10 YEARS AGO
April 1, 2005
AN 83-year-old great grandmother has been robbed of her pension and savings – for the second time. But for Vera Vernon, the biggest tragedy was that in her purse was the only photo of her late son, Steve. Mrs Vernon had drawn her pension and some of her savings to buy Easter eggs for her great grandchildren but somewhere between Waitrose and the King’s Road car park in Henley, thieves lifted her shopping bag from the trolley. In it was her purse and more than £200 in cash.
Plans to build a new Townlands Hospital on the existing site or the Waterman’s allotments site were approved by South-East Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust last week. Members of the Townlands Steering Group joined officials working on the plan in stressing the Townlands site was the preferred option. The allotments site has been put forward as a back-up in the outline business plan.
It was the news residents of Fawley feared – plans have been submitted to turn the Walnut Tree pub into a home. Villagers have vowed to fight the move. Last summer they were angered when their only village amenity was sold by Brakspear despite assurances from the company that it was looking to re-open the pub with new tenants.
25 YEARS AGO
March 30, 1990
HENLEY Town Council is considering appealing against the massive rates increase imposed on its properties. Members of the general purposes committee decided to look into the likely cost of an appeal and its chances of success. All four council buildings face large increases. For example, the rates on the town hall have increased by 150 per cent and they have doubled on the exhibition centre. The rates on Mill Lane sports centre have risen by £2,000 to £6,609.
A batch of unique tracksuits, not on sale in this country, was stolen in a £20,000 raid on a Highmoor home last week. The thieves escaped in the owner’s blue Ford Sierra after breaking into the house through the back door. Antiques and silverware were stolen along with the distinctive multi-coloured tracksuits labelled “BILJO, made in Hong Kong”.
Shiplake College has produced its first international rugby player, Dan Edwards, at under-18 level. Sixth former Dan dons the white jersey to play against Wales in the schools international at Hartlepool tomorrow. Mark Rennell, a student at The Henley College, has been selected again for England Colts.
50 YEARS AGO
April 2, 1965
LAST Friday’s Henley Midnight MatinÃ©e proved to be a memorable night. Flashbulbs were used in profusion and fans swooned as they saw their favourite stars walk under a canopy into the cinema, including television personalities and an Olympic athlete. This, the sixth annual matinÃ©e, has realised £1,350 towards the cost of providing one of the bungalows planned for Henley and Greys by the Henley & District Housing Trust for occupation by elderly tenants of existing houses which can then be made available for young people with families.
With its £2,000 liability on the recent provision of a dayroom for walking patients at Townlands Hospital already cleared, the League of Friends of the Henley Hospitals Group has £600 in hand towards its next planned project – a four-bed children’s ward at Henley War Memorial Hospital with a room offering accommodation for parents.
It took 20 firemen some time to extinguish a blazing bungalow at Witheridge Hill on Wednesday evening. When the Henley firemen arrived the thatched roof was ablaze. The bungalow, which is the home of Mr and Mrs Burton, was unharmed apart from the roof and all the furniture was salvaged.
100 YEARS AGO
April 2, 1915
JOHN WARREN has been retired with a well-earned pension under the age limit after having served as a postman for nearly 43 years in the Henley district. Mr Warren performed his duties on foot and he walked, on average, 18 miles a day.
An application was received by the Henley Charity Trustees from a former almsperson, temporarily disqualified by reason of her removal to the Infirmary, for reinstatement in the almshouse she had formerly occupied. In the course of the discussion that arose Mr C A Singer pointed out that persons elected to almshouses naturally thought that they would be allowed to remain there until the end of their days and it was very undesirable that anything should be done to interfere with that comfortable feeling. He suggested the formation of a committee to raise a fund with the object of also providing nursing.
The third annual meeting of the subscribers to the Home of Rest, Peppard, was held on Wednesday last week in the Mayor’s parlour in Reading. The Mayor said he had heard a great deal about the Home of Rest and it always seemed to him a very great thing.