Fire rips through derelict Henley market site
A 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.
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
"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
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
60 years of the Queen's reign
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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'
Four 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
I 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
John Marshall - Aotearoa, New Zealand
Workshops and Demonstrations at Torquil Pottery
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Visit the Henley-in-Arden Town Website at:
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and receives no money from public funds
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 OurProperty.co.uk.
Claverdon First Responder Group
The 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
Please follow us on Twitter: @ClaverdonCFR or contact us on Claverdon.CFR@gmail.com
Henley Sports & Holistic Therapies
Opening Monday 4th July 2011
This 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:
07974 352730 email@example.com
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and receives no money from public funds
Henley Allotment and Gardening Club (HAAGC)
June 2011 Newsletter
1) 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 www.rhs.org.uk 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
4) 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 www.transitionstratford.com
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
The 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 www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk 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
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
A 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
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.”
John Garner's Business Column
The Red Tape Challenge
Have 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
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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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
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
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
For more information, visit our website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
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
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
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.
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: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards
Simon Cripwell, Senior Information Officer, Trading Standards Service
Warwickshire County Council
Alcester North Safer NEIGHBOURHOOD Team
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Henley
in Arden, Claverdon, Wootton Wawen & Bearley areas); PCSO Garry
Johnson or PCSO Laura Thomason on 07789653018 or e-mail
email@example.com (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
www.safer-NEIGHBOURHOODs.co.uk/an or www.stratford.gov.uk
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 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
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 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
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St JOHN’S CHURCH SUMMER FETE 18TH JUNE 11 – 3
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.
JAZZ IN THE GARDEN
July 23rd - Details from Duncan or Marijana Bainbridge 795149 day, 794987 eve
TORQUIL POTTERY WORKSHOPS
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.
GUILD HALL TRUST FESTIVAL
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
GUILD HALL TRUST FESTIVAL
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
GUILD HALL TRUST FESTIVAL
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.
60s/70s ROCK CONCERT
17th September 2011 at the Memorial Playing Fields
BIG SING in SEPTEMBER
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
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
THE ROTARY CLUB of HENLEY-in-ARDENRotary
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
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN FLOWER CLUB
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
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
1st HENLEY & WOOTTON SCOUTS
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
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.
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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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.
WEDNESDAY CLUB FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE
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
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