Saturday, 19 August 2017

Barrow man returns to Henley streets

BARROW man John Winch is back sweeping the streets of Henley after a break of more than a year

BARROW man John Winch is back sweeping the streets of Henley after a break of more than a year.

The 53-year-old has been re-employed by Biffa, the waste contractor for South Oxfordshire District Council, and given his old job back.

He left Henley in September 2012 to work at a hotel as gardener and odd-job man. He had worked in the town for more than a year and had been praised for his work in readers? letters to the Henley Standard.

Mr Winch, who lives in Wantage, said he had been working as a hotel porter in Wiltshire when he decided he wanted a change of scene again.

?Biffa were kind enough to invite me back and I was very happy to come back to Henley,? he said.

He said the town was ?about the same? as he had left it, adding: ?Henley is a tidy town but there are a few areas that need a bit of attention, like Reading Road and Northfield End.

?It has got a lot of character, history and fabulous architecture. I think the people here are very lucky to have that. It has got a great atmosphere and the people are very friendly.?

Mr Winch starts work at 6am and empties about 40 bins in the town centre, including Greys Road car park and Market Place, as well as picking up litter along the way. He also clears mud and weeds from the side of the road.

He uses a shovel, hoe, broom, litter-picker ? and his ?barrow?.

Mr Winch used to be an apprentice cabinet maker, which he believes gave him his taste for perfectionism.

He was then an assistant stage manager in the West End for 30 years and worked on major shows including 42nd Street. After that he worked from home as a freelance furniture restorer and then took various housekeeping jobs before being employed by Biffa.

So will be staying around this time? Mr Winch said: ?I take each day as it comes but Henley is a very nice town and I?m very proud and happy to be back.?

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