Tuesday, 18 September 2018

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HENLEY and district just escaped a white Christmas as snow did not fall until the afternoon of Boxing Day, although

HENLEY and district just escaped a white Christmas as snow did not fall until the afternoon of Boxing Day, although this was largely cleared by overnight rain. The temperature remained low for the whole of the holiday period. There were no football fixtures in Henley but the rugby programme had to be curtailed.

Brisk business was done in the town in the pre-Christmas period and shops were kept busy for almost the whole of Christmas Eve as many people, through choice or circumstance, delayed their final shopping until the last moment. The contrary was the case so far as the mail was concerned with the annual appeal to “post early” bringing forth a splendid response so that the local post office was able to deal expeditiously with a very heavy volume of traffic.

The Kenton Theatre restoration committee, which was set up on the adjournment of a public meeting nine months ago, came up with detailed proposals before a reconvened meeting. David Cazes outlined two schemes, a £30,000 “grandiose” plan and a £6,000 “patching-up” one. The majority of the dramatic societies favoured the latter but committees were appointed to look into both plans. It is hoped that 1965 will see the start of a happy new era for the theatre.

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