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Edition 162 - 28th June 2007
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Midsummer Night's Ball at Uplands

It almost appeared that heavy rain last Friday had put paid to the prospects of holding this event, as the field to be used as the car park had turned into a quagmire. However, the Court Leet Garden Committee’s working party (John Latham, Marijana Bainbridge, Graham and Kate Smith, Marion Brealey, Sue Bridgewater and Committee Chairman Douglas Bridgewater) was undaunted and set about the task on Saturday morning of putting out chairs and tables and decorating the marquee. A solution to the car parking problem was found when Johnsons’ Coaches agreed that guests could leave cars at their depot and be ferried to Uplands House by minibus. As the time for the ball approached, John Latham acted as a traffic policeman at the Bird in Hand, redirecting cars accordingly.

The evening itself proved to be fine and dry, so that guests were able to stroll around the garden of Uplands House before getting down to the serious business of enjoying themselves. The High Bailiff and Mrs Ann Holding received guests at the entrance to the marquee. Dining proved to be a real pleasure, as a magnificent buffet was put on by Sue Dalby and her team. Harry Matt provided entertainment on the keyboard during the meal, without in any way killing conversation: afterwards he joined Phil Phillips and his fellow musicians in playing for dancing enthusiasts who crowded onto the floor.

The High Bailiff, Ann Holding, Douglas Bridgewater,
John Ganjavi and Elaine Davies

Dawn Leech and Molly Sutton admire the floral decorations

The sumptuous buffet, presided over by Sue Dalby

Some of the diners

The High Bailiff gets a closer view

The organisers - John Latham, Graham Smith, Sue Bridgewater,
Kate Smith, Marijana Bainbridge, and Marion Brealey

Some enjoy their wine, while others enjoy their dancing

Thanks to contributions from the bar, a raffle and a silent auction the evening raised some £3,000 for the Guild Hall Garden Project (about which there will be an update in next week’s edition). The evening was judged to have been an unqualified success.

On the following evening, Sunday 24th June, the Midsummer Soiree at Uplands House almost had to be re-titled the Monsoon Season Soiree. However, the sun shone on the righteous as the sun broke through for a couple of hours as the guests arrived, once more ferried by Johnsons' Coaches.

The music provided by New Zealand opera diva Amelia Whiteman and her fellow countrywoman cellist Sarah McDowall had a large audience cheering for more. They were well supported by the London String Trio.

The evening, hosted by John Latham, is expected to raise £ 3,000 for Cure Leukaemia. This is due in no small way to the lovely Amelia who produced the musicians and gave her considerable talents pro bono.

Shakespeare Express

Vintage Trains, which operates the Shakespeare Express, has advised Henley NEWS On-line that the new Sunday steam train service from Henley is now fully booked for standard class passengers for the whole season.  However, there are still seats available for the Sunday Lunch Pullman Service on most Sundays.  

Please note that there are still Standard Class seats available within the coach reserved by Henley Rotary Club for 19th August (see below).

Shakespeare Express Seat Availability

Train A: 10:25 ex Snow Hill; 11:00 ex Henley

Intending passengers without tickets cannot join the Shakespeare Express departing: Snow Hill - 10:25; Moor St - 10:30; Tyseley - 10:38; Henley - 11:00.

FULLY BOOKED on Train A on 8th July; 15th July; 29th July
Pullman Class seats ARE available for passengers on Trains B/C on these days.

Sunday August 19th - Special Rotary Club Coach

The Rotary Club has booked a complete standard class coach of 64 seats and is inviting readers of Henley NEWS On-line to join them on a nostalgic trip aboard the Shakespeare Express, departing from Henley Railway Station at 11.15 am on Sunday August 19th.

The route will be south to Stratford where there will be a 55 minute halt, during which the steam train will run round.

After leaving Stratford, the train will go via Claverdon, joining the mainline at Hatton (see photo below), then on to Birmingham Snow Hill, via Lapworth, Dorridge and Solihull.

After a stop at Snow Hill, whilst the loco is run round again, we will travel back to Henley, arriving at approx 2.42 pm. View - Route Map   Read - Route notes

The reserved Henley coach will be open style with groups of 4 seats arranged around a table. They feature large picture windows affording excellent viewing of the surrounding countryside.

The Shakespeare Express joins the mainline at Hatton.

Download a booking for the Henley coach on the Shakespeare Express

An early booking is essential. 40 45 of the 64 tickets have already been sold.

Sue Dalby Offers High Quality Lunch Boxes for Shakespeare Express Henley Coach Passengers

Passengers can pre-order a high quality lunch box from Sue Dalby, Henley's leading caterer. The lunch boxes will be delivered to their seat after the train leaves Stratford for Birmingham Snow Hill, via Claverdon. The cost of each lunch box will be £9.

The lunch boxes will contain a choice of:

Fresh Poached Salmon with Wasabi & Lime Mayonnaise
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Prawns with Mari Rose Sauce
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Cider Baked Ham with Cumberland Sauce
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Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce
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Chicken & Pasta Salad with Caesar Dressing.
All with a salad box containing, lettuce, cucumber, baby vine tomatoes, cress,
coleslaw, roasted peppers, boiled egg, beetroot and a brown or white bread roll.

Strawberries & Cream
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Fresh Fruit Salad & Cream

Slice of Fruit Cake
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and a Kit Kat

All passengers will be advised of the ordering procedure on confirmation of their ticket reservation.

Are the Images of New Sports Hall Correct?

Warwickshire College has unveiled digital images showing the proposed new Sports Hall on the sports field adjacent to the the Stratford Road. The picture below shows the site as it is today.

The proposed £1.9 million Sports Hall would link to the existing pavilion and would use the same car park. The images below, supplied by the College, show how the building may be partially shielded by the existing trees in summer. The College says it intents to carry out extra planting in the area to fill any gaps in the trees.

The building would have a metal arched roof, with curved laminated timber beams and the fitness studio would have translucent kalwall walls to let in as much light as possible, but avoiding glare. It was suggested by a highly regarded local architect to the TIC (Town Improvement Committee) that it would be technically feasible to significantly reduce the height of the building.

The College's press release makes no mention that the roof height has been reduced, nor that the old sports hall would be removed. The College claims that the building would be sunk into the ground to reduce its visible height, and the curved roof might help it blend into the contours of the environment. The District Council's website still shows this scheme as "Application Invalid On Receipt".

Picture 1 - View along Stratford Road - looking North West
(see comments below on height and perspective).

Picture 2 - View along Stratford Road - looking West in summer

Picture 3 - View from the White House - looking south.

Henley NEWS On-line comments

Picture 1 above (View along Stratford Road - looking North West) gives the impression that the building will be about 3.25x the height of the blue entrance gates in the foreground. These gates are about 5ft high.

This would make the roof line 16.25 ft above the surrounding ground level. It has always been reported that the roof would be over 30 ft high. The height of 2 double decker buses.

Furthermore, as deciduous trees loose their leaves for half the year, it would be appropriate to illustrate winter views, particularly of pictures 1 & 2.

The Henley NEWS On-line visualisation (left), published in May 2007, shows the building to be much higher. The proposed building also comes far closer to the Stratford Road than expected.

The college should review the first picture as it appears the perspective is wrong and misleading. If this is the case, it should reissue it.

Finally, there is no mention of a further residents' meeting which was promised. Clearly, the College has not taken into consideration any of the comments which were made at the residents' meeting on 18th April 2007.

Great News for Henley

Governors, staff and pupils of Henley in Arden High School and College of Performing Arts joined with Henley Community Arts to celebrate to award of £700,000 to the Community Arts Building Project.

The project will create a state of the art facility for school and community use, including a dance studio, drama unit, music practice rooms and a small outdoor amphitheatre. It is designed to be accessed by the public in the evenings and during school holidays. It will provide an intimate and classy venue for quality performance both professional and amateur. The Building will open in the Summer of 2008.

The Henley Community Arts Group will be planning and promoting events to interest all ages. Membership is open to anyone who supports out aims. Contact Henley High School for further information.

The chair of governors, Peter Crathorne (right), said, "This was a momentous day in the life of Henley High School. Seven years of planning, money raising and campaigning have at last provided the resources to put the town of Henley in the forefront of local Performance Arts."

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 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. So what can you do to help? 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. If you have any concerns, please take the time to attend 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.

Laurence Marshall - District Councillor

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100 Visitors for 1OO Years

1st Henley and Wootton Scout Troop held their open evening last Wednesday to show parents what the troops have been doing this year and also to attract new recruits to the troop.  The Leaders also wanted to attract over 100 visitors to the event as part of this years centenary celebrations for 100 years of scouting.  

The evening was a great success with parents and children getting involved in bike races, wooden chariot building, ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and tent building.  Other attractions included the Coconut shy plus tombola, BBQ, and lucky dip! 

“It just shows how Scouting in Henley is thriving” said one of the leaders Caroline Daw. “The troop get involved in a huge variety of activities, which are safe, well organized and also just a little bit challenging…which is what they like!  We have growing numbers in all four troops at the moment, but we still have some space for more! – We also still need some leadership support for cubs, so if anyone would like to get involved then please just contact us”. 

The picture shows many of the visitors together with our invited guests the High Bailiff, Mr Ray Holding and the Town Crier, Mr Gordon Trinder.  Their support is much appreciated.
For further information on Scouting in Henley and Wootton, please contact John Johnson on 01564 792073

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

As reported above, the High Bailiff, Low Bailiff and Town Crier attended the Centenary Open Day of Henley’s Scouts, where they were made most welcome and had a good deal of fun. Leader John Johnson and his team are to be congratulated on the size and enthusiasm of the whole pack.

As a follow-up, although this was organised earlier, the Cub troop visited the Guild Hall on Monday 25 June where they were entertained by the High Bailiff and Ann Holding. Having already been to the Heritage Centre some time ago, the troop now wanted to see the Guild Hall and have it explained to them. What was it built for? How old was it? Who had owned it? Who did it belong to now? What were all the items in the hall? Ann Holding provided the story and explained how the hall is used now.

That led to an explanation of the roles of the Lord of the Manor, the Court Leet and the High Bailiff. There was considerable interest in the High Bailiff’s robe and regalia, in particular why it was so elaborate and what the various features represented. Then the group heard about the workings of the Court Leet, what it was originally for and what it did now. The High Bailiff then sat them down round the table and assigned offices to each, explaining what each one had to do. Everyone wanted to be Ale Taster: should we be concerned?!

It was a particular “plus” that some of those present had participated in the knock-about with the Brook Lookers (right) on the river during Court Leet Day two weeks ago. Also, it was very heartening to know they were all fairly familiar with the idea that Henley has a Court Leet and that it’s part of the scene and goes back a long way. The High Bailiff’s mission for the Court Leet during this year is to open it up to the town and to “connect” with as many sectors of the town’s population as possible. In the High Bailiff’s 63 engagements since the November Annual general meeting, many events have provided this opportunity.

The invitations continue: on Thursday at 7.00pm the High Bailiff, with the Town Crier, will formally open the new Bliss Restaurant at the White Swan, at the invitation of proprietors Linda and Ian.

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

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Parking in Henley

One of our regular readers has contacted Henley NEWS On-line because of a rumour circulating in the town that the council was about to introduce parking charges in Henley.

She said, "As a Henley resident, I am outraged to think that the council will charge me for parking to use my local services.  I am sure it will have a knock on effect on local business and make parking on the High street even worse than it is now."

Henley NEWS On-line asked our County, District and Parish councillors to comment and we thank them for their responses below.

George Atkinson - County and Parish Councillor

The Croft car park was to be free because no capital costs were needed by S.D.C. as it was built by the contractors as a trade off for the planning permission at The Croft. A similar situation prevailed at Prince Harry Road, which continues to be free. The only condition at the Somerfield site is that when adopted a section will have restricted waiting times. The car parks are under the control of S.D.C. so pressure to have them continue as 'free' will have to be put onto them.

Stephen Thirlwell - District and Parish Councillor

There is no charge for the Croft Car Park and won't be as far as I can see it.

Laurence Marshall - District and Parish Councillor

The District Council has no plans to introduce new pay and display car parks in Henley.
In my view, the sooner the Croft car park is formally under District Council control the better. At the moment we cannot legally enforce parking at this location and many of the spaces are taken up by residents who treat it as their own personal car park.  Some cars are parked there all day and all night and some even for days on end. These spaces must be freed up for the intended purpose and benefit of residents and traders alike.
As soon as the car park is adopted by the council, which won’t be very long now, we can begin to address these problems.

Information Sought

I am looking for information on my great great grandfather Charles Washburn. He was licensee of the Black Swan in the 1901 census.

He married a lady called Ann Wall. They had three children, Walter, Ada and Madeline. The photo right is circa 1920.

Walter worked on the railways. I don’t know about Ada but Madeline was a boarding schools teacher. Charles was born in Newnham and died in 1906.

It would be great if anyone could help me with my search.

On Walters marriage certificate dated 1905, Charles was also a hay and straw dealer.

Lynn MacDougall

If you can assist, please contact Henley NEWS On-line and we will put you in touch with Lynn.

Auction News from John Earle

Richard Abbey, partner and auctioneer of John Earle & Son had a busy night ahead of him at our auction on Tuesday 19th June at Henley Golf and Country Club. The large Conference Room was brimming with potential bidders and it was estimated that there was well over 250 people in attendance.

A large variety of Lots were offered and some interesting results gained. First to be auctioned were the 11 lots of land totaling 255.76 acres belonging to Windmill Farm.

Lots 1 (7.91 acres), 2 (7.56 acres), 3 (25.74 acres and 4 (49.78 acres) sold very well in the room with the average price per acre for lots 1, 3 and 4 of over £8,000.

Lot 2 had a huge amount of interest, there was strong competition for this plot of land and the gavel finally came down at a fantastic £106,000, over £14,000 per acre!

Lots 5, 38.72 acres and lot 8, 20.62 acres didn’t quite reach their reserves but did sell very well in the room after auction, again averaging about £8,000 per acre.

Lot 6, 28.22 acres and lot 7, 14.97 acres again just missed the reserve but are now for sale by private treaty with a price guide of £10,000 per acre.

The final three lots of Windmill Farm land, lots 9, 31.80 acres, lot 10, 24.05 acres and lot 11 6.31 acres sold privately prior to auction.

Lot 12 Brook Farm, did not sell, now available for sale by private treaty, offers around £900,000, similarly, lot 13, 481 Streetsbrook Road, is now also available for sale by private treaty with offers around £600,000.

The commercial property, 7&9 Crooks lane, Studley also sold quite some time prior to auction at a very good price due to such fantastic interest.

Next Month’s Auction – 10th July

We have seven very varied commercial, residential and landed properties for next months auction:

“Old Wythall’ - The old School Hall and Premises with Planning Consent for Office Conversion and Refurbishment – In all some 1,580 sq. ft.

Benton Lane Farm, near Berkswell. A beautifully presented, spacious, character family home with outbuildings, gardens and paddocks, standing in all 1 ¾ acres.

Innellan House, near Meriden:

LOT 1: Comprising four bedroom house, 2 bed bungalow Annexe two stable blocks, 2680 sq. ft. of workshops & office, garaging and some 6.26 acres of pastureland.

LOT 2: Barn, Storage Yard and 4 Acres of Pastureland.

Ridgeway View, Betwixt Morton Bagot, Studley and Spernal, a Building Plot for one 1,470 sq ft dwelling house with four-bay Dutch barn & paddock in all 1 acre.

4.3 acres, Welford on Avon or thereabouts of pastureland with lane frontage and timber garage, in the heart of the village between High Street and Duck Lane.

Approximately 3.42 acres (1.11 ha) of old pasture in two enclosures at Barston Lane, Barston

Approximately 8.5 acres (3.43 ha) of old pastureland, situated in 3 enclosures with road frontage to Hodgetts Lane, Berkswell

Mat Celbrates First BTCC Victory

He’s done it!  Henley-in-Arden’s Mat Jackson yesterday became a winner in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship when he took the biggest victory of his career in front of a bumper crowd and live ITV cameras for his Jacksons MSport team at the Oulton Park track in Cheshire.

In the third race Mat, driving his family’s privately-run BMW 320si, soaked up huge pressure from SEAT’s championship leader Jason Plato to take his first win in only his fifth meeting in what is Britain’s and one of the World’s premier motor racing series.His sensational victory was broadcast live on ITV3. From third place on the grid, he’d made the perfect start to dive between front row starters Adam Jones and Darren Turner and into the lead before the first bend. Within four laps he had Plato trying to unsettle him but not once did the 26-year-old put a wheel wrong in his Whale Tankers/Nick Whale-backed BMW as he went on to take the chequered flag.

On his slowing down lap Mat received a standing ovation from the packed spectator banks before arriving back in the pit lane to be greeted by his ecstatic team ˆ including dad Tony (Team Principal) and brother Dan (Team Manager) plus ITV’s Louise Goodman for a live TV interview. Mat then climbed onto the top step of the podium to receive his winner’s trophy and more cheers from the crowd.

His win followed fifth and sixth place finishes in the day’s first two races. His results have established him in a clear seventh in the outright Drivers’ championship and moved him up to second in the Independents table for privateer drivers. Jacksons MSport have also made ground in the outright and Independents teams standings.

Mat, the reigning SEAT Cupra Champion, says: “This is the best feeling of my life. I’m absolutely delighted for everyone in the team, particularly after the restructure we’ve made in the past week, and all our sponsors and supporters. We’ve won in great style, beating one of the most successful drivers in touring car history. Jason just never let up. He tried all the tricks, headlights on full beam and on some occasions he got really close.

"The pressure when I realised he was up into second and chasing me was suddenly a lot bigger. But you have to rise above that and stay calm and not make any mistakes. A couple of times I had to position my car on a defensive line but knew that if I didn’t slip up I had him covered. It was a great fight. He was also very sporting towards me after the race and said some very kind words."

Mat is already looking forward to his next BTCC race meeting at his home circuit of Donington Park, just up the M42, on Sunday July 15th.Mat adds: “It’s important we celebrate this success but more importantly we must build on it and keep the momentum going at Donington Park. We know we can win now and that will lift all of our spirits and confidence. We are the leading single-car team and in our first season in the BTCC that is a fantastic achievement. But this is the BTCC and it is very tough, the pinnacle. The BMW is an awesome car and we’re still learning about it, but I’m sure the fast nature of Donington circuit will put us in a very strong position again. I don’t think any of us can wait.”

BTCC drivers after 15 rounds: 1st Jason Plato & Fabrizio Giovanardi 149; 3rd Matt Neal 97; 7th Mat Jackson 82 etc.

Independent drivers: 1st Mike Jordan 146; 2nd Mat Jackson 129; 3rd Colin Turkington 124 etc.

Teams: 1st VX Racing 226; 2nd SEAT Sport UK 223; 3rd Team Halfords 170; 5th Jacksons MSport 80 etc.

Independent Teams: 1st Team RAC 180; 2nd Eurotech 150; 3rd Jacksons MSport 131 etc.

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

Deportation not incarceration for the nation

Nigel HastilowExposed for the charlatan he is, at home as well as abroad, one of the last acts performed by Tony “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” Blair is to hand thousands of criminals their “Get out of jail free” cards. Having ignored warning after warning that the prisons were full to overflowing, he’s sportingly decided to clear the decks before Gordon Brown takes over.

But this latest scandal is not just a symptom of a lawless society running out of control nor is it a sign of Tony’s toughness. It’s mainly because our jails are stuffed with foreigners who should be sent home. It’s now so bad that some of them are stuck in prison even after their sentences have finished while the Government gets round to deporting them. Some have even gone on hunger strike in protest. Our overcrowding crisis is caused because the jails are full of Jamaican Yardies and Nigerian drug mules. Lord Charlie Falconer and departing Home Secretary “Doctor” John Reid are far too busy helping their civil servants re-arrange the deckchairs on their newly-divided Titanic to worry about trivia like dealing with criminals. Whatever happens, they don’t want more convicts. They think they’ve got too many already.

With the jails filled with over 80,000 prisoners, the Ministry of Justice is desperate to let them out. This is backed by “experts” who don’t believe in imprisonment. For them, life means five years; two years is six months; six months is half an hour in the cells under the courtroom. We’re already caution record numbers. Last year, 8,929 people were let off with a talking-to for offences ranging from burglary and arson to vandalism and sex with under-age girls. Yet prison works. Civitas, the think tank, says the effect of jailing 20,000 criminals for a year is to prevent 2.8 million crimes.

While police officers boost their clear-up rates by nabbing kids who throw cream cakes at passing buses, gun crimes and crimes of violence have doubled in the past ten years. Almost half a million more crimes were committed last year than in 1999 and only a quarter of them were ever solved. When we do catch a criminal, what are we supposed to do with him? Jail is a deterrent, a punishment and a method of taking persistent offenders out of circulation for a while.

Why hasn’t the Government increased the number of places available to deal with the rise in crime? About 12,000 more places would become available overnight for home-grown scumbags if only we deported, rather than jail, foreign nationals now in our prisons.Most are here illegally. Why not simply ship them back where they came from? That’s what we should have done with the two terrorists allegedly plotting to bring down an aircraft landing at Birmingham Airport. Instead, the courts said deporting them to Lybia was a breach of their human rights even though the courts accepted they were “a real risk to the national security”. Now they are now out of jail completely.

Admittedly some of the foreigners in our jails will have reached these shores more or less legitimately. But even that is no reason why we should have to keep them in our prisons. At £33,000 to £50,000 per person per year it’s twice as expensive to spend a year in jail as it is to endure three terms at Eton.

Of the 12,122 foreigners in our jails, 1,490 are from Jamaica and 1,070 from Nigeria. The prisons have no record of the nationality of 879 people – which means they can’t be deported even at the end of their sentences because nobody has bothered to find out where they’ve come from. It is incomprehensible that we should have an overcrowding crisis and yet have so many prisoners we could get rid of without letting them back onto our streets. Human rights are one of the many excuses used to keep them in our prisons wasting our money. Another is that if we sent them home, they’d only make their way back here again anyway.

There’s a simple answer to that, too – proper border controls. A task for our new, slimmed down, supposedly fit-for-purpose Home Office. Scotland Yard admits: “It should come as no surprise if asylum seekers commit disproportionate amounts of crime. Most are young men from chaotic and violent countries, many of which have no respect for women’s rights.”

Civitas says: “We are importing teenagers brought up in countries with an anarchistic warlord culture in which carrying knives and guns is routine. We are asking for trouble if we don’t confront this issue.”

It looks as if we will. Speculation suggests a new Home Secretary could announce – on one of those bury-bad-news days – that the estimated half a million people living in this country illegally will be given an amnesty, allowing them to stay here and pay their taxes like everyone else.

Thus proving what we all suspect – after a decade of Tony Blair, crime really does pay.

Nigel Hastilow      

Grumpy Old Man Comments

What can I grumble about this week, there are two main things that have happened, and 1 other to moan about:

We have a new Prime Minister, Gordon has finally got his hands on the whole country. Tony has stood down first time in 18 (approx) years that we have had a change without a general election. Of course we will not see one of those for at least 2 years. He’s just got the job, he will not risk loosing it so soon. So what will happen to Tony? Middle East envoy……good luck to him with that one. Watching the news (of course we only get the media’s view) who knows who is blowing up who? Remember the film ‘Life of Brian’ with many different factions all doing different things, sounds like the same thing is happening. And as for Gordon, he has had the economy for 10 years, what will he do now?

The weather, what is happening? Glad I don’t live near a river. I don’t know about anyone else but my lawn is so long now the BBC has asked if they can do a wildlife documentary in the undergrowth. But that as a problem is nothing to what some people have suffered. Maybe planning authorities should not allow building on flood plains. God put them there for a reason. All flood barriers do is push the problem down stream. Maybe God and Mother nature got it right and flood plains actually work ?

The Henley Steam Train is nearly fully booked. But families with children cannot have reduced price children’s tickets for the Henley rotary carriage. So I’ll just have to leave the children at home……..or shall I leave my wife?


Grumpy Old Man

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Henley Crime Report
This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Snitterfield and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.

At approximately 1850 hours on 26th June 07 a male offender approached a building on Tithe Barn Lane, Hockley Heath. He has then smashed the outer door and gained entry to the kitchen.
Incident number 462 of 26th June 07 refers.

Between 30th May and 2nd June 07 unknown offender/s approached a golf club on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then stolen an electric golf trolley from the trolley shed.
Incident number 231 of 14th June 07 refers.

Between 0800 hours on 13th June and 0730 hours on 14th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a property in Danzey Green, Tanworth in Arden. They have then approached a barn which is used as a gym and removed a handbag.
Incident number 55 of 14th June 07 refers.

Between 1600 hours on 22nd June and 0800 hours on 25th June 07 unknown offender/s have approached a property on Brook Road, Aston Cantlow and removed an Ifor Williams trailer from the yard.
Incident number 182 of 25th June 07 refers.

Between 1500 hours on 23rd June and 1100 hours on 26th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a shed at rear of church on The Green, Tanworth in Arden. They have then attempted to gain entry by cutting off the padlock to the outer door. Two mortice locks on internal door prevented entry.
Incident number 379 of 26th June 07 refers.

Between 2100 hours on 23rd June and 0800 hours on 24th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a property in Claverdon. They have then used a jemmy to force bolt on garage door and stolen a quantity of garden equipment.
Incident number 158 of 24th June 07 refers.

At approximately 2100 hours on 26th June 07 offender/s have gained entry to a scrap yard in Bearley. A male youth was later apprehended and reprimanded in connection with the incident.
Incident number 533 of 26th June 07 refers.

Between 1830 hours and 2230 hours on 12th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a building site at rear of Mill Field Court, High Street, Henley in Arden. They have then gained entry, removed a toilet and thrown it into the river.
Incident number 349 of 13th June 07 refers.

Between 1800 hours and 2100 hours on 23rd June 07 unknown offender/s have approached two motor vehicles parked on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood and sprayed both with blue paint.
Incident number 628 of 23rd June 07 refers.

Between 0900 hours on 14th June and 0530 hours on 16th June 07 offender/s approached a property in Aston Cantlow. They have then stolen a 9’ long “Trailer Direct” heavy duty trailer.
Incident number 82 of 15th June 07 refers.

Between 1200 hours on 14th June and 1730 hours on 15th June unknown offender/s have approached a motor vehicle parked on Earlswood Common and stolen both front and rear registration plates.
Incident number 566 of 15th June 07 refers.

Between 1500 hours on 14th June and 0900 hours on 21st June 07 unknown offender/s have approached a church on High Street, Henley in Arden and stolen a quantity of lead from the roof.
Incident number 127 of 21st June 07 refers.

Between 1930 hours on 14th June and 0745 hours on 15th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Chapel Lane, Aston Cantlow. They have then smashed tailgate window and removed computer from within.
Incident number 92 of 15th June 07 refers.

Between 2230 hours on 14th June and 0800 hours on 15th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on Bearley Road, Aston Cantlow. They have then gained entry and stolen Tom Tom satellite navigation system, together with holding bracket and charger.
Incident number 137 of 15th June 07 refers.

Overnight between 19th and 20th June 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Pound House Lane, Hockley Heath. They have then removed the whole of the lead roof from the building.
Incident number 543 of 20th June 07 refers.

Between 2200 hours on 21st June and 0710 hours on 22nd June 07 unknown offender/s approached a green Ford Mondeo parked on Chestnut Walk, Henley in Arden. They have then smashed the rear window and removed a bag containing laptop computer from within.
Incident number 145 of 22nd June 07 refers.

Between 2145 hours on 23rd June and 1100 hours on 24th June 07 unknown offender/s have approached a motor vehicle parked on Langley Road, Claverdon and stolen both front and rear registration plates.
Incident number 218 of 24th 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.


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Our Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 14th July, from 10.00 a.m. till noon. Please call in, all are welcome.

John Johnson is to join us for our meeting at the Memorial Hall on Tuesday 3rd July and will be talking about “Touring by Coach”. Visitors are welcome to come and hear all about the many activities available through WI membership from 7.30 p.m.

On 17th July please meet at the Market Cross at 6.30 p.m. for an outdoor meeting which will be a walk along the River Alne with the Environment Agency. Visitors are welcome.

Henley in Bloom street collection and cake/produce stall will be held on July 7th between 10am and 12 noon in the vicinity of St Johns church on the High St. If you can donate a cake/cakes, please contact Ginny Matheou on 794308.

Don’t forget your entries for the Hanging Basket Competition – have you entered.

Saturday 14th July – outing by coach to Westonbury Mill Water Gardens and Arrow Cottage Garden in Herefordshire. £18.00 includes coach, garden admissions and tea/cake. Saturday 18th August – day visit to RHS Garden at Wisley – cost only £15.00. Visitors welcome. Contact 793903 for details of both these trips.

School Fete Friday 20th July at 5.00 p.m. Please note change of date.ATAC (Action Taken Against Cancer) Annual Charity Golf Day
A full complement of teams took part at Henley Golf Club on 12th June. Prizes were presented to the winning teams and individuals and there was a well-supported raffle. Overall the event raised in excess of £3000 for ATAC funds. Grateful thanks to the organisers and their valiant helpers.

Friday 27th July – preparation for Competition Day which is on Saturday 28th July, 2.00 – 5.00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall only £1 admission.

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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