Media Coverage to be Debated by JPC
Curtain Shop Media Coverage will be discussed at a Special Meeting of
the JPC to be held on Thursday evening (11th) and not Wednesday evening
as originally advertised.
The Special Meeting is expected to focus on the Media Coverage by the BBC, The Stratford Herald and Henley NEWS Online and
is expected to commence in public. There is a
possibility that the public will be excluded from the main discussion
if a majority of the councillors vote for a private session as they did
at their previous meeting. However, debating media reports which are
already in the public domain may mean that this procedure cannot
legally be used.
The Agenda states a discussion. Consequently, no resolutions nor decisions can be made at this meeting because the agenda item does not say "and to agree actions". The rules are clearly stated in "The Good Councillor's Guide" page 43 and 44.
There will be an opportunity for members of the public to make 3 minute statements before the councillors' discussion commences.
What has been written and said recently about the JPC by the BBC, The Stratford Herald and Henley NEWS Online
is no different to what is being written and said daily about life at
Westminster. It is part of our democracy and freedom of expression as
enshrined in the Humane Rights Act.
The often quoted, "Don't blame the messenger, blame the message", may be appropriate here.
i have read the various reports
regarding the complaints of the "good people of
henley"regarding the undemocratric goings on jpc meetings and sometimes
it seems that various people have private agendas against the council
i have also lived and worked in henley
for more than 20 years, in that time i have witnessed many changes and
have no objection to colours of shop fronts, many objections like
certain groups being able to partition off open gardens use the " lords
waste" when it benifits them and disown it when it doesn`t most of
those are the great and the good of henley.
Where were the good when the Henley in
Bloom started all those years ago oh yes i believe that was Les and
Carsina and some other hardy souls, the Xmas Lights thats also down to
les and the guys he ropes in brian jackson,brian westmacott and others,
who walks the town and notes repairs that require patching because of
vandalism and arranges to be made good it`s les of course,who`s that
removing weeds and rubbish from around the school entrances why it`s
carsina, if the people who compain about two of the gold nuggets
and there are a few more but not many and they decide to throw in the
towel Henley will be a sad place to be. and yes carsina may be fiery
and les stubborn but both have hearts of gold and henley running
through their veins.
Print it if you like though i doubt YOU will
Criticism is easy and comes fast and
furious from those who may not understand the issue in question, or are
motivated by other influences and generally comes from those who are
absent from meaningful community work.
The issue of the curtain shop is, once
again, an example of easy criticism jumped upon by the Editor and John
Latham. The real problem is at the beginning of the shop’s
signage ambitions and seeking, so it seems, an opinion from a member of
the Court Leet. My understanding is that no objections were raised, but
more importantly did not caution the tenant about conservation area
sensitivity and consequent planning obligations. That is the cause of
Public interest is welcome, but
compared with the Stratford Herald, Henley News overstates the
attendance at the Parish Council meeting by 40%, although this is its
usual exaggeration as can be remembered from the campaign to fell the
commemorative mulberry tree and the additional sports facility at
With such interest in the situation,
I urge residents to write to Stratford on Avon District Council with
their opinions, because it is that authority which will take any
decision, not the Parish Council.
Parish Councillors work voluntarily and
contribute much personal time to the community and to a greater extent
than other town organisations. My hope is that Mrs Goodman will
continue in her role, because for many years her dedication and
commitment to the community is well known and appreciated. If it is
lost because of this current tirade, she will be missed.
I have long been aware and respected
the work of Les and Carsina Goodman in our community. My reason for
speaking at the open session of the JPC meeting was out of concern for
what they have done to tarnish not only their own reputation but that
of our town.
In addition I wanted to remonstrate
with the previous speaker who talked about democracy in Henley. It is
the opinion of many in the town that Henley News Online is our only
opportunity of being part of the democratic process as we have a forum
for proper debate, which is denied us by the JPC. Their decision to
discuss the behaviour of Mrs Goodman in private being a prime example
of why many are so concerned.
counter Mr Atkinson's comment above, HNOL did not overstate the
attendance at the JPC meeting nor was it guilty of exaggeration on the
other occasions he mentions; it was, however, guilty of disagreeing
with certain members of the JPC!
I also asked a question about how the
spending of many thousands of pounds of Henley taxpayers'
money being spent on marketing the town to attract tourists and
traders could be reconciled with the language being used by Cllr Mrs
Goodman to a new trader in the High Street. It would seem to make the
investment a waste of council taxpayers' money. There has been no
response to or even debate on this question either.
When none of these questions were
answered by the JPC I felt, reluctantly, no other course of action was
left to me but to send a complaint to the District Council Standards
& Ethics Committee. If anyone on the JPC could have offered me any
other solution to the problem of getting answers I would have been
pleased to consider it.
Both Cllrs Goodman do an amazing amount
of good work in Henley through the JPC – liasing with local
police, Henley Christmas Lights, etc. – and that should not be
forgotten, but Carsina really has overstepped the mark on this
occasion. My personal opinion is that she should make a full and
open apology to the Curtain Shop, and in future focus her efforts on
making Henley a better place to live and work which, surely, means
giving these small businesses a break instead of subjecting them to
small town politics.
Name withheld by request
certainly deplore the behaviour of some of certain members of the JPC
over this matter and thank Henley News for bringing it to my attention.
appears that some people believe that they can dictate what happens in
Henley based on their personal taste and preferences. Where were they
when Taylor Wimpey were looking to bulldoze the market and replace it
with three storey social housing units? They were completely out of
keeping with Henley on a massive scale?
I lived in Henley for over
30 years, but moved away in 1984. I have always kept in touch with my
old town by reading Henley Online and come back regularly to visit my
mother and father's grave at St Nicholas Church.
I have to say that I am dismayed at the trouble a business man has
caused by brightening up the High Street with a very tasteful frontage.
There have been many, many changes to the shops over the years - no
Hawkes butchers, an ugly One Shop, the list goes on, and I even
remember how Henley residents moaned and groaned about the Chinese
restaurant at the top of the High Street, the chip shop replacing Mr
Huband's sweet and baccy shop. The curtain shop has replaced Gerald
Smith's hardware shop. I think certain councillors need to thank their
lucky stars that someone has filled a niche in the market and you
haven't got another estate agent or hairdresser.
Henley has changed so much to the detrement of the town. Alleys and
lanes disappearing to make way for over-priced houses. You can't please
all of the people all of the time, but I do think this is not a good
advertisement for what used to be a wonderful place!!
to the treatment of the Curtain Shop owners, I’d like to add two
recent headlines from previous issues of Henley NEWS On-Line:
JPC Rejects CCTV Request from Henley Society – 11 June 2009
JPC Rejects working with Allotment Association – 6 Aug 2009
seems to me that there may be an ongoing pattern happening here.
Who on earth do these people think they represent? Let them
be assured that their behaviour does NOT represent my approach.
should seek the views of the residents rather than express their
personal views as it is us they are meant to represent and not merely
express their own opinions and prejudices. It’s thanks to Henley NEWS On-Line that we are aware of their behaviour. Maybe the JPC can use the same vehicle to gain the views of the residents.
I was due to attend the meeting on
Monday as it was something I found very interesting but I am glad I
didn't waste my time after the farce that ensued! I am grateful that
you are on the council so the residents of Henley are able to know the
real story - keep up the good work!
The Parish council need to resign now.
It is time for a re-election due to the bullying and incompetence of
this Parish Council. They can stand for re-election if they want to,
but it will be up to the people to vote them in if they deserve it.
This time the people of Henley need to
be properly informed of when and where an election will take place and
not allow the Parish council to post a small note on some obscure
lamppost telling people of an election.
Name withheld by request
Henley NEWS Online's POLL
"Do you approve of the JPC's conduct over the Curtain Shop?"
Final Result for the poll
I DO NOT APPROVE
I have examined the computer
records relating to the poll and find them to be well kept. There are
no instances of multiple voting from a web site, other than from a very
small number where two individuals share the same web site. I am
therefore satisfied that the count accurately reflects the voting which
has taken place.
Dr Douglas Bridgewater
8 February 2010
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TIC Evening at Naya
Peter Crathorne, Chairman of Henley War Memorial Trust
On Monday 8th February 59 enthusiastic and
noisy diners gathered at Naya Restaurant to celebrate the excellent
food and to raise funds for Henley Sports Pavilion. They
enjoyed a three course meal and a glass of wine and in the process
donated £700 to the pavilion development fund. As the great crowd
of happy diners spilled out on to the bitterly cold High Street
everyone was singing the praises of the restaurant, pleased with the
knowledge that their part in the evening had given much needed support
to Henley Sports Pavilion. Thanks to all who were so generous. As you
can see from the picture below the building is in great need of
pavilion, built in the early 70s, was originally designed for the
Henley Sports and Social Club. This was a partnership between the
Football, Cricket, Tennis, Bowls and Shooting Clubs all of which used
the playing fields. Over the years the Shooting, Tennis and Bowls Clubs
set up their own independent club houses and the Sports and Social Club
became unviable. This left the Cricket and the Football with a building
they needed but could not afford. Without sufficient funds the pavilion
deteriorated. The inside has been refurbished by the clubs but the
exterior and surroundings of the building need urgent attention. This
evening launched a huge money raising effort, which will last for a
couple of years, to bring our pavilion into the 21st century.
In common with all charitable organisations the Henley-in-Arden War
Memorial Trust has problems generating income. The property and lands
managed by the Trust belong collectively to those who live in the town
and are held in trust by the Official Custodian for Charities. During
this year the Trust will be finding ways of persuading the residents to
take a greater responsibility for these valuable resources. If you
would like to make a contribution then contact Peter who will explain
how your donation may be gift-aided for tax purposes. Members of
affiliated clubs and societies who do this would see 80% of their
contribution being returned to the club they nominate.
The wise men of Henley
The High Bailiff and friends
Peter Crathorne and Bailiff Ray Holding with friends
The Rotary Club of Henley-in-Arden
'Warwickshire Life' Compliments Henley
"The residents of Henley-in-Arden are justifiably proud of their small historic town" says Warwickshire Life in a feature article in this month's edition.
"The active Henley Society is bent on
preserving its character and charm, while the mile long Tudor High
Street is listed as a conservation area with more than 150 buildings of
special historic and architectural interest.
"Each November the timber-framed Guild Hall
plays host to the meeting of the ancient Court Leet, a relic of
Henley’s feudal past, once concerned with the administration of
justice in the Manor but now tasked with maintaining some of its
buildings and Riverside Gardens and acting as guardian of its history
"But while tradition is observed, this once
sleepy town is slowly working to reinvent itself with a steady trickle
of young and stylish businesses taking root."
Read the full article on their website
Real Ale Sales help wounded soldiers in Afghanistan
The Regimental Benevolent Fund of a crack
infantry regiment serving in Afghanistan is to benefit from the sales
of real ale introduced by a brewery this Spring in memory of a south
Warwickshire barman who worked just outside Henley.
The cask and bottled beer called Hero will be introduced in tribute to
a sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment whose First World War
story is told in a book called
'Not Quite the Gentleman' (Original Writing, Dublin Ltd) written by
Dale le Vack, former news editor of the Stratford Herald, who was
educated in Henley at Arden House Preparatory School.
Frank W Clarke, a barman in the tap rooms of the Red Lion at Claverdon
and the Crabmill in Preston Bagot in the 1950s and the 1960s, died in
1968 and his wartime romances
and battlefield adventures are the subject of the book published this
It tells the unusual wartime story of the author’s grandfather
who meets two beautiful women, one of whom dies and one who saves his
life. Frank Clarke fought at
the Battle of Mons and led a bayonet charge before being wounded and
captured while trying to escape down the Edith Cavell network. The
author’s cousin, Norwich landlord Dougie Clarke, persuaded his
boss John Edwards, owner of Wolf Brewery in Besthorpe, Norfolk, to
launch the new beer as a tribute to
Frank Clarke and to today’s generation of infantry soldiers.
le Vack, pictured right at St Botolph's Church,
Banningham, North Norfolk, said: “By drinking Hero in a pub or
buying it at an off-licence store or supermarket, ordinary people can
a direct contribution financially to the well-being of some of our
soldiers in Afghanistan.
“A percentage of sales at wholesale and retail points of sale
will be donated to the Regimental Benevolent Fund of the Royal Anglian
Regiment, the descendant unit of
the Norfolk Regiment. The Norfolk Company of the Royal Anglian Regiment
returns from a tour of Helmand Province in April and the soldiers will
celebrate the launch of the
beer and their return from the War Zone at a reception.”
John Edwards, proprietor of Wolf Brewery, said: “We have decided
to donate £7 from each cask to the Fund which helps wounded
soldiers and their families so people
can express their appreciation of what these young soldiers are doing.
Lt Colonel Tony Slater OBE, area secretary of the Royal Anglian
Regiment, said: “This
is an excellent project that seems to benefit everyone involved in it.
The Fund is there for soldiers who fall on hard times.”
The book describes how, while under torture and in solitary confinement
as a prisoner of the Germans, Clarke fights against encroaching
insanity by detaching himself from
reality and dreaming of his angling experiences in Ireland and Norfolk
written in his diaries. Although the book is a novel, many of the
Dale le Vack said, “There are still people living in Claverdon,
Henley-in-Arden, Lowsonford and Preston Bagot who can remember
“Nobby” Clarke behind the
bar at the Red Lion and the Crabmill which were run by Jerry and
Phyllis le Vack, my father and mother. He was one among many First
World War veterans to be found at the Crab and the
Lion playing darts and dominoes most evenings in the 50s and 60s.
“They all had stories to tell which at the time seemed
unexceptional - but in a later era form a fading portrait of a
generation that has now gone. The book is about
a man who was a passionate fisherman and I have recreated his angling
diaries in England and Ireland at the turn of the century - as a boy I
used to go fishing with him on the Stratford
canal and listen to his stories.”
One chapter takes Frank Clarke to Blackford Mill, Henley-in-Arden,
where he catches a specimen trout. There are also vivid descriptions of
the Stratford-upon-Avon canal
at Yarningale Common before it was dredged and re-opened to narrow
boats in the 1960s.
“He was an ardent diarist but lost the accounts of his early
life, including war service and captivity as a prisoner-of-war, when
his house on the Norfolk Broads was flooded
in the 1930s. A member of the family persuaded me to recreate the
diary years 1889 to 1919.”
“It took me nearly three years and during that time I got to know
about a man who otherwise would have remained just a shadow in my
memory. It has been a fulfilling journey
and I hope readers derive as much pleasure from reading 'Not Quite the
Gentleman' as I did in writing it, especially those with an interest in
the First World War and angling in the Edwardian
Not Quite the Gentleman (Original
Writing, Dublin) ISBN: 978-1-907179-28-0 (25 Euros). The
book is available from the author and also the publisher’s
electronic bookshop and bookshops in Stratford. It is also going
to be available from Warwickshire County Library
The 1st Battalion Norfolk Regiment Skill-at-Arms team (Bayonet) pictured in 1911. Frank W Clarke is centre of the back row.
Brian and Sue Westmacott have kindly agreed to stock some books
and a donation from each sale will go to the Regimental Benevolent Fund.
Umberslade Farm Park opens for children
young graduates of a leading university college in agricultural and
rural studies re-launched an open farm in Warwickshire last week only
six months after the scare over the E-coli
virus brought the sector to a halt when dozens of children were taken
to hospital seriously ill.
Oliver Muntz and Matt Porter, who studied together at Harper Adams
University College in Shropshire and are both still in their early 20s,
open for business at half-term (February
13th) on 30-acres of the Umberslade Estate at Tanworth-in-Arden. They
expect hundreds of visitors in the first week.
Rebranded as Umberslade Farm Park, the new venture will
capitalise on the success of the former Children’s Farm on the
Estate which closed down last April when its manager retired.
Over a period of 20 years the farm became a leading rural attraction in
the Midlands receiving nearly 60,000 visitors in its best year, most of
them children – and many from
schools across the region.
Several open farms were crippled last September when dozens of people,
including many children, were diagnosed with the 0157 strain of E-coli,
and as a result had to temporarily close
on the basis of advice from the Health Protection Agency. All the farms
have re-opened. The Health Protection Agency together with the Local
Environmental Health department advise that guidelines have not changed
and that the risk of infection
can be prevented by following common sense everyday hand hygiene
Porter said: “It’s a business risk, of course, to take on
and re-open the Farm Park so soon after the E-Coli outbreak but we
decided that what some people might see
as a threat should be turned into an opportunity to educate. We have
liaised with teachers and educational advisers and the widespread view
is that centres such as ours, if well run,
are an extremely useful facility across the curriculum. We have no
doubt that schools in the Midlands will continue to support us. Running
warm water basins have been renewed and added
to at points around the farm and during their classroom sessions the
youngsters will learn why it is important for them to wash their hands
after touching an animal. It is obviously
something we can count on parents and teachers to support us in doing.
We feel confident the risk of children contracting E-coli after
visiting Umberslade Farm Park can be eliminated
through stringent hygiene measures being incorporated into the
educational process while the youngsters are here.”
“It is part of the growing up process - and important in
all-round education - that children should have contact with farm
animals and be able to touch them. All that is acceptable
if it happens in a totally safe and hygienic environment, enabling
parents and teachers to allow their youngsters to enjoy the fun and
have an educational experience.”
The two graduates have created an ambitious long-term business plan for
the ongoing diversification of Umberslade Estate, which several
generations of the Muntz family have farmed since
the early 19th century.
The plan, which will be rolled out over five years, is for the farming
side of the family business - run by Edward Muntz - to co-exist
profitably alongside what will develop into a
top regional centre incorporating the Farm Park and a venue for
weddings, parties and corporate events.
Muntz said: “My aunt ran a highly successful children’s
farm here for more than 20 years which was enjoyed by tens of thousands
of families and school children. The
family accepted our business plan which will build on what she
“We will open to the general public at weekends and during school
holidays and start the educational visits after this half-term.”
The new company has impetus from Rural Enterprise Grant funding and it
has made use of recent months to refurbish the site with new
attractions - and makeovers to the old ones.
Mr Muntz continued, “Most activities will be undertaken in one of
the many barns or farm buildings now being upgraded so visitors are not
exposed to adverse weather. Popular
activities will include bottle-feeding lambs, handling baby chicks,
ferret racing, tractor and trailer rides and crop investigation walks -
depending on the time of year. We have renewed
the outdoor play area and installed new indoor activities as well as
providing a Farmhouse Café for visitors.”
The farm animals, which feature a number of rare breeds, include a
shire horse, a team of ponies, donkeys, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs,
chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs. Please visit
Our Phone Box - What Shall We Do With It?
In our last edition we reported that as
residents of Henley we are now the proud owners of a red telephone box
by the bus shelter at the southern end of the town. It was purchased
from BT for only £1.
As the parish councillors have not decided
what to do with it we asked our readers for their ideas. We have
received the following suggestions:
It might be a
bargain at £1 but if it then costs £100 to mend and many
hundreds to move, it starts to look a bit dodgy. I'm sure there are
better things to do with the money.
The red phone box
should never have been removed from outside the police station in
Henley. BT should have adapted it to suit the surroundings. Considering
the fuss made over the curtain shop, which is of passing importance, a
town's phone box is part of a town's character. Put it back where
it belongs please.
Molly Corfield, Tanworth Lane
Wouldn't it be a
good idea to ask the local schools to participate? It's not often that
the local children (primary and high school) get to have their views on
what they would like in the town and this would be a good opportunity.
I think if the local kids get involved in something like this they are
less likely to vandalise it (especially if they are commended for their
Maria Smith, Arden Auto-Val
I believe the
Junior and Infant School has a garden for the pupils to grow veg etc.
Why not move the phone box close to this garden and use it as a
greenhouse for tomatoes, cucumbers or anything else?
If we could find a
local handyperson (possibly a parent) who could make slight alterations
to a couple of window panes, I will happily donate the cost of one or
two self opening fittings.
Not the actual box
Air Quality in Henley
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
has been monitoring air quality in the District for a number of years
and trying to predict how it will change to ensure that we all have
clean air to breathe.
The Government has set a number of air quality objectives and these are likely to be met in most parts of the District.
However there are some hot-spots in Stratford-upon-Avon, Henley-in-Arden
and Studley where the air pollutant Nitrogen Dioxide, generated locally
mostly by vehicle emissions, has been found to be above recommended
These likely breaches had already led the
Council to declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) in Studley in
2006. A new AQMA, covering Stratford town, has just come into effect on
22nd January 2010 whilst the one covering Henley will follow shortly.
The Council has undertaken consultation with
local residents, businesses and other interested parties to decide on
the boundary of the Stratford AQMA. The final area chosen includes the
entire town and some adjoining areas.
A more detailed assessment of the area will
take place during the next year. This will allow the District Council
and key partners such as Warwickshire County Council, local residents
and local businesses to develop an action plan aimed at developing
specific proposals to reduce pollution levels in the area.
Councillor Simon Jackson, Environment
Portfolio Holder said: "The District Council will be taking positive
steps to tackle an issue that has been identified as a possible
problem. We will do as much as we can to manage air quality in the town
and elsewhere, to protect the health of both residents and visitors and
to ensure that pollution levels drop below the relevant objectives."
"Together with our key partners we will be
starting work on an Action Plan as soon as possible. To help fund the
measures identified in that Plan we will be seeking financial
contributions from any proposed new developments, unless of course such
developments can be shown to have a beneficial overall effect on air
A map of the Stratford AQMA can be seen at
the District Council’s Office in Church Street or on the
Council’s website, www.stratford.gov.uk in the A-Z section, under the heading of Air Quality, where more information is available.
Senior Environmental Health Officer writes to Henley NEWS Online
part of Henley experiencing air quality below the government’s
recommended standards is centred on the High Street/Warwick Road
junction and the problem is entirely due to traffic congestion in that
part of the town. A public consultation of Henley residents and
potentially interested parties in 2009 on the possible extent of the
area to be declared as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) considered
- Area comprising just the affected portion of the town
- Area including the majority of the town
Although respondents were evenly divided,
the response rate was disappointingly low and little weight could
therefore be given to the results.
Nevertheless, Option 1 was recommended for
approval and the precise extent of the area will be ratified by the
Council’s Management Team shortly. The AQMA will be declared by
Council Order soon afterwards and a further, more detailed, assessment
of the problem will then follow.
The Town Council and local residents or
businesses will have the opportunity to comment and be involved in the
subsequent Action Planning process to decide on the measures to
implement to try and improve matters.
Nick Ellison - Stratford District Council
I was surprised to hear that the
Bird-in-Hand pub had changed hands and although I must admit the
atmosphere was not what it used to be before it became more a
restaurant than a country pub, we have enjoyed many meals there in the
Much the same could be said of the Bell at
Tanworth, the interior decoration of which is a pale grey imitation of
how it used to look, which brings me to the outside of the Bird, sorry
HENLEY PALACE at the Bird-in-Hand!
Thinking of the Curtain shop in Henley, have
the proprietors of HENLEY PALACE asked for permission to have that
enormous and atrocious sign plastered all over one of the windows
upstairs, because if not - I OBJECT VERY STRONGLY INDEED.
The pub may not be a listed
building but the outside of every building matters, especially if they
were the country's pubs we knew and loved.
Molly Corfield, Tanworth Lane, dead opposite to the HENLEY PALACE at the Bird -in- Hand, Henley-in-Arden
Henley High School Making Good Progress
A recent Ofsted monitoring visit has reported that Henley High School
is making Good Progress and has a capacity for sustained improvement in
the future. Headteacher, Paul Wright pictured right, commented
“We are really pleased with the outcome of the visit. The
examination results in 2009 were the best the school has had. Ofsted
has quite rightly identified the improvements that we have made”.
Ofsted noted that there had been a very marked improvement in the
academic performance of boys and that the gap between girls' and boys'
attainment had closed significantly.
They praised the role of the Governing Body
in supporting the school and concluded that “the outcomes and
successes in addressing the issues from the previous inspection
indicate that the school has good capacity to continue to
improve” (Ofsted 2010).
The school remains heavily oversubscribed for next September and we hope that our learning community continues to thrive.
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The Rector Writes
We welcome Jim & Carol Fox to Henley in Arden, all the way from the USA!
Jim will be the Pastor at the Baptist Church
for six months. You might not realise this but the four church
communities in Henley, C of E, Baptist, Methodist and Roman Catholic
work together; we offer different forms of worship but we also enjoy
getting together from time to time. On 31st January we all got together
for a service in St. Nicholas’ to mark the ending of the long
season of Christmas (Yes, Christmas!), and now we are looking forward
to getting together during Lent. The plan is to ‘Get to know
Jesus better’ on Thursday evenings in March as part of marking
the season of Lent. Does this interest you – getting to know
Jesus better? Then join us! Keep the Thursday evenings free and watch
out for more details of time and venue.
Whether we go to meetings and services or
not, getting to know Jesus better is not an option for Christians
– it’s a must. Being a Christian involves allowing the
Spirit of God to shape our characters so that we become more
Christ-like. It’s not just about believing in God and hoping to
go to heaven one day; it’s about here and now allowing the
creative and redeeming power of God to change us for the good.
It’s about learning the hard skills of patience, understanding,
mercy and forgiveness; it’s about self-control and gentleness
when giving your opponent a black-eye seems so much more effective!
It’s about hating evil, but hating no-one. It’s not easy
but it is hugely rewarding. Why? Because you know you are doing what is
Sometimes it is argued that Christianity is
too soft – turning the other cheek is a pleasant thought but it
gets you no-where. Sometimes, it is argued, you have to be selfish and
you have to crush your enemies. After all, all that gentle loving got
Jesus crucified. Ah, yes...but then what happened? Come on, let’s
get to know Jesus better!
Coup for Henley Cricket Club
Henley Cricket Club
has secured a tremendous scoop by securing the services of the chairman
of the England Test selectors for the Annual Dinner on March 27th.
Geoff Miller, who has been involved with both selection panels that
produced teams that won the Ashes in 2005 and 2009, is coming back to
Henley to tell us first hand how it was done.
Geoff is acknowledged as one of the most
accomplished after dinner speakers across the cricket world with a
wealth of anecdotes that keeps sports lovers rocking with laughter. He
is no stranger to Henley as he visited the club back in 1994 when just
starting out on a new career having retired from Test cricket with
England and County cricket with Derbyshire and Essex.
If you would like to attend the evening,
which is at the Henley Golf and Country Club, the tickets are £25
for the meal and entertainment, then contact John Latham on email@example.com
or phone 01564 795239. Dress is smart casual for lads and posh frocks
for the girls. There is a £15 concessionary rate for cricketers
Come and join us for a happy and fun
occasion. Who knows, if you buy Geoff a beer, it might be your last
chance to represent your country at the highest level at a sport you
John Latham - President Henley Cricket Club
Want a better working life? Use your Blackberry or iPhone more!
Local resident Adam Petford
has recently moved back to his home town to start a new venture
focusing on providing short, fun and interactive training sessions that
will give Blackberry and iPhone users a unique and innovative
alternative to muddling though, reading manuals, guides, tutorials etc
Having spent over 10 years designing and
implementing various high profile communication systems, Adam has
witnessed first hand the positive impact that Smartphones can have on a
working environment and is passionate about bringing his experiences
and knowledge to helping local businesses and users get more from their
Blackberry and iPhone investments.
Adam told Henley NEWS Online, “2009 was a tough year for
business. The reality is that a new economic world is being born &
once it clears the painful birth stage the
world will never be the same again. Users and businesses that
embrace mobile working, stay connected at all times, commit to faster
sales cycles and social networking will thrive.
Money loves speed in the modern world! This is where Smartphones really
can enhance a business, they can literally offer the mobile office an
all-in-one small, convenient device.
"Most people, if not all of us, have have
brought a gadget and never had the time, desire or patience to read
though the manual. Smartphones definitely fit into this category as
much of the basic functionality can be learnt in minutes. Apple have
spent millions on making their iPhone as intuitive as possible, the
same could be said for Blackberry which is why our sessions are short
and quite technically light. We focus as much on the user and how
they operate as the technology itself, which is critical to the
overall success of Smartphones in business.
"It is important to remember Smartphones
that are used without a good foundation of knowledge about their true
capabilities are little more than expensive phones.
"Our sessions are very different to the
traditional IT training approach; our goal is not to run though every
little technical detail but to give you just the right amount of
knowledge. We want people to get involved and come away with a
device that can really make a difference to their working life. We will
be running our first pilot sessions on the 3rd & 4th of March at
our Blythe Valley Business Offices."
To find out more about the sessions please visit our website at www.unitecoms.co.uk/index.php/smartphontraining or you can contact Adam directly on 0800 112 3220
This seminar is perfect for either/both your Parish councillors and for Town and Village Management Partnership members.
The main purpose of the “Introduction to Regeneration”
is to help people from different backgrounds and perspectives
understand what is actually meant by “regeneration”,
particularly in terms of:
- Why we need regeneration in the first place.
- The history of regeneration, what has worked and what hasn’t in the past.
- A model for delivering regeneration appropriate for the current economic circumstances.
- What constitutes regeneration “good practice”.
Attending this seminar will give attendees a strong position to work as
a regeneration partnership or team. RegenWM is an excellent
organisation here to help, advise and support regeneration
in many ways. This could be invaluable for your Parish.
The seminar will take place on
Monday 15th February 2010
at Globe House, Priory Road, Alcester, B49 5DZ
starting at 4pm and finishing at 7pm.
PLACES ARE LIMITED – Full details of the seminar will follow to registered attendees
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Council Tax after the next general election
By Christine Melsom of Isitfair
Labour is still wedded to CT. If they get back in again it is probable
- indeed likely - that there will be a property revaluation. This could
be disastrous for CT payers. Rather than push general taxation higher
(to try to sort out the mess they have got the country into), they will
dump as much as possible on to local government and let them take the
The revaluation in Wales was trumpeted as being "revenue-neutral" i.e.
the revaluation would not result in any more, or any less, CT being
collected: it would just be a redistribution to make the whole thing
"fairer". What they said was that 25% of CT payers would see an
increase; 25% would see a decrease and 50% would be unaffected.
What actually happened was that the revaluation ALONE resulted in 9%
more CT being demanded. Only 8% ended up paying less and 32% ended up
having to pay more. Some had to pay a LOT more which is why they also
had to bring in a "transitional relief" scheme where people who were
bumped up several bands were bumped up one CT band per year until they
ended up in what was considered to be the correct band.
If the same revaluation exercise here in England goes the way the
revaluation went in Wales - and bearing in mind this government has a
record of not learning from past mistakes - the majority of us would
end up out of pocket.
And would they also do away with the capping regime?
The Conservatives also are still wedded to CT. They have said that if
they end up with a majority and form the next government any increase
in CT - provided it is not more than 2.5% - will be reimbursed from
general taxation for two years - meaning that CT payers will not see an
increase in their bills for two years. They are selling this as a CT
freeze for two years (which it really isn't) but what happens in
the third year? Will we see an increase in CT of 5% (actually 5.0625%
compounded) - plus whatever the councils think they can get away with
in year three?
And - unless we have missed it - the Conservatives have said nothing
about how the 2.5% will be calculated, but we understand that this
"freeze deal" will apply to each individual precept (County Council,
District Council, Police and Fire Authorities).
The Conservatives have also said they would not go ahead with a
property revaluation for council tax purposes but that they would
do away with the existing capping regime. They are in favour of the
greater use of local referendums to help guide decisions. They claim
they will make the local government funding settlement more transparent.
The Liberal Democrats
The Lib Dems still seem to favour a local income tax and/or a
land-value tax. Even though they haven't any chance of becoming the
party of government, they may have some influence if there is hung
Parliament and if they cosy up to one or other of the two main parties
in some cobbled-together coalition.
And the fringe parties (Greens, UKIP and others - even the
BNP) could have an influence on the make up of the next parliament
if it is close-run thing between Labour and Conservative.
Town / Parish precepts
None of the parties has mentioned anything about correcting the anomaly
that allows town / parish councils to increase their share of the
council tax bill (their precept) by more than the cap that applies to
other, higher authorities.
Being well aware that the cap does not apply to towns and parishes, a
growing number of higher-level councils (County/District/Borough/City)
are starting to off-load some of their non-statutory duties on to towns
and parishes in their area – but keeping the money that they
would have had to spend on these duties.
This off-loading has meant that many town and parish precepts have
rocketed such that, in a growing number of cases, the amount demanded
by the town/parish is as much as, or even more than, the amount
demanded by the district/borough council.
In a Green paper in 2000, and in another document issued by the
Department for Communities and Local Government in 2002, the current
government has admitted that this off-loading can also lead to double
taxation in that householders can be charged twice for the same
So, even though the current government have been aware of this
possible double-taxation business for 10 years, and have issued Green
Papers and other reports about it, neither they, nor any of the other
parties, has said anything about putting a stop to it.
Isitfair The Nationwide Campaign Calling For The Reform Of The Council Tax System.
Please visit www.isitfair.co.uk
Lions Overawed by Strong Service Pack
Birmingham Civil Service RFC 15 – Claverdon RFC 3
Penalties – Wyllie
continued their league campaign with a trip over to Solihull to face an
ever improving Civil Service side that had recently put 40 points on
Claverdon were struck a major blow when top
try scorer Johnson pulled out just before kick off after failing to
shake off a hamstring strain. With the recent departure of captain
Horswill to work commitments, Westmacott away travelling and regulars
Knight, Edsall & Wenborn missing, Claverdon looked up against it.
However, such strength of their squad this season saw welcome returns
from Joyce, Gill & Visser as more than suitable replacements.
The first 10 minutes saw Claverdon show good
aggressive tackling and running. Forwards and backs were carrying and
recycling the ball well. After Claverdon gained good territory by way
of a quick free kick by Smith, Carruthers’ strong running forced
Service to give away a penalty within range. Wyllie duly stepped up to
put the ball between the posts. 0-3 Claverdon. It came at a cost as
Carruthers popped his shoulder and was replaced by Warren.
After this period of good play by the league
leaders, Claverdon then fell off the pace and it was Civil Service who
were now first to every ball and looked the more likely to score. Good
tackling by full back Bennett and centre Noble kept the home side at
bay. Everything that Service threw at them Claverdon seemed to repel
and this solid defence is a key part as to why Claverdon are topping
The half was played out with service on the
ascendancy and Claverdon were grateful of half time to re-group and try
and come out stronger in the 2nd period. 0-3 Half Time.
Service started the 2nd half in the same
vain as they had ended the first period and their far heavier pack
started to dominate the Claverdon pack at every scrum. It was from one
of these scrums that Service fed the ball to the blind side and their
winger kicked the ball deep in the Claverdon 22. Bennett could do no
more than put the ball out. The resultant lineout saw Service catch and
drive to go over in the corner from 5 yards out, conversion missed, 5-3.
With the wind now behind them Service used
this with great effect and with good place kicking in behind wingers
Wilding and Barton, Service were soon again camped in the Claverdon
half. After Claverdon gave away a sloppy free kick Service fed the ball
to the big number 4 who powered through 3 Claverdon defenders to score
between the posts, converted, 12-3. This caused another blow for
Claverdon with Gill suffering a head injury and being replaced by
Claverdon tried to dig deep with captain
Skinner leading the vocals but the dominance of the Service pack meant
that they struggled to build any platform for the Claverdon backs who
were not seeing the amount of ball that they were used to.
Another cheap penalty given away by
Claverdon saw Civil Service kick another 3 points and with it seal the
points, 15-3 Final Score. This was Claverdon’s first defeat of
the League campaign and one that they will have to learn a great deal
from with the upcoming crucial league games.
Claverdon were simply outplayed in this game
and as sometimes happens against Service were dictated to the way that
Service wanted to play. They couldn’t play off their usually
dominant scrums and lineouts and as a result the talented and skilful
Claverdon backs didn’t have chance to play their expansive game.
Claverdon are back at home this Saturday to
face Tenbury in the League. With Tenbury’s recent run of good
form this will be a tough test for the league leaders.
Picture by Will Barnes showing Dave
Carruthers with the ball. He almost scored but suffered a
shoulder injury in this tackle forcing him to retire from the game.
Report by Tom Johnson
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Telephone Scams, Phishing Scams & Scam Mailings
Please be aware of the following two telephone scams that have been reported to the service:
1. Telephone Scam
A consumer received a call from a 'representative' of BT, informing
them that they were to be disconnected because of an unpaid bill. The
caller demanded payment immediately of £31.00, or a cost of
£118.00 would be charged to re-connect at a later date.
The caller was not put off when the consumer
told them that they were not with BT but another company. The caller
alleged BT is paid a percentage for line rental! The consumer asked the
callers name - the reply from a very 'English' John Peacock with a very
foreign accent - & phone number - 0800 0800 152.
The caller then offered to demonstrate that
he was from BT and could disconnect the line. The caller told the
consumer to hang up & then try phoning someone. The caller then
alleged he would disconnect the phone line to prevent this. The phone
line went dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until the caller phoned
The caller asked if that was enough proof
that he was with BT. The consumer asked how payment was to be made
& the caller requested credit card details, there & then.
Fortunately the consumer replied that he thought this was a scam and
had absolutely no intention of paying.
The consumer phoned the police to let them know; other people had also reported the scam.
The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it is real. The caller cannot cut you off.
What the caller does is press the mute
button on his phone which makes you think you have been cut off. What
he is doing is holding the line open and he can still hear you.
All you have to do is hang up and do not try the phone again for at least 5 minutes.
The telephone exchange automatically disconnects the caller from you and you can then use your phone again.
If you do not do this and keep picking up the phone the caller will be able to hear what you are saying SO JUST END THE CALL AND DO NOT USE THE PHONE FOR 5 MINUTES.
2. Telephone Scam
The Ministry of Justice has been made aware of a scam where consumers
are telephoned by people claiming to be from the government, Office of
Fair Trading, a high street bank or a legitimate claims management
company, suggesting that the consumer could receive payments, for
example repayment of bank charges or other debts.
They are asked to provide personal
information such as bank account details and make an upfront payment
first, often by money transfer.
These callers have no connection with
Ministry of Justice, OFT or other bona fide organisations and have
tricked and harassed victims into handing over hundreds of pounds, only
to find that the call was a scam and they’re now even further in
The Ministry of Justice and the OFT would
never contact consumers asking them for personal bank or similar
details. We are therefore warning consumers not to pass on personal or
financial details to such callers or to transfer money unless you are
confident the company is legitimate. If you have already done so,
contact your bank as soon as possible to stop or check any unauthorised
transactions and report the incident to the police.
If you’re uncertain or worried contact
Consumer Direct on 0845 040 506 or check the Claims Regulation website.
As always, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Please be aware that a scam letter from the EuroMillion Lottery
International is again being received by residents in Warwickshire. If
you receive any such mailings/letters from the above or winning Prize
Draw notifications Trading Standards Advice is to ignore them and
The 5 rules below are always useful to consider:
- Never send money to anyone who says you’ve won a prize or the lottery
- Never give out your bank account details or other personal information to people you do not know.
- Never feel pressured to respond immediately
- Never send money in response to bogus psychic mailings.
- If something sounds too good to be true it probably is!
Computer “Phishing” Emails
Trading Standards regularly receive complaints from consumers about
emails purporting to be from banks, building societies and government
offices asking consumers to verify their customer details and divulge
confidential pin numbers and passwords. Fraudsters copy the genuine
bank websites and create replica sites.
I would very much like to hear of any scam
mailings, phishing emails, and any other scams targeted at you, your
family, friends and colleagues.
please send any information to:
Warwickshire County Council
Trading Standards Service
Old Budbrooke Road
Lisa Stirling - Senior Information Officer
Trading Standards Service
Tel Office: 01926 414075
Tel Mobile: 07500 993287
John Garner's Business Column
you too old?
age discrimination has been with us now for over three years. The default
retirement age is 65 which means that employers can require employees to retire
at the age of 65 or above without facing claims for unfair dismissal or age
discrimination. If employers want an
employee to retire at 65 (or any date after they attain that age) they must
give the employee at least 6 months notice.
A long-running case,
known as the Heyday case, challenged the Government’s implementation of the
European Directive requiring member states to legislate against age
discrimination. The High
Court ruled that the default retirement age remains lawful. It saw little point in extending age
discrimination if this were merely to result in fewer jobs for both young and
That might seem to be the end of the matter
except that the Government has brought forward its planned review of the
default retirement age from 2011 to 2010. It may increase it to 68 or 70 or even abolish
it altogether. We don’t know.
This appears to be an example on non-joined-up
government. On the one hand we are told
we’ll have to work to a greater age in the future to get our pensions, on the
other hand we can be forced to retire at 65.
Presumably something sensible will get agreed
eventually but I might be too old to care by then…..
A group of 40 year-old men discuss where they should meet for dinner to
celebrate having reached that age.
Finally they agree that they should meet at the Purple Parrot
restaurant because the waitresses there have low cut blouses.
10 years later, at 50 years of age, the group meets again and once again they
discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet
at the Purple Parrot because the food there is very good and the wine
selection is most excellent.
10 years later, at 60 years of age, the group meets again and once again they
discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet
at the Purple Parrot because they can eat there in peace and quiet and the
restaurant is smoke free.
10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group meets again and once again they
discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed that they should meet
at the Purple Parrot because the restaurant is wheel chair accessible and even has a lift.
10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group meets again and once again they
discuss where they should meet. Finally it is agreed upon that they should meet
at the Purple Parrot that would be a great idea because they have never been
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Eco-Button - A Winner of Many Awards
was given something called an ‘Eco-Button’ last week. Not
knowing what it was, I had to put all my investigative skills into use
and googled it.
www.eco-button.com was the website for this contraption.
Basically, it is a large push button switch (illuminated) which you
plug into your PC USB socket. Every time you leave your PC, you push
this button and it puts the PC into standby. When you return, push any
key and the PC springs back into life. This saves power and makes you
more ‘green’. But there’s one extra feature in the
software: on re-power a screen is displayed showing how much cash you
have just saved and how that relates to CO2. You just have to enter the
unit cost of your electricity, you can get this from your bill, and the
software does the rest.
The website states a home PC user can save around £50 / year,
while a SME business with 50 PCs can save £1200 / year (if they
are put into standby for 2 hours a day). Larger companies even more.
2 hours a day seems a lot but consider: lunch 30 – 60 minutes,
meetings 30 – 60 minutes, toilet calls 10 minutes each etc. I
cannot substantiate these claims but putting your PC into standby when
not in use is a good habit to get into. I really must get into the
habit at work; at home it’s easy, I have to close the lid to stop
the cats sleeping on the keyboard so I have changed the power settings
to put it into standby when closed.
Eco Button has won many awards including the Energy Product/Service
Award sponsored by the Energy Institute. Others can be seen on the
following page www.eco-button.com/uk/A3.12.awards.htm
If you prefer not to buy one you can still put your PC into standby by
clicking on standby (windows XP) or for VISTA, a similar symbol in the
right hand column accessed from the start button (bottom left corner of
Andy Langford - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Laurence Marshall Stephen Thirlwell
Studley and Henley Community Forum – Have Your Say
Studley Library will
be the hot topic of discussion at the next Studley and Henley Community
Forum meeting taking place on Thursday 11 February at Studley Village
hall at 7.30pm.
Other items on the agenda include:
- Local Policing update on the 3
priorities as chosen by residents at the last meeting – house
burglaries, parking (Arden Road, Henley) and speeding in Kemps Green
- Support for carers
- Helping Improve Health Services and
- Local Transport Plan 3.
There’s also the
usual questions and discussion from the floor and sharing information
from other organisations. Do come along, join in and have your say.
If you have a specific
concern or problem, then drop in to the local surgery from 7pm to
7.30pm where you will be able to speak to your local policing Safer
NEIGHBOURHOODs Team, Councillors and Officers from Warwickshire County
and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils. Residents can hear the latest
on policing in their local area and officers from Warwickshire Police
will feed back on issues raised at earlier surgeries.
Sergeant Bob Shaw,
Team Leader for Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs Team said:
“Your attendance and input at forums is essential in order for us
to know and deal effectively with the issues causing concern in the
Community Forums are
an interactive event enabling residents to learn about issues big and
small affecting their area, get answers to questions and influence
local decision-making. Anyone with a question about a local issue can
go along and put it to officers from a range of organisations.
If you would like to suggest an issue for a future Community Forum meeting,
or get involved, please contact the WCC Stratford Area Office on 01789 290784 or email: email@example.com
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for January 2010 as at 25/01/10:
Crime in Your Area
This section highlights the current crime trends on the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team area:
Remain vigilant and ensure that you secure
your property including sheds and garages as it is historically at this
time of year with shorter daylight hours that we experience an increase
in burglaries and theft related incidents.
Please remove any items from view inside
your vehicle including, coats, laptops and satnavs and make sure you
don’t leave your vehicle unattended whilst defrosting. Currently
the area is experiencing an increase in thefts from motor vehicles,
particularly in the Studley area, where local officers will be
increasing high visibility patrols.
Information & Advice
Driving conditions have been hazardous
recently due to the snow and falling temperatures. Please take care
when driving in snow and on icy roads:
- Be prepared for the road conditions to suddenly change over short distances.
- Avoid braking, sharp turns, or sudden speed increases which could make your vehicle skid.
- The best way to slow without skidding is to get into a lower gear earlier and let your speed reduce and then brake gently.
- If you start to skid, take your foot off the accelerator. Do not brake suddenly.
- When moving off on a slippery surface use
the highest gear that you can (for example, second gear rather than
first). This will help avoid wheel spin that could make you lose
control of your vehicle.
For further information about winter driving please visit: www.highways.gov.uk
Please note it is an offence to let off
fireworks after 11pm except on Bonfire Night when the deadline is
midnight and New Year’s Eve at 1am.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities
Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum:
- Burglaries in the Earlswood, Tanworth and
Henley area – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers have pledged to
conduct 24 x 2 hour high visibility patrols
- Parking issues during school drop off and
collection times, Arden Road, Henley in Arden – Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers have pledged to conduct 24 x high visibility
patrols at peak times in order to deliver appropriate advice to
- Speeding, Kemps Green, Henley in Arden
– Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers have pledged to carry out 10 x
speed checks in the area.
Feedback on the above priorities will be
given at the next Community Forum (see below for details), feedback
will also be given in the next newsletter together with details of the
new priorities. For further information please visit
www.safer-NEIGHBOURHOODs.co.uk or www.stratford.gov.uk
PCSO 6176 Dave Martin has joined as an additional PCSO for the Alcester
North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team after serving two years in post at
Alcester. Dave will be based at Henley Police Station and whilst
patrolling Henley will be primarily responsible for Tanworth, Earlswood
A dispersal zone is now in force in Studley
to help combat anti social behaviour. The zone covers the Skate Park
down to the Alcester Road and the Town Centre to the Barley Mow Public
A drugs warrant was executed in Henley in
the Spring of last year and a large amount of Class ‘A’
drugs were seized; the offender is to appear in Crown Court at the end
of January 2010.
The offender has been identified for
covering Henley Youth Club in graffiti towards the end of last year.
The youth is now taking part in the Restorative Justice Programme,
which involves being formally spoken to by a police officer and
agreeing to ‘payback’ the community by doing
jobs/activities in a community, but not in the same place where they
committed the offence.
An application has been made for an Alcohol
Restriction Zone in Studley, this will focus on the High Street with
further locations to follow.
Damage was caused to the door and drainpipe
of Studley Doctors Surgery on High Street on the evening of the 24th
October 2009, enquiries have continued and three Studley youths have
been processed for this on the 26th November 2009, a 14 year old
received a final warning, a 17 year old received a reprimand and one
was charged with criminal damage and obstruct police.
Two Cannabis Street warnings have been issued to Studley youths in the Grove.
On the 24th November 2009 a burglary
occurred in Wootton Wawen, a member of the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
arrested two offenders the next day, recovered some of the property and
charged two offenders with the offence.
On the 12th October 2009 a theft occurred at
a store on the Alcester Road Studley where several hundred pounds worth
of goods were stolen. The offender was tracked down and was interviewed
in prison, she admitted the offence and was summonsed to court where
she received a suspended 12 month prison sentence.
On the 7th January Warwickshire Police
Officers together with officers from West Mercia Police attended an
incident in Studley and arrested a person in connection with burglary.
On the 4th January Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD
Officers in Henley searched a suspicious vehicle and occupants within
and found a large quantity of Class B drugs. Details were taken and a
Street Caution issued.
Warwickshire Sees The Greatest Decrease in Violent Crime Nationwide, Latest Crime Figures Show
21 January 2010
Violent crime resulting in injury in
Warwickshire dropped by 23 per cent in the 12 months to the end of
September 2009 with 2,682 incidents being reported to Warwickshire
Police, 802 fewer than the same period the previous year.
The drop is the greatest decrease recorded
by any police force in the country and is compared to a national
average decrease of violent crime of four per cent, crime figures
released by the Home Office today (Thursday 21 January) show.
Speaking about the significant decrease
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Parker said, “Closer partnership
working in town centres, increased levels of resourcing on busy nights,
high profile joint emergency service operations and closer working with
bar managers and licensees have all helped to reduce the levels of
violence in Warwickshire.”
“We are also pleased to report that
the decrease in violence is continuing, and over Christmas and New Year
there were significantly fewer incidents of violence reported compared
to last year. More recently we have had ten consecutive days in January
when there have been no reports of any serious injury violence across
the whole force."
In the 12 months to September 2009
Warwickshire Police also achieved a 16 per cent drop in robberies
taking place within the county with 298 robberies reported, or 57 fewer
incidents, reported to the police. The national figure for robbery saw
a decrease of three per cent.
Incidents of criminal damage being reported,
which is seen as an indicator for the level of anti social behaviour,
also saw a drop of 15 per cent in Warwickshire, or 7,465 incidents
reported compared to 8,737 in the previous 12 months.
British Crime Survey figures, also for the
12 month period ending September 2009, show an increasing level of
public confidence in the work of police and partners to tackle crime
and anti social behaviour in Warwickshire with 47.5 per cent of the
population expressing their confidence, a rise of more than four per
cent on the previous year. Chief Superintendent Richard Sear, Deputy
Director for Performance and Standards said, “Crime is down
significantly and confidence levels are rising. There has been some
great work by local councils, wider partners and the police which is
achieving success in resolving local issues and driving crime down.
“We are determined to build on this,
delivering high quality policing services and working with partners to
resolve local issues effectively. “
The crime statistics also show that car
crime also decreased, by three per cent during the 12 month period.
This was lower than the national average decrease of 14 per cent, but
Warwickshire Police is confident that sufficient measures have now been
put in place to ensure that car crime will continue to decrease.
Continuing the positive news sexual offences
recorded an increase of nine per cent equating to 428 incidents being
reported to police in Warwickshire compared to 392 in the preceding 12
months. The national average for reporting sexual offences saw a
decrease of one per cent.
“We welcome an increase in the number
of sexual offences being reported", explained Andy Parker, “We
know that for many years these crimes were under reported but due to
increased confidence in the police we now see the number of reports
increasing. These figures do not reflect an increase in the number of
incidents but show more accurately the level of sexual crime which is
taking place. If we are to protect the public from harm we need victims
to report these crimes."
House burglary in Warwickshire saw a three
per cent increase in the 12 months to September 2009 compared to the
previous year at a time when nationally the burglary rate has stood
still. The numbers of house burglaries are very low in Warwickshire,
with about six crimes a day across the whole of the County.
Identifying that there had been a slight
increase in domestic burglary, a number of successful operations have
been initiated based on the targeting of repeat offenders and those who
cause the highest harm within the community. Priority Policing Areas
have been identified where higher levels of crime are recorded and
additional resources have been allocated to tackle emerging crime
DCC Parker explained that everyone involved
in delivering Safer Communities should be proud of these achievements,
overall crime continues to fall in Warwickshire with significant
reductions in violence and increasing public confidence. Warwickshire
Police and their partners are determined to reduce crime further and
provide the maximum protection possible to our communities.
The next Community Forum will be held 11th February 2010, 7pm, Studley
Village Hall - If you have a specific concern then come along to the
local surgery, where you will be able to speak to your local Safer
NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford
District Council Officer.
The next Henley Community Surgery will be
held 27th February, 11:30am, Henley Baptist Church Hall - The surgery
gives you the opportunity to speak to members of the Parish Council
& Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team about the issues that concern
you, while giving you feedback regarding what is happening in the
The next Henley Police Surgery will be 17th
February, between 11 am – 1pm, Henley Police Station - A drop in
facility to discuss issues/problems within the community with your
local policing team.
The next Henley Neighbouhood Watch Meeting will be held 18th February, 7pm, Henley Police Station
The next Studley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH/Community Surgery will be held 19th May, 7:30 pm, Studley Village Hall
If you have any information or have
witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police
on 01789 762207.
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HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 18th February at 8.00 pm in the Baptist
Church Hall. The speaker will be David Howe on “Prime Ministers
and The Midlands”. Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
ULLENHALL GARDENING CLUB
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 23rd February in Ullenhall Village Hall,
7.30 for 7.45 pm. Our speaker is the author John Trinder on “The
Iris Year”. Visitors are welcome (£3).
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
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
are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall,
Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. 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
|THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDEN|
Meets at the Golf Club on Monday evenings at 7pm.
New members are always welcome.
Please email Robin Freeman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Download Henley Rotary Club calendar
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Are 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 Hall,
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN ALLOTMENTS & GARDENING CLUB
The Objectives of the Club are:
- To maintain and develop facilities for gardening and allotment sites.
- To enable members to enjoy the activity of gardening and allotments.
- To enable a healthy and rewarding past time enriching people's lives.
- To preserve local green spaces for the community of Henley-in-Arden.
- To foster an allotment and gardening spirit.
- To create synergies and alliances with other like minded organisations.
- To create a network where
members can communicate with each other in order to exchange ideas,
exchange produce and flowers, share equipment, seek advice and help.
The HAAGC is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and membership is FREE. Click Here for Application Form
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB
Meets every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm at the Memorial Hall,
Station Road, Henley-in-Arden. The season runs from mid September to
end April. A warm welcome is extended to all badminton players who may
be interested in joining the club. Visitors welcome. Please contact the
Chairman, Alan Barber, on 01564 793320 for further details.
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
HENLEY-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 A3400 just outside Henley. The Club welcomes new members,
whether beginners or established players. For further information
contact John Townson 01564 792407.
Jollytots meet every Tuesday morning during term time between 10am and
11.45am in the Church Hall on Beaudesert Lane, Henley. It is open
for all under 4 year olds and costs only £1.50 which includes a
drink and a biscuit. There are toys, games, arts and crafts and
singing. Any questions please ring Rachel on 01564 794470.
There are still vacancies in some areas of Henley-in-Arden for
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Coordinators. If you are aware that your area is
not covered or you are willing to be a coordinator, please contact
Annette Walker on 792837
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
Holds its monthly
lunchtime meeting on the third Thursday of each month from 11.30am to
2.15pm at the Henley Golf Club. There is a one hour networking session
followed by a quality lunch and an informative speaker on a business
topic. Full details at www.swbc.co.uk
|TAI CHI in HENLEY
Thursdays, 11am at the Baptist Hall, Beaudesert Lane. Age, health or
fitness no barrier. £5 per session – no termly fees. For
further information contact Debbie Wild on 07773 318830.
Full details at: www.swantaichi.co.uk|
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.
THE 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.
DE MONTFORT LODGE OF FREEMASONS
De Montfort Lodge is the only freemasons’ lodge meeting in
Henley. It was established in the town in 1930 and holds meetings in
the Guild Hall. Anyone interested in freemasonry should contact John
Pollard on 0121 603 8577 for further details.
WRVS LUNCH CLUB
The WRVS organise a lunch club for the elderly of the district at Dell
Court every Tuesday at 12.30pm at a cost of £3.10. For
further details contact Christine on 01789 209210.
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BRIDGE CLUB
Plays Duplicate Bridge of
intermediate standard on Tuesday evenings at the the White Swan Hotel
and usually finds 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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