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Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England

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Edition 295- 22nd March 2012
Warwickshire Village Competitions
Winner 2007 & Bronze 2009 & 2010

Experienced Promoter Appointed for Music Festival

imageDavid Gallon, an experienced festival promoter, has been appointed by the War Memorial Trust to investigate the viability of a 2013 Festival. David has lived in Henley since 1997 and in Warwickshire nearly all his life. He has unrivalled experience of running festivals throughout the UK as he was the General Manager of Special Events for Bass Plc.

His team on New Product Development invented the Multi Dispense Unit that could deliver ‘Ice Cold’ beer at 12 pints in 30 seconds, that won many contracts in the festival market including: Wembley, NEC and Cardiff Millennium. Bass actually sold 330,000 pints at ‘T in the Park’.

David told Henley NEWS, "I really enjoy running events, by getting involved at all stages, from planning to execution, networking, and then getting the job done. I attended last years 60s Festival and personally found it very difficult to purchase tickets through the Brian Yates web site and Solihull Arts Service. In the end, I had to get them to email me confirmation of my payment. It eventually arrived on 22nd September.

image"Seeing our old favourite bands brought many happy memories. It was very disappointing that the hard work by Peter Crathorne and his team did not have the audience expectations due to poor marketing of the event. As the new appointed festival promoter I want to put ‘Henley’ on the festival calendar and maximise the excellent facilities we can offer as a town with the support of ALL the bars, restaurants, hotels and local shops and most importantly the ‘Henley People’."

David Gallon concluded by saying, "I would like to run a TWO DAY festival to cover the 60s Rock and Roll on the Saturday and then a ‘Jazz Festival’ on the Sunday. This will make it an excellent marketing weekend that we can deliver to our sponsors. Since we have been proposing the festival a lot of interest has already been made with my networking contacts. The date is be finalised with the trustees and the project management group very soon. Then the planning can get started. I propose to send out a Press Release which will include local TV interviews etc."

Downton Abbey comes to Henley

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Stockton House resembled Downtown Abbey last Friday night when the gentry turned out in black ties, fox furs, hunting pink and military uniforms for a formal dinner cooked by the 'Mrs Patmore of Henley' - Sue Dalby. Mrs Bridges was supported by the ever attentive 'Mr Bates', alias Brian Westmacott.

The Earl of Beaudesert - Duncan Bainbridge, with the natural skill of a true aristocrat, ensured that all his guests had a memorable evening.


The event raised nearly £1,000.00 for a new heating system in the Memorial Hall which will be quieter and more efficient than the old one.

Next Event announced by Guild Hall Trust

posterThe Fundraising Committee of the Guild Hall Trust has announced their second event for 2012. This event will take place in the Guild Hall on Saturday 30th June and will feature the internationally acclaimed harpist Rita Schindler accompanied by violinist Dominika Fehér.

Rita Schindler was born in Budapest in 1987. She first started to sing and play the piano at the age of seven, and at the age of twelve she was accepted to Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir school in Budapest where she remained until her graduation. At fourteen she began to learn to play the harp with Csilla Gulyás. She took part as a singer in National Choir Competitions and Gregorian Festivals and in 2004 she was a prizewinner at the National Harp Competition in Hungary. After her graduation she continued her harp studies at Saint Steven Conservatoire in Budapest where she studied with Katalin Nagy for two years.

In 2007 Rita began her undergraduate harp studies with Catherine White at Birmingham Conservatoire. During her undergraduate years Rita played with many symphony orchestras and ensembles around the West Midlands and became a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's youth orchestra. In 2008 Rita was selected to be a member of the Royal Philharmonic Society's Young Artists and was also a Sir John Barbirolli recipient. She also received a scholarship from the Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2010 Rita was first prize winner with distinction at the North London Festival of Music and Drama's chamber music competition.

Rita has taken part in master-classes with renowned harpists, such as Caryl Thomas (Wales), Katherine Thomas (Wales), Isabelle Perrin (France), Elinor Bennett (Wales), Karen Vaughan (England), Gabriella Dall'Olio (Italy), Skaila Kanga (England), Milda Agazarian (Russia) and Irina Zingg (Switzerland). From September 2011 Rita will begin her masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying with Imogen Barford and Charlotte Seale.

In recent years Rita has performed professionally with numerous orchestras, most notably the highly acclaimed City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has given solo and chamber music recitals for a wide range of audiences including HRH the Prince of Wales.

imageTickets are limited for this very special event so an early reservation is recommended using the Henley NEWS Ticketing: Click Here.

The first event, the Sicilian Feast which will take place on Monday 26th March, was sold out in less than 10 days by Henley NEWS Ticketing.

Advertisement Feature for the benefit of the Guild Hall Trust

Taylor Wimpey Donates Further To Henley


imageTaylor Wimpey Midlands has continued its ongoing support of Henley In Arden recently when regional sales and marketing director, Anne Wallace, visited St Mary’s Primary School with a cheque for £250!

The donation from the leading house builder, which is currently building its Farriers Cross development in the town, has gone towards a much needed new canopy for the school’s play area.

Rachael Perry, the Head at St Mary's School said: "We're very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for its generous donation. The money has gone towards a fantastic canopy meaning the children will be able to access the Early Years Curriculum all year round. Many thanks again to Taylor Wimpey".

Anne Wallace comments: “It’s wonderful to be able to go out in the communities we build in. Henley In Arden is such a wonderful place, we’re proud to be able to lend a helping hand. The school is very deserving of the donation so it’s even better to know it’s gone to such a great addition for the school!”

Taylor Wimpey is committed to helping the community of Henley In Arden and has so far donated to several worthy causes in the area including the Christmas lights, Henley In Bloom, the Community Hub and the respected Guild Hall Trust.

In addition to the community support, Taylor Wimpey Midlands recently launched its new show home at Farriers Cross which proved an overwhelming success. Visitors to the development were welcomed to the launch by the High and Low Bailiffs of the Henley in Arden Court Leet and the Town Crier. The new show home was declared open by the Court Leet who also included Taylor Wimpey in their declaration of loyalty. House hunters were then treated to canapés and bubbly whilst having the chance to look around the fantastic four bedroom detached Malbury, which has been styled by professional interior designers and is designed to showcase the spacious, high quality homes on offer at the development.

Currently available at Farriers Cross is a range of two three, four and five bedroom homes, priced from £259,995. For more information visit the development, open Thursday to Monday from 10am – 5pm, or call 0845 026 5159. Alternatively visit 

Rachel Tillman reporting

Heritage Centre's Residents' Preview Day

imageAs a part of Henley-in-Arden’s celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Heritage Centre will be presenting a display marking some of the changes which have taken place over the past sixty years.   This has been created and assembled as a joint project with history students of Henley School who have dug out the facts and assembled substantial parts of the display.  Curator Ray Holding says “They have been so enthusiastic, pitching in with original ideas about how parts of the story should be presented and digging out the facts and the history.  We’re covering population, life expectancy, health, culture, communication, exploration, sport, space travel and so on and we have surprised ourselves by what we have learned in the process.  We will also be tracking Henley’s changes over the same period.”

The Heritage Centre, which charts the history of a medieval market town from Norman times, opens for the new season on Sunday 1st April with an invitation to local residents and their friends to attend   a special   preview afternoon from 2.30pm to 5.00pm, to look round the centre and share some light refreshments with the trustees and volunteers.

The Centre which is located in the town’s High Street is open each week Tuesday to Friday 10.30pm to 4.30pm and weekends and bank holidays 2.30pm  to 4.30pm.

New HADS Production Carries Risks!

posterHenley Drama are working very hard to ensure that their latest offering ‘Henley Market – The Musical’ proves to be the most adventurous and challenging production in their virtually sixty years of entertaining the folk of Henley!

The show written by Ray Evans as the last in a trilogy of plays dealing with the social growth of Henley between the 13th and 20th century, embraces certain risks.

One, the very challenging musical score involving a cast of over twenty voices, ably conducted by Carol Robson and, two, the subject, which still, to this day, resonates around our town, with some folk in favour of the closure and some not!

No different back in 1265 following the Battle of Evesham…… the same divisions, the same politics, the same personalities, it would appear, all wrapped up in an uplifting, light hearted, comedy musical.

We can now advise you that you can see this show by applying for tickets FROM the 2nd of April next – only £8.00 each, full details, at that time, will be available on our website for performances at 7:30pm Thursday 26th, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th of April 2012, at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley.

Ray Evans - HADS


imageThe Eden Project in Cornwall is one of 36 retailers urging customers to return the red and black bracelets made from the Jequirity bean, the deadly seed of the plant abrus precatorious. It contains the toxin abrin, a controlled substance under the Terrorism Act that if swallowed can kill in doses of just 3 micrograms. Abrin is chemically similar to ricin, a chemical warfare agent and the poison used by the Bulgarian secret police to assassinate dissident Georgi Markov with a pellet-tipped umbrella. However, it is far more toxic and can kill in doses 75 times smaller. People who have bought the bracelets are being urged to bag them and then wash their hands and avoid touching their eyes. The Eden Project alone sold 2,800 bracelets over a year.
You are advised that if you or any of your children are in possession of one these bracelets, then you should double bag the bracelets, seal the bag and hand it in to your local police station where they will arrange safe disposal.

Fairtrade Fortnight in Henley


Henley Fairtrade Group joined forces during Fairtrade Fortnight with the Co-operative to encourage Henley residents to make a positive choice in favour of fairly traded goods in their shopping to achieve better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.  

The Co-op also donated tea, coffee and biscuits towards the Fairtrade coffee morning last Saturday.  In the photo are Pat O’Sullivan and Cilla Pudney of Henley Fairtrade Group and Paul Whelan, manager and Jane Stanley, assistant manager of Henley Co-op.

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Why does the JPC clerk have to work around 37 hours per week?


Stratford Midweek Herald - Tuesday 20th March 2012

Henley Independents announce their manifesto


- Our pledges to YOU -

We will:

Engage with ALL members of the community:

  • We believe the Joint Parish Council must be open to ALL. If we do form the next JPC we would welcome intervention from any member of the public who wishes to engage with us. We don’t want anyone to feel too intimidated to talk to us, or that we won’t listen to them. Apart from in a few exceptional circumstances, all our meetings and decision-making will be open to the public.

  • We plan to have regular meetings based around specific local groups – for example: youth; the elderly; local businesses. These will provide the opportunity for those groups to discuss their issues, concerns and opportunities with us and other members of our community who attend the meetings.

Run the Joint Parish Council as efficiently as we can:

  • We have identified a number of costs savings which we will endeavour to implement. The savings can then be reallocated to other important community projects.

  • We would like to have just one Parish Council meeting per month and reduce the various sub-committee meetings which take up a huge amount of time for little benefit. We feel that one efficient monthly meeting is all that a town the size of Henley requires (and is consistent with what happens in similar-sized towns). This means all JPC decisions will be taken at the single monthly meeting and, as we said above, you would be most welcome to attend.

Use the JPC funds wisely and fairly across the whole community:

  • The JPC spends its precept (which is the parish part of YOUR council tax) on the local community. This includes some fixed costs and some discretionary grants. We want everyone to be aware of the grant process and to invite more projects to apply for grants.

  • We also want the community to advise the JPC which projects they think the JPC should support with a grant.

Work hard to make Henley an even better place to live:

  • ‘Guerilla’ gardening projects – to grow fruit and vegetables in un-used local spaces.

  • Consider making Henley a Fairtrade Town.

  • Encourage and promote community volunteer projects – such as litter picks, sign cleaning, etc

  • Investigate ‘time-banking’ so that projects and societies can trade time to help with one another’s projects.

  • Work WITH the community to make sensible decisions regarding important local issues (such as The Hub, Croft Car Park and the Railway Station buildings)

So, if you like what you hear and feel we could make a difference,
please vote
Henley Independents on May 3rd

Your Vote Counts!

For more information about the HENLEY INDEPENDENTS: Click Here

Henley and Beaudesert Society March Meeting

Shakespeare and his Local Background

imageOn 16th March the Society held its AGM, to which members were welcomed with a cheering glass of wine. After the formal business of the meeting and the election of officers the Society listened attentively to the erudite Roger Pringle expounding on the subject of ‘Shakespeare and his Local Background’. Roger was quick to dismiss any theories that Shakespeare’s works were other than by the man himself.

In 1564, the year of Shakespeare’s birth, Stratford was already a major settlement with a population of 2,000 and would have had a profound influence on young William. His father John was a glove maker, a prominent councillor and also a bit of a wheeler-dealer in the wool trade. And this local knowledge, especially of shepherds, is reflected many times in Shakespeare’s writing. The countryside in general would also have had a great influence on Shakespeare. His mother Mary Arden came from a farming family in Wilmcote, and the will of Mary’s father Robert is very detailed, showing that Shakespeare would have been well acquainted with farming and agriculture terms. His plays are full of rural images of flowers, trees and animals. And long into his fame he used dialect Midland and Cotswold words; his linguist roots are here, not in the sophisticated world of London or the court. Shakespeare’s plays also displayed familiarity with country sports and the Cotswolds as well as the historical influences of Warwick and Kenilworth. It is intriguing the way in which names of local persons crept into his plays, names such as Bardolph. Indeed amongst writers, he is almost unique in displaying his local associations.

imageShakespeare attended King Edward’s school in Stratford, already well established by the time went there. The emphasis would have been very much on the classics, particularly Latin and the discipline of learning the associated grammar. (pictured left)

He would also have been taught the art of rhetoric and in all probability have participated in school plays. This may have been the beginning of Shakespeare’s interest in a career in theatre.

imageShakespeare married Ann Hathaway when only 18, and after fathering his three children moved away for long periods to London. This was of course to further his career both as an actor and as a playwright. He wanted to be part of the capital’s scene and joined the Chamberlain’s men, a leading theatre company. And yet despite his time in London, his roots remained clearly in Stratford, a vital constant in his life. He amassed a decent amount of wealth and invested much of it in Stratford, purchasing several acres of land and New Place, at the time the second biggest dwelling in Stratford. One of Shakespeare’s daughters married John Hall, an eminent doctor practicing in Stratford and this would have been the source of much of Shakespeare’s medical information in his plays.

The Society’s next meeting will be on Thursday 26th April at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall. The speaker will be Jim Whorwood on ‘A year in the Life of a Lord Mayor of Birmingham'. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419.

Andrew Yarwood reporting

Encouraging Signs for Matt Jackson

imageHenley's Mat Jackson says he is very encouraged by developments to his Ford Focus ST racer as he prepares for the start of a new season of competition in Britain's biggest motor racing championship, the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

Mat is just three weeks away from once again being thrust into the public and media spotlight when 2012's BTCC gets under way at his Motorbase Performance team's home track of Brands Hatch in Kent on the weekend of March 31st/April 1st. That will be followed on April 14th/15th by his home event at Donington Park near East Midlands Airport - just up the M42 from his home in Henley-in-Arden. All ten of the BTCC's race events in 2012 will be televised live by ITV Sport on its ITV4 channel (presented by Steve Rider).

Having come close to winning last year's crown Mat has had his first two major tests back behind the wheel of his Focus and reports an immediate improvement.

He adds: "It's always a big day for the teams and sponsors on the grid with about 200 media present as well as an unbelievable number of fans who take the time of work to come and have a preview of the cars. It's a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to seeing a few faces I haven't seen for a few months.

Mat has recently flown back from a long stint in Spain where he's been continuing in his role as an official test and development driver for McLaren and its latest supercar; he was behind wheel of the 200mph machine again last week wowing more members of the international press at the world famous Goodwood Festival of Speed's Media Day event.

Bluebell supports Myton Hospice with Great Pies





Historic ‘Fidget Pie’ recipe goes down a treat at the Bluebell for National Pie Week.

The Bluebell, Henley in Arden entered into the spirit of National Pie Week with 17th Century wenches serving their take on a Midlands classic, ‘Fidget Pie’ consisting of free-range ham, potato, apple and onion with a hint of sage, local Hogan’s cider and a golden pastry lid.

Dating back to 1726 the pie has a firm association with harvest time in the area and it has been suggested that the name comes from the word ‘fitchett’ meaning five sided, referring to the original shape of the pie.

Local ales from Purity and Hook Norton were served in pewter tankards to add authenticity to the occasion.

Complementary tasters of the pie were given to passersby of the 16th Century eatery and £1 from the sale of each pie will be donated to Myton Hospice.



Jubilee Edition of the

Henley Telephone Directory

Click Here to register your FREE LISTING (Business or Residential)

imageHenley Focus and Henley NEWS are joining forces to produce a new Henley Telephone Directory covering Henley, Beaudesert, Wootton Wawen and Ullenhall to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The last directory was produced by the Court Leet in 2006, and this new publication will be completed by Autumn 2012. It will contain a photographic report of all the Diamond Jubilee activities, along with articles about the history of Henley, sports and cultural activities. It will also contain telephone listings of residents (only if you register) business listings, details of community groups and organisations and business advertising.

The publishers will be making donations from the proceeds to the Church Bells and The Hub Youth Club.

If you do not have access to a computer then please call 01564 794898 and leave a request for a manual input form to be delivered to your address.

The publication will have a life of approximately 4 years and can be purchased at a cost of £5 or £4 for pre-order copies. It will be printed in an A5 format and contain approximately 96 full colour pages. A free copy will be offered to all paying advertisers.

Advertising Rates:
Every business that registers will receive a FREE business listing.

In addition to this you are invited to take one of the following opportunities:

  • Sponsorship of the back cover plus a page of editorial: Reserved
  • Sponsorship of the inside front cover plus a page of editorial: £400
  • Full page advert: £250
  • Half Page Advert: £135
  • Quarter Page Advert: £80

To book your advertising, please contact Karen Topham-Steele on: 01564 774748 or 07979 228385
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The Academy Of Performing Arts

imageFollowing the huge success of the Henley-In-Arden Saturday morning school, The Academy Of Performing Arts is pleased to announce that it is expanding!
With a team of focused & friendly staff standing by to meet the challenge of a fresh intake of local talent . . . the Henley-In-Arden, Saturday afternoon Academy is now open for applications.
The Henley Academy meets at The Performing Arts Centre, Henley In Arden High School, and trains students from the age of 5 -17 in acting, singing and dance.  
Our Saturday morning school opened in September 2010 and has quickly gained a reputation for providing a safe and positive environment for young people to learn new skills, make new friends and bask in the joy of live theatre! It has also quickly gained a large waiting list so . . . if you would like to be part of our new Academy, please apply in plenty of time to avoid disappointment.
No previous experience is necessary to join The Academy, just a passion for performing and a willingness to work hard!
Our all new Saturday schedule now looks like this . . .

Saturday Morning School
Young Academy (5-6 year olds)  -        9:00am-10:30am
Main School (7 – 17 year olds)   -        9:30am-12:30pm
Saturday Afternoon School
Young Academy (5-6 year olds)  -        1:30pm-3:00pm
Main School (7 – 17 year olds)   -        2:00pm-5:00pm

If you would like to join us, you can request an application pack by calling 01234 742440 / 07875 078309 or alternatively, apply online at:

Unexpected Visitor


A peacock on the roof of a house in Swan Croft; perhaps they should change the name of the street to Peacock Croft.

June Mathers

Police Warn Against Sneak-In Burglaries

imageThe recent fine weather has resulted in a number of burglaries at people’s homes where the thieves have been able to gain entry through insecure doors and patio windows. Over the weekend five properties in different parts of the county have had items taken by burglars who didn’t even have to break in to get them.

In Milverton, Leamington burglars gained entry to a property in the early hours of Saturday morning after it is believed the patio doors were left unlocked overnight. A laptop computer was stolen. In Longford two mobile phones and a handbag were taken by a sneak-in burglar who entered a property near Black Horse Road on Saturday evening sometime after 8pm. A door had been left unlocked, although the occupier was upstairs at the time.

Electronic games, a laptop computer and a mobile phone were taken from a house in Broom near Alcester on Saturday between 11am – 2pm. Someone was in the house at the time, although in a different part of the house to the unlocked door. Overnight Saturday into Sunday a handbag and a set of car keys were taken in a burglary at a house just off Queens Road, Nuneaton. It is believed the burglar entered the property through the conservatory windows. And in Shuttington near Tamworth two laptops were stolen by thieves who managed to enter a house via the garage sometime overnight Sunday into Monday.

George Stepney, Community Protection Manager for Warwickshire Police said, “It is so frustrating that so many burglaries can be prevented. Just by looking at the wide range of times that these burglaries have taken place shows that opportunist burglars are out and about at all times of the day and night. As soon as the warm weather arrives we notice an increase in the number of sneak in burglaries where householders have forgotten to lock their doors or conservatory windows. People must get into the habit of checking that all their doors and windows are locked when they go to bed and even when they go to another part of the house. They should also keep house keys and car keys in a secure place which is out of view from anyone looking through the window into the house.”

Anyone with any information about burglaries in their area is asked to contact Warwickshire Police on 01926 415000 or using the new non emergency number of 101. They can also report information about crime to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.

Female Heart Attacks

imageI was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read.

Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction).
Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack. You know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

'I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion; NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on.

I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cosy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.

A moment later I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the oesophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation--the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.

After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).

This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!

I lowered the footrest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, if this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.

I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialled the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don’t remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.

I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stints.

Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.

  1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn’t know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they’ll feel better in the morning when they wake up... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you’ve not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

  2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

    • Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road.
    • Do NOT panick your husband who will then be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.
    • Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr will be notified later.

  3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol-elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.


The new Henley Community First Responders are being fully trained by the ambulance service to assist in cases like this. They will usually be first on the scene and will be able to give life saving treatment.

Henley CFR needs more volunteers, supporters, and trainees. For information please contact John Pudney 01564 797949 or Ray Holding 01564 792512.

Green Flashing Lights for First Responders

imagePlease consider supporting the following petition:

"The Government should amend the appropriate laws and legislation to allow retained and voluntary emergency services such as HM Coastguard, RNLI, Retained Fire & Rescue crews and Ambulance first responders to use Green warning lights on their vehicles. The purpose (as currently with doctors) is not to demand priority or to allow breaking of any Road Traffic Regulations, but to indicate that they are on an emergency call and to request courtesy from other drivers in facilitating their progress to the incident."

If you wish to, please click here:

New domestic abuse support service

Two new services to provide accommodation and support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse will be available to Warwickshire residents from April 2012.

Following a competitive tendering exercise, Warwickshire County Council and partners can now announce that a refuge service will be provided by national charity Refuge, whilst Stonham – the care and support division of UK wide housing association Home Group will be delivering a comprehensive support service from spring 2012. Around 8,000 incidents of domestic abuse are reported to Warwickshire Police every year and the new services will be able to support with these cases as well as offer information and advice to anyone affected by abuse whether or not they choose to report.

The refuge service will include management of 18 units of refuge accommodation spread across the county. It will meet the needs of all women experiencing domestic abuse from all of Warwickshire’s communities. Out of county refuge arrangements will still be available where required to keep victims and their children safe.

The domestic abuse support element will incorporate a range of services including legal advocacy, housing related floating support, open access advice and information, a specialist helpline and dedicated support for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual transgender victims, male victims, and black and ethnic minority communities. Additionally the service will provide multi-agency risk assessment and Sanctuary Scheme management to help victims to stay in their own homes. The new model of integrated support with a single point of contact for victims and referral agencies will help streamline transfer between different services to make sure people get all the support they need.

Another benefit is the sustainability of the model. Joint commissioning by Warwickshire County Council and the district and borough councils will ensure funding is spent in the most efficient and effective ways. Value for money is also given as a reduction in number of service providers brings down premises and management overheads. The change signifies a shift from several individual contracts for adult community, inpatient and criminal justice substance misuse services previously offered in each area, into a more integrated treatment system.

Warwickshire County Council along with district and borough councils commissioned the services in order to widen the range of help available and ensure value for money by reducing overheads.

Warwickshire County Councillor Richard Hobbs, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “The remodelled services will increase the range of services available with access through a single point of contact with clear pathways between services for victims and referring agencies. These changes will build on the good performance of current providers in protecting victims and will provide support to a wider range of people experiencing domestic abuse. Reducing the number of providers and commissioning jointly across the county will encourage better use of resources and enable the providers and users to benefit from economies of scale.”

Sandra Horley CBE, chief executive of Refuge, said: “Refuge currently provides a refuge service in some areas of the county so we are very pleased to be able to expand our service and deliver a county wide service from April. These services are a lifeline for women and children escaping domestic abuse.”

Rachael Byrne, Home Group’s executive director of Care and Support, said: “Stonham has a strong pedigree of helping those who suffer from domestic abuse. “We are well established in Warwickshire and looking forward to working closely with the County Council and Refuge.”

The contract across the county is worth a maximum of £2.1million over four years. Domestic abuse services are currently available as normal in the county ahead of the new services becoming available.

Anyone seeking information and support about domestic abuse can still access the Warwickshire Against Domestic Abuse Talk 2 Someone free helpline on 0800 408 1552, available between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm Saturday.

There is also a website – – which offers information and support for victims, families, friends and neighbours as well as perpetrators, who may be looking to turn things around.

Further information is also available at

If you are in immediate danger contact Warwickshire Police by dialling 999 -. Warwickshire Police can also be contacted on 01926 415000.

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Crime in Your Area

Burglary (dwellings) have increased slightly on last year and last month, but overall remain low in comparison with other areas. On the Birmingham Road, Henley an insecure garden gate was entered and followed by an insecure rear patio door resulting in the theft of a wallet containing money and bank cards. A property on Pettiford Lane, Wootton Wawen was entered by forcing a rear window to the property, once within offender/s have stolen a wallet containing money and bank cards.  At The Green, Claverdon the front door to a property was forced and an untidy search made, it is believed that dogs barking at the property disturbed the offender/s and they left without taking anything. 

Burglary (others) are comparable with last year but have reduced when compared with last month. In Claverdon on the Warwick Road entry was forced by smashing the padlocks to an outhouse and two dirt bikes stolen from within. A further incident of the Warwick Road in Claverdon was reported where access was forced to storage containers at a building site with approximately £10,000 – 15,000 worth of equipment taken. 

Criminal damage is comparable with last month, but has fallen slightly when compared with last year and remains low in comparison to other areas. Five incidents have been reported in Henley, the first at the railway station, which was covered in graffiti by unknown offender/s; this has been passed to the British Transport Police for further enquiries. In Doctors Lane unknown offender/s have knocked over a garden gate causing damage in the process. On the High Street a window was smashed to a property by unknown means. In Brookend Close unknown offender/s have removed a fence panel and in the process scratched a vehicle and in Whitley Road unknown offender/s have scratched a vehicle. 

Anti Social Behaviour has increased slightly on last month but has fallen significantly when compared with last year and remains low in comparison with other areas. In Henley two incidents were reported, on the High Street youths were given advice regarding throwing snowballs at properties and at the petrol station youths were reported after they had had an altercation with a male resulting in them preventing him driving off the forecourt. 

Theft of Motor Vehicles has increased slightly on last year and last month. In Wootton Wawen a vehicle was stolen by unknown means from the slip road off the Stratford Road outside the old mill. Theft from Motor Vehicles has increased slightly on last year and last month. In Henley on the Warwick Road a number plate was taken. In Claverdon at the Ardencote Manor Hotel a vehicle had its side window smashed, but nothing was stolen from within. 

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

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Bogus Electricity Caller - South Warwickshire
imageWarwickshire Trading Standards received a complaint from a consumer who had received a phone call from someone claiming to represent her electricity company. The caller asked the resident to pay £200 up front and in return she would get 40% of her electricity bill. The trader did not give any company details and did not know the consumer paid her bill by direct debit.

Consumers must not provide any personal or financial information to cold callers - put the phone down.

Oil Painting - Rugby
A Rugby resident reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards that she had been door knocked by an individual selling a 'one off' oil painting. This scam has been running internationally for some years. The sellers often falsely claim they are selling the paintings to support their or their friends University tuition. Despite costs quoted of £100+ in actual fact the paintings are really very poor quality mass produced products, making them virtually worthless, despite the price tag!

Business Rates - Alcester
A trader recently contacted Warwickshire Trading Standards after receiving a telephone call and subsequent visit from an individual who claimed to be able to organise the re-evaluation of his business rates. The trader paid the individual over £800 but has not heard from him since, nor been able to contact him.

Businesses are advised to conduct thorough checks on any individual or company they are seeking to employ.

Security High Pressure Sales Pitch - Alcester
A consumer contacted Warwickshire Trading Standards Service after receiving a phone-call from a security company representative who stated that 'in view of the number of burglaries in the area' he was doing a 'survey to ensure homes are safe'. This approach, using often bogus crime statistics to scare vulnerable home owners, is often used by rogue security companies wanting to sell consumers expensive and unsuitable alarm systems.

Consumers needing advice on home security should speak to their local Police Crime Prevention Officer.

Bogus Caller Warning - Warwick
Warwickshire Trading Standards received a report from a householder who had several visits from someone falsely claiming to be from her housing association. The caller first entered the property claiming to have come to check the smoke alarm and later returned to check the electricity. Both calls were made in the evening.

Bogus 'Sky' Caller - Nuneaton
A Sky subscriber reported to Warwickshire Trading Standards that they had received an unexpected phone call from someone who claimed to be from Sky. The caller claimed that the consumer's Sky + box insurance was running out and he was calling to renew it. In fact, the consumer still had several months cover on his policy.

The call was actually from an entirely separate business hoping to trick the householder in to buying their insurance cover by falsely claiming to represent Sky.

Do not provide your personal or financial information to cold callers.

Bogus Olympic Lottery
A bogus Olympic lottery letter which has been sent to householders across Warwickshire is the first of many Olympic related scams that Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service is expecting in this Olympic year.

The scam lotto letter, which illegally uses the London 2012 and Olympic rings logos claims that the recipient has won a prize of £205,000. All the recipient has to do is return by fax a payment processing form with their personal details to receive the money! In reality, these lotto letters are being sent by criminal gangs operating abroad.

They will use any information they obtain to carry out identification theft or ask the recipients to send money first, before they can claim their non-existent prize.

The letter uses bogus names and addresses, (usually large London office blocks) and a 0207 telephone and fax number. 0207 numbers can be ‘virtual’ numbers, purchased by businesses to give the impression they are based in London. However, in reality, the person at the end of the phone could be anywhere in the world!

How to spot a scam Olympic lottery letter/offer
It is unlikely that London 2012 will be asking individuals to pay for goods or services, whether directly to it or through agents, other than ticket sales and official London 2012 merchandise. Therefore such lotto letters are almost certainly going to be bogus.
Bogus Olympic information will typically use poor quality reproductions of the Olympic logos. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.

We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you. Never respond to these lottery letters – you will only be targeted further

For more information visit our website:

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

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imageEvery autumn, tons of fruit go to waste because owners of trees cannot use the abundance of produce or in some cases simply cannot harvest it. Last year, members of Transition Stratford showed that this doesn’t have to happen. They ‘harvest shared’ over 6500 lbs (3000Kg) of fruit. Harvest share is a scheme in which volunteers harvest the unwanted fruit, sort and pack it and deliver it to local care homes, children’s groups and others. Some fruit was sold commercially to raise funds, some made into juice and some into jam.

It would be really good if we could do something similar here in Henley so I’m putting out an appeal for volunteers. If you would like to harvest share, just give me a call on (01564) 792251. Lets see if we can put a team together. Transition Stratford will give us the benefit of their experience to help us get organised. We need to start planning soon so that we are ready when the fruit becomes available. If you will have fruit available let me know too.

John Stott

John Garner's Business Column

Was this in the Budget?

John GarnerI’m writing this before Budget day and by the time you read it you’ll know what’s in the Budget. I shouldn’t stick my neck out but I bet the following will get a mention.

The EU has agreed a new directive that allows member states to exempt very small companies from mainstream accounting and financial reporting obligations. Hmm, sounds good.

These reforms are part of Europe-wide efforts to cut the administrative burdens on the smallest companies. They have defined a new category of "micro company" and propose allowing them to file accounts based on simplified profit and loss accounts and balance sheets.

The UK government enthusiastically embraced these European proposals as part of its deregulation drive for small business (or “Red Tape Challenge”). A recent Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS – used to be the DTI you may recall) consultation document on company law reforms said the UK will look to implement the changes "as soon as possible" following detailed consultation. That’s why I think it’ll get a mention in the budget.

If and when the EU directive is enacted here companies will be allowed to apply the simplified reporting regime if they stay below two of the following thresholds:

  • balance sheet total of €350 000
  • turnover of €700 000; and
  • average of 10 employees during the financial year.

The BIS 'Simpler Reporting for the Smallest Businesses' document suggested that the new look reporting package for these firms would include:

  • A simplified, cash-based trading statement to replace the profit and loss account (i.e. an Income & Expenditure statement)
  • A statement of position
  • A simplified annual return

Taking account of the latest EU thresholds (50% higher than when the proposals were aired last year), the BIS estimates that around 1.5m micro-enterprises will be excused the need to publish full annual accounts when the reforms are enacted.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants gave this a cautious welcome saying that the majority of micro companies do not trade across national borders, so it makes sense to allow individual member states to decide how they report, allowing them to align accounting rules with national laws and tax systems.

The EU is normally keen to harmonise conditions between member states at all levels so it’s interesting to see that they are departing from this here. Hooray!

I think we’d all support the reduction of the regulatory burden on such businesses but of course we mustn’t reduce access to reliable financial information or send misleading signals about the importance of sound financial management.

So what did the Chancellor say about it then?

John Garner - Business Correspondent

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Pace gathers for free home insulation

Residents in Stratford-on-Avon District have been taking advantage of an offer to save money and save carbon through free loft and cavity wall insulation. The offer is open to all households regardless of age or income and still has time to run – it continues until the end of April 2012.

Mrs Edwards became the one hundred and fiftieth householder to be benefit from the offer made by Stratford-on-Avon District Council in partnership with ROCKWARM and Act on Energy.

Mrs Edwards of Shipston said she was pleased with the efficient service and said: “It was an offer too good to miss – and now I can look forward to lower heating bills!”

Councillor Valerie Hobbs, Enterprise, Housing & Revenues Portfolio says: “I am pleased that many residents are taking up this great offer – it is good for residents and good for the environment. I do hope that others who have yet to take up this offer will do so. Time is running out for Government grants where much of the funding has come from – so there really is no time like the present.”

Whether you’re a homeowner or renting your property, if you live in the Stratford-on-Avon District Council area, then you can get loft and cavity wall insulation installed completely free of charge. The free insulation measures will help keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Taking up the offer could save each household up to £265 on their fuel bill each year and reduce each household’s carbon emissions by 3,200 tonnes over 25 years.

Paul Chapman, co-ordinating the issue at the District Council, is also pleased that many are benefiting: “The offer is good news for those who have houses with cavities – but we are mindful of other residents too. We hope to be able to help to those with solid walled properties in the near future.”

Anyone who would like to take advantage of the scheme should contact ROCKWARM to arrange a free home insulation survey on 02476 345554 or call free on 0800 132689.

The offer is open to everyone living in Stratford District, but only when there is LESS THAN 60mm of existing insulation. The insulation measures are free for homes where the cavity is up to 120 square metres or 80 square metres for a loft. If a home is bigger, then the householder will have to pay the difference.




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Tickets are now on sale for the Alcester Male Voice Choirs Annual Concert which to be held at the Town Hall Birmingham, Saturday 31st March. Also appearing will be special guest artists including Orchestra of the Swan. Tickets range from £12.50 through to £20 and coach transport is available from Henley for an additional £10 return. For tickets or further information call AMVC box office 02476 971 929 or email

Our next meeting is on Thursday 26th April in the Baptist Church Hall at 8.00 pm when Jim Whorwood will give a talk on ‘A Year in the Life of a Lord Mayor of Birmingham’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further details from Pat Kench on 795419

Come and find about Canal Boat Women at our meeting on 3rd April when Mr Mike Miles is our speaker. Visitors are welcome to join us from 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall.

Natural Born Killers is the title of Chris Ward’s talk in the Baptist Church Hall on Tuesday April 17th at 7.45pm.

10th April A workshop. Tickets on door £5.00. Details from Paula Pugh 07974 640994.

Tuesday 24th April. Tony Russell will talk on Westonbirt the National Arboretum.

A Flat has become vacant at Johnson House, Henley in Arden. Applications are invited from person or persons born in Henley. Apply in writing to Mrs S Nicholson Flat 3 Whitehouse Mews Henley in Arden B95 5GA by 30th April 2012.

Music and Strawberries Mark Diamond Jubilee
More than 30 parishes and villages in the Alcester deanery, among them Beaudesert and Henley, are being invited to join in festivities linked to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee at Warwickshire's oldest church, including a last night "world first" performance. Enquiries about tickets costing £15 via Pat Phillips at (tel 01564 793114).

For details about the following event call: Marijana Bainbridge 794987

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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.
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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 Paula Pugh on 015647 42781
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.
Meets every Tuesday at St John's Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane (6.30-7.30). Any age are most welcome to learn About the art of self defence or just for good general exercise. Contact Paul Barnard 01564 792278
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
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 Parish Hall, Beaudesert Lane. 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 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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