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Henley United at Jazmine's Party


There was little evidence, which one could believe when reading the local media, that Henley is a divided community at the moment. Residents gathered as one for a party at Naya Restaurant last Tuesday to celebrate the life of Jazmine Lewis, a 9 year-old from Prince Harry Road who is currently in Acorns Hospice, Worcester fighting bravely for her life. After a 3 year fight with cancer she is now terminally ill with a brain tumour.

All tickets for Jazmine’s party were sold out within 48 hours. Those who could not come sent donations or raffle and auction prizes. As a result £1,726 was raised to help support Jazmine and her mother Jade and sister Jess at this difficult time and provide comforts that might not otherwise be possible.


Many thanks are due to several people for the great success. The staff of Naya read about Jazmine in Henley NEWS Online and decided they would like to help by providing the restaurant and the food. HNOL agreed to use their database to send out invitations. Local artist Julie De Bastion donated a beautiful painting for the auction; Pamela’s Boutique proprietors, Nathan and Karen Howe, gave a £200 shopping voucher. The Mother Huff Cap proprietor, Tony Sander, donated a meal for 2. The Flower Shop and Bella Cappelli hair salon also played their part with flowers and transport for Jade to get away from the hospice for a few hours.

In an emotional climax to the evening Jade told guests, ”Jazmine will be so pleased when I get back to her bedside and tell her all about the party she was too poorly to attend. My family wish to thank everyone in the community who has supported us during these difficulties not only this evening but in the preceding times of Jazmine’s devastating illnesses. I know she will be proud and happy to hear that she has brought the community together. What a fitting tribute this evening has been to my lovely little girl. Thank you so much on her behalf.”

John Latham (Organiser) - Riverside Gardens




Peter Knight reports on the evening

On September the 30th of this year I reached my 69th birthday. You are probably thinking what an earth has this got to do with a terminally ill young little girl dying not far from Henley. The significance to me of those numbers is they relate directly to the ages of my own grandchildren: Ava is 6 and Joe is 9 .They both attend Wootton school and Jazmine was in the same class as Joe. This hits home and in some small way I am able to relate to the tragedy that Jade and her family are going through at this very sad time.

So it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I purchased my single ticket for the dinner at the NAYA restaurant on Tuesday September 28th. The object of the dinner was to raise money for Jazmine and help make her remaining days more comfortable. As a fundraising event it was conducted superbly throughout by Henley’s own John Latham who is well versed in the art of raising money for charity. His own record speaks for itself and is second to none.

He commenced the proceedings by welcoming us all and pointing out that Jazmine's mother Jade had managed to take a couple of hours away from Jazmine's bedside to be with us on this special night. The rest of the family including Jazmine's grandmother and Jade's brother was also there. Jade's brother gave a little speech referring to Jazmine and the family. This can hardly have been the easiest of tasks and he performed it with a dignity to suit the occasion.

The restaurant was full to capacity and, as John pointed out, a great number of people who were unable to attend and obtain tickets sent in donations or donated raffle prizes. Some I believe were as far afield as Canada and Dubai. The meal provided was superb and the staff and management at Naya`s laid on a splendid evening. At their own request they insisted on subsidising the price of the dinner.

The auction was conducted by John in great fashion who coaxed money out of people in his usual gentlemanly way. The generosity of the residents of Henley was emphasized by people like Dr Douglas Bridgewater and Lawrence Marshall who dug deep into their own pockets.  Lawrence himself has had his own considerable problems over the past year and it was good to see him and his good wife able to join us.

Jade stood up towards the end of the evening and bravely thanked us all for coming and acknowledging the support she and her family had received. How appropriate as John Latham pointed out that it had taken the tragedy of a nine year old local girl and terminally ill to unite the good people of Henley. John tells me that over £1,700 was raised on the night. The people and residents of Henley should be proud of themselves.

I hope the evening at Naya`s and the money raised will go a little way to help ease the family's sorrow. God Bless Jazmine and may the generosity of the Henley residents and all those who cared help Jade and her family through this their most difficult of times.

Peter Knight - HIgh Street

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


Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


Town Dinner


Saturday last the 2nd October saw the Court Leet hold the annual Town Dinner in the Memorial Hall on behalf of the many volunteers that give of their time and energy to the running of Henley’s clubs and societies.

imageRepresentatives of twenty five of the town’s organizations sat down to a splendid three course meal provided by Sue Dalby Catering. The hall was suitably decorated in the Court’s colours, De Montfort blue and yellow. The matching table decorations of blue and yellow balloons were the work of Sarah of ‘The Lemon Tree’ florist shop who also provided the flowers for the centrepieces on each table. Two beautiful flower arrangements of blue and yellow, one in the entrance and the other centre stage, were created by Annette Walker of Henley Flower Club.

As people arrived they were greeted by the High Bailiff, Roger Sutton, and his lady, Molly Sutton and offered a glass of ‘bubbly’ by ale taster Barry Tulloch and his able assistant Gerald Smith; other members of the Court were on hand to greet guests. The Low Bailiff, John Rutherford and Town Crier, Gordon Trinder assisted the guests reading the seating plan and the ordering of table wines from the bar where ale-taster Andrew Gardner offered advice on the wines he had selected to accompany the meal.

While waiting to be seated the diners were entertained to a melody of music played on the saxophone by Danielle Mason of ‘Smoothsax’; Danielle continued to serenade the diners throughout the duration of the meal. Ann Rutherford, Pat Kench, Dawn Leech and Gerry Bruce sold dozens of raffle tickets in aid of the ‘The Star and Garter Trust for Ex-Servicemen/women wounded in action". A total of £500 will be donated to the Star Garter Trust. Well done everybody and thanks for being so generous.


To start the proceedings the Town Crier called on the High Bailiff to welcome his guests, who in turn handed on the baton to Jester John (LB) and Tricky Trinder (TC) to host the evening’s entertainment. Tricky Trinder was called upon to say grace; Gordon’s graces are always a master class in humour and he again succeeded in bringing that wit and wonderment to the table in ‘praising‘ the High Bailiff’s choice of menu.

Between the different courses diners were entertained by playing a game of ‘Heads & Tails’ completing a twenty question Table Top Quiz, and by checking out their raffle tickets for winning numbers. Prizes for the raffle were given by the generosity of Court, Club and Society members.

Following the main course the assembled guests toasted the Queen, followed by a series of presentments. First to make a presentation was the Rotary Club of Henley when Rotary Assistant District Governor, Alan James, presented the Club’s Community Award to Duncan Bainbridge – a very popular recipient among the assembled guests. John Stott, Chairman of Henley and Beaudesert Society, presented a cheque to the High Bailiff: a donation towards the development of the kitchen in the Guild Hall. The Master of De Montfort Masonic Lodge also presented a cheque to the High Bailiff as a donation to the development of the Guild Hall River Land Garden Project. The High Bailiff asked Past High Bailiff, Dr Douglas Bridgewater, and Chairman of the Garden Committee, to receive the cheque,and thanked the Lodge members for their generous donation. Finally Past High Bailiff, John Latham thanked all those ‘townies’ who had supported the appeal to help cancer victim Jazmine Lewis fulfil some of her ‘Wish List’.


The evening was brought to a close when the High Bailiff was called upon to ‘Toast the Town’. He asked for all to lift a glass in salute to ‘Henley’s Army of Volunteers' - DC, ‘The Big Society’ is alive and well in Henley!

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Roger Sutton - High Bailiff
Photographs - Bill Leech

Monday Night is Music Night at the Nag's Head

imageOn Monday the Nag's Head presented an evening of superb modern acoustic music and the “I don’t like Mondays” club got underway. Manager Tony Goodwin has some very interesting musicians booked for forthcoming Monday evenings and will intersperse these with Open Mic evenings which will give the opportunity to local wanabees to get up on stage and play to an audience.

The name of the club was inspired by Bob Geldof's anthem for the Boomtown Rats and is part of a project aimed at promoting “the Great British Pub”. Almost all the great British bands of the past 40 to 50 years starting playing in pubs and many of these venues became world famous by association.

Almost 50 years ago Birmingham’s Golden Eagle pub was the launch pad for the legendary Spencer Davis Group and these days great music can still be found in the pub environment. Good luck to Tony and the Nag's Head and let’s hope that some local talent will be seen and heard there.

The first of the acoustic evenings featured Phil Bates, a very accomplished guitarist and singer who has played all over the world in major venues with ELO 2, and the Nag's Head with a capacity of 60 is probably the smallest room he has ever played in – intimate in the extreme . The first set featured Phil playing and singing solo and then joined by his wife Jo in two part harmony. The stand out was a jazzy version of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” closely followed by ELO hits, "Evil Woman” and “All over the world”. The second set saw long time friend and associate Tina McBain join Phil and the opening song was a very interesting ballad version of the Beatles oldie “Please please me“ followed by another Beatles favourite “Come together”. Songs by Richard Thompson and Eric Clapton, together with the mix of ELO and Beatles hits ensured the small but enthusiastic audience had a great time and joined in many of the choruses.

Being the consummate professional that he is, the size of the venue didn’t faze Phil Bates and he and Tina McBain displayed their range of musical skills and gave Henley a rare taste of top quality entertainment. The combination of blues, rock and folk music was rapturously received and all this for an entrance fee of just £4 in a relaxed and cosy pub right on the High Street.

Among the acoustic artists booked to appear on future Mondays are Martin Allcock (Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull), Gerry Cott (original member of the Boomtown Rats ), Mark Gill, MojoHand and the Murmurs.

Henley has been without a regular music venue for some time and suddenly, “two come along at once” as the Black Swan will be holding Folk nights on the last Wednesday of every month and Open Mic nights on the first Wednesday of every month. Certainly our pubs need some stimulus if we are not to lose even more of them so let’s hope that this initiative proves successful for all concerned.

David Hadley reporting

Co-Operative Converts Henley-In-Arden Somerfield

imageThe Co-operative is converting the Somerfield store on the High Street in Henley-in-Arden to a Co-operative, securing the existing 22 jobs. The conversion follows The Co-operative Group’s £1.56 billion acquisition of the Somerfield supermarket chain last year.

The store's new look will be unveiled on Thursday 28 October and adjusted ranges and improved service will be a feature. The Co-operative has already introduced price reductions, well as its unique share of profits dividend scheme, which offers member customers cash back twice a year on their trade with Co-operative Group businesses. All Somerfield branches will convert to Co-operatives by 2011 and feature The Group’s new business identity, which aims to highlight its commitment to supporting local communities and ethical trading policies, as well as improved service standards across its 5,000 outlets in the UK, including its travel, pharmacy, funerals and bank branches.

Store manager Paul Whelan said: “We are proud to serve the local community and customers are welcoming the changes that shopping at The Co-operative brings, including our ethical trading policies which underpin our product ranges and our cash back dividend scheme. At a time when consumers are looking for both value and values in business, The Co-operative has become even more relevant and distinctive. We will meet all the community’s daily food shopping needs and, in the best traditions of The Co-operative, make our contribution to community life.”

As well as its new look, the store will feature enhanced product ranges, with an emphasis on fresh foods, including the consumer-owned retailer’s extensive Fairtrade range, as well as its Healthier Choice, Simply Value and premium Truly Irresistible ranges. The store will offer substantial savings on at least five fresh fruit and veg products every month to encourage customers to eat their ‘five a day’ and The Co-operative Bakery will offer a selection of in-store baked breads and pastries, free from hydrogenated fat.

Shoppers already benefit from The Co-operative’s share of profits dividend scheme, which offers customer members cash back on their trade with the Group’s businesses. Members can choose to keep the cash or donate all or part of their share to local good causes. Last year, The Co-operative paid out £41 million to members and over £1 million to local community groups. Membership of The Co-operative Group, which costs just £1, offers a range of benefits including a say in how stores are run and the opportunity to support The Co-operative’s campaigns on issues such as climate change and social inclusion.

The store will be closed during the refurbishment, from 1pm on Friday 22 October, until the official opening date on Thursday 28 October.

No New Police Force

imageSuggestions for a new police force covering Warwickshire and Coventry have been ruled out by those in charge of the city’s police.

Warwickshire Police Authority chief executive Oliver Winters raised the idea in a response to a Government consultation paper "Policing in the 21st century".

Reporting to the authority’s September meeting, he said that while the paper makes clear mergers will not be imposed, there may be a case for creating a new force. Mr Winters argues this would be quicker and cheaper and enable police to track criminals across the area.

But West Midlands Police Authority, which covers Coventry, said it had not been consulted. A spokesman said: “We are aware of the challenges faced by Warwickshire, even ahead of the those we will all be facing as a consequence of the Comprehensive Spending Review later this autumn. We would welcome discussion with them about options for the future but could not support any proposal which would see any metropolitan districts moving from the West Midlands force area.”

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Scouts can earn all kinds of badge from expeditions to martial arts, camp fire cooking to crafts, and model making to performing arts.

In July this year 1st Henley & Wootton scouts were working towards their Photography Badge. First they had a very enjoyable talk from Stuart Rowen, a local professional photographer, who showed a range of photographs and explained how to capture different effects. They then spent an evening walking around Henley looking for that perfect shot. Each scout needed to take 12 pictures on two different themes.

As well as taking photos on the photography evening, they also had their summer holidays to take further shots. The pictures were assessed by Stuart Rowen who said he was very pleased with the quality and creativity of the scouts' work. All scouts who took part have qualified for their badge and a small selection of their photos is included below.

1st Henley & Wootton Scout Troop meets every Wednesday from 7.30pm until 9pm at the Scout Hut, Memorial Playing Fields.

Caroline Daw reporting


Owl Flying by Annabel Pigdon


Duck by Kieran Mallinson


Butterfly by Toby Brownstone


Street Scene by James Pritchett


Street Art by Kieran Mallinson


Wildlife by Louis Green


Marigolds by Annabel Pigdon

Bordeaux is roughly as far

imageAnd the wine would have been better. And the local dialect would have been easier to comprehend.

But there is no way that we would have had the same adventure and as much fun as we did on the Outer Hebrides.

For years, friends and I had been banging on about this incredible adventure race that was a South/North traverse of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The race typically took place every July over 5 or 6 days and the route linked Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Berneray, South Harris, North Harris and finished at the lighthouse at the Northern tip of Lewis. The highest points of each island were to be ascended with plenty of other "nearly highest" points chucked in for good measure. Mountain run sections would be connected by road or mountain bike and wet bits (deeper than your waist height) would be crossed by kayak or swimming.

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Sunday October 31st at 7.30


A concert featuring Mark Nightingale with the outstanding Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we invite you to join MYJO for a landmark concert at the Midlands Art Centre (mac) in October.

  • It marks the return of the orchestra to its spiritual home in Cannon Hill Park after a two-year absence and a £15m re-development.
  • It starts the celebration of 40 years outstanding achievement in big band music.
  • It welcomes back one of the orchestra's favourite and most famous sons, the fabulous world rated trombonist, Mark Nightingale.

And on the basis of "something old, something new", we welcome teenage vocalist Sophie Feek for her concert debut with us - she will amaze you.

To confirm the party atmosphere, the ticket price includes a buffet during an extended interval when MYJO members will be on hand to welcome you; to raise a glass to toast the past, present and future of this special group of young musicians and to hear about some of our exciting plans for the future.

We are pleased to welcome John Latham on board the MYJO bandwagon. He is going to be raising funds to help develop the band's financial base and secure its future for the next forty years !

Please support this landmark occasion for MYJO which we are sure will be a memorable evening in its own right. Tickets at £18 each are available at the mac box office on 0121 446 3232 or through Nichola (01675 442050) or John Latham (01564 795239). I look forward to hearing from you and thank you in anticipation for your support of MYJO.

John Ruddick - Musical Director -
John Latham - Fundraising advisor -

Glorious Insults

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.

An exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:

She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."
He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli:

"Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."

"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." - Winston Churchill

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." - Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it." - Moses Hadas

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." - Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill.  "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second.... if there is one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." - Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others." - Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." - Charles, Count Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him." - Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?" - Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork." - Mae West

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.." - Oscar Wilde

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts.. . for support rather than illumination." - Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music." - Billy Wilder

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." - Groucho Marx

Claverdon Unbeaten & moving closer to Twickenham


Man of the match – Chris Edsall
Try scorers – William Perry, Doz Ward & Steve Grimsley
Conversions – Ian Wyllie x 2
Penalties – Ian Wyllie x 1


Club captain Ton Skinner makes a charge for Claverdon

Claverdon progressed to the next stage of the Junior Vase with a hard fought but thoroughly deserved victory against old league rivals Stourport. Like Claverdon, Stourport had also won both of their opening league games so the Lions knew they were in for a battle.

Tim Williams and William Perry made their first starts for the club at prop and winger respectively. Other changes saw Tom Skinner, Jean Visser, Doz Ward and Matt Blay all recalled to the starting line up.

The conditions were perfect at Ossetts Hole for this early kick off and the game started at a high tempo with both sides looking to work each other out with some clever place kicking. With ball in hand, Claverdon looked by far the better team using the ball well in the forwards before shipping out to the backs to threaten the Stourport defence with their running lines and sheer pace. One such break resulted in the first chance for points when Stourport were penalised at a ruck. Wyllie’s kick dropped just short to leave the game in the balance.

It seemed just a matter of time before the Lions would put points on the board with the scrum as solid as ever and hooker Steve Grimsley managing to steal numerous balls against the head. Midway through the first half, Claverdon did exactly that. From another break the ball was switched back through many hands to Rob Horsfall who drew his man before off loading to new boy Will Perry to crash over in the corner for a debut try. Wyllie missed the touchline conversion, 5-0.

Stourport did not let their heads drop and came back at Claverdon in spells but the Lions' defence held firm and with players committed forward it left gaps in the Stourport defence. Breaks from Doz Ward, Matt Blay and Will Perry all came to nothing with the final pass going astray and Claverdon feared they may rue these missed opportunities.

Luckily this wasn’t to be the case and from another superb lineout catch from James Barton the ball was fed to Doz Ward who broke two tackles to score for an easy conversion, 12-0. Mike Watts replaced the injured Williams in the front row.

Claverdon and Stourport then took it in turns to miss a penalty kick each to leave the score unchanged at the half time interval.

12-0 Half Time

The message at half time was very much based around the fact that Claverdon were to be more critical with the vast amount of possession and territory they had seen in the first half.

With a Stourport kick off Chris Edsall took the ball at pace to breach deep in to Stourport’s half and set up another Claverdon attack. Dave Carruthers and Scott Conduit made further ground with strong, direct running and Stourport could do nothing but concede a penalty 10 metres from their line. Ward kicked to touch and a pinpoint throw went straight to captain Tom Skinner to set up a rolling maul. The ball worked its way back to Steve Grimsley who dived over the line for an excellently worked forwards try. Wyllie converted, 19-0.

Instead of pressing Stourport further, Claverdon then seemed to drop off the pace a little and they allowed the opposition too much possession. From a Claverdon knock on and resultant scrum to Stourport, the ball was fed to the Stourport flanker who took advantage of a couple of missed tackles to score next to the posts. Conversion missed, 19-5.

This shook Claverdon back into first gear and they played out the remainder of the game predominantly in the Stourport half. Outside centre Tom Johnson and winger Tom Bennett both came close to scoring after some clever moves with fly half Doz Ward pulling all the strings. Jean Visser was replaced late on by Luke Allsopp to make his long awaited comeback and there was just time for Claverdon to seal the victory when Wyllie converted a straight forward penalty from in front of the posts.

22-5 Full Time

The victory means that Claverdon are unbeaten this season and with the club attracting a lot of new talent then they can look forward to exciting times ahead.

Claverdon are at home to Coventry Technical in the League this weekend for a 3pm kick off with all support welcome. This proves to be a tough test against a strong Coventry team.

Report by Tom Johnson

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Equality Act (part 2)

John GarnerA month ago I wrote about the forthcoming Equality Act. Well, it’s not forthcoming any more, it’s with us. It largely went unnoticed when it was first announced but now that 1st October has arrived, suddenly the media have woken up to it.

I said at the time “Parts of this seem to be a terrible imposition on employers; in fact I wonder how long it will be before the new government wakes up to what its predecessors have brought in and abolishes it.”

It was all Harriet Harman’s fault apparently; normally an incoming government immediately does away with anything that has its predecessor’s name on it, but strangely not in this case. One opinion is of course that it’s just bringing together various pieces of legislation that have already existed and its introduction has merely highlighted some aspects. On the other hand it does contain extra pieces of legislation.

I mentioned last month the areas where the act has changed things and they have been heavily debated in the media recently. Perhaps it’s best to look at some examples of where the Act attempts to protect against discrimination and there are some interesting examples here:

The big new danger is that you, the employer, can now be taken to an Employment Tribunal for condoning discrimination where you had nothing to do with it, for example where one of your employees offends another, or even where a third party hears remarks which they consider offensive – even if the recipient of those remarks doesn’t.

One contentious area is things that you can’t ask at interview; this is more stringent than it was. Except in very restricted circumstances you are not allowed to ask any job applicant about their health or any disability until the person has been:

  • offered a job or
  • included in a pool of successful candidates to be offered a job when a position becomes available.

Questions relating to previous sickness absence count as questions that relate to health or disability.

The point of stopping employers asking questions about health or disability is to make sure that all job applicants are looked at properly to see if they can do the job in question, and not ruled out just because of issues related to their health or disability, such as sickness absence, which may well say nothing about whether they can do the job now.

You can ask questions once you have made a job offer or included someone in a group of successful candidates. At that stage, you could make sure that someone’s health or disability would not prevent them from doing the job. But you must consider whether there are reasonable adjustments that would enable them to do the job.

So that’s alright then. You just have to waste your time avoiding what might be a crucial issue until after you’ve made the job offer.

A job applicant can bring a claim against you if:

  • you asked health or disability related questions of a kind that are not allowed and
  • they believe there has been unlawful discrimination as a result of the information that they gave (or failed to give) when answering such questions.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission can take legal action against you if you ask job applicants any health or disability related questions that are not allowed by equality law. This includes sending them a questionnaire about their health for them to fill in before you have offered them a job.

It’ll be interesting to see how all this plays out but I’m sure a lot of lawyers are going to get even richer.

John Garner


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Incident Overview
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

  • imageAdults 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:

imageCloser 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 or

Good News/Events
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 Leamingtonimage

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 is bogus.

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
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Energy price rises will continue

imageDomestic 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 on.

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

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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 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

CertificateHenley 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.

October 12th. Arnaud Metairie ‘COME FLY WITH ME’. Competition: Contrasts and Textures. Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome (£5.00).

TANWORTH 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 793426.

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.

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

Open to members (juniors and adults) of any standard. Full time coach. 7 courts open throughout the year mean that there is always a court available. No need to book. Club and American Tournaments held during summer months. League matches summer and winter. For details of membership please contact Judith Mathias 01564 792378
Evergreen ClubMeetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane at 2.15pm. 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.
logoRotary 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

imageThis 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

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 792837
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:
 For further information contact the Chairman - Lucy Lunt on 01564 794873 email:

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
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 fields two teams in the Cotswold Hills League on a Saturday and two teams in friendly fixtures on Sundays from mid-April to mid-September. We are always on the lookout for new players, irrespective of age or ability. Anyone interested in joining our club should contact Kevin O'Brien on 01564 794903.
meets on Monday evenings from April to September at 6.30pm and plays until it is dark. The club is situated next to the Tennis Courts at the Sports and Social club ground on the 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
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
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
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:
Meets the last Sunday of the month at Wootton Wawen village hall at 2.15pm for a conducted walk of about 5 miles over the local and surrounding area footpaths. The Group welcomes all walkers. There is no subscription.  More details from Denis Keyte on 01564 792872.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Membership consists of retired professional and business men residing in the vicinity of Henley. Visitors are most welcome and for further details please contact the secretary Andrew Yarwood on 794079.
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.
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.
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.
Each month the Henley Focus contains plenty for everyone with local business advertisements, reviews and community information. The Henley Focus could be helping you to promote your business or service to local people at affordable prices and also offers a range of design services at very reasonable rates. The publication is very happy to promote community and charity events free of charge.
Please call Karen on 01564 774748 or email for more information.

Details about tourist attractions and neighbouring villages can be found on The Henley Town Website

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