Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Pet escapologist Jack is on the run again

THE royal regatta fireworks display, which was scrapped last month, has been rescued by a Henley businessman. Geoff Knight stepped

THE royal regatta fireworks display, which was scrapped last month, has been rescued by a Henley businessman. Geoff Knight stepped in after hearing that the organising committee had pulled the plug on the popular event due to safety concerns. “I didn’t want this display to fizzle out,” he said.

Residents of Kingwood Common have won their eight-month battle with Brakspear to save their local pub. The company called time on the Unicorn pub in October, claiming it was not a viable concern. It submitted plans to South Oxfordshire District Council to convert the 150-year-old building into a four-bedroom house despite pleas from villagers to sell the pub to them. The planners then kicked out the application.

Teachers at Checkendon Primary School have taken voluntary pay cuts to save jobs. The decision was made as thousands of teachers across the country faced redundancy because of cuts to school budgets. Checkendon would have been forced to lose one full-time teacher to stay within its budget for 2003. But staff at the close-knit school chose to stick together and agreed to collectively cut their hours.

NO sooner had last week’s Henley Standard gone to press with the story of Lady McAlpine’s missing capybara Jack being recovered than he escaped from her Fawley Hill estate yet again.

The giant rodent, a native of South America, was seen in the Thames but when estate keeper Roy Twigger approached he headed in the direction of Temple Island. Lady McAlpine tells me: “Only now are we told by a (nameless) zoo vet that capybaras are the ultimate escapologists and that one zoo, also near a river, lost 40 of them over a number of years.

“They tended to be scooped up and sent off to places not near rivers, which may be how we got ours! The batty thing is Jack had literally climbed the fence overnight and actually came to talk to our dogs as they were being walked along the river, then followed them for about half a mile before Roy appeared.

“If we could just persuade him to stay at Fawley Court all would be well!”

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