Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Horses gathered on a stormy day

Sir, — As we returned home after giving our dog Bisto her afternoon walk by way of “Wine Glass Corner” (so called because of the configuration of Beggar’s Bush Hill, Old London Road and Clacks Lane, Ewelme) we happened to see some horses in the adjoining fields and noticed they were set against the setting sun. We stopped and I was fortunate to be able to take a photograph of this rather proud, ...

22/01/18

Please fix holes in our street

Sir, — A picture tells a thousand words. This image of the fixmystreet website shows the location of potholes in Chalkhouse Green. The state of repair of Tanners Lane, which suffers severe flooding due to lack of maintenance of the drains, is causing neighbours to band together to approach Oxfordshire County Council to try to get a proper solution to the problem rather than pothole repairs that ...

22/01/18

Your letters...

Keep our shops going Sir, — With your headline bringing the sad news of another independent retailer closing and yet another coffee shop (chain) opening (Standard, January 19), isn’t it about time there was an exposé of the cost of the rents in our precious town? Perhaps a report listing the most recent closures and openings, a list of all the town centre properties vacant and, more importantly, ...

22/01/18

Spectacular sky for afternoon run

Sir, — Spectacular skies for a Monday afternoon run from Henley to the Flower Pot in Aston and back. I enjoyed it, was never out of breath and my legs were okay. I did get a bit wet at the end! I am running in this year’s London Marathon in aid of Sue Ryder and to help me reach my fund-raising target, a coffee and cake event will be held at the charity’s hospice in Nettlebed on Tuesday, February ...

22/01/18

Unusual effect from Christmas lights

Sir, — A couple of days before New Year’s Eve, I woke up at 7am and looked out of the window. Seeing our Christmas lights sparkling in the front garden, I thought they might make an interesting photograph, so I went outside and took a few. I deliberately moved the camera around and saw the patterns traced by the individual lights and was quite pleased with the results. Being very dark, the ...

15/01/18

Your letters...

First moan of the new year Sir, — The dark month of January is always a good time to have a stress relieving moan and I hope I feel better at the end of this letter. Does anybody feel the same as I do about the road at the side of Henley town hall which continues up and beyond Gravel Hill? It is 100 yards of back- breaking, bone-shaking highway that badly needs a review by the responsible ...

15/01/18

No man's land

This photograph of the entrance to Norman Avenue, Henley was taken by Danny Darcy, of Piggotts Road, Caversham, who asks: "A convent in town?"

15/01/18

More nuts, please

Pat Sparrowhawk, from Nettlebed, submitted this photograph of a squirrel saying: "A new visitor to my bird table."

15/01/18

Your letters...

Forgotten generation Sir, — It has been many years since a new year began with the current level of social injustice and barriers to social progress as we have at the start of 2018. Levels of inequality are causing poverty and there are poor care facilities, homelessness and an increase in the number of food banks, affecting not only children and the disabled, but also poorly paid public sector ...

08/01/18

Fighting stags

Sir, - What a treat to see this while on a Boxing Day walk in Frieth. – Your faithfully, Gary Winter

01/01/18

Let's all try to be healthier next year

Sir, — 2017 was a great year for Prince Harry. The Invictus Games that he supported in so many ways demonstrated what human beings can achieve, for example, Mark Ormrod gaining a silver in rowing despite having lost both legs and an arm. The priority for most people, especially older ones, is their health and this week is when many reassess their personal objectives and some make new resolutions. ...

01/01/18

Your letters...

Unsettling business Sir, — I have written to Henley MP John Howell to report a comment from one of our French suppliers who is puzzled about where negotiations on Brexit are heading and wondering whether his products will be priced out of the market in 2018/19 by additional duty charges. This hit me like a bolt out of the blue as currently very few British companies are producing the products we ...

01/01/18

What a time to move home

Sir, — The Marlow road in Henley was brought to a virtual standstill when a home was delivered to the Swiss Farm campsite at 7am on Thursday last week. This photo was taken at 9.02am so the rush hour was brought to a grinding standstill. — Yours faithfully, Paul Harrison Sonning Common

25/12/17

My depiction of winter wonderland

Sir, — I hope you are all well at the Henley Standard and looking forward to a few well-earned days off over Christmas. I just thought I’d send you a final piece for this year, depicting some of the wonderful scenery that we’ve all been seeing over the last week — a positive winter wonderland. Merry Christmas! — Yours faithfully, Sarah Pye Sonning Common

25/12/17

Your letters...

Sale wouldn’t be popular Sir, — Having read with interest your lead article about The Henley College’s plans for a £3million Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths centre (Standard, December 15), I feel certain aspects are rather disingenuous. As far as I am aware, the college has already identified the sports fields as the area it wishes to sell for housing to fund the STEM centre. I believe ...

25/12/17

New station canopies are wrong size

Sir, — Network Rail are giving Twyford station a good spruce-up ahead of the new electric trains starting in January. However, their attention to detail leaves much to be desired. The canopy edging is being replaced on the island platforms 2 and 3. On one side they are too high and on the other too low. They need Goldilocks to help them get the measurements just right! — Yours faithfully, Philip ...

25/12/17

Sunday's amazing sunrise over river

Sir, — I took this photograph at about 7.45am on Sunday after dropping off my son at Henley Rowing Club for his rowing training. Such an amazing view of a winter morning sky taken from the club looking upstream towards the lock. — Yours faithfully, John Wallace Auton Place, Henley

25/12/17

Your letters...

No lights idea wouldn’t work Sir, — The debate about the effectiveness of traffic lights (Standard, December 8) has a long history and I am sure that in an appropriate setting it could well be a better way to organise a traffic flow. Unfortunately, Henley is full of residents and shops which rely on their custom. It also has a high population of young people who attend the schools and college and ...

18/12/17

Rubbish was cleared after festival

Sir, — The Henley Standard appears to be very concerned about rubbish bins in the town at present. You recently included a picture of bagged waste for recycling waiting to be picked up. May I please offer some pictures of bins taken on Friday morning last week? The Christmas Festival was a major success but, regrettably, created a lot of rubbish. Yes, sellers of street food do not always provide ...

18/12/17

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