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Masthead picture - Claverdon, a village 3 miles east of Henley.

Edition 182 - 15th November  2007
Warwickshire Village Ventures
Competition Winner 2007
Every Thursday

'Any Questions' Comes to Claverdon

B4CB4C B4C, the South Warwickshire charity, held its own 'Any Questions' evening at the Claverdon Church Centre on Friday 9th November.

Martin Pleasance (right), Chairman of B4C, introduced the evening by telling the audience of 150 about the aims and achievements of B4C.

B4C is a Christian led charity offering skills and minor start-up funding to youth based projects of any background in the Henley and Stratford area. It has access to business skills and is keen to help incubate new projects as well as support existing ones.  B4C never runs a project, simply supports others when needed. If you would like more information please contact Martin Pleasance on 01926 842532.

The panel, ably controlled by Jonathan Evans, consisted of Julie Kirkbride (Conservative MP for Bromsgrove), Bishop Colin (Bishop of Coventry), Geoffrey Dench (RSC actor) and Digby Jones (Lord Jones of Birmingham, Minister of State).

Even before the event started the panel were enjoying a friendly spar but when they took their seats on stage the evening really began to hot up, particularly between Digby Jones and Julie Kirkbride as they each rallied to the opinions of the political party with whom they work. In between all this Bishop Colin swung between pouring oil on troubled waters and throwing tongue in cheek matches into the debate. Geoffrey Dench, on the other hand, had decided to play “the grumpy old man” for the evening, even warning Bishop Colin beforehand that he was going to disagree with everything he said just to liven the debate.

"I cannot think of an evening where we have had so much laughter around considering such serious issues (all panelists contributing heavily to both) and most people, including the panelists, were disappointed when it had to finish" said Martin Pleasance.

The rallying call from the audience at the end of the evening was “When are you doing another one?” Watch this space!

The panel







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Fire in High Street building

On Sunday afternoon shortly after 3 pm, 7 fire appliances arrived from Stratford, Leamington and Redditch to attend a fire in the roof of Herring House. Smoke can be seen rising from the upper floors of the white building beyond the White Swan Hotel.


Firemen entered the rear of the building wearing breathing apparatus and then  proceeded to remove roof tiles to get to the seat of the fire, which appeared to be in the roof space. Most of the offices in this building are unoccupied. A hydraulic platform was brought in from Hereford and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue to inspect the building from above.





There were no causalities and the High Street was closed to through traffic for about two hours.

A County Links X20 bus on route to Birmingham from Stratford had to carry out a three point turn by the Ice Cream Parlour.

Photos - John Love & Bill Leech

The Manor of Henley-in-Arden
Court Leet and Court Baron


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

High Bailiff

The Guild Hall stands ready for the Court Leet’s Annual Meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday. It will be attended by the whole Court, many of the Court’s Jurors and several distinguished guests from neighbouring towns, together with members of the public. The Steward, David Lodder, will preside over this meeting and its 25-point agenda. He will receive reports from various officers including the High Bailiff and will charge the Jurors, under their chosen foreman, with the task of electing next year’s Court.

Guild Hall

A report on proceedings will be placed in Henley NEWS On-line next week.

Ray Holding - High Bailiff

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

Market Development Update

The dust is still settling following the meeting convened at Henley High school on 29th October. The Parish Council were known in some quarters to support the proposition for a full social housing development, so their chameleon type transformation to unanimously reject the plans as submitted must be taken in context and welcomed with caution. 

The most significant feature of recent events was the decision of Stratford District Council to withdraw from the £2m grant that would have had a major influence on Taylor Wimpey's commitment to the project. Unfortunately, Mr Taylor at Taylor Wimpey has so far been unavailable for comment.
The next and most significant event will be the meeting of Stratford District Council's Area Planning Committee to consider the plans.

Remember our District Councillor's, Messrs Thirlwell and Marshall have now gone on public record as being against the plans.  Will they be representing Henley at the planning meeting to voice the concerns so eloquently expressed by many of the 200+  that attended the  29/10 meeting? 

They must surely? Well, let's not assume the battle is won. 

We must help them to represent our concerns by attending in person in the public gallery when the planning committee meet.  The date, when known, will be announced here in Henley News, but as a concerned resident, I urge everyone reading this to be there.
Mike Faulkner - Planning Correspondent.

Support for Nigel Hastilow

In my humble opinion, the Conservative Party has lost a very laudable member of parliament, partly because he reflects most of the country's thinking and because he is an honest and outspoken man and there are not many of those to the pound these days.

At any time and everywhere we hear about shortage of accommodation, of oil, water and land; about racism, riots and endangered species; about long hospital waiting lists, overcrowded schools and pregnant teenagers and about drugs and drunkenness but never, never about NUMBERS and it is numbers which must be discussed openly and without malice in every corner of this little country.

In shops, pubs and town halls; through television and radio; in churches, mosques and synagogues, without fear or favour of hurt feelings because this big issue will affect us all, particularly when climate change begins to bite our children and our children's children and all the innocent wildlife whose habitat has been misappropriated and destroyed partly through ignorance but mostly by human greed.

I hope Nigel Hastilow will continue to contribute his common sense journalism through media coverage but even better, perhaps he will consider becoming an Independent MP or we shall eventually come to our senses and adopt Proportional Representation in this country. I for one would vote for him.

Molly Corfield - Henley Resident

Johnsons Centenary –Your help needed

Johnsons Old CoachOur local coach and bus operator Johnson’s will be celebrating 100 years in business in 2009, no mean achievement! And what’s more the business has operated solely in Henley in Arden since its formation in 1909. The company has already started putting plans in place for what will be a momentous year.

John Johnson, Director of the company contacted Henley NEWS On-line to see if we could help in tracking down local residents who may have photographs stored away in family archives which feature Johnson’s Coaches on the road, on holiday tours or away on excursions

John said “we have hundreds of photographs of our vehicles, mostly taken from the mid 70,s and nearly all of them in a formal and staged locations, as they were taken for use in our publicity material. I am particularly interested in any photographs taken since the origins of the company and through to the late 1960’s that we might be able to put to good use in the material that we will be preparing as part of our celebrations. In addition if any residents have Johnson’s stories or anecdotes then we would be interested in hearing about them. They can be funny, bizarre or serious. We are trying to build a picture of what it was like travelling with us in those early days. We would like to interview anyone with a story to tell us that we can include in a booklet we are putting together to mark this milestone. Any photographs sent will be looked after, copied with the owner’s permission and the originals returned

If any readers can help, then contact John or Peter Johnson at their Liveridge Hill offices on 01546 797000 and we can arrange for an interview or to collect photographs. We look forward to hearing from any readers that can help”

'Dark' Claverdon under threat of Light Pollution

Claverdon Village has long maintained its policy of no street lights. That tradition is now under serious threat. Claverdon Lawn Tennis Club is planning to erect up to nine lighting towers and floodlights on its tennis courts adjacent to The Dorothea Mitchell Hall.

Claverdon Lights
Claverdon Lights

The location is slap bang in the middle of a conservation area and is surrounded by residential houses. A NEIGHBOURHOOD action committee has been set up to fight the plans which have yet to be submitted to the landlords of the club – The Dorothea Mitchell Hall Trustees.

Meetings are being held this week at the tennis club for residents to find out more details of the plans and for them to register their concerns and worries with the tennis club.

Clive Hanley - Reporting and Photos

Expressive Art @ the HUB

GraffitiYoung people from the HUB at Henley engaged in a series of graffiti art workshops with local artist Richard Inwood which culminated in the eleven completed art boards being displayed on the fencing around the Sk8 Parc outside the youth centre. In total over 20 young people all aged 11-19 from Henley and surrounding areas engaged with the arts project, a process which was designed to encourage them take ownership of the Sk8 Parc facility. Over a number of weeks, young people came up with lots of ideas that reflected their lives and the happenings at the HUB. These ideas were then imported into a sketch which could then be transferred onto a series of plywood boards to produce a story board of graffiti art relevant to young people at the HUB.

Young people worked on the arts project over a number of months demonstrating a real commitment to see the project through to completion. Initial drawings started in March and the group moved onto learning about techniques and styles for graffiti spray painting with the finishing touches being made in July. In August the art work was installed around the Sk8 Parc.

Now that the Sk8 Parc area includes bright art and graffiti that has been undertaken by local young people, it is hoped that the area will not receive as much unwanted graffiti as youth club members hope that others will respect their work.

The HUB kindly received funding for the graffiti arts project from Warwickshire’s Youth Opportunity Fund and the former South Warwickshire Area Community Education Council, which is now known as the Youth Development Fund.


The Sk8 Parc in Henley is now truly a young person’s place after a number of local young people worked so hard with the support of the youth club’s Chairman, Peter Crathorne to obtain the funds needed for the Sk8 Parc to be built and then via further fundraising to purchase a youth shelter and bench. And now with the completion of the graffiti art work -young people should be proud of their contribution which will be a lasting facility for the community. If you are near the Youth Club, call in and have look for yourself, you will be impressed.

Peter Crathorne. Chair of the Management Committee.

District Council retains a weekly Rubbish collections

SDCStratford-on-Avon District Council has seized the opportunity to provide residents with a kerbside collection of plastic bottles and cardboard and the new contract will retain a weekly collection of food waste.

The new service will also operate at less cost than the existing arrangements and with residents help provide the opportunity to make Stratford-on-Avon the leading recycling district in the country.

The District Council has decided to award the next Waste & Cleansing contract to Verdant for the next 7 years. The new service will require 3 separate wheelie bins and will operate across the whole district.

“This new contract will mean a slight change for service users but we have listened to what residents want and that is to maintain a weekly collection. We’ve been able to do that by having food waste removed weekly. However these new proposals won’t come into effect until late next year giving us chance to tell residents of the new proposals and we have been led by some significant guiding principles in coming to this decision,” says Cllr Simon Jackson, Environment Portfolio.

'The question was how do we improve and already excellent service and I think we may have achieved this with this contract. Throughout our consultations with residents they wanted food waste collected weekly and high on their agenda was to introduce a curbside plastic and cardboard recycling service and that’s exactly what we are proposing and at a reduced cost. Residents will still have a weekly collection but will now have wheelie bins for all their household and garden waste – with residual collected one week and recycling and green garden waste, together with food waste, the next week. This means that food waste will be collected on a weekly basis. There is a plethora of legislation and statutory imperatives placed upon councils to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and the imposition of increased recycling targets with the two intrinsically linked. In addition the Council is keen to do all that is possible to safeguard our environment for generations to come. We hope that residents will be encouraged to continue to recycle more and thereby reduce the environmental burden created by waste going to landfill.

“We are committed to providing a scheme that is easy to understand and operate by our residents, a scheme that is acceptable to them and encourages them to reduce waste and recycle more. A scheme designed to win the hearts and minds for the benefit of all including the environment and importantly, at the same time, providing a first class value for money service.”

'Light up The Town' Evening

Sue's roomLast month Sue and Brian Westmacott held an evening to raise money for the Henley Christmas Lights.

Over 60 attended and were treated to one of Sue's excellent meals. All the ticket money was donated to the Christmas Lights fund.

A grand total of £1,785.00 was raised including a raffle.

Our photo by John Love shows the dining room before guests arrived. Thanks to Sue & Brian for their generosity.

John Love - Reporting and Photo

Locating a Lost Henley Family

VicarageDear Editor,

I don't know if you can help me in my quest to contact a very old friend who lived in Henley in Arden in the early 1950's.

The family name was Manley  and they resided at the Old Vicarage in the High Street, which I believe is now Barclays Bank. (Our picture right was taken in 1944.) There were 2 brothers and two sisters, the family of Cdr RNVR and Mrs Manley .

I new the family quite well and attended the wedding of their youngest daughter,  whom I believe went to live in Solihull. The elder  daughter Sarah better known as Sadie got married to a Mr Chalmers also of Henley in Arden. I believe they settled down in Bidford on Avon.

The two brothers both did National Service in the Royal Navy. I lost contact with the family as a result of serving with R A F and serving for a  long time in Australia. If your organisation could help me in my quest to find any member of the family I would be most grateful.

Many thanks


If you can help, please send your responses via editor@henleynews.co.uk

Goodbye Centro - Hello Network

London Midland TrainOn Sunday 11th November, the franchise for the North Warwick Line was taken over by London Midland. The trains are marked with 'n' meaning 'network.

London Midland is a new company. It brings together the former Silverlink County and most of Central Trains, in particular the West Midland regional services including the Snow Hill Lines and the Birmingham to Liverpool route. It also includes the Bedford to Bletchley and Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey branch lines.

With £243 million being invested in new trains and £11.5 million on stations, passengers can expect some big changes across the network over the next few years. They promise to develop a 21st century rail service that will meet new targets for punctuality, reliability and sustained improvement.

Their website promises lots of things are going to get better. You can expect to see:

  • new and refurbished trains
  • better information
  • new CCTV and increased security
  • more parking spaces and cycle storage
  • improved accessibility
  • better customer service
  • annual environmental targets

And we could go on. In short, we’re determined to make your train travel more convenient, more comfortable and more reliable.

Photo John Love

Thinking of becoming a Parish Councillor

Election of 12 Councillors on 1st May 2008 - Information on the Henley Gateway website


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Primary SchoolHenley Primary

Dutch AuthorDutch author visits Henley Primary

Famous Dutch author, Jose Hofstede visited Henley Primary School this week.

She worked with all the children, talking them through the processes of writing and publishing a book.

The children then had the opportunity to buy signed copies of her books, which proved to be immensely popular!

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report     Earlswood Town Res

Cup/League:            League

Date:                      10 November 07

Final Score:             2-1 Henley

Man of the Match:    Matt Ross

Henley Forest FC

Goal Keeper & Man of the Match: Matt Ross

Following last weeks defeat, the lads had received a shake up and orders to improve.

Not unfamiliar to the typical pattern of play being experienced by Forest, the opposition managed to net the first goal of the game. However it was captain Jon Grandfield’s goal that got them talking, an absolutely superb free kick which presented the Town’s GK no chances whatsoever. Earlswood continued to put pressure on Forests defence with amazing saves being made by the highly rated Forest Keeper, Matt Ross. Manager John Colby brought on from the bench Chris Key and true to form; the secret weapon scored within one minute of being on the pitch brings jubilation to the sideline.

Shortly before the whistle Earlswood faced further pressure losing a player following two yellows.

Whilst the football played was not terrific and far from Forest player capabilities, the team battled throughout the entire 90 minutes, which fortunately paid off securing three points for Forest with a 2-1 win.

John Colby, Forests Manager remarked of his man of the match, Matt Ross “What saves, what an immense Keeper, he kept us in the game”.

Next Fixture: Forest travel to meet 1st division Knowle FC in round two of the BCFA Vase Competition 1.30pm kick off (Hampton Road, Knowle)

Karen Parsons

John Garner's Business Column

Parental Leave

John GarnerIn the last two articles I've dealt with Maternity and Paternity rights but we must also remember Parental Leave; this is in addition to the other two.

If an employee has worked for the same employer for a year and has a child he or she can take:

  • 13 weeks off work (in total, not per year) for each child, up to their fifth birthday (or up to five years after the placement date of an adopted child)
  • 18 weeks for each disabled child, up to the child's 18th birthday

Parental leave is unpaid. It's different from maternity or paternity leave, which is related to the birth of a new baby, and from adoption leave, which applies when an employee adopts a child.

An employee is entitled to Parental leave if he or she is:
•a parent named on the child's birth certificate or
•named on the child's adoption certificate or
•has legal parental responsibility for a child under five (18 if disabled)

Either parent has the right to parental leave. If they are separated and their ex-partner looks after the children, they have the right to parental leave if they keep formal parental responsibility for the children. Foster parents don't have rights to parental leave. 

The basic entitlement is 13 weeks leave in total for each child until their fifth birthday. If the child is adopted, it's until the fifth anniversary of their placement with the parent or until their 18th birthday, whichever comes first. If the child is disabled the parent has the right to 18 weeks leave until the child's 18th birthday.

Leave must be taken in blocks or multiples of one week (except when the child is disabled). Neither parent can take more than four weeks' leave for any one child in a year. The employee must give at least 21 days notice.

Note that this leave entitlement applies per child, so if your employee has twins each parent can take a total of 13 weeks leave for each child (18 weeks for parents of each disabled child).

The employer does have some rights. Unless the employee wants to take parental leave immediately after the birth or adoption, the employer can postpone the leave for up to six months if they feel it would disrupt the business. If the postponement goes past the end of the entitlement period, the employee can still take the leave. To postpone the leave the employer must give the employee notice within seven days of being told by the employee that they wish to take parental leave.

Still with me? There's a bit more.

Employees taking parental leave have the right:

  • to return to the same job where leave is less than four weeks (if this isn't possible you may offer a job with similar or better terms and conditions)
  • not to be dismissed for taking parental leave
  • to some of their normal terms and conditions.

So what's in this for the employer then? Well, nothing really, except yet more administrative burden and the need to cover for absent employees for weeks at a time (not easy for small businesses).

What's in it for the employee? Extra time off without pay.

I have to say I've never come across anyone who has actually taken parental leave. Funny that.

John Garner

Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMNumbers, Racism, or Political Madness?

I missed the Nigel Hastilow in the press on Sunday last week. In fact, until I read Henley NEWS On-line I didn’t even know Nigel had resigned. But reading his article and also the offer he had to refuse, I can only come up with one conclusion; Immigration is a subject which no-one can discuss in politics.

But whether we like it or not, immigration is a subject that the majority of adults (electors) do have an opinion on. My worry is, if none of the main parties are allowed to discuss or express an opinion on immigration, some other extreme parties will. While the big 3 ignore the issue, the extreme parties will use that to gain votes. Personally I don’t want any extreme party getting seats in Westminster. But I believe at the next election or the following one the BNP (or similar) will get a seat or two.

Maybe Nigel’s words were not politically correct for David Cameron’s crew, but reading the article myself, I didn’t find it racist at all. He was, in my opinion, voicing the views of his electorate. But the press blew things out of proportion and now he has gone.

But the issue of immigration is still a major one that does need discussing, with care. We must push aside the issue of race and concentrate on immigration. Maybe the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have got it right. May be a points system depending on the countries needs and the candidates skills should be employed, who knows I’m not a politician.

But discuss it we must. I don’t want any extreme parties getting the majority of votes in the next General Election.


Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

It's the end of the world as we know it

Nigel Hastilow This week I finally threw away all my LPs. Everything from Aha to ZZ Top got chucked. It was one of those terrible moments. The albums – I have no idea how many but several hundred – have been hidden away cupboards for years.

I still possess a viable turntable and sometimes dragged out some old Santana album and listened to it on vinyl for old time’s sake. They do sound warmer than their digital equivalents if you discount the scratches, jumps and fluff. But when floods swamped my collection, hidden away under the stairs, I desperately wanted to preserve my LPs. I propped them up along every available wall, sat them next to dehumidifiers, stored them in cool places hoping they would dry out. Saving my LPs was a priority, even if the builder did scoff at my taste in music.

Anyone with an extensive collection of albums by Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd and 10CC is of a certain age. There’s nothing to be done about it except realise how lucky you were to live through the golden age of prog. Be that as it may, the progress of drying out these artefacts has been surprisingly slow. Worse than that is the realisation that, actually, I possess almost every piece of music in a digital format as well.

Digital is easier. It’s portable. It’s downloadable. It can be stuck in an iPod or even a memory stick never mind a CD. The format is almost irrelevant, it’s only the music itself that counts these days. That’s why the new Radiohead album is only for sale via the internet and without any artwork at all. You can choose how much to pay for it or download it for free. I decided on £6.50. It seemed a fair price for what I feared would be – and turned out to be – yet another piece of electronic bleep and booster noise where once Radiohead sang songs.

The process for purchasing music today is not the same as it was when I went out and laid my hands on my very first LP, “Electric Warrior” by T Rex. Indeed, it seems these days that the music – as opposed to the live concert, for instance – is much less valued than it used to be. Hence all those CD giveaways.

In the LP’s heyday, the album cover, the sleeve notes, the artwork, the lyrics, the elaborate gatefolds, the inserts, the photography and so on were as important as the music. They were part of the experience, part of the pleasure, part of the image of the band – and of the buyer as well. It was all marketing. But we naïve young LP buyers thought we were part of a counter-culture. We were – but the counter that mattered was the shop counter.

The LP was a just another product but it seemed like a statement. Music was an industry but it seemed like a lifestyle. Album art was just another form of branding but it seemed like a high point for popular culture. And then we got CDs. We were told they were indestructible. No scratches. No rattle and hum. No warping. Just clear, bright, shiny technology. Nobody mentioned sticky fingers.

It’s 20 years since I bought my first CD player and three CDs to play on it. They quickly took over from LPs though it was a long time before I switched from cassette tape in the car. The LPs were marginalised. First, just a few remained accessible in case I ever wanted to listen to “Thriller” by Michael Jackson or anything by the Human League.

Then they were all hidden away like an embarrassing family secret. The turntable went too. In the end there was little reason to keep all those old LPs any more. It wasn’t for the music itself because one way or another anything that matters is now available in digital format. Even the obscure and bizarre can now be found in MP3 form. I even gave up the idea of buying one of those record players which converts LPs into digital music because it wasn’t really needed except if I were to convert a few very, very obscure singles.

I am sad enough to want to do that. But I don’t really have the time and can’t really justify the expense. Not in the face of demands for money to buy new curtains.

So here I am, stuck in the 21st century with no way back and a pile of ruined LPs. The covers have stuck to each other. The gatefolds won’t open. The labels are attached to the inner sleeves and come off it you try to extract the black vinyl itself.
We are talking about the ruination of the records. And when the only point in hanging onto them was for the artwork, they might as well go, once and for all.

A couple of months ago, I took them all outside prior to throwing them away but couldn’t go through with it so I lugged them all back indoors again.

This time they’re goners. That’s it. RIP (revolve in peace).

Nigel Hastilow      

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Energy saving tips for electric kettles.

Put in just the amount of water you need to boil. If your kettle is one that boils for a while before it switches off, you can save more energy and money by switching it off as soon as you hear it boil.  Doing this gives the added bonus of less dampness in the home. Every cupful that you don’t boil saves 25 cupfuls of climate changing Carbon Dioxide.

Some kettles have a minimum mark so even if you only want a cupful, you may have to boil a little more than you need. Keeping excess boiled water hot in a thermos and re-boiling it is another way of saving energy if you find it tricky to boil just the right amount.  

John Stott

Alerts from Trading Standards

Door to Door Energy Sales
Leamington Spa

The Trading Standards Service has received several complaints relating to the practises of energy sales agents in the Leamington Spa area. Householders allege that some sales people have been attempting to mislead them about their purpose in visiting. For example, some are reported to have implied that they are an independent Government sponsored body that is only interested in reducing the householder’s bills. Residents also report that some are not being up front about who they represent and are only providing minimal information about their company.

Block Paver
Stratford upon Avon

A Stratford upon Avon resident has reported being conned by people who block paved his driveway. Faults were apparent as soon as the work was complete. The trader was contacted via a leaflet with untraceable telephone numbers and no address. To put the work right will now cost an additional £600. Trading Standards are investigating.

Parcel Delivery Service

An email has been circulating which warns recipients about a scam involving a card posted through your door from a company called PDS (Parcel Delivery Service) suggesting that they were unable to deliver a parcel and that you need to contact them on 0906 6611911 (a premium rate number).

We can confirm that this scam is no longer current.

‘Say No To Doorstep Sellers’ Stickers Sold Door to Door!

'Enterprising’ doorstep sellers are selling ‘We don’t buy at the doorstep’ stickers – door to door! Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Officers are reporting.

Trading Standards officers have received several reports and are advising Warwickshire householders that they can obtain a free ‘We don’t buy at from the doorstep sticker’ by contacting Warwickshire Trading Standards Service on 01926 414040. In the past some unscrupulous door to door sellers touting these items have been known to tell householders that the sticker they may already have affixed to their door is out of date!

Further, much of the information on the reverse of the £1.00 doorstep sign is incorrect, including emergency telephone numbers that are now unobtainable.

Top Tips
Shop around for the goods or services you require - don’t buy from the first person who comes to your door.
If you don’t wish to buy from the door, put up a sign – it won’t deter everyone, but it should help.
Remember you do not have to open your door to a doorstep seller - if in doubt shut them out!

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


Tradind StandardSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service

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 0630 hours and 1500 hours on 9th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Brook End Close, Henley in Arden. They have then jemmied open the rear double-glazed door, conducted an untidy search of the property and removed a Sony Verio laptop computer.
Incident 349 of 9th November 07 refers.

Between 0800 hours and 1700 hours on 9th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Henley Road, Ullenhall. They have then gained entry via a side window, conducted a very untidy search of the property and removed jewellery and electrical equipment.
Incident 437 of 9th November 07 refers.

Overnight between 9th and 10th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth in Arden. The property is currently empty and undergoing renovation works. Offender/s gained entry via an insecure patio door and carried out an untidy search of the loft area.
Incident 205 of 10th November 07 refers.

Between 1100 hours and 1700 hours on 12th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Bell Field, Tanworth in Arden. They gained entry through an insecure rear door and then forced an internal door. Once inside they removed various items including three flat screen TVs, Wii console and games.
Incident 404 of 12th November 07 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 3rd November and 0700 hours on 5th November 07 unknown offender/s approached business premises on High Street, Henley in Arden. They then gained entry to a large metal container by burning a hole through the side and removed a large quantity of equipment from within.
Incident 176 of 5th November 07 refers.

Prior to 1230 hours on 10th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a Social Club on Ossetts Hole Lane, Yarningale Common. They then gained entry via the fire door and conducted a search of the interior.
Incident 303 of 10th November 07 refers.

Prior to 1020 hours on 6th November 07 unknown offender/s have stolen an Ifor Williams trailer from Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen.
Incident 145 of 6th November 07 refers.

Between 1530 hours on 2nd November and 1030 hours on 6th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a school on Stratford Road, Henley in Arden. They then caused damage to the security lights.
Incident 158 of 6th November 07 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 2nd November and 0930 hours on 3rd November 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Earlswood Common, Earlswood and uprooted some shrubs from the garden. Offender/s also damaged security light to neighbouring property.
Incident 229 of 3rd November 07 refers.

At around 0110 hours on 3rd November 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Arden Road, Henley in Arden and smashed a ground floor window.
Incident 46 of 3rd November 07 refers.

Between 1600 hours on 6th November and 1300 hours on 7th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a blue Ford Fiesta parked on Meadow Road, Henley in Arden. They then jumped on the vehicle, causing damage to the bonnet.
Incident 282 of 7th November 07 refers.

At about 1100 hours on 2nd November 07 unknown offender/s gained entry to a manhole cover on Stratford Road, Henley in Arden and removed a quantity of copper cabling from within.
Incident 154 of 5th November 07 refers.

At about 1300 hours on 2nd November 07 unknown offender/s gained entry to a manhole cover on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. They then cut wires and attempted to steal copper cable from within.
Incident 437 of 2nd November 07 refers.

Prior to 0820 hours on 6th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle left insecure on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood and removed some money from the glovebox.
Incident 82 of 6th November 07 refers.

Between 1600 hours and 1830 hours on 7th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked on public house car park on Stratford Road, Hockley Heath. They then removed a quantity of power tools from within.
Incident 436 of 7th November 07 refers.

Between 1900 hours on 8th November and 0730 hours on 9th November 07 unknown offender/s approached a black Audi Cabriolet parked on The Green, Tanworth in Arden. They then removed a Dell laptop computer from the boot and some Gucci sunglasses.
Incident 178 of 9th November 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!

Wednesday 28th November between 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 12th December between 11am – 1pm

If you did have information regarding the displayed incidents, but for whatever reason do not wish to contact the police directly, then you can ring 0800 555 111 and give the information to the Crimestoppers Charity. Crimestoppers will then pass the information to the Police without revealing any details of the caller. You may also receive a reward.

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.  Thank you.


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Come along and visit us for only £1 and join members in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 20th November when John and Penny Stott will be showing slides of their “Galapagos Cruise”.

Saturday 24th November in the Church Hall at 2.00 p.m. Homemade cakes, produce, books, teas, gifts, bric-a-brac, etc. with Father Christmas at 2.30 pm. If you can help run a stall or provide goods to sell, please contact Daphne Jones on 01926 843515.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 27th November, 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. at Ullenhall Village Hall. Our speaker is David Bates who will be talking about Vegetable Gardening. Visitors (£1) and new members can look forward to a warm and friendly welcome.

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 Thursday 22nd November “The Two Treasures of Kings Norton” by Rev. Heather Flack.

Beaudesert and Henley JPC present “A Christmas Normandy Market” on Saturday 15th December. Plenty of interesting gift ideas and live street music.

Tai Chi and Chi Gung have been practiced for many years in China. These beautiful slow movements are a joy to perform. Come and join one of our friendly classes and feel immediate health benefits. Thursdays, 11.00 a.m. at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane starting on 15th November. Everyone welcome (your age, health or fitness not barrier).
For more information and to book your place contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830 (www.swantaichi.co.uk)

Saturday, 22 March 2008 – The Guild Hall Garden Committee are presenting a concert by the Bulava Chorus, an exceptional Ukrainian Choir.  This will be held in Henley High School and will include supper.   Tickets are £15 each and can be obtained from Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987).

Saturday and Sunday, 21 and 22 June 2008 – After a very successful day in 2006, Henley’s Hidden Gardens will again be open, on this occasion over two days.  If you would like your garden to be included, please contact Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987).

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 Coordinators. If you are aware that  you are not covered in your area or are willing to be a coordinator. 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.
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