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Edition 154 - 3rd May 2007
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District Council Election TODAY

Voting for the Henley Ward of the Stratford-on-Avon District Council will be carried out Today. The Polling Station is at The Memorial Hall, Station Road. It is open from 7.00am to 10.00pm.

There are 4 candidates:

ABBOTT Jacquelene - The Labour Party

MARSHALL Laurence Thomas - The Conservative Party

PARSONS Brett Roger - UK Independence Party

RATCLIFFE Rosemary - Liberal Party

The count will start on Thursday 3 May after 10pm. The result is expected before 1.00am.

We invited all the candidates to provide Henley NEWS On-line with an address for our readers. We only received one response from Laurence Marshall, which is reproduced below.

As your Conservative candidate for Thursday’s District Council elections, I have very much appreciated the warm welcome I’ve received over the last few weeks and it has been a pleasure meeting so many of you face to face in and around Henley and Wootton Wawen.

Many people have told me that they are very happy with the way the Conservatives have been running the District Council, not just because the council tax increase of just 3.5% is one of the lowest in the whole country but also because we have one of the best waste collection services too. Our recycling rate at just under 40% is way ahead of many councils' targets and you can rest assured that I have no intention of supporting fortnightly collections. Our plan is to continue working with you to expand recycling even further!

Many of you share my concerns about the sale of the market in Henley. The shareholders made a commercial decision to sell for housing and there’s nothing we can do about that, but what we can do is make sure that any development is strictly in accordance with the District Council’s planning objectives and that the needs of the households with a local connection to Henley are taken into account. I believe that a substantial number of the properties should be shared ownership so that local residents, especially the young, can get a foot on the property ladder securing a financial stake in their own home rather than being forced to re locate. As for the market itself, I do not want us to lose our market and will support plans for an alternative site.

There are some concerns about anti social behaviour by a small but significant number of younger people and we are constantly working with the police to address these issues but we should not forget that the vast majority of younger people are a decent and respectable asset to our community and it is unfair that they should all be tarred with the same brush. In my view it’s not just up to the state to provide all of the solutions, younger people and parents alike have to face up to their responsibilities to each other and to society.

Conservatives are keeping Beaudesert, Henley in Arden and Wootton Wawen safer, boosting recycling, providing more affordable homes and keeping Council Tax among the lowest anywhere. If you want to elect a local person who will be a strong voice for all residents then don’t waste your vote on Thursday – your vote could make all the difference!

With best wishes

Laurence Marshall
Conservative Candidate for Henley Ward


Promoted and printed by James Holloway on behalf of Laurence Marshall both at 3 Trinity Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BL

Could You Employ These People? !

Our town's scout troop are eager to help out in the community wherever they can.

The 26 members of 1st Henley and Wootton Scout Troop, many pictured above, are keen to do something that will benefit the community on some local project this term. Tasks might include cleaning, fetching, fixing, or tidying, something that will contribute to the amenities and attractiveness of the Henley and Wootton. They will of course be under the guidance of their three leaders, Caroline Daw, Peter Neville and John Johnson and they would like to hear from community leaders and residents about what they might be able to do. If you have any suggestions please contact John Johnson on 01564 792073 or by email at:

The enthusiastic and lively troop are looking forward to hearing from you!


Later this summer, they are undertaking a "26 peaks challenge" !

This is where over 2 days they will be 'bagging' 26 hill-top summits along the Malvern Hills and at the same time will be raising funds for "Children with Leukaemia" plus much needed funds to support the Beaver, Cub and Scout troops in Henley and Wootton.

"It's all connected with the London Marathon, hence the inclusion of 26 peaks." John Johnson the organiser says, "last year the troop raised nearly £800 with a 26 mile cycling challenge and so this year we are taking to the hills. The event takes place over the weekend of 9 and 10 June, so If you see a member of the troop approaching you with a "Cure Leukaemia" fund raising envelope, then please get your cash out !!

John Earle & Son’s April Auction Results

The second auction of the season was held as usual at Henley in Arden Golf and Country Club. Richard Abbey, new partner of John Earle & Son and the company’s auctioneer stated promptly as always at 6.30pm.

First to be offered was 1 & 2 Tanglewood Cottages, Loxle, two cottages with consent for demolished and replaced with a 5-bedroom family home. Despite a slow start the bidding soon picked up and the gavel finally came down at a very respectable £375,000, a good margin of £25,000 over the guide price.

Next to be offered was Heathfield Farm, after so much interest in this property with over 1200 details downloaded let alone those that were sent out to interested parties. Heathfield farm failed to make its reserve and is now available by private treaty for around £550,000. Perhaps the main influence on the way the auction went was due to the restriction on the farmhouse, that only currently has planning consent to be refurbished as a holiday let, not a permanent dwelling.

Last to be offered was 7.66 acres of land off Rotherhams Oak Lane. Being the fastest lot of the night, it took no time at all for Richard to reach a respectable sale price. The hammer went down at £69,000 averaging out at a little over £9,000 per acre.

Next Month’s Auction Scheduled for May 15th.
We have seven very varied lots in this auction, details are as follows:

White Cottage Farm, Holly Lane, Balsall Common – a cottage farmhouse with well laid gardens and small arboretum with 9,500 sq. ft. of B1 commercial Buildings, caravan storage, a further 1,473 sq. ft. of buildings and 3 pasture fields – in all some 10.2 acres.

133, Station Road, Wythall – a 1930’s detached 3 bedroom house with scope for improvement and extension (subject to planning).

1.69 Acres, Gorcott Hill – An interesting parcel of land developed for recreational use as a fishing/recreational hideaway. The land has frontage to Gorcott Lane and is located behind woven large fencing and access is through a pair of close-boarded double gates.

14.47 Acres, Hall Farm Knowle - An excellent block of permanent grassland enjoying a secluded location yet within convenient distance from Knowle village centre, Solihull Riding Club and other local equestrian amenities.

20.32 Acres (4 lots), Warwick Road, Rowington - The land being offered for sale by auction in four separate parcels, has come to the open market for the first time in almost fifty years. The land is permanent pasture, in good heart with well-kept and trimmed thorn hedging with hedgerow trees. Lot 1 has the benefit of not only a brick building, but a natural watercourse, which forms the southern boundary of the land. In the locality there are a large number of quiet country lanes and bridle ways, which makes the land ideal for the equestrian enthusiast for riding out and exploring the local countryside.

4.32 Acres, Packwood Road, Packwood - a most convenient pasture field, located between Packwood and Dorridge. The land has good road frontage to Packwood Road, which itself leads to a number of lanes and bridle ways in the area, affording equestrian enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy this unspoilt area of traditional, wooded Warwickshire countryside, The old permanent pasture is enclosed by mature well kept thorn hedging with hedgerow trees and has the additional benefit of frontage to a natural water course.

26 Acres (4 lots) Bakers Lane, Knowle - This land being offered for sale is in four separate parcels, each having good road frontage to Bakers Lane. One of the lots is to include woodland and pond. Well suited to horse/pony or livestock grazing with good vehicular access via drive from Bakers Lane to all lots.

Please note - this is not the order in which the lots will be auctioned, if you require such information, please call the office on the day of the auction itself.

Vintage Trains talk to Rotary Club

Last Monday, Brian Wilson, a Vintage Trains volunteer and their webmaster, gave an illustrated talk to a meeting of Henley Rotary Club about the Shakespeare Express Steam Train Service that runs on summer Sundays between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stratford. The guests for this special evening included the High Bailiff, Ray Holding, and Rotarians from Southam, Warwick and Solihull.

The talk included a history of preservation at Tyseley Locomotive Works (formerly known as Birmingham Railway Museum), details about the steam engine and carriages, the route and the Pullman dining service. The service is different to steam trains on preserved railways, because it recreates the golden age of steam express trains running at authentic speeds through local towns and villages set in the Warwickshire countryside.

Commencing 8 July 2007, the train will stop at Henley picking up passengers for a round trip on the service and also bringing visitors to the town. Brian stressed that it was important that people in the Henley area pro-actively support the train by travelling on it and encouraging friends to do so in order for the town to retain this unique attraction.

Not for us alone, but for everyone.

Mr Mike Miles entertained and informed the members of the Henley and Beaudesert Society at their April meeting with a detailed and delightful talk about Graham Baron Ash, “The Baron of Packwood”. The talk was illustrated by slides mostly taken from original photographs thereby revealing many aspects of the Baron’s life right from childhood. Graham who inherited Packwood House in 1925 dropped the use of his fist name so that he was known as Baron.

His fortune derived from his astute Grandfather, who founded companies making galvanised iron products for the booming Victorian engineering construction industry. In 1904 Graham, then aged 15, moved with his father mother and younger sister Betty, from Flint Green Rd near Acocks Green to Packwood House ‘An old fashioned country residence’ with 134 acres of land. His father bought the house “because the boy wanted it” ! The property needed repair and this was done initially in the 16th century style. This was the start of a protracted restoration/development and which created the illusion that it is an ancient building. Almost all the Tudor features are imported from buildings that were being demolished; the great hall being made from a Tudor Cowshed (Possibly the earliest known barn conversion). There are few records of the origins of the imports.

Due to a marriage that Baron’s father regarded as socially unsatisfactory, the Baron’s sister Betty was largely detached from the Baron’s life until a visit to Packwood by Queen Mary in 1927. Since protocol dictated that the Queen could not be received by a bachelor, Baron obtained assistance from his estranged sister. The Queen was a heavy smoker, and to help put the Queen at ease, Betty who had never smoked, also had a cigarette and was ill as a result.

Baron was friendly with Cecil Ferrers of Baddesley Clinton. The Ferrers had little money and sold many items to the Baron helping to enhance Packwood with paintings, furniture, silverware, tapestries and a 31 foot long 600 yr old table. In 1941 Baron gave Packwood to the National Trust, but continued in residence until 1947. During this time, the gardens were converted to vegetable plots to support the war effort but Baron’s gardener was later employed by the National Trust to restore them. Despite this, relations between Baron and the NT gradually deteriorated. In 1962, use of the table as a catwalk for a fashion show incurred Baron’s indignation and he told all his friends not to support the Trust. By this time Baron was living at Wingfield Castle in Suffolk and the lack of NT properties in this area is attributable to the rift. Wingfield was a far more grandiose and genuinely older building than Packwood and Baron restored it with similar energy. He died there in 1980.

In 1928, the Baron had traced his ancestry back to Richard Ash of Ashby de la Zouch and he delighted in having found his family coat of arms. The motto is ” Non nobis, sed omnibus”, or “Not for us alone, but for everyone”. It is ironic that his friendship with the Ferrers at Baddesley Clinton and donation of Packwood to the NT have preserved many objects now returned to Baddesley as the motto says “…., for everyone”

More details of the Baron and those who were part of his life, photographs and many other interesting aspects can be found in Mr Mile’s book “The Baron of Packwood”.

The talk was preceded by a short presentation by Mr Chris Pagett of Wawickshire College. He showed and described the plans for the proposed new sports shed on the college grounds south of the town.

The usual convivial tea, coffee and biscuits were taken during a break halfway through Mr Miles presentation. Next event “ Day Outing to Malmesbury and Rodmarton Mannor, Thursday 15th July, £21 inc. guided tour and afternoon tea. Contact Iris Birch 792955.

25th Wootton Bluebell Walk a Superb Success

The Haimes family of Yew Tree Farm and Craft Centre were blessed with ideal weather when they hosted the 25th Annual Charity Bluebell Walk at the end of April. A week earlier than usual, due to the warm weather conditions, this event attracted a host of people of all ages from near and far and many breeds of dogs.

The bluebells were superb, standing out particularly against the nearby crop of vibrant yellow rape.

Over the years a vast sum of money has been raised as a result of the generosity of John and Janet Haimes and their family who organisie this event and a variety of charities have benefited as each year they choose a different charity to support.

This year the walk benefits two local Charities -

Stratford Rotary Club for their Shelter Box Appeal and the display in Austy Wood of this interesting equipment, which is sent out worldwide to disaster areas, created a lot of interest.


The WASP APPEAL - [Warwickshire Action on Stroke Project] for the Acute Stroke Ward at Warwick Hospital and the Feldon Dedicated Stroke Rehabilitation Ward at Leamington Spa.

An amazing gross sum of over £11,000 was raised in just two days and both charities mentioned are exceedingly grateful for the generosity of the Haimes family for their support this year.

Evergreen Group Programme

Evergreen ClubThe Henley Evergreen group will be holding their annual coffee morning on Saturday 12th May. Time 10.30am till 12 noon. Venue Parish Hall Beaudesert Lane.  Entrance 50 pence which includes coffee. There will also be a Raffle, cake stall and win a bottle game. This is one of the main fund raising events for the Evergreens, so we are looking for a good support from the Town.
Also we have arranged to take 40 members for a weeks holiday from the 19th May to the 26th. This year we are going to Paignton in Devon. For many this is the only holiday that they have. No doubt we will be well looked after again with Johnsons coach's and the Hotel
Gordon Trinder
Chairperson for Henley in Arden Evergreens.

Johnsons launch new single room holidays

Our local coach operator Johnsons, have re-introduced their popular "Single Room" holiday programme after listening to customers following the launch of their main Summer 2007 holiday brochure back in October last year.

The single room programme carries all the benefits of travelling with Johnsons, such as home pick up, and the inclusion of insurance, couriers, excursions and quality hotels but guarantees that customers will have a hotel room for sole occupancy with no supplement.

John Johnson, Director, Johnsons Coaches said "Single room availability is a thorny issue throughout the travel trade and we always try to secure as many single rooms as possible on all the tours we run. When we launched our 2007 programme we added more single rooms into many of the holidays listed in our main brochure, to offer our customers even more choice of destination, and because of this we ceased production of our dedicated single room brochure. However it is clear, from the discussions we have had, that many of our customers who travel alone or with friends prefer a dedicated programme specifically for them, when everyone on the tour has a room to themselves. We have therefore, reviewed the situation and have once again published a single room holiday brochure for this coming season."

The new brochure includes a choice of UK holidays from June through to October and copies can be obtained by visiting Johnsons or calling them on 01564 797000.

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

In 1964, E D Goodrich presented the Court Leet with an interesting longcase clock, referred to earlier in this column. It is of particular local significance as it was made in about 1790 by Isaac Court, High Bailiff of Henley from 1792 to 1799. The clock has been standing silently in a corner of the Guild Hall, as its mechanism was in a poor state. Happily it has been fully restored and is now securely fixed in a more prominent position.

The photograph right shows Martin Douglas of Hagley Clock Clinic putting the newly restored mechanism and clock face back into their oak case:. Douglas Bridgewater and Graham Smith were responsible for organising the restoration. The clock has a 30-hour movement and strikes on the hour, which will actively encourage meetings to start on time! Volunteer wanted to wind it every day!

The name of one William Court, watchmaker, of Henley-in-Arden, presumably a descendant of Isaac, appears on one of the many nineteenth century legal documents held at the Heritage Centre, in connection with a property transaction.

Does any reader know of the whereabouts of any other clock by Isaac Court, who was making clocks in Solihull and Henley in the latter half of the eighteenth century?"
From the High Bailiff

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Flower Festival & Open Gardens
Beausale - Honiley – Haseley

Sunday June 24th 2007

On Sunday June 24th residents of Beausale, Honiley & Haseley will again open their gardens to the public. This annual event, which will this year raise funds for Honiley Church and the Warwickshire & Northants Air Ambulance, will provide a varied and fascinating afternoon out.

In addition to a range of gardens there will be ploughman’s lunches and cream teas served in a marquee, ice creams, lawn croquet, produce and plant stalls. The gardens will be open between 11.00am and 5.30pm. Lunches will be served between 12 noon and 2.00pm and teas between 3.00pm and 5.00pm.

Entrance to all the gardens will be by programme, costing £3.50 for adults with children admitted free of charge.

For additional information and advance programmes please contact Nick or Jane Johnson on 01926 484739.

Mat Chasing Thruxton Win Hat-trick

Henley-in-Arden's Dunlop British Touring Car star Mat Jackson will be gunning for his first race win in the high-profile series at the Thruxton track in Hampshire where he‚s tasted the victory champagne for the last two years.

Mat won at Thruxton in the SEAT Cupra Championship in 2005 and 2006 on his way to the title and now thinks his Whale Tankers/Maxim-backed BMW 320si E90 will be the car to have when he lines up on the BTCC grid in front of the ITV cameras and tens of thousands of spectators on Sunday May 6th.

In his latest BTCC race (Rockingham April 22nd) Mat achieved a career-best finish of second place right behind SEAT's Jason Plato the championship leader. That followed a third place finish in the season‚s opening round at Brands Hatch.

"Thruxton's the fastest track we go to and the high speeds mean the races are always decided by tyre wear and that‚s one of the BMW‚s biggest strengths," says Mat. "The front-wheel-drive cars could struggle because they have to steer and put their power down through the front tyres whereas the BMW is rear-wheel drive so that load is spread front and rear.

"You've also got to have a strong engine and a car with efficient aerodynamics at Thruxton because of the long straights and the BMW has got both. My car will only have 9kgs of success ballast in qualifying and first race so provided we can quickly get on top of the car's set-up then we should be in very strong shape."

Success ballast is the extra weight put on the top five cars to equalise performance and with Mat up to fifth in the championship his BMW must go through qualifying and the first race at Thruxton carrying it before the weights are re-calculated for race two at Thruxton.

Mat will also want to keep hold of his lead in the points for Independent drivers after moving to the top of the table at Rockingham. His family's Jacksons MSport team is also second in the Independents teams points.

The 25-year-old adds: "We"ve enjoyed a very strong start to our BTCC campaign and we‚re right in there fighting with the established names. The competition will intensify with each race meeting, but I'm confident of being able to go one better at Thruxton than I did at Rockingham and get that first win which would be the biggest result of my career.

"It's such a demanding circuit and requires different commitment and concentration levels to keep up your speed. We've got a great car and a great bunch of people in our team and I'm going all out for victory at Thruxton.'

For those unable to wait to see Mat in BTCC action again they can see video footage of him + interview on Maxim's website which attracts more than 880,000 unique visitors a month:

Mat's Thruxton timetable (May 5th-6th):

Saturday: 9.30am-10.10am BTCC Practice 1 & 12.00pm-12.40pm BTCC Practice 2
Saturday: 3.15pm-3.45pm BTCC qualifying
Sunday: 9.45am-10.35am Fans Pit Lane Walkabout
Sunday: 10.55am BTCC round 7 (16 laps)
Sunday: 1.45pm BTCC round 8 (16 laps)
Sunday: 2.55pm BTCC Drivers Parade Lap
Sunday: 44.50pm BTCC round 9 (16 laps)

Television (provisional schedule):

Sunday: ITV3 4pm-5:30pm LIVE
Sunday: Setanta Sports 2 10am-6pm LIVE all-day coverage
Monday (May 7th): ITV1 00:50am-1:15am highlights
Friday (May 11th): Men & Motors 7.30pm-8pm highlights

Student football team lose out in semi finals

A student football team coached by former Coventry City player David Phillips lost out in the semi-finals of a prestigious competition.

The Football Development Centre at Warwickshire College’s Henley-in-Arden Centre played Yeovil College on Wednesday (April 25) in the semi-finals of the British Colleges Cup.

Warwickshire had won the West Midlands final 1-0 to get into the quarter finals, which made them one of the top eight college teams in Britain. They beat Neath College 1-0 in the quarter final.

But in the semi-final against Yeovil College they lost 3-0.

Andy Ellis, Head of Sports Academies at the college, said: “It was 1 - 0 until late in to the second half when we missed a penalty and then conceded two late goals as we were trying to equalise.

“Obviously the players were disappointed but after a few days they will be able to reflect on the fact that they are one of the top four college sides in the country and also they have achieved more than any previous football team at the college.”

The British Colleges Cup is the most prestigious competition for colleges, and it was the first time Warwickshire College had got so far - especially impressive as it is for Under 19s and half the team are first year students, only 16 or 17.

Coach David Phillips was part of Coventry City’s FA Cup winning squad in 1987 and has also played international football for Wales. He has coached the college side for three years.

After their victory over Neath he said: “They have done very well and I am proud of the squad in general.”

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

The kings of the wild frontier

Nigel HastilowAfter the Virginia Tech massacre do the Americans redouble their efforts to abolish the right to own guns? No, they call for guns to be more widely available. Britain and the United States are not just two countries divided by a common language. It will never be possible for us to understand them properly. When we faced a heartbreaking rampage in Dunblane we imposed such tight restrictions on the use of guns that Olympic marksmen had to train abroad.

In America, while some people want restrictions on the 200 million guns in circulation, the general view seems to be that self-defence demands more, not fewer, weapons. The 23-year-old South Korean student Cho Seung-hu may have been an introverted loner who wrote disturbing essays. But since the age of eight he’s been the product of a society which has grown up with a gun culture since it first rebelled against King George III.

Larry Pitt, director of Gun Owners of America, wants kids to take guns to school for self-defence.

He says: “All the school shootings that have ended abruptly in the last 10 years were stopped because a law-abiding citizen – a potential victim – had a gun. The latest school shooting at Virginia Tech demands an immediate end to the gun-free zone law which leaves the nation's schools at the mercy of madmen.”

Republican Presidential contender Senator John McCain’s reaction is typical: “We have to look at what happened here, but I do believe in the constitutional right that everyone has, in the Second Amendment to the Constitution, to carry a weapon.” Mind you, he does add: “Obviously we have to keep guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens.” Obviously.

The gun is as deeply embedded in the culture of the United States as a cup of tea is in our own. Americans see owning guns their birthright. Two-fifths of all American households are armed and dangerous. It’s hard to believe a country which managed to impose a complete ban on the sale and consumption of alcohol continues to allow anybody to carry a gun. It’s not surprising that some people get drunk when alcoholic drinks are freely available. So why should be surprising if some people go on a rampage when pistols, rifles and machine guns are freely available?

That great tough-guy hero Charlton Heston, when he was president of the National Rifle Association, told Presidential challenger Al Gore in no uncertain terms what would happen if he tried to impose a ban. The star who played Moses and Ben Hur declared, to tumultuous applause, that he would only give up his gun if Gore took it “from my cold, dead hands”.

Of course, the Yanks are confused. They think their constitution gives them the right to bear arms. What the notorious Second Amendment of the US Constitution actually says is: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” It’s all about revolution and not having to pay taxes to Britain. The aim was to make sure the United States had an army ready to do battle if the Redcoats returned.

Yet this law, dating from 1789, is what Americans invoke if anyone suggests it’s asking for trouble when the entire population is tooled-up and armed to the teeth. The Constitution gave us the cowboys of the Wild West, the frontier spirit and gunfights in a million Hollywood B-movies. To this day, every redneck will defend to the death his right to wave a lethal weapon at you.

The revolutionary spirit which gave independence to the USA was based on the need to bear arms. And it’s as difficult to remove from an American’s DNA as it would be to abolish a Frenchman’s innate belief in street-level rioting born out of his own revolution. There are some drawbacks to this aggressive attitude – notably the death toll.

In the year 2000, 8,259 people were shot dead in the USA compared with 62 in Britain. Admittedly far more were killed in South Africa (31,918) but even so it’s no wonder the US retains the use of the death penalty as an alleged deterrent. There is another snag. The gung-ho attitude to guns may well form the basis of American foreign policy. It’s not impossible to believe the gun culture and their Wild West history have coloured the world view of the United States when it comes to questions like invading other countries.

The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are seen in America as “self-defence” in the war on terror. The same would apply if war was declared on Iran. It’s the same attitude, on a global scale, as the view of Larry Pitt of Gun Owners of America, who believes the only way to protect yourself from a gunman is to have a bigger gun.

Shoot first and ask questions later. It’s bad enough as a way of defending a country against another mad loner with a gun; it’s even worse if it forms the foreign policy of the self-appointed “world’s lawman”.

Nigel Hastilow

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Local Elections are here again

As we all prepare to visit our polling stations this Thursday to do our civic duty, can I take this opportunity to say one thing about the local elections and what has been missed off the three leaflets I have had through my door.

I believe we have 4 candidates up for the job, and 2 of them even live in the Henley ward ! I thought this was a LOCAL election.

Labour (Jacqueline who lives in Oxfordshire), Conservative (Laurence Henley chap), UKIP (Brett from Wootton) and the Lib Dems (Rosemary Stratford lady).

I don’t know what the Lib Dems propose as I haven’t had a leaflet (at time of writing).

But I have read the other three and none of the candidates have mentioned the alternate week refuse collection. This is a political term for we are going to save money and only collect refuse every other week, but we can collect recyclable stuff on the alternate week. The only change here (for Henley) is the refuse is collected every other week.

Now the candidates do have the opportunity to let us know what they propose for refuse collection, but all have concentrated on the normal things such as crime reduction, social housing, education, health etc. But what about the unusual subject of bi-weekly refuse collection, no comment from anyone !

So what do Laurence, Jacqueline, Brett & Rosemary think? Maybe they want 2 week old refuse in their front (or rear) gardens for the local cats and wild life to feast on every night. But I certainly don’t !

DEFRA have published a paper there are 3 main conclusions (I’ve taken the liberty of summarizing them).

  • there is no evidence that alternate waste collection will cause and significant health impacts
  • no significant difference in the number of complaints
  • there may be an increase in insects and odours. Common sense measures, such as keeping the bin lid closed can help

All 3 may be true, but there is no mention of the volume of black bags a ‘normal’ family produce in 2 weeks. Or the definite increase in odours from households with, for instance, babies in nappies or incontinent family members.

The number of complaints does surprise me but the word significant could mean anything.

All I can say is, if any of the candidates rings my door bell, I’ll be asking them their thoughts. The one who is opposed to it will get my vote!


Grumpy Old Man

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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.

At approximately 1500 hours on 18th April 07 three offenders approached a property on Tanworth Lane, Henley in Arden. They have then forced the garage door and stolen the TV and a quantity of jewellery. A large silver van was seen in the drive and one offender described as white male, 19 years, short brown hair, 5’7”, medium build wearing hooded top.
Incident number 303 of 18th April 07 refers.HoH

Prior to 1645 hours on 22nd April 07 a male offender approached a shop on High Street, Henley in Arden. Offender then demanded the keys to the safe. Offender unsuccessful in obtaining keys and left after having stolen security tape. Offender described as mid 20’s, short brown hair and a scarf covering his mouth.
Incident number 421 of 22nd April 07 refers.

Between 2100 hours on 30th April and 0745 hours on 1st May 07 unknown offender/s approached a large static lorry parked on Biddles Hill, Earlswood. They have then wrenched the aluminium lock apart and stolen a large quantity of power tools from within.
Incident number 74 of 1st May 07 refers.

At approximately 1450 hours on 18th April 07 offenders approached a property on Forde Hall Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then ripped the gates off their hinges and smashed the garage windows. Suspects possibly driving dark blue Land Rover Discovery.
Incident number 315 of 18th April 07 refers.

Between 2230 hours on 27th April and 0830 hours on 28th April 07 unknown offender/s approached a Citroen Belingo parked on Arden Road, Henley in Arden. They have then broken off the front wing mirror.
Incident number 440 of 28th April 07 refers.

At 1800 hours on 28th April 07 offender/s approached a silver Peugeot parked on Earlswood Common. They have then damaged the door and window in an attempt to gain entry. Offender/s could possibly have been driving a white high top transit van.
Incident number 267 of 28th April 07 refers.

On either 15th or 16th April 07 unknown offender/s approached business premises on High Street, Henley in Arden. They have then used keys to unlock a display cabinet and stolen 21 Beswick Beatrix Potter gold stamp figures.
Incident number 268 of 24th April 07 refers.

Overnight between 18th and 19th April 07 unknown offender/s approached a farm on Edge Lane, Henley in Arden. They have then cut through a fence to gain access and stolen a double axle heavy duty trailer.
Incident number 163 of 19th April 07 refers.

Between 1330 hours and 1630 hours on 22nd April 07 unknown offender/s approached a silver VW Golf Estate parked near Austy Manor in Wootton Wawen. They have then smashed the rear window and stolen a black shoulder bag from within.
Incident number 164 of 23rd April 07 refers.

Prior to 1810 hours on 24th April 07 a group of what were thought to be travellers approached a farm in Danzey Green, Tanworth in Arden. They were enquiring about some lurcher puppies that were for sale. Whilst the owner was distracted, one of the puppies, black in colour, was stolen.
Incident number 437 of 24th April 07 refers.

Between 1600 hours on 22nd April and 0600 hours on 23rd April 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They have then smashed rear window and stolen a Gap jacket from within.
Incident number 389 of 23rd April 07 refers.

At approximately 1205 hours on 20th April 07 two offenders have approached business premises on Well Lane, Tanworth in Arden and attempted to steal a quantity of scrap iron. Offenders detained at location and subsequently arrested in connection with the incident.
Incident number 190 of 20th April 07 refers.

At approximately 2300 hours on 27th April 07 a male offender approached a youth in Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden. Offender then rode past and snatched the victim’s phone.
Incident number 551 of 30th April 07 refers.

At some time on 29th April 07 unknown offender/s approached housing accommodation in Henley in Arden. They have then gained entry and stolen a cash tin and its contents from the entrance foyer.
Incident number 148 of 30th April 07 refers.

Between 2130 hours on 30th April and 0830 hours on 1st May 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood. They have then smashed the rear window and made a thorough messy search of the interior.
Incident number 84 of 1st May 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 16th May between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 30th May between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 13th June between 11am – 1pm

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.


Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Shower or Bath?
It’s  usually environmentally friendlier to have a shower but beware the power shower. They use between 11 and 20 litres of water per minute. A five minute shower at 20 litres per minute will use more hot water than a bath!!  Our ordinary shower delivers 6 litres/minute and I have heard of people taking 20 minute showers so even an ordinary shower can use more than a bath. If you are into long showers, a soak in the bath instead will save you money and help the environment.
Would you like to  car share?

Make Henley Greener are acting as facilitators for anyone who wants to save money and or reduce their contribution to climate change by sharing car travel. Please e-mail your name, contact details, travel destination and frequency (e.g. ‘daily return’ or ‘every Thursday morning’)  to

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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wootton Wawen Primary School and fete is on Saturday 23rd June 12-2pm.

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
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email
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.
Please tell all your friends about The Henley Diary. Events for future Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close marked ‘Henley Diary’ email:

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