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Edition 142 - 8th February 2007
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Pudding Club raises £895 for SK8 CRU

Peter Crathorne explains the proceedings.

39 healthy appetites assembled on Friday 2nd February to sample, assess and acclaim the cooking skills of Henley’s premier league caterer. The fourth successful Pudding Club, in support of Henley SK8 CRU received the acclaim of all who attended.

Following a light first course, the diners were treated to a panoply of powerful, passionate, perfect puds, served in a delightful setting. Everyone enjoyed the recipe of excellent food, friendly and funny conversation, in a truly relaxed atmosphere.

First the sweet of Italy, Tiramisu, described as “absolutely gorgeous, the best I’ve ever tasted” by an appreciative diner. The second took us back to our school days, Jam Roly Poly. This was a pudding, but not as we remembered it. “a proletarian delight, aroma of classrooms enveloped in a nostalgic sauce” claimed one. This nostalgia was replaced by the exotic Mandarin Orange Cheesecake served with Grand Marnier Sauce. “liked the sharpness of the sauce to offset the cheesecake sweetness”.

There followed a much needed break with raffle. Second wind gained, the marathon munch continued with Lemon Chiffon Gateau and traditional Apple Pie. This was served as the winner of all three previous events. At this point the club members were taking longer to judge the superb sweets. We staggered to the finish line with Sue’s recipe, Chocolate Pudding with Hot Chocolate Sauce. “Saved the best ‘till last” commented one replete observer.

Then came the judging; with “Master Chef” intensity the members assessed and considered their verdict. Apple Pie was toppled from its previously unassailable supremacy, the top prize going to Italy. Tiramisu was the queen of puddings.

An evening to remember concluded with acclaim and appreciation of Sue, Brian and Sarah who had worked so hard to give us a fantastic evening. The SK8 CRU benefited to the magnificent sum of £895, which will help towards the maintenance and improvement of the Skate Area in Henley.

Huge thanks to everyone who attended.

Peter Crathorne - Reporting
Bill Leech - Photos

Peter Crathorne's Table.

Sue Dalby and Brian Westmacott keep the puddings coming.

Has anyone seen Oliver Twist?

Peter Crathorne tucks in to his 5th Pudding!

Joy Williams with friends from Solihull.

"Just a small one please. I've already had four!"

A Question of Taste





As a regular reader of Henley NEWS On-line, I have taken a photograph this week which I hope you will publish.

An advertising sign has been placed in the centre of the pavement in the historic part of the High Street. Should the Lord's Waste be obstructed in this way?

It is yet another eyesore, like the new sign over the fish and chip shop.

If these tasteless advertising signs are allowed to continue, what will become of our beloved High Street?


Name Withheld
A Henley Resident

Jonathan Dovey's History of Henley Series

The Parks of Henley

The town of Henley was literally surrounded by parks in the middle ages. To the East was the Little Park and Castle while to the North and West was the Great Park of Henley.

Parks were created in order to keep deer and other forms of animal within the lord’s lands. They would often contain woodland, grassland, fishponds, rabbit warrens and a stud farm for horses. The boundaries of the park would have to be substantial in order to keep in the deer.

Fences of tall oak stakes and hedges with high banks and ditches were in constant need of repair. A parker was employed to look after the park and a lodge was often built for him within the park.

The Great Park and Little Park


Replica of a Park Pale


In a Fine roll of 1240 between Peter de Montfort’s attorney and Brice of Henley it states that ‘Brice and his heirs should go once a year with Peter de Montfort and his heirs to chase in their wood in Warwickshire’. Ten years later Peter was granted a charter of Freewarren in all his lands including Henley and Beaudesert. In 1296 a park is mentioned in the extent of John de Montfort’s lands in Henley. Also in 1296 the park of Edmunde de Stafford in Henley was broken into and hunted in carrying away his deer. Thirty years later in 1326 there is mention of a messuage called Parksshepene and 300 acres of wood within the Great Park.

The Account Roll of John Chamberleyn, Constable of the Castle in 1411 gives us a more detailed glimpse of the parks. 53s 4d was received of the pasture of the Great Park, and the same amount was received for the Park of Beaudesert. Repairs were done to the castle portico by using timber from the parks. The hedges within the park were in need of repair as were the palings around the park and a padlock bought for the door. John Chamberleyn was also paid as the parker of the Beaudesert Park while John Ive was parker of the Great Park.

The herbage of the Little Park was valued at £6 in 1487 and was retained in the king’s hands for the support of his colts and mares and was called the stud. Between 1477 and 1547 there was a Master of the Hunt, Master of the Game and a Keeper of the Parks. When they were disparked in 1547, the Great Park was let for £26 13s 4d and the Little Park for £19. In a survey of 1608 the Little Park was described as being of approximately 200acres, fenced with spikes and ditches but not technically empaled.

Specially constructed rabbit warrens were popular in the 13th century and streams were diverted and dams built to create large fishponds. The 1608 survey mentions a rabbit warren while the outline of the large fishpond can still be seen today.

Within the Little Park in 1608 there was barn and lodge of three bays. Perhaps the building shown on the 1695 map of the former Park is the lodge mentioned. In 1682 all the land situated in Beaudesert and Henley that were formerly imparked and known as Henley Park were sold off by Thomas Spencer and Alice Franck to Richard Holmes, John Morrell, Simon Kempson, John Hopkins, Thomas Payn and Richard Bartlam for £4357 10s. The lands were then divided between the six. We know that Richard Holmes’ lands included Bromley Meadow and The Great Rail, Park Hill as he released them to John Ferrers in 1720.    

'The Map of Henley Park' (Little Park) 1695

More Rare Old Treasures at the Heritage Centre

The Complete Series in One Volume

The complete History of Henley Series by Jonathan Dovey is now available as a download from The Henley-in-Arden Gateway Website "This is Henley-in-Arden".

Covering 15 of Jonathan's articles specially written for Henley NEWS On-line, it provides an authoritive insight into some of the little known facts about our town. In this volume, you can read about:

The Birth of Henley & The Rise of the De Montfort’s

Henley’s forgotten market hall

Lord’s Waste

Richard Jago – Beaudesert’s Poet

Elizabeth De Montacute née Montfort

Sir John Byng’s visits to Henley

William de Montfort dean of St Pauls

Lost houses of Henley

A knight’s tale - Peter de Montfort

A roman & saxon Beaudesert?

The strange case of Joan de Cruddeshale

Henley’s market cross

The town crier

Henley’s medieval hospital

The park’s of Henley

Download History of Henley Series by Jonathan Dovey

College Fashion Show for Comic Relief

“This Indenture made the sixth day of April in the third year of the reign of our sovereign lady Anne by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland Queen defender of the faith Anno Domini 1704 ………”

So begins the oldest of the thirty-odd documents which were given to the Heritage Centre last year. Here, Pam Kearsley, who has been updating and expanding the Centre’s archived documents, and Centre trustee Ray Holding get to grips with some of the beautiful handwriting on one of these documents.

During the last four months some time and effort, with professional help, has gone into understanding and listing the content of these documents in the form of an easily-accessed index: that work continues.

What is really interesting about them is the frequent mention of famous Henley names – various Hoitts (owner-occupiers of Joseph Hardy House in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and former High Bailiffs); William James, the railway man commemorated in the Centre’s Trade Room and on the plaque on the wall of Yew Trees; John Hannett, nineteenth century postmaster, stationer and High Bailiff, and many other individuals.

The technical content of the documents is perhaps less exciting: they are mostly about properties and mortgages on local properties – but the actual properties are in general not named. The documents are all in excellent condition and illustrate the style of recording – the writing and the language - used in legal documents between 100 and 300 years ago. We have a duty to look after them.

The Heritage Centre opens for its season on Easter Monday, 9th April and Ray Holding (telephone 792512) would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to join the stewards’ team this year.

Sports Shed Watch

Students at Warwickshire College are holding a fund-raising fashion show for Comic Relief. The event will be held at the Henley-in-Arden Centre in Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden, on Friday, March 16, from 6pm.

Sharon Enstone, Hair and Beauty Technician, who has organised the event with health and fitness manager Helen Pennells, said: “It’s going to be high street fashion and fashion we have created in the college.

“We have had clothes on show at the Clothes Show Live for the last two years and it will be that collection that will be going down the catwalk. The hair and beauty students will be doing the hair and make up of the models on the catwalk. The models will be students and staff. A lot of the girls who have created their own clothes will want to show them but we are looking for male models and we have got some of the staff who are happy to model too.”

The college students’ own designs will include corsetry, millinery, and clothes influenced by casino fashions, the stage show Oklahoma, and Royal Ascot. The high street retailers whose clothes will be modeled have yet to be confirmed, but it is hoped they will include some sports retailers, as the college also runs lots of sports courses.

Theatrical make-up design students will be doing body painting and will be demonstrating stage make-up work. It is also hoped to have someone in to do nail art, a perfume stand and an ethnic jewellery stand.

Tickets, priced at £6 for adults and £3 for children aged 12 and under, are available from Student Services at the college, or any member of the student association.

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

The Stratford District Councils Planning Department's website still does not show an application for the sports shed on the side of the A3400 from Warwickshire College.

This delay in lodging the application, may have been caused because the College has recognised the stiff opposition in the community to this unsightly development. As a result, the college is probably reviewing the plans for its high profile PR campaign and may be voting extra funds to this campaign.

It is surprising that the College's very active press office has not responded to the adverse comments in Henley NEWS On-line.

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'


Be Vigilant or the south side of Henley will be ruined for ever.

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Court Leet and Court Baron

John Garner's Business Column

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


The Court Leet Garden Project Committee invites you to its
Winter Garden Party

Following on from last year’s very successful Forties Evening, the Court Leet Garden Committee have organised a Winter Garden Party at the Memorial Hall for 7.30 pm on Saturday, 24 March.

This will give you an opportunity to wear your gardening gear before you really need it in the spring and summer! There will be a two course supper at 8.00 pm followed by entertainment by Malcolm Stent, one of the Midland’s most popular comedians. A bar will be available throughout the evening. It represents good value for money at £15 a ticket.

These are going quickly, so contact John Love at the Vanity Box (792773), Marijana Bainbridge (794987) or Sue Bridgewater (793633) to make sure you are there.

Work on future Court Leet events continues to occupy the officers of the Court. We hope for a very good turnout for Civic Sunday, on 27th May. The Court’s next business meeting is on April 4th and if any resident wishes to bring to the attention of the Court any matter of general interest to the town the High Bailiff would be very pleased to hear from them.


During a short lull in activities the High Bailiff’s robe is being re-trimmed. The fur was beginning to detach itself and one or two people had suggested that this might be the onset of miximatosis. When the fur was removed one or two very neat round holes, right over the heart of the wearer, came to light. There is now speculation about these being evidence of an assassination attempt on a former High Bailiff!

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

To Read Previous Editions Back to 29th October 2004       Click Here

The Nigel Hastilow Column

VAT 5 – more VAT complexities

John GarnerLast week we were looking at the various VAT schemes. Continuing this theme we next have Retail schemes. They are:

•the Point of Sale scheme
•two Apportionment schemes and
•two Direct Calculation schemes.

Anyone selling direct to the public may find it difficult to issue a VAT invoice for each sale. The retail schemes are intended to help with this. The main benefits are that they provide an alternative to standard VAT accounting rules and the retailer does not have to issue VAT invoices unless a customer asks for one.

A retailer can use these schemes to arrive at the value of their taxable retail sales and determine the proportions that are taxable at the different rates of VAT. Each scheme has a turnover limit. They can be used together with the annual accounting scheme and there is also a retail version of the flat rate scheme.

With me so far? Please try and stay awake.

Many shops sell a variety of goods to which different VAT rates apply. For example a grocery shop will sell food that is zero rated, alcoholic drinks that are standard rated (17½% VAT) and postage stamps which are exempt. A shop might also sell cold sandwiches which are zero rated and hot sandwiches which are standard rated.

With this level of complexity it’s difficult for the shop keeper to accurately record the correct VAT for each sale item.

A retailer can use the Point of Sale scheme if he chooses to have an expensive computerised till system which is capable of distinguishing between goods sold at different rates of VAT or if he uses separate tills for different VAT rates. He calculates his output tax as a percentage of his gross takings.

Under the first Apportionment scheme the retailer calculates the value of his purchases for resale at different rates of VAT and applies the proportions of those purchase values to his sales. So, if 50% of the value of his goods purchased for retail sale are standard-rated, then 50% of his takings are treated as standard-rated. His VAT exclusive annual turnover must be under £1 million.

The Direct Calculation scheme is also for businesses with a tax exclusive turnover not exceeding £1 million. Under this scheme the retailer calculates the Expected Selling Price of goods for retail sale at one or more rates of VAT so that he can calculate the proportion of his takings on which VAT is due. This is normally calculated on the selling price of the goods at the rate of VAT which forms the smallest proportion of his retail sales. If you sell goods at 3 different VAT rates then forget it.

There is another Apportionment scheme and another Direct Calculation scheme but these are for large retailers with a turnover up to £100million so I won’t go into them here.

I think that’s enough for this week, hope you’re still with me. Click here for more details.

Do consult your accountant before you adopt any of these schemes.

John Garner

Nigel HastilowGrumpy Old Man Comments

White trash and red herrings

Jade Goody is a victim. It’s not her fault she’s pig-ignorant – that’s the fault of our abominable education system. If she can’t read this, blame a teacher. It’s not her fault she’s crass, obnoxious, dim, dull, inarticulate, illiterate; a boring and bad-tempered bully. I blame the parents. And it’s not her fault she was enticed into the Big Brother house for one reason and one reason only – so that the rest of us could enjoy our sense of superiority as we gawped at her pathetic antics. She was set up.

If Big Brother can’t engineer sex in public between the inmates of this freak show, it must ensure there’s plenty of conflict. That’s what the show is all about – placing vulnerable and dumb people in stressful situations and pushing them until someone breaks.

It’s what passes for entertainment on the telly these days. It’s why we watch. To be thrilled by the latest outrage involving people we may have heard of, vaguely recognise but don’t care about one way or the other.

Ken Russell? Leo Sayer? Jermaine Jackson? Not celebrities; scarcely even has-beens. Just dull characters from the passing show that keeps us all from doing anything constructive with our evenings. Jade is the same only worse. Famous for being infamous, the programme-makers knew from the outset that parachuting her into “celebrity” Big Brother would be like dropping a nasty smell into a lift. So she becomes bully-in-chief, aided by two other chavettes who have slightly greater claims to fame but are as intellectually-challenged as Jade herself.

Jo O’Mera, the S Club 7 singer, and Danielle Lloyd, the “mog’l”, were delighted to join in the persecution of Shilpa Shetti. Not surprising, really – Essex girls always stick together. They ganged up on Shilpa, who has single-handedly demonstrated India’s superiority over the country Britain has now become. The ex-England captain Nasser Hussein once said India possessed the soul of cricket. It now possesses the soul of old-fashioned, decent Englishness of the sort which has plainly died out in this country.

The international scandal of “Big Brother” – as overblown as everything else about that tawdry little TV show – demonstrates India’s superiority over this country. Shilpa , the ultimate winner, was calm, dignified, intelligent, well-spoken not to mention highly attractive. This is in contrast to her tormentors, the coven led by Jade.

Of course Shilpa (left) is not typical of the young women of India any more than Jade, Jo and Danielle represent our own young women. Alas, it will take a long time to overcome the bad smell the trio left behind in the Big Brother house. Yet Jade is a victim and Shipa is not entirely innocent. The Bollywood actress knew what she was letting herself in for when she agreed to take part in the show. We must assume she saw it as a good career move. A way of raising her profile in a new market. An opportunity to move beyond the confines of the Indian film industry.

Nobody can go on Big Brother” without knowing very well they are letting themselves in for several cruelly-devised forms of humiliation. They go anyway but let’s not feel sorry for them. As for racism, unpleasant though they undoubtedly were, the comments passed by the three witches were scarcely worth whipping up into an international incident. Jermaine Jackson not unreasonably referred to Jade Goody as “white trash” at one point. Nobody made a fuss about that, mainly because he was right. Judged by the same standards as Jade, Jo and Danielle, he was being racist. But with his own pigmentally-challenged brother Michael Jackson in mind, he could probably argue he’s no racist –some of his best friends are white.

The whole row is a classic media storm. TV pictures of Indians burning effigies of the “Big Brother” producer were a put up job by camera crews looking for something to justify the huge expense of covering Chancellor Gordon Brown’s trip abroad. Politicians who should know better were wound up to opine on the issue because that was all the media was interested in and if they wanted to get their faces on the telly and their names in the paper, they had to play along.

For Jade Goody, though, it is serious. It may make her even more than the 25th most “inferential” woman in Britain but the price is that she will forever be known as the country’s number one racist bigot. It’s ridiculous and cruel. She has been tormented like a dumb animal. Money may not be compensation enough for being manipulated into becoming the most despised female in the country. Yes, she’s a nasty piece of work. So are lots of other women like her. But they are not paraded across our TV screens night after night, duped into thinking they are something they are not, publicly humiliated, then abandoned.

I know Channel 4 is supposed to have been swamped with complaints and I know the eviction vote against Jade was overwhelming. But I am disinclined to believe anything the TV company says just as I am reluctant to think Jade Goody’s “racist bullying” was all that bad.

England’s Bill of Rights bans the use of “cruel and unusual punishment” yet that is precisely what is being meted out to Jade Goody.

And as Shilpa enjoys her new-found fame, let's not forget - she couldn't have done it without Jade.

Nigel Hastilow      

District Council Information

How Not To Cross The Road

Recently I have been witness to may acts of people crossing the road, nothing unusual there I can here you mumbling. But young adults (or teenagers as I was called back in 1900 and fallen asleep) don’t seem to worry about what havoc they cause when they just step out.

Our wonderful public servants have spent some of our council tax on pedestrian crossings. There are now two on the high street by the church and four at the traffic lights (which still need to be sorted !). Can the police, or which ever body is responsible, get into the schools and try to educate the kids, not only the infant and juniors, but the high school and the college too, on how to use the crossings safely.

The attitude now seems to be let’s just walk out and the car will stop! But to purposely step out when cars are coming is dangerous. As the pedestrian lights turn from safe to stop many young adults just walk knowing if anything was to happen, the driver is at fault. Yes, us car drivers should be driving slow enough to stop when something happens, but when the lights change in the car’s favour and it looks safe to start what are we to do?

CCTV may be an idea, if there are persistent offenders, a visit from PC Plod may help. Or it may just highlight which establishment we should target for education. Or maybe PC Plod should be armed with an AK47 to act as a deterrent, it would only take 2 or 3 young adults to be shot and they would all start using the crossings properly. This could be used for adults who don’t know how to cross too.

I know in the sixty’s there were less cars around but I was taught respect for the dangers on the road and respect for car drivers. Now I’m not saying I was perfect, actually I was far from it, but a car hitting a person at 25 – 30 mph makes a mess of the person and the car.

So car drivers please slow down near crossings (you never know what a young adults is going to do) and teenagers PLEASE PLEASE take some responsibility for your actions.


Grumpy Old Man

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet  

We have on DVD the film ‘AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH ’ by Al Gore, available for free loan (£5 refundable deposit). The ‘Not quite president of the United States’ takes a look at climate change and how it can be beaten in a captivating, moving, and entertaining way.

Phone Margaret on 792138 if you would like to borrow the DVD for free.

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

John Stott

Latest JPC Meeting 

At the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 5th February 2007 Members discussed one planning application received, and 19 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:

1. Henley-in-Arden Railway Station.
Members discussed a Progress Report following a meeting with Warwickshire County Council. They were pleased to note that in the Local transport Plan 2006-2011 station improvements are a priority, including improving accessibility, ensuring stations are acceptable to use, and that they are simple to use. They also noted the role of Warwickshire Quality Rail Partnership, which is a partnership between the County Council, Network Rail and the train operating companies, the County Council having access to funds to invest in station improvements. Members were also pleased that there was an acknowledgement that Henley station was in need of enhancement, and that over the next few months options were being considered and costs assessed. The report concluded that Warwickshire County Council and the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council would be working together in achieving their joint aspirations for the station.

2. Allotments.
Following discussion at the last meeting of the Joint Parish Council, a grant had been received from Awards for All of £5,000 for the purpose of improving the whole area of the allotments. Members agreed therefore to proceed with securing and re-fencing the allotments and further enhancing the area by pursuing the possibility of a permanent water supply. They remain determined to see the site regenerated, ensuring that the land would not lie uncultivated, and resolved to support the members of an enthusiastic Allotment Association.

3. Rural Cinema Club.
Members were briefed on a meeting with Stratford District Council on their proposal to introduce a Rural Cinema Club, an initiative that has been successful elsewhere. The purpose is to benefit residents who live in more isolated areas and allowing greater use of village halls. The purchase of equipment would be expected to be funded by the District Council and therefore the expectation is that, even though the venture would need to be self supporting, the costs of tickets would be relatively low and the scheme could possibly be used for fund-raising. Members will await further information from Stratford District Council.

4. Website Progress Report.
Members reviewed the progress of the Joint Parish Council's website. Detailed analysis indicated that performance and utilisation was very good. However it was acknowledged that there was always a need for continuous improvement, particularly to ensure that opportunities for business and tourism were catered for.

5. Responsibility for Leaf Sweeping
Members have been concerned at the danger to the public of not having pathways swept of leaves on the footpaths around the town. It was noted that in the case of the Stratford Road the footpath had become impassable. Members resolved to make Stratford District Council aware of the dangers to public safety.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 19th 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.

Alerts from Trading Standards

Planning Applications - Search on-line at Stratford District Council
Select 'APPLICATION SEARCH' from menu on left. On the next page,
enter the Parish as 'Henley' and put in the date range the last two months and press 'Search'


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Henley Diary Dates

Scams Awareness Month is launched today to highlight the techniques used by scammers to con UK consumers out of £3.5billion each year. In Warwickshire alone in the last 12 months almost 400 people have reported being a target of a scam.

Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service are supporting the campaign that aims to give consumers and businesses in Warwickshire the knowledge and skills they need to recognise, report and help stamp out mass-marketed scams.

Mark Ryder, Head of Warwickshire Trading Standards Service said: “From bogus psychics to fake lotteries, Warwickshire consumers and businesses receive thousands of letters, emails and telephone calls each year from criminal gangs intent on stealing their money and personal and financial information. Advising consumers on how they can recognise and report these scams is one way in which we are trying to reduce the numbers of Warwickshire consumers and businesses that fall victim to these cons. Remember, if an offer seems ‘too good to be true’, it usually is!”

Warwickshire Trading Standards Officers are beginning the month by highlighting two of the most common scams in circulation. The first relates to Spain's largest lottery El Gordo which is run by Loterias y Apuestas de Estado is often used by scammers.

Many Warwickshire consumers have received a scam lottery letter entitled ‘LOTERIA PRIMITIVA’ telling them they have won €615,810 Euros in cash! However, they are expected to fill out a detailed form and reveal personal and financial information such as bank account numbers in order to collect their ‘winning’. Those who do will immediately receive requests for more money to process the claim, and these demands will keep coming until the consumer realises it is a scam. In addition the information may be used to create false identities.

The second relates to a letter or email sent by someone calling themselves Mrs Linda Nkomo who claims to be a refugee living in South Africa. The letter asks for your help to transfer the sum of £8million dollars, for which you will ‘receive’ 30%. Again any one who responds will typically be asks to send money to help the transaction along, until they realise they have been scammed!

Every year one in fifteen people (3.2 million adults) fall victim to scams across the UK. The average amount lost per scam is £850.

Midlands residents make up 15 per cent of all UK scam victims. The Midlands has the highest incidence of miracle health scams in the UK (22 per cent of total targets and victims in the UK), foreign lottery scams (19 per cent), holiday club scams (19 per cent), and prize draw scams (16 per cent). Warwickshire Trading Standards will be supporting the month by distributing information on scams to libraries and other locations and to organisations that represent Warwickshire consumers, businesses and residents. To access this information from your own home visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/scams

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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13th February in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. “Everything in the Garden” by Patti Dawson. Competition: “Cupid’s Bow”.

Thursday 15th February 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Our speaker is Graham Sutherland who will be talking about “The Golden Days of Coaching”.

Meets in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday monthly. Derek Walton is our speaker on Tuesday 20th February showing slides of “Wild About A Garden”. Visitors welcome – only £1.

SHROVE TUESDAY 20th February 2007
A Bring and Share Supper in the Church Hall at 7.00 p.m. Raffle in aid of the Lent Appeal. Do come along to this enjoyable event – just sign up at the back of St. John’s Church as soon as possible. Ring Daphne Jones for further details 01926 843515.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 27th February when Elaine Horton will be talking about Bulbs, Corms and Tubers. We start at 7.45 p.m. for 8.00 p.m. The competition is for “3 Evergreen Shrub Cuttings in a Vase”. Visitors (£1) are always welcome to join us at Ullenhall Village Hall.

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.

WINTER GARDEN PARTY with entertainment by Malcolm Stent is being held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 24th March at 7.30 p.m. for supper at 8.00 p.m. Come in your gardening gear! The evening is being held in aid of the Guild Hall Garden Project. Tickets £15, available from The Vanity Box (792773), Marijana Bainbridge (794987) and Sue Bridgewater (793633). Last year’s Forties Evening was a sell out, so get your tickets early!

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
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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