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Edition 188 - 3th January 2008
Warwickshire Village Ventures
Competition Winner 2007
Every Thursday

Happy New Year to All Our Readers

Shop Window Display Competition 2007

Led by the High Bailiff, a “posse” of Court Officers and consorts set out on Saturday 22nd December to judge the High Street’s shop window displays. Twenty-three business premises had taken part and there was a wide variety of creative and eye-catching designs, ranging from very simple displays making use of existing merchandise to professional, highly artistic arrangements. Every one contributed to the generally festive air of the High Street.

Shop Window 1

The judges gather at the Market Cross: left to right: Ann Holding, Mace-bearer Gerald Smith, Affeeror Stephen Thirlwell,
High Bailiff Ray Holding,
Low Bailiff Roger Sutton and his wife Molly, Ale Taster Andrew Gardner and Brook-Looker Graham Smith.

The judges found it very difficult to reach democratic views about which displays were the best. Particular credit was given for the clever use of simple materials and for the “wholeness” of each display. After prolonged debate and several rounds of voting the decisions were made as follows:

  • First prize: The Shakespeare Hospice Shop, for a beautifully executed amateur arrangement with an “Ice Maiden” theme, in silver and white.
  • Second prize: Westmacott’s, where a simple method had been used to transform the shop window into a “Dickensian” look, with imitation window-leading and snow.
  • Third prize: John Earle and Son, for yet another excellent model scene, this time of Earle’s own office – complete with a tiny Market Cross!

Winner for 2007: Diane Walden collects the first prize and certificate for the window at the Shakespeare Hospice Shop

Six others were “Highly Commended” and the High Bailiff thanks all participants for their good humoured participation in this bit of seasonal fun.

A note from the High Bailiff: it is entertaining to consider that for the year ahead the Court Leet has a Butterweigher who lives in an old dairy and a Brook-Looker who lives in an old watermill! Horses for course, perhaps!

TAI CHI in Henley

Tai ChiWhat a success! Attendance averaging 12, all ages, ladies and gentlemen, from the lythe to the less mobile; this group re-opens after Christmas on January 10th 2008.

If you have no idea what to expect and are worried you would look awkward, even silly, you will discover that Debbie, our leader, makes sure that everyone, whatever age, or physical condition will feel a sense of achievement through gentle activity. There is no single standard, everyone can participate comfortably to the extent of their own ability. The class provides essential tools for life - a healthier body, a happier spirit, a chance to learn new skills and to adopt a calmer, more centred approach to life through renewed confidence in yourself.

For further information contact Debbie Wild (07773318830)

Or just come along. The class meets at the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane (parking is easy) on Thursdays at 11.00am and the session lasts an hour. The cost is £5, but you don’t have to pay per term – just pay when you go. We meet again on 10th January 2008.

Peter Crathorne.

Those Travellers at New Road

TravellersThey moved off the site on the morning the required notices to quit were served and once away the owners, a London based company, arranged for a local farmer to block the field gates with soil thus preventing further vehicle access by them or any others.

Complaints about the use of the adjacent as a lavatory and the depositing of rubbish and building rubble etc. have been carried to Stratford District Council and I know pictorial records of the current state of the land have been sent to the owners, they have promised to clear the area.

The costs of moving illegal occupiers is considerable, Court Fees and related costs can topple £1,000 then if clearing up is needed the expenditure for a business or private land owner, as well as the tax payer, all comes from hard earned income.

I do not believe the transgressors make any recompense for the trouble they cause.

George Atkinson - County Councillor

To the Xmas Earthmovers,

At last someone has done something constructive to deter the travellers from returning to the field.

Thank you

Resident of Brook End Drive

Are You Planning to Take Part in the Rotary Charity Walk?

Charity Walk
If so, you will know that 75% of your fund raising will go to your nominated Charity and 25% to the Rotary charities and if you believe in supporting local charities you may care to consider:

ATAC  -  Action Taken Against Cancer  Reg. Charity No. 1108018   - raising funds for the Cancer Breast Care Unit at your local Warwick Hospital.    We have raised £83,000 and are hoping to reach £100,000 soon  towards the much needed digital mammogram machine which they hope to have in place within the next 6 months or so.

Alternatively you could consider

WASP - Warwickshire Action on Stroke Project   Reg. Charity No.  1056424   . The Wasp Appeal is designed to build excellent Stroke Services for South Warwickshire in the Acute Ward at Warwick Hospital and the specially designated Feldon Stroke  Rehabilitation Ward at Leamington Sp.

Both these are very worthwhile charities involved with improving services for patients so just consider them please.     You can contact both charities by email -

Pat Phillips

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Don’t Let New Year Resolutions Leave You Worse Off!

Tradind StandardWarwickshire County Council Trading Standards have identified some of the most common New Year Resolutions and are advising consumers how they can keep their resolutions and be wise with their money at the same time!

Get Fit Quick!: If you are thinking of joining a health club or gym in the New Year, shop around and compare deals. Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you read any terms and conditions carefully. Will you have to pay up front for a year’s membership? Will you be entitled to any money back if your membership lapses along with your good intentions? Do you have to give notice of cancellation?

Shed the Pounds You Put On At Christmas!: Don’t be taken in by adverts that promise ‘miracle’ slimming cures and fantastic weight loss in weeks, simply by taking a tablet or using a patch. Many of these adverts are misleading. Take advice from organisations such as the Food Standards Agency, visit: for more information.

Double Your Income By Working From Home!: Many of us are short of cash after Christmas, and may be tempted by adverts that drop through our door offering fantastic earnings from home-working schemes, or pyramid recruitment plans. Be very skeptical about any work opportunities that ask you to pay up front, or that offer financial returns that seem too good to be true – they probably are!

Be Debt Free! Debt is a major problem for many people, particularly after Christmas when those who have paid for their festivities on credit are now faced with dealing with this in the New Year.

Beware of unscrupulous credit brokers and debt management companies. Credit brokers are only allowed to keep £5 of the commission fee if a credit agreement is not signed, but unfortunately, many customers do not realise this and some credit brokers are taking advantage and keeping the lot!

Be wary when using debt management companies as they also often charge fees, adding to a consumer’s debt and may simply suggest a consolidation loan – where all the consumers unsecured loans are paid off with a larger loan secured on property.

Although a consolidation loan might reduce a person’s monthly payments, it will almost certainly leave them with a greater level of debt overall to pay off over a longer period of time, and if the consumer fails to meet the repayments on a secured loan, they could lose their home. Consumers are advised to look closely at the duration of the consolidation loan, and the total amount payable.

There is plenty of free advice available to help you with your debt problems. The Office of Fair Trading publishes a useful guide entitled ‘In Debt? Help Yourself Out!’. Visit for more information.

Bargain Hunters Beware!

Tradind StandardWhatever the post Christmas and New Year period holds for you – be prepared. Whether you’re looking for a bargain or have an unwanted present to return, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service has the advice you need.

Bargain Hunters watch out for those ‘too good to be true’ offers. The law controls the way that traders can advertise their bargain offers but there are ways in which the law can be side-stepped to trap the unwary consumer.

Bargain hunters are advised to:

  • Read all it says on the sale notice or in an advertisement. A sign might read 80% off from a distance, but a closer look might reveal the words 'up to'.
  • Shop around - even a 'massive reduction' doesn't mean you can't buy the same for less elsewhere.
  • Don't be fobbed off by notices such as 'no sale goods exchanged' or 'no cash refunds'. If the sale goods you buy are faulty or mis-described then you do have a claim against the trader.
  • But remember, if the product is labeled 'shop soiled' or 'marked on the sleeve' or you are given this information verbally, then this may affect your legal rights.
  • Treat 'special purchase' items with caution. If the store has imported them just for the sale, you have no way of making a price comparison.
  • If upon opening the goods at home you find they are faulty or have been mis-described, you are entitled to a refund, as long as you return the goods within a reasonable time, and with proof of purchase. Just follow our guide:
  1. Return the goods as soon a possible. If you don’t you may only be entitled to a repair or replacement.
  2. Take some proof of purchase with you – a receipt is best, but a bank statement, credit card slip, or other proof of purchase is also acceptable.
  3. Remain calm and try and speak to the manager.
  4. If you do not receive a satisfactory answer, put your complaint in writing, keep a copy, and send it recorded delivery.
  5. If you are still experiencing problems, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 or visit:

Unwanted Christmas gifts?

There is no statutory right to return goods that are not faulty if they were bought from a shop. However, if you think the person you are buying the present for may need to return it insist that they write it on your receipt (for example, 'cash refunds for unwanted Christmas gifts').

When shopping from home, for example on the internet, you do have additional rights. The Distance Selling Regulations give you the right to change your mind and cancel most orders (with some exceptions e.g. sealed audio or video recordings or computer software that have been opened) within seven working days (seven working days after the day on which the goods are received by the buyer). But of course, it may be too late to return an unwanted online purchased present, unless the goods were delivered shortly before Christmas day so check the returns policy carefully.

Get fit at Warwickshire College!

Warks ColPeople who have a New Year’s resolution to get fit are being made a good-looking offer.

The gyms at Warwickshire College’s Leamington and Henley-in-Arden Centres have got together with The Spa at Henley-in-Arden to put together a special package starting this month.

For just £36 a month people can use the gym facilities at either centre, and at The Spa they can use, for a maximum of an hour and a half each day:

  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Jacuzzi
  • Foot spa
  • Aromatherapy room
  • Relaxation area, showers, towels, robes and changing facilities

Anyone who joins in January also gets 30 days of membership FREE.

Helen Pennells, health and fitness manager, said: “This is a fantastic offer for anyone looking to join a gym and get fit in 2008 - they get the chance to look good and feel good for an excellent price. Users can exercise in our gym then pamper themselves and relax at The Spa.”

A gym-only membership of £21.50 a month is also available, complete with the first 30 days of membership free if you join in January 2008.

To find our more about the special packages or to sign up contact either gym on 01926 318046 or 01564 797819.

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


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff

The High Bailiff and Ann Holding wish all the residents of Henley and Beaudesert a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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

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Henley Forest FC


Round Two – Jack Mould Cup

Date 22/12/07

Final Score 6-4 Henley

Man of the Match Striker – Ben Adshead


Ben Saunders (left) and Man of the Match Ben Adshead

Forest were fired up and ready to impress the many fans that arrived to watch this game, including 50 or more “Ground Hoppers” some who had travelled from as far as Blackpool to watch this game.

As usual, it took Forest a while to settle into the game, characteristically there are players who way up the opposition and their style of play before getting to grips with what to expect from the rivals. Forest early into the game were punished as a decision not to award them a most definite Penalty allowed the “Town” straight away to take advantage of the situation taking the ball to the other end of the pitch and scoring the first goal of the game. After a very dramatic first half, with the first of two great goals for Forest coming from midfielder & captain Jon Grandfield at 21 minutes (making it 3-1 to the Town) reassuringly Forests 2nd came just 2 minutes ahead of the half time whistle with midfielder Tom Wale bringing the half time score to 3-2.

During half time Forest players were reminded of the space available on the pitch, they came out buoyant, noting the team-talk, and immediately found themselves more room allowing Ben Saunders to equalise the score to 3-3 after just 3 minutes. The mummers from the crowd predicted that this was Forests game, and sure enough great play, immense effort and getting into the right place paid off, as striker Ben Adshead (65) tapped in a provide from Tom Wale, twelve minutes later cheers from the crowd followed a tremendous free kick from Ben Saunders, looping the ball dramatically straight into the back of the net. Forest were fired up, energized with the lead and it took just another 5 minutes of play for them to get their sixth goal of the game, Ben Adshead getting his second.

Chelmsley Town continued to battle against Forest, although found it difficult to break down the stronghold Forest had taken. A forth goal for the Town came although 3 minutes from the full time whistle, the was indeed Forests game and invitation into the next round of the cup, when they will see themselves up against Continental Stars Res on 12th Jan Away.

Manager John Colby, was ecstatic as he said “What an absolutely tremendous game, my lads were special and have given me a great Christmas Present, I am proud of every single player, in particular Bed Adshead, who gets Man of the Match for immense effort throughout the entire 90 minutes Of course, I’m always pleased when we play well, but to do this today against a great organised side in front of a crowd of probably 100 people, is terrific and I am delighted and very optimistic with this team”.

Karen Parsons

John Garner's Business Column

THE TIMES - Letter of the Year:


An elderly lady actually wrote this letter to her bank. The bank manager thought it amusing enough to have it published in The Times and this newspaper thanks him most sincerely.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to thank you for bouncing my cheque with which I endeavoured to pay my plumber last month. By my calculations, three nanoseconds must have elapsed between his presenting the cheque and the arrival in my account of the funds needed to honour it. I refer, of course, to the automatic monthly deposit of my Pension, an arrangement which, I admit, has been in place for only eight years. You are to be commended for seizing that brief window of opportunity, and also for debiting my account £30 by way of penalty for the inconvenience caused to your bank.

My thankfulness springs from the manner in which this incident has caused me to rethink my errant financial ways.

I noticed that whereas I personally attend to your telephone calls and letters, when I try to contact you, I am confronted by the impersonal, overcharging, re-recorded, faceless entity which your bank has become. From now on, I, like you, choose only to deal with a flesh-and-blood person. My mortgage and loan payments will therefore and hereafter no longer be automatic, but will arrive at your bank by cheque, addressed personally and confidentially to an employee at your bank whom you must nominate.

Be aware that it is an offence under the Postal Act for any other person to open such an envelope.

Please find attached an Application Contact Status which I require your chosen employee to complete. I am sorry it runs to eight pages, but in order that I know as much about him or her as your bank knows about me, there is no alternative. Please note that all copies of his or her medical history must be countersigned by a Solicitor, and the mandatory details of his/her financial situation (income, debts, assets and liabilities) must be accompanied by documented proof.

In due course, I will issue your employee with a PIN number which he/she must quote in dealings with me. I regret that it cannot be shorter than 28 digits but, again, I have modelled it on the number of button presses required of me to access my account balance on your phone bank service. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Let me level the playing field even further. When you call me, press buttons as follows:

      1. To make an appointment to see me.
      2. To query a missing payment.
      3. To transfer the call to my living room in case I am there.
      4. To transfer the call to my bedroom in case I am sleeping.
      5. To transfer the call to my toilet in case I am attending to nature.
      6. To transfer the call to my mobile phone if I am not at home.
      7. To leave a message on my computer (a password to access my computer is required. A password will be communicated to you at a later date to the Authorized Contact.)
      8. To return to the main menu and to listen to options 1 through 8
      9. To make a general complaint or inquiry, the contact will then be put on hold, pending the attention of my automated answering service.

While this may, on occasion, involve a lengthy wait, uplifting music will play for the duration of the call.

Regrettably, but again following your example, I must also levy an establishment fee to cover the setting up of this new arrangement.

May I wish you a happy, if ever so slightly less prosperous, New Year.

Your Humble Client

IMPORTANT to REMEMBER that this letter was written by a lady who is a 98 year old woman; DOESN'T SHE MAKE YOU PROUD!!!?

John Garner

Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMShopping, sanity or madness?

As Christmas eve came ever closer, the inevitable question was raised. “When do I get the fresh veg for the big day?”

On Sunday afternoon the internet was checked for the opening times and surprisingly the supermarket was to open at 1 minute past midnight. So the options were stay up and go at midnight or get up early and go in the morning. I chose the former, 2 reasons, I don’t like getting up early if I don’t have to and surely no one else would be mad enough to stay up until midnight on the 23rd of Dec !

How wrong could I be. People were waiting when I arrived at 11:55. Even as the shutters were going up shoppers were pushing trolleys forward having to bend down to get under the door.

The staff were fantastic, trying their best to fill shelves, avoid certain shoppers who didn’t care if anyone was in their way.

I carried out my normal survey, and actually found 3 other shoppers who were smiling, but the others were all serious, focused and assertive / aggressive in their approach.

For the record I got everything with one exception. So thank you all at the supermarket.

This level of madness never used to happen. What has changed ? Are we all going bonkers? Is it that important that we get exactly what want, when in a normal week the veg on the shelf is adequate. For this one week a year do we really need 20 different types of veg, 10 different types of spirits that will still be in the cupboard come next September. I cannot criticise too much we threw away leftover veg, the freezer has turkey, beef, chicken all cooked and ready to add to a curry sauce. But I cannot complain about the wine and beer situation.

So In summary, we have all gone bonkers, we all need to look at what we are doing in the name of Christmas day and trust me there is no rush to polish off the beer and wine, that keeps !

Have a great 2008 and keep on grumbling !

Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Featherbedding for the party faithful

Nigel HastilowBeing a local councillor can be a nice little earner. A basic fee of almost £10,000 is soon supplemented by extra allowances. It’s not unusual to find councillors on £50,000-plus. So why on earth should we be forced to find even more money to improve their lifestyles, enhance their pensions and reward their failures?

A new right-on, politically-correct report by the apostrophe-challenged “Councillors Commission” proposes a golden goodbye for councillors who are kicked out by the voters at election time. It wants to see councillors get index-linked Town Hall pensions. It wants to see their pay raised. It’s calling for parish councillors to get their snouts in the taxpayers’ trough. It even thinks councils to spend more of our money publicising the allegedly valuable work our councillors do on our behalf – even though the Taxpayers’ Alliance says councils already spend £450 million a year on propaganda.

It’s not a bad job being a local councillor. In metropolitan areas like the Black Country, they get a minimum of £9,512. But that’s boosted by a bewildering array of allowances such as £5,686 for a committee chairman and £16,356 for a leader – some are on £60,000. You can claim the dole and be a councillor. You can get travel expenses and have your tea paid for if you’re late home from a meeting. Best of all, you can get appointed to other bodies like the fire or police authorities where you get further allowances.

In some cases there’s no point in getting a proper job because your time is taken up being a councillor and, anyway, you’re richly rewarded for your efforts.

Yet the Councillors Commission wants money for a fund to recruit younger, more diverse councillors. It wants the voting age lowered to 16. It even wants incentives to make people vote – such as entry into a local (taxpayer-funded) lottery. It says councillors should be better rewarded and protected. They should have the right to resign and be replaced without the bother of a by-election. Old, long-serving councillors should be forced out to make way for “yoof”. The commission says local politicians should stop being nasty to each other because it puts off women who might become councillors if it wasn’t for the yah-boo nature of local political squabbling.

It says councillors should be allowed to vote without the bother of actually turning up to meetings in order to do so.

Some of this report is so impenetrable it is hard to understand what it’s on about. Discussing the alleged under-representation of various groups on local authorities, it declares “the issue is more nuanced than it might at first appear”. It suggests we should dumb down our councillors. It wants them to be the same as the people they represent and complains that half of them have university degrees when only 30 per cent of the voters do.

As you read it, you find yourself asking what kind of madness it is that wants to featherbed mediocrity.

You would have thought most of these ideas were so completely bonkers they’d be laughed out of court. Even the Government says it’s just a report, don’t assume it will all happen.But it will go through the usual process. First, it’s discussed with horror. Then it’s taken seriously as “a valuable contribution to the debate”.

Next, people start talking about it as if it’s full of common sense recommendations which everyone can agree to. Before you know it, you find yourself taking its recommendations as read and it all comes horribly true. Yet becoming a councillor should not be a career opportunity. Not that long ago it was a public service and our elected representatives didn’t even get paid. The more you pay politicians the more you create a breed apart. The more attractive the “career”, the less incentive they have to live in the real world.

I know lots of hard-working, dedicated, public-spirited local councillors. I also know some dreadful deadbeats. It’s doubtful if throwing more of our money at them will make any difference. But the more councillors we have, the more meddling they tend to do.

The best governed societies are those with the least government. The best solution to the issues raised by the Councillors Commission would be to reduce the number of councillors by two thirds and increase their pay three-fold.

That way we’d get far fewer of them; they’d be so well paid we could expect them to be properly dedicated to their jobs; and best of all it wouldn’t cost the taxpayer any more money. It won’t happen, of course. Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas. But before the plans in the Councillors Commission report get sneaked into effect, let’s not forget that council taxes have doubled in the past decade and the average rate for a Band D home is now £1,400.

The only contribution to the debate anyone should make at the moment is to suggest ways to cut council taxes.

Any councillor who doesn’t realise that should be voted out as soon as possible – without a penny in redundancy pay.

Nigel Hastilow

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A Happy New Year to All

2007 was the year when the need for action on Climate Change became fully accepted by the major non signatories to the Kyoto Agreement. Australia signed up and the US government agreed the need to negotiate targets on greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Despite the slowness of the federal government in reaching this important change of heart, many US states already have their own emissions reduction targets. For example, New Jersey has legislated an 80% reduction by 2050. So, contrary to popular belief, the US is taking action on Climate Change. The Chinese government is pursuing vigorous emissions reduction strategies although its growing economy will lead to increases. However, the Chinese per capita emissions are still way below those of the US and Europe so we cannot readily criticise them without putting our own house in order first. Also, about a quarter of current Chinese emissions are attributable to manufacture for export so should be accounted for as part of western Carbon Footprint.

Closer to home, UK industry and commerce are taking action. M&S declared its intention to make its operations Carbon Neutral by 2012. It is investing substantial sums and has detailed plans of how it will achieve the goal. Tesco is starting to map the Carbon footprint of products so that shoppers will be able to make informed decisions about their purchases. Tesco also plans to reduce the Carbon footprint of their stores and distribution centres to 50% of current levels by 2020. Three quarters of their distribution fleet are already running on 50% biodiesel. BT has a £250 million project to generate 25% of its UK power from wind by 2016. BT has already reduced its emissions by 60% relative to a 1996 baseline. Yahoo! aims to be carbon neutral by 2008. These are just a small selection but they illustrate that action has been and is being taken to counteract Climate Change by governments and industry.

Make Henley Greener would like everyone to follow these examples by doing something to reduce their personal footprint in 2008. To quote Tesco, “Every Little Helps”. Lots of small emissions reductions by individuals will make a difference. A new year’s resolution to boil just the amount of water you need will save you time, money and reduce your footprint. So will buying more in-season food and or more low energy light bulbs. Your actions will make a difference to help reduce climate change.

John Stott

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

Prior to 1920 hours on 18th December 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They then gained entry via the utility room – it is possible the back door may not have been locked. Offender/s possibly disturbed on owner’s return to the property as two TV sets had been left, ready to move.
Incident 548 of 18th December 07 refers.

Prior to 22nd December 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Broad lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then gained entry to a small brick building and stolen a quantity of garden equipment.
Incident 200 of 22nd December 07 refers.

Prior to 23rd December 07 unknown offender/s approached a property on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They then cut the chain securing the doors to a garage unit and removed three child’s quad bikes, Halford’s road trailer and a Honda petrol generator.
Incident 307 of 23rd December 07 refers.

At around 0045 hours on 17th December 07 unknown offender/s approached a property in Cherry Orchard, Henley in Arden and caused damage to a bedroom window.
Incident 152 of 17th December 07 refers.

Between 1945 hours and 2230 hours on 20th December 07 unknown offender/s approached a BMW parked at the Village Hall, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed the front driver’s window.
Incident 688 of 20th December 07 refers.

Prior to 2200 hours on 20th December 07 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle parked at the Village Hall, Tanworth in Arden. They have then smashed the front driver’s window.
Incident 646 of 20th December 07 refers.

Between 1745 hours on 23rd December and 1330 hours on 24th December 07 unknown offender/s approached a Jaguar, left insecure on the driveway of a property on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. They have then removed several items from within.
Incident 316 of 24th December 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! The next surgery date will be:

Wednesday 9th Jan 08 between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
Wednesday 23rd Jan between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
Wednesday 6th Feb between 1100 hours and 1300 hours

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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Saturday 26th January, 10.30 a.m. – 12 noon in Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane in aid of St. Basil’s Centre for Young Homeless in Birmingham.

On Tuesday January 9th Wendy is walking round Arrow Valley Park Lake – an easy walk of just over a mile on good footpaths. Please telephone her if you would like to join in.

Meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from January 16th from 2.00 p.m. until 4.30 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Beginners and improvers are welcome, some materials are provided for those who wish to have a “taster session”. Details from Wendy on 792488.

Tuesday 8th January - Wine and Nibbles and a Workshop with Margaret Rumens.
7.30 p.m. in the Memorial Hall. Visitors are welcome.

We are looking forward to Tony Hamblin’s visit on Tuesday January 16th when he is showing his wonderful photographs of “Charismatic Birds Part 2”. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m.

Thursday 24th January, 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. “John Shakespeare, Glover and Brogger” by Ann Donnelly. Visitors and new members welcome.

FREE 4-day start-up workshop to help develop your business idea are being held in Henley, 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on 21st January, 4th February, 25th February and 10th March. For more information call 02476 236001 or email

Henley folk would probably prefer not to be reminded about 20th July – suffice to say that the Tanworth Singers’ G & S concert on that day was cancelled and replaced by one in October. The three concerts that were performed made a profit of £2,600. £1,300 has been sent to the Warwick Hospital New Children’s Unit fund and £1,300 has gone to Tanworth Village Hall. My thanks to Henley Singers and audience alike for their continuing support. Look out for “Pirates” in July 2008!

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).

Sunday 4th May from Warwickshire College to Lowsonford and back. 'Party by the Canal' at Lowsonford with Jazz Band and Barbecue. Rotary invites teams from Henley's Organisations, Pubs and Clubs to enter. 75% of a walker's fundraising to their nominated charity and 25% to Rotary Charities. Further details from John Latham 0121 627 5058.

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
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please call: Robin Freeman on 01789 765411 or email

The Claverdon based charity now has capacity to give more help to local youth initiatives. If you have a youth project (or even just an idea for one) and would appreciate some professional help with strategic planning, financial matters, marketing or fundraising then please contact for further information.

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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