St John's Henley-in-Arden
St Nicholas Beaudesert
Rector's Letter -
John Ganjavi writes:
Not everybody looks forward to Christmas. Some dread the
upset of remembering happier times. Some disapprove of the commercial
pressures that tempt us to overindulge. A small minority try to ignore
Christmas on religious grounds. The vast majority, however, look
forward to the festival. They plan and hope for a most enjoyable time.
Shops rely on the popularity of Christmas, and their adverts set out to
entice us to show them favour.
The Christmas adverts have two goals in mind; they want to say that
they know what Christmas is all about and that their product is a vital
part of it. So make sure you are invited to a party where there is lots
of finger food, make sure you have plenty to eat and drink - preferably
in good company. Book to see the Nutcracker Suite. Buy perfume, a music
CD and a new sofa. (Interestingly, I haven't seen any presents for men
The Church's advertising is more low-key. We simply advertise the times
of our Services and hope you attend. We are the people who really
know what Christmas is about, and our 'product'; is seriously vital to
the festival - so much so that the whole season is named after it! Of
course I shouldn't be saying 'product' and 'it' but rather 'him'.
Despite the church's quiet advertising, we have managed to popularise a
slogan: Jesus is the reason for the season. What do you think?
Should we be shouting more loudly about him?
I love everything to do with Christmas - the emotion, the nostalgia,
the magic, the sparkle, and even the busyness. Even when I have been
sad, the sheer wonder of Christmas has not disappointed. But I am sure
that I would feel like an intruder at somebody else's party if I didn't
pay homage at Jesus' manger. Far from the spiritual side of Christmas
dampening the fun, it actually makes sense of it all.
So, I hope you will be both happy and merry this Christmas. More than
that, I hope you will be truly joyful. Happiness is great; joy is even
better. That is why we sing 'Joy to the world, the Lord is come, let
earth receive her King'.
The Manor of
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet and Court Baron
Published by Authority of the High Bailiff
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM THE HIGH BAILIFF
The High Bailiff, his
wife Kate Smith and all the Officers present and past of the
Henley-in-Arden Court Leet
would like to take this opportunity to
wish the readers of Henley NEWS
a Merry Christmas and a Healthy/Wealthy New Year.
Henley Court Leet & Court Baron
STREET SHOP WINDOW COMPETITION 2017
Judging of the annual
Court Leet Christmas Window Dressing Competition took place on Saturday
morning 9th December. The judging panel comprised High Bailiff Graham
Smith, Low Bailiff Tom Mangan, Town Crier Les Long, and other members
of the Court – all in their regalia. They met in the Guild Hall
at 10.30 and they then set off heading north on the east side of the
High street to inspect JSK (a newly opened clothing shop in
Henley), being the first of 25 retail units they were to inspect. There
were probably 15 shops who had really made an effort and taken trouble
to “dress their window to the theme of Christmas”.
This year there was a separate competition for the pubs, restaurants
and bars, which in truth was quite disappointing as few had made any
effort at all in creating displays, other than a Christmas tree in the
pub or restaurant window.
On completion of the judging, the Court Leet Group went for a well
earned coffee at the White Swan (courtesy of High Bailiff) to add up
the scores and discuss their findings. Marks were awarded for
creativity, originality, colour and impact. Comment was made that
some members of the Court Leet had walked the street the previous
evening and some "lit up" displays looked very much more impactful at
night – for example the White Company hair dressers – their
display was all white which looked superb at night, but had less impact
during the day. Likewise the Blue Bell was very colourful at night.
It was a unanimous decision by the Group in terms of the three winners.
John Earle took first
The outright winner was
John Earle Estate Agents, who everyone thought had been very creative
in the way the window was set out and the effective use of colour and
different uses of Christmas related items. The High Bailiff presented a
Certificate to the manager who was running the shop late morning on
Saturday. The Certificate was immediately put in pride of place amongst
the display. In second place was the Shakespeare Hospice who cleverly
created an all embracing Christmas scene. They used many shop
items as part of their display. The High Bailiff presented the award to
Jo Watling the Shop manager. In third place was Tissingtons Opticians,
who had created a lovely Christmas setting. Each were (or will be in
the case of Tissington, as they were shut at the time) awarded with a
Certificate of Commendation from the Court Leet, recognising their
efforts and also a generous donation from Court Leet funds.
Also particularly commended by the Court Leet was Lemon Tree (run by
Sarah Allcock, Mace Bearer on the Court), which showed a colourful
display intertwined with flowers. The Lemon Tree won first prize last
Christmas, and as she is part of the Court Leet, opted not to be
included in the judging this year, which the Court judges thought was
most honourable and felt she should still be commended for her efforts.
The best decorated
restaurant was undoubtedly Sans Restaurant, who had created a display
of various Santas in their front window. Dennis the owner was
delighted, as this was created by his son. Hopefully in 2018 others in
the category will take a more active part in the competition.
The High Bailiff commented that all the traders who took part should be
“congratulated for their excellent displays, which did great
credit to our wonderful town”.
The next item in the Court Leet Diary will be when they welcome the
Morris Men to Henley at noon on Boxing Day at the Nag's Head, Henley.
The Court Leet will be at
the Nag's Head at 12 o'clock on Boxing Day to welcome the Morris
Dancers back once more to Henley for their traditional Boxing Day event
where they will dance at all the public houses on the High Street.
Everyone welcome. Bring the whole family.
Explosion on the High Street
On Friday 8th at around 11.20pm
there was a very large bang outside One Stop, which rattled windows for
There was a group of 8 men
leaving the White Swan and congregating on the High Street. Amazingly
one of them had decided it would be fun to “blow up” the
rubbish bin outside One Stop. Something more than a firework was
lit and dropped into the bin causing not just a very loud bang but also
sending sparks and flames across the road and around the shop doorway.
Anyone passing could have been
injured, or the shop front set on fire. The fire service attended
shortly afterwards to ensure the area was safe.
New Train Operator
on Henley Line
Passengers will notice changes soon on the trains
that call at Henley in Arden with the start of the new Rail Franchise
for the West Midlands area from 10 December. “London
Midland” which has operated services from Henley in Arden has
lost out to “West Midlands Trains Ltd” (a joint venture
between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd)
who will operate services until March 2026.
Specific improvements for the SNOW HILL line are
The Birmingham Snow Hill line (Worcester –
Kidderminster - Birmingham – Stratford-upon-Avon –
Leamington) will benefit by:
- carriages will be fully refurbished and
supported by investment in 80 brand new diesel carriages introduced
from 2020 dedicated to operating services in and around Birmingham
- additional rush hour services between
Stratford-upon-Avon and Dorridge, creating a regular hourly service in
both directions between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham via Solihull
- an additional early morning service between
Dorridge and Birmingham via Solihull Monday to Friday from December 2018
- enhanced evening frequencies between Birmingham
and Kidderminster, Birmingham and Solihull, and Birmingham and Shirley
in each direction Monday to Friday by December 2018
- enhanced frequencies by May 2021 on the Snow
Hill lines on a Sunday with services from Birmingham increasing to 2
trains per hour to Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 trains per hour to Shirley, 3
trains per hour to Solihull, 6 trains per hour to Stourbridge Junction
with 4 extending to Kidderminster
- earlier first services on the Snow Hill lines
by May 2021 on a Sunday
- a service quality regime to improve the quality
of stations, trains and customer service for passengers
Henley station has already
gained additional platform seating and a lick of paint.
- X20 along the A3400 from Birmingham to Chipping
Norton will continue on Sundays after Christmas. Details have
been forwarded to Parish Council and should be on the
Johnson’s Coaches web site.
- On November 3 I hosted a meeting between Nadhim
Zahawi MP, and the chairs and clerks of Arden Parishes over the
problems associated with traffic and the impact the 10,000 new homes we
know are being built in Redditch and Solihull will have on traffic
through our villages. There are no planned mitigation policies in
place. Nadhim has taken on four actions. He has:
- Written to PCC and Chief Constable for
Warwickshire to begin using average speed cameras in villages and allow
third party funding. I have been in contact with a provider who
also does the congestion charge in London for indicative prices.
- Nadhim has written the Solihull MP, Solihull
Borough, Warwickshire to invite them to discuss impact of new housing
on Arden’s roads and develop solutions
- Nadhim has written to to the Redditch MP
to seek a meeting between Worcestershire, Bromsgrove, Warwickshire and
Arden Parishes to discuss impact of new housing on Arden’s roads
and develop solutions
- Nadhim will discuss with the relevant Minister
opportunities for funding minor road schemes to alleviate the issues
for existing residents caused by new housing
- No news yet on voluntary traffic wardens.
I will try to get some movement this month.
- As winter sets in everyone should make sure
they have had 'flu jabs and keep warm. Winter fuel payments
should have been received by now.
- The Council debated the re-design of the Sure
Start Children’s Centres and decided to continue with the
programme. This programme has been being discussed since the 2010
Coalition Government instructed all Councils to reduce the scope and
only focus on those in need. It will now go forward.
Village play area
brings the whole community together
Youngsters in Wootton Wawen are literally
jumping for joy now their village has a play area that caters for
children of all ages.
New fitness equipment has been installed at
Wootton Wawen CofE Primary School to add to their new play trail,
thanks to funding provided as part of the new affordable housing
development which is currently underway in the village.
Warwickshire Rural Housing Association in
partnership with Waterloo Housing Group and developer, Bouygues UK, is
building Warwickshire’s first Passivhaus affordable housing
development in Wootton Wawen. As the planning agreement states that the
development must make a positive contribution to the local area and
community, funding of nearly £10,000 was given to
Stratford-on-Avon District Council to be used for village play
Wootton Wawen Parish Council approached the
school to see if the new equipment could be sited there and they were
delighted to accept the grant to help them continue their
“Fitness in Focus” programme. As the village doesn’t
have a park or play area, the school playground and playing fields are
left open when the school is shut so that the community can access
them. Now four pieces of fitness equipment, including a
cross-trainer and stepper, have been installed in the playground.
Local people of all ages can use them to keep fit.
Marion Jones, Head Teacher at Wootton Wawen
CofE Primary School, commented: “Encouraging pupils to stay fit
and healthy is something close to my heart. It’s really
nice to see that when parents come and meet and chat after school, they
can now have a go on the fitness equipment, as well as their
children. Pupils are really enjoying playing on the equipment at
lunchtimes and the playground has become a real focal point for
the whole community after school and during weekends and school
Derrick Dyas, Chairman of Warwickshire Rural
Housing Association explained: “We have a proven track record of
working closely with local communities and supporting local groups in
the villages where we’ve developed affordable homes. It is
great that our contribution in Wootton Wawen is being used to enhance
the life chances of young and old alike – just like our
Vice Chairman of Wootton Wawen Parish
Council, Cllr Michael Dufty, added: “The playground is another
plus for our community. I’m very pleased that it has been
made possible thanks to the affordable housing development and it may
encourage some of our older residents to get a bit fitter too!”
Headteacher of Wootton Wawen
CE Primary School reports
this year had the theme of All different, All equal
and Wootton Wawen CE Primary School embraced the theme of diversity
with a range of activities across the week.
There was the visit from Kwame, a Ghanaian
who specialises in the Arts and taught the children about music and art
from his country. He showed them an ingenious way of using recycled
plastic milk bottles to create animal masks and enchanted the younger
children with his songs and dance. We were also visited by Mrs Chopra
and Mrs Thompson who shared stories and activities with the younger
children. Mrs Thompson shared the story “Amazing Grace”
with Cherry and Oak. This is a story with a clear message about
children being able to be whatever they want to be regardless of
gender, race etc.
Mrs Chopra came in to talk about the
festival of Raksha Bandhan. This is the Hindu festival that celebrates
brotherhood and love. The word Raksha means protection,
whilst Bandhan is the verb to tie. Traditionally, during the
festival sisters tie a rakhi, a bracelet made of interwoven
red and gold threads, around their brothers' wrists to celebrate their
relationship. The children made some friendship bracelets with her
which they displayed very proudly all week.
Headteacher, Wootton Wawen CE Primary School
The Time of Their Lives is
a British road comedy film directed and written by Roger Goldby. The
film stars Joan Collins as Helen Shelley and Pauline
Collins as Priscilla.
Joan Collins stars as a former Hollywood
movie star who travels to her ex-husband’s funeral on the west
coast of France with all sorts of peculiar happenings on the journey
where upon Priscilla becomes her best friend towards the end of the
film. [Filming began in France in July 2016. In the UK, scenes were
shot in Portsmouth, Bournemouth and London.]
By kind permission of Brian
& Sue Wesmacott, a very successful charity night was organised at
Stockton House by Sue Dalby in memory of Allyson Barton.
Local businesses provided raffle prizes and overall £1,700
was raised which will be donated to Myton Hospice and Henley First
Responders. A bench has also been purchased in memory of Allyson and
now sits proudly outside the chemist on the High Street where Allyson
worked for 10 years.
The Bartons would like to thank everyone for their support and wish you
all a very Merry Christmas.
Tree Bombing on the High Street
This is our tree. We did this as a Jolly Postman
Theme based on the book. Jenny and I both have young children and
thought it would be lovely to involve them in our plan. We did this
with my lovely Nanny, Jill Chatterley and Jenny’s lovely Mum,
Debbie. We have bunting, pom poms, lots of fleece and all the
characters and letters from the story. We hoped that parents would walk
past and tell their children the story.
It was a real team effort and we thoroughly
This is the Henley in Arden High School tree.
We've had tremendous fun creating all the pompoms and have run a pompom
club for the past 4 weeks that has been attended by many students from
year 7 all the way up to year 11. We also have embroidery with our
school badge strung along the branches, you cant miss it. We have big
plans for next year!
Claverdon village school and nursery. The Nursery
have joined the community tree bombing in Henley high street and their
tree is now done! After weeks of the children making decorations and
Pom poms, please come and have a look at their tree!!
Dorothy O'Brien. I knitted for this
tree and was encouraged by Kath Beck of the Hub. Kath also helped me to
bomb it on Saturday. We used to meet up with Terri Awaad one evening a
week for a chat and to knit. Well done Annie for organising the tree
Annie Davies reporting
HENLEY-IN-ARDEN WAR MEMORIAL TRUST THANKS ITS
Recently, The War Memorial Trust took the
opportunity to thank its many (around 60) volunteers at a recent event
at the White Swan. The trust is unique to Henley since its
constitution says that all adults in the parish of Beaudesert or Henley
are automatically members and entitled to attend the AGM and elect two
town representatives and the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
In 1947 the town raised funds for a Town War
Memorial. Instead of building a stone memorial, it used inspiration and
imagination and created a memorial of people. The Beaudesert and
Henley residents, through the Trust, own and manage the Memorial Hall
in Station Road and Sports Grounds on the Stratford Road. For 70
years the organisation has survived by the contribution of many
volunteers who use the facilities.
Volunteers give freely of their time to ensure
that Henley residents and their children have and will have cultural
and sporting opportunities.
While the clubs are doing relatively well, the
Managing Trustees are struggling for members. The trust is
pleased to announce that a local resident has stepped forward to offer
his expertise and experience as a new chairman. The name of this
person will be announced in the new year. The trust, however, still
requires a secretary and a representative of the residents.
Existing trustees cover these posts in addition to their other
responsibilities. We need to strengthen the number and
expertise of the trustees to embark on a modernisation of the
trust. Time commitment for Trustees is light with 4 meetings per
year. It is essential that the trust recruits new ideas and
improved management skills, so it is looking for those with a sporting,
cultural, business and property management background and someone to
assist with the management of the money to ensure the trust does
justice to those we remember on November 11th each year.
The main item of business for next year will be to
construct a new way of working in partnership with the parish council.
Interested? For further information contact
Peter Crathorne 07974573582.
Henley Society December 2017 Christmas Party
The Society’s traditional Christmas party
was held on Thursday 7th December and as usual was a great success. The
relaxed and informal nature of the meeting got off to a convivial start
with everyone being greeted and offered a free glass of wine
accompanied by background music played by Matthew Sprotson who was to
entertain us later. There then followed an excellent buffet prepared by
members of the committee aided by a willing band of helpers. There was
more than enough by way of refreshments and with everybody pleasantly
replete and thirsts quenched, the chairman introduced Matthew Sproston.
The entertainment consisted of some of George Formby’s most
popular songs including ukulele accompaniment by Matthew.
In between songs, Matthew talked about
George’s life and career. George Formby was a comedian who became
known to a worldwide audience through his films of the 1930s and 1940s
and perhaps achieved even greater fame through his rendition of comical
songs. These were sometimes of a risqué nature, and usually
playing the ukulele or banjulele, and thereby became the UK's
highest-paid entertainer. Born in 1904, George took to the music hall
stage after the early death of his father in 1921 and his early
performances were taken exclusively from his father's repertoire. In
1923 he made two career-changing decisions – he purchased a
ukulele, and married Beryl Ingham, a fellow performer who became his
manager and transformed his act. He started his recording career in
1926 and, from 1934, he increasingly worked in films.
During the Second World War, Formby worked
extensively for ENSA entertaining civilians and troops, and it was
estimated that he had performed in front of three million service
personnel by 1946. For his efforts he was awarded the OBE. However,
after the war his career declined, although he continued to appear in
variety and pantomime. His last television appearance was in December
1960, two weeks before the death of Beryl. He then surprised people by
announcing his engagement to a school teacher seven weeks after Beryl's
funeral, but died three weeks later, at the age of 56.
Amongst the songs our speaker performed were such
classics as ‘With my Little Ukulele in my Hand’, ‘The
Window Cleaner’, ‘With my Little Stick of Blackpool
Rock’ and ‘Fanlight Fanny’. Such was the feeling of
warm nostalgia that was generated, many in the audience felt inspired
to sing along with Matthew. A lot of the songs were full of
innuendo and for this reason were banned by the BBC. However, he was
popular with royalty and Queen Mary would insist on hearing uncensored
versions. He was one of the first comedians to coin a catchphrase, his
being ‘It’s Turned out Nice Again’.
The evening concluded with the customary raffle
featuring some very acceptable prizes. All in all, it had been a
wonderful occasion with everyone departing in a happy festive spirit,
their hearts gladdened and thoughts of a cold winter’s evening
set joyfully aside.
The Society’s next meeting is on Thursday
18th January at 8.00 pm in the Baptist Church Hall when the speaker
will be Vanessa Morgan on ‘Warwickshire Murders of the 19th
Century’. Visitors and new members are very welcome. Further
details from Pat Kench on 795419.
Andrew Yarwood reporting
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Just turn up and walk off the Christmas Pud
That’s the message from Knowle
& Dorridge Lions who are inviting everyone to pull on their boots
for their Festive Walk on Wednesday 27th December and make a donation
Celebrating 100 years since Lions
Clubs International was formed and 25 years since their first annual
Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton NT House, the Lions hope hundreds
of walkers will turn out and help raise funds for 2 deserving
nominated charities – Headway (Birmingham & Solihull) and the
recently opened West Midlands Breast Cancer Haven in Solihull, as well
as a variety of other local causes.
‘What better way to shake off the
excesses of Christmas than to get together with family and friends for
a walk in the country’, says organising Lion James Dawes.
‘This year we are reserving half of all funds raised for the
ever-growing number of requests we receive from small local causes. We
hope to welcome a record number of walkers and exceed last year’s
tremendous £13,000 raised for charity.’
There will be a choice of 4 circular
sign-posted walks - a 1.4 mile Mini Walk, 3.9 Short, 5.4 Medium and a
10.7 mile Festive Challenge, around the beautiful Warwickshire
countryside along country lanes, towpaths and footpaths.
Walkers should note that they may start as
early as 8:30 this year and due to parking restrictions they should
fill up their cars with friends and relatives before they come. Those
wishing to tackle the 10.7 mile challenge should ensure they are ready
to start by 10:30, as all walkers are advised to return to Baddesley by
For more details and to register free
now. Baddesley Clinton House and Gardens will be open for walkers to
view free and there will be mince pies and mulled wine for all to enjoy
after their walk
Add it to your Festive calendar now and
don't forget to bring along your friends and family.
See you there
John Garner's Business Column
Economic modelling with cows
FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord
takes some of the milk.
FASCISM: You have two cows. The government
takes both, hires you to take care of them, and sells you the milk.
PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your
neighbours help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.
APPLIED COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You
have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.
DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The
government takes both and shoots you.
PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your
neighbours decide who gets the milk.
REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two
cows. Your neighbours pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.
SINGAPOREAN DEMOCRACY: You have two
cows. The government fines you for keeping two unlicensed farm animals
in an apartment.
AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: The government
promises to give you two cows if you vote for it. After the election
the president is impeached for speculating in cow futures and having an
affair with a milkmaid. The press dubs the affair "Cowgate."
EU BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first
the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk
them. Then it pays you not to milk them. After that it takes
both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain.
Then it requires you to fill out forms to account for the missing cows.
CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one
and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies and the economy grows.
You sell them and retire on the income.
HONG KONG CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You
sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of
credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a
debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all
four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows. The milk
rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a
Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who
sells the right to all seven cows' milk back to the listed company. The
annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on
one more. Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because of bad feng
TOTALITARIANISM: You have two cows. The
government takes them and denies they ever existed. Milk is banned.
POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: You are associated
with (the concept of 'ownership' is a symbol of the phallocentric,
warmongering, intolerant past) two differently aged (but no less
valuable to society) bovines of non-specified gender.
Business modelling with cows
A GERMAN CORPORATION: You have two
cows. You re-engineer them so they live for 100 years, eat once a
month and milk themselves.
A US CORPORATION: You have two cows.
You sell one and force the other to produce the milk of four
cows. Later you hire a consultant to analyse why the cow has
A SWISS CORPORATION: You have 5000
cows. None of them belong to you. You charge the owners for
AN ITALIAN CORPORATION: You have two cows,
but you don’t know where they are. You decide to have lunch.
A FRENCH CORPORATION: You have two
cows. But you want three cows so you go on strike, organise a
riot and block the roads.
A JAPANESE CORPORATION: You have two
cows. You redesign them so they are one tenth the size of an
ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk.
A RUSSIAN CORPORATION: You have two
cows. You count them and learn you have five cows. You
count them again and learn you have 42 cows. You count them again
and can only see three cows. You stop counting cows and open
another bottle of vodka.
AN INDIAN CORPORATION: You
have two cows. You worship them.
A CHINESE CORPORATION: You have two
cows. You have 300 people milking them. You claim you have
full employment and high bovine productivity. You arrest the
journalist who reported the real situation.
AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION: You have
two cows. Business seems pretty good. You close the office
and go for a few beers to celebrate.
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David Malin reports on crime in our area
Incidents during the last
HENLEY IN ARDEN
- Suspicious Circumstances. Arden Road,
Henley. Two males seen walking around the Meadow Road, Whitley Road and
Arden Road areas. Seemed to be looking at properties and generally
acting suspiciously. Both were white males, early 20s and spoke with a
‘foreign’ accent. 9.10pm Friday 1st December. 0419
- Theft. Business, High Street, Henley.
Three males (described as foreign) have entered a business premises on
the High Street and have been caught taking a purse from a handbag
belonging to a member of staff. They have then run out of the premises
and towards the Co-op and then possibly towards the Train Station. A
card from the stolen purse was then used in Wootton Wawen shortly
afterwards. 10.35am Friday 1st December. 0112 01/12/2017
- Burglary Residential. Meadow Road,
Henley. Male from a small white van called at address and
‘badgered’ the occupant about having work done on their
roof. At some point during the conversation the male has entered the
property and taken money from inside. He has then made excuses and
left. 11.30am Wednesday 29th November. 0145 29/11/2017
- Suspicious Circumstances. Meadow Road,
Henley. White Transit Van seen acting suspiciously in the road. Details
passed to police and the vehicle was stopped checked on Warwick Road.
Driver did not have any insurance for the van and as a result it was
seized by police. 9.20am Tuesday 28th November. #Good call from
member of the public.
- Fire. High Street, Henley. A loud bang
was heard and then smoke seen coming from a bin outside of shop
premises. It is believed that a firework was set off in the bin.
11.05pm Friday 8th December. 0505 08/12/2017
- Burglary Residential. Cherry Orchard,
Henley. Garden shed broken into and an Air Rifle and Pressure Washer
stolen. The offender(s) also forced open a chicken coup resulting in
three chickens being killed. Overnight 7th &
8th December. 0068 08/12/2017
- Burglary Residential. Cherry Orchard,
Henley. Garden shed broken into and various tools and gardening
equipment stolen. Between 9am and 5pm Tuesday 5thDecember. 0075
- Suspicious Circumstances. Millfield
Court, Henley. Grey BMW seen parked up with two males on board, near to
garages. Caller thought that this was suspicious as they had no reason
to be there. Early hours of Monday 4th December. 0090 05/12/2017
- Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Pub car
park, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Window smashed on car and items
stolen from inside, including an AppleMac Pro computer, Lorex Camera
and a pair of glasses. Between 7.30pm & 9pm Tuesday
5th December. 0339 06/12/2017
- Vehicle Crime – Theft from. Pub car
park, Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen. Window smashed on car and handbag
taken. Between 7pm & 9pm Tuesday 5th December. 0437 05/12/2017
. Handbag later found by a member of the public in Preston Bagot.
- Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road,
Claverdon. Silver Renault Traffic Van seen acting suspiciously in the
road. The last three letters of the registration number was
‘ZGJ’. 7.10pm Tuesday 28th November. 0346 28/11/2017
- Suspicious Circumstances. Langley Road,
Claverdon. Male going door to door, showing ID that looked like it had
been photocopied. Male stopped and checked by police. Warned regarding
his behaviour and reminded of the laws regarding selling door to door.
12.15pm Tuesday 5th December. 0147 05/12/2017
Christmas Crime Prevention
Advice - To help keep you safe during the
festive season, please follow the below advice.
When using your vehicle:
•Never leave presents or valuables on
open display in your car. Even plastic carrier bags could attract a
•Park in safe, well-lit areas.
•Use secure car parks, lock your
vehicle and remove valuables.
•Remove your SatNav and any
associated cradle. Wipe off any marks left on your windscreen.
When out shopping:
*Carry your wallet in an inside pocket,
preferably one that has a zip or a button closure.
*Never put your wallet or purse in your
*Make sure your handbag is securely closed
at all times and your purse is placed near the bottom of the bag.
*Make sure that the zip or clasp to your
handbag is fastened securely.
*Don't leave purses, wallets or bags
unattended for even a second, whether on a supermarket trolley, or on a
counter while paying for goods.
*Do not put bags on the floor or purses on
stall tables or shop counters when paying for goods.
*In a busy shop or market they can be
taken in an instant. Always make sure you replace your purse or wallet
safely when you have finished a transaction. Do this whilst still in
the shop and do not attempt to secure your purse or wallet in the
*At shop checkouts do not feel pressured
to leave the counter until you have secured all your money, cards and
goods - even if there is a big queue behind you.
*If possible keep your credit cards in a
holder separate from your purse and wallet. Do not write down your PIN
*Be aware of people standing near you at
the cash point. Cover the number pad when you enter your PIN and put
your money away safely before moving away from the machine.
*Don't carry large amounts of cash with
you. Use a payment card or take money from the cash point in smaller
amounts, returning to withdraw more if you need to.
*Check your receipt at point of purchase
to ensure that cash back you have not requested hasn't been added to
*Try to avoid carrying too many bags. The
more you have the more vulnerable you are as you try to keep check of
all your bags and belongings
When at home:
•Don't advertise to thieves what you
have in your home.
•Don't put presents under the tree
until Christmas Eve.
•Don't have your presents visible
from the outside of your home. Place your Christmas tree away from
windows and external doors.
•Don't store presents in
•Don't leave discarded present boxes
outside and in view.
•Property mark and register your new
Don't risk a drink drive
conviction this Christmas - Motorists across
Warwickshire are today being reminded of the dangers of driving under
the influence of drink or drugs during the festive period. With the
season of festivities nearly underway Warwickshire Police are launching
a publicity and enforcement campaign to raise awareness of the issues
around drink and drug driving. The topic is being highlighted
across social media and local radio advertising will be taking place
across the region. Increased enforcement activity from police
officers across Warwickshire will also be in place. There is no fool
proof way of calculating how much you can drink and remain under the
limit, or knowing how much an individual person can drink and still
drive safely. Importantly, it is hard to calculate how long
alcohol may stay in your body if you are driving the morning after so
the safest option if you are driving is to drink no alcohol at all.
There are plenty of alternatives available with public transport, taxis
and sharing designated drivers. Pedestrians are also being
encouraged to stay safe during the festive season and to plan safe
routes home and to drink responsibly. Figures indicate that, over the
past 3 years, 8 people were killed and 81 seriously injured in
Warwickshire following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as
a contributory factor.
The campaign supports the month long winter
drink drive campaign (starting 1st December) by the National Police
Chiefs Council (NPCC). Police forces throughout the UK will be
working hard throughout December to make sure the roads are safe for
everyone this Christmas and Warwickshire Police will certainly be no
exception to this. Enforcing the drink and drug drive law is a
24/7 commitment for Warwickshire Police and to reflect this police
officers will be enforcing at all times of the day and night. Assistant
Chief Constable Richard Moore for Warwickshire Police comments: "There
are still people out there who feel they can gamble with drinking and
driving and think they know how much the limit is but the simple fact
is, there is only one way of being sure that you are safe to drive and
that is not to drink at all. Any amount of alcohol affects your
ability to drive. Worryingly, and despite many warnings over the years
about the dangers of drink/drug driving, there are still far too many
reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences. Alcohol
and drugs both affect your ability to judge speed and distances
accurately and slow down your reaction time. We're urging people
to think hard about the consequences that a collision and a conviction
could lead to".
Alcester Police SNTs
Further information can be found at: The
Safer NEIGHBOURHOODs - Alcester Area