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Edition 203 - 24th April 2008
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The Nigel Hastilow Column

Big Brother isn’t watching you

Nigel HastilowBig Brother isn’t watching you, he’s towering over you, intimidating you and ruining your historic High Street. Henley is apparently so crime-ridden it needs the protection of two CCTV cameras, one right next to the historic church, the other – with unintended irony – outside the abandoned police station. There is little justification for these cameras under any circumstances. CCTV does not prevent crime.

If a crime takes place on the mean streets of Henley-in-Arden, the pictures will be relayed to some dozy security attendant in a locked room in Stratford-upon-Avon. He will be monitoring a bank of 80 or so separate screens showing the boring sights of every camera in the district. By the time he clocks that something’s afoot in Henley, it will have been and gone.

The best he could do is call the police and ask them to take a look. They, in turn, will much rather look at CCTV footage in the comfort of their headquarters a few days later than rush to the scene.

What sort of crime might these cameras actually prevent? Well, it’s possible vandals will be deterred from tipping flowers out of their pots and baskets. It’s even possible a few people will be put off parking on the double yellow lines in case CCTV footage is printed out and used in evidence against them.

The cameras could possibly intimidate an occasional gang of teenagers, though if they feel threatened they could sneakily move round the corner out of sight of the prying electronic eye. The cameras may deter burglars though that supposes the raiders won’t cheat and go round the back instead. Ram-raiders could get caught though elementary precautions like using a stolen car and wearing face masks would probably be enough to prevent detection by CCTV.

It is, indeed, difficult to imagine what practical use these intrusions into the conservation area might actually have. Even if they do make a modest difference, how can they possibly be worth the heavy price the town must pay for them? That price comes in various forms. There’s the cost to the local taxpayers and the price of 24/7 monitoring of their no doubt riveting footage of people buying their newspapers and going to the pub.

I rang Stratford Council to ask about this. These cameras cost the taxpayer £35,000. Monitoring the district’s CCTVs costs £250,000 a year. The aim is to cut crime by 15 per cent in three years. So far, according to the council’s own figures, crime has actually risen from 8,458 incidents a year to 9,855. But they claim the cameras have “helped” in the arrest of 546 people. Well they would say that, wouldn’t they?

Meanwhile there’s the unfashionable question of civil liberties. The council has a policy on this. Its systems “are operated in a manner that will secure their consistent effectiveness and preserve the civil liberty of law abiding citizens at all times”. Luckily, they promise that sensitive personal data won’t be used against us (the definitions say “Sensitive personal data is personal data which is deemed to be sensitive” – so that’s clear then). Mind you, they’re getting an extra 40 grand from the police to use cameras with automatic number-plate recognition, so if you’re sensitive about getting a parking ticket you’d better avoid the double yellows in future.

That might be regarded as a benefit but let’s face it, when the taxman (HMRC to you, sunshine) can lose the bumf on half the households in Britain, what confidence can any of us have that Stratford District Council will guarantee our privacy?

Then, finally, we have the fact that these monsters are there at all. The whole of the High Street is a conservation area. The council’s own conservation policy sets out in some detail what you can’t do to destroy the “street scene” in this historic location. It highlights this warning: “Please note that if either Listed Building Consent or Conservation Area Consent is required, it is a criminal offence to undertake works without it.”

On the face of it, the police should be asking the district council to help with their inquiries.

The council tells me these gantries do not need planning permission. I asked why they couldn’t be placed on the side of building. They can’t go on buildings for two reasons: because the owners would not give their permission and – stunningly – “because the majority have got conservation orders on them”. In other words, the buildings are too valuable to despoil but it’s OK to destroy the entire vista. Does this make sense to anyone?

Still, there’s no chance the police will investigate this clear breach of conservation area planning laws.

After all, the whole point of CCTV cameras is that they allow the police to abdicate all responsibility for policing. They are the cheap and cheerless substitute to bobbies on the beat. Everyone laughs at the Henley “community support officer”. It would be nice if real police officers showed their faces more often. CCTV will put paid to that.

The worst part of this is that some idiot invited CCTV into the town in the first place. Someone, somewhere (let’s face it, the parish council) must have thought it was a good idea. The district council spokesman told me the police, the CDRP (Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership) and the crime figures themselves determine where the cameras go.

She goes on: “Henley Parish Council have been demanding cameras for four or five years. As the crime statistics prove a need and the district council has finally been able to accommodate their wishes.” Even if it were a wizard wheeze, surely nobody expected this pair of monstrous carbuncles on the face of a much-loved friend. If the parish council knew what it was asking for then there’s no excuse. If they didn’t, then the sooner they demand their excision the better.

Even if the cameras reduce crime by 15 per cent in three years (fat chance), the price for tolerating this criminal damage to the environment is far too high.

I asked the council spokesman what the procedure was for getting rid of CCTV cameras. She said she didn’t have any advice about that.

Nigel Hastilow      
http://nigelhastilow.blogspot.com/


Nigel Hastilow is a former resident of Henley, a highly respected political journalist and the former the editor of The Birmingham Post.


A Community at War with the Big Brother

Last week, our headline was "A Community at Peace with Itself". This week the community is united and at war with the bureaucrats, who have erected 2 very large and ugly CCTV columns on the High Street without any proper consultation about their design and location with the community. So far over 100 residents have signed a petition organised by Henley NEWS On-line for the immediate removal of the columns and proper consultation with the residents.

Although this response is overwhelming, in local authority logic it means that the remainder of the community, around 4,000 residents must be content with them. Clearly these columns were erected by "officials" who do not need to obtain planning permission or consult the residents of Henley. The residents of Henley are not complaining about CCTV, although many believe that it will have little effect, they are outraged at the choice of inappropriate equipment and the erecting of these columns in a conservation area. We have been told the conservation architect at Stratford District Council was not consulted.

It is interesting to note that other local authorities do go through a more democratic process of consultation, as is the case of a planning application by Winterton Town Council for the installation of cctv cameras on 8m high poles in a conservation area.

The most famous view of Henley - St John’s from Henley Ice Cream (our masthead picture above) - has been totally spoilt.

There is now a very serious traffic hazard at the pedestrian crossing outside Barclays Bank. During the early morning, when the Somerfield's 40ft articulated lorry is off loading supplies, the right hand traffic light of the pedestrian crossing is totally obscured to southbound traffic. The new CCTV column obscures the left hand traffic light (see picture below). It now appears that a risk assessment is to be carried out by the Highway Authority. Until the column is removed, the police should display warning signs advising motorists that the traffic lights cannot be seen.

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The Church of St John dating from 1367

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CCTV column erected April 2008

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Note the Green traffic light

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Traffic lights totally obscured

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Northern CCTV column strategically placed in the middle of the footpath

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The cameras could have been discreetly sited on the Police Station chimneys

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Once the trees are in leaf, the camera will be ineffective unless they cut down the trees

Photos John Love

Our community is clearly incensed by the actions of "Big Brother" as the many comments below illustrate.

These gantries are an ugly 'over the top' eyesore!...Plus, a simple question, does Henley really need CCTV?

A classic example of how to wreck an iconic view in one thoughtless go. What an eyesore.
I was so shocked when I saw it yesterday. I couldn't believe that anyone would erect such a thing in this historic town. I have been trying to find out who authorised it.
Nobody doubts the need for and benefits from CCTV systems but they should be located more discreetly.
Whatever the purpose of the CCTV installation, it they could have been much more sympathetically done (for example, mounted high up on a suitable building). This is another example of one rule for the town/road planners, and one rule for the rest of us.
Shocking!
CCTV is a good idea, but the polls need putting in the correct place.
Who authorised the erection of this then? If we have to have CCTV, what's wrong with mounting it on a building. Even mounting it on the church would be better and the church may receive some rental income.
An eyesore !
I was astounded to see that monstrosity there this morning.
If the CCTV are going to be used to reduce the amount of parking on the junction of Beaudesert Lane and the High Street then they will make the junction much safer but I agree that we should have been consulted about their position and appearance.
Having been a victim of verbal abuse and witnessed physical abuse at the exact spot referred to, I’m definitely in favour of retaining CCTV here!
Whilst very occasionally we witness the madness of a speeding egocentric driver, surely this is an overly extreme measure to take? The High Street in Henley is acknowledged as being one of the most beautiful in the UK. Sadly, this ugly fixture has seriously marred its beauty.
How can this possibly be allowed when the smallest modification to any dwelling would require detailed application with the presumption that any change would be opposed
I wondered why these had appeared. They are extremely ugly and spoil the street scape.
Just 2 more ugly and unwanted eyesores

If the CCTV columns have been put up without consultation then that should not have happened, but I have to say that I would be in favour of the erection of CCTV cameras on the High Street. The area outside the Church and the One Stop is a well known area for youths to hang out and cause trouble in the evenings and this would help to identify them and hopefully reduce the impact they have on the residents of the town.

Also the law has recently been changed to allow the imposition of parking fines via CCTV. These cameras could be used to prevent all those people who like to park where they please, irrespective of the parking laws, from doing so and to encourage them to find a proper parking spot rather than blocking the High Street. Surely thoughtless parking is a greater traffic hazard than a camera pole which is mounted on the pavement where people should not be driving anyway (unless they are looking for somewhere else illegal to park.)

The northern column will have its camera wholly obscured by trees when they are in leaf and the southern one completely blankets the traffic light on approach from the north. Bad result: marks 0/2!

What a disgrace! Whoever decided this was a good idea should pay for their removal personally. WHAT A COMPLETE GIBBON!!! Wrecks the High Street.

An Eyesore. The South pole should be replaced by a Camera mounted on Somerfields roof, which could cover not only the High Street but also the 'drug run' down Beaudesert Lane
I was shocked to see this one appear in such a sensitive area. There must be a less obtrusive means of delivering the field of view required if indeed it is needed in Henley.
I was engaged on writing to Henley On-line when I saw your petition - well done
There is enough clutter in the High Street, without any more poles being erected.
What a terrible view for visitors and us locals in Henley. If CCTV is really necessary (because Henley is of course a crime capital!) couldn't it be discreetly attached to existing buildings.
Looks horrendous and makes our town look like a ghetto.

While I support the idea of CCTV I believe there must be a less obtrusive place for it in the High St - which has been pointed out is a conservation Area and the present pole is an eye sore.

How can this be allowed and who erected it?
Another attempt to ride 'roughshod' over us again.
The columns are totally out of scale for a small market town and destroy the visual quality of a rural High Street.
I'm surprised that the perpetrators thought they could get away with it. I had a shock when I saw it - it really is an ugly beast.
More pointless spending from big brother. Take them down NOW.
I cannot believe such a hideous piece of equipment can be put up without consultation.

In a pretty town like Henley, what an eyesore of a pole. It will put off Tourists. Cameras these days, do not need to be so large and bulky.

The columns are an eye sore and are in no way discrete or in keeping with the local environment. Although, CCTV may be required in order to reduce crime and ensure community safety, proper consultation should have taken place with the local community prior to them being erected.
What an eyesore, enough fuss was kicked up over One stops inappropriate signage, now this monstrosity appears. I guess we want visitors to our town to talk about these ugly lumps of mess instead of how much they enjoy what our town has to offer!!!!!
Stephen Thirlwell's 'greatest joy has been to secure CCTV for Henley' - is this really what he had in mind?
I signed the petition because I do not believe CCTV will help Henley in any way. Having now seen the offending obelisk I am completely outraged that such a hideous eye-sore should be sited in the middle of the historic high street. I don't care who put it there or how much it cost, it should be removed immediately. It's horrendous.
CCTV may be essential in these modern times but to erect, without apparent consultation and without apparent planning consent, an ugly pole probably 20' high in this wonderful market town is an eyesore and a disgrace
I heartily endorse Editor's letter and would like to add my personal letter to the petition. I could not improve on his sentiments. I have sent it to all committee members of The Henley and Beaudesert Society to ask them whether we should send a letter from the society or whether they want or write individually.
CCTV is a good idea but the pole in a totally inappropriate eyesore.
Appalling. I believe the parish council knew nothing of the plan to erect these poles. I suggest that the half-witted idiot who authorised it is requested to attend the next parish council meeting to explain and justify the reasons for this ridiculous decision. I also worry about stressing the loss of cover from the north camera when the trees are in leaf in case they fell all the trees.
Thought you might to read the attachment- it is a planning application by Winterton Town Council for the installation of cctv cameras on 8m high poles. It shows that planning applications are needed for such 'erections' especially when in conservation areas and when privacy is potentially infringed upon. Perhaps the Head of Planning Stephen Thirlwell should start legal proceedings, like in the gypsy site at Shipston, against the Council or himself!!
If the CCTV was put there to restrict the dangerous practice of parking on the double yellow lines opposite Beaudesert Lane it would be a good thing, but obviously the siting of this does not allow the camera to pick up the number plates of cars illegally parked. The size and location of this is completely out of keeping with the character of the High Street and is a danger as it obstructs the pedestrian crossing traffic lights and also the view exiting Beaudesert Lane.
First the red phone box and now this! What else, I ask myself?
What a travesty!  Some friends of ours have one column right outside their house.  They apparently complained to the council who admitted they’d been inundated with complaints but said that they didn’t need to consult anyone because it’s for security purposes.  

We feel the pole the CCTV camera is mounted on is an eyesore and a traffic hazard.

We are in agreement that the burglaries and vandalism in the centre of the High Street have manifested the need for a CCTV camera surveying  the area. The JPC has done  well to have achieved the co-operation of the District Council in obtaining CCTV cameras. The camera near the police station is not too conspicuous, however the pole outside Barclays bank is not only an eyesore but is a traffic hazard, too near the corner from Beaudesert Lane and it obscures the traffic lights going towards Stratford.  Surely it could have been sited at in a more sympathetic position, perhaps on a roof top. Why was there no consultation with the JPC, surely there should have been planning permission for the erection of the black pole in a conservation area

The column outside Barclays Bank seems excessively large and very intrusive in a conservation area. Surely, a better alternative is available.

These cameras are an eyesore. If CCTV is necessary in Henley in Arden there are many other less obtrusive solutions available, e.g. disguised as lamp posts or wall mounted. These posts are suited for motorways or city centres, not this environment.

Also are there any plans to fit CCTV by the Medical centre to stop the vandalism? This would be a better site for them!

I am in favour of CCTV in Henley but think that the recently installed columns are absolutely appalling and look like something from a prison camp. Let's have something less intrusive.

We must stop these faceless officials destroying Henley like they do elsewhere. I will support any action needed.
Was this effort given the correct planning permission, if so need it have been so ugly. we do need protection from the loonies that drive through Henley, but I feel it could have been done so much better
When pulling out of the lane next to Barclays the column outside the bank causes a blind spot and you have a problem seeing traffic from the left, I do agree we need cameras, but the people of Henley should have been consulted first and asked where we think the best place to put them surely they could be put up somewhere where they do not stand out so much.
To allow something so intrusive in our community is a real indictment of our society. Regardless of it being an eyesore, CCTV is an ineffective form of policing. The ultimate irony is that there is one outside an unmanned police station. Please can we know what agency agreed for this to be erected and who do we contact to protest. They can't be allowed to remain this blot on our landscape.
As an 18 year old ,resident in Henley all my life, I cannot believe that there is anything in our town that justifies CCTV interference in our lives. Who put it there?
As a fifteen year old girl living in the High Street, I can think of no good reason for ruining our historic town with these awful poles.

Irrespective of the need for CCTV, the lack of detailed consultation with Henley residents undermines any validity of these Stella towers. The wish for 'discrete' CCTV by many in the town has been ignored by the few councillors supposed to be preserving the distinctive character of Henley.

At best these carbuncles form a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

Something (or somebody) certainly needs to be asked for a full explanation.

What happens when someone gets married? They take a picture of the happy couple coming out of the church, oh there is a big pole in the way! What are you doing to Henley?
I would like these columns removed immediately - they are an eyesore. We are so proud of how our town looks and go to great lengths to preserve it then someone puts these hideous obstructions on the High Street. No-one would get planning permission for anything else that looked like this, and I don't remember being consulted.Get them removed now.
These columns are monstrosities and absolutely out of keeping with our lovely town.
Whilst I applaud the CCTV cameras in the High Street, I was dismayed to see how they have been sited. I would not buy a property in the High Street as they totally spoil the conservation area which we try so hard to protect.

Henley NEWS On-line has the full details of all those who made the above comments and
will make them available to the responsible authorities on request.

Sign the Petition NOW


George Atkinson is on the Case

County Councillor George Atkinson realises the responsibility for the masts is with Stratford District Council and finds them not only an eyesore in the Town but they could also be a traffic hazard. In that connection, he has already called for for a full appraisal by WCC's. Road Safety Unit, which is now underway.


An Open Letter to our Councillors

Dear Councillors,

Imagine my surprise on returning home to Henley from a business trip to Berlin on Sunday and finding two large CCTV poles had been erected in our historic High Street! While Berlin is dismantling its watchtowers, Henley is building them!

Who took the decision to place these poles in our street? So far I cannot find out. Let us assume that our local and regional politicians are supporters of democratic transparency. Please can we be told the reason for their presence, their placing, their size and their design?

Why does a small, law abiding, pleasant market town (voted by the Daily Telegraph only last Saturday as one of Britain's richest-and by implication most desirable towns) need CCTV? What are the perceived evils that cannot be dealt with by discussion within the community?

Why are the poles so large? Does the size suggest they will be used to contain technology other than CCTV? If we need cameras can they not be sited on buildings?

Why are they sited where they are? Would it not be better to man the police station rather than to put a TV camera outside it?

It is important that these poles be removed from our town unless our local leaders can demonstrate the need for them. I am simply asking for transparency and I am happy to be persuaded that my opinions are wrong. But for this to happen, Henley needs some clear explanations and our elected leaders need to persuade us of the reason for their decisions.

Yours sincerely,

Simon Halsey
279 High Street,
Henley in Arden


A Single Voice in Support of the Columns

Indeed I have read your readers comments and witnessed the cameras for myself. The whole point is that they have to be seen to make them a deterrent. Were you aware a further accident occurred at this spot when a motorcyclist was knocked off his bike a week ago pulling out from One Stop to see around parked cars.

Something has to be done to make the high street safer for residents and visitors, the High Street can be quite an intimidating experience at night and during holidays this is a welcome step.

Lots of compelling reasons to take positive action before someone gets really hurt or indeed worse.

A Blunts Green Reader


Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council

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

Members had been concerned as to rumours in the town that the Henley library would not re-open, and that these rumours had been published. They understood that, following the flooding of the library in July 2007, some costs had emerged that had been uninsured and that there had been a funding gap that required to be filled. They were pleased to have seen assurances from Warwickshire Libraries that put the record straight, saying unequivocally that the library would re-open. The Joint Parish Council is seeking further clarification in case there are any issues that might delay the library’s re-opening.

Members noted the outcome of a meeting that a group of Councillors had had with Warwickshire County Highways. The meeting had been aimed at dealing with issues that might have contributed to the severity of the floods, but also looked at all aspects of the Henley Streetscene with a view to establishing continuous improvement for the benefit of residents. Discussion had concentrated on road surface conditions and gullies, but footpaths, road signs, footpaths, weeds and litter were also covered. A future meeting is planned to include representation from Stratford District Council to ensure commitment to improvement from all levels of local government.

Following uncontested elections in Henley-in-Arden, Members were pleased that they were now able to agree to contribute up to £1,000 towards the erection of a War Memorial plaque in St John’s Church. The funds, no longer needed in the election process, will honour twelve soldiers from Henley who died in the First World War but whose names do not appear on the current War Memorial.

During the time set aside for public participation, a resident had complained about the large poles erected on the High Street for carrying CCTV cameras, particularly the one adjacent to St John’s Church. The Joint Parish Council had not approved or considered the installation, and had not been consulted and therefore agreed to pursue the issue with those responsible.

The next meeting of the Joint Parish Council is scheduled for Monday 12th May 2008. Meetings take place in the Baptist Church Hall, High Street, Henley-in-Arden from 7.15pm and, as with all meetings of the Council, members of the public are welcome to attend.


Henley - 29th Top Place to Live.

Caroline McGhie writing in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday 19th April reveals the country's 50 wealthiest towns, based on average house prices. She lists Henley-in-Arden as 29th, with no mention of Solihull, Stratford upon Avon or Sutton Coldfield.

Property

Go to www.telegraph.co.uk/property to view the full report.


Although Shakespeare would still probably recognise the High Street, after sighting the CCTV columns he would probably write;

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark Henley."  Hamlet Act 1, scene 4, 87–91


Grumpy Old Woman Comments

Last week, we lost our famous Grumpy Old Man because of pressure from an official. This week, we are pleased to introduce his successor the Grumpy Old Woman.


On returning from Stratford

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One of our readers has suggested the cctv column should be disguised as a totem pole. Please send your suggestions to Henley NEWS On-line.

Returning from Stratford yesterday, I noticed the picturesque skyline of the village, the church spire, the ancient cottage frontages to the Stratford Road, St. John's church and...........what the hell is that monstrosity growing out of the pavement and bang in front of Barclay's Bank?

Is it Nelson's Column, the blackened mast of a Spanish galleon, perhaps a Triffid with evil intentions. Whatever it was, I couldn't understand how it had got there without me noticing it's menacing presence.

By the time I had processed this monumental enigma, the lights had changed and I proceeded down the High Street towards............a second monstrosity opposite to the Police Station. Was this a sleeping policeman I wondered or another affront to our privacy and if it was, why were we not informed, nae asked?

Did someone creep into Henley village under cover of darkness, take up the paving slabs, dig a mighty great hole and, together with two bags of cement, plant this insult to our innocence in the dead of night? I have always lamented over the loss of our red phone boxes and now, adding insult to injury, I am expected to put up with these ugly pieces of roadway furniture.

Is this what the council buys with our hard earned cash?

Well Mr. Council Sir, please remove the wretched things as quickly as they appeared and be quick about it. I'm a good girl, I am and I don't need to be spied upon by the likes of you.

Grumpy Old Woman


Sorry to hear that the Grumpy Old Man has retired. Can you persuade him to do a monthly grump?  - Ullenhall Reader


Henley's Largest Community Activity

This week's edition of Henley NEWS On-line is the largest in our four years of weekly publication. It also claims to be the largest community activity in Henley with over 70 contributors to this edition and around 1,000 readers.

Have you registered for the "Henley Charity Walk"?

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Henley Primary School are entering a team of 10, walking for their school.

The Town Crier Gordon Trinder has agreed to attend the start.

Warwick Rotary Club will be entering a team walking for the Warwickshire Air Ambulance.

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

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Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


 

The Court Leet Dinner, 17th April 2008

Guild HallThe Town Crier’s lofty tones rang out through the Guild Hall at 8.00pm sharp, commanding those present to stand to welcome the High Bailiff and his distinguished visitors, who filed into the Hall.

After grace by the Court Leet’s Chaplain the seventy diners took their seats and were welcomed by the High Bailiff, who then introduced the visiting dignitaries. They represented neighbouring Courts Leet and towns and included the Chairman of the County Council, the Chairman of Henley and Beaudesert Joint Parish Council and the Chairman of the Tanworth Association for the Prosecution of Felons.

Also present was the principal guest speaker, consultant otolaryngologist David Proops, a personal friend of the High Bailiff. All were roundly applauded.

 

Court Leet

The distinguished visitors: Back row: Mr Andy Mills, Low Bailiff of Alcester; Mr Lennox Cumberbatch, High Bailiff of Alcester; Mr Roger Sutton, Low Bailiff of Henley-in-Arden; Mr Michael Honnoraty, Bailiff of Warwick; Mr Dennis Norton, Bailiff of Bromsgrove; Mr John Rogers, Reeve of Bromsgrove. Front row: Cllr David Hancox, Mayor of Alcester; Cllr Mrs Sheila Roy, Chairman of Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council; Cllr John Wells, Chairman, Warwickshire County Council; Mr Ray Holding, High Bailiff of Henley-in-Arden; Mr David Proops, BDS,MBChb,FRCS,FRCSEd, Consultant Otolaryngologist; Cllr Mrs Donna Barker, Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon; Cllr David Clough, Mayor of Whitnash.

Photos by Alan Robson

Diners then focused their attention on the first class fare provided by Sue Dalby Catering, after which the Town Crier prepared the party for the toasts.

The loyal toast was proposed by the Low Bailiff and was followed by the toast to the Lord of the Manor of Henley-in-Arden, Mrs Robin Hardy Freed of Pennsylvania, proposed by the Steward David Lodder. The Steward had communicated with the Lord of the Manor who had sent good wishes. Touching on a high-profile current issue, he then outlined the general consensus of a farming conference in Brussels at which he had been present and where there was growing competition for the use of grown crops for bio fuels as opposed to the food chain.

The toast to the visitors was eloquently proposed by the Butterweigher John Rutherford, who mentioned his relatively new membership of Henley’s Court Leet. He reflected that as a butterweigher it was not inappropriate that he should live in an old dairy, as is the case, or that one of the brook-lookers, Graham Smith, should live in a watermill – also the case.

Responding to this toast, Mr David Proops rose to explain firstly the meaning of his professional calling. He complimented the Town Crier on a very game effort at pronouncing the word “otolaryngologist”, which was in fact a short version of the full title. It meant, as commonly understood, “ears, nose and throat”. Mr Proops described the particular field of cochlea implantation, for which he had been instrumental in getting this capability into the Midlands. Those present were particularly moved by stories of hearing given to a born-deaf seven month old baby, and of an 82-year old farmer who underwent implantation – and had just celebrated his 101st birthday.

The toast to the High Bailiff and Officers of the Court of the Manor of Henley-in-Arden was proposed by the County Chairman, Councillor John Wells. Cllr Wells confessed to being a great fan of Henley and of the ancient courts and their rituals and said he had been privileged to attend a number of Court events in the past year.

In his response to Councillor Wells’s generous observations, the High Bailiff thanked him and said that the Court Leet strove to co-exist, as a keeper of tradition and ritual, alongside the “modern management” required of elected representatives in local government. He said that the custodians of tradition had the ball, should not drop it and should pass it on. In this he was highly optimistic about young people in general in spite of the bad press which they often received. He thanked all present for their attendance and good spirit and his many helpers who had made the event possible.

Ray Holding - High Bailiff


Ladies Court Leet Evening

As the High Bailiff Ray Holding entertained the Court Leet and their guest at the Guild Hall, his good lady Ann hosted a supper at the The White Swan for their wives and consorts.

Guests included the consorts of the Bailiff and Reeve of Bromsgrove, the wife of the Chairman of the Tanworth Felons and Mayoresses of Alcester and Whitnash.

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Torey Stewart, Lucy Lunt and Hostess Ann Holding
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Around 40 ladies enjoyed their meal and were later entertained by BBC Features Producer Lucy Lunt, who gave a most intriguing insight into the making of 'Ramblings' and other programmes.

Annette Walker - Report and Photos


Merrydays celebrates its 50th Anniversary

An ex Merrydays pupil returned in style to kick start the 50 year celebrations at the nursery. Lucy Bainbridge came back to Merrydays Montessori Nursery as “Artist in Residence” to celebrate our 50th Anniversary.

Lucy who was a pupil at the nursery in 1980 came back to create some celebratory pieces of art. The children aged from 2 to 8 years old, the staff and Lucy had a fantastic time with paint, glue, paper and fabric.

The finished article can be viewed at the Open day on June 28th. All welcome.

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If you have any connections with Merrydays and recollections you wish to share contact Helen Everley 01926 843098 or 01564 792427

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Henley Point is Blooming Marvellous

FlowersThis Saturday 26th April, housebuilder David Wilson Mercia is inviting home hunters and residents in Henley-in-Arden to a special flower arranging demonstration at its brand new Henley Point development on Birmingham Road.
 
The flower arranging event is to take place between 12pm and 1pm and will see Carolyn Gordon-Smith, an accredited demonstrator of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), show guests three stunning summer displays whilst offering her expert advice and guidance on which flowers to use at this time of year and how to create a special arrangement.
 
Chris Ashmore, Sales Director for David Wilson commented, “Fresh flowers are a great way to brighten up rooms and ‘bring the outside in’, so are a key addition to any home. Our flower arranging events are always very popular with visitors and residents alike who are keen to learn just how to recreate the masterpieces for their own home and we expect this event to be no different.
 
“Carolyn is a highly skilled demonstrator who is very well regarded within her profession so it is fantastic that she will be on hand to not only create some of her own stunning arrangements, but also to show visitors just how they can recreate some of the styles for their own home.
 
“What’s more, Carolyn’s three wonderful creations will be up for grabs to anyone who visits Henley Point on the day and enters our free prize draw.”
 
Henley Point is a small development of only 34 properties situated in a quiet location, off the main High Street. Henley-in-Arden offers a selection of shops, restaurants, bars and professional services whilst the M42 and M40 motorways are also close by.
 
The flower arranging event will take place on Saturday 26th April between 12pm and 1pm in the Henley Point sales office.
 
Henley Point comprises one- and two-bedroom apartments and three- four- and five-bedroom houses. Prices range from £189,000 to £799,995. For more information please contact the sales office on 01564 793833 open daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Alternatively please call the sales hotline on 01676 525 410 or log on to www.dwh.co.uk.


We are all walking on May 4th

HabitatWe were in the Black Swan a week or so ago and I was in the process of asking if a poster could be displayed advertising the Rotary Charity Walk when the entire habitué of the bar volunteered that they were all taking part and that if I needed a Registration form 'they're behind the bar.' It seems that I've been a bit late in coming forward for what looks like being a great success. Representing Habitat Survival and walking for World Wide Fund for Nature, some of us are spoken for that day but a few will be walking with their boots blacked. Founded in 2003, Habitat Survival Trust was incubating for quite a few years before that.

Since then, a colleague and I have been at school speaking to between 40 and 80 children in years 5 and 6 and with the aid of a few notes, a triple clothes airer on which to hang posters, a log, a bamboo pole, two handfuls of pastry dough and a dish of wild bird seed we tell them that natural habitat is having a hard time to survive in the world today, that animals need somewhere to live as we do ourselves and as sensitively as possible, that we are misappropriating wilderness which should be left to the creatures whose livelihood depend upon it. Then we tell them about the adjacent little nature reserve where, since 1991, two thousand trees have been planted, how it started from farmland on which pesticide and fertiliser was used to becoming a haven for butterflies and bees through to buzzards and badgers and how necessary is one to the other from the smallest bug to the biggest mammal.

A natural progression from that, we thought, is to build a workshop where city children could be encouraged to visit and after two or three unsuccessful attempts to build it in the Reserve, we have had to compromise. We now expect to start this project nearer to home and although I find it very daunting, it's exciting too because by September who knows what may become possible. So you see, we are very grateful to Rotary for giving us this welcome opportunity to make ourselves known and we thank you too, for your interest.

Molly Corfield - Founder Trustee.


Conservatives celebrate St George's Day

On Sunday 20th April members of Henley & Wootton Branch of Stratford Conservative Association celebrated St George’s Day at the White Swan Hotel. District Councillor Laurence Marshall welcomed the guests and commented ‘At a time when so much of our English culture is being brushed aside and under threat, it is even more important that we unite in our effort to give St George’s Day the status it truly deserves - as a day to celebrate all things that are English.’

Party

Regrettably, due to election rules, Cllrs Stephen Thirlwell & George Atkinson were unable to attend the event as they both stand for election to Stratford District Council on Thursday 1st May.

The staff at the White Swan were complimented for their fine meal and the excellent customer service which complimented an afternoon of patriotic reflection and the ‘sell out’ event which featured fine musical numbers courtesy of Jane Carter & Kirsty Roberts, concluded with roof raising renditions of Rule, Britannia & Jerusalem, flag waiving and all!

The Henley & Wootton Conservative Branch welcome new members – please telephone 01564 793478 for more information.

Laurence Marshall


3 Stars Awarded to Henley Hotel

Henley HotelStaff and management at Henley Hotel are delighted to have received a Visit Britain Quality in Tourism Three Star Hotel rating, following an unannounced inspection in early April. The assessor reported on all key areas of the business; cleanliness, service, bedrooms, bathrooms and food quality and was satisfied that the hotel met the complex requirements for this standard. The rating acknowledges that significant improvements have been made and is the culmination of nearly three years of hard work for the directors and staff team.

Following a change of ownership in July 2005 the premises underwent a full refurbishment programme and Visit Britain was invited to inspect the premises last year. However, the floods of July 20th meant the cancellation of all bookings for several months. Unknown to staff at the time, one of the disappointed guests was the Quality in Tourism inspector!

Henley HotelHaving re-opened for business, the staff team are delighted to have had their hospitality skills recognised. The hotel was praised for high levels of cleanliness and for the service and friendliness extended to guests. Bookings are starting to build and it is hoped that the new rating will help to give the hotel the added boost it needs after the traumas of last year.

Henley Hotel now offers facilities for small corporate or family functions. The Henley Suite provides a private, intimate venue for up to 30 people and the Riverside Restaurant caters for larger groups, with a selection of buffet or dinner menus available. Ideal for a Christening, Anniversary Celebration or your organisation’s Annual Dinner. For more information please call: 01564 794551


A Clean Sweep at May Land and Property Auction

Dial HouseAdvertising for the 5 Lots included in the 15th April auction commenced at the beginning of March. The Dial House in Wootton Wawen, formerly two Victorian cottages, with it being turned into one house, it is believed, in 1910 by the late Mr Fieldhouse who built, just south of the village a property that has recently been sold called Austy Manor. There were other alterations and changes in the 60s and 70s but in recent years the property had fallen into disrepair and the gardens had “gone to pot”.

In the auction room, Richard Abbey, one of the two partners of the practice, finally negotiated this property down for £395,000 with the bidding commencing with a modest £250,000. He also sold the 0.5 acres with a large outbuilding at Rowney Green for nearly double the guide price at £44,000 after fierce competition from various interested parties. The 3.17 acres of pasture land and timber stables at the southern edge of Ullenhall Parish realised £54,000, comfortably above the guide price. Two other Lots, being the old Bookmakers Shop, formerly a cottage, sold prior to Auction in substantially excess of the guide price of £135,000 and the timber stables and 4 acres of land near Shrewley also sold pre-auction for a very attractive figure of nearly £15,000 per annum.

Richard Abbey, after the auction when discussing results with his various clients, expressed his pleasure that some good sale values were achieved, that the auction room was packed with over 250 people and that the property market generally is far from dead when interesting and varied Lots are offered for sale.


What is the Calor Village of the Year Competition?

WRCCThe Calor Village of the Year competition was started in 1997 and over 1000 villages enter it each year. The competition is judged at three levels – county level, regional level and national level and there are substantial cash prizes to be won.

Why enter?
Villages have a great deal of fun preparing an entry and also reap real benefits from working together. Past entrants have found the Village of the Year competition is a great way to build a real sense of community spirit and to give their village an MOT.

The winner of the Village of the Year competition in Warwickshire will be put forward to regional and national competitions, organised by Calor. Villages that are successful at regional and national level receive cash prizes from a fund of over £40,000.

Who can enter?
All villages which have a population of 5,000 or less can enter. Any community organisation can enter on behalf of a village.

This competition is about well-balanced, pro-active, caring communities, not about “chocolate box” villages, so it doesn’t matter if your village doesn’t have pretty houses, a village green or a duck pond!

How to enter
If a village enters three or more categories in the Warwickshire Best Village of the Year Competition, it will be put forward automatically to the county level of the Calor Village of the Year Competition. Alternatively, it can complete an entry form and just enter the Warwickshire Calor Village of the Year Competition.

The competition in Warwickshire is judged on a written entry form.

If your village wins at county level then the regional judges will make a visit. If you are successful at regional level, you will receive a second visit from the national judges.

Please contact the Warwickshire Rural Community Council to request an entry form or check out their website:
www.ruralwarwickshire.org.uk

What are the judges looking for?
The judges are looking for well-balanced, pro-active, caring communities. They will select the villages which, whatever their size, have made the best of local opportunities to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all their residents.
Villages must demonstrate achievements in 4 categories:

  • People
    This includes the local facilities, services and activities that are available for people of all ages, for example pre-school, youth groups, lunch clubs etc. You can also describe how people’s needs are assessed and how villagers are involved in decision-making forums..
  • Environment
    This includes the environmental activities taking place in the villages and any areas of special conservation. You can also describe the role that the community plays in the management of conservation.
  • Communication
    This might include how new residents are welcomed and informed about life in the village; how information is circulated generally; how the community is consulted by the parish council or other bodies and the level of involvement; newsletters; websites etc.
  • Business
    This might include the role businesses play in supporting community life and employing local people. Villages can also describe the action taken by the community or parish council to support existing businesses, attract new ones or overcome the environmental impact of businesses.

When does judging take place?
Villages must submit their entries by the end of May. County judging takes place in July. Prizes for Warwickshire are given out at the AGM in November.

This gives plenty of time for the successful village to prepare their entry form for the national competition and their presentation for the visiting regional judges in the following April.

Previous Warwickshire Villages of the Year
Those that have been successful at a regional and national level include Harbury, Radway, Salford Priors, Bidford on Avon and Hampton Lucy. They won substantial cash prizes enabling them to undertake further projects of benefit to the community.

Certificate

Last year, Henley NEWS On-line was the outright winner of the Village Ventures Competition organised by the
Warwickshire Rural Community Council.

 

Ariadne Uslu,
Competitions Organiser
Warwickshire Rural Community Council
25 Stoneleigh Deer Park Business Centre
Abbey Park,
Stareton
Kenilworth,
Warwickshire,
CV8 2LY

Telephone: 02476 217390

Email: ariadneu@wrccrural.org.u

 


Wildlife Society - The Douglas Fir Tree

Wild LifeOn Tuesday, we were once again entertained by John Tuer who last visited us three years ago.

His subject was 'Big Tree Country' - the Champion Trees of Perthshire. Tracing the origin of The Douglas Fir Tree, discovered by Archibald Menzies in 1792 in North America in the Rocky Mountains.

It was not introduced to this country until 1827, when David Douglas managed to cultivate the seeds successfully. The name Douglas Fir was then used.

The Palace of Scone was illustrated with many very large specimens of these trees many years old.

John was thanked in the usual manner by Chairman- David Evason. There was a good turnout of over thirty members.

John Love - Report & Photo

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Life Education Van visits Henley Primary

Last week saw the annual return of The Life Education Van to Henley Primary School.

The van visits schools around the country with a view to educating children about life issues, such as healthy eating, dealing appropriately with feelings and the danger of drugs.

Life Education

This year, the classes from Year One, Two, Five and Six were given the opportunity to visit the van and thoroughly enjoyed their time inside! Our pictures show the Life Education van and Year One pupils with Harold the Giraffe, the Life Education’s mascot.

Rotary ClubThe Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden has for many years sponsored the visits of The Life Education Van to the 5 feeder schools for Henley High - Henley Primary, Claverdon, Tanworth-in-Arden, Wootton Wawen and St Mary's, Beaudesert.

Elaine Field - Assistant Headteacher
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John Garner's Business Column

The Staff Handbook

John GarnerAs regular readers (if I have any) will know, I'm always insisting that employers make sure they have Contracts of Employment in place for all their employees. One problem is, though, that the contract can become far too long if you try to include in it absolutely every eventuality.

As an employer it's wise to have formal policies on everything that you think might impinge on the smooth running of your business and it's also wise to give each employee a reference document so they can check up on things if they're not sure.

For example, you might have special rules about whether employees can use email, internet or telephone for private purposes whilst at work, or special rules on who is allowed to work a specific piece of equipment.

That's where a Staff Handbook can be of enormous help. It's good practice to compile one, setting out the rights and duties of both employer and employee and the employer's policies and procedures in relation to all personnel matters, including disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Each employee should be given their own copy when they start work with you. There may be other aspects of how you want your employees to behave which, while not strictly part of the Contract of Employment itself, are important to you and the Staff Handbook is where these can be listed.

It can contain whatever information you deem necessary but, as a guideline:

•new employee induction programme
•general company information
•organisation chart
•Health and Safety policy and regulations
•emergency escape procedures (fire drill)
•key employment policies: Grievance and Disciplinary procedures
•internet, email and telephone use rules
•holiday entitlements and procedures
•overtime or time in lieu procedures
•smoking policy
•bullying and harassment policy
•sickness procedures and self certification form
•travel rules and claims procedure
•performance appraisals
•Quality policy statement
•specific job procedures and work instructions

It's a good idea to give each employee their own numbered copy and get them to sign to say they've received it. Then, if you ever have a dispute with an employee over their conduct you can refer them to the Staff Handbook.

John Garner
www.yourbookkeeping.co.uk

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Beware ‘greenwash’ from the electricity companies & Beware Economy 7 !!

EnergySeen the pictures like this? - wind turbines on literature from your electricity supplier trying to make you think they are green? In the UK in 2007, only 4.2% of electricity came from renewable sources, mostly bio fuels, wind turbines and hydroelectricity. There’s not much to choose between the major suppliers. Electricity from British Gas has the lowest carbon footprint (382g /kWhr) because they have more gas fired power stations but their customer satisfaction rating is low. Electricity from Scottish Power and Powergen/e.on have the highest footprints (630g/kWhr & 619g/kWhr) due to high proportions of coal fired power stations. The highest % renewables is Scottish & Southern Electric at 10% and their footprint of 489g/kWhr is below the national average of 527g/kWhr. They have good customer satisfaction and, although they didn’t invest in any new wind turbines last year, they have spent a reasonable amount over the last three years (see table) but there are other criticisms, see www.whichgreen.org/electricity_supplier_profiles/scottish_and_southern_energy

What matters is how hard the power companies are trying to move away from power generation based on CO2 emissions. In this respect, the picture is clear. One small company stands out against all competition. Ecotricity founded in 1995 now generates 24% of its power from renewables and is committed to increasing its % renewables at the highest possible rate. Its track record speaks for itself. Last year and for the last three years, it invested more per customer (by a large margin) than any other supplier.

Energy Table

Although second in the 2007 table and with plans to substantially increase its renewable portfolio, e.on is also still planning for and building coal and gas fired power stations, which is not a very green thing to do.

Most electricity suppliers offer green tariffs but these just allocate the existing renewable electricity to customers who choose the tariff. As a rule, they do not use the payments to fund building of new renewable supplies. For example, the apparently very green, Good Energy is a dealer only in renewable electricity but has never built any renewable sources. They are also amongst the most expensive.

So if you would like to support green electricity development, switch to Ecotricity. Take a look at www.ecotricity.co.uk/ or phone 0800 0326 100 to switch. Don’t be taken in by the ‘greenwash’ of those suppliers that just sell green electricity by sourcing it from existing renewable generation. If you only use a small number of night units, the price indicator on the Ecotricity website gives inaccurate information for Economy 7. Use http://www.switchwithwhich.co.uk to get accurate estimates.

If you prefer a cheaper option, find your cheapest supplier by going to ‘switch with which’ (but see below re Economy 7) then use some of the money saved to offset the footprint of your electricity. Offsetting a typical annual consumption of 3300kWhrs costs about £13. The offset money is used to fund wind farm development (instead of coal fired stations) and other carbon saving projects in other parts of the world. The money pays for the marginal cost of wind over coal so you get more carbon saving per £ spent. www.climatecare.co.uk is an offsetting company with good reviews by several independent organisations such as Which and Tuffs University in the USA. We’ve decided to go with Scottish & Southern (reasonable spend on renewables, reasonably low footprint, good customer service and fairly cheap) and to donate £25 to climatecare over and above our annual offsetting payment. Scottish and Southern trades under many names such as Atlantic Electricity & Gas, Scottish Hydroelectricity and EBICo.

Beware Economy 7
We’ve just discovered that having cheap night time electricity on Economy 7 was increasing our electricity bill by quite a lot!! With Economy 7 tariffs, day units are more expensive than on non Economy 7 tariffs. If, like us, you don’t use much electricity at night, the extra cost of the day units outweighs the savings on the small number of night units. Economy 7 is designed for homes with night storage heaters where night time units are the greater part of the bill. If you go to a price comparison website and say your current tariff is Economy 7, the websites won’t necessarily show you non Economy 7 prices, so you don’t discover that the Economy 7 tariff is more expensive. Alternatively, phone your supplier and ask them if your current tariff is the cheapest for you.

John Stott


Stephen Thirlwell - Election Address

District Council Election - Henley Ward - 1st May 2008

Stephen ThirwellStephen was born into a Yorkshire farming family and made his career in the hotel and hospitality industry until retiring from full time work in 2000. He currently works part time for the Office for National Statistics as a Field Interviewer. Since 2001, Stephen has been committed to the local community, as both a Parish and District Councillor and as a governor of St Mary’s RC primary school. He was honoured to be elected onto Henley Court Leet in 2007. As District councillor, Stephen currently serves on the executive, as well as the liquor licensing committee. In the past he has also served on Audit, Planning, Overview and Scrutiny and the Planning and Regulation committees. In his spare time he enjoys travel, theatre and eating out.

Over the last 4 years as one of your District Councillors, besides the massive learning curve in how local government works, the greatest joy has been to secure CCTV for Henley, as well as grants for play equipment and church car parking in Wootton Wawen and money towards the refurbishment of the Christmas Lights as well as a contribution to work on the cricket pitches in Henley.

As to the next four years, I wish to ensure that the new refuse service is tailored to all residents, especially those people that live in flats and terraced properties, continue pressing the agencies that can help to resolve the flooding problems that damaged our communities and now that we have a new train operator ensure a better train service is delivered. Besides the individual case work, another important factor will be the forthcoming Local Development Framework will need to be monitored as it is this document that will set out new house build for the whole of the District and more importantly our communities, something that does worry me due to central governments’ current view on building and planning.

I look forward to be able to carry on this work along with my councillor colleagues at Parish, District and County level.

Stephen Thirlwell


Also standing in the District Council Election for the HENLEY Ward are:

Brett Roger Parsons   (U.K. Independence Party) of 9 The Square, Mayswood Rd, Wootton Wawen, Warks, B95 6BA

Karyl Arlene Rees       (Liberal Democrat)  of 2 Wain Close, Alcester, Warks, B49 6LA

If the above candidates wishes to submit their election address, they will be published in next week's edition.


JPCJoint Parish Council

Joint Parish Council Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden

 

    Parish Council

A NEW PARISH COUNCIL TAKES OFFICE FROM MAY 2nd

R.P.Hill
Clerk of the Council
Tel (01564) 795499
 
150 High Street
Henley-in-Arden
B95 5BS

Stratford District Council

SDC
Laurence Marshall
Laurence Marshall
S Thirlwell
Stephen Thirlwell

Alerts from Trading Standard

Power Supply Cold Calling
Residents are warned to beware of energy companies cold calling often elderly residents trying to get them to change their gas supplier. The callers claimed their companies were 'taking over' from British Gas and that other people in the street were also changing. This is a typical example of high pressure sales and misleading claims. No companies are 'taking over' from British Gas. It is up to individual residents to choose if they wish to change their energy supplier or not. Such decisions should only be made when the resident has had time to weigh up the options offered by a number of different companies.

Lotto Scam
A member of the Clarendon NHW Group has received by post a letter informing her that she has won a lottery prize.The letter refers to International Lotto Commission, Loteria Primitiva in Madrid. The letter asks for bank details and a signature. Such letters are scams and under no circumstances should recipients respond.

Travel Company Offer
A Nuneaton resident has reported receiving a telephone call from a travel company telling them they had 'won' £600 off the cost of a holiday and trying to make an appointment to collect it. Despite the householder say he was not interested, (he had not entered any competitions) the company were persistent and refuse to provide their address or a telephone number.

Trading Standards are warning that those who agree to collect their 'prize' will probably be exposed to high pressure selling of either timeshare or holiday clubs.

Debt Solutions
A Rugby resident contacted the service after receiving an automated phone message which said that if he had any debts they could offer a 'seemingly unbelievable solution'. They referred to an alleged Government initiative which they claimed allowed them to deal with anybody with debts of over £5000 and get all the interest cancelled. The recipient was then encourage to press 5 for more information. They did not, but checked the callers number. This turned out to be an international number, possible from the USA.

Receipts of such calls should be extremely wary of contacting the caller and are advised that if they require debt advice, there are a number of UK based organisations which offer free and impartial advice, for example the Citizens Advice Bureau.

And always remember - if it looks too good to be true, it probably is!

www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Tradind StandardSimon Cripwell
Senior Information Officer
Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service


Henley Crime Report
Police
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.

BURGLARY DWELLING

Between 0800 hours and 1300 hours on 17th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Seymour Road, Alcester. They then smashed the front door window to gain entry and carried out a very untidy search of the property. A white van was spotted acting suspiciously at the time.
Incident 232 of 17th April 08 refers.

At around 2300 hours on 17th April 08 three males forced entry into a property on Vicarage Hill, Tanworth-in-Arden. They have then taken the keys to a black Subaru Impreza and made off with the vehicle.
Incident 628 of 17th April 08 refers.

BURGLARY COMMERCIAL AND OTHER BUILDING
Between midnight on 4th April and 1200 hours on 17th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a stand-alone garage on The Yew Trees, Henley. They then forced three locks in order to gain entry and removed two mountain bikes and a tool box.
Incident 252 of 17th April 08 refers.

AUTOCRIME
Between 1300 hours on 11th April and 1615 hours on 14th April 08 unknown offender/s have stolen a motorbike from outside a property on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen.
Incident 288 of 16th April 08 refers.

CRIMINAL DAMAGE
Between 2130 hours on 13th April and 0700 hours on 14th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a van on Mount Road, Henley and smashed the front windows.
Incident 419 of 14th April 08 refers.

THEFT
Between 21st March and 17th April 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Station Road, Claverdon and removed a quantity of copper strapping.
Incident 495 of 17th April 08 refers.

Between 0700 hours on 31st March and 1030 hours on 8th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle left insecure at business premises on Birmingham Road, Henley and removed the tax disc.
Incident 417 of 9th April 08 refers.

Between 2045 hours on 10th April and 0900 hours on 11th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Perry Mill Lane, Ullenhall. They then gained entry by smashing the rear windscreen and removed a white rucksack.
Incident 129 of 11th April 08 refers.

Between 1800 hours on 13th April and 0730 hours on 14th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Earlswood Common and removed some fish from a pond.
Incident 500 of 14th April 08 refers.

Overnight between 13th and 14th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Perry Mill Lane, Ullenhall. They then gained entry by smashing the driver’s door and removed Bosch tools from within.
Incident 89 of 14th April 08 refers.

Between 2000 hours on 14th April and 0830 hours on 15th April 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Small Lane, Earlswood. They then approached three vehicles and cut the catalytic converters from each.
Incident 179 of 15th April 08 refers.

Between 2200 hours on 14th April and 0600 hours on 15th April 08 unknown offender/s approached three vehicles, all left insecure, on Hunger Hill, Henley. They then removed a pair of sunglasses from one of the vehicles.
Incident 111 of 15th April 08 refers.

Prior to 1840 hours on 22nd April 08 offender/s approached a man as he pulled up on his drive on Poolhead Lane, Tanworth-in-Arden. They then forced him out of his vehicle and drove it away. The car was subsequently recovered.
Incident 456 of 22nd April 08 refers.

Between 2100 hours on 22nd April and 0730 hours on 23rd April 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Shutt Lane, Earlswood. They have then levered out the front door and removed a radio/CD player from the dash.
Incident 85 of 23rd April 08 refers.

HENLEY POLICE SURGERY
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 30th April between 1100 and 1300 hours
Wednesday 28th May between 1100 and 1300 hours
Wednesday 11th June between 1100 and 1300 hours

For more information regarding meetings, events, up-to-date local news and how to contact your local Police Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Teams, please visit our website:-
www.safer-NEIGHBOURHOODs.co.uk

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

CRIMESTOPPERS
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.

BE AWARE
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents, please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.  Thank you.

HENLEY, CLAVERDON AND TANWORTH COMMUNITY POLICING TEAM

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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 Pig Roast. 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.

www.henleynews.co.uk/charitywalk/

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 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. meetings are held in the Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday monthly and visitors are welcome to join us.

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.

HENLEY CHARITY WALK
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.

THE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month, the next meeting being on Wednesday 7th May at the Henley Golf and Country Club when the speaker will be from the Driving Standards Agency. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.

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.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK 11th – 17th MAY
Once again, we appeal to the people of Henley to help address some of the injustices in the world by giving your time as a collector or putting money in the envelope provided; an authorised collector will call on you during the week starting 11th May.
The money you kindly donate will help some of the poorest communities in the world to a better future. If you miss your collector, envelopes can be dropped off at any of the churches in Henley or put through the door of 114 High Street.
We always need volunteers; if you are willing to give a few hours during 11th-17th May, please call Lucy Lunt on 794873. Thank you for your support.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
Tuesday 13th May – Members’ Evening. A fun workshop “Back to Basics”. We meet in the Memorial Hall at 7.30 p.m. Visitors are welcome (£3).

HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Alban Wincott is the speaker on Tuesday 20th May from 7.45 p.m. in the Baptist Church Hall. As a volunteer at Brandon Marsh, he will be showing a DVD called “Brandon Marsh: A Reserve for all Seasons” as well as his presentation “Wildlife through a Camera Lens”. Visitors are always welcome (£1).

CHRISTIAN AID PLOUGHMAN’S LUNCH for town appeal at the Baptist Church Hall on Saturday 31st May 12.30 p.m. Everyone welcome.

AN EVENING OF MUSIC BY THE HEART OF ENGLAND SINGERS
A concert will be held in St. John’s Church on Saturday 28th June. All proceeds in aid of the church charities – St. Basils, Leprosy Mission, SAMS and the Church Army. Tickets £7 adults and £4 children to include a glass of wine. Further information from Anita Currie or Andrea Gardner 792439.

HENLEY W.I.
Tuesday 6th May is our annual Resolutions meeting which should provide some interesting discussion in the Memorial Hall from 7.30 p.m. Members please refer to your March copy of WI Life for the resolutions. Afterwards, light refreshments will be served for social time.

HENLEY’S HIDDEN GARDENS
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).

ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
A visit to Kew Gardens is planned for Saturday 19th July by coach from Henley and Ullenhall. Cost is £30 which includes coach fare and admission to the gardens. Please contact Diane Bayley on 01789 488209 if you would like to join our very friendly group on this day visit.

G & S IN TANWORTH 18TH & 19TH July 2008
The “Pirates” are coming to Tanworth and tenors and basses are invited to meet in Tanworth Village Hall on Tuesday 20th and 27th May at 7.45 p.m.
Full chorus rehearsals start on Tuesday 3rd June and run through to the essential final one on 15th July. New singers welcome.
Details of tickets sales will follow. Enquiries re singing, telephone Wendy Dillon 742464.

HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
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.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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

HENLEY IN ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
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
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.
Bowls ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BOWLS CLUB
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.
Neighbour WatchNEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
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
Business ClubTHE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
Holds its monthly lunchtime meeting on fourth 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
Rotary ClubTHE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN
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

WOOTTON WAWEN FOOTPATHS GROUP
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription. More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.

ProbusTHE PROBUS CLUB OF BEAUDESERT
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
Bridge ClubHENLEY-in-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
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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