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Edition 199 - 27th March 2008
Warwickshire Village Ventures
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Beaudesert & Henley in Arden Joint Parish Councils

Next Election 1st May 2008


Anyone wishing to stand for either Beaudesert or Henley-in-Arden Parish Council must submit a nomination paper to the Returning Officer at the Council Offices in Church Street, Stratford upon Avon no later than Noon on Friday 4th April 2008. The relevant documents are available by contacting the elections office on 01789-260209.

The parish clerk has also been supplied with a quantity of them.

Graham Raspin
Democratic Officer
Stratford on Avon District Council

Beaudesert & Henley Town Meetings

Salary and expenses
All Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Parish Councillors are volunteers who give their own time for free to serve the community. There is no salary and expenses are very infrequent.

How much time do I need to allocate to the business of the Parish Council?
There is no specific answer to this question. The Council meets every two weeks. There is usually a significant amount of paper work to go through. Time is also needed to think about the issues involved. The Councillors must attend the Council meetings regularly. In addition, Parish Councillors are expected to join committees and in some cases working parties which focus on certain issues/projects. The amount of work in these circumstances can be substantial.

What type of work is involved?
Depends upon a number of factors:

  • The local issues/projects which the Council is facing and the priorities given to them.
  • The correspondence and requests received from the Community, District Council, Warwickshire County Council, Central Government, Government Agencies, and any other appropriate bodies.
  • The Parish Council receives all planning applications which affect Beaudesert and Henley in Arden. It examines the facts and forms a view which puts it forward to the Stratford on Avon District Council. The Parish Council's recommendations are based on the local government's planning rules and regulations which as a local authority it must adhere to.
  • To ensure that the obligations of the Council on financial matters and as an employer are put into practice. Furthermore, as a Quality Council it is required to maintain good practices and sound systems and procedures.

What is the role of the Parish Councillor?

  • Maintain and provide local amenities, which are Council owned.
  • Be aware of events, changes in the local area and needs of the community. Bring local issues to the attention of the Council.
  • Speak on behalf of the community.
  • Know and represent the views of the electorate.
  • Contribute to the Council's policy. A Councillor cannot act on his or her own. The power of the Council comes from majority decisions of the Councillors acting as a body.
  • Ensure Council policy decisions are followed through.
  • Respond to Government initiatives for local communities.
  • Attend Council meetings regularly and contribute fully to the work of the Council. Maintain ethical standards.

Download SAMPLE Nomination Forms

You can find out more about the Joint Parish Council on The Henley Gateway website and the JPC website

Great Applause for Ukrainian Bulava Chorus

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.


Since we have representatives from the Environment Agency present, it has been suggested that we bring samples of our tap water to the meeting for testing.


There is a special e-mail for further information. 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 Chair of Henley
Douglas Bridgewater, Chairman of Beaudesert

New stopping point for mobile library service

Douglas Bridgewater reporting

Douglas Bridgewater

Douglas Bridgewater introduces the evening

In the last two years, the Guild Hall Garden Committee has organised two very successful entertainments, namely a Forties Evening and a Winter Garden Party. This year they made it a hat-trick, when the High School was the venue for a performance by the Bulava Chorus, a Ukrainian Cossack mixed choir, generously sponsored for the evening by John Shepherd. To make them feel at home, the School Hall was bedecked in the Ukrainian national colours of blue and yellow – fortuitously the colours of the De Montforts and hence of Henley. The concert was preceded by a sumptuous candle-lit supper of Marengo Chicken by Sue Dalby and Sherry Trifle by the ladies of the Court Leet.

The curtain went up before a full house of 140 to show the 21 strong chorus in their colourful national dress. Their hour-long concert included many Ukrainian songs, some accompanied by their accomplished pianist, others sung by the choir alone. The songs were in a variety of moods, some rousing, some haunting, some comic. All were rich in harmony, with a beautifully resonant bass line. Interspersed with these were well-known operatic solos and duets, including the Flower Duet from Lakme, the duet from The Pearl Fishers and a stirring rendition of Nessun Dorma from Turandot. The High Bailiff, Ray Holding, ably expressed the thanks of the audience, which had sat enthralled throughout and the Bulava Chorus left the stage to a standing ovation. All those present went home at the end of the evening feeling privileged to have heard such an outstanding choir.

The evening also proved to be a financial success, with over £1,600 being raised for the Guild Hall Garden Project. The hard-working Garden Committee have now raised almost £20,000 and were encouraged earlier this month by their plans for the Riverland Garden being approved by Stratford District Council. They are very grateful to the High School for the use of the venue, to two pupils, James and Mark, for organising the sound and lighting in the Hall and  to them and the Caretaker for giving up much of their Easter Saturday.




The High Bailiff thanks the Chorus


The Support Crew

Photos by Alan Robson & Bill Leech

Chair Changes at Henley & Beaudesert Society AGM

Mobile LibraryA new stopping point has been agreed for a temporary mobile library service for the people of Henley whilst ongoing work at the library is completed.

Structural damage identified after last year’s floods has been repaired in recent months and much of the library’s stock and furniture has had to be replaced. A temporary service was provided at Henley in Arden Heritage Centre but this has ceased as the Centre is opening again and needs its space.

The fire station on the High Street has allowed its side entrance to be used for the stops by the mobile library service and the mobile library service will stop there between 1pm and 3pm on Friday 4 April, 25 April, 16 May, 6 June and 27 June.

Linda Smith head of operations for Warwickshire Libraries said: “We are very grateful to our colleagues at Warwickshire Fire and Rescue. Both the fire and rescue service and libraries service are part of the County Council and we often work together to promote fire safety messages through the library. This is another excellent example of us coming together to benefit the local community.”

Henley & Beaudesert Society March meeting

AGMThe society’s AGM and meeting was held on 20th March at the Baptist Church hall. As well as the usual AGM business, votes were passed to allocate money to restoration of the milestone in the High St. and to offer practical assistance to any activities that might help secure appropriate development of the market site.

Margaret Twigg, the retiring chair thanked committee members and others for their support and the work they had done to maintain the success of the society and presented small gifts to members who had made notable contributions. The High Bailiff proposed a vote of thanks to both Mrs Twigg and Mrs Birch (retiring secretary) for their years of hard work.

The incoming chair Mrs Pam Kearsley presented Mrs Twigg with flowers.

John Stott - Reporting
John Love - Photo

Business as usual at the Heritage Centre

AGMNick Billingham gave a fascinating talk about William James and the Stratford Canal. William James lived at Yew Trees in Henley High St. The development of canals arose from a combination of factors. The Tudor system of road maintenance by local parishes led to inconsistent road quality. Manufactured goods were often damaged in transit; a dramatic example being 90% breakage of crockery shipped from Stoke to London. This led to new turnpike trusts becoming responsible for maintaining the whole of a particular route. The turnpike roads were ‘pay for use by the mileage’, hence the need for milestones, but even these roads proved difficult to maintain in good condition. The industrial revolution created a large demand for transport of manufactured goods, raw materials and food for the newly enlarged cities. Payloads were limited to about 2 cwt for a donkey, 3 cwt for a horse and 1 ton for a cart. Some rivers had been canalised from the mid 1600s onwards then in about 1750 the Duke of Bridgewater built the first canal. Now 30 tons of coal could be hauled by one horse and the price of coal in Manchester halved. The early canals were contour following and had few locks. This made them relatively cheap to build. They proved to be very profitable.

In 1793, an act of parliament was passed to raise £120,000 in shares to fund the building of the Stratford canal. The canal was to be 14 feet wide, twice the width of the early canals. The larger 50 ton boats would make it even more profitable. But there would be no link to the Avon at Stratford, since this might take trade from the rival Worcs & Birmingham canal, also under construction. By the early 1800’s the canal had reached Hockley Heath but the original share capital was spent. This was due to a rise in the costs of labour caused by the need for troops in the Napoleonic Wars. William James started buying shares, now quite cheap. He inspired further work and built a light gauge rail track with hand pushed tubs to remove the spoil. He realised that rail might be a cheaper way of completing the canal link to Stratford. The track would be more reliable than the turnpike roads, though the tubs could not be hauled as easily as a boat on water. However, by 1816, the canal reached Stratford at a cost of £300,000 and an act of parliament permitted the canal to connect to the Avon. No dividends were payable due to the cost overrun.

Further difficulties ensued. A drought in 1817 caused closure of some of the early canals and although the Stratford canal had water, there was a lack of traffic due to the closures. Then, the 1817/18 winter was extremely severe and the canals froze over. In 1818, the suspension of convertibility of paper money that had been imposed during the Napoleonic wars was lifted and led to the collapse of ¾ of the banks. Simultaneously, return of troops depressed the labour market. The economy hit rock bottom. Demand for canal transport became low. These events indicated again the benefits of rail, it being immune to effects of drought and frost. At about this time, James formed a partnership with Robert Stephenson for Stephenson’s dialect was unintelligible to most and James being respected and well spoken could help to sell the idea of steam railways. The Stratford to Paddington railway was proposed. Unfortunately, Stratford Council banned steam engines.

Nevertheless, William James is recognised as the person who completed the Stratford canal and had the vision of a railway system, which eventually largely displaced canals as a means of transport for industry.

Brian Twigg proposed the vote of thanks to Mr Billingham for an excellent talk that ‘brought to life the events surrounding William James and the Stratford canal’.

Tea and coffee and friendly chat followed. Next meeting 24 April, 8pm at the Baptist Church hall. Subject, the Lord Leycester Hospital. Visitors welcome(£3).

John Stott - Reporting
John Love - Photo

Henley & Beaudesert Society

Henley’s Heritage Centre at Joseph Hardy House, 150 High Street, opened to the public on Easter Monday 24th March. The open season runs through to the end of October. The temporary Library, housed there after the Great Floods of July, moved out just beforehand and should soon be re-located in its normal home at the Guild Hall.

Curator and Trustee Ray Holding reports that twelve new volunteers have joined the 70-strong team of stewards who run the Centre, which puts it in a strong position for the 2008 season. He said that not once during the previous year did the Centre have to close because of a staff shortage.

At the end of February, the steward team gathered at a series of coffee mornings for the usual pre-opening briefing. A few new issues, notable under the heading of health and safety, were discussed. Ray Holding thanked John Love, proprietor of the Vanity Box, for his faithful and extremely helpful custody of the door key over the last ten years and wished him well in retirement from his retail business. John has now joined the stewards team.

First VisitorsThe winter provides an opportunity to tidy up, expand and develop the Centre’s displays and document records. It has been agreed by the Court Leet that as soon as convenient the Centre should acquire from the Guild Hall the original 1449 Charter document relating to Henley. This move has been confirmed in the interests of better conservation of this valuable document. The Charter will of course go into the Mediaeval Room (Room 1), where there is also a new display relating the links between Beaudesert and the town of Montfort-sur-Risle in Normandy.

A couple of American visitors sneaked in before the official opening day. Seen here with Ann Holding, the season’s first visitors Gerry Sherman and Carolyn Lipp of Minnesota, who were visiting the UK over Easter, took a short tour round the Centre with Ray and Ann Holding and declared themselves “knocked out” by the exhibits – and by the ancient house itself. And then had lunch at a nearby hostelry and a look at the Guild Hall – a very English day out.

The Heritage Centre is open from now on, each week as follows: Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 2.30 to 4,30 pm.

Group visits must be by prior arrangement: they are co-ordinated by Ann Holding (tel 01564.792512) or at the Centre’s website,

Bluebell gains top Award


The ChairmanThe amended name of the Society and the revised constitution were adopted at the last AGM.

It has been another very successful year with record attendances. We have welcomed many visitors and several new members; the enforced change of venue to the Baptist Church Rooms has enabled us to accommodate the increased numbers attending meetings. During the year we have had a varied and interesting selection of speakers and a range of activities. Michael Miles started the year with the Baron of Packwood. We have had fascinating illustrated talks on the restoration of the Birmingham Back-to-Backs, and the two treasures of Kings Norton, and another highlighting the work of the Shakespeare Birth Place Trust. Our Christmas party was a sell out; the Mummers entertained us with a traditional riotous play, music and songs. I would like to express my thanks to the refreshment subcommittee for the excellent food, and John Rutherford for organising the drinks. The New Year started with a talk on Shakespeare’s father; and his glove making trade. We have had two successful outside events; firstly an outing in July to Malmsbury, a delightful market town, followed by a guided tour of Rodmarten Manor. Ensuing the talk about the Back-to-Backs a guided visit to the houses was arranged in October, very able organised by Eunice Williams.

In conjunction with the Heritage centre we organised a very successful historical evening around the town for 60 members from Alcester Local History Society ending up with refreshments in the Baptist Church Hall supplied by members of the committee.

Whilst we are not politically active, one of our objectives is to safeguard the character of Henley, and the committee has been keeping a watchful eye on the heritage of the town on members’ behalf. We have tried to keep members informed of any development that may affect the unique quality of the town and its history. Re-development of the market site has been high on the agenda during the autumn. The proposed housing development site plan was on show at the September meeting. Following these several of the committee attended the JPC special planning meeting at Henley High School in October where an objection to the high density of housing was presented; this was consequently submitted to the District Council. A petition objecting to the revised plans signed by members was submitted to the S.D.C in December. We have tried to keep members informed of any further developments. The Victorian canopy at the railway station, the positioning of the proposed extension to the Warwickshire college sports hall, and the poor state of the Milestone in the High Street have also been on our agenda. Restoration of the Milestone is under negotiation, and a possible contribution to the cost will be discussed and voted for at the A.G.M.

We have continued to keep up links with the Heritage centre and the Court Leet, and liaise with the Joint Parish Council. We try and support local organisations and have again sent donations to Henley in Bloom, the Heritage centre, and Henley News-on-Line.

I have been chairman of the Society for 5years and will be relinquishing the position at the AGM, but I am prepared to remain on the committee. Iris Birch and Eunice Williams will be standing down. During the year Pat Kench was co-opted onto the committee, in November Derek Williams stood down, and Barbara Colclough was co-opted to fill the vacancy.

My thanks go to the President of the Society; the High Bailiff, Ray Holding for his continued support, and to all the committee who have guided and supported me during the year. Jonathon for keeping an eye on the pennies, and for his research into the milestone restoration possibilities. Iris for her efficient secretarial work, despite not having a computer, Pam for producing the programme, John Stott for his news reports and care of equipment. Anita has organised the refreshments at meetings, and John Rutherford has kept us up to date with member’s names and numbers. Although not on the committee Bob Currie has been responsible for opening and closing up the Baptist Church Rooms, and Bill Leech printed the programme. A very special thank you goes to my husband Brian for all his help and support over my years as chairman. He has produced posters, outing and Christmas party letters, and added artwork and pictures to my newsletters. Finally many thanks to members who have given votes of thanks, helped with the refreshments, moved furniture, helped with publicity and advertising, and to everyone for supporting the society.

Margaret Twigg

Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

This popular High Street venue, run by Duncan and Leigh Taylor, was voted ‘Newcomer of the Year’ in the Publican Awards 2008 at a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House in London.

They were one of only six finalists in the category – and the only one from the Midlands.

Duncan and Leigh took over the Bluebell just two and a half years ago. Leigh used her skills as a specialist interior design consultant to the pub and restaurant trade to give the historic venue an attractive makeover complementing its character and charm.

The chic, contemporary and stylish interior is unique and the venue is always buzzing with atmosphere.

The Bluebell’s acclaimed menu features a superb choice of traditional pub classics and is renowned for its delicious homemade bread and ice cream.

Leigh said “We are absolutely thrilled and very proud that the changes we have made have been so popular.”


Two statistics

An opportunity to influence government ?

PhotoThe Climate Change Bill is due before Parliament soon. The Bill currently calls for cuts of 60% in the UK’s carbon emissions by 2050. It's not enough. It needs to be 80% if we're to prevent climate catastrophe for poor countries. Two early day motions have been proposed to strengthen the bill. Motion 273 by Elliot Morley MP calls for inclusion of mandatory carbon reporting standards for all companies listed on the UK stock markets. Motion 736 by Nigel Griffiths MP calls for recognition of the need to reduce emissions by 80% and inclusion of aviation emissions.

If you would like to influence government on this important issue write to or email James Plaskitt MP, . Tell him that you don’t want to see the consequences of climate change described below. Tell him that you would like to see his name in the list of signatories to early day motions 273 and 736 detailed below:-

EDM 273.    Elliot Morley MP
That this House recognises that climate change is one of the most critical issues that businesses face today; believes that a common reporting standard on carbon emissions would allow meaningful and consistent comparison by investors and consumers; notes the Aldersgate Group's Carbon Costs report which stated that, despite improvements in the number of companies disclosing information on greenhouse gases, current reporting levels are still too low and what is disclosed is not comparable because of the use of different calculation methods; believes that the lack of transparency obscures the true contribution of corporate UK and undermines the comparative advantage that should accrue to companies with good carbon reporting and control; and urges the Government to introduce enabling powers in the Climate Change Bill for mandatory carbon reporting standards for all companies listed on the UK stock markets which will allow consumers and investors to make low carbon choices and comparisons.

EDM 736.   Nigel Griffiths MP
That this House welcomes the introduction of the Climate Change Bill to Parliament and the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP's) recent Human Development Report which described the Bill as a bold and innovative proposal to create a national carbon budget; notes however that the UNDP also warned that the Bill needed improving as its targets were not ambitious enough, and international aviation emissions were excluded, meaning that even if the Bill were applied to every developed country, global temperature would rise well beyond the two degrees Celsius limit and perhaps as high as four or five degrees; congratulates the Prime Minister on his speech on 19th November 2007, when he acknowledged the evidence now suggests that as part of an international agreement developed countries may have to reduce their emissions by up to 80 per cent.; and urges the Government to support amendments to the Bill during its passage through Parliament to address the UNDP concerns, making it an unequivocally world-leading response to climate change.

What climate change means in practice.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change advises that at the current rate of carbon emissions, global average temperatures will rise 2°C by 2050. Most experts agree that this amount of increase is already inevitable but we can still reduce the extent of the predicted consequences of climate change. These include:-

  • The creation of 150 million environmental refugees – overwhelmingly in poor countries
  • Acute water shortages for 1-3 billion people (World population is 6.7 billion!!).
  • 30 million more people going hungry as agricultural yields go into recession across the globe
  • Sea level increases of up to 95cm by the end of the century, submerging 18% of Bangladesh.

Not that we have to wait until then for the bad stuff, though.

  • The 1°C rise, expected by 2020, would see an extra 240 million people experiencing water ‘stress’ – where supply can no longer be stretched to meet demand.
  • The predicted 1.3°C rise by 2025 would see tens of millions more going hungry due to falling agricultural yields in the developing world and rising global food prices.

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  • Since 1850, a period in which today’s richest countries have industrialised rapidly, levels of greenhouse gases have risen;  carbon dioxide by 28% and methane by 112%.
  • The world’s surface temperatures are rising more rapidly than at any point in the last 10,000 years.

Don’t miss your chance to influence government. Tell Mr Plaskitt that you want him to sign those early day motions and while you’re writing, drop a line to Gordon sending a similar message on behalf of the flood victims in the picture above.
Contact details:- or write to James Plaskitt MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
Write to Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or email

John Stott

Warrks CollegeFit Tips
Core Stability and the Swiss Ball by Helen Penells

Core stability training aims to effectively recruit the core muscle groups and then learn to control the position of the lumbar spine during dynamic movements. This is not only relevant to exercise but day to day general movement. The targeted nature of core stability means the muscles deep in the abdomen strengthened which maintains a good posture, provides a good foundation for all arm and leg movements and prevents injury. In this edition of fit tips we explain some basic core stability exercises and introduce the Swiss ball.

Examples of simple core stability exercises are:

  • Crunches- Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, lift your shoulder just off the floor. You should aim to complete 3 x 30 crunches with 30 seconds recovery between each set.
  • Hamstring raises- Balance on the floor on your hands and knees, your back should be flat and your hips parallel to the floor. Raise one leg behind you until you cannot lift it any higher without rotating your hips or arching your back, the movement should be slow and controlled. Return leg to floor and repeat. Complete 15 repetitions on one leg and then repeat with other leg.

The Swiss ball has been around for many years, originating as a rehabilitation tool for physiotherapists (or a space hopper for kids that we all remember!). They can be purchased from most sports shops for around £10 and is an excellent aid to improving core stability.

Examples of more complex core stability exercises using the Swiss ball are shown below:

•Back raises -   Swiss Ball

Place your feet against a wall and kneel on the floor, pull the ball into your thighs. Place the hands round the side of the ball and lift up your body weight allowing you to drop the hips onto the ball. The ball wants to be as far back as you can without you toppling over the front of the ball. Keeping the knees slightly bent place your hands on your temple and slowly lower and lift your upper body over the ball.

•Glute’s Raise - Swiss Ball

Roll down onto the ball until the head is resting on the ball. Ensure the back is straight by tilting the pelvis and pushing the hips up. Either relax the arms around the side of the ball or place the hands across the chest for stability. Slowly drop the bottom towards the floor and rise back up again ensuring the ball doesn’t move. At the top try holding for 15-30 seconds and squeezing the bottom.

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

Primary SchoolHenley Primary

May 4th - Walk to the 'Party by the Canal at Lowsonford' - Barbecue & Jazz Band

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Grumpy Old Man Comments

Bhangra dancing comes to Henley Primary

DanceChildren in Years Three and Four have recently been learning about India.

As part of their learning, the children had the opportunity to learn some Bhangra dancing from a professional Bhangra dancer.

The children were shown the dance and were given the explanation behind the movements, then had to learn the dance, step by step.

Their learning culminated in a short performance for the whole school, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher

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The Nigel Hastilow Column

GOMCredit Crisis ?

Well another bank is having problems, Bear Stearns. Yes I know it’s a US bank but the world of finance is now very small. And there has been a saying for some years now, America sneezes and the World catches a cold.

All this is following the Northern Rock demise.

People are selling currency’s and buying gold, again I can hear, what’s that to do with us the normal man on the street. What it shows is the finance sector is under threat and the people in the know (big institutions, pension funds, unit trust managers etc) have little confidence in the banking system currently. Banks will not lend to other banks, mortgage products are being reduced. 100% borrowing is something of the past.

Thinking of moving house 12 months ago and you could get up to 5 times your combined income for 30 years or so. Try and get that now.

Is it common sense returning in the lending market. Banks not lending to people who cannot really afford it. Or are they just plain scared they will not get their capital back?

On top of this we have petrol at £1.10, diesel at £1.15, a worldwide wheat shortage (affects prices of bread etc), council tax increases of 10% ish, gas and electricity price increases of 15%.

How much is my £1 worth now……….. I know a lottery ticket.

Grumpy Old Man

District Council Information

Off your trolley and on yer bike

Nigel Hastilow Patients routinely forced to spend so long on hospital trolleys that their families are being given specially-printed visiting-time cards. The slips of paper handed to worried relatives at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, show visiting times for patients on trolleys are from 11am to 8pm. That is actually more generous than the visiting hours for patients on the wards, where family and friends are allowed in only between 4pm and 8pm. Trolley-only accommodation in the Emergency Assessment Unit comes despite the fact that Russells Hall has 741 in-patient beds and 75 day-case beds.

Government Ministers have repeatedly said forcing patients to wait hours on hospital trolleys is unacceptable. Yet when an elderly patient was rushed to Russells Hall with breathing difficulties, she was kept in overnight on a trolley. And her daughter was given the printed slip showing visiting times to the trolley. The daughter, a 39-year-old office worker who did not want to be named, said: “My mother was kept in a cubicle on a trolley overnight. I thought this sort of thing didn’t happen any more. What are we paying our taxes for?

“It was very weird. We were looking at each other in disbelief saying, ‘Is this it?’ It was strange. We are all very worried about my mum but this just makes everyone’s anxiety much worse when you know she is not getting the comfort or treatment she deserves and is entitled to.”

As long ago as 1996, Tony Blair told the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts: “I do not see why people should have to wait on trolleys for hours in a modern NHS.” The Government pledged to wipe out long trolley waits by 2004.  The hospital issued a bizarre statement in response to this. It said: “The Emergency Assessment Unit provides the first stage of care and treatment for patients that come into hospital as an emergency medical admission.

“Following assessment and initial treatments, patients may be discharged home or admitted as in Inpatient, depending on their individual clinical needs. Without the patients details we are unable to investigate into this particular case. However, patients on trolleys are expected to be discharged home quickly. Therefore, relatives or carers of these patients are provided with information regarding extended visiting times. This ensures that if a patient is discharged home they are more likely to be available.”

They didn’t need a name. The slips are given to everyone so it’s obviously routine. Does it matter?

Well, if you take a friend or relative to emergency because they are severely ill, you could reasonably expect them to have a bed to lie down on. Wouldn’t you?

Nigel Hastilow

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Henley Crime Report
Vanity Box
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.

In the two weeks prior to 25th March 08 two males approached a property on School Road, Henley-in-Arden. The elderly occupant of the property let the males in as she believed they were from Southern Electric and wanted to save her some money. One male asked to use the toilet upstairs and after they had left the occupant noticed some money missing from her bedroom.
Incident 188 of 25th March 08 refers.

In the three weeks prior to 5th March 08 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Well Lane, Tanworth-in-Arden and removed 2500 chickens.
Incident 214 of 25th March 08 refers.

Between 1700 hours on 13th March and 1645 hours on 14th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Brook Road, Aston Cantlow. They then forced the lock on the shed door and removed a quantity of power tools from within.
Incident 371 of 14th March 08 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 9th March and 0900 hours on 12th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Earlswood Common, Earlswood and attempted to gain entry to a shed at the rear.
Incident 201 of 12th March 08 refers.

In the two weeks prior to 20th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Malthouse Lane, Earlswood. They then gained entry to a shed at the rear and removed a Stihl garden strimmer.
Incident 137 of 20th March 08 refers.

Between 19th and 21st March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on The Green, Claverdon. They have then gained entry to a shed and removed a silver and black mountain bike. They also attempted to gain entry to a garage and office building.
Incident 222 of 21st March 08 refers.

Prior to 21st March 08 unknown offender/s approached business premises on The Green, Claverdon. They then forced open a door and removed a laptop computer.
Incident 132 of 21st March 08 refers.

Between 1815 hours on 12th March and 0650 hours on 13th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a motor vehicle on Billesley Road, Wilmcote and fired an unknown object at the rear windscreen.
Incident 369 of 13th March 08 refers.

At 2330 hours on 22nd March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Beaudesert Lane, Henley-in-Arden and smashed a pane of glass.
Incident 190 of 23rd March 08 refers.

Overnight between 23rd and 24th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Alne Close, Henley-in-Arden and caused damage to a fence panel, which then fell onto a greenhouse breaking a pane of glass.
Incident 233 of 24th March 08 refers.

Between 1st February and 1430 hours on 14th March 08 unknown offender/s approached a church on Church Road, Claverdon and removed lead from the roof.
Incident 332 of 14th March 08 refers.

Between 1900 hours on 20th March and 0700 hours on 21st March 08 unknown offender/s approached a VW motor vehicle on Ullenhall Lane, Beoley. They then gained entry and removed items including Nokia mobile phone. Offender/s also gained entry to an insecure BMW and removed an Olympus digital camera.
Incident 248 of 21st March 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!

Wednesday 2nd April between 1100 and 1300 hours
Wednesday 30th April between 1100 and 1300 hours
Wednesday 28th May between 1100 and 1300 hours

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The next PACT meeting will be on 10th April 2008 at 7pm in Henley Baptist Church Hall.

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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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.

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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.

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING Thursday 24th April in St. John’s Church at 8.00 p.m. This is your opportunity to come along and question the members of the PCC about their work during the past year and to hear about their hopes and aspirations for the next 12 months.

PETTICOAT LANE SALE In and around the Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon on May Day Bank Holiday Monday 5th May. Home-made cakes, toys, plants, books, bric-a-brac, as new clothes, raffle and refreshments. In aid of Church Charities and Church Funds. Any enquiries to 794308.

HENLEY W.I. WI meetings are held in the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday monthly and visitors are welcome to join us for our meeting on Tuesday 1st April from 7.30 p.m. when Peter Sharrock and Jeanne Oldfield are coming to tell us about “Diabetes UK”.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB Tuesday 8th April – Sandra Meakin “Wax Lyrical” in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. Competition: “April Flowers”.

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY John Tuer returns to give his presentation entitled “Big Tree Country” – a talk about the Champion Trees of Perthshire. Visitors are welcome to join us in the Baptist Church Hall from 7.45 p.m. on Tuesday 15th April.

HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Thursday 24th April starting at 8.00 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. Gerald Lesinski will be giving a talk on the Lord Leycester Hospital.

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB Tuesday 22nd April, 7.45 p.m. in Ullenhall Village Hall. Reg Moule (from Radio Hereford and Worcester) on “Gardeners Question Time”. Come along and get some answers from the expert. Visitors always welcome £1.

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.

TEATIME CONCERT IN TANWORTH Come to tea with Tanworth W.I. Choir on Saturday 10th May. Doors open 2.30p.m., concert begins at 3.00 p.m. Tea follows at 4.00 p.m. Tickets £5 will be on sale in Tanworth Village Hall on Monday 14th April from 7.00 – 7.30 p.m. After telephone 01564 702508. We look forward to entertaining you!

HENLEY LIBRARY A temporary mobile library service for the people of Henley has been agreed whilst ongoing work at the library is completed. The fire station has allowed its side entrance to be used for the mobile service. This will be available between 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Friday 4th April, 25th April, 16th May, 6th June and 27th June.

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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