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Edition 153 - 26th April 2007
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Knife Attack at One Stop

Two members of staff were threatened at knife point when a man tried to force them to open the safe at the One Stop Convenience Store, Henley in Arden, on Sunday April 23.

At about 16:30hrs a man entered the store and after waiting until there were no other customers present, he went to the back of the till area and told a member of staff to "get out the back".

The member of staff did not do as requested at which point the man produced a 10" straight edged knife and ushered two members of staff into the office and told them to open the safe.

The staff could not open the safe as they did not have keys and the man forced open the CCTV machine and stole the tape before making off through the fire exit. Nothing else was stolen and neither member of staff was physically injured.

The offender is described as a white male in his mid 20s, 5' 7" tall with short brown hair. He was wearing a grey or beige coat and had a black scarf covering his mouth. He made off initially in the direction of the railway station.

Police in Stratford would like to hear from anyone who saw the man either entering or leaving the store. Anyone with information is asked to contact Stratford police station on 01926 415000.

Meeting about 2 Buses and a Sports Shed

In a lively and well attended debate on Wednesday April 14th, the merits of Warwickshire College's plans to build a new Sports Hall were discussed. Prior to the meeting, there had been a viewing and explanation of the plans.

It was established early in the proceedings from the floor that talking about the benefits to students and the sporting community that the Sports Hall would provide, although laudable, were not the point of the meeting. It was whether the building was suitable and necessary and met the criteria set down by strict planning guidelines. Many of those present felt that it did not.

The main issues were the size and sitting of the building and whether the new amenities would be not only beneficial to the college students but also available and affordable to the people and sports clubs of Henley.

The debate for the college was lead by Vice-Principal Tony Cooper and Development Director Chris Pagett. Most of the town’s organisations were represented as well as the people living in close proximity to the proposed development. They stressed that they felt they were responsible custodians of the beautiful site the college stood on just as much as those present felt they were custodians of the beauty of the town as a whole. The approach from Stratford would not be spoilt with the screening of the building by existing trees and the burying of the 10 metre high building (two double-decker buses on top of each other) into the contours of the parkland. The view of the landmark White House from the A3400 would not be obstructed. However, further investigation after the meeting showed that the view of the White House would be obstructed from the A3400.

The main concern of those present was summed up by the thought that we had one of the most beautiful High Streets in Europe which could be blighted by an ugly building at the southern entrance just as we were at the northern end. We must make sure this did not happen. We might be re-assured by an artist’s impression of how the hall fitted into the hillside and was screened by the mature trees.

Further concern centred on over-development of what used to be a Greenfield site. Residents might be happier if the college agreed to demolish the existing sports hall when the new facility was complete.

In response to several questions about availability of the Sports Hall for local use, Chris Pagett assured the meeting that they would actively encourage the use and the costs would be in line with local authority sports facility charges. Some of those present felt they could support the proposal if this was the case.

The meeting was advised that the planning application was now with the District Council.

Disappointment was expressed with College's presentation principally because there were no artist's impressions of the structure overlaid on the photographs of the site. Development Director Chris Pagett agreed to have a series of slides produced urgently and to reconvene the meeting in one month's time. Prior to the meeting, these artist's impressions would be published in Henley NEWS On-line. It was confirmed that the new building would be the height of approx two London Double Deck Buses or three Johnsons coaches.

The general consensus opinion by the vast majority of those attending the meeting was that the impact of the proposed building would be far too great and it should be resisted. Development Director Chris Pagett admitted that at the time the College acquired the site, they had no clear strategy of how the site would be used nor what courses would be offered.

All readers are encouraged to attend the reconvened meeting in one month's time. On the present showing, the development should continue to be resisted.

3rd May Local Elections

Voting on 3rd May in the Stratford-on-Avon District local elections will be carried out using 82 polling stations spread around the District, with polling hours being 7.00am to 10.00pm.

18 of the District Council's 53 seats were up for election (although one is uncontested – Stockton and Napton), along with 17 parish and town councils (although only 4 have been contested; Avon Dassett, Clifford Chambers and Milcote, Ladbroke and Napton-on-the Hill, pending withdrawals).

This year Stratford-on-Avon District Council is running a joint pilot with Warwick District Council and the wards of Southam and Fenny Compton will be counted at Leamington Town Hall. Counting will be done electronically in partnership with Software A.G. and Dominion Voting.

The make up of the council on election night, not including the 17 seats being contested, (and the one uncontested) is:

Conservatives - 24 seats
Liberal Democrats - 9 seats
Independents - 2 seats

The count for the District Council election will start on Thursday 3 May after 10pm. The result is expected before 1.00am.

Election stats
The electorate in the Stratford District for the election is 67,900. 16 of the seats were last contested in May 2003, at which turnout was just under 36.99%.

Ex Services Social Club Outing

Last Thursday, 2 coaches with members of the Henley-in-Arden and District Ex Services Social Club left Henley for the Club's annual outing.

This year, we visited Brunel's vast iron ship the 'SS Great Britain' and the Dockyard Museum at Bristol. A guided tour round the exhibits lasted about 2 hours, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We left Bristol, and had a three course lunch at the Toby Carvery at Higham.

In the afternoon we visited the 'Three Choirs Vineyard for a tour of the vineyard and the tasting as we went round.

The vineyard consisted of 75 acres of vines, the second largest in the country. The largest being in Dorking.

A very good day was had by all, and we arrived back in Henley about 7pm.

Thanks to Les & Carsina Goodman for another magnificently arranged day.

John Love - Report & Photographs

RSC Plans Approved

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) announced on 19th April that it has secured over £100 million in its international campaign to transform the Royal Shakespeare Theatre into “the best theatre in the world for Shakespeare.” Major national and international donors have been encouraged to contribute after seeing the proposals for the new theatre.

Building on partnership funding from Arts Council England and Advantage West Midlands to redevelop the RSC’s theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, a further five lead gifts - totaling over £22 million - have been secured from private philanthropists in the United Kingdom and United States. These take the confirmed funding for the project to just over £100 million.

These early pledges of support from the RSC’s most significant donors have given the Company the confidence to grow its initial plans. The proposals’ costs have now grown to support these ambitions: from £100 million to £112.8 million. As the Company has already raised the full original cost of the scheme (£100 million), the final £12.8 million will be raised through an extended fundraising campaign which will include a public appeal. The further improvements include a double-height rooftop restaurant with dual views across the River Avon and Bancroft lawns as well as increased space and facilities for artists and staff. Perhaps most significantly, these considerable improvements will be made while restoring the original riverside façade, the foyer and circle bar of the 1932 building.

This critical funding milestone was reached as the RSC received planning consent for the major element of the transformation project. Stratford District Council on 19th April passed a “resolution to grant planning permission” to the project, following two years of public consultation by the RSC. The project is now referred to the Government Office for the West Midlands and if formal consent is given in the coming weeks, the project will move into the construction phase.

Michael Boyd and Vikki Heywood (RSC Artistic and Executive Directors) said, “We are extremely grateful to everyone who has come together, to bring us to this moment where we have a project that the Council approves. It has required the time, wisdom and patience of the Community Forum and many local consultees, the generosity and vision of our donors at home and overseas, and the creative energy of the architects and the home team. We very much look forward to continuing this work with partners old and new, to build the best theatre in the world for Shakespeare.”

The international campaign, chaired by Dame Judi Dench and Lady Susie Sainsbury, has secured lead support of over £50 million in three years, fully matching the original £50 million grant from Arts Council England.

Susie Sainsbury commented: “I’ve been an audience member at the RSC for five decades. I’m thrilled to be helping realise a long-term ambition – the creation of the ideal thrust-stage theatre, in Shakespeare’s own birthplace. This is a truly historic project, and one that deserves widespread support from theatre-goers the world over.”

The Transforming our Theatres Project
The project centres on a new 1,000-seat thrust stage auditorium in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the largest thrust stage with a tiered auditorium in the world. The new performance space brings actors and audience closer together, with the distance of the seat furthest from the stage being reduced from 29 metres to 15 metres. The new tower will give visitors a platform from which to view Shakespeare’s town – his birthplace, his school and the church in which he is buried.

The work is scheduled to be complete in 2010. Until then The Courtyard Theatre will be the RSC’s main home and the Company will make good use of venues across Stratford-upon-Avon, such as the Civic Hall. The Swan Theatre will stay open with a full programme until 18th August 2007. The RSC will continue to perform in London during its annual season and there will be a full national and international touring programme.

Work on site is scheduled to begin on Monday 30 April, when the Royal Shakespeare Theatre will be decommissioned and the removal of technical equipment and heritage items will commence.

RSC Press Office

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

About thirty years ago a young man of Henley, whom many will remember, decided there was room for improvement in the local street cleaning services. So, armed with a very small amount of cash he bought or scrounged a barrow, a brush and a shovel.  He fitted the barrow with a sign bearing the name of his new business venture: “Civic Pride Environmental Services”.  Amazingly, he was hired (briefly) by the Council.  Less amazingly, he soon became bored with the idea.
What I particularly recall was his choice of title.  Henley has a great deal of pride in its civic life.  I am sure we benefit from being “not too big and not too small”.  It’s a pity about the folk who can’t see a litter bin ten feet away.  The opposite side of the coin is that I speak to many public-spirited residents who see it as their personal business to pick up and bin bits of litter which they come across.
Henley in Bloom is a first class example of a body of volunteers putting this positive attitude to work in a highly organised way.  The planters and tidiers are out in force right now, making a concerted effort to keep the High Street and some of the adjoining areas bright, and attractive.  More power to their elbow!  To encourage others to pick up the challenge, read about Henley in Bloom’s Hanging Basket Competition, to be judged in July.  Out with that trowel!
The Court Leet’s job is very much about civic pride, and the High Bailiff and Low Bailiff take the Henley banner, so to speak, wherever they go.  Last Friday the High bailiff and Ann were guests of the Mayor of Warwick at a civic occasion attended by more chains than you would find in a Cradley Heath factory!  I have always believed that Henley’s history, its very clear separate identity and its tangible civic pride keep our town in “League Division 1” within the county.
From the High Bailiff

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

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Thank you from St Mary's for the Irish Night Support

Thank you very much to everyone who supported the Irish night celebration. Particular thanks to those who helped to organise the evening which raised £1,700.00 (approx).

We would like to thank the following who gave donations (of various sorts) to be auctioned or raffled on the night:-

Henley Golf ClubHenley Water GardenSamuel Bath & Associates
Dennis Woodman LtdLodders SolicitorsJohnsons’ Coaches
The Old Crown in DigbethThe Olde Pounde CaféCadbury and Mrs Taylor
Ramada Jarvis (Plaza)Hotel in BristolQueensgate (54 Boutique) HotelSleep Inn Group in the City of London

We would also like to thank “Dark Island” (for their music during the evening), the committee of the Memorial Hall, Wootton Wawen Social Club, Henley NEWS On-line (for helping with the advertising) and all members of the local community and the Parish who helped make this an unforgettable evening.

Fiona Hickey

WCC Ban Barbecues at Country Parks

The damage being caused by barbecues, the rubbish they are creating, and the risk they pose to playing children, has forced Warwickshire County Council to ban all barbecues and fires from its country parks from May 1.

Warwickshire Country Parks Service will be enforcing the ban from the beginning of May after a growth in the number of barbecue related incidents.

Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We have seen a sharp increase in the number of barbecue and fire incidents in our country parks.

“The decision for the ban hasn’t been taken lightly and has been taken because of a number of issues, including the danger to children playing in the same area where barbecues are being used, the amounts of rubbish and debris that are generated by the use of barbecues and the damage caused to picnic tables, grassed areas and rubbish bins.”

Posters are being displayed and fliers are being distributed to advise visitors of this change. Picnickers will still be welcomed, but only if their food does not require cooking or heating.

David Vazquez, Warwickshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service’s Area Risk Manager, said: "Everyone enjoys a good barbecue, but there are several reasons why people shouldn't have them in country parks. The possibility of starting a grass fire in warmer weather is always there, regardless of how much experience you have of using barbecues. It only takes a stray spark or ember and peoples and animals lives can be put in danger.

"When in country parks lots of people tend to use the wooden tables as a base to put their barbecues on. The foil then burns through and the table is either left scorched or completely burnt out. In very hot weather the wood burns much quicker, therefore giving you and your family less time to get away.

"Please remember that there are a number of safety guidelines for using barbecues and they are there for your protection. for further information log onto www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue"

Mat moves up the points with another BTCC podium

Henley-in-Arden's Mat Jackson continued to show why he's a touring car champion of the future at Rockingham yesterday with another place on the Dunlop British Touring Car Championship podium, this time alongside one of the biggest names in the sport, Jason Plato.

In front of guests from sponsors Whale and Maxim, Mat raced his family Jacksons MSport team's privately-run BMW 320si E90 to 2nd place behind Plato's factory-entered SEAT at Rockingham in the third race. He had already finished the day's first two races in points-scoring 10th and 4th positions but his 2nd place means a second podium result in as many race meetings and is also an improvement over the 3rd place he took in Brands Hatch's season-opener earlier in the month.

The 25-year-old is now up to an excellent fifth in the BTCC's outright championship for drivers with his next target Matt Neal, the reigning champion! He's also the new leader of the BTCC's Independents championship for drivers and Jacksons MSport are doing nicely as well with fifth in the outright Teams championship (by far and away the best single-car team) and second in the Independents championship for Teams, just seven points off the top.

Mat, one of the most popular drivers judging by the size of the crowd clamouring for his autograph during the fans Paddock Walkabout yesterday, says: "It's been another great day for everyone associated with the team and builds nicely on our strong start to the season at Brands Hatch. It could have been even better as we had Matt Neal rattled in race one when I was fighting him for 4th. I went for a gap but he turned across me and hit the front of my car. Unfortunately that lost me some speed onto the main straight and a few others were able to get past.

"But I knew we were better than that, the car was very competitive all weekend and 4th in race 2 was a great feeling. That put us back in 7th on the grid for race 3's reversed top 10 grid, but I used the BMW's rear-wheel-drive advantage off the line to make up a lot of ground by the first corner and then a few cars took each other out and I was in 2nd behind Plato. But we were quite evenly-matched and I couldn't quite get close enough to have a proper go at him. To come away 5th in the BTCC and to be leading the Independents points in what is only the team's second meeting in the championship is probably better than we'd dared hope for. I'm confident we can improve some more at Thruxton which should suit the BMW even better."

BTCC points (provisional):
Drivers: 1st Jason Plato 74pts; 2nd Fabrizio Giovanardi, 56; 3rd Tom Chilton 49; 4th Matt Neal 42 17; 5th Mat Jackson 35; 6th Colin Turkington 29 etc.
Independents drivers: 1st Mat Jackson 58 pts; 2nd Mike Jordan 47; 3rd Tom Onslow-Cole 46; 4th Colin Turkington & Matt Allison 42 etc.

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John Garner's Business Column

An off-shore sailing company – in Knowle?

John GarnerPardon?

But if I said "management training in Knowle" you wouldn't be so surprised. It's the combination of sailing and management training that is intriguing. Putting the two together gives a new dimension to activity based management training (known to many as "Outward Bound" after the company that is credited with the original idea) and is what this week's featured company, Merry Marine, does.

Business Club member Bill Merry spent 20 years in the corporate world leading teams of people who had to deliver challenging business results. As a Royal Yachting Association qualified Yachtmaster and Cruising Instructor, Bill knew how critical good team working was to the operation of a sailing yacht at sea and had organised a number of sailing events as part of leadership development programmes.

Realising he could combine his business and his hobby he left the corporate world to set up his own leadership consultancy concentrating on the use of offshore sailing in management development and team building.

His client list includes among others Tirebuck Career Solutions of Knowle (also Business Club members) for whom he organised a sailing event which took place in the Solent over a weekend in July. Five managers took part and during the challenge they were encouraged to observe and experiment with behaviours and leadership concepts. This reinforced the event as a most valuable development exercise whilst learning new nautical skills and having a great time.

Bill's sailing events in the UK take place mainly in the Solent, the West Country, the Channel Islands and the West Coast of Scotland - each area of course having its unique characteristics and challenges. Outside the UK the Mediterranean provides a warm climate and steady, more predictable winds but training events can be arranged wherever suits the client.

Knowle may be a long way from the sea but it does have excellent communication links (as those of us living in this area know) and is pretty well equidistant from all coastlines in the country.

So not such a strange place for an off-shore sailing company after all.

For more information visit www.merrymarine.com

John Garner

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Mama we're all crayzee now

Nigel HastilowAt the somewhat baffling conclusion of TV’s “Life on Mars”, Sam Tyler chooses to go back to 1973 rather than stay in the here-and-now. Big mistake – 1973 might have been an interesting year but you wouldn’t want to live there. After two series, DI Tyler, hero of the BBC drama, woke up in the present day but pretty soon opted to return to the era of long hair, big collars and flared trousers. The series has proved a huge hit, provoking a wave of nostalgia for the time of T Rex, Slade and the Bay City Rollers – talk about cheesy listening.

How did people survive when there were no mobile phones, no call centres, no web-sites, no smoking bans? What did they do without Playstations, Ikea and DVD players? To be fair, the era did have its attractions. In 1973, we all smoked, all the time. Cinemas would cordon off one side of the auditorium “for those patrons who prefer not to smoke”. You could buy ten Number Six for 10p.

Racism, sexism and political correctness hadn’t even been invented then though a few ardent feminists were burning their bras. The Allegros, Chevettes and Cortinas churned out of Longbridge, Luton and Dagenham would last at least a couple of years before rusting to pieces or seizing up after being built in between strikes, stoppages and unofficial walk-outs.

A sophisticated evening out consisted of prawn cocktail, steak and chips and Black Forest gateau washed down with a glass of L’hirondelle at a Berni Inn. Police officers like TV’s DCI Gene Hunt really did go around bending the law and their suspects’ legs in an attempt to extract a confession, get the truth and prevent crime. It wasn’t pretty but it worked. Rock concerts consisted of sitting around in filthy jeans and Afghan coats for hours while the audience shouted “Wally” for no apparent reason and got high waiting for the indefinitely-delayed appearance of the band. Some outfit like Hawkwind would eventually amble on stage, complete with topless dancer, and thrash out some indecipherable noise for a couple of hours interspersed with interminable drum solos.

It was music, Jim, but not as we know it.

Sam Tyler may have been attracted by the girls’ tank tops and David Bowie hair-cuts but, as “Life on Mars” showed, it was a fairly seedy and corrupt time. This was the era of the Vietnam War. Imagine – an incompetent and corrupt American President led his country into a bloody war half way across the world which everyone knew he could never win. Now what does that remind me of?

Then there was the character of the President himself. Throughout the year, Richard Nixon spent his time denying any involvement in an illegal act. In Nixon’s case it was the burglary of the Watergate building in Washington DC. He tried to cover up the crime committed in his name and, in 1974, he was forced to resign – one of the most humiliating events in the history of the United States.

At least he wasn’t selling seats in the Senate.

Meanwhile Israel fought and won the Yom Kippur War, which may have been good for them but was terrible for the rest of us. The Arab world got together and hit back by imposing an oil embargo against the USA, Europe and Japan. Prices doubled, inflation roared ahead and the economy plunged into recession. This is the world Sam Tyler let himself in for when he went back to 1973. That’s bad enough but he might have liked to look around him at the slow-motion collapse of British manufacturing industry which was taking place at the time.

It was partly because of inflation and oil price rises but it was also because of the increasingly militant, mad, irresponsible trade union leaders. Who can forget the mass meetings in Longbridge, where Derek “Red Robbo” Robinson and his cohorts regularly paraded their army of strikers? This was the year when the Strawbs’ satirical song “Part of the Union” was adopted by strikers as a gloating anthem to their industrial muscle.

Poor old Prime Minister Ted Heath couldn’t really cope. By the end of 1973, striking miners had forced him to put the entire country onto a three-day week and households had to cope with constant, random power cuts. By February 1974, Heath had called an election on the “Who runs the country?” ticket only to discover it wasn’t him. In later years, he consoled himself with the thought that he did at least achieve something worthwhile in 1973. There are those of us around today who beg to differ.

Ted Heath’s “achievement” was to secure British entry into what was then still called the “Common Market” but which now threatens to become the United States of Europe. Things are so much better today. No strikes, no power cuts, no three-day weeks. Mind you, some things never change.

Today, as in 1973, we have Arab-Israeli conflict, illegal wars, a political leader under investigation for corruption – we’ve even got a Slade revival under way. Come on Noddy, isn’t it time for a reunion?

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

E-Petitions, serious idea, but …..

Not so much of a grump this week, more of a laugh really.

I looked at the Downing Street petitions website this week, to see what had happened following the congestion charge one a few months ago. What greeted me was a great website but one which has been abused so much it now looks like a comedy script. If you have 5 minutes for a laugh please look too.


I first looked at the transport & Infrastructure tab. There are 1,118 open petitions (at the time of looking) many duplicated as Joe public just opens another one rather than look at what is open already. For example there are 84 open petitions asking to remove or reduce speed cameras. The same for road tax or getting car drivers to take a motorcycle test etc.

But apart from the duplicated ones, I was amused by some titles, even more amused by the fact that others had agreed and signed them. Below are some classic ones (in my opinion)

  • Expedite Improvements to the A14, 1,735 signatures
  • Use Police resources to catch criminals and not to persecute motorists, 611 signatures
  • Get the Top Gear crew to do all the roads in Britain, 115 signatures
  • Stop these trucks, 52 signatures (I don’t know what it means either)
  • Stop Motorway congestion, 2 signatures (I wish !)

Then I looked at other sections :

  • In the employment section : Create a maximum wage, 15 signatures
  • In the Science section : Bring back Concorde, 761 votes
  • In the education section : Ban homework for all British school Children, 37 signatures

As you can see a good idea in principle but has become more of a joke. Yes there are some serious ones but after seeing a few funnies, looking for more seemed a better option, and more entertaining ! Especially the one about the Top Gear Crew doing the roads.

Grumpy Old Man

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Buying a new TV?
Buy one with an LCD screen rather than a Plasma screen. The LCD uses about 30 % less energy than Plasma of the same size. Small screens use less power so choose the smallest  you can. A 32 inch LCD screen will use just over 100 watts whereas a 40 inch will use about 175 watts. It’s worth choosing a TV with an ambient light sensor. This can halve energy  consumption when viewing the TV in a dark room. Switch the TV off at the wall when not viewing but note that some IDTVs collect updates when on standby. You can find out from www.dtg.org.uk/retailer when these will be transmitted so it needn’t be on standby all the time.

TV’s are often left on for long periods with nobody watching. This is an obvious waste of energy which can easily be avoided if you can remember to switch off when you leave the room; easier said than done I know, but even if you remember some of the time, it’s worth it particularly in view of the power levels given above.

Aircon in cars.

Following last weeks item, a reader in Lapworth has pointed out that the air conditioning is usually driven direct from the engine rather than via the alternator. Apologies for this error. It does not affect the point, that use of air conditioning increases CO2 emissions and reduces miles per gallon so making the car more expensive to run. The existence of the direct drive will reduce miles per gallon even if the air conditioning is not used. The same is true of the weight of the air conditioning system simply being carried around in the car so it is best to have a car without air conditioning. Unfortunately this is not always possible these days.

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
When you are on the Planning Dept site. 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'

Stratford on Avon District Council Website


Alerts from Trading Standards

Tarmac Offer - Henley in Arden

Businesses and residents should be aware that a 'tarmacer' has been reported operating in the Henley in Arden area this morning. An individual was approached and offered tarmac and chipping work on their driveway, but declined the offer. The trader (one man) was driving a white van with a yellow flashing light, there were no business details on the side of the van.

'Free' Lotto

The Trading Standards Service has received information from NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH concerning 'lotto' letters that suggest recipients have won a prize worth $1 million US dollars. A number of North Leamington residents have reported receiving these letters.

The letters ask recipients to fill out a detailed form (full name, date of birth, next of kin, passport number, email address, telephone number etc.) and send it back together with a copy of their passport or drivers license.

Recipients are warned not to contact the lotto company. Anyone doing this could expose themselves to identity theft. In addition it is likely that they will also receive requests for money from the 'lotto' organisers, for the 'transfer' of their non existent 'winning'.

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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Monday 7th May (Bank Holiday) 10.30 a.m. – 12.00 noon in and around Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Homemade cakes, plants, toys, books, bric-a-brac, raffle, refreshments. ‘Phone 794308 for any enquiries. In aid of Church charities and Church funds.

Our May Resolutions meeting will be held in the Memorial Hall, Station Road, from 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 1st May when we hope for a good attendance of all members to discuss this year’s resolution. Refreshments and social time to follow.

Tuesday 8th May, Barbara Smith “Inspirations”. Competition: “Bold, Bright and Beautiful”. We meet in Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. Visitors welcome (£3)

Tony Beysens from the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group is giving an illustrated talk “Farming and Wildlife” at our meeting on Tuesday 15th May in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. Visitors are welcome - £1. Details will be given about outdoor meetings which start next month.

9th June from 2.00 p.m. at the Village Hall. Traditional and new attractions for all the family. Antiques Roadshow; Magician; Nintendo WII Competition; Skittle Alley; Face Painting; Football Target; Refreshments.

Tuesday 22nd May, 7.45 p.m. at Ullenhall Village Hall. Our speaker, Roger Umpelby will be giving a talk on “A Plant Lover’s View of New Zealand”. Competition: Primula in a Pot. Visitors (£1) are always welcome. Tuesday 29th May, evening visit to a Henley Garden, contact Diane 793903 for further details.

Hanging Basket Competition – we have some wonderful floral displays in the town thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers. Can you provide additional colour by putting up a hanging basket? Open to all private residences, pubs, shops and businesses (and not just on the High Street!). Application forms available from the Vanity Box. Enquiries to 793903.

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.

Jazz in the Garden – Saturday 21st July
Barn Dance and Supper – Saturday 20th October
Information on these events from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 793539/794987.

The Mikado in Tanworth – 20th & 21st July in Tanworth Village Hall. Rehearsals on 22nd & 29th May (tenors and basses) and 5th June (full chorus), Tanworth Village Hall, 7.45 p.m. Details from Wendy Dillon 742464.

Henley and Wootton Scouts Bonfire Night – Saturday 3rd November 2007. Further details from John Johnson 792073


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.
Henley Cricket Club fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday, and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays, from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564-794903.
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.
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