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Edition 143 - 15th February 2007
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Snow Comes to Henley

About 3 inches of snow fell during Thursday and Friday reminding many of us the real winters we used to have. Our photographers John Love and Dawn Leech recorded the scenes around the town.

Jackson enters BTCC in ex-Priaulx BMW

Reigning SEAT Cupra Champion Mat Jackson from Henley-in-Arden, will graduate to the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2007 with the very same BMW 320si E90 that Andy Priaulx used to win last year's World Touring Car Championship title.

Mat's Jacksons Motorsport team has acquired Priaulx's prized BMW. They are scheduled to give the car its first test at Oulton Park next Wednesday 14 February (Valentine's Day)!

The 25-year-old hopes to make a considerable impact on Britain's biggest motor racing championship when he lines up on the grid for the opening rounds at Brands Hatch on 1 April against the likes of household names Matt Neal and Jason Plato.

Mat, who will once again be backed by Whale Tankers, says: "The BTCC is the pinnacle of British motor sport. I‚ve won in everything I've ever raced, but this will require me to step up another gear in terms of speed, racecraft and technical input into the car. The BTCC is on a different level, with huge public appeal and media exposure, and it's no accident it‚s one of the most watched motor racing championships anywhere in the world. The team and I are now where we‚ve always aimed to be and we are not going to squander this opportunity. We've got a fantastic car at our disposal in the BMW. We're doing it properly and have set ourselves some very high targets. I guess the only unknown is how the car will perform on the Dunlop tyres used in the BTCC, but the only way to find out is to get out there and test before the season begins and we'll begin our programme in the next few weeks."

Mat's move up to the BTCC comes after two seasons of dominating SEAT's hotly-contested Cupra Championship. In 2005 he achieved an unrivalled eight wins to finish runner-up and last year added another 11 victories on his way to the title and the champion's cheque of £100,000.

He adds: "I had really hoped for a drive with SEAT in the BTCC after proving myself in their championships for two seasons but with only two cars in their team there was no opportunity. I wish SEAT well for the forthcoming BTCC season and they must start as favourites with one year already behind them with the Leon. We will only really find out where we are in terms of speed at Brands Hatch on 1 April, but with the new Super 2000 technical regulations and one of the very best cars built to them I am confident we can hit the ground running."

The How the Other Half Loves

Henley-in-Arden Drama Society (HADS) are proud present Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘How the Other Half Loves’ in the Memorial Hall from Weds 4th until Sat 7th April. This is one of Ayckbourn’s classic masterpieces and arguably his funniest play. It has a wonderful plot and contains very clever uses of time and space. It is very definitely not to be missed.

Tickets will be available soon from www.hads.org.uk or the Vanity Box.

Note: This show was originally scheduled for this week, but had to be moved for administrative reasons.

Tony Capps - Drama Correspondent

John Earle & Son on BBC1’s 'To Buy or Not to Buy'

To buy or not to buy was indeed the question in November of last year, when researchers from the popular BBC1 daytime property programme walked through the doors of John Earle & Son Estate Agents in Henley in Arden. Searching for their all important “wildcard” property for a family from Solihull, they struck gold with John Earle, who are well known for selling properties with character, style and location that home-buyers adore.

Mr Dean Lomas, was the negotiator involved in assisting “To Buy or Not to Buy” with their quest. Initially, there were three properties for consideration but one particular cottage quaintly named “The Cot” in the picturesque village of Great Packington, caught the researchers eye. This charming home had something special, which – despite being an unusual choice for the purchasers in question – just had to be considered alongside other properties that looked good on paper.

Members of the public and estate agents alike, may well assume that property based reality TV shows are simply set up in advance but all of us here at John Earle now know that this is not the case, and so do Mr & Mrs Tirebuck who with a little help from us, found their dream home on To Buy or Not to Buy!

The Tirebucks fell in love with the grade II listed cottage as soon as they stepped inside, despite it being quite different from their original idea of what was right for them. Its location and individuality made is a very rare find, and a wealth of original features dating back to the 16th century plus lots of flexible accommodation created the perfect mix.

Feeling it was a home not to be missed, the asking price was offered and accepted, making a very successful day for all parties. The all-important legally binding contracts were exchanged in early January in good time for the programme’s airing and negotiator Dean Lomas’ television debut on 6th February 2007.

“The Cot” has made history for all the right reasons in the Warwickshire world of estate agency. Who would have thought the in John Earle & Son’s window lay the “wildcard” winner that would prove to be a perfect family home and dispel any cynical views about reality television that local estate agents’ may have held!

Becky Burman from John Earle - Reporting

Government Road Tax Proposal

Last week we circulated our registered readers and suggested that they might wish to sign up on the 10 Downing Street Petition Site. Over 1 million have now signed up.

We received one email from John Johnson supporting the Governments proposition, in his personal capacity and not as a director of Johnsons Coaches.

John wrote:

We, and indeed the world, can’t just bury our heads in the sand and expect to be able to just run around everywhere in our nice cars without paying the price. The cost of running a car is ridiculously low and just encourages “ The car is king” philosophy.

In 20 years time, we will see how lucky we were between the 80’s and into 2010… having complete freedom to buy whatever we like, go wherever we like, whenever we like, even with just one person in the car and in big flash cars that do 15 miles to a gallon…

We have to get real !.... That ‘s all from me except …buy a bike, walk or get on the bus or train!!

We also received emails from a number of readers saying they had already signed up, including this one from Brian.

Too late! Done it already!

By the way, the frequency that requests to register protests on various petitions has grown and I can see the Government realising they have set themselves up for the internet uprising they will have created.

Mark my words, this facility will be dropped soon!

Whilst on the subject of petitions, there is another petition on the 10 Downing Street site which is worthy of support.

The 'patriots' in our beloved government are considering axing the Red Arrows to save money, despite the fact they don't cost us much in the grand scheme of things and bring nothing but pride and prestige to the UK.

To support this petition go to Save The Reds

Trekking into the Grand Canyon for a Good Cause

In June this year, Rebecca Curtis who lives in Henley will be spending 10 days trekking into the heart of the Grand Canyon in America to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust (registered charity number 700859). This will involve walking for up to 7 hours a day covering more than 100km in intense heat through the Havasupai Indian Reservation. There will be about 20 in the party, including a Central TV News team led by Joanne Malin.

Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust provides support to around 500 life-limited children and their families across the West Midlands and surrounding counties. The vital network of care is provided through 3 hospices in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester and a community support team. Each 10-bed hospice provides emergency, respite and terminal care as well as special support for siblings and the extended family. Each day it costs £450 per bed to provide the specialist care and support that every Acorns child requires as well as £225 a day to provide a community team member to visit and give practical and emotional support to Acorns children and families at home. For more information on the charity you can log on to their website which is www.acorns.org.uk

In taking part in this challenge, Rebecca has committed to raising £3,750. She is contributing the amount that it actually costs for her to do the challenge, however the more Rebecca can raise in donations for the charity, the more benefit it will give to the children and families it supports.

Sadly, it is a fact that whilst Rebecca is away one Acorns child will die.

Rebecca is running a number of fundraising events, one of which is taking place on Friday 23rd February in the Memorial Hall in Henley-in-Arden – Henley Extravaganza. The event hosted by Radio WM’s Les Ross promises to be a fantastic night of musical entertainment.

For further details and tickets please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca on 07702 629147.

Alternatively, if you would like to support her in this challenge to help provide a better quality of life for as many children as possible, please visit: www.justgiving.com/rebeccacurtis

It's Marathon time for The Incredibles!!

Yes indeed!...Anne and John Johnson, alias "Mr and Mrs Incredible" are running the London Marathon on Sunday April 22nd this year...and yes you've guessed it, they need your help! Many of you may have seen them, (dressed as normal runners of course!) pounding the roads around Henley and Wootton, brushing up on their 'super-human' speed!

Mrs Incredible is well known for her 'Elastigirl' properties and will be at 'full stretch' to complete the course, hopefully in around 4 hours. (Her very first Marathon) Mr Incredible, will need all his powers of formidable strength to keep up with her!

They are raising much needed funds for the official Breast Cancer and Cancer Research charities and they would really appreciate it if you could help them on their way! Donations, whether small or large would be very much appreciated! We hope you will agree that it is a really worthwhile cause because no doubt we all know someone who has suffered with this terrible disease.

If you can help, could you please make cheques payable to 'Jonathan Johnson' and send them to them at Johnsons Coaches, Liveridge House, Liveridge Hill, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6BN. Their target is to raise at least as much as John did in 2005 (£5,500) so they really do hope to hear from you.

Finally, look out for them on the TV on Sunday April 22nd

They should be easily noticeable!!

Spa's Valentine treat package

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching why not book a relaxing spa treatment you can enjoy with your partner. Or, keep the romance going all month with a special package which is on offer for the whole of February at The Spa in Henley-in-Arden. You can relax with your partner in The Spa’s beautiful surroundings and enjoy the luxurious facilities provided in the Regency Grade II listed mansion, with views over rolling countryside.

If you book the special Valentine Treat package, the day starts with an Egyptian Rasul treatment, which is a shared experience in the aromatic steam chamber involving therapeutic mineral mud and a salt scrub. After that couples can drift away together on the two treatment beds in The Spa’s VIP room, while both enjoy a therapeutic back massage with our Elemis Exotic Frangipani Oil.

To finish this experience relax and enjoy complimentary chocolate hearts. If you book now you will receive a Home Spa Body Travel Gift Pack FREE (subject to availability, one per couple).

Spa Manager Kerry Shemmans said: “By sharing a relaxing treatment couples can keep the romance of Valentine’s Day going all month at The Spa.” This package is available during February and costs £99 per couple.

For more information call The Spa at Henley-in-Arden on 01564 797833 or email enquiries@henleyspa.co.uk


Sports Shed Watch

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.

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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


The High Bailiff wishes to thank very sincerely those High Street businesses who have generously supported the Court by donating a handsome selection of prizes for the raffle at the Court Leet Ball, 24th February .

They are: John Dukes Stationers and Printers; Matricardi’s Bar & Restaurant; Mills Butchers & Delicatessen; Somerfield Stores; Structures Hair Design and Torquil Pottery and the Gallery Upstairs. Several private gifts, including several from Court Leet members, have also been received. These gifts will help things to go with a swing and a donation from this event will go to St Basil’s shelter in Birmingham.

Tickets for the Garden Project’s Winter Garden Party on Saturday 24 March have sold like hot cakes but there may be a few left for late bookers. Contact John Love at the Vanity Box (792773), Marijana Bainbridge (794987) or Sue Bridgewater (793633).

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

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John Garner's Business Column

VAT 6 – just one more complexity

John GarnerI suspect you’re all pretty fed up with this subject by now, but there is just one more thing I should mention – Partial Exemption.

Imagine a situation where a business sells some goods and services which are subject to VAT plus some which are VAT exempt (which means that the latter are completely outside the VAT calculation). In this case the exempt sales do not count towards the VAT threshold (£61,000 over which you must be VAT registered) and you can’t reclaim VAT on any purchases relating to these exempt sales.

If your exempt sales are greater than a certain proportion of your total sales then you will find you can’t reclaim VAT spent on any expenditure during that year except for supplies directly related to standard rated sales. If this happens you will finish the year owing the VAT man some money for the VAT you reclaimed that you shouldn’t have. The calculations are done at the end of your financial year.

There is a positive side to this though. If your exempt sales are less than a certain proportion of your total sales then you might be able to reclaim VAT on supplies relating to those exempt sales anyway. In that case the VAT man will owe you money.

I’m afraid this is a very simplistic explanation. Please don’t hold me to account in the detail of what I’ve just said, particularly as there are some changes coming which will take effect in April of this year.. It’s something your accountant will tell you about and do the calculations for you. But if you’re a real masochist you can find out more here.

Now for a good rant – and full marks for anyone who has stayed awake thus far.

You have to wonder why our VAT rules have to be so complex. Why is it that our tax system in general continues to get more and more complicated? Is it perhaps to keep bigger and bigger armies of civil servants in work? Or just that politicians can’t stop meddling?

I often wonder if some government mandarin is determined to keep adding to small businesses’ costs just for the sake of it. The more complex it gets the more it costs to enforce the rules and hence the more it costs to collect the tax. Self defeating surely? A simpler system would help everyone and cost the government (and hence the taxpayer) much less to collect, to say nothing of the saving for businesses. But perhaps I’d better leave the political comments to Nigel Hastilow.

The trouble is: we’ve all been conditioned to accept an increasing tax burden. I received a tax rebate recently and I was really pleased – until I remembered that they were just giving me back what was my money anyway!

Next week, something different, you’ll be relieved to know.

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

High taxation is not high morality

Nigel HastilowThe Birmingham Post recently carried a long article by Zoe Williams of the left-wing Compass think-tank calling for even higher taxes. I felt compelled to reply:

Higher taxes would destroy the British economy once and for all. They would remove the freedom of the individual and submerge us all in a nanny-knows-best statist society from which there would be no escape. From cradle to grave, Big Brother in the form of the Civil Service and the institutions of the State, would take over our lives.

Yet the case put forward by Zoe Williams in favour of even higher taxes, has a certain superficial attraction which is in danger of becoming the politically correct norm. After a decade of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, we have seen the reality of excessive taxation. Record NHS spending means a new round of cuts; record spending on schools means a third of 16-year-olds are virtually illiterate; record Home Office spending means chaos in our courts and prisons.

A decade ago it would have been damaging for Labour to admit its tax-raising plans, but some 70 increases later, Labour has successfully bought off a great deal of opposition to higher taxes. These days even David Cameron’s Conservatives will not be going into a General Election promising tax cuts. They promise, instead, that they will not jeopardise economic growth. To this end they will put "economic stability and fiscal responsibility ahead of tax cuts".

They solemnly swear to "share the proceeds of growth" which means increased public spending, as well as tax cuts. And the Conservative Party is now fighting to protect David Cameron’s three political priorities – the N, the H and the S – from Gordon Brown’s spending cuts. The theory is that if David Cameron is to convince the voters his party has changed, then turning the tables on Labour is as good a way as any.

But as our leaders drift towards a political consensus that higher taxes are not merely acceptable, but desirable, it is worth asking if they are right. It is, after all, the ordinary middle-income majority who have to pay these taxes. As Ms Williams says, the very rich don’t have to because there are plenty of ways around taxation if you can afford to find them. Putting taxes up won’t change that – it will just send more of their money off-shore.

The very poor don’t have to worry about high taxes either, because they are among its main beneficiaries. So it’s the rest of us – and our employers, of course – who must foot the bill for just about everything. Companies pay taxes too. But companies can move elsewhere if taxes get too high. Some have already done so; others threaten to. The CBI believes the jobs drain will get worse if taxes keep rising.

As a nation, we are less and less competitive because of our high business taxes. A decade ago we had one of the most competitive economies in Europe; now it's one of the least. In the long run that means fewer jobs. That, in turn, means ever-higher taxes on those that are left, just to maintain the Government’s income. It’s a vicious circle, making it harder and harder to find Gordon Brown the half-a-trillion pounds a year he wants to spend, as in £516,000,000,000.

Yet Ms Williams still claims higher taxes are a good thing. Actually, people like Polly Toynbee go even further. They start talking about morality. To these people, higher taxes are morally right. It’s as if a tax increase every year were ordained by God and it would be a sin worse than flying to do otherwise than pay up. Tax-lovers claim only the State can spread a happiness into our benighted lives, through the NHS and schools, by building new prisons or by keeping out illegal immigrants.

Yet, when we look at what the Government does with all that money, how can we possibly think it’s being well spent? Vast sums are wasted daily. The Taxpayers’ Alliance claims that Government waste costs us more than £80 billion a year – or £5 a day each. So why should we be happy to part with more? Higher taxes kill the economy; lower taxes stimulate growth. Lower taxes mean we have more money to spend. They encourage businesses to invest, which means more jobs.

And – as was proved in the 1980s, when tax-cutting was thought acceptable – they actually bring in more revenue, because the rich don’t need to protect their money offshore any more. Low taxes are morally much better than high taxes because they offer more people greater freedom. They allow us to take more control of, and responsibility for, our own lives.

They have nothing whatever to do with greed, the common criticism aimed at those who believe in low taxes.

Ms Williams believes her clinching argument is about "social mobility" and there exists some link between "low" taxes and the gap between rich and poor. Social mobility, in the sense of being able to earn a better living than your parents, depends mainly on a decent education. If Ms Williams really wants to know why social mobility has declined drastically since the 1960s, she need look no further than the wicked destruction of the vast majority of the country’s grammar schools. That is the reason why children born into the poorest households are likely to stay there all their lives. That, and the decline of family life – neither of which has anything to do with the level of taxes.

Here in the West Midlands, we are facing three new taxes to pay for transport spending. And council taxes will soar so dinner ladies get to enjoy pay parity with £90,000-a-year bollard cleaners.

Wouldn’t it be nice if somebody remembered that taxes can go down as well as up?

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Bird Flu !

Bird flu has arrived in the UK and is attacking all the wild birds !

What is happening in Norfolk and the rest of the UK?

What is bird flu? And how is it spread ? I’m not a doctor, vet or chemist so as a layman I’m in the hands of the press. Now of course we all believe what is written in the newspapers and what is broadcast by the TV media companies.

But what I find frustrating is the lack of facts. Most of what is reported is conjecture, what someone wants us (the silent majority) to believe without question. The question of whether it came from Hungary or not? Whether the Bernard Mathews company knew it was importing infected meat or not? Who is to blame?

In reality, Bird flu is a naturally occurring disease, which has been around for some time. It’s been in the far east for many years. If you want more details look at www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/facts.htm it’s tough reading (I managed at least the first paragraph) but it does have the facts, which I have to say both the BBC and ITN news seems to lack.

Yes people can get bird flu (H5N1) and there have been reported cases where the disease has been passed from human to human, but these are very infrequent. And most of the cases of humans getting the virus are limited to people who live in close proximity to infected birds and eat meat not fully cooked.

So yes it is right to be careful, and cook all poultry thoroughly and don’t live with or sleep with infected birds. Yes the birds in Norfolk should have been culled and the area sanitized. But why the birds were transported many hundreds of miles to be incinerated and why do the press show disturbing pictures and shock horror reporting? Maybe it’s down to the ratings game again. Come on Mr and Mrs Reporter treat us like adults and give the facts please!


Grumpy Old Man

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New fridge or freezer?

The cost of running our fridge and freezer makes up 1/3rd of our electricity bill. If these appliances were modern low energy ‘A’ rated or ‘A+’ or even ‘A++’ appliances, their energy consumption would be less than half current amounts saving at least £80 per year and about 17,000 bucketfuls of Carbon Dioxide per year. So if you are buying a new fridge or freezer or other appliance, go for an ‘A’ to ‘A++’ rating. The size of fridges and freezers also affects energy consumption and running costs. This means that small ‘A’ rated freezers/fridges use less energy than large A rated appliances so its best to buy the smallest that you can manage with.

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

John Stott

District Council Information

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Alerts from Trading Standards


And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

Trading StandardsSimon Cripwell
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Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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 1100 hours and 1600 hours on 31st January 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Stratford Road, Hockley Heath. They then gained entry by forcing open a side door. An untidy search was made and jewellery and paintings removed from within.
Incident number 335 of 31st January 07 refers.

Between 2300 hours on 10th February and 1100 hours on 11th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a property at The Yew Trees, Henley in Arden. They then stood on a wheelie bin against side of property and forced open a ground floor skylight. No entry gained.
Incident number 239 of 11th February 07 refers.

Between 1430 hours and 1500 hours on 11th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Doctors Hill, Tanworth In Arden. They gained entry by kicking in the back door. Once inside an untidy search has been made and a wallet removed. Offender/s have also stolen black Audi TT motor vehicle.
Incident number 455 of 11th February 07 refers.

At approximately 0430 hours on 12th February 07 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen. They then gained entry by lifting the metal side gate off its hinges. Once inside an untidy search has been made.
Incident number 56 of 12th February 07 refers.

During the evening of 29th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a portacabin at premises on Tanworth Lane, Henley in Arden. They then jemmied open the door and conducted an untidy search.
Incident number 171 of 31st January 07 refers.

Between 0830 hours on 1st February and 0830 hours on 2nd February 07 unknown offender/s approached a farm on Kington Lane, Claverdon. They have then entered a barn and used a crow bar/bodily pressure to force mortice lock on store room door. Once inside they have stolen a Bosch drill and gas powered nail gun.
Incident number 291 of 2nd February 07 refers.

Between 1500 hours on 9th February and 0830 hours on 10th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a detached garage on Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath. They have then forced a window and stolen a Paslode nail gun from within.
Incident number 127 of 12th February 07 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 6th February and 0800 hours on 10th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a garage on Stratford Road, Hockley Heath. They have then smashed window pane to front door and removed several petrol powered garden tools.
Incident number 228 of 10th February 07 refers.

Overnight between 8th and 9th February 07 unknown offender/s have approached business premises in Preston Bagot, Henley in Arden. They have then gained entry by unknown means and removed a quantity of power tools.
Incident number 111 of 9th February 07 refers.

At approximately 1725 hours on 1st February 07 unknown offender/s have stolen a van from Brook End Drive, Henley in Arden. Van left unattended whilst delivery being made.
Incident number 435 of 1st February 07 refers.

Between 1300 hours on 11th February and 1545 hours on 12th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Castle Road, Henley in Arden. They have then used an instrument to scratch the bodywork.
Incident number 438 of 12th February 07 refers.

Between 1750 hours and 1810 hours on 4th January 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Valley Road Layby on Earlswood Lakes. They then gained entry by drilling the rear boot lock and smashing rear off side quarterlight. Once inside they have stolen a quantity of fishing tackle.
Incident number 648 of 4th February 07 refers.

Between 1045 hours and 2300 hours on 5th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a green Ford Mondeo parked on public house car park on Station Road, Claverdon. They have then used an instrument to damage off side front door lock. No entry gained.
Incident number 600 of 5th February 07 refers.

Between 1840 hours and 2025 hours on 5th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a black Volvo Saloon parked on public house car park in Preston Bagot, Henley in Arden. They have then smashed the rear off side window and stolen a Dell laptop computer from back seat.
Incident number 523 of 5th February 07 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 6th February and 1130 hours on 9th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Stratford Road, Hockley Heath. Vehicle had flat battery so central locking not working. Offender/s have then stolen Angel Sat Nav from within.
Incident number 232 of 10th February 07 refers.

Between 0845 hours and 0945 hours on 8th February 07 unknown offender/s have stolen a purple Gemini mountain bike which had been left at junction of Valley Road by Earlswood Lakes.
Incident number 927 of 8th February 07 refers.

Between 1115 hours on 11th February and 0750 hours on 12th February 07 unknown offender/s approached a Suzuki Wagonner disabled car which had been abandoned by owner in flooded ford in Langley. They have then gained entry and stolen radio from dash and a pair of binoculars in leather case.
Incident number 75 of 12th February 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 21st February   between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 7th March       between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 21st March     between 11am – 1pm

The definition of anti-social behaviour in Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 – “behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harrassment, 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 harrassment, 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 inidication 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 it is an offence to let off fireworks after 2300 hours except on Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve.

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.

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


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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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