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Edition 160 - 14th June 2007
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Court Leet Day - Saturday 9th June 2007

The sun smiled on Henley for a day with a difference for Henley’s Court Leet – the combination of four traditional rituals into a single programme. The Union flag fluttered from the Guild Hall flagpole, recently restored to life by the Court's Low Bailiff, Roger Sutton.

The day’s events started with an admonitory address from High Bailiff Ray Holding, delivered from the staircase of the old Guild Hall and aimed at the officers of the Court Leet gathered below. He charged them to do their respective duties – Ale Tasting, Butter Weighing, Brook Looking and Beating the Bounds.

Off they went – the Brook Lookers to the River Alne, the Hayward with his team to beat the Bounds, the Ale Taster and Butter Weigher to the High Street.

Their mission in each case was to conduct ritual re-enactments of old duties ensuring conformity with quality standards, the security of the manorial boundary and the state of Henley’s river.

At the river, the first task of Brook Lookers Andrew Gardner and Barry Tulloch task was a light-hearted one - to adjudicate and oversee a race by boats made by Henley’s beaver troop, boats made from bottles, sticks, bits of string and pretty well anything else. First, second and third prizes respectively went to George Bicknall, Sebastian Hopper and Louis Jones.

The Brook Lookers proceeded to their official duty of checking the river’s condition and looking for obstructions, whether man made or natural, which might impede its flow. This duty, in its heyday, reflected the vital importance of the river to the town – as a source of water and as an energy source through the mills.

After reassuring themselves that all was well, a twenty-first century duck race was held in which seventy ducks released by the Brook Lookers cascaded down the river to shouts of encouragement from their sponsors. Miss Norah Hillar, who apparently bought the ticket on behalf of her dog, was the winner. Brook Looker Barry Tulloch described the whole event as "enjoyable bit of mucking about on the river with historical undertones. As a more serious, component there was a river side display depicting the engineering improvements done Environmental Agency to control the river levels.

Meanwhile the Hayward Laurence Marshall with his wife Lynda and family, splendidly attired in authentic mediaeval garb, urged their group along the course of the old Manorial boundary. This route, documented somewhat unintelligibly in various books, was researched by Jonathan Dovey for the purposes of the day.

At intervals they re-enacted the custom of beating a young person (within the limits of today’s legislation!) to imprint a route marker point on a sensitive young mind, for the future benefit of the community.

The walk was about three miles long, much of it well outside the town and the beating points were chosen for their historical or other significance.

The largest posse of Court Officers accompanied the Town Crier, Mace Bearer, High Bailiff, Ale Tasters, Butter Weigher and other officers together with visitors from the Courts Leet of Alcester, Bromsgrove and Warwick, in an orderly march to the High Street. At the rear the Low Bailiff Roger Sutton swept up the stragglers.

The first port of call was Henley’s new Patisserie Maison Mayci, where Butter Weigher Graham Smith executed his “quality control” duty under the direction of the High Bailiff and reported that happily all was well. Then to Sue Dalby Catering for the same process: here, as a bonus extra, famous Henley caterer Sue Dalby treated the Court to a short course on butter making. Samples were passed round to an accompaniment of “Aah”s. She then submitted to the Butter Weigher’s scrutiny and was reassured that all was well here, too.

Maison Mayci

Sue Dalby Catering

Being at this point somewhat ahead of programme and having a little time to kill, on the suggestion of Town Crier Gordon Trinder the party took a shot amble through nearby streets, to the mild astonishment of residents. On then to the first licensed premises, the famous Black Swan, where Ale Taster Alistair Price, aided (and occasionally contradicted) by Warwick Ale Taster Graham Sutherland and Alcester Ale Taster Richard Aston, pondered upon the merits of drink in general and the Black Swan’s beer in particular. Approval of the fine ale was unanimous.

The Bluebell receives a certificate.

The Ale Tasters of Warwick, Henley and Alcester.

The Henley Ale Taster, Alistair Price

Matricardi's receives their certificate.

Linda and Ian at the White Swan.

Alan Butler at the Nags Head.

Paul Whelan at Somerfields.

The Bailiffs of Bromsgrove, Henley and Alcester enjoy the famous Henley ice cream.

The procession continued at a gentle pace, becoming perhaps less orderly as the various licensed hostelries were ticked off on the schedule. The route took in La Dolce Pizza, Matricardi’s Restaurant, The Bluebell Inn, The Three Tuns, Somerfield Stores, The Nag’s Head and Henley Ice Cream Parlour – a grand total of four Butter-Weighs and seven Ale Tastes. A good job done, the posse, weary of foot, slightly the worse for wear and short of a few who had fallen by the wayside, returned to the Guild Hall for a private buffet lunch party, dining on mediaeval fare with a pig’s head as table centrepiece, beautifully prepared by Sue Price-Whittle of the Heron’s Nest, Wootton Wawen.

In the garden, the duo “Fiddletix” , in costume of the period, played gentle mediaeval music to a growing number of people of all ages who had filed in. This passed an hour or so and at 3.30 the arena came alive with the miracle play “Noah’s Flood”, presented with great spirit and aplomb by performing arts students of Henley High School, together with three members of Henley Drama Society. Directed and produced by Hayley Pope, the School’s Community Arts leader. High School head teacher, who attended, said that this was an excellent of co-operation between the town and the school and he hoped for many more such "joint operations in the future".

The sun shone on. No-one wanted to go home. Henley WI served tea and coffee through the day. It was all essentially English and very good fun for those involved.

Photos by Alan Robson and John Love

Positive About Young People

The Hub @ Henley Youth Club Reports on Successes.

By Peter Crathorne

At its recent meeting the Management Committee heard that attendance figures for 2006-2007 places Henley Youth Club second in the whole of Warwickshire and in top place for South Warwickshire. During the year the club has registered 313 individuals making 3,317 attendances. This is the highest figure of the 15 youth centres in South Warwickshire.

19 participants took part in the recent 11 week pre driving course which concluded with a celebration go-karting evening. This was part of the Warwickshire Challenge Award. They also received a Duke of Edinburgh Sectional Award.

7 hardy youngsters and 4 leaders set out in poor weather conditions to paddle in canoes from Stratford to Warwick in the sponsored “Doggy Paddle” for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

They were forced by supervising marshals, on safety grounds due to weather conditions, to abandon the course after six miles. This was for their safety and welfare. Nevertheless, they expect to raise £800 for the organisation’s funds, a brilliant effort by all concerned.

A team of young artists led by a professional are in the process of completing art work which will surround the Skate Park. The Graffiti Art will reflect the interests and enthusiasms of young people. The club needs some enthusiastic artists to help with this.

After the recent depressing news conveying the impression that young people are a major problem in the town, it is heartening to hear of those who are positively engaged with the community and making a real difference to others and building up their own life experiences.

The club is focusing closely on those young men and women who are placing themselves at risk by their activities in the town. The club offers them a warm welcome, with many interesting and popular activities. During the summer holiday there are opportunities to visit Drayton Manor Park, Laser Quest in Coventry, a day at Alton Towers and a week long residential on the Centenary narrow boat. This trip will attempt to navigate the Avon ring from Wootton Wawen via Stratford, Tewkesbury, Worcester and return. This represents a real challenge and will entail a lot of enjoyable hard work. All these events are supported financially by the Youth Service allowing affordable costs for all. In addition the High School and Henley Community Arts are running a Summer Drama School, grants are available for this if the costs are too high for enthusiastic applicants.

Check this out at www.henleyhigh.com/resources/musicalplay.pdf

The club is still available for hire for children’s parties for example, very reasonable rates, check out our facilities.

Contact the club for further information (01564) 794042,
e-mail petercrathorne@tiscali.co.uk or text 07974573582

Parents: if you are concerned about your teenagers, their relationships or activities use the contact numbers above for advice.

Finally, the management committee needs to recruit a new member who would be prepared to be the vice chair. We meet only three times a year with some informal contacts during the year. For further information please contact Peter.

26 Peaks Challenge Success!

13 scouts from 1st Henley and Wootton Scout Troop successfully completed a charity marathon challenge to raise funds for ‘Children with Leukaemia’ and for troop equipment last weekend.

The challenge was to climb to the top of 26 hilltop summits of the Malvern Hills over Saturday and Sunday. 

The distance was about 13 miles and the walk started at the most southerly summit of the chain on Saturday morning and finished with the ascent of the most northerly by Sunday lunchtime.

They camped nearby overnight and recovered with BBQ burgers and chips...Followed of course by a Full English Breakfast on Sunday morning!

By the time all their money is collected in they will have raised over £700 to go to these much needed causes. 

Their leaders John Johnson, Caroline Daw and Peter Neville were unanimous in their praise for the troop …” They stuck it out, up hill and down dale,  even though the weather was rather warm – and had a great time doing it!”

Your Chance to Influence Police Priorities

This is your chance to have influence on how we are policed and to help prioritise concerns within our community.

Your County & District Councillors’ are working with the police to stem the tide of mindless vandalism and anti social behaviour that impact on the lives of Henley residents. In liaison with the police and Trading Standards, we are arranging for ‘mystery shoppers’ to identify and clamp down on the sale of alcohol to (or on behalf of) the under aged. We are also continuing our long campaign for CCTV for Henley and shortly hope to be able to make a positive announcement reflecting a significant financial investment into making Henley safer. The High Street Pubs are also working together with the police in issuing no nonsense lifetime bans where appropriate.

So what can you do to help?

If you have any concerns, please take the time to complete an ‘Issues Raised’ document and bring it along to the next Police & Communities Together (PACT) meeting which is being held at:

                              7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 3rd July at the Baptist Church Hall.

The issues raised at our Ward PACT Meeting will go before the Warwickshire Police Panel who will prioritise actions to address the situation. The more people raising the same issue e.g. Anti Social Behaviour, the better the prospects of us getting some positive action and resources to resolve the problem.

Also, please remember - If you see any crime please report the incident and get a crime reference number. Too many incidents go unreported and this gives the impression that incidents are lower than they actually are.

If you can’t make the next meeting, you can e-mail a copy of your own ‘Issues Raised’ to the address below and your concerns will be taken into consideration and prioritised.  PACT@laurencemarshall.co.uk

For more information go to: Warwickshire Police `Building Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs Together'.

After three years of vigorous campaigning by your District Councillors and following a feasibility study, we can now report that Henley in Arden is next in line to have a CCTV system installed.

It is part of Stratford District Council’s Corporate Plan to implement a further scheme this year and following intensive lobbying, a decision has been made in favour of Henley.

We are also happy to report on the upgrading of Henley Police Station. Again your County & District Councillors have campaigned vigorously to have this focal point of our historic High Street brought back up to standard. We have lobbied the Chief Inspector & the Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police to raise the profile of our concerns and finally we can report that the outside of the building is being re decorated and major improvements are being made to the ground floor areas so that the station has a more practical use to the policing of Henley.

Laurence Marshall - District Councillor

The circus is coming to town!

Don’t miss out on the chance to spend an afternoon full of fun and laughter right in the heart of your community…….

On Saturday 23rd June 2007, Henley in Arden Community Primary School PTA has arranged a fantastic fun day out for all the family - the Amazing National Festival Circus will be putting up its Big Top in the school grounds.

The Circus features international performers including clowns, jugglers, marvellous magicians, balancing equilibrists and tumbling acrobats. Don’t worry – there are no animal acts. So that you can choose a time that suits you and your family, there are 3 showings at 1.00pm, 2.30pm and 4.00pm.

And there’s more – to put you in the mood get to your show early or stay late and enjoy the adult bar, kids sweets and drinks and face painting. So don’t miss out on all the fun, come and enjoy a great day out.

At only £6 per seat or £22 for a family of four (under twos £1) it’s great value family fun. Tickets are available from the Vanity Box, High Street, Henley and from Henley in Arden CP School office. For more details call 07789 906475.

We look forward to seeing you there…..

Anyone for Tennis

The Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club will be holding an open day on Sunday July 1st from 10 am to 4 pm at their club house on the Memorial Playing Fields.

If you would like to experience the facilities of the club and play a free game of tennis, make a date in your diary.

There will be delicious refreshments provided throughout the day.

First Henley Steam Train Nearly Fully Booked

Our correspondent at Vintage Trains reports that the first Shakespeare Express to take on passengers at Henley-in-Arden station is now fully book for standard class passengers.

There are still a few Pullman class seats available for the circular tour to Stratford and Birmingham. Pullman seats must be booked in advance.

The first train will stop on 8th July at 11 am. Passengers will arrive back at Henley at 2.35 pm and can enjoy a silver service Sunday lunch on board.

It is expected that the High Bailiff will welcome the first passengers and then lunch on the first train.

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Next week, Henley NEWS On-line will be publishing details of a special trip on the Shakespeare Express organised by the Henley-in-Arden Rotary Club on Sunday 19th August, departing Henley Station at 11 am, returning 2.35 pm. Tickets will be available for the specially reserved Henley coach at £17.50 per person.

There is likely to be a considerable demand for this nostalgic event, so early booking is recommended.

Shake-up for council planning

A shake-up of Stratford District Council's planning department has been agreed following a damning report on the service.

The report, compiled by Head Officer of Planning Pat Reid, highlighted several issues surrounding the department, including major budget pressures, under performance and a critical computer system 'not fit for purpose.'

On Monday (June 4) the council's Executive agreed in principle to halve the number of managers in the department to two, despite the report recommending only one job being cut. The plans, which will see the current planning development manager, two area planning officers and the enforcement team leader replaced by a new planning manager and planning team leader, are subject to consultation with the trade union Unison. The shake-up will save the council £89,493 a year in wages.

Councillor Stephen Thirlwell, pictured right, asked the Executive to ignore the report's recommendation, which would have seen two planning managers and an assistant manager installed, and pass the controversial option. Both the Liberal Democrats and the Independent group were against Coun Thirlwell's calls.

Even Mr Reid's report stated the option given the go-ahead would be 'unlikely to be effective' for two reasons. He argued one senior post would put to much pressure on the manager and it would be better if responsibility was shared. Secondly, the report read, it would not be possible for planners to become more empowered.

The lead officer also said changing the department around would have a short term impact on morale and performance which could lead to deterioration in relationships within the department, with a lack of commitment to current projects. He was also worried about the loss of experience and knowledge within the service and feared more officers would leave the council.

Reprinted from The Stratford Observer

Late Breaking News
The planning application for a mobile phone aerial mast siting on the Post Office Building, Station Road, Henley  is scheduled to be determined by the Parish Council on Monday 18 June 2007.

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Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

The High Bailiff asked Henley News On-Line to record a particular thank you to the licensees, proprietors, managers and staff of the eleven premises participating in Court Leet Day. All had been briefed and without exception every one had joined in what was really a form of street theatre with the greatest good humour and goodwill. They made the day.

Also, the High Bailiff expressed the highest praise for the enthusiasm of the High School’s pupils and the sure-footed expertise of Henley Drama’s players Phil Walker, Fred Dowling and Sheena Ison in the roles of God, Noah and his wife, a reluctant sailor if there ever was one.

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The Hidden Costs of ‘Cheap’ Flights on the Internet

Shoppers are increasingly taking advantage of ‘cheap’ flights offered by budget airlines in the Internet. But Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service warns that when you factor in the ‘extras’ some flights can end up being more expensive than those offered by more traditional carriers.

Last month officers from Warwickshire Trading Standards checked out the deals available – with some surprising results. Strong competition amongst the discount airlines means that flights are advertised from as little as 1p, even including taxes! But remember, the flight you want may not be available at this price. Also, a number of ‘extras’ will be added to this starting figure.

For example, many people like to pay by credit card because of the extra protection this can afford, but it is now common to be charged for this. Some charge a flat fee, e.g. £3 per booking. Some charge a percentage, e.g. 2% of the total paid. But some will charge a flat amount per passenger per flight, in one case £1.99. For a family of four, this would mean an additional charge of £15.92 for return flights.

Luggage allowances have now been cut on many airlines, with still more charges for exceeding the set limits. One airline’s baggage allowance is now 15 kg, with any extra being charged at £5.50 for each kilo. You may also be charged extra to book a seat – an important point for those wishing to sit next to their children.

Trading Standards Officers found that it was possible to save 43% by booking with a much bigger ‘non-budget’ airline, simply by flying at night – and there were no hidden extra costs.

Mark Ryder, Head of Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards, said: “Whilst it’s perfectly reasonable for people to be able to save money by using a different payment methods and not taking very much luggage, the fact is that many people will need to pay these sums. We therefore call upon the budget airlines to make their advertised headline prices clearer, so the average traveller can see just how much they will have to pay and can compare prices. Our advice is don’t be drawn in by enticing offers. Shop around before you book.”

Consumers are also reminded that legally, traditional package deals bought from high street travel agents must be backed up by arrangements guaranteeing you a flight home – even if the tour operator goes bust while you are away. But if you have booked your own scheduled flight on the Internet there may be no arrangements made for you if your flight does not take off as planned. If the worst comes to the worst be prepared to book yourself another flight home.

Stratford On-Street Parking to Cost More

Big rises in the cost of parking on the streets of Stratford-on-Avon are likely to be approved.

Plans are afoot to stop motorists cheating the on-street parking meters. It is claimed some drivers have been getting half-price parking by returning every 30 minutes to feed the meters. These motorists buy four consecutive half hour slots at 20p a time instead of purchasing one ticket for two hours for £1.50. So the county council - which is responsible - is about to change the charges.

And that means a hefty price rise for everyone except those staying for an hour. They'll keep on paying £1.

The new charges will be 50p for half hour, £1 for an hour, £1.50 for one and a half hours and £2 for two hours. Current charges are 20p for half an hour, £1 for an hour, £1.50 for two hours.

Only a few years ago, on street parking in Stratford was free.

Jazz in the Garden 2007

The organisers of this popular annual event, which takes place on Saturday 21st July, have told Henley NEWS On-line that all the tickets have already been sold.

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

Has 'Henley On-line' Joined the Elite Brands?

Stroll down Oxford Street during the tourist season and you will sure to be offered a "Rolex" watch for £5.

Similarly, when you are away on holiday, you will be offered "Louis Vuitton" handbags at unbelievably low prices.

It seems that one qualification to be an elite brand, is that the brand must have copyists.

Henley NEWS On-line, which is referred to by most of our readers as Henley On-line, now meets this qualification as the recent screen shot right shows.

For the record, Henley NEWS On-line first appeared in the summer of 2004. The JPC site was not launched until February 2006.

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

I'm not a PIN number, I'm a free man (aren't I?)

Nigel HastilowAmazon keep trying to sell me CDs. Yesterday it was a new version of the last Gorillaz album. It’s got extra tracks and costs £15. Amazon bombard me with e-mail offers because their computer tracks my previous purchases and decides I’m the sort of mug who wants to pay over the odds for an old album. It’s one example of how clever-clever computers use all the data they collect every day.

In our surveillance society, where your’re photographed 300 times a day without your knowledge, every step you take, every move you make, they’ll be watching you. The other day I got an e-mail from Experian, a financial data collecting company, which noticed I once thought about signing up to check my credit report. I decided not to because I didn’t want to support an organisation which intrudes into my personal finances so much it knows exactly what I buy and when – even though I know they are can get it very wrong and blight someone’s creditworthiness.

Merely starting to fill out an application on line is apparently enough for them to get their claws into me and send an unsolicited e-mail six months later.Then there’s the vast stockpile of information held by internet search engines like Google, which record every web-site we ever visit. What do they want with this information? Who are they going to sell it to and what harm can it do us?

This is Big Brother. It’s sinister enough when it’s a CD shop. It’s a lot worse when it’s one of the many tentacles of the State. We’re told that if we have nothing to hide we have nothing to fear. But why should we be banned from leaving home without carrying an identity card? Why should we tolerate a new law allowing the police to stop any of us and demand to know who we are, what we’re doing and where we’re going? Why should we endure councils electronically spying on our dustbins to check what we’re throwing away and fine us if we chuck empty Coke cans in with last week’s newspapers?

I don’t see why we should put up with a satellite tracking device in every car, bleeping out our every twist and turn so “they” can charge us £1.30 a mile to drive to work. If that’s the only way congestion charging will work then forget it – the price is too high. The price is the loss of our liberty.

I object to the 4.2 million CCTV cameras recording what goes on in every High Street. And as for those abominable “safety partnership” speed cameras, we all know they’re nothing but a random tax on unwary motorists.

Suppose the vast National Heath Service database – if it ever gets finished – wrongly notes you have some unmentionable disease and your spouse discovers this. A friend of mine was victim of such a database when he was required to take an AIDS test before he could receive any life insurance. His girl-friend was furious. Suppose the national DNA database identifies you as the murderer just because you are the one-in-a-trillion victim of mistaken identity. Or someone gets you put on the sex offenders’ register as a joke.

All these things will happen sooner or later. Why must we live like this? It’s not as if all these intrusions offer real benefits.

CCTV doesn’t deter thugs – violent crime is on the rise. It doesn’t even help with detection because the images are usually too grainy and indistinct to see who did what to whom. CCTV is a substitute for bobbies on the beat. It’s difficult to know what they’re doing instead but they’re nowhere around when you need one. When they are involved in surveillance they don’t get it right – they tracked Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes for some time before shooting him dead as a terrorist. Pity they got the wrong man.

What about identity cards? Apart from being a new poll tax – we will be forced by law to carry one and pay about £300 for the privilege – it won’t prevent a single terrorist incident. The 2004 Madrid train bombings which killed 191 people were carried out by terrorists who all had ID cards. That didn’t protect a single life. ID cards belong to a police state. I don’t want to live in such a place and, anyway, the people who need the policing will have already worked out how to forge them.

Meanwhile the innocent have much to fear, Never under-estimate the sheer incompetence of data collectors. No computer system yet sold has ever done what it said on the tin. And it never will. Instead it will reveal your innermost secrets, your darkest thoughts and your most private, personal plans to the wrong person at the wrong time and blight your life for ever.

Even if it doesn’t, I don’t want to be watched 24 hours a day. Like Patrick McGoohan in the old TV series “The Prisoner”, I want to scream: “I am not a number, I’m a free man.”

This is 2007 not 1984. Isn’t it?

Nigel Hastilow      

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Freezing Too Cold ?

It’s summer so why talk about freezing? Because your freezer temperature could be too cold and wasting you money. The correct temperature is minus 18 degrees C but if it is lower than this, it will use extra power. It is quite possible for a freezer to be at minus 24 or even minus 30 degrees. The corresponding power wastages are about 15% and 30% with annual costs of about £10 and £20 for an older freezer but rather less on a modern A or  A+ rated freezer.  You can get a special freezer thermometer for as little as £4.20 including delivery from www.thermometersdirect.co.uk  Google for freezer thermometers to find others or look out for one whilst shopping, it may be even cheaper. If any one would like their freezer checked out, give me a call on 792251 and  I can do it for you or you can borrow our thermometer. Adjustment of the freezer temperature is usually quite simple.

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 26th May and 9th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Whitley Road, Henley in Arden. They have then smashed bathroom window and removed items from within. Offender/s also removed items from garden shed.
Incident number 318 of 9th June 07 refers.

Prior to 0530 hours on 9th June 07 unknown offender/s have approached business premises on High Street, Henley in Arden and thrown a slab through the window. Not known if anything stolen.
Incident number 145 of 9th June 07 refers.

Between 2130 hours on 1st June and 0745 hours on 2nd June 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Penn Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then stolen a grey Rover 620 from the location.
Incident number 167 of 2nd June 07 refers..

Between 2010 hours and 2345 hours on 25th May 07 unknown offender/s approached a green Mercedes parked on High Street, Henley. They have then used an unknown object to scratch the side of the vehicle.
Incident number 124 of 30th May 07 refers.

At approximately 1850 hours on 1st June 07 unknown offender/s have approached premises on Stratford Road, Henley in Arden and wrenched floodlight off wall at rear of building.
Incident number 537 of 1st June 07 refers.

Between 7th May and 1st June 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Edge Lane, Henley in Arden. They have then stolen a catering trailer from the location.
Incident number 192 of 1st June 07 refers.

Prior to 1300 hours on 31st May 07 unknown offender/s have entered a paintball centre on Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath. They have then removed items from a locker.
Incident number 243 of 31st May 07 refers.

Between 1600 hours on 4th June and 0800 hours on 5th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a Club on Forshaw Heath Lane, Earlswood. They have then cut through padlock on main gate and removed a hydrolic roadbreaker, Stihl saw and a quantity of roadwork equipment.
Incident number 143 of 5th June 07 refers.

Some time on 5th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a silver BMW parked in Danzey Green, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed rear window and removed silver Samsung laptop computer from within.
Incident number 126 of 8th June 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

Itinerant tarmac and block paver

At least four Kenilworth residents have been approached in the few weeks by a doorstep trader offering to clean their driveway or block pave or tarmac it. One resident agreed a price of £3000 for tarmac work which then rose to £5000. The work was done to a very poor standard and a few days later two different men knocked on the same residents door and offered to put the work right for £600. The resident agreed to pay £300 and gave them men £100 immediately. They left without doing any work and did not return. It is believed the men were part the same gang.

At a separate house another resident agreed to pay £100 to have her driveway 'cleaned'. The five men who arrived in three vehicles took £40 but did not return.

The gang are also believed to have done work at another property laying block paving. A price of £3,400 was agreed, but the traders asked for an additional £1000 before the job was finished.

Residents are warned to think twice before opening their doors to doorstep traders or strangers. Get local quotes from verifiable local traders. You can't tell a good trader from a bad one on the doorstep - you may be better not to open your door.

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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The following diary dates have been notified to Diane Bayley at 6 St John's Close. All diary dates for the next Henley Diary Dates should be sent to Diane at: stjohnnews@btinternet.com. Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time.

19th June - meet at 6.30 p.m. at the Market Cross for the first of our Summer outdoor meetings. If you require transport, please contact Secretary on 792555 or Chairman on 793260. We try to share cars to be “green”!

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.

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

Tuesday 26th June Evening Visit to Wits End Garden 7.30 p.m. Contact 793903 for more details.
HENLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION are holding a Gala Day at Henley in Arden Primary School, Arden Road, on 30th June from 12 noon to 4.00 p.m. Many attractions including Five-a-Side Football, tombola, raffle, bric-a-brac, bouncy castle. Look out for promotional posters nearer the date.

MAKE HENLEY GREENER would like to remind everyone that the closing date for the free entry Smallest Carbon Footprint Competition is 7th June. Entry forms may be found at businesses, shops, library and the medical centre. This is a local competition and you stand a good chance of winning a prize.

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.

School Fete Friday 20th July at 5.00 p.m. Please note change of date.

20th & 21st July. The series of Gilbert and Sullivan concerts in Tanworth comes to a grand finale this year. Singers are reminded that full chorus rehearsals start on Tuesday 5th June at 7.45 p.m. in Tanworth village hall. Tickets at £8.50 each will be on sale in The Bell on 25th and 26th June from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon. Cheques payable to ‘The Tanworth Singers’. For ticket availability after these dates, please phone Mrs. Quentin on 742424.

Jazz in the Garden – Saturday 21st July - Sold out.

Shakespeare Express trip - Sunday 19th August - details from train@henleynews.co.uk

Barn Dance and Supper – Saturday 20th October
Information from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 793539/794987.

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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