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Edition 167 - 2nd August 2007
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History of Flooding in Henley

Part of Jonathan Dovey's History of Henley Series

Flood Causes Traffic Chaos Around Stratford

The worst flooding for several years occurred at Stratford upon Avon during the weekend.

At Henley and in the surrounding district, however the floods were said to be worst since the beginning of the century. A swirling brown torrent flowed along the High Street and flooded many houses on the east side.

This News report is not from the present but from April 1955. The floods last week in Henley are unfortunately not an isolated or unusual event.

Henley has suffered from flooding for centuries; indeed it was the problems of flooding that was the reason why Henley was granted its own church in 1367.

The Court Leet Brook Lookers were often called upon to present those who had blocked up the brook and caused flooding in the town.

On the 18th June 1872, the greatest recorded flood occurred which washed away a horse and cart near the Bird in Hand Inn.

The photo right taken then shows Trevor’s Photograph Portrait Saloon marooned by the market cross.

The floodwater on the High Street in December 1899 was deep enough for a resident to swim in it.

The May floods of 1932 saw floodwater build up near the mill at the top end of the High Street before pouring down the street in a stream a foot or more deep. The water entered a number of houses in Henley and flowed through some of the cottages in Beaudesert. The picture right shows water on the road leading north out of Henley.

Beaudesert Lane was the worst area hit by floods in 1951 (below). Residents were confined to their bedrooms while water poured in downstairs to a depth of 2 feet ruining carpets and furniture. Bread and milk were delivered later in the day by the police, who handed supplies through upstairs windows.

The Rectory, Gasworks and houses in the lane were cut off from the town by a swirling torrent through which the rector waded in fisherman boots to collect and deliver the mail.

Rev A H Webb wades down Beaudesert lane, 1951

The 1955 floods in the April were worse than the floods four years earlier. The residents of Beaudesert lane were once more in misery and distress. As the water poured into their houses they had to escape into their bedrooms, dragging what furniture they could after them. Roads were flooded and on the main Birmingham road, under the railway bridge by the mill, single line traffic had to be organised. The water at this point was 2 feet 6 inches deep and although some vehicles driven with care managed to get through, a considerable number got stuck. The Henley Warwick road was flooded to a depth of one foot and at Wootton there was flooding at the Bull’s Head.

Map recording the extent of the flooding in 1955

Beaudesert Lane during the 1955 flood

As a result of the 1950’s floods, changes were made to straighten the river and an application was made for the demolition of houses in Beaudesert lane.

In 1956 the clerk of the council pointed out that the houses were below the flood level and it would be undesirable to build there even if the channel was improved.

The Medical officer for the district said that numbers 7 to 10 Beaudesert lane were in a shocking state of repair and were only fit for demolition. Originally the Council put a demolition order on numbers 1 to 10 Beaudesert lane, but only numbers 7 to 10 on the south side of the lane were cleared.

Today, all this land is now built on with houses, most of which suffered flood damage last week.

Henley flooded again during the Easter period of 1998 (left) with the High Street once again under water. What is remarkable is the similarity of the pictures to those of the floods last week (below). The descriptions and 1955 map reveal that the same places were flooded in exactly the same way. Despite the improvements to the river and promises to solve the drainage system very little has changed in the last 100 years.

Jonathan Dovey

Message from the Air Ambulance

Just a message to say our thoughts are with you in Henley.

We have seen for ourselves the devastation caused by the floods across Warwickshire as the crew continue to operate, responding to calls for help and also delivering emergency medical supplies/aid to towns trapped by the floods.

Our thoughts are with those displaced by the flooding in their homes and damage caused to local businesses.

We admire your spirit at the Jazz in the Memorial Hall and hope you can get through this weather with the same spirit and sense of community we know you have.

Kind regards

Jo Payne
Fundraising Manager
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Floodline Warnings

In response to Sue Osborne's article in Henley News On-line re floodline and their lack of warning about the floods last Friday, I would like to also say that I am registered and heard nothing from them. It would be interesting to know if ANYONE in Henley, who's registered with them, received a flood warning.

June Harris

Editor writes: Henley NEWS On-line has subscribed to the Floodline alert system. If we receive a warning, we will broadcast an email alert to our registered subscribers. in the same way as we broadcast the Police warning last week.

As part of our strategy to develop an Emergency Planning Strategy, the Henley Gateway website, sponsored by the TIC (Town Improvement Committee) at www.henley-in-arden.org now contains an Emergency Planning section. This information will be reviewed at the next meeting of the TIC on Wednesday 8th August.

Last week, there were 1,840 unique visitors to the Henley NEWS On-line website.

A Prince Harry Road Resident's Double Concerns

As we continue to clean up after the flood damage, those affected in Prince Harry Road may wish to reflect upon the fact that the houses were built in 1986, some 6 years after it seems that the District Council recommended that they not be built. Does that not draw attention to the fact that they have a duty of care to have:

  1. warned the purchasers/builders etc, when choosing to do so and
  2. funded the essential flood prevention measures that they knew or ought to have known were needed by the construction.  

We have not thankfully had any loss of life but think on Parish Council.  Your duty remains to prevent it happening again. I am sure that residents will have an obligation to inform their insurers especially if flood risk insurance cover is hard to come by in the future.

Many residents will have understandably been pre-occupied by the floods this week (myself included) but the people of Henley may want to look again at the article submitted by Trevor Hughes of South Warwickshire Housing Association.  He  refers to over 200 feedback forms from the people of Henley that visited the display.  How does he know they were?  By a tick in a box? I completed a form expressing grave concern but I could have been a visitor from Birmingham or Timbuktu for that matter.  

The questions posed were not specifically related to that development as I recall, but the concept of their housing programme.  If he wanted a view on his proposal then I challenge you Mr Hughes to hold a public meeting for Henley residents only. Invitation by proof of residency, or family attachment to returning to it.  I say this because many of those I listened taking the free tea and biscuits on offer, were not from this area.  

Moreover, Councillors were seen in attendance when as I understand it, in order to remain impartial, they had to stay away.  This surely is a plan being pushed through without really taking any notice of the people of Henley isn't it?  

I have two friends who were seriously thinking of moving to Henley.  I told them about the plan, as factually as it was presented, and they are now looking to move to another area.

Mike Faulkner

Market Development Causes Great Distress

I have to respond to the views of the councillors I have seen so far concerning the proposed development of the market . All so very tight-lipped. All so very now is not the time, wait for the planning application.." Well, let me remind you that you represent our interests, and right now, we need your help. The beautiful (ex) market town of Henley needs you, and it will be a real test of your heart to see whether you can defend your people and the town you love against the current redevelopment proposal.

I have two small children who one day will need somewhere to live. I am not against social housing, and I think the person who wrote the leaflet was wrong to go hell for leather against social housing. I am however losing sleep about the proposed appearance and the NUMBER of "units" proposed and the fact there is no great mix of privately owned housing , rented and social housing. We were told 65 units at the meeting by the architect.

Incidentally, he told me the development would "definitely go ahead in January". Where did he get such strong assurances? He also told me that if I was smart I would put my house on the market now, as it the application for planning permission wouldn't show up now. That didn't really fill me with confidence.

I am worried about vehicle access from Prince Harry Rd. I am worried that no provision has been made for safe drainage. I am worried that the houses will look just like the ones on the photo board he had, which are in no way befitting of our beautiful town. I often say to people that Americans who pay thousands to come to Stratford must think we have lost our minds on the planning front - especially if they approach Stratford from the direction of Henley...Tesco's, the Maybird Estate, those anonymous new flats...it's depressing. Now it looks like unless someone helps us here, Henley is destined to have the same thoughtless, ugly, ruinous future.

I hope and pray that each of the people who represent us will have the guts to do the right thing. I hope that even though YOU live far away from the development you will be brave enough to represent the people whose investments are in the balance, who are frightened that it will look a mess, who are really counting on your support. We are not all haters of teenagers (I will have two of my own in a few years time!!) and we are trying not to be emotional, but it is difficult not to be afraid when it seems like a fait accompli and our councillors have no words of comfort.

Resident of Prince Harry Road

Travel firm directors 'duped' customers

A disappointed holidaymaker who was allegedly duped into paying out for a luxury trip that never materialised was left feeling “like a mug” after being taken in by the scam, a court has heard. Diane Smith was offered a free holiday by Fly By Travel Promotions Ltd based in Lowestoft after attending a holiday club presentation at the NEC in Birmingham, Ipswich Crown Court was told this week.

Mrs Smith and her husband Trevor signed up for a platinum holiday option for themselves and another couple, sent off a cheque for £158 to cover registration fees and supplied the company with four separate dates when they could take their holiday. Miles Bennett, prosecuting told the court that on three occasions between October 2004 and May 2005 Mr and Mrs Smith and their friends were offered three holidays by Fly By only to be told a few days before their departure dates that the holidays were not available. Mrs Smith had telephoned Fly By's offices two or three times a day for two weeks to complain but found the company's line was constantly engaged.

Mr Bennett said that as well as never receiving their holiday Mr & Mrs Smith also lost their £158 registration fee and a further £138 which they had been asked to send off to cover airport taxes and baggage handling fees. Mr Bennett said that Mrs Smith had described feeling “like a mug” at being taken in by the alleged scam and had also felt “guilty and humiliated” at the loss of their friends money.

Before the court are brothers Mark and Kevin Tull both 28, and 22-year-old Matthew Rigden. Kevin Tull, of Walmer Road, Lowestoft, Mark Tull, of Henley in Arden, Warwickshire and Rigden of Windsor Road, Lowestoft, all deny conspiring to defraud between January 2003 and July 2005. The court has heard that the defendants were directors of Fly By Travel Promotions Ltd based in Lowestoft which invited customers to sign up to a platinum option scheme for a subscription fee of £39.99. This entitled them to a seven-day holiday, including flights and four-star accommodation.

However the court heard that the majority of people did not get a holiday at all and did not get their money returned either. Mr Bennett said some of the disappointed holidaymakers had also been asked to pay more money for flights. The court heard that of 1,120 holidaymakers promised the seven-day holiday in Spain, the Balearics or the Canaries only 23 received their holidays and the others were left out of pocket by a combined £140,000.

The trial continues.

Vivid Entries at Henley Flower Club’s Open Show

Henley-in-Arden Flower Club’s Annual Open Show, held on Saturday 28th July 2007 was well attended by competitors and visitors. The event took place at the Memorial Hall. Competitors came from Henley in Arden, Royal Leamington Spa, Avon Evening, Berkswell, Dorridge, Knowle and Meriden. The overall theme, “Strictly Dancing”, was broken down into classes, each depicting a particular aspect of dance.

Best in Show by Suzy Hicks of Henley-in-Arden

Suzy Hicks of Henley receives the trophy
for Best in Show from Ann Holding

Lola Philips wins the President's Cup for the highest
number of points scored by a Henley member

Jean Thomas, delighted to win second in class
with her first Henley competition entry
Wendy Hollands winning entry for Best Use of
Natural Materials, the Nicholson Trophy

Jill Porter, a noted national judge, adjudicated on the classes and the results were as follows:

The winners of the Imposed Class, ‘Line Dance’, for which materials were provided were 1st Gillian Ingram, Royal Leamington Spa, 2nd Margaret Hine ,Royal Leamington Spa and 3rd Anne Nethercleft, Avon Evening.

The Pedestal class ‘Flamboyant Flamenco’ and Best in Show was won by Suzy Hicks, Henley in Arden, 2nd Jean Carter, Henley in Arden and Avon Evening and 3rd Brenda Wragg, Henley in Arden.

The petite ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy’ was won by Kathleen Woodward, Royal Leamington Spa, 2nd Betty Suckling, Berkswell and 3rd Annette Walker, Henley in Arden.

The modern class ‘Do the Twist’ was won by Jean Shuter, Knowle and Meriden, 2nd Jean Thomas, Henley in Arden and 3rd Lola Phillips, Henley in Arden.

‘Last Tango in Paris’ 1st and Reserve Best in Show was Sharon Possart, Avon Evening, 2nd Ellie Meaking, Henley in Arden and 3rd Gillian Warmington, Henley in Arden.

‘Waltzing Mathilda’ was won by Hilary Lloyd, Royal Leamington Spa, 2nd and winner of the Nicholson Trophy for Best Use of Garden Plant Material was Wendy Hollands, Henley in Arden and 3rd Lola Phillips, Henley in Arden.

The craft class and winner of the Joan Barlow Trophy ‘A Mask for a Masked Ball’ was won by Kathleen Woodward, Royal Leamington Spa, 2nd Lola Phillips, Henley in Arden and 3rd Betty Suckling, Berkswell.

The winner of the President’s Cup for the Henley member with the most points was Lola Phillips.

Awards were presented by the High Bailiff and Mrs Ann Holding.

Report from Angela Pinnegar and Annette Walker: Pictures by Annette Walker

Report from The High Bailiff and Ann Holding

The Memorial Hall was ablaze with colour. The exhibits commanded attention: it was impossible not to look at them all carefully. A great deal of talent, imagination and creativity was evident throughout. Our congratulations to all who entered, to the Club’s committee and especially to Angela Pinnegar who was the organiser in chief.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time at this show – and a very good tea!

Jazz in the Garden ... well in the Memorial Hall

This year we were not as lucky as in previous years but despite the weather the Jazz was a great success. The tickets sold very quickly and we were quite tight in the hall but it was a friendly squeeze!

The band were great as usual and Ruth, the singer was on form: the sound in the hall is perhaps better than in the open air.

There were wonderful picnics eaten by candlelight and everyone had strawberries, cream and sparkling wine as part of the ticket price.

We raised £1,700.00 for the Memorial Hall which will go towards new flooring in the side room and kitchen.

Thanks to all those that helped before, during and after to make the evening such as success as well as all those who turned up, in true English spirit, despite being flooded the day before. Also thanks to our Sponsors, John Earle and Son and Lodders who have supported us for 12 years so generously.

The next Memorial Hall fund raiser is A BARN DANCE on SATURDAY 20th OCTOBER which should be great fun. More information from Marijana and Duncan Bainbridge 01564 794987

Marijana Bailbridge - Reporting. Photo - Tony Capps

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden

Court Leet and Court Baron

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Ray Holding

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

Alcester Local History Society Visit to Henley

On one of the recent rare beautiful July evenings, Henley and Beaudesert Society hosted fifty four members of the Alcester Local History Society to an evening of Henley’s history.

Members of the Alcester Society outside the Heritage Centre

After being welcomed to the town by the High Bailiff, the party split into four groups in order to tour the sights of the town. The Heritage Centre proved fascinating with guided tours by Pam Keersley and Ann Holding, while Dawn Leech gave an engrossing history of the Guild Hall and the garden. The groups were also given a tour of the town guided by Jonathon Dovey and Margaret Twigg.

Following the tours the Society was entertained to refreshments in the Baptist Church Hall.

Margaret Twigg, Chairman of the Henley Society
welcomes the Chairman of the Alcester Society

The Chairmen of the two Societies thank the guides

103 years in Henley

Miss Florence Beard celebrated her 103rd birthday on Monday. She is seen here with the High Bailiff, who said afterwards "She's remarkable: if you didn't know her age and tried to guess it, you'd probably be at least 20 years wrong!"

Born in Henley, Miss Beard recorded her early memories of the town a couple of years ago. The CD recording, which was made by Stewart Kingscott, can be heard at the Heritage Centre.

Heathrow to Kimono

High street resident, Jo Coulter, flew half the way round the World to visit some of her relations in Northern Japan. Staying with her grandson's mother and father-in-law, she visited beauty spots, a baseball match and dance events. On one occasion she dressed in a Kimono to attend a firework display in Sopporo.

On arriving home, Jo told Henley NEWS On-line, "Japan is impressive, it's clean, orderly and the people are always happy and polite...we could learn a few lessons from them. This trip was something I had wanted to do for a long time and in every respect it was successful. I am looking forward to retuning within the next 2 years".

Let us pray, "God Bless, All Creatures Great and Small"

Planning Watch

There are currently two significant planning proposals, which some residents believe will lead to a considerable change to the character of Henley.

Market Redevelopment

Residents, particularly in the Prince Harry Road area, remain concerned as the 2 letters above show. Henley NEWS On-line again requests that the developers disclose their plans as part of a continued public consultation before the plans are submitted for planning approval.

Trevor Hughes, Executive Director of South Warwickshire Housing Association, has said "We will not comment on un-attributed hearsay or wild allegations, particularly when certain opponents to this important development are issuing deliberately misleading information."

Clearly, it would be helpful if the Executive Director would set the record straight, lack of information only breeds further suspicion. A resident from Prince Harry Road, see above, has challenged Mr Hughes to hold a public meeting.

Warks College's "Sports Shed"

The TIC (Town Improvement Committee) has indicated that it will object to the current proposed new sports hall which is approximately twice the height of a double deck bus. A local architect considers it would be possible to reduce the roof height by about 12 ft without any loss of facilities. Development Director Chris Pagett continues to ignore requests from residents for the 2nd meting, which he promised to review the artist's impressions and to discuss the removal of the existing sports hall once the new building has been completed.

The District Council's website still shows this scheme as "Application Invalid On Receipt".

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Rotary Club - Shakespeare Express Excursion

Additional Excursion on 2nd September - BOOK NOW

The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden is organising a second special excursion on the last Shakespeare Express of the season on 2nd September. This service will depart from either from Henley or Stratford, returning to Henley. The excursion will depart from Stratford to Birmingham, via Claverdon and Hatton, returning to either Henley or Stratford.

Sue Dalby Catering is offering passengers High Quality Lunch Boxes for both excursions. Orders for lunch boxes should be made direct with Sue Dalby Catering 01564 793746, email: sue@dalby.net

Please use the form below to reserve your seats for the 2nd September.   © Photo right by Clive Hanley

The High Bailiff, after travelling on the first train, said "If readers have not yet booked to do this trip, they should do so quickly: it is definitely not to be missed."

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John Garner's Business Column

More on phones

John GarnerLast time we looked at telephone charges. In response to a request from my reader I'm now going to look further at how you can use phones in the most cost efficient way.

It's not that I'm waging a vendetta against British Telecom, but you do have to be careful when they make you a "special offer". If an offer from BT sounds too good to be true, you can be certain it is!

This is most common with their broadband offering. They say you can have their 8Mb broadband for only £8.95 per month and describe it as "One of the UK's cheapest broadband packages". So it is – for the first 6 months, but after that it'll cost you £17.99 per month, not competitive at all.

They do the same thing with their phone charges. For example, on 1 August BT say they are cutting the cost of calling mobiles from 13p/min to 12.5p during the day and from 8p to 7.5p in the evenings. What they don't mention is that their 5p/min cheap weekend rate disappears and you’ll pay the full 12.5p or 7.5p depending on the time you call; this is a massive increase.  

The most expensive calls to make are when you call a mobile, particularly if you call from another mobile (depending of course on the call package you have on the mobile doing the calling).

Many people pay more than half their bill on calling mobiles. Yet there really is no need, without changing home phone line you can cut costs to just 6p a minute, any time - and you can keep your existing phone provider.

You can do this by using the override provider such as 18185 (www.18185.co.uk); it charges just 6p/min during the day and 3p/min at weekends plus a 5p connection charge per call. To be able to access its cheap call rates you must first set up an account online though, preferably by Direct Debit. Then you dial its prefix number (strangely enough 18185), which connects you for free, then all calls you make will be billed each month at its rates.

But how on earth do you keep up with all this, especially as pricing structures are changing all the time?

Easy! Sign up to the "Money Saving Expert". This is an excellent website run by Martin Lewis whom you may have seen on TV recently showing people how to claim a reduction in their Council Tax.

Go to www.moneysavingexpert.com . Sign up for his free weekly email; don't worry, there are no adverts and you won't get spammed. He deals with just about every aspect of saving money you could possibly imagine including the latest on cheap phone calls.

John Garner

Grumpy Old Man Comments

Just Cars, what do you get for your money?

I’ve been motoring for a few years now and boy there have been some changes, some for the better and some for worse.

My first 3 cars, Hillman Avenger, Austin Mini and Triumph Spitfire. All three companies have now long since gone, not my fault I must add. When things went wrong, I could spend a few hours on a Saturday fixing the problem. After a few years however, failure was admitted and they all went off to the great big car park in the sky. Of course being British and built in the seventy’s they were rubbish and unreliable to start with.

But since 1990, all new (ish) cars I’ve had have been virtually impossible to work on. A Vauxhall I had once had yellow coloured caps to show you where to top up any fluids. Other than that the whole thing was a big black plastic cover.

A car I had in the late 90’s had so many special tools required to even change the oil, that I threw away the Haynes manual and just sent the car to Nigel at Mayswood Garage.

But on a positive note, the seventy’s cars did not have a radio, headrests or even rear seatbelts. Cars I’ve had in the past 5 years have had such things as parking sensors, auto dimming rear mirror, multi change CD players, heated wing mirrors, auto lights, auto wipers.  The latest one does not even have a cassette player, a must buy at the car shop in the seventy’s.

So you do get more car for your money now, but the cash is clawed back by main dealer servicing.  An example of this is a sidelight bulb blew once. So I checked the hand book and discovered this was a main dealer job to fix. So I called them and was quoted £20 to change a 99p bulb. So I asked the chap what to do and he told me to take off about 3 plastic bits (what they did heaven only knows) and the whole operation took 10 minutes.

But we all like new (ish) cars and especially the toys ! auto dimming rear view mirrors are such a necessity you know !


Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Blowing hot and cold about global wetting

Nigel HastilowWe got back to East Midlands Airport at mid-day last Friday to a phone call from my niece saying our home was almost surrounded by water which was rising by the minute. By the time we’d reached home, the poor girl had been forced to abandon ship and wade through waist-high waters to safety. I spend a fruitless couple of hours also waist-deep in the rising tide trying to sandbag the building to keep the waters at bay. But it didn’t do much good.

By the time we returned on Sunday, the books were paper mache, my one and only expensive painting was blistered and flaking, plaster was coming off the walls and the furniture had been overturned. The garden shed was swept away. The lawnmower was wrecked. And my collection of LPs was wet, wet, wet. It was not one of our better homecomings. Nor has it been one of our better weeks. For us, the floods have been a disaster though the insurance people (NFU Mutual, not that we’re farmers) have so far been magnificent.

Still, in a perverse way it’s some compensation to know we’re not alone. Floods have made their way through most of Britain bringing misery and mayhem to millions. There’s lots of people we can blame. God, obviously. Closely followed by global warming, which is all our fault anyway.

Gordon Brown for cutting the amount of money spent on flood defence. The Environment Agency for not making the most of what it’s got. The weathermen for not spelling out exactly how bad it would be. Advantage West Midlands for not rushing to offer compensation. Modern farming methods. Too much concrete. Houses on flood plains. The local council for saying the only help was a fetch-your-own-sandbag service based ten flooded miles away.

Nobody has exactly covered themselves in glory. But when you’re faced with unprecedented torrents of rain, just about any sort of defence you might have in mind is probably inadequate. We should ask ourselves what the Government’s response would have been if the floods had taken place in, say, Kensington and Chelsea. There is no doubt there was a rising tide of media hysteria about the floods as the waters have progressed towards the Home Counties. Only when the water reached Oxford was it seen as really serious.

If London had been under six feet of water, not Worcester, unlimited sums of money and never-ending supplies of resources would be pouring into the area to help it recover from the disaster. There would be no mucking about taking your turn in the queue for help. The Government would not wait a week to react like it did when the floods were in Hull. There would be emergency Cabinet meetings, top civil servants would be deployed in convoys of chauffeur-driven limousines.

Multi-million pound reconstruction grants would be forthcoming. Elaborate contingency plans and capital investment projects would be announced to make sure it never happened again. The rich and powerful would be granted all the resources at the Government’s disposal. Russian mafia millionaires, politicians of all parties, media moguls, captains of industry who pay their taxes in the Cayman Islands – all the important people who keep the wheels of commerce greased – could be assured of the first class service they are used to.

Luckily for Gordon Brown, it’s doubtful if any Londoner has been affected by the flooding apart, perhaps, from the occasional weekend cottage which may have been under water for a day or two, adding to its quaintness and character. So despite the headlines and TV coverage, there is no sense of panic. No demand for a statement in Parliament. No declaration of a national emergency. Nothing really except a flying visit from Gordon Brown and a pledge to build even more houses across the flood plains of Britain. Of course it’s yet another opportunity for the prophets of doom to blame global warming.

This time last year, when the brook near our house was scarcely a trickle, we were told the heat-wave was caused by global warming. We were told it would mean ever-longer, ever-hotter summers, terrible water shortages and stand-pipes in the streets. Today the brook is a raging torrent. Last week it was a deep, wide river. And we are now asked to believe global warming means more rain and worse floods.

Last year the sun never stopped shining, this year the clouds never stop raining. How is it possible these two entirely natural phenomena are really two sides of the same coin? Yes, say the green doom-mongers, but that’s because global warming is unpredictable. It results in freak weather conditions. We are asked to believe flash floods and droughts are only to be expected. In the same place. Almost at the same time.

But if you go to a town like Bewdley in Worcestershire, you’ll see marks on buildings half way up the street showing the height of floods 50, 100 or even 150 years ago. As we moan, mop up and distribute blame, let’s not forget – floods are as old as the Ark.

Nigel Hastilow      

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Low carbon shopping.
We hear quite a lot about food miles due to flying food around the planet, but a significant part of the carbon footprint of food miles can be in the final journey from shop to home. You could reduce this by shopping local or going by bus to shop. If you are a Stratford Tesco shopper, you might like to know that they have a FREE bus from Henley to Tesco on Tuesdays departing:

Telephone box, Arden Rd
Brook End Drive   
The Three Tuns. High St
Wootton Wawen Church  

Arrives Tesco at 11:30 and the return bus departs Tesco 13:30

For more information about the Make Henley Greener project, click here.

John Stott

District Council Information

Planning Applications - Search on-line at Stratford District Council
When you are on the Planning Dept site. Select 'APPLICATION SEARCH' from menu on left.
On the next page, enter the Parish as 'Henley' and put in the date range the last two months and press 'Search'

Stratford on Avon District Council Website


Alerts from Trading Standards


Computer users are warned to beware of another phishing scam. Consumers have reported receiving emails that falsely claim to come from the Alliance and Leicester.

The email reads: Dear Alliance and Leicester Internet Banking member! Our Technical Division is doing a scheduled Internet Banking update. By clicking on the link below please open the procedure of the client details confirmation.

Recipients of the email are warned not to open the link or input any personal or financial information.

Visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/countywidescams

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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Articles and news stories for Henley NEWS on-line should be sent to the editor@henleynews.co.uk at any time. Future diary dates should be notified to The Rector.

Our Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 4th August, from 10.00 a.m. till noon. Please call in, all are welcome.

Saturday 18th August – day visit by coach to RHS Garden at Wisley – cost only £15.00. Visitors welcome. A few seats still left. Contact 793903 for details.

Sunday 2nd September - details from train@henleynews.co.uk

HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY meets on the third Thursday of the month, 8.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church Hall from September to April. Visitors and new members welcome. Further details from Maggie Twigg 793373.

Next meeting 20th September “The Back to Backs in Birmingham” by Derek Clarke followed by a visit to the Back to Backs on 3rd October.

Saturday 20th October - Information from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 793539/794987.

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.

Arc you interested in gardening and flowers or just spending a pleasant evening watching a demonstrator arrange foliage and flowers? We meet on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm in The Memorial Hal, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden so why not come along and see for yourself. Visitors are always welcome £3.00. You do not have to be an active flower arranger to enjoy watching our demonstrators but if you do feel you would like to 'have a go' we hold occasional workshops. For further information, Contact Secretary - Annette Walker - 01564 792837

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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