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Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

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Edition 205 -  8th May 2008
Warwickshire Village Ventures
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2008 Henley Rotary Charity Walk raises £5,000

In spite of intermittent rain, around 250 people took part in Henley Rotary's Charity Walk on Sunday.

Chairman of the organising committee Bill Leech said, "The club was delighted with the turn-out and the support of so many local groups. It's impossible to say at this stage how much the event raised for charity but £5,000 is a conservative estimate. At least £2,000 will be donated to Cure Leukaemia, the Rotary Club's own preferred cause for this year's walk."

Walk 2008

The youngest with "one of the older walkers" - Family Haliwell at the start.

Everyone set off from Warwickshire College which gave very valuable support, and, after five miles reached Lowsonford Village Hall. There they were treated to music by the Ad Hoc Jazz Band, tea and coffee by the ladies of Henley Inner Wheel, and a pig roast. They then had the option of returning by walking the second 5-mile stage or taking advantage of the minibus shuttle service generously provided by sponsors Johnson's Coaches.

Commenting on the walk Club President David Snell said, "We are very grateful to so many people for making the day so successful. I would especially like to thank our sponsors and all who walked who were themselves sponsored." 25% of the money raised goes to Rotary charities and the remainder to the different charities chosen by the individual walkers, all of whom were presented with Cure Leukaemia medals.

Rotarian Mike Redman - Reporting


Alan James, watched by Helen Pennells of Warwickshire College, sign out Rotary President David Snell.


Derek Sharman and Ruth Burman sign on at the registration desk.

Walk 2008

British Legion Chairman, Les Goodman,
leads his party to Lowsonford.

Walk 2008

Dogs galore at the halfway halt
at Lowsonford Village Hall.

Walk 2008

Gordon Trinder, Town Crier, with the ladies of
"Inner Wheel" who provided the refreshments.

Walk 2008

Rotarians Andy Langford and Dave Burman
carve the pig at Lowsonford.

Walk 2008

Dawn Leech and Maggie Motherwell
picnic by the canal.

Walk 2008

Cindy Britain, Henley Ices, and Linda Edmonds, The White Swan, pose for a photo.

Walk 2008

Event organiser, Rotarian Bill Leech, receives a cheque.

Walk 2008

Rotarian wives supporting the event.

Walk 2008

Louisa Halliwell-Ewen, aged 6 years, the youngest walker to complete the full 10 mile course receiving her medal from Vice President Bill Leech.

Walk 2008

Dawn Leech receives her 10 mile medal
from the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder.

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Henley Rotary Sends Shelter Boxes to Burma

After the successful Charity Walk, the Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden is purchasing 2 emergency shelter boxes, which will be flown out for use in cyclone-ravaged Burma.

Shelter Boxes are tough, green plastic boxes containing a 10-person tent and ancillary equipment designed to enable a family of up to 10 people survive for at least six months.

Since operations began in January 2001, Shelter Boxes have helped an estimated 500,000 people and worked in more than 40 countries – responding to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, volcanoes etc.

Shelter Box was conceived by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard and all aid is distributed from their base in Cornwall. The charity is supported by international affiliates set up by Rotary clubs in various other countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and the USA.

For more information about Shelter Boxes go to:

'Traffic Enforcement Camera' Columns are Illegal


When Thomas C. Dibdin painted this lovely water colour of St.John's and the Guild Hall in 1870,
he could not have envisaged just how much the painting would be 'enhanced' by the District Council's new technology.

ColumnIt is now generally accepted, in the absence of any comment from the "Authorities", that the new Traffic Enforcement Camera Columns have to be so substantial so that there is no movement at the top of the mast or otherwise the 'number plate recognition system' will not work on a moving vehicle.

The Highway Authority has failed to publish the results of its Road Safety Audit. The District Council appears to have called a halt to the installation of the cameras and we should expect an arrogant climb down on the lines of our current PM.

English Heritage is reported to be supporting the residents in demanding the immediate removal of the columns and a proper process of consultation. The Henley Society has prepared a very powerful petition which will be presented to the Chief Executive of Stratford District Council.

The Henley NEWS On-line Petition, supported by more than 150 readers, will be presented to the next Joint Parish Council by a former High Bailiff. This JPC meeting takes place in the Baptist Church Hall on Monday 12th at 7.15 pm. All residents are urged to attend and hear if our representatives will side with the residents or the "Authorities". Each resident will be allowed to speak prior to the formal meeting for 3 minutes.

At present, SDC are telling our readers in emails that they have to have such an installation because the transmission method is fibre optic. This is a complete "red herring" and technically incorrect.

The Henley NEWS On-line Petition concerns only the type of camera columns and does not oppose the installation of CCTV. We have received the following further comments from those supporting the petition this week.

CCTV may be desirable to control the congregation of youths around the church and One Stop. Having said this, a low cost, late night, bus service to Solihull and Stratford would go a long way to giving the kids something to do. Start with the cause not the cure.

So far as the structures are concerned -grotesque in appearance, ridiculous in location.

What an eyesore, approve of the idea of the CCTV, but what an awful place to put such a huge monstrosity. Must be a better alternative, perhaps attached to a building?
I agree that there is a need for CCTV but every effort should be made for the cameras to be sighted in as unobtrusive and sympathetic way as possible. It hardly needs saying.
I have lived here 30 years so I'm not a 'newcomer.' If the cars that park along the street are cleared there will be another problem, that of speeding traffic. Anyone who has ever tried to cross the High Street by the Ice Cream parlour will be well aware of the speed of the traffic at that point, congestion is the only thing that slows the flow in the centre of town.
I am in agreement with the need for cameras but it will not solve the problems of the youths merely move them elsewhere. A number of discreet cameras around the district would make more sense.
I hope they can be removed as quickly as they were erected. Full details of size and specification plus computer generated images of the finished article should be submitted to the residents of Henley for approval.
Pleeeeeease can these monstrosities be removed post haste. They are ruining our beautiful town. Can they not be sited on buildings by the use of wayleave?
Former resident - still use Henley for bank, Post Office and shops - disgraceful lack of taste and forethought.

Are the poles so huge because they contain other equipment e.g. for mobile phones?

You say that the type of pole and its location was decided upon by the Parking Services and a local police officer? Is this a joke? Where are the "Parking Services" on Wednesday mornings when traffic is totally jammed outside the market and, if we had a highly visible and effective local police officer, we might not need cctv in the first place.

It's also rather depressing to read the usual whinges from people who think you have to have been in Henley for three generations to care what happens here. Maybe if we all worked together we'd stand a chance of preserving the things we like best about the town.

We agree with the need for this, but disagree with the way it has been implemented. An eyesore. Surely, with planning, it could be placed on a suitable building (as are the examples we have seen in Stratford).
Against columns - not the CCTV cameras per se if they are more suitably sited.
It Beggers belief ! Stratford has managed to cover the problem in a far more unintrusive way. CCTV or Traffic Tax !!! more revenue less service.

One of our readers has carried out detailed research into "Permitted Development by Local Authorities" and according to Statutory Instrument 1995 No. 418, the "Authorities" appear to have broken the law.

Statutory Instrument 1995 No. 418
The Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995



Class A
Permitted development

A. The erection or construction and the maintenance, improvement or other alteration by a local authority or by an urban development corporation of?

(a) any small ancillary building, works or equipment on land belonging to or maintained by them required for the purposes of any function exercised by them on that land otherwise than as statutory undertakers;

(b) lamp standards, information kiosks, passenger shelters, public shelters and seats, telephone boxes, fire alarms, public drinking fountains, horse troughs, refuse bins or baskets, barriers for the control of people waiting to enter public service vehicles, and similar structures or works required in connection with the operation of any public service administered by them.

Interpretation of Class A
A.1 For the purposes of Class A? "urban development corporation" has the same meaning as in Part XVI of the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980[32] (urban development).

A.2 The reference in Class A to any small ancillary building, works or equipment is a reference to any ancillary building, works or equipment not exceeding 4 metres in height or 200 cubic metres in capacity.

It is now up to the JPC to issue a "14 day Removal Notice" and uphold the law.

TELL the JPC your views about the Columns

Attend the JPC Meeting - 7.15 pm Monday 12th May in the Baptist Church Hall

CCTV 'failing to cut crime' - Senior Met Police Officer

Met PoliceHuge investment in close-circuit TV technology has failed to cut UK crime, a senior police officer has warned. Det Ch Insp Mike Neville said the system was an "utter fiasco" - with only 3% of London's street robberies being solved using security cameras. Although Britain had more cameras than any other European country, he said "no thought" had gone into how to use them. Det Ch Insp Neville heads a unit which is piloting a new database to track offenders using CCTV.

Speaking at the Security Document World Conference in London, Det Ch Insp Neville, the head of the Met's Visual Images, Identifications and Detections Office (Viido), said one of the problems was that criminals were not afraid of cameras.


CCTV in Kings Lynn


Traffic Enforcement Cameras

He also said more training was needed for officers who often avoided trawling through CCTV images "because it's hard work". "CCTV was originally seen as a preventative measure," the Guardian quotes him as saying. "Billions of pounds has been spent on kit, but no thought has gone into how the police are going to use the images and how they will be used in court. It's been an utter fiasco: only 3% of crimes were solved by CCTV. "There's no fear of CCTV. Why don't people fear it? [They think] the cameras are not working."

CCTV operators also needed more feedback to ensure they felt "valued", he said. Det Ch Insp Neville's unit is now piloting a new database of CCTV images which police hope will help track and identify offenders.

The unit is also looking at ways of using software which can follow distinctive brand logos on the clothing of unidentified suspects. In addition, from next month, his team will be putting images of suspects in muggings, rape and robbery cases on the internet. "If criminals see that CCTV works they are less likely to commit crimes," Det Ch Insp Neville added.

There are more than 4.2 million cameras in the UK, but until Viido was set up in September 2006 there had been no dedicated police unit to deal with the collection and dissemination of CCTV evidence. If Viido, based at Southwark Police Station, is judged to be a success it could lead to the development of specialist CCTV units across the country.

Message from District Councillor Stephen Thirlwell

ElectionJust a brief note to say thank you for re-electing me as one of your District Councillors on Stratford on Avon District Council.

I feel both humbled and honoured to have the opportunity to carry on representing all the people within the Beaudesert, Henley in Arden and Wootton Wawen Parishes. As I said in my letter drop, a couple of days before the election, we currently have 3 main issues, flooding, the new refuse collection service, and the monstrous carbuncles - CCTV.

Work is already underway on all these issues to ensure that we can achieve the best for all our communities. I look forward to continuing this and other work with my councillor colleagues at Parish, District and County Council level.

Once again thank you for re-electing me on 1st May 2008

Stephen Thirlwell

Our photo shows the declaration at Elizabeth House.

Praise for Henley Peeps’s Diary

How refreshing to read something written by someone with a great sense of humour!  My only gripe is the fact that the writer seems to feel the need to remain anonymous.  (although I’m wondering if I’ve guessed the identity).

There’s too much ‘angst’ in the state of Henley at the moment. Perhaps the Court Leet Day on 7th June will help us realise how lucky we all are to be living in such a great little town.

Jan Crathorne - One happy Henley resident

County Wildlife News

Wild Life

The latest COUNTY WILDLIFE NEWS newsletter listing forthcoming natural history events for the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Area, plus a directory of local organisations, experts, publications has just been published.

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Warks College hosts socioeconomic conference

CollegeWarwickshire College hosted a conference for principals from around the country to learn about the benefits of carrying out socioeconomic surveys on their colleges. The leaders of EMSI (Economic Modeling Specialists Inc, formerly CCbenefits) came over from their base in Moscow, North Central Idaho, USA, to meet more principals and explain why it was worth having the study carried out.

Warwickshire College Principal Ioan Morgan said the college had been working with the American company to develop a way of measuring the impact the college has on the local community. He said: “It does this by looking at the rate of return on the money that the tax payers invest in the college, the earning potential of the students who leave the college with qualifications and the amount of spend that students and staff make into the community.”

These findings, released last year, show that while the government invests £32.5 million annually in the college, the local economy receives a return of £125.9 million each year from Warwickshire College and its learners. There are other quantifiable benefits too, including that every £1 of taxpayer money invested in Warwickshire College returns £6.78 over the course of a learner’s career. The addition of skilled employees to the local economy’s workforce translates to £90.5 million in local income.

Mr Morgan added: “Further, the survey has shown that the college saves other services in the county a great deal of money especially health services and the judiciary because college trained students tend to be more law abiding and healthy. The American company piloted its first study at Warwickshire College and now more than 50 colleges in England have agreed to have the study carried out and it is likely Ofsted will use the results in future inspections of colleges and perhaps schools.”

The conference was due to be held at Warwickshire College’s Moreton Hall at its Moreton Morrell Centre, but the hall was severely damaged by fire in March so the conference was transferred to the college’s Henley-in-Arden Centre.

Mr Morgan added: “Colleagues from other colleges were extremely interested in the study and in the new developments attached to it. Colleges can find out and project what skills training they have to offer in the future to supply companies in their area, and companies that intend to come into the area, to ensure they have a successful future and good supply of skills.”

EMSI have already conducted nearly 750 studies for almost 500 college in the US and Canada.

Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church

Henley-in-Arden Methodist Church is holding its Church Anniversary this year on Sunday 29th June, with worship at 11.00 am, followed by lunch together in the schoolroom.

"This day will also mark the end of Philip Jackson's training placement. We hope we will have helped Philip on his way towards becoming a Methodist Minister", said James Steele in his monthly newsletter.

Petticoat Lane Sale - May Bank Holiday Monday

Despite a very wet start which forced the sale inside the Church Hall, a good crowd of generous folk came along to support the event which raised £665 to be divided between Church Funds and Church Charities, including The Leprosy Mission, the Church Army and St. Basil's Centre for the Young Homeless in Birmingham.

As several people commented, it was nice to have somewhere to sit and enjoy a coffee in the dry on a damp Bank Holiday morning!

Ginny Matheou

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


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Building on the relationship forged at last year’s Court Leet Day, the 2008 event features a much deeper co-operation between the ancient Court Leet and Henley’s College of Performing Arts. On Saturday 7th July the Court, accompanied by a colourful band of officers from the Courts of neighbouring towns, will again execute its somber duties of Ale Tasting, Butter Weighing, Brook Looking and Beating the Bounds.

Interspersed with this programme will be a series of brilliant short plays written for and produced by the College, working with members of the community of Henley and reflecting the new and growing co-operation between the Court Leet, Henley High School and College of Performing Arts and the newly formed Henley Community Arts (HCA).

HCA is the organization which will manage the community element of the state-of-the-art performing Arts Centre currently being built at Henley High School. This is scheduled to open in September/October this year and brings the promise of greater opportunities for the cultural life of our town.

The programme for this year’s Court Leet day has been announced this week. The plans for the day are more ambitious than last year’s and involve more members of the community. Although it is early days and the timings of events may change, the Court Leet and HCA are confident that within the day there is something of interests for all, young and old. Events will follow the following sequence:

Court Leet
June 2007: Serious business: the Butterweigher deliberates

10.00am Opening Ceremony at the Guild Hall conducted by the High Bailiff. The Court moves off in procession down the High Street.

10.20am Brook Looking commences by the Youth Club.

11.00am The Court Leet meets "The Crayfish Army" – the first of the four plays - on the Green by the Medical Centre.

11.30am The Hayward commences the Boundary Walk and all are invited to accompany him on his short walk round part of the old Manorial boundary. Dress mediaeval - you could win a prize. The Brook Lookers will run their Duck Race on the River Alne at around this time.

11.45am The Court and guests leave to begin Butterweighing at four retail premises on the High Street. Follow along and see this old formal custom being re-enacted.

12.30pm Ale Tasting starts: follow the Court along and witness this ritual at Henley’s licensed premises.

2.30pm Court and Guests to attend Drama Presentations. (see below). Afternoon Teas will be served in the Guild Hall Garden by Henley WI.

4.30pm The High Bailiff holds Meeting of the Court to hear the reports of the officers, in the Court Leet Garden. He then formally concludes the day.

Woven into this day will be a series of new plays commissioned by HCA, written by Fergus Durrant, Poet Laureate to Warwickshire and performed by the residents of Henley. Three of the plays will be repeated in the evening, as indicated:

Fergus Durrant – the Playwright


11.00am: On the Riverlands Green, by the Medical Centre. "The Crayfish Army", a whimsical pageant, featuring pupils from local schools. No ticket required. Only one performance.

2.30pm: (Evening 7.30pm) in St Nicholas's Church: "Alice", an enactment of those left behind as the men set out for the tragic Battle of Evesham in 1265. Tickets required for each performance.

3.00pm: (Evening 8.00pm) in the Beaudesert Parish Hall: "Royal Observer Corps" taken from records; a play set on one fateful night during the Second World War. Tickets required for each performance.

3.30pm: ( Evening 8.30pm) at the Guild Hall, "The Americans are Here!", experience Henley's history through the eyes of two hilarious tourists. Tickets required for each performance.

The tickets for the plays are priced at £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for a child. It has been decided to offer FREE TICKETS to all residents in the locality. You can download from this site a form which when registered as described becomes your free ticket.

This Henley Community Arts project has been made possible by support from the National Lottery.

Ray Holding - High Bailiff

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John Garner's Business Column

The new HMRC booklet

John GarnerThe other day an attractive booklet arrived in the mail: Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Employer Bulletin, no less, dated April 08 Issue 29. The previous one came out in February.

It's very tempting to think, "Oh no, not something else from the Inland Revenue for me to read" and throw it in the paper recycling bin but that would be a mistake. It contains lots of useful stuff including a CD which you can use to do payroll calculations and from which you can print most of the related forms you'll need.

They usually send one out at this time of year because of changes in the Budget. Note that new post-Budget tax tables have been issued and you'll need to implement these with effect from 18th May. If you use payroll software this should be updated automatically.

Remember you must send in your end of year payroll returns before 19th May or you risk a penalty charge. Make sure that by 31st May you have given a P60 (end of year certificate of pay) to each of your employees who was on your payroll at 5th April 2008.

According to the booklet you can get £100 back form HMRC this year if you file your returns on line providing you "had less than 50 employees in November 2006 or first became an employer during 2006-7." The quickest and easiest way to get this money is simply to deduct it from your next PAYE payment for 2008-9; this will be due by 19th May for your April payroll unless your company is small enough to only pay this every 3 months. Make sure you received their acceptance message when you files on line though.

Other useful information in the booklet:

Income tax bands & rates:

Basic rate 
£1 - £36,000
Higher rate
over £36,000

(you'll notice there is now no 10% band!!)

HMRC are introducing a new system for processing PAYE in October 2008. They say "This is the biggest change in the way we process PAYE records in 25 years." Oh no! How much chaos will this cause? They then say "As a result of this change we will have a more comprehensive view of the individual's PAYE and you will benefit from having fewer queries from both HMRC and your employees." So that's alright then….. I'm not looking forward to this.

Increase in home working guide line rates.
You can reimburse employees who work regularly from home for the additional household expenses they incur without incurring an extra tax or NIC charge. From 6th April 2008 the guideline rate you can pay without keeping records increases from £2 to £3 per week. My goodness, the Chancellor is being generous there!

If you haven't received this booklet (or have thrown it away) you can find the on line version of this Employer Bulletin here .

John Garner

Grumpy Old Woman Comments

GOMNot envy but injustice

Sipping a cup of coffee and leafing through 'Hello' magazine at the hairdressers recently, I came across the Royals in the company of their equally wealthy peers and thought 'At their age, I would have given my eye teeth for a gown like that'. But then, that goes with the hair-do, the manicure and the whole ambience of the evening which, for the likes of the obscene rich, is normal; nae confidently expected.

My feelings were not of envy but injustice, that some of us are born with silver spoons in our mouths while others, like most of Africa's children, cannot rub two grains of rice together, fight a common disease, nor find shelter from the weather after thugs have ransacked, pillaged and raped their way through a village where before there was peaceful poverty.

Instead of throwing money at these countries, why not send expertise in the shape of real live people prepared to show the uninitiated how to grow, make and mend the necessities of life? Not fripperies, which we seem to think that we need and which clearly we do not. I guess the answer must be because it wouldn't feed the flames of globalizations which encourage us to want all the 'things' which turn round the wheels of industry!

Perhaps all economies should downsize and exchange that particular engine for something more amenable to the planet which, after all, is limited in size and finite in capacity; smaller populations with a better quality of life is what is needed because at the rate we are going, it's downhill all the way!

Grumpy Old Woman

The Nigel Hastilow Column

Floreat Etonia

Nigel Hastilow Boris will quit Henley on Thames when he becomes Mayor. At least, that's what David Cameron thinks. So confident was the Conservative leader about Boris's success that two weeks ago he called a meeting to discuss who should be selected for the by-election to return the next MP for Henley-on-Thames.

Mind you, even before the official results, the Conservatives are not looking forward to London life under Boris. My spy at party HQ tells me: "Boris winning easily isn’t the problem. The fact is that he will keep on putting his foot in it because he can't stop himself saying stupid things.

"His office will be filled with 'minders' from the Conservative Party but that won't stop him. He just can't help himself. The question is whether people admire it as independence of mind or whether it makes the whole party look stupid. The trouble with Boris is that he's not actually as nice as everyone thinks he is. He's an Old Etonian with all the arrogance that having a rich and privileged background at the country's most famous public school implies."

My spy failed to explain how he reconciles this view of Old Etonians with the fact that David Cameron himself also went to that ancient seat of privilege in Slough.

Nigel Hastilow

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China Bans Free Plastic bags.

PosterThe Chinese Government has ordered that customers should be charged for any plastic carrier bags they use. The new rules come into effect from June. This is another indication of the Chinese Government taking action to protect the environment.

Although the manufacture of each bag consumes the energy equivalent of just a teaspoon of oil, this times the 3 billion bags a day consumed in China makes a lot of greenhouse gas emissions so the potential savings from reduced bag consumption are substantial. The Australian government is also considering action to reduce consumption of plastic bags. It has yet to choose between an all out ban or a levy per bag like China.

Following the Irish Government tax on plastic bags in 2002, consumption decreased from 328 per person per year to 21. Marks and Spencer are now charging 5p for carrier bags for food purchases. Lets hope others follow their example or perhaps the UK government might follow the Chinese, Irish and Australian leads. Carrier bags are not too bad for the environment if reused until they fall apart but proper shopping bags are better especially those made from jute. String bags are also good.

Stratford Eco-Fair this Saturday.
Keynote Speaker, Workshops and much more. See Poster right and in the Notice Board section below. If you would like to car share call 792251.

John Stott

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Henley Crime Report
This crime summary is a look at the crimes of public interest that occurred on the Henley, Claverdon and Tanworth policing area over the last 14 days. We do not as normal practice include crimes of shoplifting, bilking, domestic violence or fraud.

In the two weeks prior to 23rd April 08 unknown offender/s have gained entry to a house boat on the canal in Preston Bagot. Items were moved about inside the boat but not known if anything stolen.
Incident 326 of 23rd April 08 refers.

Between 1730 hours on 26th April and 0800 hours on the 27th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a property on Meadow Road, Henley. They then smashed the padlock off the front door to gain entry and removed power tools and two rolls of lead.
Incident 230 of 27th April 08 refers.

Between 2345 hours on 4th May and 0700 hours on 5th May 08 unknown offender/s approached the garage to a property on Kington Lane, Claverdon. They have then forced the lock and removed two lawnmowers from within.
Incident 163 of 5th May 08 refers.

Between 1010 hours and 1410 hours on 6th May 08 unknown offender/s approached premises on Brook Road, Aston Cantlow. They have then forced entry to a building and removed a steam cleaner from within.
Incident 331 of 6th May 08 refers.

Prior to 0950 hours on 30th April 08 unknown offender/s approached business premises on Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. They then cut off a padlock to gain access to a secure compound and removed a vehicle from within.
Incident 140 of 30th April 08 refers.

Between 1900 hours on 1st March and 0700 hours on 2nd March 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Stratford Road, Hockley Heath and threw a rock at the rear windscreen.
Incident 477 of 2nd May 08 refers.

Between 2045 hours on 23rd April and 0820 hours on 24th April 08 unknown offender/s approached a vehicle on Birmingham Road, Henley. They then gained entry and removed the fitted CD/Radio.
Incident 294 of 24th April 08 refers.

Henley In Arden Police will be holding a ‘drop in’ facility at Henley Police Station for you to come and discuss any issues or problems, within the community, with your local policing team! The next surgery date will be:

Wednesday 14th May between 1100 hours and 1300hours
Wednesday 28th May between 1100 hours and 1300hours
Wednesday 11th June between 1100 hours and 1300hours

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:-

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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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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 fourth Thursday bi-monthly 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

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.

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.
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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