Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for October 2010:
Crime in Your Area
Whilst Burglary Dwellings remain low and stabilised in general, the majority of Burglary Other incidents have been recorded in Tanworth/Earlswood. Offenders are targeting sheds, garages, outhouses and barns and in most cases items taken include garden equipment and high value cycles. Residents are reminded to secure their property at all times and ensure that when insecure it is supervised.
Although Theft from Motor Vehicles has reduced when compared to last year, it has increased slightly on previous months this year. All residents on the Alcester North Area are reminded to be vigilant as the night’s draw in and the hours of darkness increase. It is at this time of year we usually experience higher volumes of theft/burglary related incidents. Please ensure that your property is secure at all times when not supervised and never leave anything in your vehicle on show, even a coat may cause someone to break into you vehicle to see if there is anything of value in the pockets.
Anti Social Behaviour has seen an increase on last year with most of the incidents being recorded in Studley, incidents recorded include youths throwing objects at vehicles, running out in front of vehicles, running across gardens and rowdy behaviour associated with underage drinking. Officers have increased patrols in known hotspot areas and continue to make effective use of the Alcohol Restriction Zone and Dispersal Order in place. Officers are also organising test purchases for retail outlets to try and identify any underage alcohol sales in order to minimise underage drinking and associated anti social behaviour. Operation Orleans, which was in place to combat anti social behaviour during the Halloween period was a success on the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Area with just one minor incident of egging in Bearley. The Operation will continue in order to cover Bonfire Night.
Criminal Damage has fallen when compared to last year although Studley has experienced problems with windows being smashed at commercial premises, damage to vehicles around the town and damage to Studley in Bloom pots. Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers are increasing high visibility patrols in hotspot areas and taking measures to combat underage drinking in the town. Henley has experienced an increase in damage related incidents when compared to recent months with a number of vehicles being damaged in the vicinity of the High Street and nearby car parks. Henley has also experienced problems with graffiti, which appeared at a number of locations around the town in the form of silver and black Swastikas. Officers are currently involved in ongoing enquires concerning the graffiti, which occurred sometime between 10pm 28/10/10 – 8am 29/10/10. If anyone has any information in connection with any of these incidents please contact Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team on 01789 444816 or E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Although Violence appears to have increased slightly on last year, the incidents are minor in nature. Most of the incidents have been recorded in Studley, and seem to be alcohol related of which three incidents have been recorded at the same address. Where appropriate officers are liasing with local pubs, making effective use of the Alcohol Restriction Zone and arranging test purchases at retail outlets.
Information & Advice
Bonfire Night Advice
- It is ilegal to sell fireworks to anyone under 18 years of age. Maximum penalty of £5000 and/or six month in prison.
- It is illegal to set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am (Bonfire night extended until midnight and New Years Eve 1am)
- It is illegal for a member of the public to possess a “display” style firework. (Category 4 fireworks, can only be used by professionals)
- It is illegal to let off any firework in a public place and this carries a fine of up to £5000. Police may also issues an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice.
- All fireworks sold to the public must comply to British Safety Standards BS 7114
- The Police have the power to stop and search anyone suspected of carrying fireworks
- The sale of banger, mini rockets, fireworks that fly erratically (Squibs, helicopters etc), areial shell and maroons is illegal.
- Fireworks can only be stored for private use for up to 14 Days, subject to thembeing stored in a safe place.
- It is illegal to cause unnecessary suffering to animals with fireworks. Maximum penalty £5000 and/or six months in prison.
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities
Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 7th October 2010:
- Anti Social Behaviour, Pool Road/Crooks Lane, Studley - 8 x targeted high visibility patrols and test purchases in relation to underage alcohol sales.
- Parking outside One Stop/Co Op, Henley High Street – 12 x targeted patrols to give advice to drivers parking dangerously.
- Speeding in Claverdon B4189/Langley Road – 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate.
Agreed completed priorities at the last Community Forum held on the 7th October 2010:
- Speeding Vehicles, Earlswood Common - 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate. 8 x targeted speed checks completed with Warning Letters and Fixed Penalty Notices issued. Agreed completion 7th October 2010.
- 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. 8 x 2 hour high visibility patrols completed with appropriate action taken against youths including the seizure of alcohol. Agreed completion 7th October 2010.
- 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. 8 x 2 hour high visibility patrols completed with appropriate action taken against youths. Agreed completion 7th October 2010.
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
Following preparation work by your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team and the support of the local schools and retail outlets there was only one recorded incident of anti social behaviour during the Halloween period. On the day itself officers took part in an operation to combat any problems and provide a high visibility presence. Leading up to the day school pupils were given advice and retail outlets were asked to restrict the sale of eggs and flour, with anyone under the age of 18 years being refused unless accompanied by a responsible adult. The only incident reported were eggs being thrown at a property in Bearley. Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team would like to thank everyone who assisted us in ensuring Halloween was an enjoyable event without high volumes of anti social behaviour and criminal damage being reported.
The Community Speed Watch Initiative has been launched in Earlswood whereby members of the public have volunteered to be trained by members off Warwickshire Police to use the speed gun device. Once trained appropriate areas are identified to carry out speed checks and those identified by members of the public as contravening speed limits will be recorded and receive advisory letters. Schemes have so far proved successful in Sambourne and Henley.
Police Surgeries have been reintroduced to Claverdon and will run on a drop in basis for 30 minutes before each NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Meeting, giving residents the opportunity to discuss issues/problems within the community with your local policing team. The first meeting will be held 8th December, 7pm – 7:30pm, Dorothea Mitchell Hall.
Following work by local officers, members of Claverdon Primary School and members of Claverdon Parish Council; parents and children have been reminded of Road Safety Issues when dropping off and collecting their children. Observations suggest that the parking in and around the school has improved with less offences being committed. Work will continue to improve child safety in the area and local officers would like to thank all those who have been involved including parents who have assisted by parking more considerately.
The next Community Forum will be held 16th December, 7pm, Wootton Wawen 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, 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 17th November, 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 7th December, 7pm, Henley Fire Station
If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207.
Claverdon goes top with victory over rivals
Saturday 23rd October
CLAVERDON 18 – OLD WHEATLEYANS 13
Man of the Match – Chris Lowe
Try scorers – Steve Grimsley, Tom Bennett, Scott Conduit
Penalties – Ian Wyllie
James Barton in front of the large crowd of vice presidents
Claverdon played host to Old Wheatleyans for
this top of the table clash in front of a partisan VP’s crowd.
With Old Wheats in pole position the lions knew that this would be
their toughest encounter of the season to date. Claverdon had a strong
squad to choose from with only fly half Doz Ward, prop Mike Watts and
centre Matt Blay missing through injury.
The game was delayed by 45 minutes due to
the referee so both teams had to prepare again after initial warm ups.
Old Wheats started the stronger team and a few well placed kicks saw
them gain good possession in to the Claverdon half. As has been the
case all season, the Lions defence held firm. While trying to run the
ball out of their own half however, Claverdon went one pass too many
and the Old Wheats fly half gathered an interception to run in a
converted try under the posts. This small error did not worry Claverdon
and they were soon firmly camped in the Old Wheats half. Strong running
from full back Rob Horsfall and scrum half Conor Smith gained valuable
yards and an infringement from the visitors saw Ian Wyllie kick the
penalty to the corner. A training ground move saw the lineout thrown to
the big Tom Skinner who started an effective rolling maul for hooker
Steve Grimsley to peel off the back to crash over for Claverdon’s
first points of the game. Wyllie missed the tricky conversion to leave
the score at 5-7.
The Claverdon scrum was driving Old Wheats
back at every opportunity courtesy of the front three of Chris Lowe,
Steve Grimsley and Dave Carruthers and ball was won against the head on
several occasions. The lineout too was clinical with James Barton used
to great effect. Old Wheats knew they were in for a battle and that the
lions were here to gain back the top spot. It wasn’t long before
Claverdon took the lead with a try from centre Tom Bennett. Quick hands
in the backs saw the ball worked to Sam Horswill at inside centre who
broke his tackle and offloaded to Bennett to dive over in the corner to
a massive cheer from the huge Claverdon crowd. Again Wyllie missed the
conversion. He did however make no mistake only minutes later when he
slotted a penalty from in front of the posts to extend the lions lead
The rest of the half went without any
further points being added in this tight encounter although on
reflection Claverdon should have secured a further three points on the
stroke of half time but decided instead to take a quick tap penalty.
Half Time 13-7.
The second half saw the return of Pete
Richards who came on to replace Wyllie at fly half. Claverdon started
in much the same vain as they had finished the first half. They were
pressing Old Wheats at every opportunity and always looked dangerous
when the ball was shipped out wide to wingers Tom Johnson and Harry
Cox. Chris Edsall, Andy Wenborn and James Barton were constantly
stopping any flowing rugby that the visitors were trying to play. From
the back of a maul deep in to the Old Wheats' half, scrum half Smith
kicked perfectly through for Johnson to outpace his opposite man and
touch down but with the ref unsighted he couldn’t award it.
Old Wheats then enjoyed a period of 10
minutes where Claverdon indiscretion let the visitors right back into
the game and they made no mistake converting two penalties to take the
game all square. But for excellent covering tackles from Pete Richards
and Rob Horsfall Old Wheats could have taken an undeserved lead.
Claverdon responded well to this pressure
and were soon back in the opponents' half and looked like taking back
the lead. A surging run from Sam Horswill saw him crash over the line
with two defenders in tow only for the ref to have adjudged that the
ball was held up. A further surge from the back of a scrum from number
eight Scott Conduit was again ruled not to have been grounded and Old
Wheats were again let off the hook. Conduit made no mistake from the
next scrum though when he superbly peeled off the back to crash over
the line unopposed which gave Claverdon back their much deserved lead.
Pete Richards uncharacteristically missed the fairly straightforward
The remaining ten minutes of the game were
played out with both teams looking for the crucial next score. Old
Wheats were trying everything but resolute defending kept them out
summed up by a massive hit by winger Johnson on the Old Wheats flanker.
Claverdon too pressed but just couldn’t do enough to get the
vital bonus point score and deny the opposition their losing bonus
point. The full time whistle blew with a huge roar from the sodden
crowd and Claverdon knew that they had once again recaptured the all
important top spot.
18-13 Full Time
Claverdon face another tough test when they host Wellesbourne this weekend in another home league game, kick off 3pm.
Match report by Tom Johnson
Photo by Will Barnes
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John Garner's Business Column
New pension scheme
many years now successive governments have avoided getting to grips
with the demographic time bomb which is the increasing cost of
providing the state pension.
When National Insurance Contributions
(designed to fund a pension for everyone) were introduced in 1911
average life expectancy was only about 57. As life expectancy is now
about 40% higher than that the sums no longer add up. Added to which,
governments have quietly subsumed National Insurance Contributions into
the tax system and spent the money on other things.
One way around the funding problem is
apparently to persuade everyone to save for their own retirement rather
than rely on the government to provide it. An abdication of their
responsibility you might think. The problem is that many people
aren’t interested in (or can’t afford) to save for a
pension and the young just can’t see the point, so governments
try to think of ways of persuading them and making it easy to do.
There’s now another initiative. The
pensions minister, Steve Webb, has announced that from 2012 millions of
employees will automatically be enrolled in their company pension
scheme. The idea, known as “NEST” (see below), was first
proposed by Labour but has now been adopted by the coalition. From
2012, unless employees specifically opt out, they will take part in
their company pension scheme (which all companies with more than 50
employees will be obliged to provide) and contributions will be taken
from their salaries.
“But this sort of thing has been tried
before!” I hear you say. Yes, and not long ago. Remember
stake-holder pensions? They’re still around but whether they
integrate with or are replaced by this new system is not immediately
So what is “NEST”? Well, it
stands for National Employment Savings Trust. According to its website
www.nestpensions.org.uk “NEST Corporation is the trustee body
responsible for running NEST. It is a non-departmental public body that
operates at arm's length from government and is accountable to
Parliament through the Department for Work and Pensions”.
It “will be a new workplace pension scheme that's being designed
specifically to meet the needs of low-to-moderate earners and their
employers”. “It is planned that NEST will launch in spring
2011 on a limited basis with volunteer employers and their
So we’ll have to see how effective all this will be. Looks a bit like another quango to me though.
Warnings from Trading Standards
Trading Standards Service has received reports that PC users have been
contacted by someone claiming to represent Microsoft (by phone
unsolicited) to say that their computer is
'full' and to log on to it so the 'problem' can be fixed.
Trading Standards are advising PC users that this is likely to be a
scam or similar underhand sales technique, perpetrated by a third
party. Microsoft will never make an unsolicited
(unexpected) call to fix your computer.
It is possible that these calls are from someone who may want to gain
remote access to your PC. Giving access to someone you don't know could
lead to your PC becoming infected with
viruses and other malware, or your personal or financial information
being stolen and used fraudulently. Or you may have software downloaded
on to your PC or 'work' done for which you
may then be asked for payment.
- If you do think there is something wrong with your PC contact a local repair service and go on recommendation
- For information on how to protect your PC from viruses etc. visit: www.getsafeonline.org
- Never allow anyone you don't know or trust to take control of your PC
- Never download any software on to your PC if you are not certain what it does, where it comes from and that it is safe
- Never give your credit or debit card
number to anyone from whom you receive an unsolicited call - they
could be criminals and could steal your card details.
Simon Cripwell - Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet
The Carbon Footprint of Milk and Orange Juice
is putting carbon footprint information on some of its products. The
Carbon footprint on the labels is the total amount of greenhouse gases
associated with the product during its lifetime. This ‘cradle to
grave’ footprint consists of the pollution created during
production, eg from fertilisers, tractor fuel, transport, etc,
the pollution during use, such as energy used in cooking and the
pollution arising from disposal, eg landfill gases as the remains of
the product or its packaging rot. The figure quoted is in equivalent
Carbon Dioxide grams. This means that a product that is responsible for
say 200 grams of Carbon Dioxide pollution and 20 grams of Methane
pollution will be reported as 700 grams of Carbon Dioxide equivalent
because a gram of Methane is about 25 times as damaging as a gram of
Carbon Dioxide. Using the equivalent makes it simpler to get a
perspective on the effect of a product.
what is the Carbon footprint of Milk? Tesco gives 900 grams, 800 grams
and 700 grams per pint respectively for whole milk, semi skimmed and
skimmed. What does this mean in practice? Well, I drink about a pint a
day of semi skimmed. So, over a year my milk is responsible for about
365 x 0.8 kg = 292 kg (640 lbs) of Carbon pollution. To put this in
perspective, the average UK citizen has an annual food footprint of
about 2,100 kg so my daily pinta is about 14% of my food footprint (and
about 3% of my total footprint). These are not insignificant, so can I
do anything about this other than cut down or give up milk? Well, at
only 110 grams of CO2 per pint, soya milk has a much smaller footprint
than dairy milk and I’ve found it tastes really good on breakfast
cereal, so that’s my plan going forward. Not only is this helping
to cut carbon pollution, but it is good for me because soya milk has
only 0.2% of saturated fat compared to 1.1% in the semi skimmed milk I
was using. Soya milk also uses only 20% of the land required to produce
cows’ milk and only 10% of the water.
about my breakfast glass of 200ml of orange juice? The Tesco label says
150 grams of CO2 per 250 ml (= a large glassful) of juice. This is the
same as 340 grams per pint so orange juice isn’t as polluting as
the milk and I drink less of it. We buy ‘orange juice from
concentrate’ (the type that is sold unrefrigerated). Tesco also
sells chilled orange juice from concentrate and chilled orange juice
not from concentrate. The carbon pollution from these are respectively
240 grams and 400 grams per 250 ml. The additional footprint arises
from the refrigeration and in the additional transport costs and
additional refrigeration when the orange juice is transported in
unconcentrated form. Notice that a pint of the chilled juice not from
concentrate has a carbon footprint of about 900grams; the same as a
pint of whole milk
So knowledge is power and it allows us to
make better choices. Full marks to Tesco for making this type of
information available. It will be interesting to see what else emerges
as more products are labeled.
John Stott - Make Henley Greener
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Stratford District Council
Jem Jones Stephen Thirlwell
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. 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
clicking the survey link.
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.”
The 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 scenarios online are
exactly the same as those being undertaken in the face to face
There is also an opportunity to enter a prize draw to win £50 worth of shopping vouchers.
The researchers will be in Stratford District during October. It
is anticipated in that time over 250 interviews will take place and
importantly they will take place in early evenings and at weekends as
well as the day. A letter from Stratford District Council is
given to those agreeing to be interviewed to give legitimacy of the
survey work. Traditional face to face interviews take place in
residents’ homes and last approximately 40 to 45 minutes, with a
representative sample selected to reflect the population and
proportionately split by ward, age, and gender. As well as the
Household Survey, residents are being invited to complete the same
questionnaire online, councillors themselves will be able to complete
it in a session before Full Council on October 18th, and District
Council staff who live in the district have been encouraged to give
Simalto is where each attribute (a Council service) is then given a
cost and the resident is required to make a ‘trade-off’ or
compromise between attributes to improve and those to cut back on.
The cost of the attributes must be balanced to match either the
original selection, meet a set budget or allow a reduction. The
trade off shows which of the attributes are important and which can be
sacrificed for improved service elsewhere simultaneously. This is
how the method gets its name – SIMALTO. More importantly,
it shows how much the resident is prepared to pay for the changes and
how this might impact on their satisfaction. A common complaint
when consulting on the budget is that people don’t have enough
information to make realistic decisions. Using this system they
Chairman fails to answer the Council Tax Questions
The Chairman of the Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council,
Cllr Les Goodman, was asked by Mike Willmott, Chairman of Democracy
2012, in a letter the following questions. In his reply, the Chairman
stated, "Notwithstanding the issues raised above, the statistics
used in your revised survey and the methods of data analysis are so
fundamentally flawed that they do not warrant a response".
Mike Willmott writes, "The Chairman has
again disgracefully used the JPC Newsletter for his own political
campaign and justifies the parish expenditure by comparing it with the
other worst offenders. Henley JPC is nearly twice as expensive per
elector than the best and nearly 50% more expensive than the average."
Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for
Communities and Local Government, said, "Residents want to see their
council tax spent on improving services, not on lobbyist loud-hailer
propaganda to sidestep transparency laws or peddle more regulation or
secure special favours. That only weakens democracy."
The sources for the data were public records
from the 2001 National Census for Warwickshire Parishes and the
Stratford District Council website..
Mr Willmott's questions were:
The Beaudesert and Henley Joint Parish Council has the highest precept for 2010/11 of all the mid-sized parish councils in the Stratford area at £82,650.
Arden, which has a similar population with 3,017 residents compared to
Henley’s 2,930, (2001 census), raises a precept of £45,500
compared to Henley’s £82,650. Tanworth’s cost per
1,000 residents is £15,081, in Henley the cost is £28,152
per 1,000 residents. Why do Henley residents pay 86% more than Tanworth residents?
Tanworth Parish Council has increased its precept by 0.55% during the last 3 years? Why has Henley increased its precept by 33.8%?
is not an isolated example of a local parish council running at a
fraction of costs of the Henley JPC. The average precept for medium
sized parishes (populations of >1,000 and <3,999) in the
Stratford area is £31,262 per 1,000. Why is Henley’s precept at £82,650 more than 2.6 times the average?
48% of the parishes in the Stratford area have had either no increase or a reduction during the last 3 years. Why has Henley increased its precept by 33.8%?
of the JPC’s activities are excessive, such as having 2 council
meetings per month and 7 sub-committees. The norm appears to be, one
council meeting per month and one sub-committee. Why can’t Henley do the same?
JPC has salary costs of around £24,000 and PR costs of around
£5,000, both of which are excessive. The JPC’s expenditure
costs will probably have to be reduced substantially when the Localism
Bill becomes law later this year. How will the JPC introduce economies!
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TOGETHER IN HENLEY. All the churches in Henley are represented at
regular meetings. At the last one in October preparations
were made for a series of meetings for ADVENT as we prepare for
Christmas. These start with a united Candlelit service at St
Nicholas Church in Beaudesert Lane at 6 pm on SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28th. Tea
and Cakes will precede the service from 5 pm in the Parish room
next door. There will be three united Advent meetings on Tuesdays
November 30th and December 7th and 14th in the Methodist Church. They
start at 7.30 led by three different local Ministers and will be
followed by refreshments in the hall. Come and prepare for Christmas
with us, all are warmly welcome to one or all of these gatherings.
TOYS FOR THE BIRMINGHAM CITY MISSION will be brought by members of the
congregation to the 10am service at St John's on DECEMBER 5th.
These will go to disadvantaged children in Birmingham and be
distributed by THE BIRMINGHAM CITY MISSION. Over 2,500 toys for
children aged from 0-15 are given to over a thousand families in
48 of the 76 Birmingham postal districts. If you would like to help
please bring toys, small and unwrapped and new or nearly new, to
the service or leave them at the back of St John's from Dec 1st.
There is a notice in the Church porch giving more details on
appropriate items that can be distributed.
EVENING Saturday 4th December at 7.30pm to be held in St John’s
Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, in aid of Church Funds. Tables of four
people. A prize for the winning table. Book your table now. Tickets
£6, to include a Ploughman’s Supper. Cash bar and raffle.
To book call Daphne Jones on 01926 843515.
HENLEY WI AGM followed by refreshments. November 2nd, 7.30pm, Memorial Hall.
WILDLIFE SOCIETY Laurence Kimpton will be talking to members on
Antarctica on Tuesday November 16th in the Baptist Church hall.
Visitors are welcome to come along and join us from 7.45pm for only
FLOWER CLUB November 9th OPEN SHOW, Pam Lewis, National Demonstrator.
‘A WHITE CHRISTMAS’. Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome
HENLEY AND BEAUDESERT SOCIETY Thursday 18th November in the
Baptist Church Hall 8.00 pm. Ian George will give a
talk on 'The Role of English Heritage'. Further details from Pat
Kench on 795419.
GARDENING CLUB 23rd November, Ullenhall Village Hall. Tony Russell.
Writer and broadcaster (head gardener at Westonbirt) will talk on
Spetchley Gardens. Visitors welcome (£3). For more details
contact Margrit Johnson 01789 488209.
COURT LEET AND COURT BARON OF THE MANOR OF HENLEY IN ARDEN Wednesday
10th November 2010 7.30 p.m,Guild Hall. An invitation is issued to all
inhabitants of Henley in Arden to attend at the Guild Hall to witness
the annual general meeting of the Court Leet. You will see the Court in
action, understand its functions, witness the election of the High
Bailiff, Ale Taster, Town Crier and many others. Participate in an
occasion which dates back to the 13th Century.
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUT TROOP BONFIRE Saturday 6th November at 6.00pm. Admission charge applies and no sparklers please.
GARDEN The Garden Committee is organising two further events to
complete the Riverland Garden. On Tues 25th Jan, Burns' Night, a
four course meal will be provided by Sue McDalby. Tickets £25
each will shortly be available. On Wed 23 March, TV gardener Chris
Beardshaw will give a talk on all aspects of gardening and answer
questions. Further details will follow, so reserve the dates in your
diary. Now would also be a good time to Buy a Brick as the third
brick panel will be installed shortly. Further details on all of
these from Douglas and Sue Bridgewater on 793633.
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
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: email@example.com
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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