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Edition 194 - 21st February 2008
Warwickshire Village Ventures
Competition Winner 2007
Every Thursday

Henley Forest FC line up for Team Photo


Henley Forest FC Chairman Peter Johnson reports on 2007

We have been working hard through 2007 to continue to develop football in Henley. We now have four junior teams and unprecedented number of senior teams, six in total. The hardest move we made was to enter a team in the Midland Combination League 3 with all its inherent needs. Which has put pressure on our organisation, our finances and the volunteers who we rely on for all sorts of jobs around the club.

However this club continues to be successful with its team performances, the Combination side after a difficult start is holdings its own in what is a very touch league and as I write has won through to two cup semi-finals. All the senior sides currently in the Stratford Alliance League are holding their own, when you consider we have to find enough players for these sides of the quality expected, shows how good the club managers are. This also the first season for our Sunday side who play in the Redditch Combination League, currently sitting mid table and our Vets team which remains unbeaten so far.

The junior section continues to show strong growth & performances, last years Henley Lions, (between 5 & 7 years) have blossomed this year into a very successful U8s team, which is really encouraging. We have also employed fully qualified coaches for the juniors who take training sessions on Thursdays & Sundays.

We have also arranged special games in aid of the Warwickshire Fire Fighters Fund the most notable being a Boxing Day Old Boys Game where £350 was raised.

Despite excellent support from Redditch Volkswagen, our sponsors. It is not all good news despite radically changing how the club is financed we continue to be under pressure as out goings continue to outstrip revenue. The main reason is we are not collecting enough subs or doing enough fund raising. The club still has not overcome the losses that followed its ill-fated trip to the 2006 World Cup. Whilst we have now finished the refurbishment of the changing rooms there is still much to replace and repair. Our next expenditure has to be on the drainage on the both parts of the field and to organise a regular groundsman. The field whilst major work of clearing some of the hedgerows has been undertaken, the space we have available is not used as efficiently as it could.

We would like to thank the TIC for its support & finances when we refurbished the changing rooms. It should be obvious Henley Forest as a very bright future as long as we can balance our books we look forward to growing and providing enjoyment for all those involved.

Peter Johnson.

Fairtrade: Who Cares?

Fairtrade Fortnight 25 Feb.-9 March 08.

LogoFairtrade guarantees a better deal for Third World Producers. With awareness levels of the FAIRTRADE Mark reaching their highest level in 2007 and UK product sales doubling every two years, predicted to be over £450 million in 2007, the Fairtrade Foundation is using Fairtrade Fortnight to increase understanding about how the impact of consumer decisions can help tackle poverty in the developing world. Too many producers the world over remain at the sharp end of international trade, often forced to sell their produce for less than the cost of production. Similarly, too many workers in developing countries endure low wages, insecure working conditions and are often denied the right to join a trade union. Besides lobbying governments to make changes to international trade rules so that they work in favour of the poorest countries, incorporating Fairtrade products in to our daily shopping routine is a way to send a powerful message to industry and eventually force the conventional players to rethink the impact of their business models.

What you can do.

  • To make Fairtrade products more accessible in Henley and the surrounding area please take the opportunity to ask store managers to stock your favourite Fairtrade items e.g. Divine chocolate, orange juice, honey, bananas, wine,cotton T-shirts etc. You can already get Cafedirect coffee and Teadirect tea at our own Somerfield.
  • Visit the Traidcraft stall outside St. John’s church on Friday 29 Feb. 10.30-1.30 for more information about Fair Trade and to buy a selection of Fairtrade products.
  • Watch the award winning documentary, Black Gold, now on DVD, which explores the truth behind the marketing of coffee beans and may shock you into thinking again about the coffee you are drinking!

For more info. contact Cilla Pudney on 01564 797949.

Consulting on new Homelessness StrategySDC

Having carried out a review of the District’s housing needs and finding out the priorities of local people and partners, Stratford-on-Avon District Council has produced a draft Homelessness Review and Strategy 2008-2011.

This draft Review and Strategy is available for consultation and comment until 25 February 2008. To view the draft Homelessness Review and Strategy, please follow the link: www.stratford.gov.uk/community/community-1681.cfm

“This Council is serious about its responsibilities as a strategic Housing Authority and its approach to addressing homelessness.” says Councillor Gillian Roache, Portfolio Holder for Revenues and Housing. I am determined that this new Homelessness Strategy will be the roadmap to deliver the ambitions of the Council and its partners, which are to refine and improve the District’s approach to homelessness prevention and housing options. Also, and more importantly, to provide practical solutions to the multitude of complex situations in which people find themselves today.”

If you wish to make comments on the draft Strategy, please email Martin Cowan at martin.cowan@stratford-dc.gov.uk or in writing to Martin Cowan, Housing Advice Manager, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Elizabeth House, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HX

Lodders  Legal Column - "Unregistered land"

LandI do wish that there was another phrase we could use instead of “unregistered land”. When a client is told that their property is not registered at the Land Registry, it conjures up visions of dodgy cars, disreputable doctors and any other number of illegal situations! The usual reaction of clients will be alarm and concern that they may have broken the law. Unfortunately, some solicitors react in the same way!

Of course, at Lodders we are soon able to reassure our clients that unregistered land is not unusual and certainly not illegal! Compulsory registration did not come into force until 1980-1990 depending on the county concerned, and even then was only triggered by certain events. It was not until 1998 that almost all transactions of land triggered first registration. Although many unregistered sales may complete just as quickly as similar registered sales, there are problems which can arise which are specific to unregistered land, such as missing links in the chain of ownership or plans which do not meet with the Land Registry’s current requirements. However, the most significant cause of delay is that more and more firms of solicitors are unfamiliar with dealing with unregistered land and simply return the paperwork to the solicitor acting in the sale and insist that first registration is carried out before the sale can proceed. This is unnecessary and unacceptable but to keep a transaction flowing, the seller’s solicitor often has little choice but to agree. First registration can take the Land Registry up to 5 or 6 weeks to deal with which can cause considerable problems when what should happen is that registration takes place after completion; the solicitors acting for the buyers should able to investigate the title provided before exchange of contracts and be content that there are no problems.

To avoid any such delays when you sell, and to flush out any problems so that we may deal with the same before you decide to sell the property, it is preferable to apply voluntarily for your property to be registered. There will be legal costs, but the Land Registry fees are reduced for a voluntary registration, for example a property valued at between £200,000 and £500,000 usually incurs a registration fee of £220 but the fee payable on voluntary registration would be £165.

If you would like to know whether your property is in fact registered or unregistered, or if you would like an estimate of the legal costs and Land Registry fees which would be incurred on the voluntary registration of your property, please contact Liz Fairs on 01564 792261 or email liz.fairs@lodders.co.uk.

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Henley Forest FC

Match Report v Austin Sports & Social

Date 9/2/08
Final Score 2-0 AUSTIN
Man of the Match JIM CRAIG / CHRIS KEY

Henley Forest

Forests Jon Grandfield & Neil Jones go for the ball as Ben Adshead looks on
in the hope that it slips from Austin Keepers fingers.

Forest attempts were few and in a nutshell, it was a pretty disappointing display against third in table Austin Sports.

Austin played great football and demonstrated immense skill without doubt a very talented side, yet on a different day Forest are well capable of giving them a run for their money. However, for the 1st leg of this Semi Final, Forest were simply not good enough.

Austin Managed to get two goals past Forests goalkeeper, and unfortunately of the attempts Forest did make down the other end, their keeper prevented them from hitting the back of the net.

Manager John Colby was naturally disappointed and commented of the game: ”Of course I wanted to secure a win for this first leg at home, although it was not to be and to be honest, from pretty early into the game I was concerned. We held them to nil-nil for as long as we could and their performance on the day was better than ours, I don’t agree that they are a better team, but on the day they were and were simply too good for us. We need to learn from this and up our anti for the forthcoming 2nd leg at their ground – I am hoping for better things all round”.

Man of the Match goes jointly to Mid Fielder Chris Key and Centre Half Jim Craig – both delivered a great performance, their effort was commendable.

Next Fixture: 16 Feb 08 – AWAY TO EARLSWOOD TOWN

Karen Parsons

Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMTemporary Public Ownership

Well Gordon has done it, what I suspected for some time has happened, Northern Rock is becoming Nationalised.

I could be cynical and invest some cash in a NR savings account, wait for floatation and bag some free shares in something I now own.

But what is my tax money doing? Well the new chairman is on a nice salary….£90,000 a month, yes that’s right a month!. The second in command is on a much reduced package of only £75,000 a month! No worries about the football sponsorship however, Newcastle United had a one off payment some time before ‘Public Ownership’.

Assets and liabilities are now mine, although I’ve heard of plans to reduce the level of mortgages by increasing interest rates for borrowers, and increase the level of deposits. This should make the Rock more viable as a bank.

But how is this going to affect other banks? How will the economy be affected? Why was the Rock just allowed to go under, like other British companies?

I had Marconi shares, they’ve gone. OK I haven’t had a rover car since the 80’s but they’ve gone too.  Why were these allowed to go while the Rock continues to survive?

More questions than answers, sorry for that, but hey lets invest £200 and wait for the free payout … at who’s expense?

Grumpy Old Man

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World Statistics 2007 !!!

GlobeData shows that 2007 was another very hot year globally, in fact the second warmest since records began.

In the Northern Hemisphere alone, temperatures averaged 15.04oC, making it the hottest since records began in 1880.

The Summer sea-ice extent in the Arctic Ocean shrank by 23% below the previous record set in 2005. This opened the North West passage for the first time in recorded history.

South Eastern Europe suffered with temperatures as high as 45oC, which killed over 500 people.

In Japan temperatures reached 40.9 oC, the highest ever recorded in Japan.

England and Wales experienced widespread flooding, with damages estimated at £3 billion, during the wettest May to July period since records began in 1766.

South Asia experienced the worst flooding in decades, affecting at least 25 million people.

In Africa, 15 countries from Ghana to Ethiopia were affected by severe flooding, which displaced hundreds of thousands of people and seriously damaged food security in the area.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Nobel prize-winning body of more than 1,250 scientists from around the world, released its Fourth Assessment Report, which detailed the likely climatic consequences if we continue to pump greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. It reported that unabated emissions would result in a temperature rise of between 1.1 and 6.4oC during the 21st century.

To put this in perspective, temperatures over the last 100 years rose by a comparably small 0.74oC, and yet this appears to have already contributed to trends of more heat waves, longer and more intense droughts, higher sea level, more frequent heavy rain, and stronger hurricanes.

With 2008 expected to be another warm year with global temperatures well above the long-term average, urgent action to reduce CO2 emissions is required by all of us.

What action? - “Think Energy”.

Electricity, gas, heating oil, petrol and diesel are all energy.

Ask yourself?

  • If it uses energy can I turn it off?
  • If not can I turn it down?
  • Can I turn it off sooner?
  • Can I turn it on later?
  • Can I use less?
  • Can I enjoy thinking that by doing these things fewer people will be flooded or overheated or lose their crops?

You’ll be surprised how many things you can turn off if you “Think Energy”.
Its easy to reduce CO2 emissions by a ton or two if you “Think Energy”.

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.

Between 1635 hours on 7th February and 0745 hours on 8th February 08 unknown offender/s gained entry to an empty property on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. They then removed a roll of roof leading.
Incident 121 of 8th February 08 refers.

Between 0830 hours and 1530 hours on 14th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Yarningale Lane, Yarningale Common. They gained entry through an insecure rear door and removed various items including three TV sets.
Incident 412 of 14th February 08 refers.

Prior to 1050 hours on 14th February 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Langley Road, Claverdon. They have then broken the patio window and removed a large TV from the lounge.
Incident 199 of 14th February 08 refers.

Between 0900 hours on 1st February and 1300 hours on 14th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Broad Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then forced the window to a shed and removed garden equipment.
Incident 361 of 15th February 08 refers.

Between 1500 hours on 2nd February and 1545 hours on 13th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They then gained access to an insecure rear garden shed and removed two mountain bikes.
Incident 317 of 13th February 08 refers.

Between 1200 hours on 7th February and 1530 hours on 8th February unknown offender/s gained access to a number of buildings on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. Offender/s conducted search of buildings, not known if anything stolen.
Incident 459 of 8th February 08 refers.

Between midnight on 7th February and 1500 hours on 15th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Earlswood Common. They then gained entry to insecure buildings and removed suitcases and their contents which were later recovered from the rear of the property.
Incident 409 of 15th February 08 refers.

Between 2200 hours on 10th February and 0030 hours on 11th February 08 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Birmingham Road, Henley in Arden. They have then gained access to a 53 seater coach and hot-wired the vehicle to enable them to remove same.
Incident 33 of 11th February 08 refers.

Overnight between 15th and 16th February 08 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Cut Throat Lane, Hockley Heath. They then used a hacksaw to saw off the bolts to the office hatch and removed several items from within.
Incident 129 of 16th February 08 refers.

At around 2140 hours on 19th February 08 four male offenders approached a property on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They rang the doorbell and when the occupant answered, demanded the keys to a silver Mitsubishi vehicle. They have then made off with the vehicle. Offenders wearing hoodies and ski masks and described as 5’8” – 5’11”, two were of stocky build and two of slim build.
Incident 594 of 19th February 08 refers.

Between 2130 hours on 5th February and 0915 hours on 6th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a Triumph Acclaim vehicle and smashed the front window. Nothing believed stolen.
Incident 495 of 6th February 08 refers.

Between 2130 hours on 6th February and 0830 hours on 7th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle on Sunnyside, Aston Cantlow. They then gained entry and removed Tom Tom Sat Nav system from the front passenger footwell.
Incident 196 of 7th February 08 refers.

At 1330 hours on 7th February 08 a delivery driver in Wootton Wawen was pushed over by a male who took his car keys and then stole his vehicle. Offender is described as 25 years of age, 5’10” , thin build, wearing brown and red bobble hat with rings round and brown check lumber jacket.
Incident 399 of 7th February 08 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 7th February and 0800 hours on 8th February unknown offender/s approached a Vauxhall Omega on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They then gained entry and removed a Sony stereo and MP3 player from within.
Incident 129 of 8th February 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 8th February and 0745 hours on 11th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle on Henley Road, Ullenhall. They then smashed a window and removed laptop computer and tools from within.
Incident 139 of 11th February 08 refers.

Between 1730 hours on 9th February and 0715 hours on 11th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle on The Square, Wootton Wawen. They then gained entry by punching the bodywork around the lock and removed a quantity of Bosch power tools from the boot.
Incident 87 of 11th February 08 refers.

Between 0130 hours and 1125 hours on 11th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a white Peugeot van on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. They then forced the driver’s lock and removed power tools from the rear.
Incident 229 of 11th February 08 refers.

Between 2130 hours on 13th February and 1000 hours on 14th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle on Church Lane, Bearley. They then smashed the rear window and removed an Alpine Sat Nav/Radio system from within.
Incident 185 of 14th February 08 refers.

Between 2245 hours on 13th February and 1000 hours on 14th February 08 unknown offender/s approached a Landrover Freelander on Chapel Lane, Aston Cantlow. They then gained entry and removed a purse from within.
Incident 204 of 14th February 08 refers.

A male offender from Henley in Arden is charged to appear at Stratford Magistrates Court on a charge of Fraud by False Representation.

A male offender from Bidford on Avon has been reprimanded at Alcester Police station on charges of making a number of hoax calls to the emergency services.

A male offender from Henley in Arden has been issued with a caution at Alcester Police station relating to a public order offence.

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 20th Feb between 1100 hours and 1300hours
Wednesday 5th March between 1100 hours and 1300hours
Wednesday 2nd April between 1100 hours and 1300hours

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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Are holding their  Annual Jumble Sale at The Village Hall,Old Warwick Rd. Lapworth from 11-12 on Saturday 23rd February. Quality jumble,always well attended

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

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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