THE grounds of Friar Park will re-open on Wednesday, May 3. The Water Valley has been much extended and is now a marked feature. The rhododendron dell has also been rearranged. Owing to so many employees having gone to the war it has not been possible to keep the grounds up to their former standard, but all this considered, Mr Knowles, the head gardener, has accomplished more than could well have been expected under the circumstances.
Mr Herbert Cecil Peck, only son of Mr H H Peck, of Surrey Lodge, Henley, has recently been promoted to the rank of captain. At the outbreak of the war, Captain Peck (who was then second lieutenant) was stationed in Ireland with his battery of the Royal Field Artillery. After a short time he was sent to the front with his battery and went through some very warm times in the earlier stages of the war, and at one time he was the only officer of his battery not either killed or wounded.
About 20 tent-peg makers employed by Mr Douglas Vanderstegan, of Cane End, struck work at Stoke Row on Monday morning. It appears that the men, who were recently granted an increase in the price of large size pegs, asked for a rise of 3d per hundred on small pegs.