Monday, 24 September 2018

Turning back the pages

HENLEY MP Boris Johnson is backing the Save Townlands Hospital campaign and will speak at the

HENLEY MP Boris Johnson is backing the Save Townlands Hospital campaign and will speak at the march to be held in the town centre next weekend. He said: “The most important thing is that people stand up and be counted now. What the authorities need to recognise is the strength of feeling in this town about the hospital and they need to put that at the top of their considerations.“

Retired sales manager Richard Duck this week thanked Henley Royal Regatta for saving his life. Mr Duck, 70, from Guildford, had a heart attack while picnicking with friends at this year‘s regatta. He was taken by air ambulance to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, and has since recovered. Mr Duck said: “If I had been anywhere but at the royal regatta I would be dead.“

Trustees of a Henley charity have vetoed plans for an Edwardian-style boardwalk in the town. Members of the Henley Municipal Charities board this week chose not to support the £200,000 Riverside Heritage Project. The project would have seen the creation of a boardwalk from Wharfe Lane to Singers Park, allowing pedestrians to walk under the bridge without having to cross the road.



A SECOND golf course for Wargrave has been given the go-ahead and a further scheme at Greys Green may follow. The Payne Lee Group, headed by Brian Lee and former Henley Mayor Graham Payne, have had an application for a 170-acre course at Castleman‘s Farm approved by Wokingham District Council‘s northern area development control sub-committee. The decision comes as farmer Alexander Hood, of Greys Green, has decided to appeal against refusal of his hotly-contested application.



Swan-uppers in Henley this week spelt out a tribute to Brian Fritzpatrick, landlord of the Little White Hart Hotel, and wished him a speedy recovery. Mr Fitzpatrick provides the swan-uppers with lunch every year but was taken to Reading‘s Battle Hospital on Saturday for tests. Sorely missing his presence, the men gathered on the riverfront to give him their own special message.

Henley‘s firefighters are working flat out as the heatwave grips South Oxfordshire for a third week, said the town‘s chief fire officer yesterday. Following a week of hazardous field fires, station officer John Gosby said: “We‘re at full stretch“.



ONE of the chief points of discussion at the quarterly meeting of the Southern Gas Consultative Council, held at Henley town hall on Wednesday, centred on a letter from the Portsmouth Trades Council concerning the Southern Gas Board‘s application to all local authorities in its area for exemption under the Shops Act from the compulsory half-day closing each week to permit six-day opening of the board‘s showrooms.

Mr H W Long, a Peppard farmer, had a shock when he visited his dutch barn at 7am on Monday and found damage estimated at about £200 after a lorry stored in the building had been driven into the grain pit in the floor.

Jane M Black, of Rotherfield Road, Henley, arrived at Gatwick Airport on Tuesday after spending almost a year teaching in a girls‘ school in Ghana. Miss Black, 22, left Britain in September after graduating from Reading University to work for Voluntary Service Overseas.



A STORM, remarkable for its severity and the large amount of destruction that it caused during the comparatively short period that it raged, occurred in Henley and district on Friday morning last. Commencing with a downpour of rain which, to the unsophisticated weather observer, promised nothing more serious than a heavy summer shower, it speedily developed into a veritable deluge. The blinding torrent of rain was succeeded by a tempestuous fall of hail to the accompaniment of heavy thunderclaps and vivid lightning flashes.

At the London Cage Bird Show, Mr A Lovegrove, of King‘s Road, Henley, was awarded two first prizes and one second for young birds bred in 1915 with three entries. He also gained three special prizes — one for the best bird in the show and another for best bird bred in 1915. Mr Lovegrove has a grand lot of young birds for sale.

As Miss Keene, of Binfield Heath, was cycling home from Shiplake Church on Sunday evening, at the bottom of Church Lane where the main road is crossed, she ran into a motor car. Her bicycle was much damaged and she was greatly shaken but was able to proceed home after resting at the Plough Hotel.



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