Saturday, 18 November 2017

Your letters...

We need this new housing Sir, — In all the discussion and worry about the 570 (or whatever is the latest estimate) new homes that Henley must provide, we can easily forget the enormous amount of building which went on in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. David Whitehead’s book Henley-on-Thames: A History reminds us that in the post-war period from 1951 to 1971 the population of Henley went from ...

13/11/17

Autumnal morning

Sir, — This photograph was taken near Benson weir on Wednesday morning last week. It may not reproduce well on newsprint but you may like its atmospheric qualities. The picture was taken on a very cheap Fuji compact camera, which is easy to carry when walking our Labradoodle Bisto. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

13/11/17

Great to see businesses taking pride

Sir, — For some time we have complained about the shopkeepers in Henley not taking care of the pavements outside their shops. In fact, my husband and I will not use shops and restaurants that have unkempt frontages. Imagine our joy when on Tuesday afternoon last week we saw the staff from the Asiana Spice restaurant in Reading Road cleaning their frontage, which has been freshly painted. For ...

13/11/17

Is trade waste problem really solved?

Sir, — According to recent reports from Henley Residents’ Group councillors published in the Henley Standard, the problem with non-collection of commercial rubbish had been resolved. My photograph was taken in Friday Street at 2.19pm on Sunday, October 29, a beautiful, warm and sunny day and the last day of half-term when the town was full of people, both locals and visitors. This does not look ...

13/11/17

I loved discovering this spider's web

Sir, — I took this photograph of a spider’s web, although I am sure there will be many people who recoil at even the thought of what makes them. I think the spider’s web is a wonder of nature, especially when one is fortunate enough to find and photograph it back-lit and covered in dew. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

06/11/17

Your Letters...

We’ve heard all this before Sir, — There must have been a revelation for many councillors on Henley’s traffic problems at their recent meeting (Standard, October 27). A modern-day Moses came cycling into town bearing tablets of wisdom from the mountain top at a rate of £850 per day. I suspect the final bill will be £3,000 or £4,000. What did he tell everyone? Precisely what we have known for the ...

06/11/17

Time for a good clean

Sir, — While the flower beds and trees at Station Park, Henley, are beautifully kept, the street furniture and brick paving are in a dreadful state. The latter is slippery with moss and a health and safety issue when wet. — Yours faithfully, Steve Ludlow Station Road, Henley

06/11/17

Crescent moon lighting up contrail

Sir, — I thought you would like to see this early morning shot of the crescent moon, with an aeroplane below leaving a brief contrail. The rising sun will have been visible to the crew for some time, and has also lit up the underside of the trail, but it will be another three hours before the sun completely clears the trees to the south to shine on us down here. — Yours faithfully, David Wood ...

06/11/17

Look what I made at church fair

Sir, — My four-year-old son Austin asked me to send you this photograph as he loved the crafts he made at the fair the Christ Church in Henley on Saturday. — Yours faithfully, Maria Lawrence Reading Road, Henley

30/10/17

Have you lost this beautiful brooch?

Sir, — I found a precious-looking brooch on the stairs at Henley town hall and wondered if you might be able to help find the owner. It is gold with pearls and rubies and looks very precious and something someone would be sad to lose. It would be great to get it back to the owner. If the brooch is yours or belongs to someone you know, please contact the Henley Standard. You will be required to ...

30/10/17

Your letters...

Agency must act urgently Sir, — We have a really serious problem on the Thames locally: floating pennywort (hydrocotyle ranunculoides). This is a non-native, very invasive, floating weed, which has arrived locally quite recently. Professor Alastair Driver, an ecologist and conservationist, has warned that this plant is liable very quickly to block the surface of the Thames in some areas. It is ...

30/10/17

Your letters...

Blinkered view of bridge Sir, — Is the Reading third bridge proposal a case of covert planning? Past correspondents have variously portrayed the good folk of South Oxfordshire as nasty Nimbys set on derailing the bridge project. Well, we have all suffered morning and evening congestion through Sonning and Reading and can only sympathise with the residents there. Clearly, something has to be done ...

23/10/17

A deep orange 'sunset' at lunchtime

Sir, — At midday on Monday, people of Henley were witness to an eerie yellow hue over the sky cast from a deep orange sun — all thanks to Spain, Portugal, the Sahara and, of course, Hurricane Ophelia contributing to this atmospherical phenomenon. I took this photograph from my garden at about 1pm when the sky looked more like it was sunset than lunchtime. — Yours faithfully, Nick Hughes Henley ...

23/10/17

Artist sells first ever painting!

Sir, — Stoke Row Chapel held its annual village Art and craft exhibition last week. The event was a success and many local creative people exhibited their talents. Ray Tee, a local resident and chapel member, has been painting for 20 years and more recently with the chapel art group. He was delighted to have sold his first ever painting! I purchased the said painting, Seagull of St Ives, for a ...

23/10/17

Just when will bin contractor learn?

Sir, — Five years ago (almost to the day), I first raised the issue of dustbins blocking pavements with South Oxfordshire District Council. I have raised it many times since and on August 18 was finally contacted by Ian Gillott, operations manager at Biffa, the council’s contractor. He wrote: “I am writing to you in my capacity as operations manager for Biffa here in Culham. “Firstly, I would ...

16/10/17

Your letters...

Local food is best... use it! Sir, — Anyone who knows Paul Clerehugh knows he is a true gentleman with a wicked sense of humour and a heart of gold. However, for a publican/restauranteur to write an entire column praising his competitors (Standard, October 6) is an act of generosity that must not pass without applause. I read it with an increasingly broad grin. We need more of such generosity of ...

16/10/17

Peaceful autumn morning at reserve

Sir, — This photograph was taken on a lovely calm and peaceful autumn morning at Millbrook Mead nature reserve. This is a small reserve in Preston Crowmarsh, which I am sure many people are unaware of despite it being situated very close to the A4074 just a few yards before the turn off to Benson. I could not resist taking this image of the watering cans standing like sentries outside the ...

16/10/17

Peaceful autumn morning on water

Sir, — Having been dragged, although not quite kicking and screaming, into taking the dog for her morning walk at Benson Lock and not being able to cross the river for a few minutes, I was able to take a photograph of another early riser, this one being the skipper of a launch gently proceeding downstream towards Wallingford. I trust he was also able to enjoy the peace and quiet of a lovely ...

09/10/17

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