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Edition 139 - 18th January 2007
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89 Local Food Establishments Unacceptable

Stratford-on-Avon District Council launches its Food Hygiene Inspection Ratings Scheme on Tuesday 30 January at 12noon at Stratford Victoria Hotel, Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

The scheme will give people an easily accessible and simple way to check the hygiene standards of a café, restaurant or food shop and hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and Guesthouses before eating there or buying food by visiting the District Council's website.

Ratings in Stratford District are Gold, Silver, Bronze, acceptable, unacceptable. To date in the SDC area, there are:

 Gold
Silver
Bronze
Acceptable
Unacceptable

 

227
641
270
258
  89

The national scheme is known as Scores on the Doors - http://www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk/

I will be issuing a news release next week and I will have specific information relating to food establishments in your area.

Beverley Hemming
Public Relations Manager


Wing Walking for ATAC this spring

ATAC are being supported by Tom Lackey who plans a wing-walk on bi-planes this Spring with all proceeds to benefit the Action Taken Against Cancer fund for a digital mammogram machine for the Cancer Breast Care Unit at Warwick Hospital.

Tom is in his mid eighties and as the oldest person to loop-the loop strapped to the wings of an aircraft  is recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.     He has undertaken about 14 wing walks and raised many thousands of pounds for various good causes.     Despite suffering a stroke he continues with his wing walking which he funds himself.  

Together with a Doctor friend he will wing walk again this spring and hopes to include another daring manoeuvre. He is looking for 'awareness donations' in recognition of his wing walking and will donate all money raised to the ATAC fund.   

 If you are prepared to support him we  look forward to hearing from you.   No money is required at presents, just a commitment to whatever you may be able to afford.     £1,000 is already promised but we hope to improve considerably on this figure.

Reply by email to patphillips@howkinsandharrison.freeserve.co.uk. Registered Charity 1108018


Town Planning Surgery

Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s planning surgeries have proved a big hit with the public. Since September, members of the public have been able to make appointments to meet with Planning Officers to discuss all manner of planning topics.

The District Council introduced the surgeries to improve the service currently offered to the public. The feedback from individuals making use of the new service has been very positive. Planning Officers also value the opportunity to meet with members of the public to provide help and advice on planning matters.

Whether you are thinking about extending your property or want to understand an application that may affect you or your property, the surgeries are open to everyone, including professional agents. You can book a twenty minute face to face meeting with a Planning Officer at no cost to yourself at either Elizabeth House in Stratford-upon-Avon or at The Grange in Southam. All that is asked is that you provide photos, sketches or any plans that you may have in advance of the meeting to enable Officers to prepare fully for the meeting.

The surgeries are held at Elizabeth House on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings for enquiries about properties in the west of the District including Stratford, Bidford, Studley and Alcester. Surgeries for the east part of the District including Stratford south of the river, Southam, Shipston and Welford-on-Avon are held on Wednesday afternoons at Elizabeth House and at The Grange in Southam on Thursday afternoons.

If you would like to make an appointment or need further information please contact the District Council on 01789 260303. Alternatively you can visit the District Council's website www.stratford.gov.uk/planning, where there is a wide variety of information about the Planning Service including answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) and what constitute material planning considerations.


Sports Shed Watch

According to the published Data on the Stratford District Councils Planning Department's website the application for the sports shed on the side of the A3400 has not be lodged.

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?

One distinguished member of the community has suggested it would be more appropriate to replace the graphic of the London Buses right with Johnsons Coaches. The question is how many high would that have to be?

Planning Applications can be viewed on line at:

http://217.33.198.119/publicaccess/tdc/DcApplication/application_searchform.aspx

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

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Court Circular

Officers of the Court Leet are busy with the detailed arrangements for the Court Leet Ball on February 24th. This event was historically a high spot in Henley’s social calendar. The High Bailiff recalls the pleasure of years ago when people from all walks of life gathered at the Ball to let their hair down – in the most respectable way of course.

In mediaeval days one of the Court’s key responsibilities was for what we now call “consumer protection”. The Ale Taster and Butter Weigher tested the town’s retailers for the quality of their merchandise and the honesty and fairness of their trading practices. For obvious reasons, the Ale Taster’s job is the one everybody wants to do, but it is not without risk to the holder of the title. Some years ago the then Ale Taster reported to the Annual Court that he had been forcibly evicted from three of the town’s licensed premised because of his adverse comments on the ale being sold there. It’s partly a matter of taste and preference, but the Ale Taster’s advice to the High Bailiff on this subject is paramount.

Together with other re-enactments, these ancient duties will be performed for the public on June 9th, when there is to be a Court Leet Day. More news of this as the plans develop.

From the High Bailiff

To view the Court Leet website, go to www.henley-in-arden.org/court-leet


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Think twice about term-time holidays

Parents who are tempted to book term-time holidays could face a fixed penalty if they take their children out of school without authorisation, according to government guidelines.

The New Year is a popular time to book summer holidays but parents could face a fixed penalty and risk their child’s performance at school by booking breaks, which have not been agreed by the relevant head teacher.

In 2004, the government granted local authority officers, head teachers and the police powers to issue penalty notices for unauthorised absence. In some circumstances this can mean term-time holidays, which have not been approved by the school.

Although parents have the right to request up to 10 days off school, head teachers have received new guidance from government that such holidays should be authorised in exceptional circumstances only. Availability of places, or cheaper prices will not be enough to justify authorisation of the holiday.

Viv Sales, Principal Education Social Worker for Warwickshire County Council, said: “Head teachers will always be prepared to talk to parents about any holiday plans, but regular absences of this sort can damage a pupil's learning, disrupt school routines and other children in the class. Research suggests that 17 missed school days a year during secondary school can mean a drop of at least one GCSE grade at exam time.”

She added: “We would always prefer to work with parents rather than impose fixed penalty fines, but must ensure that the message about the impact of unnecessary time off school is understood.”

When a child fails to attend school regularly, and the absences are unauthorised, penalty notices can be an effective way of dealing with the problem and they offer an alternative to prosecution. There are two levels of penalty notice - £50 (if paid within 28 days) and £100 (if paid later than 28 days but within 42 days).


Henley High - Report from Chairman

"The Governors will be meeting this term to review the school plan, look at details of improvements to Performing Arts and planning the budget for the next two years.

 

"Important changes will be made to the way in which we manage our finances which should make us more efficient, getting maximum value for money."

 

Peter Crathorne writes in the January edition of his Chairman of the Governors Report.

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Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust

The Annual General Meeting of the Trust will be held in the Memorial Hall in Station Road on Wednesday 24th January 2007 at 8 o’clock in the evening. The meeting is convened by the Town Improvement Committee and is a chance for residents of the town to attend and elect representatives to the committee.

The committee is responsible for the running and upkeep of the Memorial Hall and the playing fields used by the sports clubs. If you have any views or items that you would like the committee to discuss this meeting will be an opportunity to bring them to the committee’s attention.

All residents of the town are welcome to attend and to hear what is being done to preserve and develop these important amenities in the town.

The agenda for the meeting is detailed on notices around the town, and is also available at the bottom end of this issue of Henley NEWS On-Line.


Annan praises Rotary’s leadership in global polio effort

In a farewell address on 11 December, outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan cited Rotary International as an example of a private organization or nonstate actor whose partnership with public agencies helps achieve major social goals.

Speaking at the Truman Presidential Museum and Library in Independence, Missouri, USA, Annan said the “wonderful partnership between the UN family, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] and, crucially, Rotary International” is close to eradicating polio worldwide.

The UN secretary general explained that he has been guided during his 10-year tenure by the principle that nonstate actors can help the organization accomplish its aims. According to Annan, a result of that principle is the Global Compact he made with international business leaders in 1999 to harness private-sector goodwill to meet the challenges of globalization.

It’s impossible for governments alone, especially in the face of limited public resources, to solve all humanity’s ills, the UN chief noted. Instead, much more can be achieved through public-private partnerships and initiatives, he said.

Annan, who steps down on 31 December, chose the venue of his farewell speech to signal the need for the international community to return to the ideals that inspired world leaders, including U.S. President Harry Truman, and humanitarian organizations to establish the UN after the horrors of two world wars.


Latest JPC Meeting Report

At the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 15th January 2007 Members discussed 3 planning applications received, and 23 items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded. Amongst the items discussed were the following:

Lord’s Waste
Members discussed a draft to be published in the Council’s Newsletter explaining the issue of the responsibility for the Lord’s Waste, which is the footway beyond about 1 to 2 metres from the road edge. The draft explains that the Lord’s Waste does not come within the responsibility of Warwickshire County Council to maintain. Its ownership has been problematical, but has usually been considered to be with those who own the frontages and who therefore have title to the properties, whether they be private houses or business premises. The public at large have the right to access the Lord’s waste at any time, and the draft concludes therefore that complaints as to the condition of the footways or pavements in front of properties should be dealt with by the owners of the frontages to the Lord’s Waste.

State of the High Street
Members are determined to establish from Warwickshire County Council the proposals concerning the schedule of maintenance to both the road and the footways in the High Street in the Town. In respect of the footways, Members understanding is that there is a schedule of maintenance proposed for the year commencing in April 2007, but have been unable to ascertain what the proposals are and whether the standard of repair will reflect the Town’s heritage. Concerning the road, Members understood that research had to be done and that there were always budgetary constraints, but had become frustrated as to the lack of response to their enquiries. They resolved to keep the matter on the agenda until there was clarity.

Henley-in-Arden Railway Station
Members have been mindful of recent press reports which referred to the Warwickshire Quality Rail Partnership, and have agreed to meet with the Department of Transport in order to establish a joint policy and strategy for Henley-in-Arden. The purpose is to ensure open lines of communication and to understand what is feasible, so that there can be a holistic approach to the future of the station.

Allotments
The General Purposes Committee of the Joint Parish Council presented their report as to the future of the allotments. The Committee proposed a strategy for improvement of the whole area which, subject to appropriate funding, would include greater security and a water supply. The purpose was to regenerate the area, ensuring that land would not lie uncultivated and was available to members of the public, backed by a vibrant Allotment Association. Members agreed to give further consideration as to the proposals for the benefit of the community.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 5th February 2007. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and as with all meetings of the Council members of the public are welcome to attend.


Habitat Survival Trust

Christmas gone, another year begun; lime to put out the bin, visit recycling, top up the fridge and while I'm about it, exchange those expensive presents which are too tight for comfort!

For a start, the only items left were either 'small' or extra large', otherwise 'madam could have a refund for half the price!' As always the tip was about as depressing as it could get and that is 'Very'. Mountains of man made tat filled every skip and children's unwanted soft toys lay in contorted positions under a limp little tree, wailing to be put out of their misery. In my day these would have been cherished, not cast aside for substitutes made in China.

Then, a 'fridge lasting for twenty years was only narrowly preceded by the TV and bicycles were passed on, cleaned up and painted, ready for another child to enjoy. After dragging bagfuls of tins and bottles for posting into overfilled skips, I started on plastic containers. Milk bottles made of glass were once returned, washed and reused but at least this plastic could be recycled, but what of all the others?

'Would madam like a bag' says a helpful assistant, when the article in question is already wrapped so excessively that only a pair of scissors can release it.

'No thanks', I say. 'We should be expected to bring our own, as we did in the olden days; either that or be charged enough to discourage their use.'

Perhaps if we could see all the packaging that washes back and forth on the shore; that chokes and strangles wildlife; that float like islands as big as Britain on the surface of the sea; that persist in every nook and cranny of natural habitat, putrefying landfill and littering our streets, we should contemplate the ultimate deterrent - WAGE WAR ON THE SUPERMARKETS.

Just think how satisfying it would be if we stripped our shopping into one big bag and when shopping next time, left it in the aisle for them to dispose of. To do it together would be perfect, but one at a time would suffice. Himself would disown me, he said but how else are we going to stop manufacturers from filling this beautiful planet of ours with superfluous rubbish?

Not by asking politely it seems. GO ON, BE A DISSIDENT AND MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!

Molly Corfield, Henley-in-Arden


A Question of Spanners from Australia

Hello,

Would any of your readers be able to shed some light on the background to a spanner I have had  for around 60 years now.

Branded - Moran Bros  Ullenhall.

Many thanks  

Joe Brown,  Sale, Victoria, Australia   
Ex Brum  1957


John Garner's Business Column

VAT Part 2

John GarnerSo what do you actually have to do to keep the VAT people happy?

The safest thing is to keep comprehensive and accurate records of all your transactions – and that’s something you should be doing anyway. In essence, if you have paper (or computer) based records of everything, you’ve got hard evidence in the event of a dispute.

There are several different VAT schemes in operation but in this article I’m dealing only with the basic one. We will look at others in a future article.

At the end of each of your VAT quarters you will have to add up all the VAT you’ve charged on your outgoing invoices issued in that quarter and then subtract all the VAT you’ve paid on your purchases which have been invoiced to you in that quarter. This is a bit of a chore if you do it manually, but the work of a moment if you use a decent accounts software package. You must of course keep copies of all your outgoing sales invoices and all your incoming purchase invoices, the VAT inspector will eventually want to see them.

When you’ve arrived at these two values you should enter them on your quarterly VAT return which will have been sent to you in the post. Post this form off when it’s completed and make sure it arrives with HMRC by the last working day of the month following the end of your VAT quarter. If you are paying by cheque then you may as well include it with your VAT return. You are of course at the mercy of the Royal Mail and if your return or payment arrives late it’s no excuse to blame the postal system, HMRC will blame you!

HMRC are now trying to persuade all businesses to file their VAT returns on line and to pay by BACS. This is very sensible and saves you work. You need to register on their website and they will send you a user name and password (this will be very complex and impossible to remember); you can then call up the appropriate page on their site and enter your figures there rather than have to fill in the paper VAT return. You can then pay by BACS when you’re ready, bearing in mind you should get a further 7 calendar days from the end of the month in which to pay.

You can sign up at: https://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/SecurityWebApp/security/sis/begin.do

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk


The Nigel Hastilow Column

Boo!   UKIP go trick-or-treating

Nigel HastilowThe UK Independence Party keeps popping out from behind a tree and going “BOO!” to David Cameron. It’s a problem the Tory leader could do without. The defection of various Eurosceptic Tories to UKIP is the latest example of the party’s knack of irritating the Tories.

A few weeks ago I met Lord Pearson of Rannoch, one of the defectors. It was clear then he was on the move. His view is that we are better off out of the EU and he can marshal an impressive barrage of statistics, quotes and other evidence to support his case. His switch to UKIP, with ex-Tory Peer Lord Willoughby de Broke and Prof Tim Congdon, received excessive attention – it’s manna to the BBC which loves nothing more than reporting rows among anti-EU politicians.

The defectors want to force Cameron to make his party more Euro-sceptic. But the Tory leader has learned from past mistakes. For two decades Europe has caused nothing but trouble inside the party – though nobody else can understand what on earth they are playing at.

Cameron has taken the perfectly reasonable view that it’s better to talk about issues most people care most about –schools, hospitals, crime, social deprivation and the environment to name a few. All the Tories’ noisy Eurosceptics do is provide succour to their enemies in UKIP. While Eurosceptics claim the two parties have so much in common they ought to work together, UKIP’s real aim in life is to undermine the Conservatives at every opportunity.

The party, dismissed by Cameron as “fruitcakes, loonies and closet racists, mostly”, denies its aim is to torpedo the Tories. But UKIP is only significant as a national political party to the extent that it can kybosh the Conservatives. That’s why it jumps up and down rubbing its hands with glee when a couple of Who-he? Peers abandon Cameron. But even if their only political impact (apart from the farce over Robert Kilroy-Silk and UKIP’s gullibility in ever entertaining the permatanned self-publicist) is as an irritant, that doesn’t mean the Tories can dismiss them.

On the face of it, UKIP did very badly at the last General Election. Yet if their votes (plus the few hundred cast for Kilroy-Silk’s Veritas party) had otherwise gone to the Tories, they would have won an extra 27 seats. Five of these were in the West Midlands. Stourbridge, Burton, Solihull, Staffordshire Moorlands and Warwick and Leamington would all have been taken by the Tories if UKIP hadn’t intervened. For a party which claims to want a “centre-right” coalition (a very European concept, if you ask me) against the left, it’s an odd way of going about the process of peace and reconciliation with the Tories.

Now UKIP is leap out at Cameron and his candidates and going “BOO!” BOO means Better Off Out – the war cry of confirmed Eurosceptics everywhere. If a Tory candidate is prepared to sign up to UKIP’s Better Off Out campaign, the party won’t fight her* at the next General Election. It’s a tempting offer for at least 27 Tories in highly marginal seats. Not to mention quite a few MPs defending wafer-thin majorities and many more candidates facing bigger Labour majorities. For such people, every vote counts and if a BOO-deal with UKIP delivered, say, 1,000 voters per seat, there would be some Conservatives very tempted to sign up to the idea that we might be better off out of the EU.

It is, after all, what a good proportion of Tories think anyway. Even so, it’s what the sports commentators insist on calling “a big ask”. The voters are not convinced we should be out of the EU. Even those who are not great fans of the EU are unwilling to take such an extreme position. They don’t like zeal and dogma – and UKIP is nothing if not dogmatic and zealous. Most people want moderation and proportion. Cameron is offering it to them. It’s quite possible that for every vote UKIP can deliver a Conservative candidate, there is another voter who would defect to the Lib Dems.

That illustrates the difference between UKIP and the Conservatives. The former is really a highly-motivated, highly principled pressure group of the sort this country needs. The Conservatives are practical politicians of the centre right of the sort the country also needs.

It’s a pity they can’t work out a way of agreeing to live alongside each other. *She because since Cameron’s A list of candidates was imposed, blokes don’t get a look in.

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


Grumpy Old Man Comments

Reality or just Cheap TV

It must be the season for Reality TV. Saturday night viewing this week includes Celebrity Big Brother & The Two of Us. Not long ago, we were also treated to I’m a Celebrity & Strictly Come Dancing, and earlier in the year real Big Brother etc etc.

We have been watching Big Brother for many years now and still we are glued, as a nation, to the TV and phone lines. Do we realize in the 30 minute daily show, we are shown between 1 and 2% of the day’s activity, any good editor can make a 30 minute controversial show with 24 hours of tape (and that is just from 1 camera!). If you need a good example read Ben Elton’s ‘Dead Famous’ a novel written around BB, trust me its very funny too.

All the celebrity shows are full of A list Celeb’s NOT. Let us look at last years Celeb Big Bro, the winner was a member of the public pretending to be a celeb. And this year a celeb entering the house is Jade Goody famous for being on BB3 in 2002.

And I’m a celebrity, what a surprise Matt Willis the winner released a single the week the show ended, similar to Peter Andre a few years back. Myleene Klass, very pretty but she was a winner on Pop Stars another reality pop show.

I’m sure as a kid there were ‘good’ TV programmes Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Sweeny, Love Thy Neighbour and Bless This House to name a few. Real actors (mostly) real story lines, even the puppets smoked (how un PC).

Maybe when the BBC is privatised (as per Nigel’s column) they will invest in real good entertainment instead of sticking news readers, 1970’s pop stars and members of the public through what can only be described a vicious bullying, and that’s just Strictly Come Dancing. But all in the name of viewing figures & charity eh?

Regards

Grumpy Old Man


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Henley Crime Report
Police
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.

BURGLARY COMMERCIAL AND OTHER BUILDING
BURGLARY DWELLING.

Prior to 0430 hours on 15th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a public house on Alcester Road, Wythall. They then gained entry by smashing a window. Once inside they have attacked two gaming machines and stolen the money hopper.
Incident number 55 of 15th January 07 refers.

BURGLARY COMMERCIAL AND OTHER BUILDING
Between 1750 hours on 15th January and 0715 hours on 16th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Saddle Bow Lane, Claverdon. They then gained entry to the grounds by using a generator to open the electric gate. Once inside a large quantity of items were stolen.
Incident number 64 of 16th January 07 refers.

AUTOCRIME
Between 0130 hours and 0500 hours on 14th January 07 unknown offender/s have approached a property on Pennyford Lane, Wootton Wawen and stolen an off road motorbike.
Incident number 198 of 14th January 07 refers.

THEFT
Between 2300 hours on 22nd December and 1000 hours on 23rd December 06 unknown offender/s have approached a farm on Henley Road, Claverdon and removed two stone acorns from the gate posts.
Incident number 137 of 10th January 07 refers.

Between 1930 hours on 11th January and 0815 hours on 12th January 07 unknown offender/s have approached a property on Earlswood Common and stolen a pale blue Ifor Williams twin axle horse box.
Incident number 392 of 12th January 07 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 13th January and 0800 hours on 15th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. They have then gained entry and made a search of the glove box.
Incident number 389 of 15th January 07 refers.

HENLEY POLICE SURGERY
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 24th January  between 11 am – 1 pm
Wednesday  7th February between 11 am – 1 pm
Wednesday 21st February between 11 am – 1 pm

BE AWARE
The definition of anti-social behaviour in Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 – “behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people who are not in the same household as the perpetrator”.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) can therefore cover a wide range of activities, from those that cause minor nuisance or irritation to major incidents of harassment, threats or actual acts of violence.

Individual incidents of ASB may be dealt with by means of Warning Letters, ABCs and ASBOs.

If you feel affected by ASB please contact Kully Takhar on 01789 260123 kully.takhar@stratford-dc.gov.uk or your local CBO/PCSO

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.

CRIMESTOPPERS
If you did have information regarding the displayed incidents, but for whatever reason do not wish to contact the police directly, then you can ring 0800 555 111 and give the information to the Crimestoppers Charity. Crimestoppers will then pass the information to the Police without revealing any details of the caller. You may also receive a reward.

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

HENLEY, SNITTERFIELD AND TANWORTH COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM


Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet  

Saving Energy in the home
South Warwickshire Energy Efficiency Project  (SWEEP) will be at a stall on Henley Market on Weds 24th Jan giving free advice on how to save energy/reduce gas & electricity bills. Pay them a visit and chat things over, see what help they can give you about home insulation, grants, etc.

Would 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:

makehenleygreener@yahoo.co.uk

Car share, but not as much as in the picture. 

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

SDC

 

 


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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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: stjohnnews@btinternet.com. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
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.

W.R.V.S. MEALS ON WHEELS/LUNCH CLUB
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

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
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.
HENLEY IN ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
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.
Bowls ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
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.
Neighbour WatchNEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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
Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
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
Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN
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
Bridge ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
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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