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Edition 191 - 24th January 2008
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Memorial Hall Dinner

C BoneThere will be two major fund raising events this year.

The first being a Dinner in the  Memorial Hall on Saturday 1st March.

Sue Dalby is cooking up a feast,the main course being a nine bird roast ,which sounds delicious, to be followed by an entertainment by Caroline Bone (right), the owner of Grey Gables, Ambridge.

Tickets are £20.00 and can be obtained from either Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge on 01564 794987 evenings or 01564 793539 day
The second event will be the annual Jazz in the Garden In July. Date to be announced

Seek Permission Urges Local Councillor

ThirwellStratford-on-Avon District Council's Planning Enforcement Team has been busy during 2007 with the latest of a series of successful prosecutions being confirmed in the Courts at the end of last year.

On 7 November, Rugby Magistrates' court accepted guilty pleas from Mr and Mrs Sheasby from Hillanhi Farm, Napton, for failing to comply with an Enforcement Notice requiring removal of vehicles and general clutter from their land. The couple were each fined £500 with a further £1,000 each towards prosecution costs, giving a grand total of £3,000.

"With this substantial prosecution, Stratford-on-Avon District Council is appealing to the public to take planning legislation seriously." Says Councillor Stephen Thirlwell (right). "Fines like this, along with costs incurred by the Council to uphold policies, are frequently unnecessary and easily avoided, as our Enforcement Officers make strenuous efforts to find a negotiated solution before having to resort to formal action or prosecution. The public are the eyes and ears of the District and we rely on conscientious individuals to contact the Planning Enforcement Team if they suspect a breach of legislation."

Non-compliance with an enforcement notice is an offence, which because of its seriousness is punishable by a fine of up to £20,000.

Have You Entered for the Henley Charity Walk?

WalkersRotaryEntries are now open for this year's Rotary Henley Charity Walk. A delightful walk through some of the best Warwickshire countryside in the late spring with a party at the halfway halt.

All walkers will receive a special medal on crossing the finishing line provided by Cure Leukaemia.

Prizes for individuals and teams / families of 6 or more.

5 and 10 mile walks with a halfway halt by the canal at Lowsonford.

JazzJazz Band and Barbeque - New for 2008

A new innovation this year will be a party at Lowsonford by the canal with a Jazz Band and Barbecue.

Walk for your Charity

75% of your fund raising will go to your nominated Charity and 25% to the Rotary charities.

Enter a Team

All organisations, clubs, pubs and families are invited to enter teams. Just click on Enter Online.

Warwickshire CollegeStart and Finish Point

Warwickshire College has agreed to sponsor the Start and Finish at their sports complex which has excellent car parking for over 200 cars. Starting times will be at the walker's discretion between 10 am and 12 noon.

Visit the Charity Walk website


HADS Next Production

KrogerHenley Drama Society's next show will be 'Pack of Lies' by Hugh Whitemore. This will will be presented at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th March in the Memorial Hall. Tickets will be available from the Box Office (The Vanity Box in the High Street) or online during March.

The show follows the effect on the Jackson family, who lived opposite Helen and Peter Kroger (right) who were convicted of spying for Russia in 1961. The Jackson's house was used by MI5 to keep watch on the Krogers, an activity made more difficult by the friendship the Jackson's had with them.

The effect on the family was unltimately tragic.

Based on real events at the time, the play is a definite must-see.

Warwickshire College 'Fit Tips'

The Exercise Basics

  1. GymAll healthy adults should participate in moderate exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day 5 days a week to promote and maintain a healthy lifestyle. (ACSM)
  2. Exceeding the levels above improve physical fitness and reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, and also reduce unhealthy gain in body mass.
  3. For those who don’t have time for this an increased intensity and duration can mean a reduction in sessions per week. E.g. Increase to vigorous exercise for 40 minutes means training 3 times a week instead of 5.
  4. Activities which increase heart rate above its normal level for a prolonged period improves aerobic fitness and the cardiovascular system (heart and lung function). These activities in a gym would be cycling/jogging/rowing but can be achieved in the home by vacuuming at a higher intensity or climbing stairs.
  5. Weight training can improve either muscle strength or endurance, when training strength use heavier weight but do less repetitions of an exercise. Improving endurance is the opposite low weight high repetitions.
  6. Improvements in fitness are not instant, adaptations to training could take a minimum of 8 weeks, but be patient if you are exercising properly the results will come.
  7. Exercising in conjunction with a healthy diet is perhaps the most effective way of loosing weight, for this calorie expenditure must be greater than calorie intake.
  8. Joining a gym is a great way to improve fitness, loose weight and social network.

For more Fit Tips or information on joining a gym from as little as £21.50 a month
Contact Warwickshire College Gym on 01564 797819

Helen Pennells, Health & Fitness Manager / Operations Manager at Warwickshire College has kindly agreed to write a monthly FIT TIPS column in Henley NEWS On-line which will be topical to the time of year. It will be looking at how best to help people with there fitness / health goals

Helen will also be happy to do a Q & A section on health and fitness questions. This may help readers with any concerns or questions regarding their own exercise problems etc Email your questions to fit_tips@henleynew.co.uk

'Pampered Chef' at Henley High

A new PTA has recently been set up at Henley High and we are having a 'Pampered Chef' evening on Monday 28th January at 6pm at the school.

It is an evening of cooking demonstrations with a chance to buy some fabulous new products for the kitchen.

Astrid Wilson

Cosmopolitan Henley

Irene RobinsonHenley people do not have to endure the chaos of airports to partake of foreign cuisine. For us in Henley, the world is on our doorstep. The world is our oyster or should that be king prawn.

The beauty scene also offers Reiki, Indian head massage, while having your hair shampooed at structures. For those who suffer from earwax, there are ear candles, a technique that originated in the Hopi tribe.

Tai Chi is now on the fitness scene. My first encounter with Tai Chi was the Red Dragon School of Tai Chi held at the Methodist Church Hall. The movements of this technique blend in to one another making it a dance. I once attended a WI lunch and learn day where the young lady taught us movements based on animals. During the day she gave a spectacular display using two huge black fans. You could hear and feel the movement of air.

New on the Henley fitness scene is the Swan School of Tai Chi and Chi Chung, under the auspices of the enviably slim Debbie Wild. She talks us gently through the beneficial exercises with dream like Chinese music in the background. First of all you settle you Chi, with a swinging arm exercise called “knocking the gate”. You can scrape up lotus blossom or gaze at the moon. Animals and birds figure greatly in Tai Chi, bear scoops honey, cow gazes at moon, sacred turtle paddles in the sea. One of my favourite stances is “shoot the eagle”. I am sure wild life buffs would not want me to holiday in Scotland, in case I tried it for real.

Somehow the rural ambiance has managed to accommodate these colourful presences. When I totted up the different nationalities in Henley, it amounted to 10. It says something for all concerned that we all get on famously.

Irene Robinson - Senior Correspondent

Revealed! Warwickshire’s top Wedding Venues

WeddingAnyone who ‘popped the question’ over Christmas and the New Year may now be thinking about where their wedding can take place…

The most popular venues for civil wedding ceremonies in Warwickshire have been revealed by Warwickshire Registration Services.

In the period 2006 to 2007, registrars in Warwickshire performed an amazing 2,158 wedding ceremonies across the county - an average of over 41 weddings a week! Almost 1,200 of these took place at venues, other than register offices, that have been approved to host marriages.

Warwickshire continues to be a popular county for civil marriages and more civil weddings are taking place in approved premises rather than in register offices.

The Top Approved Premises for Civil Wedding Ceremonies in South Warwickshire are:

1) Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon
2) Ardencote Manor, Claverdon, Warwick
3) The Lord Leycester Hotel, Warwick
4) Billesley Manor, Billesley, Alcester
5) The Charlecote Pheasant Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Polly Dickinson, Warwickshire Registration Services Manager, said: “The area offers a wonderful range of wedding venues, regardless of whether you want a small family gathering or the largest of celebrations. If you do not want a religious ceremony, a civil marriage can be performed by registrars from Warwickshire Registration Services at any venue that holds a licence to host weddings. The registrars will guide you through the legal formalities and ensure that your day runs as smoothly as possible. There are many ways that the ceremony can be made more personal to you. The registrars can offer a choice of vows, readings and music and, as it is your special day, your own suggestions are welcome.”

For more information on getting married in Warwickshire, arranging your marriage and a full list of approved venues, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/registration.

Speed Limit Review of A + B Roads

Speed LimitWarwickshire residents are being reminded that proposals from a review of speed limits on A and B class roads in Warwickshire are not set in stone and all comments from local people will be taken into account. Cllr Martin Heatley, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, has today stressed that the review, completed by the Road Safety Unit, is now open for consultation and people can feedback comments until February 11.

Cllr Heatley said: “There are many proposals for roads across Warwickshire and we would like to hear from as many people as possible. The review has come about as part of a Speed Management Strategy and all opinions are welcome.”

The first part of the Government recommended review, was undertaken by the council’s traffic survey team and consisted of a technical assessment, including assessing the nature of the road and speed survey results on every A and B road in Warwickshire (excluding trunk roads and those roads running through villages which are dealt with under the Village Speed Limit Review). The result of the technical assessment, which was based on the criteria recommended by the Department for Transport, is a list of possible speed limit changes for each district area. The list indicates where additional features should be placed on the road to improve speed limit compliance. It also includes the costs of engineering works. The council has agreed an annual allocation of £400,000 for highway maintenance and safety for each of the council’s Area Committees up to 2009/10. County Councillors in each District Area can prioritise schemes and decide how much of this allocation is to be spent on speed limit changes.

Cllr Heatley said: “The speed of traffic has a dramatic impact on our lives and such a review has the potential to positively affect many people in the county. This is an excellent opportunity for our communities to get directly involved in the speed limit review assessment.”

Jo Edwards, the county council’s Senior Road Safety Engineer, said: “We invite any feedback from our communities, which will of course be taken into account by the County Councillors when choosing which schemes should be prioritised. We are very happy with the way in which the review is progressing.”

Single Room Holiday Brochure Launched

JohnsonsOur local coach operator, Johnsons, has launched their new summer 2008 programme especially for customers who need single rooms.

John Johnson, Director commented “ single room availability is a thorny issue throughout the holiday industry and we always try to secure as many as possible in our main brochure, however requests always outstrip availability which leaves both us and our customers frustrated. The demand for single rooms is strong; there are significant numbers of customers who, for a variety of reasons travel on their own – sometime for the first time for many years. Others are perhaps holidaying with friends yet still want privacy. It’s unfair when this group of holiday makers are forced into accepting high single room supplements in order to be able to get away on holiday. Our new brochure offers 20 holidays with over 700 rooms, for sole use, with no single room supplements”

These holidays, throughout the UK and Ireland, and includes destinations such as Norfolk, Wales, Scotland, Isles of Scilly, Torquay and Bournemouth and Ireland. All come with all the usual inclusive features of a Johnsons holiday , holiday insurance, couriers, excursions, admission charges, quality hotels and door to door service(supplements may apply in some areas).

Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

JPCAt the Joint Parish Council Meeting on Monday 21st January 2008 Members discussed planning issues and seven items of correspondence and other matters for consideration, as well as its normal procedural business before the meeting concluded.

Amongst the items discussed were the following:

1. Consultation on a Speed Limit Review by Warwickshire County Council on A and B Class Roads. Members, asked to comment on Warwickshire County Council’s Speed Limit Review, noted that the County Council stated that they placed great importance on community concerns, and referred to the environmental impact of traffic and the level of public anxiety. Members were reminded that they had, on many occasions in the past, raised the issue of speeding on the approach roads to the town, and that this therefore represented an opportunity to re-emphasise those concerns. They resolved to make the following recommendations:

  • That the proposed speed limit of 40 mph down Blackford Hill be reduced to 30mph from the junction with Edge Lane,
  • That the speed limit of 30mph at the northern side of the town towards Birmingham be extended to the Bird in Hand public house,
  • That, in view of Henley High School and Warwickshire College, the 30 mph speed limit on the southern approach to the Town be extended to link in with recommendations being made for Wootton Wawen,
  • That there be permanent flashing lights on the approaches to the Town, and
  • That roads be coloured red on approaching 30mph limits.

It was considered that the last two recommendations be made as they were effective elsewhere. Members also raised concerns about the cleanliness, and therefore the visibility of road signs, and resolved to raise this issue also.

2. S215 Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Members noted a number of examples of where S215 of the Town and Country Planning Act had been used successfully in issuing notices with a view to improving areas of untidiness. They noted that action would need to be taken through the Planning Department of the District Council, but were in favour of a proactive approach when such issues needed addressing.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 4th February 2008. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and, as with all meetings of the Council, members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMWe’ve all followed them !

Picture yourself driving to Stratford, Warwick or Shirley. In front of you is the 40mph man.

Whatever the speed limit, 30, 40, 50 or 60……..they are always doing 40 ! Henley High Street - 40. Wotton Wawen - 40. The open stretch between .... - 40.

What do you have to do to join or leave this club? I can never get past when I’m in the 50 limit, but they pull away in the 30 limit. And they all seem to be well over the age of 21. Is it part of the job spec for certain mature people to annoy the rest of us and drive everywhere at 40? And there is never a speed camera in the 30 limits! Come on Mr Policeman, do us all a favour and stick the camera where you can do some good, rather than where you can generate revenue.

I bet they’re the same people that do 55 in the middle lane of all motorways too !

If I ever join the 40mph club please please take my licence.

Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Auf Wiedersehen, Pete

Nigel HastilowThe Germans have a word for it: schadenfreude. It means gloating over other people’s misfortune. It’s the kind of feeling some of us enjoy occasionally. We just don’t want to admit it. It is, after all, somewhat shameful to own up to relishing the woes of another human being. But in the case of Peter Hain, I’ll make an exception.

At the moment, I’m going around humming Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” – the piece of classical music they’ve hi-jacked to create the “European anthem”. This is because Peter Hain’s difficulties have put me in such a good mood. The reason why his exposure of the sleazy underbelly of New Labour is such fun is because one casual comment of his pretty much destroyed my hopes of becoming an MP.

Though I wasn’t actually sacked for my article in the “Express & Star” which mentioned Enoch Powell, I didn’t have much choice but to go. That was in great part because Peter Hain went on TV to claim I was guilty of exposing “the racist underbelly of the Tory party”.

It was untrue but that didn’t stop the Conservative Party chairman Caroline Spelman from reacting with panic and showing me the door. So I know how Peter Hain is feeling. All his old political friends are deserting him. Some of those he’s trusted and relied on most will be among the first to shun him. In my case, one “friend” rushed to remove pictures of himself with me on Facebook, presumably in case he was tainted with guilt by association. Another called the organisers of an event offering to replace me as the main speaker.

Today, Mr Hain’s “friends” will be studiously studying their paperwork and not catching his eye. They’ll be too busy dusting the computer screen to answer his calls. If they speak to him it will be to say how disappointed they are at what he’s done and suggest he resigns now before he causes the party more embarrassment. He’s isolated, alone and even the Prime Minister has thrown him to the wolves.

Gordon Brown says his fate is in the hands of the parliamentary standards commissioner and the electoral commission, which may even call in the police. The Prime Minister has also accused Mr Hain of “an incompetence” in “forgetting” about donations of £103,156.75. Never mind sleaze, how can a Minister survive when his boss thinks he’s guilty of “an incompetence”? If you commit a single “incompetence” does that make you incompetent? If not, how many instances of incompetence makes a Minister incompetent?

Is it “another incompetence” if you run the Department for Work and Pensions when it gives National Insurance Numbers to 6,500 illegal immigrants? We should be told. It’s not surprising Gordon Brown is exasperated. Cabinet Ministers don’t usually forget gifts of more than one hundred grand (though, admittedly, Peter Mandelson did forget a £373,000 loan from Geoffrey Robinson).

The Minister blames “administrative failings”. That doesn’t explain why an alleged think-tank called the Progressive Policies Forum became a major donor to his campaign. It doesn’t explain why this tank was empty and did no thinking, progressive or otherwise. Nor does it explain why those who provided it with money were reluctant to be named. They included Romanian-Israeli diamond dealer Willie Nagel, a former Tory supporter, and South African-Irishman Isaac Kaye, former head of a drug company which paid the NHS £13.5 million compensation for an alleged price-fixing rip-off.

The forum seems to have been little more than a front to channel money to the Hain campaign – the political equivalent of money-laundering. Mr Hain, who calls all this a “kerfuffle”, says he took his eye off the ball because he was so busy with his two Cabinet jobs at Work and Pensions and Wales.  Being so snowed-under, how he would have coped as deputy Labour leader and a run-of-the-mill Cabinet Minister as well is anybody’s guess.

The difficulty is that if Mr Hain goes we may also see the back of the real deputy Labour leader, Harriet Harman, and the party’s leader in Scotland, Wendy Alexander. Both are under investigation for taking dodgy donations. The sums are much less than Peter Hain’s hundred grand but the principle’s the same. It still seems incredible the former Young Liberal cricket-match disrupter, a Kenyan by birth and a South African by upbringing, should have spent almost £200,000 doing so badly in the deputy leadership contest.

Maybe he was so ashamed of wasting all that money he could only bring himself to own up to squandering the £82,000 he declared originally. I have even seen it suggested his failure to declare the other £103,156.75 was because his defeat was so humiliating he couldn’t bring himself to think about it afterwards. I do hope so.

It seems unlikely he can cling to office much longer. But even if, by some freak of politics, he were to survive, he is forever tainted. Peter Hain’s future is now firmly behind him. In Japan they say: “If you sit by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy float by.”

Nigel Hastilow      

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Low Energy Light Bulbs - An interesting question.

A reader has contacted me making an interesting comment about low energy light bulbs. He says “I believe that although they help to reduce one’s electricity bills the overall contribution to reducing the carbon footprint during the winter months is minimal as the heat given out by conventional light bulbs contributes to heat input required to heat the house.”

It is true that all light bulbs help to heat the house during the winter, but this does not mean that low energy bulbs have a minimal effect on reducing carbon footprint. The reason is that a kWhr of electricity has a much bigger carbon footprint than a kWhr of gas, so it is better to use gas for heat and low energy bulbs for light. Low energy bulbs reduce carbon footprint and costs. In summer, the heat from all light sources is completely wasted, so it is clearly better to have the low energy bulbs.

For those interested in the technicalities, consumption of a kWhr of electricity releases about 430 grams of CO2. Getting a kWhr of heat from gas releases 217 to 370 grams, depending upon boiler efficiency. The latter figure applies only to really old boilers so even with the least efficient of boilers, the footprint of gas heating still beats electrically sourced heat by about 16%. It is also and cheaper to get the heat from gas rather than from light bulbs.

Here are a few facts about lamps. A conventional light bulb converts only about 5% of the electricity into light so 95% comes out as heat, which is a huge waste of energy. Halogen bulbs convert only about 10 % of energy into light which is still very wasteful. A low energy bulb converts about 25% of its energy into light. This is still not brilliant but a lot better than ordinary and halogen bulbs. So low energy bulbs waste less electricity by making less heat. Even in winter they help to reduce carbon footprint and costs and of course in summer they are not heating the house so much.

John Stott

Alerts from Trading Standards

Hidden Salt Threatens Children’s Health

Children are risking their long term health by eating too much salt. That’s the message in National Salt Awareness Week (28th Jan to 3rd Feb), supported by Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service.

Trading Standards own studies in to children’s foods available in restaurants, pubs and cafes in Warwickshire found that many child meals are high in salt. Their study found that of 70 children’s meals examined across Warwickshire and other Central England Authorities, 40% (28 meals), contained high levels of salt (1.5g or more per 100g).

Children should be eating less salt than adults, but most are probably consuming as much as or even more than adults, and 75%-80% of salt in hidden in processed and convenience foods.

High salt intake results in higher blood pressure - in children as well as adults! The higher the blood pressure in childhood, the higher it is likely to be in adulthood, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke. High salt intake is also associated with other diseases such as osteoporosis.

It’s easy for a young child to consume too much salt. A six year old child who eats a typical homemade ham and cheddar cheese sandwich for lunch (2.5g of salt) and two chocolate digestive biscuits (0.5g of salt) has already reached his maximum recommended salt intake of 3g for the day – without eating anything else!

Warwickshire Trading Standards salt awareness website has loads of useful advice and information to help you reduce you and your families salt intake.

For more information visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/besaltaware

How you can reduce your child’s salt intake

  • Check labels and compare products for salt and choose lower salt options
  • Limit foods high in salt to once a day.
  • Keep fast foods (burgers, fried chicken, pizza etc.) to an occasional treat
  • Swap salty snacks for lower salt alternatives e.g. fruit
  • Avoid ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard etc. these can be high in salt
  • Make your own sandwiches using lower salt options e.g. salad, fresh chicken
  • Make packed lunches with lower salt products e.g. boiled egg, raw vet,
  • Don’t add salt to your food, in cooking or at the table
  • High salt flavour enhances include stock cubes and gravy granules. Use lower salt alternatives e.g. herbs, spices, pepper, lemon or lime juice

    Recommended maximum salt intake:

    0-6 months<1g / day
    6-12 months 1g / day
    1-3 years 2g / day
    4-6 years 3g / day
    7-10 years 5g / day
    11 years + 6g / day

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, 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.

Between 0800 hours on 11th January and 0910 hours on 12th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Forshaw Heath Road, Earlswood. They gained entry by forcing the front door and removed three flat screen televisions.
Incident 182 of 12th January 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 16th January and 1200 hours on 18th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Blind Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They then gained entry to a wooden shed and removed a B & Q petrol strimmer.
Incident 374 of 19th January 08 refers.

Between 1600 hours on 14th January and 0800 hours on 15th January 08 unknown offender/s have approached premises on Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath and stolen an Ifor Williams trailer with ramps.
Incident 96 of 16th January 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 11th January and 1000 hours on 13th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a school on Arden Road, Henley in Arden and smashed several planters.
Incident 227 of 13th January 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 11th January and 0800 hours on 14th January 08 unknown offender/s have approached a school on Stratford Road, Henley in Arden and smashed a ground floor window.
Incident 146 of 14th January 08 refers.

Between 2200 hours and 2230 hours on 19th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Meadow Road, Henley in Arden and caused damage to wooden fence panels.
Incident 212 of 21st January 08 refers.

Between 0100 hours and 0600 hours on 15th January 08 unknown offender/s approached a silver Audi on Brook End Drive, Henley in Arden. They then smashed the front window and removed a laptop computer from the rear passenger footwell.
Incident 93 of 15th January 08 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 21st January and 1130 hours on 22nd January 08 unknown offender/s approached a blue Ford Focus on High Street, Henley in Arden. They have then opened the boot and removed a black briefcase.
Incident 236 of 22nd January 08 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 6th Feb between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
Wednesday 20th Feb between 1100 hours and 1300 hours
Wednesday 5th Mar 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.

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 business-enterprise@cad.coventry.ac.uk

A simple Bring and Share Supper in the Church Hall at 7.00 p.m. Raffle in aid of the CORD Lent Appeal. Do come along to this enjoyable fellowship event – just sign up at the back of St. John’s as soon as possible. Soft drinks only provided – bring your own alcohol! Ring Daphne Jones for further details – 01926 843515.

24TH February to 9th March. Look out for promotional events and Traidcraft stall and make a point of asking for Fairtrade goods locally.

Lent and Easter are early this year, so February 5th, Shrove Tuesday, is the occasion for our Pancake Supper at 7.30 p.m. All will be welcome, but please let us know if you will be joining us so that we can cater accordingly.
Sunday Services, all at 11.00 a.m. are: 3rd – Mr. Barry Sutcliffe; 10th – Revd. Graham Spicer (Sacrament); 17th – Mrs. Elizabeth Harrison; 24th – Mr. Brian Atkins.

Will welcome visitors to join us in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 5th February to hear Mrs. M. Canning tell us about “An Unusual Job for a Lady!”. We are all wondering what the job can possibly be!

Friday 8th February at 7.00p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. All are welcome to attend.

12th February 7.30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall. Jayne King will present “Fragrance and Fashion”. Competition “Love is in the Air”.

Rosemary Morris is the speaker in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 19th February and we look forward to seeing her slides of “The Shetlands”. Visitors are welcome for only £1!

Thursday 21st February – Andrew Lounds of The Lunar Society will be giving a talk entitled “Lunatick Astronomy”. 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall.

Tuesday 26th February 7.45 p.m. Ullenhall Village Hall. Hilary Twigg will be telling us the “Easy Rules of Pruning”. Competition: Cactus or succulent in max. 4” pot. Visitors and new members are welcome.

Saturday 1st March will be a dinner cooked by Sue Dalby which will include a 9 bird roast as the main course, starter, pudding and coffee followed by an entertainment by Caroline Bone of Grey Gables, Ambridge. Tickets £20.00. Bar and raffle. Lounge suits and party frocks. Tickets from Marijana or Duncan Bainbridge 794987 (eve) or 793539 (day).
Second event is the annual Jazz in the Garden in the summer, date to be fixed.

On Saturday 22nd March the Bulava Chorus, an exceptional Ukrainian Choir, will be performing in Henley High School at 7.30 p.m. Tickets £15 (including supper) can be obtained from Sue Bridgewater (793633) or Marijana Bainbridge (794987). An opportunity not to be missed!

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 21st and 22nd 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

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 martin@rightangles.co.uk 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.

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.

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 business-enterprise@cad.coventry.ac.uk

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 the singers from Henley 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.

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