Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Turning back the pages

FIREFIGHTERS spent more than three hours rescuing an ageing horse trapped in fencing at Rotherfield Greys

FIREFIGHTERS spent more than three hours rescuing an ageing horse trapped in fencing at Rotherfield Greys on Sunday while one of them whispered in the animal’s ear to soothe him. Angela Fairweather, owner of Crispin, a grey gelding in his thirties, discovered him entangled in the fence of her tennis court.

Young families living in Henley’s newest conservation area fear planning restrictions could force them out of town. South Oxfordshire District Council created the Reading Road conservation area in June. It covers the Park Road and Marmion Road area, parts of Reading Road and Harpsden Road and half of Niagara Road. Some residents are angry that their applications for extensions have been refused because of the stringent planning restrictions imposed in conservation areas.

A Henley pensioner has called on parents to educate their children about Hallowe’en after eggs were thrown at her front door. The woman, who is in her sixties, and her husband were in their house on Monday night when two groups of children knocked on their door. Despite being given treats, the children demanded more but were refused. The next day, the woman found eggs had been pelted at the front door.



HENLEY businesses are still suffering from the Oxford postal strike which has left a backlog of about six million letters and parcels waiting to be sorted. The mail — much of which is destined for this area — began piling up when postmen and sorters walked out on Thursday last week over an allegation of sexual harassment by a supervisor towards a cleaner.



The organiser of a church raffle has issued a warning after about £150 worth of tickets went missing from Holy Trinity Church in Henley. Trevor Lewis, the promoter of the Christmas draw, advised householders to be wary of strangers knocking at their door and offering them raffle tickets.

The sister of Lord Camoys is offering to pay the poll tax for the needy in Stonor. The Honourable Julia Stonor, who now lives in Fulham, said she would pay the tax for several of the elderly people who have worked at her family’s estate. She hopes to make the gesture when she returns to the village and is in a “stronger financial position”.



ABOUT 50 tons of hay, straw and silage, worth about £780, was lost in a farm blaze near Henley this week. The fire at Greenlands Diary Farm on Viscount Hambleden’s estate happened on Monday — the same day that an emerald ring, belonging to Viscountess Hambleden and valued at £10,000, was stolen from the Manor House, Hambleden.

Police are awaiting the verdict of forensic scientists to whom they have submitted bones and women’s clothing found at Peppard Common on Saturday last. The discovery was made by a dog being taken for a walk by Jim Knight, of Sandown, Peppard Common. His dog Ross went into some bushes and returned carrying a pink plastic case. Inside was a pink plastic raincoat, a woman’s nightdress and the bones.

Councillors worried at the increasing volume of traffic which passes through Henley feel that the division’s MP, John Hay, a former joint parliamentary secretary, ought to be called in to help. At Tuesday’s meeting of the borough council F H W Sheppard said the authority had rather gone into a cul-de-sac as regards Henley’s traffic. He said a recent meeting with ministry officials had got the council nowhere.



THE 1915 Thames trout season was a poor one, both in number and weight. The best fish of the year was caught by Dr Mosse, of the Radcliffe Infirmary, and weighed 9¼lb. This grand fish was caught on spinning tackle. In the Fishing Gazette Mr A E Hobbs, of Henley, defends the existing size limit of 16in for the Thames trout. In the course of a lengthy reply to a previous letter by Mr Baden-Powell, he points out that prior to the revision of the fishing by-laws in 1885, the size limit was 12 in or 11lb in weight.

A trial call was given in Wargrave at the instigation of Capt Willis on Friday last to test the alertness and efficiency of the fire brigade and special constables. Much to the credit of the men concerned, in a very short time the “specials” were at their various posts and the fire brigade turned out ready equipped to deal with a conflagration. They were complimented on their readiness and smartness.

The new postal rates came into force on Monday. The minimum cost of a telegram is now 9d with an additional ½d for each word over 12 and a 1d stamp will not frank a letter weighing more than 1oz. For a letter weighing more than 10z and not less than 2oz, the charge is 2d and for each additional 2oz a further ½d should be paid.



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