Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for September 2010:
Crime in Your Area
Local officers have increased patrols during the past few months in order to reduce the level burglary incidents recorded. Overall burglary incidents have reduced on the area with burglary dwelling incidents significantly reduced, however sheds, garages and outhouses are still being targeted for high value items such as gardening equipment and machinery. Residents are reminded to ensure their property is secured at all times when not attended and where possible protectively marked using SMART WATER. For further information about SMART WATER please contact your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team. Overall since April the 1st burglary dwellings have reduced on the Alcester North area by -27.9% when compared to the same period last year and vehicle crime has reduced by 18.1%.
The Henley area experienced some anti social behaviour/criminal damage towards the end on the month with youths throwing eggs at houses in the town, five youths have been identified and have since taken part in the Restorative Justice Initiative whereby under the supervision of officers they took park in a two hour litter pick around the town and visited the properties they egged to apologise and clean the egg off windows, brickwork and facia board.
Youths have been identified for causing criminal damage at Henley Skate Park and have taken part in the Restorative Justice Initiative whereby under supervision they have removed the graffiti at Henley Skate Park and took part in a litter pick around the town.
The majority of violence incidents have been recorded in the Henley and Studley areas, although those recorded are of a minor nature and have been dealt with appropriately by officers.
Information & Advice for Halloween - 31st October
- Adults should always accompany children when trick or treating. Young people should never go trick or treating alone.
- Do not knock on the doors of strangers – only go to people yo know. Never go into a stranger’s house
- Always keep to well-lit areas. Wear bright clothing and always carry a torch. Remember road safety.
- Unless pre-arranged, do not visit elderly members of the community. Be careful not to frighten vulnerable people.
- Keep you tricks to within the law – anything that results in damage is an offence and will be dealt with as such.
Don’t knock on doors where there is a ‘No trick or treat sign’, like the one shown below:
Closer to the Halloween period, advisory leaflets and signs like the one above will be available from you Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team and they will also be available from other places such as your local libraries and newsagents. Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers will also be visiting local schools and youth centres to educate young people as well as liasing with local retailers to restrict the sale of eggs and flour to those under the age of 18 years. During the Halloween period local officers will be conducting high visibility patrols to minimise anti-social behaviour. Should anybody experience any problems during the Halloween period officers request that residents contact us a.s.a.p on 01926 415000, so that we can identify the offender/s and deal with them appropriately. Should it be an emergency dial 999.
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 held on the 1st July 2010:
- Speeding Vehicles, Earlswood Common - 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate.
- Anti Social Behaviour, Studley Town Centre – Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers to conduct 8 x 2 hour high visibility patrols in the area after 10 pm on Friday/Saturday evenings.
- Anti Social Behaviour, Henley Medical Centre, Prince Harry Road - Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers to conduct 8 x 2 hour high visibility patrols in the area after 10 pm on Friday/Saturday evenings.
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/an or www.stratford.gov.uk
A 22 year old male from Birmingham pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to a burglary at a pensioner’s home in Tanworth in Arden in which jewellery; cameras and a television were taken. The male has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.
Local officers with the help of staff at Henley High School have identified youths responsible for causing graffiti at Henley Skate Park. The youths were given strong words of advice by officers. The youths, including two 13 year old females were given warnings and also made to clean the graffiti off and pay for the materials used.
Local officers have identified five youths for throwing eggs at properties in Henley, the youths have taken part in the Restorative Justice Initiative whereby under the supervision of officers they took park in a two hour litter pick around the town and visited the properties they egged to apologise and clean the egg off windows, brickwork and facia board.
At midnight on Saturday 25th September 2010 a 46 year old Studley woman was arrested for drink driving after a damage only collision on Watts Road Studley, whilst on the way to custody she assaulted the female arresting officer. At custody she gave a lower reading of 85 microgram’s of alcohol per 100 of breath. She has been bailed for enquiries into the collision.
On the 2nd September an cycle officer is Studley saw a moped driving down High Street Studley with a passenger without a helmet. The vehicle was subsequently found and seized, the rider, a 16 year old Redditch youth was given a reprimand for riding otherwise that in accordance with his licence.
The next Community Forum will be held 7th October, 7pm, Studley Youth Centre - 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, 24TH November, 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 community.
The next Henley Police Surgery will be held 13th & 27th October, between 11am – 1pm, Henley Police Station - A drop in facility to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team.
The next Henley NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting will be held 21st October, 7pm, Henley Police Station
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
Warnings from Trading Standards
Line painting scam warning in Leamington
Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is
warning of rogue traders targeting schools, churches and community
groups in the Leamington area. Officers have received several reports
this week from various organisations that have been approached by a
door-to-door trader offering cut-price line painting on roads outside
buildings or in car parks.
They say they are working on behalf of the county council or its
contractors and have lots of spare yellow paint because they have been
asked to use red paint when line marking instead.
If work is carried out it is likely to be of very poor standard and
over-charged, costing even more money to put right, turning what seems
to be a cheap deal in to a very big mistake.
The rogue traders send a smartly dressed representative in to schools,
community centres and churches, offering cut-price line painting.
However, neither the county council nor its contractors would
participate in door-to-door selling and certainly wouldn’t carry
out any work without prior agreement through the
necessary channels and would use reputable companies.
It is also worth noting that any work carried out on the public highway
can only be done with the express permission of the local authority.
Tax Refund Notification Scam Reminder
The Trading Standards Service has received further complaints about the Tax Refund Notification 'phishing scam'. Email users are warned not to click on any links in emails entitled
'Tax Refund Notification' or provide any personal or financial information.
The email (which is signed HM Revenue and Customs) requests recipients to submit a tax refund request (including bank account details), to claim a 'refund' of £351.80. This email
As with all 'phishing' emails, anybody responding risks losing money and having their identity stolen.
Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
Energy price rises will continue
energy bills have more than doubled since 2002; the price increase
being quoted is about 125%. The rises have not ceased. To see why, read
The UK is increasingly dependent on imported
energy with about one third of our gas now coming from overseas. This
is not a good situation because control of the gas supply is in the
hands of other countries who are not necessarily especially friendly to
us. Also, we are not the only country wanting to use imported gas, so
international competition is going to drive prices upwards. A
significant part of our electricity now comes from gas fired power
stations, so our vulnerability to the reliability and cost of gas
supply is far-reaching. As the price of gas increases, so will the
price of electricity. The oil price spike of a year or so ago will come
back and be surpassed as economies recover because world oil production
is reaching its peak but world demand is still growing.
The gas price is not the only factor that
will affect future electricity prices. A substantial proportion of our
power stations will reach life expiry in the next five years with
2015/16 being the crunch year. Massive investment is required to
replace the retiring stations and the investment has to start soon to
keep the lights on in 2015. Indeed it has already started with numerous
wind farms either under construction or ready for building with
planning consent. New nuclear is also planned with the first of
possibly 12 new stations due to be completed just too late in 2017, and
that’s if we’re lucky; more likely 2018. Prevarication by
past governments is the cause of this entirely predictable situation.
Let us hope the coalition does better by creating clear policies to
facilitate the necessary progress. There is potential for 45,000 jobs
in wind energy which is another good reason for facilitating more wind
power, but I digress. However the power infrastructure is renewed,
someone has to pay for it and it won’t be the government because
it has no spare money; the costs will have to be borne by those who use
the electricity, ie all of us in our electricity bills.
The government’s own prediction is
that energy bills could rise by a further 50% by 2020. Whilst this does
not sound as bad as the 125% of the recent past, it is in fact almost
the same in money terms. For example if you started with an annual
energy bill of £500 p/a in 2002, it will by now have increased by
about £600 to around £1100p/a. After the predicted 50%
increase, it will have increased by a further £550 p/a.
The best way to weather the storm of increasing prices is to invest in
energy efficiency. To misquote a well known politician, an important
part of the solution is ‘Insulation, Insulation,
Insulation’. Call your energy supplier and/or Act on Energy at Wellesbourne
(0800 988 2881) to find out more about insulation. Typical costs are
£80 to £300 depending on the size of house. Investing in
Insulation pays for itself in one to two years and keeps on saving for
years to come. Also, keep doors and windows closed as much as possible
and fit draught excluders to doors and windows that have no seals.
Electricity can be saved by turning things off the moment they are not
being used. All these things cut carbon pollution too, so helping to
Make Henley Greener. If you have any questions about energy or energy
saving, feel free to call me on 792251.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Stratford District Council to ask residents – your money, you decide
Researchers working on
behalf of Stratford-on-Avon District Council are undertaking face to
face interviews with residents about how they think the Council should
spend its money.
An independent market
research company called Research for Today will conduct more than 250
face-to-face interviews with residents from every council ward in the
District. The researchers will carry formal identification (which they
are happy to have checked prior to any interviews) and an introductory
letter from the District Council.
The methodology being used
is known as SIMALTO (Simultaneous Multi Attribute Level Trade Off) and
has been used by over 90 councils in the country. It gives residents a
real insight into the kind of difficult decisions the District Council
has to make and allows them to decide where their own priorities lie
based on real information.
People are given a set
‘budget’ (made up of points) to prioritise the services
delivered by the District Council that they feel are most important to
them. The points are then converted into money which reflects the
District Council’s budget. Residents can choose to spend their
points on keeping things as they are, cutting back or investing in the
service areas that matter most to them.
The results will be used as part of the process to set the District Council’s 5 year budget.
The District Council has
also commissioned an on-line survey so that a greater number of
residents can take part in the same exercise by visiting www.stratford.gov.uk and then clicking the survey link. The scenarios are exactly the same as those being undertaken in the face to face interviews.
There is also an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win £50 worth of shopping vouchers.
Councillor Stephen Gray,
Leader says: "The aim of this exercise is to let the public have their
say on where they think we should concentrate our spending over the
next few years. The Simalto methodology gives very reliable results
which we can use to help protect the areas that are most important when
we are considering next year's council budget.”
Henley NEWS Online Parish Council Survey
Comparison of Precepts (Parish Council Tax)
At £82,650 the JPC's precept (parish council tax) shows the massive excess over the average of £26,328
for similar sized parish councils in the area. Our community is paying
more than three times the average and the JPC is taking money out of
the pockets of the residents of Henley to spend on unnecessary
administration and activities which can be equally well done by the
many voluntary organisations in the town. This is against the principles behind
David Cameron's Big Society of cutting costs and empowering the community.
2010/11 Parish Precepts for medium sized Stratford area parishes
Source: Stratford District Council
View the Henley NEWS Online - 2010 Parish Council Survey (Interim)
New Organisations in the Town need "Investigating"
At the last Joint Parish Council meeting, retired Cllr George Atkinson of Wootton Wawen and Mr Richard Stait of Meadow Road both asked the JPC to investigate 2 new organisations, the Markets Action Group and Reform 2012. The Chairman agreed that this request would be included on the agenda of the next meeting.
Lucy Lunt, the chairman of the Markets Action Group made a statement to the parish council on 13th September about its aims and objectives, which is recorded in the minutes. To find out more go to: Market Action Group website If you wish to show your support, register at: Market Action Group Supporters Registration
Mike Willmott, the Chairman of Democracy 2012, has also made statements at recent parish council meetings.To read more about the aims and objectives, go to: Democracy
2012 website You can register your support at: Democracy
2012 Supporters Registration
Best Village Competition 2011
Henley NEWS Online has won 4 awards in recent years in the competitions organised by the Warwickshire Rural Community Council (WRCC) and was the outright winner in 2007. As a result, Bill Leech, editor of Henley NEWS Online, has been asked to join the WRCC Competitions Committee and will assist with organising the 2011 event.
Bill said, "It would be good for Henley if the prize giving in September 2011 could be held in the town. It is a prestigious event with the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Martin Dunne, presenting the awards. Helen Pennels of the Warwickshire College has agreed to support the Henley bid." Bill added, "The College would be an outstanding venue and very suitable for this event."
Henley NEWS Online will be posting more information about the 2011 competition in the spring.
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Meets on the first Tuesday every month in the Memorial Hall at 7.30pm.
Visitors are welcome to join us on 5th October when Harry Murch will be
giving a presentation on ‘Farms for City Children’. The WI
also has groups for walking and patchwork, 792488 for details.
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB
October 12th. Arnaud Metairie ‘COME FLY WITH ME’.
Competition: Contrasts and Textures. Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome
WI AND CHOIR invite you to a relaxing and entertaining concert followed
by a delicious tea at Tanworth Village Hall on Saturday 16th October at
3.00pm (doors open 2.30pm). Tickets cost £6.00 and will be
available from The Bell pub from Monday 4th October or from Val Benger
HENLEY WILDLIFE SOCIETY
Margaret Anderson from the Woodland Trust will be taking members on an
“Ancient Tree Hunt” at our meeting on Tuesday October 19th
in the Baptist Church hall. Visitors are welcome to come along and join
us from 7.45pm for only £2.00.
THE HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY
Our next meeting is on Thursday 21st October in the Baptist Church Hall
at 8.00pm when Gillian White will give a talk on 'Bess of Hardwick
& Hardwick Hall'. Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.
Details of all the local cinemas, theatres and exhibitions can be found on The Henley Town Website
HENLEY IN ARDEN TENNIS CLUB
Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach.
7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court
available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during
summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of
membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN EVERGREEN CLUB.
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
International in Great Britain and Ireland, is an organisation of more
than 55,000 men and women who, as members of over 1,850 Rotary clubs,
volunteer their time, talents, professional skills and energy to
improving the lives of people in their local communities and others
around the world. The Henley-in-Arden Club meets at the Golf Club on
Monday evenings at 7pm. New members are always welcome.Please email Rotarian Michael Redman
association meets once per month to discuss its plans for the next
parish council election in May 2012 when it intends to offer residents
a manifesto to reduce substantially the running costs of the Joint
Parish Council and to give greater participation to the community in
the affairs of the town. You can register your support at: Democracy 2012 Supporters Registration
For further information contact Secretary - Malcolm Coulter - 01564 795504
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
MARKET DEVELOPMENT ACTION GROUP
A Town Meeting was held on 17th August 2010, when many residents
expressed their concerns about the proposed development on the old
cattle market site. As a result, a committee has been formed to prepare
for the formal application being submitted and any necessary
representations. Read more about the aims of the Market
Action Group website If you wish to show your support, please register at: http://www.tfaforms.com/177141 For
further information contact the Chairman -
Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 01564 794903.
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
Meetings are held on the Second Tuesday each month at 7.30 pm at the
Memorial Hall. Secretary Mrs Annette Walker 01564 792837. Meeting programme
THE WARWICKSHIRE BUSINESS CLUB
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 Church Hall, High Street. 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
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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Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website
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