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Edition 156 - 17th May 2007
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TIC expects to Object to Sports Shed Design

Warwickshire College has continued its PR campaign for the sports shed by addressing various groups in the town including the Henley and Beaudesert Society and the TIC (Town Improvement Committee).

Chris Pagett, Development Director at Warwickshire College, presented his latest proposals to a well attended meeting of the TIC and following a lengthy discussion the TIC voted not to support the current design. TIC member and local architect Duncan Bainbridge told the meeting that the height of the building could be substantially reduced without any loss to the internal height. The committee also agreed that the College should be required to demolish the present sports hall once the new building had been commissioned.

On Monday 14th May, Chairman of the TIC Brian Twigg wrote to Chris Pagett saying:

Thank you for the presentation of the plans for the proposed sports hall, and the courteous way in which you answered questions. It was most useful in assisting the TIC to form a view on the proposed planning application.

The view of the TIC is as follows:

The building as currently proposed is not suitable for the proposed site in that the height of the roof would provide an unacceptable intrusion into the view of what is generally accepted as a typical rural approach to the town.

The TIC strongly recommends that the proposed plan be modified to incorporate a significantly lower roof apex.

We look forward to seeing any modifications that you can make, but should a planning application proceed on the basis of the current proposal the TIC would have to consider the possibility of lodging a formal objection to the proposal.

It is expected that the Henley and Beaudesert Society will adopt a similar policy towards this development.

The Stratford District Council Planning Dept's website still shows this application as "Application Invalid On Receipt".

Asics Cure Leukaemia Run shines through!

1,500 runners braved last Sunday’s wet weather to take part in the Asics Cure Leukaemia Run in Sutton Park, which was organised by John Latham, former High Bailiff and Chairman of Henley Cricket Club. Cheered on by England and Warwickshire Cricketer, Ashley Giles and 400m Champion Athlete, Iwan Thomas, the event was a great success and hopes to have raised in excess of £30,000 for the charity which supports a new leukaemia centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

The event was staged with the backing of Asics, Europe’s number 1 running brand. Midlands based Kenver, a financial services company, sponsored the t shirts and sweatshirts. Birmingham City Council also supported the event and over 100 volunteers gave their time to ensure that the morning went to plan. Amongst the volunteers were 10 rotarians and wives from Henley-in-Arden.

The 10k race was won by Steve Marklew, a member of the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club, in 35 minutes and 28 seconds with the first female, Yvonne Wallis, coming in at a time of 42 minutes and 14 seconds. The 5k race saw Jamie Johnson win in a time of 17 minutes and 50 seconds with the first female just 2 minutes behind with a time of 19 minutes and 47 seconds. The bravest runners of the day had to be the children in the 1k race. In the worst weather of the morning around 100 under 8’s took on the rain soaked course. The first boy home was 7 year old Charlie Howard from Hagley and the first girl was 7 year old Lauren Powell from Redditch.

Other winners included At Home Fitness winning the 5k Challenge Team Prize, Water Orton Wanderers winning the 5k Schools Team Prize and Wellbeck College winning the 10k Challenge Team Prize.

As well as the more serious runners there were a great number of fun runners some of whom has their own personal reason for taking part in the race. Amongst the runners were patients, doctors and nurses from the leukaemia centre. Professor Charles Craddock, Chair of Haemato-Oncology turned the morning into a real family affair, himself running in the 5k, his wife, Louise in the 10k and his children in the 1k.

Henley citizens were surprised to see a mysterious figure with a vaguely familiar profile well up with the leaders at check point 5 on the 10 kilometre run. Alec Haliwell was so intrigued that he is offering a tube of smarties for the first correct answer. He has told Henley NEWS On-line that no entries will be accepted from employees of Johnsons Coaches, Henley in Arden Scouts or Governors, Teachers and pupils past and present of Henley High School, in fact anyone who would recognise John Johnson.

Runners and crowds were kept entertained by Tamworth based band, Outlook who played a mix of their own music and covers and runners were met with a great rendition of Bryan Adams’ I’m Gonna Run To You as they headed towards the finish line.

Funds raised through entry fees and sponsorship will go directly to the new leukaemia centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The centre supports the 7000 leukaemia patients who live in the West Midlands. It also undertakes vital world class research and contributes greatly to the advancement of the treatment of this disease which affects so many. For further information on the work of Cure Leukaemia please visit the website www.cureleukaemia.co.uk/

Johnsons Go Greener

With the environment and our carbon footprint on everyone's minds, local coach operator Johnsons has got ahead of the game by purchasing two brand new coaches that meet exhaust emission standards that don't come into force until October 2009.

Over the last 10 years European legislation has required that all engine manufactures gradually reduce pollutants in exhaust emissions, and the latest phase, Euro 4 came into force for all new coaches from October 2006.

The next step Euro 5 is not due for another 2 years but manufactures can offer it as an upgrade to environmentally conscious operators as the changes only require engine management adjustments to existing engines.

"The two new coaches were ordered last November, as part of our continuous investment programme, and for an extra £2000, just 1% of the £200,000 price tag we were able to jump straight to Euro 5 exhaust emissions standards " says John Johnson, one of the companies Directors; "Coach travel is environmentally friendly by nature, every time we take a group out by coach it keeps the equivalent of 20 or so cars off the road. These two new coaches means that our carbon footprint is reduced even further".

Douglas Bridgewater's Heroes of Henley Series

Thomas Ritchings
Gunner, 872724, Royal Artillery

The Times of 7 May 2007 contained an interesting article on the Lisbon Maru, sunk in the East China Sea in October 1942. It was carrying British prisoners of war from Hong Kong to Japan. Some 840 of these men died following its sinking: one of them was a man from Henley in Arden.

Thomas Ritchings was the fourth son of George and Annie Ritchings of Henley-in-Arden. His father worked on the railway and had served as a Lance Sergeant with the Grenadier Guards in the Great War. At the outbreak of was in 1939 Thomas joined the Royal Artillery and was sent overseas to serve with 8 Coast Regiment in Hong Kong, which comprised 19 officers and 518 men. Thomas became a prisoner of war when Hong Kong surrendered to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941.

Thomas was one of 1,816 POWs who were assembled by the Japanese on the parade ground of Shamshuipo Camp in Hong Kong on 25 September 1942, to be sent to Japan as slave labour. Conditions in the camp had been very harsh: it was overcrowded, food was inadequate and medical supplies were scarce. A diphtheria epidemic had reached alarming proportions. On 27 September the POWs were loaded into lighters from a pier at the corner of the camp and taken to a freighter of some 7,000 tons, the Lisbon Maru. This was commanded by Captain Kyoda Shigaru and also contained 778 Japanese soldiers and 25 guards, who occupied most of the deck space forward. The POWs were put into three holds: those in the Royal Navy into No 1 hold, nearest the bows; men of the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots and 1st Battalion Middlesex Regiment into No 2 hold, just in front of the bridge, and the Royal Artillery into No 3 hold, just behind the bridge. Conditions in the holds were appalling. There was insufficient room for all the men to be able to lie down at the same time, so they slept by rota. Food was adequate by POW standards, but drinking water was rationed and there was no water for washing. Latrines consisted of wooden hutches hanging over the side, far too few for the numbers on board. About half of the men were given a kapok life belt. There were four lifeboats and six life rafts, all of the lifeboats and four of the life rafts being set aside for the Japanese.

On the morning of 1 October, the Lisbon Maru was torpedoed by the US Submarine Grouper, though the ship did not sink immediately. The Grouper had fired six torpedoes, only one of which hit the ship in the stern. Although this proved to be the most disastrous American-on-British friendly fire incident in history, Grouper’s commander could not be blamed. In contravention of the Geneva Convention the Lisbon Maru was not displaying a signal that she had POWs on board. None of the POWs were allowed on deck after the ship was struck and for the next seven hours food and water were refused, as were requests to visit the latrines. All the Japanese troops left the ship at about 17.00 for the Toyukuni Maru, which had arrived on the scene, leaving on board 25 guards, the crew of 77 and the POWs. At about 21.00 the Japanese battened down the hatches, leaving the POWs in complete darkness and without any fresh air. By dawn on 2 October, they had had no food or water and had been denied access to the latrines for 24 hours. No 3 hold, where Thomas Ritchings was held, was taking water and the pumps had to be manned, but those manning them rapidly lost consciousness due to the extreme heat and lack of air. The ship now showed every sign of sinking.

Captain Shigeru sent a flag message to the Toyukuni Maru requesting permission to abandon ship. The reply stated that the Japanese guards and crew would be taken off, but not the POWs. Six armed “suicide” guards were left on board to ensure that no prisoners escaped. However, a small party broke out of No 1 hold and, after overpowering the guards, assisted a number of gunners to escape from No 3 hold. In one of the holds the ladder broke, trapping about 70 men, who could be heard singing It’s a Long Way to Tipperary as the ship began to sink by the stern. Lieutenant-Colonel Stewart, the senior British officer, then gave the order to abandon ship. The Japanese soldiers on the ships alongside fired on the escaping prisoners, though eventually the Japanese began to rescue some of them. Those who were recaptured were assembled on the dock in Shanghai on 5 October and a roll call was taken. Of the original 1,816 prisoners over 1,000 had died or been killed, including Thomas Ritchings. About 200 POWs escaped by reaching some islands off the Zhoushan archipelago after about 8 hours in the water and covering a distance of about 5 miles; others were taken by sharks, were drowned or were shot in the water. Those who reached land were fed and clothed by local Chinese villagers

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gives Thomas’ date of death as either 1 or 2 October 1942. He is named in Column 6 of the Sai Wan Memorial in Hong Kong.

An attempt is shortly to be made by two teams of divers to locate the Lisbon Maru, which lies in about 100 feet of water, and to mark it as a war grave. The divers are British, but the expedition is being covered by Chinese television and is being supported by the Chinese Navy. It is hoped to salvage something from the ship, perhaps its propeller, to be included in a memorial to be built on the island where the men swam ashore.

Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

At the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 14th May 2007 Members discussed one planning applications received and sixteen items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded. Amongst the items discussed were the following:

1. Condition of the pavements and signage on the High Street.
Members continued to express concern at the state of the High Street and strong reservations about the Warwickshire County Council’s proposed works to the footways, which are scheduled to commence on 21st May 2007. The programme is expected to last for four weeks and will include replacing the flag paving outside the TMI building with tarmac, followed by localised paving repairs and installing some dropped kerbs. Members considered that tarmacing was wholly unsuitable for Henley’s historic High street, and agreed to write to the County Council expressing a strong preference for brick paving which would also withstand unauthorised vehicle parking. It was hoped that the County Council would also raise a contribution to maintenance from those businesses who allow unauthorised parking on the footways outside their premises, with the option to install bollards to prevent such abuse. Members are angered by the comparison of Henley with other towns in the District where footways are incomparably better, and are extremely concerned at the incidences of serious injury and the danger posed (particularly to the elderly) caused by damaged paving.

Members also expressed concern over the signage in the town, and noted the advice from the County Council that many temporary signs were illegal. They concluded that, in respect of both maintenance of footways and in the poor state of signage, poor management of resources was as much to blame as the lack of funding.

2. Unauthorised parking in the High Street
Members noted a letter from the Parking Services Manager at Stratford District Council which stated that now that there had been remedial works to double yellow lines the parking Enforcement Team would be better placed to take action. They noted that parking on zig zag lines by a pedestrian crossing is a criminal offence and therefore a police matter. Members also expressed concern, however, at the effect on traffic of illegal parking on market days, and resolved to take a firm line with Parking Services to improve the situation.

3. Local Authorities (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2007
The Government have now laid before Parliament Regulations to require all Councils to introduce a new Model Code of Conduct, and after consideration Members agreed to adopt the regulations in full, with immediate effect and without amendment. They noted that in doing so this would preserve the Council’s Quality Status.

4. Naming of the development on the ex-industrial site to the east of Millfield Court.
Members agreed to name the new road “William James Way” in honour of the transport visionary, pictured right, who was the proprietor of the Stratford canal, promoter of the Stratford – Moreton Tramway and instigator of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway, and who was born in Henley on 13th June 1771.

Members did not discuss a response to the proposed installation of a telecommunications mast on the roof of the BT Exchange in Station Road. The Chairman advised the public, of which there was a substantial number, that there would be full debate when the formal planning application had been received, and notice of that meeting would be advised in the usual way.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 4th June 2007. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and, as with all meetings of the Council, members of the public are welcome to attend.

Martin Johnson attends Henley Dinner

Martin Johnson, England Rugby World Cup Winning Team Captain, was guest of honour at a fundraising dinner organised by Sue Dalby and Brian Westmacott last Tuesday. The event was attended by 75 people and raised over £4,000 for Claverdon Junior Rugby Club and the Tom Haycroft Memorial Fund which is a fund set up to help young rugby players in this area.

A fantastic evening was had by all and Martin gave a very informal enjoyable after dinner speech.

The event organised by Sue and Brian on Saturday, 28th April raised £1,200. Donations were were given of £800 towards a bike for local PC Bennett and the balance was put towards the Christmas lights fund.

Gun Culture

Nigel Hastilow’s article about guns in the USA struck a chord with me.

In 1993 I spent a month in America privately. I experienced life in America at first hand and met many of the ethnic groups that make the American nation. Into the second week of my stay, my hostess showed me two revolvers, one her late husband’s and her own; she assured me the bullets were kept separately!. When I asked her why she needed such a weapon her reply was, “to defend myself of course, how do you defend yourself against an intruder?” She was amazed when I told her we used our voice (i.e. scream) threw furniture or used anything else that was handy. This was a leafy middle class suburb where she lived and in that month there was not a single crime committed.

On the last Sunday of my stay, she took me to a “doughnut bar”. Of the many types of doughnut I chose an English jam doughnut. When we entered the bar the only customer was a young man who was hassling the young girl behind the counter. Out of six doughnuts he only took only bite and complained about the taste. He was remarking on her appearance etc. My hostess whispered “ lets go!!” I said I would not leave the girl alone with that man. “Oh, but he might have a gun". We stuck it out and he eventually drove away, much to the girl’s relief. Apparently Sunday, the Lord’s Day is the most dangerous day of the week in America, with may shootouts between family members.

Guns in the hands of ordinary people who fear the worst can be dangerous. This nation must do all in its power to quell the gun culture endemic at the present. Police with guns at out airports and other places of importance in London reflects a sad decline in human behaviour. The gun might be high tec, but the primeval urge to kill is as old as mankind.

As in this country in the USA I did not see a single policeman on the beat. One could say that the police presence was conspicuous by its absence.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

Jonathan Dovey's History of Henley Series

Examples of Modern Architecture in Henley in Arden

Voysey & Goldfinger

Henley in Arden’s architecture is traditionally associated with the mix of listed Tudor and Georgian buildings along the high street. However, Henley has buildings designed by two of the most influential architects that also reflect the architectural movement of the 20th Century.

Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857 – 1941) was commissioned by Miss Knight to build a house in Henley called Brook End in 1909. Voysey was a prominent architect whose style from 1890 until the First World War was seen by contemporaries as the epitome of tranquility, gentleness and elegant kindness.

Brook End – Charles Voysey 1909

Whitley Piece – Ernö Goldfinger 1947

Ernö Goldfinger (1902 – 1987), a Hungarian émigré, was a radical modernist pioneer who designed Whitley Piece for Colonel Fletcher on a hill above Henley in 1947. ‘He went on to build some of the most architecturally ambitious office and tower blocks which were once reviled but are now once again highly regarded.’

Brook End – Charles Voysey

‘Streamline Cottages’

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), default quality Originally from Yorkshire he moved down to London after his father had been publicly tried for heresy and thrown out of the Church of England. In 1881/2 Voysey set up his own practice and began designing wallpapers and textiles. From the early 1890’s his style of house became popular and he had commissions from all over the country. His last major commission was in 1919, and his reputation was hit in the 1930’s when he turned his back on the Modernist Movement that many saw him as creating. He received the RIBA Gold Medal in 1940 and died in Winchester in 1941. Voysey was also a designer of furniture, fabrics, wallpapers, metalwork, tiles and needlework. He designed both the interior and exterior of his houses frequently employing his bird and heart motifs. His heart shaped motif was used on the front door of his family home in Chorleywood and Brook End. As his work influenced later design styles especially Art Nouveau, Voysey inspired furniture; wallpaper and fabrics can still be bought.

In 1909 Voysey was commissioned by Miss F Knight to build Brook End on New Road, Henley in Arden. The Knight family were originally from Barrells Hall near Ullenhall, but the family had sold the estate in 1856. The design of the house was characteristically Voysey. As usual for his designs, it had a low spreading roof with servant’s hall and bedrooms alongside the principal rooms. The design included a coach house and stable on the one side of the house with a formal garden with pergola and greenhouse on the other. Voysey also built three octagonal shaped rooms on its East side: the drawing room, dining room and conservatory.

Plans of Brook End, Henley in Arden 1909
& a Pair of Cottages near Haslemere 1903

Great similarities can be seen in this design to his other projects. The original plan of a 40-foot porch, although never built, is similar to a 30-foot porch shown in his drawings for cottages near Haslemere. The triangular shaped dormer windows at Brook End are identical to front elevation of the Haslemere cottages. His use of bays, angular shaped rooms and garden layout are similar to other designs.

Voysey was a perplexing figure because of his apparent betrayal of the revolution in English domestic architecture that his own work had produced. Voysey was a pathfinder of the British Arts and Crafts movement and his striking yet austere white houses with medieval style windows are variously seen as precursors of modernism; examples of individualism in architecture; or even as a British variant of Art Nouveau.

It lies low in the landscape, its exterior surfaces covered in white render, the window surrounds of smooth unmoulded stone, the metalwork self-consciously rustic, the low spreading roof laid with carefully graded slates. Interiors are light, furnishings simple, wallpapers pretty, fireplaces welcoming – ‘streamline cottages for Quaker trolls’ as they have unkindly been called.                                               (Ian Sutton, Western Architecture)

His style was copied endlessly around the world. Despite his own reputation’s slump, developers of the 1930’s suburbs used his designs as a prototype by echoing his roofs, bays and whitened exterior walls. His buildings were of a cottage style with clear lines and plain surfaces. He was the first modern architect to design houses almost free of stylish reminiscences.

Acknowledgements - With thanks to the owners of Brook End.

Whitley Piece – Ernö Goldfinger

‘Contemporary Style in an Uncompromising Form’

Ernö in front of Trellick Tower

Ernö Goldfinger’s architecture has been best described as Modernist, or worst as Brutalism ‘unrelentingly grim’.

His career started in 1930’s Britain where Modernist architecture didn’t catch on as in other counties. He found contracts hard to come by and therefore set about building his own house in Willow Road, Hampstead. This three-property terrace with integral parking, balconies & full height windows was very different to the Georgian and Victorian Houses in the road.  However unlike other modernist architecture it is sympathetic to its surroundings. Yet the project still aroused large opposition from the neighbours including author Ian Fleming.

Goldfinger was known to be a rude and difficult person; he once challenged a person to a duel in Paris, while in a two-year period at his small office he sacked 29 members of staff. In 1959 Goldfinger threatened to sue Fleming over his new James Bond novel where the villain had a passing resemblance to him. After the film had been released he endured many phone calls from spoof Sean Conneries and renditions of the theme tune. The publishers paid him costs even though an enraged Fleming had thought of changing the name of the character to Goldprick.

After the War, Ernö Goldfinger presented plans of how London should be rebuilt in a book called ‘The County of London Plan’. However, he along with his contemporaries declined in popularity until his austere style was praised by a new generation of radical architects called the New Brutalists. Goldfinger’s own fortunes improved when the 1956 Housing Act prompted a change of direction to solve the housing shortage by using high-rise flats. Goldfinger’s projects include the redevelopment at the Elephant and Castle, Alexander Fleming House, Balfron Tower and Trellick Tower.

‘Goldfinger’s career echoes that of the modernist movement – struggled to gain acceptance pre-war, became prolific in the 1950’s and 60’s and then became icons of everything that the public hated about modernism.’                                   (BBCOpen2.net, Ernö Goldfinger)

Today his architecture has been gaining popularity, his high-rise developments have proved to be robustly built and imaginatively planned. However even his admirers think that his best buildings were his smaller projects.

In 1947 Ernö Goldfinger was commissioned to design a house on the hill above Henley in Arden for Colonel Fletcher. The site was chosen with windows positioned to frame the unspoilt views to the South and Southwest. The Council regulations at the time insisted that such a large site had to have two properties so Ernö designed a semi-detached pair of cottages. However it was never intended to be two properties, so Colonel Fletcher had to live in a house with two front doors and staircases. The present owners recounted the story that this was found out by the Council after an official was greeted by the Colonel at each front door.

Erno had designed his own house at Willow Road just before the Second World War, and his design for Whitley Piece (left) just after the War show several similarities. Goldfinger’s architectural style is characterised by use of concrete and brick; open plan interiors; and strong horizontal lines. The use of a concrete floor and columns allowed for larger openings in order to let in more light. Willow Road and Whitley Piece are very similar in that they appear to be one house. Originally the fireplaces were identical with an open fire contained within a curved chimneybreast. The constructional details of Whitley Piece also reveal the use of ‘Jicwood’ doors, Canadian cedar shingles on the roof and other exterior timber protected by ‘Cuprinol’. 

In 1966, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner wrote that Whitley Piece was ‘mildly modern in the 1945-55 way’.

Acknowledgements - With thanks to the owners of Whitley Piece.


Henley in Arden is fortunate to have two buildings designed by eminent architects that played a part in the modernist movement. Despite being poles apart in their views on architecture, Voysey’s designs were not that different to Goldfinger’s. Voysey and Goldfinger both designed sleek modern houses with a sense of open plan. Both designers stressed the horizontal with spreading roofs and wide projecting eaves. Both were perfectionists: Voysey abhorred compromise and was very inflexible; Goldfinger was just as likely to fire his own clients. Voysey’s designs influenced how suburban houses of the 1930’s were built. Goldfinger’s style of modernism is reflected in Henley in Arden’s own High School, part designed by another modernist architect Frederick Gibberd. Despite their differences, Goldfinger’s vernacular designs were the direct descendants of Voysey.

Jonathan Dovey

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

From the High Bailiff

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

Flouting Planning in Wootton Wawen

SDCIgnoring planning laws in south Warwickshire could land offenders in court is the message from Stratford-on-Avon District Council after a successful prosecution case.

On 3 May Stratford-upon-Avon Magistrates court fined Mr Anthony Clifford Robbins, a local business man, £1,000 and awarded Council costs of £850 when he pleaded guilty to the non-compliance of a planning enforcement notice that required the dismantling of an unauthorised building in Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire.

Non-compliance with an enforcement notice is an offence, which because of its seriousness is punishable by a fine of up to £20,000.

The building, located on land adjacent to The Latch, has now been dismantled.

Girls - Lingerie Extravaganza


The Bluebell is joining forces with Henley in Arden's fabulous new designer lingerie

boutique "Everything for the Girl" to bring you a designer lingerie extravaganza on

Monday 4th June...


Top designer lingerie, perfumes and swimwear will be available with up to 70% off.


We look forward to welcoming you to The Bluebell ...



Duncan & Leigh
The Bluebell

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Soccer School Returns

Following the highly successful Arsenal Soccer Schools Easter programme that were held at The Warwickshire College, Henley In Arden, we will be returning to the same venue during the Whitsuntide half term holidays. We will be operating a two day soccer school on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th April for boys and girls from 5 – 15.Everyone is welcome regardless of ability, experience or which team they support!!

As you would expect from one of Europe’s top clubs we will provide premium, yet fun coaching in a friendly, safe environment. We have male and female coaches all are FA qualified, have undergone child protection programmes and have full CRB checks. In addition, The Arsenal coaching staff regularly monitors all coaches.

For more details or to receive a booking form please contact Neil Evans on 07968 231222 or email naepro41@aol.com

Mat not phased by lost weekend

Henley-in-Arden's Dunlop British Touring Car star Mat Jackson says his luckless Thruxton meeting on Sunday (May 6th) was a one-off and he'll be back on front-running form in the championship's next rounds.

Mat retired from Thruxton's first race with accident damage to his Jackson's MSport 320si E90 after it collided with Gordon Shedden's Honda Civic. In race two, sensing a problem with his his car's engine, he switched off and pulled up by the side of the track but the problems would also prevent him from starting the day's third race.

"Everyone has a bad weekend and hopefully ours is now out of the way. We're strong enough to take this on the chin but we all know we can't afford for it to happen again," says Mat. "I've lost ground in the title race, but I expect us to be right back where we belong, fighting for race wins and podium results at Croft in four weeks."

Prior to his race one retirement at Thruxton, Mat had a brief opportunity to show why he is regarded as a future great in the BTCC as he battled for position into the first sequence of corners with reigning champion Matt Neal.

But says 25-year-old Mat: "He squeezed me up to the edge of the track under braking which is fine, but then kept moving over and put me on the grass. That oversteps the mark in my book. I had no braking and went straight on into his team-mate Shedden who I felt quite sorry for."

Mat believes his engine problems in race two were caused by too short a final drive in the car's transmission. He adds: "The engine was hitting the rev limiter way too early on the straights. Hopefully I killed the ignition before any major damage was done but we need to have a thorough examination. The same problem kept us back in 12th in qualifying, but I knew we had good tyre wear so had expected to make up places in the races."

Despite his disappointments, Whale/Maxim-backed driver Mat's profile continues to rise - he's just been focus of a double-page article in the UK's top motoring magazine Auto Express read by around 250,000 people a week and was also chosen by ITV for their driver feature prior to Sunday's race coverage. It all adds up to great exposure for those involved with the Jacksons MSport team.

"It was great fun putting that together," says Mat. "The crew and presenter Louise Goodman came up to Henley-in-Arden the Thursday before and we spent the day filming at my place and zipping about on dirt bikes. The media and PR-side of the sport are all part of being a BTCC driver and something I really enjoy taking part in. At the end of the day we're there to put a shown on for the public."

BTCC drivers after 9 rounds: 1st Jason Plato 107; 2nd Fabrizio Giovanardi 98; 3rd Tom Chilton 68 etc. 8th Mat Jackson 35 etc.

Independent drivers: 1st Mike Jordan 83; 2nd Tom Onslow-Cole 74; 3rd Colin Turkington 69; 4th Mat Jackson 60.

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

Blair's legacy - the decline of the West Midlands

Nigel HastilowIt's not meant to be a summary of what the Blair years have done for the West Midlands, but it might just as well be.  An assessment of the region's economy has been compiled by our development agency, Advantage West Midlands, and it outlines some of the success and failures of recent times.

For instance, there has been a steep fall in the number of jobs in manufacturing industry - now at its lowest level since the industrial revolution and unlikely ever to recover. On the other hand, there are more service industry jobs - and massively more public sector jobs.

According to AWM, “manufacturing is transforming and not declining”. Its evidence includes the following points:

  • Manufacturing is the largest West Midlands sector accounting for around 27% of Regional Gross Value Added (GVA) ;
  • There are 19,000 manufacturers employing over 362,000 people with an annual turnover of £45bn per annum;
  • Wages for West Midlands manufacturing are 20% higher than the average wage for the region;
  • Every manufacturing job is linked to two jobs in high quality services;
  • The region is home to world-class brands including Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin, JCB, Cadburys, Brintons, Aga, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Coors, Sun Valley, Muller , PepsiCo, Fujitsu;

On the down-side:

  • Productivity is almost 40 per cent below that in the United States and 20 per cent below France and Germany;
  • West Midlands manufacturing productivity is amongst the lowest of any UK region – 85% of the UK average;
  • 98.5 per cent of the region’s manufacturers are SMEs many of whom do not have the expertise, money or time to improve existing methods;
  • The proportion of employees in the private sector with higher-level qualifications (22%) is below the national average (25%);
  • Some time in the past 12 months the number of people working in manufacturing industry was overtaken those in professional services.

The region's manufacturing industry has halved in 25 years with the loss of 347,000 jobs - 109,000 of them disappearing between 2000 and 2005. Another 47,000 will go in the next decade. In 1999, 23 per cent of our jobs were in manufacturing; today it's only 16 per cent. About 380,000 people work in manufacturing - the lowest figure in history - while 440,000 are in the service sector, though this is dwarfed by the 800,000 who work for the public sector with 59,000 more to come. AWM thinks the number of self-employed people will fall 47,000 in the next few years.

Over one million people in the West Midlands are not capable of reading this while 17 per cent of school leavers have no qualifications at all.

The West Midlands, once one of the most prosperous in Europe, now earns eight per cent less per head than the national average. Household incomes are expected to fall to 10 per cent behind the national average.

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments


I was talking to a local resident the other day about the state of the footpaths in Henley. It is bad enough for those of us who are in good health, but for others it must be a nightmare.

Uneven slabs, dug up tarmac and re-laid unevenly, overhanging trees and dog poo.

Why are we not taking care of our town? What do the visitors think to the up keep of our heritage?

We have many lanes to walk through whether it be to the shops, church or our local schools, but I would hate to be pushing a pram through some of these. I must be a nightmare for the parents out there.

Who is responsible for the upkeep of these? Don’t we pay enough council tax to have our paths looked after properly, not just a skim of tarmac every now and then. Holes need to be filled in and more bins provided for those with dogs. It is all well and good to enter Henley in Bloom contest, but surely the paths that these judges have to walk along should be well presented as well and not be a safety risk?

Maybe the Lords Waste extends to the footpaths? Who knows?


Grumpy Old Man

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Air conditioning for homes ?

Most home air conditioners use lots of electricity, typically 25 times as much per day as a fridge freezer. According to a recent “which report”, most of the portable air conditioners they tested are irritatingly noisy and they made the air rather dry as well as cool. Most did not meet their declared energy efficiency ratings and most use refrigerants that increase climate change if it leaks out.

Sales are booming but it is ironic that a solution to the discomfort of hotter summers that come with climate change is creating more climate change through high energy use and possibly by leakage of the refrigerant.

A more environmentally friendly way of achieving some cooling is the evaporative cooler which cools the air by blowing it through a water moistened filter. They are cheaper to buy and also cheaper to run because they use far less energy. But, they are less effective on humid days and you have to keep them topped up with water.

Overall it seems best to use traditional methods on very hot days and keep relatively cool by wearing loose clothing, turning off non essential electrical equipment, staying downstairs and keeping windows doors and sunny side curtains closed during the day but open in the cool of the evening. Cavity wall and loft insulation also help to keep the house cool in summer as well as warm in winter.

Last week we launched our free entry competition. Click Here to Download the full details of prizes and how to enter or pick up an entry form at various businesses around the town.

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'

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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.

Between 1320 hours and 1520 hours on 2nd May 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth.  They have then gained entry via the rear window and stolen a quantity of jewellery and ladies and gents golf clubs.
Incident number 373 of 2nd May 07 refers.

Prior to 2030 hours on 2nd May 07 unknown offender/s approached a grey Land Rover Discovery parked on Station Road, Claverdon.  They have then smashed the rear window and taken a bag from behind the driver’s seat.
Incident number 577 of 2nd May 07 refers.

Between 1830 hours on 2nd May and 1340 hours on 3rd May unknown offender/s approached a property in Kyte Green, Henley in Arden.  They then used a screwdriver to gain entry to the front patio door.  Once inside they have stolen jewellery, laptop computer and also a BMW motor vehicle.
Incident number 241 of 3rd May 07 refers.

Overnight between 2nd and 3rd May 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Earlswood Common, Earlswood.  They have then attempted to remove one of the panels from the front UPVC door.
Incident number 117 of 3rd May 07 refers.

At approximately 1010 hours on 3rd May 07 offenders approached a property on Stratford Road, Hockley Heath.  They have then used a claw hammer and a shovel to cause damage to the property in an attempt to gain entry.  Offenders described as male, dressed in black and driving a white van, possibly Renault or Fiat.
Incident number 162 of 3rd May 07 refers.

Prior to 1530 hours on 3rd May 07 offenders approached a property on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood.  They have then gained entry by forcing the patio door and attempted to remove a plasma TV from the wall.  Offenders believed to have been disturbed by owner and made their getaway in a blue Peugeot 106.
Incident number 343 of 3rd May 07 refers.

Between 10th May and 13th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on The Crescent, Wootton Wawen.  They have then gained access via an unlocked side door and stolen a Nikon digital camera from within.
Incident number 254 of 13th May 07 refers.

Prior to 7th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a business site on Pennyford Lane, Wootton Wawen.  They have then cut the chains on the main gate and stolen a quantity of petrol driven equipment.
Incident number 265 of 7th May 07 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 11th May and 0610 hours on 14th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a school on Arden Road, Henley in Arden.  They have then gained entry to a plastic shed and stolen a quantity of children's bikes and play equipment.
Incident number 119 of 14th May 07 refers.

At approximately 1500 hours on 3rd May 07 offenders approached a property on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth in Arden.  They have then gained entry and stolen a TV and a grey Mini Cooper convertible from the location.  Possible descriptions of offenders – three, possibly four, males, mixed race, wearing hoodies and driving white Ford Transit van.
Incident number 318 of 3rd May 07 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 4th May and 0700 hours on 5th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a building site at rear of Millfield Court, Henley in Arden.  They have then gained entry and driven a forklift truck through the gates causing damage to the tyres.  A quantity of bricks have also been smashed.
Incident number 179 of 8thMay 07 refers. 

At approximately 2230 hours on 4th May 07 some youths approached a building site near to High Street, Henley in Arden and were seen to be driving a digger.
Incident number 634 of 4th May 07 refers. 

Between 0001 hours and 0900 hours on 5th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on High Street, Henley in Arden.   They have then scratched a continuous line into the vehicle.
Incident number 330 of 5th May 07 refers.

At approximately 1100 hours on 8th May 07 offender/s approached a property on Langley Road, Claverdon.  They have then used a white van to reverse into the gates and force them open.  Offender/s drove off when they realised they have been seen.
Incident number 222 of 8th May 07 refers.

Between 1530 hours and 1600 hours on 18th April 07 unknown offender/s approached a Golfing Club on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth in Arden.  They have then approached a golf bag left unattended on the patio area and removed a black Ipod.
Incident number 100 of 3rd May 07 refers.

At approximately 1430 hours on 6th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a white Vauxhall Cavalier  parked in layby near to the Bluebell Walk, Pennyford Lane, Wootton Wawen.  They have then gained entry to the rear boot and stolen a new Sony hi-fi unit.
Incident number 334 of 6th May 07 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 11th May and 0740 hours on 12th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a red Kia Sedona parked on Church Road, Claverdon.  They have then smashed the rear window and stolen a Ferguson DVD player from within.
Incident number 203 of 12th 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!

Please note due to renovation work at Henley Police Station there will be limited ‘police surgeries’.  Should any members of the community have issues they wish to raise during this period they can contact PCSO Jelfs on 0771 7236118 or PC Bennett on 07920 531450.  Surgeries will be as follows:-

Wednesday 11th July                   between 11 am – 1 pm

Wednesday 8th Aug                     between 11 am – 1 pm

Wednesday 22nd Aug                  between 11 am – 1 pm

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.


Alerts from Trading Standards

Call Centre Scam

The Trading Standards Service has received complaints from consumers who are being persistently called by a foreign call centre. The caller is reported to say that as they are a BT customer they have won a 'prize in a competition' and then go on to ask for personal details including bank account numbers.

Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning that this is either an orchestrated effort by criminal gangs to steal personal and financial information for the purposes of ID theft, or that an as yet unidentified company is using this approach to attempt to sign up consumers to a rival telephone service. The callers are reported to be extremely persuasive and use very high pressure sales techniques.

Trading Standards Officers strongly advise consumers not to divulge any personal or financial information to unsolicited callers, who ever they may claim to be.

For more information on protecting your personal information

Not a Free Lotto

A member of a NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH group has reported receiving a letter, posted in the UK using a postage stamp (to encourage the recipient to open it and give it more authenticity) which claims he has won $1,000,000. in a free lottery. This letter and others have been circulating in the Warwickshire area periodically and the Trading Standards Service has spoken to consumers who have lost several thousand pounds.

Consumers are warned that by contacting the organisers of these 'lotteries', it is highly likely that they will simply be asked to transfer
money to them, in order to release their non existent 'winnings'. In doing so they will also be targeted by other similar scams.

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

Trading StandardsSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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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.

National Festival Circus is coming to Henley on 23rd June. 3 showings at 1pm, 2.30pm and 4pm. Early Bird Offers available on tickets purchased before 21st May. Tickets available at Vanity Box, High St and Henley in Arden CP School office. Event takes place at Henley in Arden C P School playing fields. Please call 07789 906 475 for more details.

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.
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: stjohnnews@btinternet.com

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