Monday, 15 August 2022

Turning back the pages - 10 years ago

THE mood was sombre, reflective but altogether positive as friends, family and well-wishers met to pay their respects to the late Henley businessman Stephen Langford on Sunday. A group of more than 50 people laid flowers outside Henley police station in Greys Road, where Mr Langford died following an altercation with two men in the Southern Fried Chicken takeaway opposite in the early hours of December 9 last year. After paying their respects, the group moved on to Thames Side, where they unveiled a bench in Singers Park in Mr Langford’s memory.

Henley town centre was transformed into a winter wonderland on Friday for the annual Christmas festival. Thousands of people thronged the streets from 5pm until late into the night, leading Mayor Terry Buckett to proclaim the event the best festival evening “for a long time”.

Plans for Hobbs of Henley’s chandlery to be turned into a riverside restaurant and bar were rejected by South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday. Applicant Jonathan Hobbs said he was disappointed and vowed to appeal. He said: “I know in my heart this is not the wrong thing for the area. I don’t think anyone is totally against it in principle.”

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