Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Replacement for missing bench to cost £1,000

A NEW bench is to be installed outside Woodclyffe Hall in Wargrave.

A NEW bench is to be installed outside Woodclyffe Hall in Wargrave.

Wargrave Parish Council is to spend up to £1,000 on a replacement for the bench that went missing earlier this year.

The old bench, which had been decorated with knitting for the Wargrave Festival, vanished overnight and has not been found despite police being alerted.

The council has installed a temporary bench until the new one arrives.

Richard Bush, chairman of the council, said: “We have had an offer from a local society so, along with the insurance money, we can go ahead with the new bench. It will need to be specially made to fit in front of the notice board. We are looking to spend no more than £1,000 and we want it to be a good, solid bench that will last for years.”

He said the temporary bench was for use by people waiting for buses in High Street.

Councillor Bush said: “We took a decision because the ladies from the luncheon club were upset that there was nowhere to sit. We took an old bench from behind the pavilion and put it there for the time being.

“We still have absolutely no idea where the old bench is. There were reports that there was a bench in Henley outside the Old Fire Station Gallery with knitting on it. When we sent someone down to investigate we found that it was secured to the ground and obviously wasn’t our bench.”

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