Monday, 23 July 2018

Birthday climb to top of Ben Nevis

Sir, — I should like to thank neighbours of mine in Stoke Row for joining me on a celebration walk up Ben Nevis on June 21. I mentioned my wish to climb the mountain this year following my 70th birthday in December. Judy Fox, Stephen Fox and Tilley Smith all asked if they could join me and I was delighted to say “yes”. We were not the youngest climbers with ages of 69, 70, 76 and 81, but we all ...

16/07/18

Your Letters...

More action, fewer words Sir, — Why is it that an illustrious Henley councillor can reflect and muse on car parking for Henley while some of your writers react with apparent surprise? Meanwhile, the town goes backwards in the face of adverse retail headwinds. “The king spoke and a thousand vassals focused and strained but a shepherd boy said, ‘look, the King isn’t wearing any clothes’.” How true. ...

16/07/18

Thank you for making fireworks display one of best ever

Sir, — We wish to thank those kind and generous people of Henley who dug deep to ensure that this year’s fireworks display on the Saturday of Henley Royal Regatta went ahead successfully. As readers know, there was a serious risk that the event may have been cancelled due to a lack of funds. However, a last-minute surge of donations saved the day. There are too many people to thank here but ...

16/07/18

This part of town looked good during regatta, so thanks

Sir, — It was my pleasure to make a contribution by cleaning the notice board in Station Park, Henley. The two renovated benches look wonderful and were very well used over the regatta. I am looking forward to the third bench being installed very soon. Meanwhile, the pressure-washing smartened everything up no end — and the town council’s parks staff did a grand job the Sunday before regatta in ...

12/07/18

Even bin sign is no deterrent

Sir, — This was a sight at Marsh Meadows in Henley on Sunday morning. I don’t think any sign is going to deter the inconsiderate and mindless dumping of rubbish. What a disgrace! There also appeaers to have been a rather big barbecue directly beneath some trees. How easily this could have been a disaster considering the extremely dry conditions we are experiencing. Good grief, how can this be ...

09/07/18

Your letters...

Parking is old problem Sir, — While I don’t always agree with Deputy Mayor Ken Arlett, he is totally on the point with the need for a significant increase in parking in Henley (Standard, June 22). I worked as deputy chairman of planning for Henley and on the initial neighbourhood plan for six years and thoroughly support this view. Extra parking was needed 30 years ago when I moved to Henley. I ...

09/07/18

Wildflowers brighten up the day

Sir, — Poppies and wild pansies create a beautfiul display on the edge of oil seed rape fields at Ipsden. A cheerful start to the day as we drive past! — Yours faithfully, Diana Jackson Ipsden

09/07/18

Day regatta crowds were startled

Sir, — Among a collection of photographs of old Henley that I recently inherited was this gem, which seems particularly appropriate for regatta week. Judging from the ladies’ dresses and hats and the fact that the regatta was suspended during hostilities, the time is evidently pre-First World War. Note also the lack of booms on the water and the trees growing on what is still called Poplar Point. ...

09/07/18

Unacceptable to leave your rubbish

Sir, — The climb from the Fair Mile in Henley to the top of the Oxfordshire Way is quite steep. It is ironic that party-goers are able to carry full bottles of alcohol up the hill but are unable to take the empty ones home with them. I collected three black sacks of empty bottles and cans on Saturday morning while walking my dog. Thank you to the lady with two chocolate Labradors who helped me. ...

02/07/18

Your letters...

Landlords killing town Sir, — Your correspondent Sara Dobson has a point but was unfair on town manager Helen Barnett who is really “good news” for Henley (Standard, June 22). She is passionate and persuasive and intelligent. She knows the problem, as do many of us who have investigated. Marlow benefits from at least one very enlightened landlord who believes that you encourage good tenants by ...

02/07/18

Sheep rusting

Sir, — This image was taken in a garden in Ewelme at the village’s recent open gardens event. It must be acknowledged in recognition of the R H S. However, in this case the initial letters can refer to the fact that the Replica Herdick Sheep shown grazing is formed in Rectangular Hollow Steel. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

02/07/18

Your letters...

Think small for success Sir, — I’d like to reply to Henley town manager Helen Barnett asking residents to be more positive (Standard, June 15). Yes, we do compare Henley to Marlow as Marlow has so many interesting retail shops which are thriving in very small units. I am not sure what she means by “Henley has so much more to offer”. May I suggest she spends an afternoon with some councillors in ...

25/06/18

Shrubbery used as waste bin

Sir, — Recent concern over the careless and untidy disposal of rubbish in Mill Meadows in Henley may be answered by this original use of a shrubbery at the town’s station car park as a rubbish disposal site. Presumably the same mindset which views suspending poo bags on available shrubs, trees and fences is at work among those who have disposed of their garbage in this way. — Yours faithfully, ...

25/06/18

Terrapin sunbathes by water

THIS picture was submitted by Liz James who says: “We spotted this terrapin sunbathing on a log on the Hennerton backwater, near Wargrave, while out canoeing over the bank holiday weekend.”

18/06/18

Your letters...

Town looks run down Sir, — I have just read Henley town manager Helen Barnett’s article in the Henley Magazine, which is published by the town council, stating there are very few empty units in the town. I think I should jog her her memory as it seems she has not walked around the town lately. The Victoria, Da Luca, Loch Fyne, Maison Blanc, the old John Hearne shoe shop (which is nothing but an ...

18/06/18

Lorry shouldn’t be on this road

Sir, — On Friday a scrap iron lorry got stuck in Gravel Road, Binfield Heath, a single lane road. The lorry broke off large tree branches at several places along the road, just missing cars. Then it came to a standstill after becoming stuck. After an hour the road was cleared by local people. The lorry driver said he was following the diversion routes due to the roadworks at Shiplake while a ...

18/06/18

War heroes fail to fascinate BBC

Sir, — Last month my wife and I had the very great pleasure of hosting Royal Canadian Air Force W/Cdr (retired) John McClure DFC and his son Doug, from Ontario, for five days. W/Cdr McClure was a Canadian volunteer pilot in the RAF during the Second World War and we are most thankful that he applied — and also survived! While he was here, he celebrated his 97th birthday with wartime RAF comrade ...

18/06/18

Your letters...

No place for party politics Sir, — What is happening at Henley Conservatives (who, incidentally, appear to be based in Watlington and run by the former leader of Wokingham Borough Council, who does not live in Henley)? First of all, a former Mayor and party turncoat gets pushed out because it seems he never attends meetings anyway. So there’s an election. Then another of their town councillors ...

11/06/18

Blue tit flying in with food

THIS photograph of a blue tit bringing food to young was taken by Pat Sparrowhawk, from Nettlebed

04/06/18

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