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Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

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Edition 276 - 16th June 2011
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010

Fire rips through derelict Henley market site



imageA massive fire ripped through Henley Market on the evening of Monday 6th June.

Seven fire engines were sent to battle the flames in the derelict Market Street building after a 999 call was made a around 6.15pm. Police were also in attendance. The cars at Jackson Ford had to be moved and the one in the picture, above right, became "quite warm" before being moved. The asbestos ash from the roof rained down over adjacent properties and the onlookers.

Police advised residents to close windows. It took around an hour to extinguish the fire using main jets and a light portable pump. Crews remained on site to ensure the fire was completely out.

One onlooker told Henley NEWS that children had been seen in the buildings on a previous day and mention was made of fireworks. There will be 24 hour security on the site during the demolition phase which was scheduled to start the day after the fire. Police have launched an investigation into the causes of the fire.

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Major Tree Surgery troubles residents


WCC Highways 'Not Guilty' says County Cllr Perry

After a Newsflash about the tree work at the north end of the High Street was broadcast on Sunday 5th June, Cllr Mike Perry told Henley NEWS, "I spoke to Ken Simon, the Chief Forestry Officer at WCC who informed me that these trees were not the property or the responsibility of the Highways Department and were, in fact, privately owned by Mill House. I understand from Ken that Stratford District Council knew about the tree cutting as the Parish Council had referred this matter to the Tree Officer at the District Council.

"The Tree Officer is the person responsible for allowing this cut, and I cannot understand why the trees were not just trimmed. Steven Thirlwell, our District councillor for Henley, is taking the matter up with the Officers at the Stratford District Council."

The Henley resident who wrote the Newsflash is delighted with the response to her urgent cry for help and has told Henley NEWS "The councillors have been fantastic with their rapid response! This evening I spoke to Steven Thirlwell, Mike Perry, and George Matheou has already been here to see the damage. It is looking like the property owner may be responsible and, if this is the case, may have committed a crime. Thanks to Henley NEWS, we obtained a very effective response, very quickly."

Henley NEWS made enquiries about the latest position prior to publication, but it appears no significant progress has been made.



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

Court Circular

Published by Authority of the High Bailiff


60 years of the Queen's reign


The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953. She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.

Buckingham Palace will be co-ordinating a programme of events centred around the extended weekend. This will include a Big Jubilee Lunch, a Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames, a concert at Buckingham Palace and the lighting of 2012 beacons throughout the United Kingdom. The Queen and other members of the Royal Family will also attend a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

As part of the celebrations, towns in the UK will also compete for city status and existing cities will compete for Lord Mayoralty (or Lord Provostship in Scotland). These will be granted by The Queen in Her Jubilee year. Local authorities have been invited to apply and the results will be announced in the first half of 2012.

In London, Greenwich will be granted Royal Borough status in recognition of the historically close links between Greenwich and the monarchy. Like city status, Lord Mayoralty or Lord Provostship, this is a purely honorific award and confers no additional powers, functions or funding.

In Henley-in-Arden the Court Leet will be organising the official events in the town. If you want to assist, please email: The Low Bailiff

John Rutherford - High Bailiff 


LTA CEO - Roger Draper opens new tennis courts


Judy Wilde Henley Tennis Club Chairperson and Roger Draper LTA Chief Executive

Henley in Arden Tennis Club held a celebratory evening of tennis for the grand opening of the three newly developed courts. On the 2nd June 2011 Roger Draper (Chief Executive for the LTA) and many others attended a great testament to community and development tennis.

The evening involved the senior members taking part in a fun wooden rackets tournament where all the members dressed in ‘edwardian style’ long skirts and hats for the ladies and shirts and slacks for the gentlemen. The tournament had 28 entries and the eventual winners were Karen Forte and Sian Corrie after a closely fought final against Rob Walsh and Karen Lawton.

Also, on the evening a celebration of the junior development of tennis was shown through exhibition play. A combination of cardio tennis and match play was shown by the youngsters and Roger Draper commented ‘The club has worked very hard to develop a coaching programme for their junior section and the new courts will only help that continue.’ Roger also commented about the community feel in the club and how the courts will be available for use for all ages within the community.

The work was only made possible thanks to a £40,000 grant and a loan of £38,000 from the LTA, with support from Sport England, towards to total construction cost of £107,000.

Jayne Ashton, LTA Tennis Development Manager for Warwickshire, added: “Henley in Arden has worked very hard to get these facilities and it’s fantastic that we can finally open them. The junior section is the lifeblood of this club and the coaching team that is in place here is excellent.”

The evening was a great success highlighting once again the hard work that is put in behind the scenes at the club. The club has many more events happening over the summer including an open day on the 25th June. The club welcomes all to come down and have a go at tennis in supervised sessions of 1-2.30pm Under 12s and 2.30 – 4pm Over 12s and adults. If you are interested prior to this date please contact Neil Supperstone on 07912664426 for more information.

Lucy-Jane Webster reporting

Court Leet Day 11th June 2011


The High Bailiff and Members of the Court Leet in the new Riverland garden

The annual Court Leet Day was staged in brilliant sunshine on Saturday the 11th June by the Court Leet of Henley in Arden. The High Bailiff, Mr John Rutherford, with the assistance of the Town Crier, Gordon Trinder, declared the Artisans' Market open at 9.55 am. The Artisans' Market was a new event, organised by the Guild Hall Trust Fund Raising Committee, and was held in the newly extended Guild Hall Riverland garden. This market was supplemented by a WI tent which provided Teas & Cakes throughout the day in the old Guild Hall garden.

Officers of the Court together with a number of visitors from the Warwick and Alcester Courts then set off on a tour of the town, visiting food & drink establishments to re-enact ancient trading standards ceremonies. These commenced with a demonstration by Sue Dalby in the High Street of Butter Churning followed by tasting the butter by the Court.






The Court then moved on to visit the summit of The Mount where the Hayward carried out a symbolic survey of the boundaries of the Manor of Henley-in-Arden.

imageWhen the procession reached the Medical Centre Bridge, the High Bailiff received the Brook-Lookers’ report on the river – clear and free flowing, after Fred Dowling had gone for an unexpected swim! After the report had been delivered, the final task of the Brook-Lookers was to release an armada of yellow plastic ducks into the river for the Court Leet Charity Duck Race! It turned out to be a most amusing race: the ducks were on a go slow despite the enthusiastic use of a large rake; more of a rake race than a duck race! The results are shown right.

Further Butter weighing & Tasting then took place at the Henley Ice Cream Parlour, the Co-op, Henley Bakery, and Café 34. Fish and Flesh Tasting was also carried out by the Court at Sea Spray & Mills Butchers respectively.

The popular ceremonies of Ale Tasting took place at The Nags Head and the Three Tuns public houses and culminated with a visit to the White Swan where no less than four individual real ales were tasted by the ale tasters from Henley, Alcester & Warwick Courts.

All of the food & drink tasted during the morning was declared fit & wholesome & the High Bailiff presented certificates to each establishment to record the excellence of their produce.

During the morning, a spectacular piece of street theatre was performed by the Silhill Morris Men and the Alvechurch Morris Dancers in front of the market cross and later repeated in the Guild Hall Garden.

The day’s proceedings were brought to an end at 3.45 pm. by the High Bailiff who thanked all those who had participated & taken part. All proceeds from the day will go to the Guild Hall Trust Fund Raising project.

Click on the "Slideshow of Court Leet Day" below to see photos of the day's events.

Slideshow of Court Leet Day





Year 4 - Trip to Lunt Fort


First we went into the granary museum and we looked at all the Roman costumes (infantry and cavalry). Lewis tried on the torso armour and helmet. Then Hannah dressed up as the Standard Bearer. Next, our guide showed his swords and attacked Lewis with them! Only joking…After that, we looked around the museum and asked questions.

A little bit later, we learnt to march in time with each other saying the Latin for “Left Right” which is “Sin Dex”! The lady guide showed us what would happen if they would try to invade the fort: 1. They would get spikes in their feet; 2. We would get a broken ankle by stepping in the thin ditches; 3. We would get stung by the stinging nettles and thistles (the Romans used to wee on the nettles to make them grow massive); and 4. If they managed to get to the top they would get stabbed by the Roman swords that poked through the little gaps in the barricade and then they would fall into the thistles and stinging nettles!

Half an hour later we went training in a large ring. We pretended to be horses and trainers. One team (the trainers) shouted at the other team (the horses) to train them to be used to the noise of battle.

It was a really good trip because it was really fun and we got to shout and SCREAM really loud, which we’re not usually allowed to do back at school…

By Gracie Mitchell and Lewis Byng - Year Four pupils

New premises for 'Headturners'

imageFour years ago Ann opened a unisex hairdressing salon – Headturners – in Henley next to The Nag’s Head and soon attracted customers with her hairdressing skills and pleasing manner. Two and a half years ago Gemma became her assistant, bringing her skills as hairdresser and beautician with her.

On Tuesday 7th June Headturners moved to their new premises on the other side of the High Street where the curtain shop used to be.

Headturners now offers all treatments on the ground floor and in a very smart, comfortable, attractive environment. Get new acrylic nails at the front of the shop and great hairstyles and colour at very reasonable prices in the private room towards the rear, with the advantage of not being on show to passers by!

Ann and Gemma are skilled hairdressers for both men and women, great to spend time with and offer reduced rates to seniors on certain days of the week.

They come highly recommended by their customers, so phone (01564) 795656 for an appointment – you won’t be disappointed. Headturners is closed on Mondays.

Jan Crathorne reporting

Grand National Winner for Henley

imageI wonder how many Henley in Arden elderly people remember that a Grand National Winner, Sundrew, was owned and trained in Henley in 1957.
I was the Head Lad for trainer Frank Hudson at Botley House stables. I lived with my just married wife in the head lads' house, Rosemary Villa in Botley Hill. We were a very successful small stable training many winners. However Sundew was the Star, the largest horse ever to win the National, owned by Mr Geoffrey Kohn who lived in Henley and was ridden by Fred Winter the champion NH jockey.

We lived there for ten years until my boss Frank Hudson  retired. Leaving Henley and Botley Hill was one of the saddest times in these two Londoners' lives. We missed it so much we decided to emigrate to NZ. Happy here we still have our very happy memories of our lovely Henley.

A couple of days after winning, we paraded Sundew along Henley High St. There must be photos in the archives somewhere.
John Marshall - Aotearoa, New Zealand

Workshops and Demonstrations at Torquil Pottery


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Recent Property Sales in Henley

Flat 23, Blackthorn Court, Chestnut Walk£120,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5GN18th March 2011

33 The Croft£195,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5DY7th March 2011

Apple Tree House Orchard Rise£680,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5FL4th February 2011

29 William James Way£136,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5GB15th December 2010

Kingfisher Cottage Camp Lane£250,000
Henley-in-arden, B95 5QG11th March 2011

You can view all previous sales information by visiting

Claverdon First Responder Group

imageThe Claverdon Community First Responder Group consists of a number of village residents trained to the “First Person On Scene – Intermediate level” BTEC level qualification by West Midlands Ambulance Service. Mobilisation of a duty Responder follows a 999 call to the Ambulance Service. We cover an area of seven minutes drive from the centre of Claverdon within which a First Responder can swiftly attend to a patient ahead of the arrival of the ambulance, and so administer medical care that, in some cases, could be life saving. The Claverdon CFR Group is one of many springing up across Britain to support the needs of local communities by volunteering to provide immediate medical assistance.

In the present climate it is quite feasible that you may wait for an emergency ambulance for some time as ambulances cover larger areas possibly preventing them being in your vicinity when initially called. This is where a Community First Responder plays an important role by being able to attend and provide medical attention within a short time of the 999 call being made.

The Ambulance Service is able to provide CFR groups with an oxygen cylinder, consumable equipment, and training, but all other items of kit including a defibrillator, a mobile phone and uniform have to be purchased by the Group.  Certain CFR groups, particularly those in larger areas, are able to raise funds quite readily, with some being equipped with multiple kit bags and even vehicles and radios.  In small catchment areas funding is a little harder to come by and as such being able to equip ourselves to that level would take considerable time.  We have found our community to be very supportive yet only fundraise when we have a particular target to meet.

As Ambulance Services become more stretched, the Community First Responder Schemes will play an important role within communities across Britain by providing an immediate response to essentially life threatening conditions. But without the continuing support of our communities it will be very difficult to provide the necessary level of coverage that we would need to ensure that residents of our villages have the best chance of survival should they find themselves in a 999 situation.

Please follow us on Twitter: @ClaverdonCFR or contact us on

Henley Sports & Holistic Therapies

Opening Monday 4th July 2011

imageThis new business will be opening above Honey's Lingerie Boutique to offer:

*Aromatherapy* - *Body Massage* - *Reflexology* - *Indian Head Massage*

*Sports Massage* - *Kinesio Taping* - *Pre/Inter/Post Event Sports Massage*

For more information, see the next edition or please contact:

Sue Harbour
07974 352730

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Henley Allotment and Gardening Club (HAAGC)

June 2011 Newsletter

image1) Free Tickets
We have two free tickets for The Royal Horticultural Society gardens at either Wisley in Surrey, Harlow Carr in Yorkshire, Hyde Hall in Essex or Rosemoor in Devon. For more info, see The tickets are valid until Dec 2011. If you would like them please contact me asap.

2) Ullenhall Gardening Club
Several of our members also belong to Ullenhall Gardening Club and we recently met up with their Chairman, Mike Flood, to explore how our two Clubs can help each other.

UGC has regular speakers on a wide range of gardening subjects and organises occasional day trips.

As HAAGC does not offer such a service to its members we are pleased to say that UGC would welcome any HAAGC member to their events.

If you are interested in hearing more about UGC Speaker Evenings etc please contact Mike Flood on 01789 488589 or at:

There is a small charge for such events.

3) Collecting Rain Water
If you are trying to collect rain water don’t forget to visit the recycling centre at Burton Farm, Bishopston (signposted from the A34-A46 roundabout as you enter Stratford). Opposite the upper level dumping area you will often find old plastic dustbins that are perfect for collecting water. Just help yourself……the bins are free !!!

4) Transition Stratford
Transition Stratford is a relatively new organisation of people in the Stratford upon Avon area who are working to make a transition to a locally based, low carbon way of living. They are encouraging people to grow their own food and promoting the development of allotment land. Other projects involve community trading and harvest share, seed/plant swaps, sustainable energy etc.

For more information about this organisation see

We have been in contact with Transition Stratford and we now intend to keep HAAGC members informed of their future events and plans

Secretary - Henley Allotment And Gardening Club

Music Concert in Ullenhall

imageThe Church of St Mary the Virgin in Ullenhall is the venue for the fifth of six concerts on Saturday 25 June in the 2011 Leamington Music Summer Concerts season. The concert, starting at 7 30, will be given by the WERNBERG TRIO.

The Wernberg Trio consists of two young Swedish musicians, the violinist Maria Wernberg and pianist Sara Willander, and features one of the joint winners of the 2010 Leamington Music Prize, the clarinettist Jack McNeill.

The programme for the concert will appeal to many different tastes as it contains music by Milhaud, Mozart, Kreisler, Stravinsky, Howard Skempton, Brahms and Bartok. Covering over 220 years of composition and styles, the final work is Bartok’s Contrasts, written for the jazz clarinettist Benny Goodman and virtuoso violinist Joseph Szigeti. The internationally renowned and Leamington-based composer Howard Skempton will be attending the concert to hear the second performance of his work “Skipper”, written for Jack McNeill.

All three musicians have studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Jack McNeill was one of two winners of the 2010 Leamington Music Prize. Last summer the first ever winner of the Prize, the pianist Chen Chen, gave the annual recital in Ullenhall promoted by Leamington Music.

Richard Phillips, Festival Director of Leamington Music, adds, “I have actually been promoting concerts in this delightful church with its excellent acoustics for over twenty years now and it is one of the highlights of each summer for me. We have had a terrific range of artists over this time, but the emphasis has always been on young artists at the start of their careers. We hope a big audience will flock to hear this talented trio and they should be excited by the variety in the programme.”

Tickets are on sale locally through Shirley Clayton – call 01564 794760 – or online at or call 01926 776438.

The final concert in the 2011 Leamington Music Summer Concerts series will take place on Friday 1 July. A Midsummer Night with Bott and Bowman at King’s High School Warwick will feature two singers who have enjoyed major international careers. Soprano Catherine Bott and counter tenor James Bowman will be accompanied on the piano by Jonathan Cohen. A first half of Shakespeare settings will be followed by a lighter second half which will contain various surprises, but probably include music by Gershwin, Coward and Flanders and Swann.

Leamington Music was launched in October 2006 to provide a wide range of chamber and early music concerts in Warwick, Leamington and the county of Warwickshire. With a strong Education Programme and various concert series and festivals, Leamington Music in its five years will have put on nearly 250 events.

For further details, press tickets and photographs, please contact Richard Phillips on 01926 497000

Chris Tarrant Faces Up To Peace

imageTV star Chris Tarrant, once  a resident of Henley, has teamed up with the international peace building charity Cord and celebrity mask makers Mask-arade to launch their Face up to Peace campaign.

A percentage of mask sales from the Southam based company will go directly to funding Cord’s work with those affected by war and violent conflict in Africa and Asia including thousands of child refugees who fled the genocide in Darfur.

Chris, who met ‘himself ‘in London’s Berwick Street Market, is one of more than a hundred famous faces who have masks produced by Mask-arade – the company responsible for the Royal Family look alike masks which featured large in the Royal Wedding celebrations. The company also offers personalised masks, a particular hit for birthdays, retirements and stag and hen parties.

‘We are thrilled to be working with Cord to make a positive contribution to their wonderful peace building programmes with people living in abject poverty and who have known such trauma in their lives,’ said Maskateer Ray Duffy.

‘Everyone buying a mask will be joining in Face up to Peace and doing their bit to help make peace a reality for them,’ he added.

Cord’s Chief Executive Brian Wakley said that half of all countries emerging from war and conflict relapse into violence within ten years. ‘Our work is for the long haul, ensuring that people find ways of preventing that from happening and giving them a secure and peaceful future. Face up to Peace is a great way of spreading that message globally.’

New Head Chef For The Curry Republic

imageA culinary expert who has produced sumptuous food at top Indian restaurants across the world has been appointed Head Chef of The Curry Republic in Henley-in-Arden.

Surup Singh Rana is in charge of the kitchens at what is planned to be the first of a chain of outlets within the Midlands offering fine Indian cuisine for delivery or collection. The upmarket takeout in Henley High Street additionally has a dining area where seated guests can also enjoy the outstanding Indian food that Surup has brought to the town.

With more than 30 years' experience as a senior chef at Indian restaurants in four countries, Surup has crafted a select menu of around 40 dishes, ranging from the UK's favourite Chicken Tikka Masala to traditional Bengali Jingha Arh Adda Jamir (tiger prawns spiced with Bangladeshi citrus fruit tempered with spices and curry leaves).

Trained at the five-star Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai, Surup was promoted to Indian Executive Chef and was responsible for the hotel's entire Indian food production for 16 years before moving on to similar positions at Holiday Inn hotels in Kathmandu and Singapore.

He then spent five years as Head of Indian Cuisine at the Marine Plaza Hotel in Mumbai and then seven years as Executive Chef at the Maurya in London. Surup has also cooked for Indian food festivals in Athens, Bangkok and Zurich, and on a Swedish cruise ship.

Bilal Ahmed, CEO Bywater Investment Group and proprietor of The Curry Republic, said: “Our new globe-trotting Head Chef is passionate about ensuring that guests enjoy food of the highest quality and consistency. Surup's experience and know-how will prove invaluable in helping us in our plans to become the first true Indian takeaway brand in the Midlands, complete with online ordering and door to door delivery services.”

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John Garner's Business Column

The Red Tape Challenge

John GarnerHave you heard of this? No? Neither had I.

The government is giving you the chance to rip up some of the 21,000 rules and regulations that are getting in your way. It began in April and will operate until April 2013. It’s run under the auspices of Vince Cable.

The website says:

“It’s about harnessing the experience and ideas of those who deal with regulation day-in, day-out to help us cut red tape. Through this site we’re gathering your thoughts on which regulations should stay, which can be merged, which can be scrapped and so on. Ministers and government officials will then use this information to help them cut the right regulations in the right way.”

So the government is listening then?

They say it works like this:

“Every few weeks we’ll publish regulations relating to a specific sector – from retail to transport – and throughout the process we’ll publish general regulations that relate to all sectors, such as those on equality or health and safety. People will come to the site and comment – and those thoughts will be collated by government officials to provide a clearer picture of which regulations should stay, which should go and which should change. Ministers will then have three months to decide which regulations they will scrap, with the presumption that all burdensome regulations will go unless the government departments can justify why they are needed. They will be challenged by an independent reviewer and regulations that cannot be justified will go.”

That's a bit of a mouthful.  They also say, “The priority will be to focus on regulations that we know place the biggest burdens on businesses and society.”  Good.

Currently they are asking for comments on the Equality Act but you can give your views on all manner of issues by visiting their website. Scroll down to “The Live Debate” and you’ll see what people are saying. Some of it is quite fascinating.

You can see what debates will be coming up and on the FAQs page there’s a list of the regulations that they have so far dealt with. If, like me, you’re sick of some of the rules and regulations which get in the way of making an honest living then here is your chance to make yourself heard.

Well, I hope it is. We’ll see in due course if it’s working and Vince Cable really is listening.

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Make Henley Greener
Save Money - Help Save the Planet

Food Miles or Fertilizer

Which is worse? You might think these two topics are not connected, but when it comes to the carbon pollution associated with our food, either or both can be significant.

It might seem obvious that food which has come halfway round the world, New Zealand lamb for example, will have a higher carbon footprint than its home grown equivalent. But it turns out that this is not the case, provided the lamb is transported by ship. The reason why the New Zealand lamb has a lower footprint is that New Zealand pastures are richer than UK pastures so little or no manufactured food (eg sheep nuts) is needed for New Zealand sheep. The difference is substantial, 1,520 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per ton for New Zealand Lamb whilst British lamb produces 6,280 pounds of carbon dioxide per ton.

The table below gives some idea of the carbon pollution associated with different aspects of food in the UK. (The table converts methane and other greenhouse gases into their equivalent CO2 quantity.)


Fertilizer (for veg, corn, etc)
Meat and dairy consumption
Food transportation
Processing of food
Decomposition of waste food


UK million tonnes



Carbon pollution from fertilizer dominates the table and accounts for about a third of the total. Transport comes lower down the table and is responsible for about one sixth of the pollution. So in general, choosing food that has low fertilizer use brings bigger benefits than chasing food miles, but this is easier said than done. Food packaging does not tell you how much fertilizer was used, but it does give a clue about the food miles by saying where the food was produced. However, in the case of lamb, you would be reducing your carbon pollution more by choosing to buy New Zealand rather than locally produced lamb (unless you have a source of local organic lamb).  It isn’t easy, is it?

So what good choices can be made? Food which has travelled by air will always have a high footprint. Again, whether food was flown in is not always obvious but some food has an airfreight label. If the food is highly perishable and out of season, the chances are that it has flown. So, strawberries and other berry fruits in the winter will have high footprints. Similarly, tomatoes out of season have a very high footprint (especially cherry tomatoes); eat carrots in salad instead. The clue is to eat what is in season in the UK. Now is the time to enjoy british Strawberries. The table above shows that meat and dairy products are big polluters, so eating less meat, (especially beef and lamb) has a big benefit. Fish and vegetables are better for you and better for the planet. When buying wine, buy local; there are some excellent English whites.

The table shows that avoiding food waste can prevent nearly as much carbon pollution as avoiding food miles (except for food air miles) and this is not only good for the planet, its good for your pocket. Finally, food grown without artificial fertilizer will usually have the biggest benefit from the point of view of reduced carbon pollution. This means organic.

John Stott - Make Henley Greener

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Warnings from Trading Standards

Driveway Scam

imageHouseholders in Stratford upon Avon are warned to beware of door to door rogue traders offering ‘sealant’ services for driveways and patios. One consumer paid £200 to have her driveway ‘sealed’. The traders used the householder’s own hose pipe and brushes and made a terrible mess which they failed to clear up. The owner signed a contract on the doorstep and no cancellation rights were provided, as door to door traders are legally obliged to do.

It is not clear what, if anything, they sprayed on to the consumer’s driveway and the Birmingham address they provided was a mail box accommodation address, making the traders very difficult to trace.

For more information, visit our website: 

2011 Alliance and Leicester Bogus Email

Computer users are warned to beware of another spate of spam phishing emails. The latest bogus email claims to have been sent by the Alliance and Leicester and warns recipients that ‘irregular’ activity has been discovered on their account. The email asks them to verify the activity before they can continue to use their account or the account will be suspended.

These bogus emails, which are sent at random by criminal gangs, hope to scare recipients in to revealing their personal or financial information by tricking them in to clicking a link on the email which would take them to a bogus website.

Never reveal your personal or financial information in an email or click on any links in suspicious emails. If you think an email from your bank is genuine, contact the bank on a publicly listed phone number.

Bogus Officials Offer Council Tax 'Refunds'

Warwickshire residents are warned to be on their guard against bogus officials offering council tax 'refunds'.The fraudsters operate by ringing or texting residents claiming to be from the local council, valuation office or some other company which deals with changes to Council Tax banding.

They suggest that the resident is due a council tax 'refund'. They will then ask for personal and bank details to allow them to process the 'refund' or provide a telephone number for residents to ring to provide this information. This information can then be used for fraudulent purposes.

Any Warwickshire residents receiving such a contact are advised not to give out any personal or financial information and to end the call as quickly as possible. It has been reported that some callers can get aggressive and ring back if you put the phone down, but this is all part of the scam to make you act as they want.

To report a suspected incident of the scam, please contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Business 'Invoice'

Warwickshire Trading Standards are warning businesses and organisations to beware of a business advertising 'invoice' document.

Businesses have reported receiving documents that appear at first glance to be genuine invoices for advertising on a company listing website. The 'invoice' document states a charge over £250 and uses language that gives the impression that the recipient business has already agreed to buy the service, for example by stating a payment by date. Only in the small print at the bottom of the document does it state that the letter is only an invitation to place an advertisement and not a request for payment.

For more information visit our website:

Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council

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Community Newsletter


Incident Overview
Below are the incidents recorded for the Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team for May 2011:


Crime in Your Area
Burglary dwellings have increased on last year, but are comparable with recent months, which is a trend reflected in the whole of the Warwickshire with an increase in burglary related incidents; however the area is much lower than other areas of the County. Two attempt burglary dwellings were made in Henley along the Birmingham Road and Buckley Green. One burglary dwelling occurred in Preston Bagot, which involved the theft of credit cards and keys. Further burglary dwellings were recorded in the Studley areas of Clarks Green, which involved the theft of car keys, Kiln Close, involving the theft of a laptop and a motorbike and Middletown Lane where a laptop and jewellery were taken. Burglary other incidents are comparable with last year, but on a positive note have reduced significantly on last month; this month garden tools were taken from a garage and shed in Langley Road, Claverdon and Camp Lane, Henley. Three incidents were also recorded in Wickham Road, Birmingham Road and Middletown Lane, Studley, but nothing was taken.

Criminal Damage has reduced slightly when compared with last year and has seen a significant reduction when compared to last month. This month two incidents have been recorded in Henley including damage to Henley in Bloom pots on the High Street and tyres slashed on a vehicle parked on Meadow Road. Windows were smashed to a derelict property on Star Lane, Claverdon. Two incidents were recorded in Bearley, including smashed glass to a greenhouse in Oaktree Close and smashed glass to the telephone box on the Snitterfield Road. Five incidents were recorded in the Studley area, including slashed tyres in Allendale Crescent, smashed windows to a property on the High Street; in Grove Road fencing was damaged, in Redditch Road damage was caused to the door of a property and windows were smashed in a derelict building at Studley Castle.

Theft from Motor Vehicles is comparable with last year and previous months, and although low in comparison with other areas officers are still attending incidents where valuables have been left on display. Incidents have been recorded in Yarningale Common where a laser measuring device and ipod were left on display, Preston Bagot where a sat nav was left on display, four incidents were recorded in Studley where a mobile charger, tools and a fuel card were left on display. The only exception being chrome trim which was stolen from a vehicle in Station Road, Studley. Theft of vehicle remains low, an incident was recorded in Wootton Wawen where a vehicle was taken from the scrap yard.

Anti Social Behaviour has reduced significantly when compared with last year and last month. Isolated incidents have been recorded in Mappleborough Green where youths have entered the grounds of a fishing pool without permission, a youth had to be removed from Henley Youth Club due to his behaviour, a party in Cherry Orchard, Henley, became loud and caused a disturbance to residents living nearby. An incident was recorded in Breach Lane, Claverdon whereby some gatesto some land were removed  and thrown into a nearby hedge. In Studley incidents were recorded in Foster Avenue where youths were throwing stones at cars and playing football in the road, youths were also reported for chasing sheep in a field off Mallard Close and a further incident was recorded in New Road where youths were on the school roof throwing stones and lifting up cables.

Violence has increased slightly when compared with last year, but is comparable with recent months and lower than other areas with incidents recorded in Henley, Studley and Mappleborough Green. Those recorded are mostly of minor nature and have been dealt with accordingly by officers. The only exception being an isolated incident on the Alcester Road, Studley where two people were assaulted, one requiring hospital treatment for injuries they sustained; enquiries are ongoing.

If you would like further crime prevention advice, including how to obtain a protective marking solution such as SMART WATER, please contact your local officer, PCSO Tristan Jelfs on 07795231857 or e-mail (Henley in Arden, Claverdon, Wootton Wawen & Bearley areas); PCSO Garry Johnson or PCSO Laura Thomason on 07789653018 or e-mail or (Studley, Sambourne & Mappleborough Green areas).

Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Priorities
Current priorities as chosen by members of the public at the last Community Forum held on the 16th December 2010:

¬Anti Social Behaviour, Millennium Park/Pool Road, Studley - 12 x targeted high visibility patrols.

¬ Parking Studley School, Pool Road - Dangerous parking outside the school at drop off and collection times, 12 x targeted patrols to advise drivers and liaison with Stratford District Council regarding enforcement.

¬ Speeding in Wootton Wawen, Mayswood Road – 8 x targeted speed checks to be carried out with advice and/or enforcement where appropriate.

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
David Hall formally of Henley in Arden who was jailed for two years last April after admitting possessing cocaine, and possessing it with intent to supply, has been ordered to repay the cash he made from dealing. Hall said he paid £2,400 for two ounces of cocaine a month, at first claimed it was for personal use but later admitted supplying friends. A judge at Warwick Crown Court was told one £20 note from a total of £2,339 seized was so contaminated with cocaine it had to be destroyed. The Recorder ordered the £2,339 minus the contaminated £20 note should be confiscated as proceeds of crime.

Officers attended a call from a member of the public regarding a damaged fence to a detached dwelling in St Nicholas Road, Henley in Arden. On inspection the property was found insecure and on further inspection a cannabis factory was found on the first floor of the property. All plants and equipment have been seized and enquiries are ongoing.

Three persons have been stopped in the Studley area for acting suspiciously, once searched they were found to be in possession of cannabis. All have been dealt with accordingly by officers.

Officers from your Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team have visited residents at the Henley Senior Citizens Action Network (SCAN) Meeting and Wootton Wawen Caravan Park to talk about crime prevention and personal safety as well as giving out personal attack alarms and information packs.

Officers from the Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team have visited Claverdon Primary School to talk to pupils about the role of police officers as well as giving safety advice on subjects such as stranger danger and road safety. Pupils also enjoyed dressing up in old uniform and looking around the police car, including putting the blue lights and siren on.

Local Officers and representatives of Stratford District Council have been working together to resolve the parking issues caused by JPH Autos at Wootton Wawen. Stratford District Council have now served a breach of planning notice on JPH Autos and are now waiting to see if a new application is submitted though the normal planning procedures. Local Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Officers will continue to monitor the situation and deal with any obstructions accordingly.

During the month a restorative justice litter pick took place in the Earlswood area following a group of campers who made a mess in the nature reserve at Cloweswood.

An evening of crime prevention and personal safety advice was given to a group from the Tanworth Women’s Fellowship, followed by the issuing of a number of personal attack alarms and information pack to those in attendance

The next Community Forum will be held 7th July, 7pm, Dorothea Mitchell Hall, Claverdon.   If you have a specific concern then come along to the local surgery where you will be able to speak to your local Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Policing Team, Warwickshire County Council or Stratford District Council Officer.

The next Henley Community Surgery will be held, 27th July, 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 22nd June & 13th July, 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 23rd June 7pm, Henley Fire Station

If you have any information or have witnessed the above incidents,
please can you contact Alcester Police on 01789 762207. 


Further information can be found at: The Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area

Tristan Jelfs PCSO 6065
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
Henley in Arden Police Station
Tel: 01789 762207 Ext: 4662
Voicemail: 16065

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At St John’s Church Hall , Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden. Stalls include Tombola, Raffle, Cakes, Bric a Brac, Toys, Plants, Good as New Clothes, Books Jewellery and more! Enjoy our refreshments and lunchtime BBQ to the accompaniment of a jazz band. Annual prize winning Duck Race on the River Alne at 2.15pm. Come and have a fun time for all the family and help support church funds. Details from Barbara Colclough on 01564 793710 or Daphne Jones on 01926 793710.

St Mary the Virgin Church in Ullenhall
has its origins over 20 years ago in a concert by the Kreutzer String Quartet that I put on in the Memorial Hall Henley. The then chairman, Hilda Bottoms, asked me to do a concert in the church in Ullenhall the following year and it has happened every year since, now being funded by a legacy left to Leamington Music by Charles Bottoms. The 2011 concert will be held on Saturday 25 June 7 30pm with the Wernberg Trio. Music by Milhaud, Mozart, Kreisler, Stravinsky, Howard Skempton, Brahms and Bartok. Tickets £10, children and students £1 from Shirley Clayton 01564 794760 or

“Gondoliers” in Tanworth
The Tanworth Singers will be performing “Gondoliers” with a strong cast of soloists on Friday & Saturday 15th & 16th July. Rehearsal information from Wendy Dillon 742464. Details of ticket sales in June Parish News.

July 23rd - Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve

2nd & 9th July (mornings) or 20th & 27th August (mornings or afternoons). Evening classes, 28th July - 22nd September, 7 - 9pm. Suitable for beginners. Telephone 01564 792174.

Friday 9th September
Gala Dinner at the Henley Golf and Country Club with entertainment by the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Pre-dinner drinks at 7 pm, dinner will be served at 7:30 pm. Carriages at 11:30 pm

Sunday 11th September 2.30 pm
There will be a PIMS and English Tea with an Antiques Roadshow in the Guild Hall Garden with  celebrity expert Paul Atterbury. Sponsored by Henley NEWS. Tickets £12.50

Wednesday 14th September
A Fashion Show with a glass of bubbly in the Memorial Hall will be the final event. A promotion by the fashion shops of Henley-in-Arden. Doors will open at 7 pm and the show will start at 7:30 pm.

17th September 2011 at the Memorial Playing Fields

The Shakespeare Hospice is looking for 200 singers for its BIG Sing 2011 in the Civic Hall, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September 2011. Barry Todd has agreed to be the Musical Director! This will be a fun packed weekend - during the Friday evening and Saturday morning we will learn popular pieces from musicals and in the afternoon and evening put on two concerts! 01789 266852

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
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
imageAre 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 £5.00. 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
  2011 Programme

imageThe 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
This is an exciting opportunity to make your mark on what has been a vibrant and successful scout troop. In order for it to continue to provide young people with diverse opportunities we urgently need the support of our local community. Please come forward and find out more about how you can get involved. For more information please contact Simon Cossey on: 07979 240174
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
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.
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.
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.

The Wednesday Club provides a friendly environment where people with visual problems can meet together and enjoy good company, interesting speakers, outings and a delicious tea together.  The Club meets on alternate Wednesday afternoons and welcomes new members. For further information please phone: 0121-705-3926, 01564-792724, 01564-794209 or 01564-792138.

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