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Snow disruption - and fun - across Henley
Published 18/01/13

Sunday, 2.09pm
Children and adults in and around Henley have again been enjoying the weather today as flurries of snow continue to fall.

There has been light snow since around 9am this morning, creating a light dusting on already icy paths.

Sledging is the most popular choice for children, with many using the hills at Rotherfield Greys, Henley Golf Club and land behind Harpsden.

There are also a large number of people wrapping up to enjoy brisk walks.

Yesterday(Saturday) leaders from the 1st Henley Scout group set up an impromptu gathering behind Rotherfield Road, a renowned sledging hotspot.

Leader Derek Harding said: “I came down on Friday night at around 6pm and thought it would be a neat thing to do.

“So we came down this morning with a couple of leaders, put up a tent, made a hundred bacon rolls and have been serving tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

“We have seen around 50 of our kids coming down as well as lots of others.

“This is about the scouts trying to provide a service and do something for the community.”

Lizzie Thomas, 14, of Rotherfield Road, spent most of Saturday sledging, breaking only to go on a family walk.

She said: “You can go pretty fast especially on one side of the slope and it is really god fun. I love sledging here.”

Sheila Humphries, of Binfield Heath, said: “It is great to see children indulging in some good, clean fun. Being outside in the fresh air is important, and is a bit of a novelty when all children seem to do is sit inside on their computers.

“I love seeing the look on their faces as they slide down the hill over and over again.”

David Line of Reading Road, Henley, said: “I love that we have had proper snow here, thick enough for it to lay and for people to come down and get involved. It is such good fun, even for adults, although it takes us longer to get back up the hill again.”

Tyler Chidwick, 7, who attends Sacred Heart School, said: “I like it when you go right up to the top of the hill because it keeps throwing up snow when you go down. It is really cool.”

Sophie Print, 10, added: “It is a lot of fun going down as a train because you get to go really really fast.”

The snow is expected to get heavier through the afternoon and early evening, with temperatures dropping to minus two degrees overnight.

Forecasters say that tomorrow (Monday) will be cold and cloudy, with a chance of sleet and snow.

People are warned to beware of ice, and only travel if necessary.

Saturday, 2pm.
FRIDAY'S snow has caused havoc with the weekend's sporting action with all local football and rugby fixtures, including matches for Henley Town FC and Henley Hawks, being postponed.

All of Saturday's National Division 2 South rugby fixtures have been postponed as well as every match in football's Hellenic League and Reading Saturday League fixtures.

Reading's Premier League match away at Newcastle United went ahead after the referee deemed the pitch playable following a 9am pitch inspection at St James Park.

Friday 12.17
Waste collection services in South Oxfordshire were postponed today but should resume on Monday, weather permitting.

Residents who did not receive a scheduled collection are asked to leave their bins out and they will be added to Monday's rounds.

The district council said its crews managed to cover around 70 per cent of their usual rounds before conditions caused collections to be postponed just before 11.30am.

SCHOOLS in and around Henley closed today as heavy snow hit the area.

The first flakes began to fall during rush hour and the snow became heavier as the morning wore on.

The Henley College cancelled all classes and only stayed open for timetabled exams.

Gillotts School and Valley Road and Sacred Heart primary school in Henley all shut during the morning as did Peppard, Crazies Hill, Benson, Sonning Common and Nettlebed primaries and Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common.

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Published 18/01/13

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