Thursday, 26 April 2018

Willow looks like bird of paradise

Sir, — Maybe I am mistaken or in need of a visit to the opticians. However, it is possible my camera has caught an image of something rather strange. Could it be that this photograph is of a genetically modified form of pussy willow and has become what may now be termed a Salix Paradiso, a unique bird of paradise plant? — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

23/04/18

Your letters...

Disgusted by detritus Sir, — We walk by the river every day. We were completely shocked by the amount of litter left by visitors to Mill Meadows on Saturday — the first day of sunny weather for some time. It was totally disgusting. Litter, although mostly disposed of in black bags, had been torn open overnight by the wildlife. We met a couple walking their black Labrador who had picked up chicken ...

23/04/18

Our parish roads are a disgrace but no one seems to care

Sir, — I write regarding Henley and Harpsden parishes uniting for yet another neighbourhood plan (Henley Standard, April 6). I believed the idea of a neighbourhood plan, supported by our MP John Howell, was to appreciate the views and will of the people in planning arrangements for their area — democracy at its best. The villagers of Harpsden have not been asked whether they wish to continue in ...

16/04/18

Look what that rain brought in...

Sir, — We had a puddle of epic proportions in our village after last week’s rain. As you can see, it attracted some unusual wildlife. The picture was taken by myself and the wildlife and humour was added by Grant Shuttleworth, my neighbour. — Yours faithfully, Tim Corbishley Checkendon

16/04/18

Your letters...

Leave off my lights Sir, — Thank you to Mr N Robinson, of Peppard Road, Sonning Common, for his suggestion of floodlighting Henley Bridge (Standard, April 6). I must say that is like going back 30 years — I presume he wants halogen bulbs! I have always said in order to stay the same you must change. For me, lighting the bridge is all about featuring the five arches of this magnificent structure, ...

16/04/18

Dog to piglet: ‘Aren’t you cold?’

Sir, — I could not resist taking this photograph of our Labradoodle during an early morning walk alongside a field of pigs near Ewelme. I have tried to think of what Bisto was thinking as she looked at the piglet on the other side of the track. It could have been something like “what breed of dog are you” or “who trimmed off all your fur — I still have some left when I go to be trimmed” or “you ...

09/04/18

Car overturned on country road

Sir, — I thought you might like to know about a car crash on Wednesday last week on the road between Sonning Common and Stoke Row. I was driving back home to Stoke Row at 5pm when I came across this accident on the hill and bends on the Reading road approaching Stoke Row after Kingwood Common. I stopped and asked a man there (who was on the phone at the time) if everything was okay and he replied,...

09/04/18

Your letters...

Time for that speed camera Sir, — I was shocked to hear about the death of Daniel James on Saturday, March 17 in Marlow Road, Henley, by Swiss Farm (Standard, March 23). Some years ago I was involved in the campaign to get a proper speed camera (to no avail) and then a road crossing, which was objected to. We eventually secured two traffic speed warning sensors for either side of the road. We ...

09/04/18

Mystery of Forties murder victim

Sir, — I know that, on occasion, the Henley Standard has run editorials regarding the unfortunate Doris Staples, who was shot dead by American GI John Waters. The crime, which took place on July 14, 1943, sent shockwaves through Henley. I have been researching Doris for some time and there are few known facts about this lady. She was born in Guernsey and, it would appear, was evacuated to the ...

02/04/18

Your letters...

College must work with us Sir, — I would like to comment on the letter from Satwant Deol, the principal and chief executive of The Henley College (Standard, March 23). I do accept that anyone in such a position should show pride in the college but I think she is missing the wider community issue that some students are creating which is showing a deal of disquiet. To detail these would take too ...

02/04/18

Alternative use for lights...

Sir, — If dog portrait artist Clive Hemsley has to take down his lights from Henley Bridge, here is an idea for what to do with them. — Yours faithfully, Mike Wigginton Cold Harbour

02/04/18

Keeping the litter tsunami at bay

Sir, — A fantastic effort by a number of Russells Water and Maidensgrove residents on Saturday morning to clear up loads of bottles, cans, various car parts and full dog poo bags on our annual litter blitz. In reality, we all need to do this with regularity to keep the litter tsunami at bay. Many of your readers may especially notice the clearer section of the B480 between Cookley Green and Howe ...

02/04/18

Your letters...

Blind to the litter blight Sir, — The bumph accompanying my recent council tax bill included a flyer outlining measures to persuade us all how not to be conned into accepting the services of dodgy waste carriers, with the threat that we could be prosecuted, quite rightly, if that fly-tipped waste could be traced back to us. However, this flyer’s heading, “Only a fool would give their waste to a ...

26/03/18

Stop vandalising our listed bridge

Sir, — I write with reference to the recent vandalism of Henley Bridge which seems to be being condoned by many residents. The bridge is a listed structure because of its historic interest. It is also fairly fragile. The strings of lights are totally out of keeping with this structure. Here are two photographs of the bridge taken in April 2015. One shows the floodlighting of the bridge. This was ...

26/03/18

Black horse at the, er, Black Horse

Sir, — Having just survived the gentle ministrations of having a tooth filled, I decided to return home by a scenic route using only a compass and road signs. This resulted in navigating very narrow lanes and having to negotiate, in both senses of the word, when meeting an oncoming tractor! After this I arrived at an open area with a building which was obviously an interesting hostelry. It was ...

26/03/18

RIP Hebe, our lovely doorstep dog

Sir, — Sadly, Hebe passed away on Saturday, aged 12½. Most people who walked past our house in Church Street, Henley, would have spoken with Hebe and continued to do so even when she became deaf. Our doorstep was Hebe’s favourite place and she was out whatever the weather, come rain or shine. She had a very interesting life coming to work and being in the art department on films such as Far from ...

26/03/18

Pleasant change after all the snow

Sir, — This is probably one of the most iconic sights on the River Thames locally, which I photographed while walking from Hambleden Lock to Henley on Saturday evening. The reflection in the water was incredible. What a contract to the snow of the week before! — Yours faithfully, Douglas Ullah Stoke Row

19/03/18

A dog walker in the morning mist

Sir, — This photograph was taken on an early morning walk with our dog Bisto at Huntinglands, which is a pathway that runs parallel to Cow Common, near Ewelme. I have to thank Alan Sillitoe for the caption it brought to mind, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

12/03/18

Your letters...

What about our needs? Sir, — As a long-term patient of the Tuesday nurse-led clinic, this is a summary of my views on the sale of Joyce Grove: • The way that patients found out about the sale, mostly via the Henley Standard or panic texting each other, was a very negative and upsetting one. • Because we have been given limited information other than the proposed sale, it has made people fear for ...

12/03/18

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