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Edition 197 - 13th March 2008
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Henley & Beaudesert Town Meetings

The Annual Parish Assembly for Beaudesert and Henley will take place on Tuesday 1st April 2008, at Henley Baptist Church Hall, starting at 7.30pm.

In order to plan a town meeting, we have been looking at how our town is made up and trying to understand what would encourage a good attendance. The numbers in the 2001 census , which are the latest figures we have, show us to be a settlement of 4,176 people, more ladies than gentlemen. (1990 and 2186 respectively). 1% attendance would mean 46 people attending. Most are married but the next most populated group are single people, excluding separated, divorced or widowed. The age groups are fairly well balanced except for those in their twenties where numbers are significantly lower.

These facts seem to have no influence on the issues we address. There is nothing for the younger members of our community and little for those who are older. What is it about our community and its desires and plans that would engage these two very different groups?

I was fascinated to learn, while looking at these statistics that 19.4% of our population declare a limiting long term illness, why do we never see issues related to this area of concern being discussed? The information we used is on the Henley Gateway website.

Answers to these and any other questions you feel will ignite our meeting by e-mail please. There is a special e-mail , write a letter marked parish assembly and post through the Heritage Centre door, or telephone or fax Paul Hill our joint parish clerk on 795499. Items making a big splash may be included. We need to know by 14th March 2008.

Send an e-mail to get a copy of the minutes of our last meeting and the agenda as it is posted. Please indicate whether you are in Beaudesert or Henley.

Peter Crathorne and Douglas Bridgewater
Chair of Henley        Chair of Beaudesert

Henley in Bloom 2008

Henley in BloomThis year, the Henley-in-Bloom pots and flower beds will all be in Pink, with a dash of pale blue. It would  greatly add to the general effect if all householders and businesses could join in with this colour scheme for their front pots and hanging baskets, any shade of pink from pale to puce.

Henley-in-Bloom is always looking for helpers - those with just an odd hour to spare are always welcome - to join our  friendly team. This year, we are in particular need of people to join the watering teams. Could you spare time during the summer months to help us?  If we can get a few more to join the rotas, you will only be needed once every two or three weeks. Please help us to spread the load, it is quite a pleasant job on a summer evening. (it is easy to arrange swops during holidays.) As usual we rely on many of the householders and businesses in the High Street  to water the pots outside their premises to contain the area watered by our teams. Any enquiries to 794308.
John Love

July 2007 Flood Report

JPCFollowing the floods of 20th July 2007, the JPC set up a working party to examine what could be learned from these events and to report back to the council on what actions are needed to minimize the risk and effects of floods in the future. The working party consisted of Stephen Thirlwell (Chairman), George Atkinson, Stephen Dorow, Laurence Marshall and George Matheou.

The Working Party met 4 times and received information from the following residents that were not members of the working party:- Peter Scholes and Mike Hammerman. The working party also commissioned a report from Mr W J Burton - a hydrography expert. This report was funded by both SDC and WCC. We are indebted to both those councils for funding this report as well as the assistance given to us by David Tiley of SDC.

The following actions were recommended by the working party.


Responsible Agency


Target completion Date

Installation of Flood Alarm - Warning Environmental Agency

To inform and prepare Residents

October 2008

Sandbags - to ensure that all properties that are prone to flooding have sand bags

Parish Council

Short Term Fix

May 2008

Survey and remedial action River Alne - to include de silting, debris clearance through the parishes of Henley Beaudesert and Wootton Wawen

  • Environmental Agency
  • SevernTrent
Long Term fix To ensure that the flow of the River Alne is not impeded


October 2008

Continual planned maintenance and de silting of River
  • Environmental Agency
  • SevernTrent
Long Term Fix To ensure river remains free flowing

October 2008

Survey the length of River Alne from source to reaching the Avon, to improve flow
  • Environmental Agency
  • SevernTrent
Long Term Fix To ensure that river remains free

October 2008

County Council to completely clear all drains of debris and to introduce a planned maintenance schedule of continual cleaning

Warwickshire County Council

To ensure that drains work to the max to aid clearance of water

May 2008

County Council implement an improvement programme on drains primarily on all roads that have been flooded and secondly through out the town

Warwickshire County Council

To ensure that the drains can cope with future demand

October 2008

District Council to increase road side gulley cleaning to ensure that debris does not get into drains through out the whole town

Stratford District Council

Improve drain performance

June 2008

Flood prevention Jubilee Play area to ensure that pluvial waters running down the land can be diverted from house close by


Parish Council


October 2008

Parish council to take advice from National Flood Forum to ensure that it can learn from best practice and build further to ensure future flooding is minimised

Parish council

Long term prevention

June 2008

Working with District Council to ensure that those people that have culverts and gullies that run through their land that culverts and gullies are kept clean

  • Parish Council
  • Stratford District Council

Short term prevention

June 2008

Planning Guidance and Policy to be upgraded to ensure that future build is flood resistant

Stratford District Council

Long Term prevention

October 2008

Next Parish Newsletter to list web sites, telephone numbers and addresses of all companies that can offer personal flood defences. Future News Letters to carry updates on the flood work
Parish Council


April 2008

The Henley Gateway Website, sponsored by The Town Improvement Committee, has comprehensive emergency planning information supplied and approved by many agencies. Bookmark this page in case of future need:

St Mary's


Our children enjoying a Lion Dance demonstration

Carla Jones - Reporting

Celebrate with Purity

Purity, our locally based brewery at Spernall, is the 1st Brewery in the UK to be awarded the Red Tractor Certificate from Assured Farm Foods, read all about it here.

We have a special offer exclusively for on-line customers for the month of March.
Buy any 3 cases of Purity's Ales - any combination of Pure UBU, Pure Gold or Farmers Harvest - and receive an exclusive UBU Tshirt (normal price £11.34 inc Postage and Packing) absolutely free.

Simply place your order at and indicate your preferred size in the "Special Instructions" box on the Checkout page.

Purity Brewing Co Ltd
01789 488 007
The Brewery, Upper Spernall Farm, Great Alne, Warks. B49 6JF.

Henley Society 2008/9 Programme

List of Speakers for 2008/9

Thursday 24th April 2008 - Lord Leycester Hospital - Gerald Lesinski

Thursday 18th September - The Changing Face of Birmingham - Peter Woodbridge

Thursday 16th October - Little Known Warwickshire - Alan Winterburn

Thursday 20th November - 70 Years of Wootton Wawen W.I. (Film) - Shirley Davies

Thursday 11th December - Comic Potential (Christmas Party) - Peter and Jeanette Cook

Thursday 15th January 2009 - W.W.2 Land-girls; Local Connections, Life and Laughter - Pam Kearsley

Thursday 19th February 2009 - 1066. The Lord of the Manor and All That - Ray Holding

Thursday 19th March 2009 - Edward 2nd and His Local Connections - Dixie Atkins

College holds Sport Relief week fundraisers

The Sport Relief week runs from Monday, March 10 - Sunday, March 16 and is a national event organised by Comic Relief to raise money to help vulnerable people living tough lives in the UK and in the world’s poorest countries. One event taking place in dozens of venues across the country is a sponsored mile.

The Henley-in-Arden Centre is Warwickshire College’s base for sport and leisure courses. Students will be holding a 24-hour sponsored cycle or row, a netball competition, a 10,000 metre indoor row, a penalty shoot-out competition and massage sessions to raise money, finishing with a Sport Relief one-mile run in the grounds of the college.

Grants to Tennis Club

Henley-in-Arden Tennis Club has been awarded £2,000 by two parish councils to go towards the refurbishment of courts and lighting. They were given a grant of £1,000 by Henley Joint Parish Council to go towards the cost of the £60,000 project. Wootton Wawen Parish Council also awarded them £500 from this year's budget and £500 from next year's towards the refurbishment.

The work will include re-laying two courts with astro turf and one with hard material, and work on two new lights to floodlight the area.

A spokesman for the club thanked the parish councils and said the work would hopefully start this year subject to them securing further funding.

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Henley Rotary Charity Walk

Sunday 4th May 2008


Why not walk from Henley to a 'Party by the Canal' at Lowsonford and raise funds for your favourite charity. This year's Henley Rotary Charity Walk will start from Warwickshire College between 10am and 12noon on Sunday 4th May 2008.

Party by the Canal
The route will be 5 miles to a halt by the canal at Lowsonford, where there will be a Jazz Band and Barbecue. For those who do not wish to walk back the 5 miles back to Henley by a different route, there will be a mini bus service provided by Johnsons. If you don't want to walk out to Lowsonford, a mini bus will take you to the party from Warwickshire College.

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.

For further information, go to the Charity Walk website and register.

We hope that you will join us for a most enjoyable day and raise some money for your favourite charity. We would also like to thank our generous sponsors, for without their help this event could not take place.

Our Sponsors include:-
Warwickshire College

Lodders  Legal Column - "Residential Property"

Lodders Solicitors LLP is an established firm of solicitors who boast a history of over 150 years, starting life here in Henley. Whilst now mainly based in Stratford-upon-Avon due to expansion we still retain our office in Henley in Arden.

Lodders continue to offer our clients a committed, friendly and personal service, and we strive to use clear and simple language to get a good job done as quickly as possible. Here at our Henley branch, we have a wealth of experience in our Private Client and Residential Property Departments, offering a top class personal and friendly service to the community.

Being well aware of the pressures that moving home can cause, our team in the Residential Property Department always endeavour to deal with transactions quickly. We believe that forging strong relationships with our clients and delivering first rate service is the key to success. This makes us stand out as a more approachable law firm and explain the exceptional ranking awarded to us for our areas of special expertise.

Our people in the Residential Property Department:

Liz Friars
Liz Fairs (left) who heads our Property Team in Henley is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives. Liz specialises not only in residential conveyancing, (including sales/purchases/mortgages), registered and unregistered, but also Leases (including Shared Ownership and extensions) part exchanges, options, assents, transfers of equity, declarations of trust and sales by Auction. Liz’s direct line is 01564 796843 and Liz would be more than happy to hear from anyone who requires any assistance in these areas.
Dorothy O’Brien (right) is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and works in the Residential Property Department. Dorothy advises on residential sales, purchases, re-mortgages, transfers of equity, declarations of trust, first registrations and sales by auction. Dorothy has a local knowledge of the area having lived in Henley in Arden for 20 years. Dorothy’s direct line is 01564 796847 and Dorothy would be more than happy to hear from anyone who requires any assistance in the above areas.
Dorothy O'Brien

Our Henley in Arden office is situated at 5/7 High Street B95 5BW. Telephone 01564 792261.

Mums Monday at Henley Methodist Church

Henley Methodist Church is offering their schoolroom on Monday mornings for a group of infants with their mums to meet each week. They are helped to face the new week by spending time together after the dads have returned to work.

Johnsons Driver Clocks up 30 year Record

JohnsonsJohnsons Bus Driver, Kevin Bridges, is celebrating 30 years of accident free PCV driving and has been awarded a special medal by ROSCO (Road Operators safety Council) in recognition of his achievement.

Kevin lives in Redditch, and drives buses, for Johnsons, on routes in the Redditch, South Warwickshire and Birmingham areas.

Kevin said “I love my job, like meeting people, and enjoy the variety that the job offers. It’s a big responsibility driving the general public around particularly on the busy roads that we do have in this region and of course in all weathers. To come through 30 years without a single accident is an achievement but I always try to take care of my vehicle and its passengers. It’s nice to be recognised “

Two other members of Kevin’s family also work at Johnsons, his wife Christine works in the traffic office controlling the bus fleet and one of his sons Simon is also a bus driver.

Wednesday Club for Visually Impaired

Evergreen ClubTHE WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE (The V.I.PS.) offers people with sight problems an opportunity to meet in a happy, informal atmosphere, listen to an interesting speaker or other entertainment and enjoy a homemade tea together, as well being able to discuss any difficulties they may have.   In recent months we have had talks about the training of Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Local Land Army and Wicked Women in History!   We have visited a garden centre, enjoyed a pub lunch and are looking forward to a matinee concert in the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and visiting the National Arboretum .
If you have sight problems and would like to know more about the Club and its activities, please get in touch with the Club Organiser, Sue Maskell, on 0121 705 3926, or Pam Ford on 01564 792724.

Thinking of becoming a Parish Councillor

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

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Primary SchoolHenley Primary celebrates World Book Day

Children at Henley Primary School celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 6th March by dressing up as their favourite book character.

The children had a wonderful time and a special assembly was held so they could admire everyone’s costumes!

This week the school hosts The Travelling Book Fair.

When it last visited in October 2007, the school made over £700 in book sales, of which a large profit went to the school enabling them to buy books for each classroom and the school library.

The challenge this time is to beat that amount – will it succeed?

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher

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Grumpy Old Man Comments

GOMWas Nigel’s Constituent Right?

I started watching the BBC2 series on White Working Class Britain. My only thoughts are this is exactly what Nigel was reporting his constituents were saying last November.
The ironic thing is, it is the BBC who are screening the series. The same body who hung Nigel out for slaughter. But apart from the Nigel saga, the truth is : white working / middle class Britain is getting disenfranchised in the UK currently. Everybody has to be politically correct, everybody has to embrace other cultures, religions, languages etc, except for the minorities. I know a small town in Ireland who’s catholic church has a service in Polish 1 week in 4 !.
A BBC talk show on Friday was talking about the armed forces wearing uniform in public. White UK people were talking about how disgusting verbal and physical abuse was, an Asian lad called in saying Muslim youth saw the forces as a legitimate target due to Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet no one brought religion into the discussion. Is this the main problem, views of the problem are different. Some see issues as race, UK, Polish, Asian, etc while others see issues as religion, Christian, Muslim etc.
What I’ve noticed is we as a multi cultural society are not mixing. We seem to be settling into groupings dependant on race and creed. When we should all be sharing views, we are all feeling more and more separated.
How can we change ? how can we integrate ?  I wish I knew the answers. Again I’ll state, my biggest fear is within 2 elections the  extreme parties will get seats in Westminster. Once one extreme party gets some perceived power the rest will follow.  I hope not, please let me be wrong.

Grumpy Old Man

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Grammar schools - who is to blame?

Nigel Hastilow This article was written last summer (2007): The most damning comment I have heard so far in the Conservatives’ row over grammar schools comes from a highly-placed critic in the party.

“The trouble is with the idiots David Cameron has surrounded himself with,” says my informant. “These people despise the members of the Conservative Party. They think the members are all old, right-wing bigots. I point out to them that, if this were true, they would not be selecting openly gay men and women as Parliamentary candidates in winnable constituencies. But they won’t listen. They hate the members. They want to distance Cameron from them as much as possible. They keep looking for a fight and this time they got one.”

My chum goes on to allege the definitive rejection of more grammar schools by Cameron and education spokesman David Willetts was both a deliberate snub to the grass-roots and a cock-up. It’s difficult to believe both these interpretations apply simultaneously. But the theory is that Willetts – the Birmingham grammar-school boy – thought the original version of his speech on education would be ignored by the media.

So he decided to beef it up by denouncing the failure of the remaining 168 grammar schools to provide enough “social mobility” for children from poor homes. At this point, Cameron gets in on the act and recognises an opportunity to upset his own party. So he backs Willetts and, at the same time, insults his supporters as much as possible. It is not merely the rejection of grammar schools which has provoked a reaction among grass-roots Tories, it’s Cameron’s deliberate, carefully-calculated campaign of insults and denigration which accompanied it.

For many Tories, the abandonment of grammar schools may have been inevitable, if unacceptable. But they liked living with the idea that perhaps, one day, common sense would reassert itself and we would once again find selection in education acceptable. What they seriously resent is having their noses rubbed in it by Cameron’s upstarts. Why on earth was it necessary, they ask, for us to be so belittled over an issue we care so deeply about? What was there to gain for Cameron and his cronies from this concerted attack on an article of faith for many Conservatives?

There are obvious answers: the support of the teaching profession and the education establishment (or, at least, less antipathy than usual towards the Conservative Party from one of its traditional opponents). Better still, Cameron wins the understanding and sympathy of the BBC and the Liberals. This ensures once again that he gets a fair hearing among the Guardian-reading types his advisors seem so anxious to impress. These advisors are the ones who have no understanding of the people who pay their wages – the supporters of the Conservative Party.

The party’s supporters may be right-wing. That doesn’t make them bad people. Nor does it make them uncaring. Indeed, why are they so incensed about the final abandonment of grammar schools? It’s not for their own benefit or even their children’s. It’s unlikely even to be for the benefit of their grandchildren. They are upset because they genuinely believe a grammar school education is an excellent way out of a life of poverty for bright young children from poor families.

These Tories are generally elderly and usually fairly well-off. They have been around, seen life, made their own way, got a bit of money put by for their old age. They are independent and proud of it. They have a much greater understanding of the world and all its foibles than the Cameroons ever will. But they do care. About the state of their country. They want the best for Britain and the people who live in it. They have no axe to grind. No personal vested interest. They are genuinely altruistic.

Yet while David Cameron and his chums are willing to take their money – indeed, while they are keen to demand more and more cash from them – they are not prepared to listen to what they have to say. To the Cameroons, the members are unreconstructed Thatcherites and Mrs Thatcher is, in their eyes, ancient history. She may not – yet – appeal to the twentysomethings who seem to be at the party leader’s beck and call. But her influence is far from over. She made mistakes and her tone was sometimes harsh, unwinning. But she was what Britain needed and everyone these days acknowledges that. Even Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

The only people who refuse to accept her importance seem to be Cameron’s advisers. Though when it helps, as in the grammar school row, they use her to advance their cause. It is a matter of deep regret that Margaret Thatcher closed more grammar schools than any other education secretary and failed to re-open any in her years as Prime Minister. It is also tragic that John Major only got round to promising a grammar school in every town at the 1997 election, when everyone knew his Premiership was doomed.

None of this means it’s wrong to believe in the grammar school tradition or right to mock those who have spent their lives supporting something which some Cameroon focus group has now decided doesn’t go down so well in Islington.

Nigel Hastilow

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Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Lots of  US Action to Counteract Climate Change.

In 2007, the total capacity of wind turbines in the US almost doubled. An extra 5244 megawatts of wind turbines, the equivalent of about 2 conventional large power stations, now powers about 4.5 million American homes without emitting climate changing CO2. American vehicles are set to become more climate friendly too. President Bush has signed a bill to improve the energy efficiency of all vehicles by 40% by 2020. New York City has ordered 850 diesel-electric hybrid buses which will provide a 30 % improvement in energy efficiency by 2010. All new New York taxis will have to meet significantly improved fuel consumption targets by 2009.  

All these improvements will translate into similar levels of reduction in climate changing gas emissions. US total emissions fell by 1.5% in 2006. All good news. Can you do something too? If like us, you can’t afford a Toyota Prius petrol-electric hybrid when changing your car, look at diesels. They offer excellent performance, lower running costs and less CO2 than similar petrol cars. Walk or cycle short journeys.

John Stott

Alerts from Trading Standards

Doorstep Callers
Local residents are advised to think carefully  before accepting offers of work from door to door trades people offering a variety of services including block paving, gardening, and fascia work. The Trading Standards Service advises residents not to make instant decisions on the doorstep and to seek a range of quotes from local tradespeople, preferably on the basis of recommendation.

Pyramid Letter Scam
A resident has reported receiving a pyramid scam letter. The letter claims that the sender was able to turn £87 in to £43,540 by following a series of simple steps. The schemes are called pyramid schemes because there are hundreds of people at the bottom paying cash to join and just a few at the top. The money works its way up to a few people at the top and it's only those people that get the financial benefits.

The scheme would only deliver benefits for those that join at the bottom if there were an infinite number of people also prepared to join at the bottom, which would push those who had joined earlier further up the pyramid. As this won't be the case, sooner or later the scheme runs into trouble and the cash dries up. People who have put money in then lose it and can't get it back. It is a mathematical impossibility to deliver benefits to all through such schemes.

The Government estimates that up to £100 million a year could be lost by people who respond to bogus promotions.

Pet Scam
A consumer contacted the service after responding to an advertisement for puppies in a local free ads newspaper. The consumer contacted the seller by email and was told to deposit £130 in to a bank account in Cameroon. The puppies were then to be delivered from an address in Aberdeen. The consumer then did some research on the Internet  and found that several other people has paid money to the seller for puppies that had subsequently never arrived.

Home Security
The Trading Standards Service has been alerted to the activities of traders operating door to door in the Warwickshire area offering intruder alarms. The homes of elderly people are being targeted and complainants have reported receiving direct presentations and being sold £3000 alarm systems that are not worth even £1000. If you are concerned about home security, speak to your local Police Crime Prevention Officer.

Suspicious Automated Call
A resident has reported receiving a call that purported to be from her home phone service provider The automated call told her she had not paid her telephone bill and requested her credit/debut card numbers. Warwickshire Trading Standards cannot verify if this was a genuine call or not but advise consumers not to provide their personal or financial details to anyone over the phone, where they themselves did not initiate the call.  If you receive such a call and believe it to be genuine, phone the company back yourself using a telephone number printed in a directory - not a number they may give you.

'Excellence' Award
A Rugby business has reported receiving a phone call from someone claiming that the business had won an 'Excellence' award. The business queried the award after the caller asked for two payments of £59 for a 'nomination entry' fee. The business asked what the payments were for and the caller told them it was for a nomination pack. Needless to sat the business then put the phone down on the caller. Businesses are strongly advised to check and query all unsolicited invoices and associated telephone calls.

On-line Banking Notice
Email users are warned to beware of an on-line banking 'phishing' email circulating. The email asks the recipient to click on a link in the email to complete a mandatory Commercial Banking Online Form. Never click on a link in an email from anyone you don't know or trust.
Never provide your personal or financial details in this way. Emails are not secure and your risk becoming a victim of fraud, identity theft, or exposing your PC to malware (viruses trojans etc.)

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 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 television 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 television from the lounge.
Incident 199 of 14th February 08 refers.

Between 1500 hours on 29th February and 0900 hours on 3rd March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Bates Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then gained access and removed a quantity of power tools.
Incident 96 of 3rd March 08 refers.

Prior to 1700 hours on 5th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Chapel Lane, Aston Cantlow. They then gained entry through the back door and removed two personal computers, together with a black BMW motor vehicle.
Incident 328 of 5th March 08 refers.

Between 0900 hours on 23rd February and 0900 hours on 9th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They then gained entry to a rear garden shed and removed a purple mountain bike.
Incident 377 of 8th March 08 refers.

Between 2200 hours on 29th February and 1500 hours on 1st March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Bates Lane, Tanworth in Arden. They have then jemmied the door from the summer house and removed a garden equipment.
Incident 548 of 1st March 08 refers.

Between 6th March and 7th March 08 unknown offender/s have removed an LCD television from premises on High Street, Henley in Arden.
Incident 339 of 10th March 08 refers.

At around 0250 hours on 7th March 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Alcester Road, Wythall. They then gained entry through a ground floor window and removed a gaming machine.
Incident 31 of 7th March 08 refers.

Between 7th and 8th March 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Ossetts Hole Lane, Yarningale Common. They then gained entry through a hole made in the roof and removed a quantity of alcohol.
Incident 279 of 8th March 08 refers.

Between 1730 hours on 5th March and 1400 hours on 6th March 08 unknown offender/s have stolen a motor vehicle from a layby on Astley Heath Lane, Tanworth in Arden.
Incident 318 of 6th March 08 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 8th March and 2000 hours on 11th March 08 unknown offender/s have stolen a motor vehicle from Meadow Road, Henley in Arden.
Incident 497 of 11th March 08 refers.

Prior to 29th February 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Snitterfield Road, Bearley. They have then caused damage to outbuildings.
Incident 399 of 29th February 08 refers.

Overnight between 29th February and 1st March 08 unknown offender/s approached an Astra van on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They then smashed the back window and removed some tools and a Sat Nav system.
Incident 233 of 1st March 08 refers.

Between 1900 hours on 5th March and 0810 hours on 6th March unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle on Church Lane, Bearley. They then gained entry and removed a Nokia mobile phone from the glove box.
Incident 137 of 6th March 08 refers.

Overnight between 5th and 6th March 08 unknown offender/s gained entry to two vehicles in Aston Cantlow and removed a Sat Nav system.
Incident 96 of 6th March 08 refers.

At around 0330 hours on 6th March 08 unknown offender/s gained entry to a motor vehicle on Mayswood Road, Wootton Wawen.

Prior to 9th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle on Warings Green Road, Hockley Heath and removed the front and rear registration plates.
Incident 425 of 9th March 08 refers.

Between 1430 hours and 1800 hours on 9th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen and removed the house sign.
Incident 526 of 9th March 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 10th March and 0730 hours on 11th March 08 unknown offender/s entered an open building site and removed a yellow and grey Benford 80 twin drum roller.
Incident 188 of 11th March 08 refers.

A male offender from Henley in Arden has been issued with a reprimand following a charge of criminal damage.

A male offender from Astwood Bank has been bailed to Stratford Magistrate’s Court on a charge of Breach of ASBO.

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 2nd April between 1100 hours and 1300hours
Wednesday 16th April between 1100 hours and 1300hours
Wednesday 30th 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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Come and join us on Tuesday 18th March from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall for a talk with slides “A Faraway Wall” (Africa and Japan) with Terry Wall. If you are interested in wildlife you will enjoy a visit to this relaxed and friendly group and it costs only £1.

Thursday 20th March – Nick Billingham will be giving a talk on “William James and The Stratford Canal” starting at 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall.

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!

Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 25th March at 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall followed by cheese and wine. New members are always welcome to join this friendly club.

ALCESTER MALE VOICE CHOIR are holding their 34th Annual Concert with guest artistes, on Saturday and Sunday 19th/20th April at the Greig Hall, Alcester commencing at 7.00 p.m. Tickets at £11 from Malcolm Williams on 794406.

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
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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