park in Ullenhall. They have then gained entry and removed a briefcase and coat from within.
Incident number 80 of 19th December 06 refers.

Between 1900 hours and 2010 hours on 20th December 06 unknown offender’s approached a gold Skoda Octavia Estate parked on car park of public house on Warings Green Road, Hockley Heath. They have then forced the front off side door lock and stolen a black torch from the passenger door pocket.
Incident number 394 of 21st December 06 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 20th December and 0530 hours on 21st December 06 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden. They have then siphoned a quantity of diesel from a motor vehicle.
Incident number 83 of 21st December 06 refers.

Between 0900 hours on 25th December and 0600 hours on 27th December 06 unknown offender/s have approached business premises on Liveridge Hill, Henley in Arden and siphoned off a quantity of diesel from motor vehicles.
Incident number 175 of 27th December 06 refers.

Prior to 27th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Bear Lane, Henley in Arden. They have then smashed the windscreen.
Incident number 275 of 27th December 06 refers.

Between 1730 hours and 1830 hours on 28th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a silver Audi A3 parked on car park of public house on Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed the rear tailgate and stolen a Pentel T60 Laptop computer from the boot.
Incident number 527 of 28th December 06 refers.

Between 1945 hours and 2300 hours on 28th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a black VW Golf parked on car park of public house on Alcester Road, Wythall. They have then forced the drivers side lock and stolen a quantity of clothing from the boot, together with items from the glove compartment.
Incident number 449 of 29th December 06 refers.

At some time on 29th December 06 unknown offender/s have entered a surgery on High Street, Henley in Arden and stolen a purse from within.
Incident number 400 of 29th December 06 refers.

Between 1600 hours and 1800 hours on 30th December 06 unknown offender/s approached a farm on Gorcott Hill, Beoley. They have then stolen an 8’ x 4’ Ifor Williams tipper trailer, left insecure at the property.
Incident number 513 of 30th December 06 refers.

Between 1805 hours and 1845 hours on 3rd January 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on car park of hotel on Nuthurst Grange Road, Hockley Heath. They then gained entry by smashing the front off side window. A search was made of the glove box but not known if anything stolen.
Incident number 489 of 3rd January 07 refers.

Between 1800 hours and 1900 hours on 4th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle parked on car park of public house on Birmingham Road, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry by chiseling the outside door lock and carried out a search of the glove box.
Incident number 459 of 4th January 07 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 10th January 2007 between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 24th January 2007 between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday  7th February 2007 between 11am – 1pm

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.  Thank you.


Alerts from Trading Standards


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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If you would like to see some wonderful slides of “Charismatic Birds” photographed by well-known wildlife photographer Tony Hamblin, come along to our meeting from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday 16th January. Visitors £1.

Tuesday 18th January. A talk on “The Leigh Family of Stoneleigh” by Mairi MacDonald starting at 8.00 p.m at the Baptist Hall. Visitors are very welcome.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 23rd January for a talk by Reg Moule on “Winter Colour in the Garden”. We start at 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. The competition is for the Best Pot Plant (maximum 7” pot). Visitors (£1) are always welcome to join us at Ullenhall Village Hall.

COFFEE MORNING, Bring and Buy and Raffle, 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon on Saturday 27th January 2007 at the Guildhall in aid of St. Basil’s Centre. Please call in for a coffee when you come to shop. The previous Sunday 21st January at the 10.00 a.m. service at St. John’s Church, a speaker from St. Basil’s will talk about their work and anyone who would like to know more is most welcome to come along to the service.

Volunteers are needed to assist in providing meals for the elderly in Henley and district. Deliverers are required to distribute meals on Tuesdays or Thursdays and kitchen helpers for Lunch Club at Dell Court on Tuesdays. Can you spare a couple of hours a month to help? If so, please telephone Peta on 01789 298236

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 www.swbc.co.uk
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email robinf@ribi.org
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: stjohnnews@btinternet.com . Please tell all your friends about The Henley Diary.

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