Wednesday, 28 July 2021

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Alarming development

Alarming development

Sir, - Your headline “Where should we put 3,600 homes?” (Standard, February 27) was worrying enough but, as the small print showed, the overall position for South Oxfordshire District Council is much more concerning, in particular:l The 3,600 is at the lower range of the strategic housing market assessement figures and could be as much as 5,000. The figure does not include “windfall” houses, which are estimated at 660 for the period.l There may be an additional 3,000 homes to help Oxford City, but Oxford City will argue for more.

All this is on top of the council’s existing core strategy figure of 11,487 homes, giving a minimum total of 18,747 new homes in the next 25 years.Of course with these new homes will come new industrial estates, retail parks and roads. At the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England we believe this increase would change forever the rural nature of South Oxfordshire and the unique character of our villages and market towns.

It will also put intolerable pressure on our green belt and our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. While we fully appreciate the problems these plans pose for Henley and district, this is a county-wide issue and communities should stand together to ensure appropriate and sustainable development across the region. CPRE will be making its own representations to the district council (and beyond) but we urge organisations and individuals to engage in the council’s consultation and in a wider discussion of how we want our countryside to look in the future.

If you want to know more, you are invited to a CPRE Wallingford district public meeting at Cholsey pavilion on Friday, March 27 at 8pm to discuss the issues arising from overdevelopment in Oxfordshire (see www.cpreoxon. â??

Yours faithfully,

Richard Harding

Chairman, Wallingford District, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England

Don’t sell off playing field

Sir, â?? In response to David Gorsuch’s letter (Standard, March 6) and on behalf of future generations of young people attending Gillotts School, I would like to express my opposition to the plan to sell off part of its playing fields to a housing developer. The main reasons for my objection are as follows:a. The Government is concerned that one in four children is forecast to be obese by the age of 15. Does it make any sense, therefore, to concrete over a significant area on which they might otherwise exercise?b. Sport teaches people of all ages the classic disciplines of hard work, discipline and ambition. Surely these lessons are best learnt in their formative years. It is, to my mind, irresponsible to curb their opportunity.c. Gillotts School is now an acadamy but it is still a state school and should be funded, principally, by public money. It needs to have a long-term plan to fund its requirements on a continuing basis and not have to rely on short-term expedients such as selling off its assets. The assets, once sold, are lost forever to future generations. In the short term, Henley Town Council could donate a significant proportion of its infrastructure levies from the neighbourhood plan towards the implementation of the Gillotts School upgrades.d. The school’s plan to build a new floodlit multi-user games area next to Peppard Lane will involve massive earthworks to level the ground and is estimated to cost over £1million. I don’t think this makes any sense when the land being sold is already level and can be easily reached from the school, where changing facilities already exist.e. There are other sites, which could be utilised to build the 50 houses that are needed to help meet the 450 properties required in the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan.f. The neighbourhood plan is proposing that 180 new houses be sited to the south of the town, such as Highlands Farm, Chilterns End and 118 Greys Road, meaning that access roads, namely Greys Road, St Andrew’s Road and Gillotts Lane, will become even more congested. Another 50 houses would mean that over half the total would be sited in this area of the town.g. Access to the Gillotts site would be from Blandy Road and would necessitate the crossing of a bridle path and the destruction of wildlife habitat, which is already being eroded. The school playing field is greenfield, not a brownfield site.For the sake of future generations of young people, I would exhort the good citizens of Henley and Harpsden to vote against the sale of part of Gillotts School playing fields. â??

Yours faithfully,

Gordon McBride

Wootton Road, Henley

I’ll save you the money

Sir, â?? I read a few weeks ago that the town council is set to carry out a £50,000 study on the impact that is suggested new housing would have on traffic in Henley. I am very keen to save the council a considerable sum of money. The corollary to hundreds of new homes is that there will be a noticeable and negative effect on traffic in Henley (doh!) Each new home is likely to have more than one vehicle, meaning that there would be a noticeable excess of 450 additional cars. With the addition of visitors and delivery vehicles, there will be an increase in nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide emissions with ensuing health problems for some.The proffer of hundreds of new homes would not be unreasonable provided there is a proportional expansion of existing and additional new roads (which is not possible) and local services.So, here is my proposal: Give me £10,000 for this easily drawn conclusion, which doesn’t require a study, thus saving the authorities (actually, us) £40,000. I think this is a sensible and reasonable proposal from a person of sound and sane mind. If the authorities are planning further studies to learn how large numbers of new houses would affect surgeries, parking, schools and other services, please be advised that I would be prepared to add to my retirement income and, at the same time, save the council large sums of money for simple common sense conclusions. â??

Yours faithfully,

Herb Brathwaite

Western Road, Henley

Let’s discuss the issues

Sir, â?? At the beginning of this letter let me declare an interest. I am a Henley Residents’ Group town councillor, I was Mayor last year and I will be standing in the May election for HRG.In his letter last week, Tim Dickson made very good points. At the May election, residents of Henley will have a clear choice and I am sure that they will think very carefully about who to vote for. Therefore I will be positive and invite readers of the Henley Standard to comment on issues of substance that face Henley over the next four years. Let us start the discussion and debate because the election in May is important.What do people think about a local lettings policy for some of the 180 “affordable” houses in the Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan? These could be for key workers as well.Heavy goods vehicles and buses make up three per cent of the traffic but contribute 33 per cent of the pollution and 100 per cent of the vibration to our historic buildings.Town centre nitrogen dioxide levels are 50 per cent above the level set by Air Quality England. We must have a traffic regulation order that reduces HGV through traffic and bans polluting buses. Recently planners at South Oxfordshire District Council insisted that street-facing windows in the town centre should be locked so that pollution could not come in. This is madness. Instead of locking out the pollution from homes, tackle the pollution in Henley’s streets.I have been enormously privileged to work and live in Henley for 30 years. It is a great town but we must sort out these is problems. Please write to the Henley Standard with your views about these and other issues for discussion. Needless to say, HRG will be pursuing these issues and others with vigour over the next four years. â?? Yours faithfully,

Councillor Stefan Gawrysiak

Henley Town Council,

Elizabeth Road, Henley

Vision and leadership

Sir, â?? Tim Dickson is right that residents of Henley should think carefully about who to vote for in the May council elections. For more than 20 years Henley Residents’ Group councillors have been showing vision and leadership while working hard to keep Henley special. Right now we are working on Townlands, Henley in Bloom, a transport strategy to support the neghbourhood plan, banning heaving goods vehicles from travelling though Henley to improve our very poor air quality, improving council facilities at Jubilee Park, plus much more.Much of this work goes on quietly in the background and you may not even notice it’s happening but you would soon notice if we were not doing this work. Mr Dickson is right that some councillors are distracted from getting on with this essential work for Henley.HRG has always believed that national party politics should play no part in what happens on our town council. That’s why we’ve been able to achieve so much; we always do what the residents of Henley want without undue influence from external political pressures from national, county and district party politicians. â??

Yours faithfully,

Councillor Ian  Reissmann

Henley Town Council,

Gainsborough Road, Henley

Misleading messages

Sir, â?? Two letters last week caught my attention, largely for their contrast to one another. The lead letter from David Silvester detailed everything that is wrong in the world, encouraging us to be scared of our own shadows, telling us that if Putin doesn’t get us, then ISIS most certainly will. So, despite him no longer being part of UKIP, he still tows the party line of don’t trust anyone that’s not from round here (insert wherever “here” is to suit the  argument). It’s a message echoed throughout the media but occasionally you have to stop and think for yourself and realise that it’s not all doom and gloom and that we deserve better than that leading our fine town. Which is why Tim Dickson’s letter urging us to stop and think before we vote for all the usual parties and people was spot on. We need to engage with the candidates, make the effort to understand who are the people we are voting into power, understand the actual policies of the parties and not just trust the selective messages supplied to us by the media. â??

Yours faithfully,

Jason French

Blandy Road, Henley

More bins please

Sir, â?? When I walk into town I always find litter and sometimes dog poo and I think why do people drop litter when there are litter bins and bins for dog poo?Sometimes I get really cross because this is our town and you don’t want tourists thinking our town is dirty and looks like a dump. We want them saying, “I’ll visit here again because it’s very clean.”I’m not as cross as I normally would be because we all know litter can be blown out of the bins and knocked out. Please put more bins around Henley-on-Thames. â??

Yours faithfully,

Ella Dickson, aged nine

Greys Hill, Henley

Action needed on air quality

Sir, â?? Henley has a serious air quality problem.South Oxfordshire District Council is responsible for air quality in Henley but in 2013 it stopped attending Henley air quality action group  meetings. The council said this was because it felt no need for further updates until the new Air Quality Action Plan had been completed. We were first promised this in September 2012, then at the end of 2013, and we then received a draft report in 2014. In February this year the final plan went out for approval. However, this will take months to be approved. Residents of Henley are suffering poor health and premature death as a result of this pollution. Just when are we going to see some action by our district and county councils, or is it all lip service? â??

Yours faithfully,

Councillor Laila Meachin

Henley Town Council,

Gainsborough Road, Henley

Theory or nonsense?

Sir, â?? The letters page of the Henley Standard has become a hotbed of climate change scepticism, populated by those who believe that current climate change is both natural and benign. How can we tell whether this is nonsense or not?For example, in the February 20 edition, John Dixon claims that the increased level of CO2 in the atmosphere is due to “increasing biological activity”. To an outside observer, this may sound plausible. However, it is completely wrong. Why? Because CO2 originating from the burning of fossil fuels has a different molecular signature from that originating from vegetation decay, so climate scientists know that the rise in CO2 is due to human activity since we have the chemical fingerprint to prove it. This relates to the ratio of carbon 12 and carbon 13 isotopes in CO2.Don’t believe me? Then email or speak to anyone in Professor Myles Allen’s climate science team at Oxford University or Professor Nigel Arnell’s team at Reading University. They would happily confirm this fact.So how can an outside observer pick through the competing views? How would you know whether you are reading accepted scientific theory or nonsense? First, check whether those making claims are speaking from within their own academic discipline. Doesn’t it seem strange that Mr Dixon claims to have overturned the work of thousands of PhDs and professors from the most esteemed universities and academies across the world after what looks like a couple of hours of statistical  analysis?Mr Dixon credits himself with an MSc in space and atmospheric physics, which looks impressive but he is making claims relating to atmospheric chemistry, regarding which he holds no qualifications â?? that’s why his analysis has a fundamental error.Sir Paul Nurse, the Nobel laureate and president of the Royal Society (Britain’s most prestigious learned society for science), provides a general warning to the public relating to experts in one discipline holding forth on another they know little about. He does this through an analogy relating to those seeking treatment for cancer. If you had cancer, would you go to an oncologist, who will hold the consensus science view on your treatment, or would you equally value the opinion of experts in unrelated fields, such as orthopaedics or gynaecology?

According to Sir Paul, if you want an informed view on climate science, read what climate scientists write and listen to what they say. A good starting point is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 30-page “summary for policymakers” in the Fifth Assessment Report, which you can find on the web. Finally, neither Sir Paul (who is a geneticist) nor myself make any claim to be experts on climate science. However, what we do both have in common is that we base our views on those people who are qualified, practising climate scientists, not armchair experts who believe that they can overturn the climate science consensus after one afternoon’s work on Excel. â??

Yours faithfully,

Justin Bowles

St Mark’s Road, Henley

Making our streets safe

Sir, â?? I’m sure other readers will share my frustration at the issues which blight the quality of life for pedestrians in our towns and villages. Vehicles parked on pavements, inadequate or non-existent pavements, speeding traffic and heavy goods vehicles travelling along narrow streets and crossings which don’t allow sufficient time for people to cross the road can make our area hostile and an unpleasant place to walk.For older people, or those with mobility problems, it can be downright dangerous. Piecemeal and conflicting rules abound on these matters, making it confusing for the police, enforcement agencies, councils and all road users alike. As the general election draws nearer, I would encourage readers to urge their local parliamentary candidates to support the charity Living Streets’ campaign for the introduction of an Active Travel Bill. Such a piece of legislation could regularise rules on pavement parking, reduce speed limits on the streets where we live, work and go to school. It would make walking safer and easier, which would benefit all of us. An Active Travel Bill could not only reduce deaths and serious injuries on our roads, but create a healthier environment where walking to school, to work or to the shops is a pleasure and not a hazard. To take action, visit â??

Yours faithfully,

Julia Harrison

Little Milton, Oxford

Pedestrians under threat

Sir, â?? I am writing as a member of an endangered species who may soon become extinct! In other words I am not a car driver but a pedestrian, who walks with fear and a keen lookout for traffic creeping up on me. I am referring to conditions in the Bird in Hand lane, which joins Kennylands Road to Peppard Road in Sonning Common, where it meets the quite dangerous Bird in Hand crossroads.Having lived in the same house on Peppard Road for more than 50 years â?? the past three-and-a-half as a pedestrian â?? I have become acutely aware of the increased use of this once quiet country lane, which is actually designated as part of the Chilterns Cycleway. At your peril, you cyclists who are not paying attention!The lane has become muddy, potholed and dangerous to those of us who have to walk through it to use public transport.

The majority of car drivers are, I am sure, law-abiding, polite and kindly persons whose aim in life is to drive safely from A to B but as a pedestrian I am expected to stand aside for any vehicle travelling up or down the narrow lane. Very few drivers think it their duty to consider others. I make sure I acknowledge those who do.

Now then, what about a low-cost solution, either a sign stating “Very slow, please” or perhaps a couple of sleeping policemen to make this once again a safe and attractive country lane to be enjoyed by many pedestrians and drivers alike? â??

Yours faithfully,

Mrs P K Colin

Peppard Road, Sonning  Common

Bad drivers should pay

Sir, â?? Last year 3,580 speeding offences were committed by foreign motorists in the Thames Valley, more than anywhere else in the UK. What’s more, from January to October foreign drivers across the UK escaped paying more than £2.3million in speeding fines. This is because most foreign drivers detected by speed cameras are not registered with the DVLA and so are difficult to track down.Now, thanks to a new law voted on in the European Parliament, foreign drivers will be forced to pay up when they commit speeding offences. Police forces are set to have access to a European database of car registration numbers which will enable them to send out speeding fines to foreign drivers across the EU. The knock-on effect will be an improvement in safety on our roads and more cash recovered in fines.This is great example of how co-operation across Europe can help us tackle issues which impact on our day-to-day safety and wellbeing. The UK has up to two years to fully implement the new law. I’m calling on Thames Valley Police to make full use of it so that all drivers on our roads are held accountable. â??

Yours faithfully,

Catherine Bearder

MEP, South-East England

Lowering speed limit

Sir, â?? There have been several letters on these pages regarding the proposed blanket 20mph speed limit in Shiplake and I have received many emails on the subject.

I write now to clear up some misconceptions. This proposal has arisen as a result of the Shiplake Villages Plan and is not something being imposed on the village by Oxfordshire County Council.

The sequence of events is as follows:

1. The Villages Plan recommendation on page 19 was: “It is proposed that an application be made to Oxfordshire highways department for permission to reduce the speed limit in the whole village of Lower Shiplake to 20mph and that funding be sought from the paarish council.”

2. In response to this, Shiplake Parish Council asked me to obtain costings from the county council and to facilitate the necessary consultation process. This I did.

3. The results of the consultation were discussed at a meeting of Shiplake Parish Council on March 9. A decision was made by the council to support the proposal on the chairman’s casting vote. However, the council’s response to Oxfordshire County Council will note that there were many local objections.

4. Shiplake Parish Council’s view will be included in the officer’s report on the consultation, which will go to the county cabinet member for environment and economy to determine. He will consult with me as the local member before making his decision. Should the proposal go ahead, Shiplake Parish Council will be funding the scheme, not Oxfordshire County Council. â??

Yours faithfully,

Councillor David Bartholomew

Sonning Common division,

Oxfordshire County Council

Illogical marketing

Sir, â?? I was interested to read the responses to my letter concerning the closure of many of Brakspear’s regional pubs, from Henley-based landlords and Brakspear customers alike.In conclusion, I don’t expect miracles to happen or Brakspear to be a charity, but if you read Tess Dixon’s letter (Standard, Febraury 27), concerning the closure of The Horns in Crazies Hill and the astronomical costs that any prospective landlord will have to recoup, you can see that perhaps a reduction in rent, or fees charged by Brakspear, might be an option and encourage landlords to stay for the long-term. Why charge so much? Perhaps if Brakspear hadn’t invested a couple of million in turning The Bull in Henley into a glorified coffee shop and purchasing the very much missed Henley Brewhouse, the money saved could be used to reduce rents and enable pubs like The Horns or The Crown at Nuffield or The Rose and Crown in New Street to actually create a thriving business.My final point, which has not been answered by Brakspear, is regarding its marketing strategy. Why pour £2 million into one pub (The Bull) and then close down a beautiful, traditional pub 50 yards down the road (The Rose and Crown)? Where is the logic? Perhaps Brakspear would like to answer that question and also advise Henley drinkers on its plans for the Rose and Crown. I understand it is currently being used as staff accommodation for staff employed at The Bull. What an irony. What a shame. Come on, Brakspear, give us our pub back! â??

Yours faithfully,

James Lambert

Rosehill, Henley

Better to try the lottery...

Sir, -â?? The £100,000 that your correspondent Tess Dixon (Standard, February 27) estimates is needed in the first year before taking into account running costs to take over The Horns pub in Crazies Hill, might be better spent on lottery tickets. â??

Yours faithfully,

Billy O Connor

Crazies Hill

Loss of pubs is not new

Sir, â?? In relation to the recent correspondence, I came across this quote from Hilaire Belloc, writing in 1912: “From the towns all inns have been driven; from the villages most... change your hearts or you will lose your inns and you will deserve to have lost them. But when you have lost your inns drown your empty selves for you will have lost the last of  England.”This was in a fascinating book called Man Walks Into A Pub: A Sociable History Of Beer by Pete Brown â??

Yours faithfully,

Mike Hails

Blandy Road, Henley

Objectors are selfish

Sir, â?? I entirely agree with Councillor Sam Evans regarding the use of the outside decking area at the Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse restaurant until 9pm (Standard, February 27). We should be encouraging new young enterprise to the town, not trying to make it difficult to succeed. Mr Dickens has overcome so much adversity with the flooding and has abided strictly by all the rules laid down when he first opened.

As a close neighbour in Meadow Road, I find it brings added atmosphere to a rather dead end of the town and we should be making the most of our beautiful riverside amenities, not trying to restrict businesses there.

As a previous owner of a property in Boathouse Reach, I do wonder how the residents there can object to the use of the terraced area until 9pm when between them they have 12 balconies and terraces that are used until whatever hour they wish for eating, drinking and smoking, not to mention all those in Royal Mansions and River Terrace. Add to this the public using the footpath alongside the river past Boathouse Reach, Royal Mansions and River Terrace long after 9pm.

As for future occupiers of the premises, surely the town council can make it a condition for Mr Dickens until the end of his lease and then reconsider.What a selfish attitude by those lucky enough to enjoy the pleasure and views of the river every day of their lives, not just on an occasional evening out. â??

Yours faithfully,

Janet Middleton-Stewart

Meadow Road, Henley

Restaurant will be missed

Sir, â?? As chairman of the Old Oarers Association, I read with great sadness and nostalgia the article about the Himalaya Nepalese restaurant closing (Standard, February 20)Surya Yonjan was a great host and always welcomed our members, usually during regatta week.Indeed, some years ago we presented him with a certificate of appreciation which he hung proudly in the restaurant dining room.Surya, his family and his cuisine will be sadly missed. â?? Yours faithfully,S J HornerBishopswood, near Chard, SomersetExpensive executionsSir, â?? I am sure your readers will be interested in the following figures recently released by cull England â?? 1,879 killed, total cost to taxpayer £9.8million, or £5,215 per badger.Badger vaccination programme Wales â?? 1,424 vaccinated, total cost £943,000, or £662 per badger.Your readers might like to ask John Howell MP if he considers England’s cull was money well spent, especially as no figures are available to confirm the killed badgers had TB. â??

Yours faithfully,

Hilda Jackson


Not me who’s misleading

Sir, â?? Councillor Rev Knee-Robinson, in replying to my letter of February 27, makes charge that I have been spreading more misleading information probably on the issue of breach of trust relating to Mapeldurham playing fields.

Part of the trust land given by Charles Hewett was sold for non-recreational purposes, namely, a pumping station. The site and disused building are now in private ownership. With regards to the tennis facility, the councillor admits that there has been a sanctioned modification of the trust. But just because an action has been sanctioned does not mean that it cannot result in a breach of trust which I and others say is the case here. The club has the exclusive use of three of the four courts all within a locked enclosure. A non-member can play on a fourth court by paying on the door through a pay and play scheme (£10 per person per two-hour session) for limited hours on three weekdays and two hours on a Sunday morning in the summer. The court is not available if there is no member present or the courts are closed. This scheme is not advertised on the on-site notice-board so there is no outward sign that non-members can play.

The councillor’s unqualified statement that the tennis courts are “available to all” is disingenuous and misleading.If it is the community’s wish for the school to be on land where the terms of a trust have to be modified/breached, so be it. â??

Yours faithfully,

Roger Bale

For catchment area residents’ preferred site

Simple choice on school site

Sir, â?? I have no personal axe to grind as I live nowhere near any of the proposed sites for the Heights Free School in Caversham.It seems simple to me â?? the Mapledurham playing fields site should be chosen as it affects the fewest residents/users/passing traffic. It’s a huge area and all the other activities that take place there could still do so with a little give and take. It also has the added advantage that it is actually in the borough of Reading!If it’s legal, do it or leave the school where it is and pinch a bit of the adjoining playing field. â??

Yours faithfully,

Melanie White

Emmer Green

Fifty Shades of rubbish

Sir, â?? There is only so much politics, market ineptitude and intolerable utilities that a person can take before some light relief is required.The newspaper headline read: “Sorry ladies, but it’s a spanking great bore!” Did anyone seriously expect any other result? Fifty Shades of Grey was a phenomenon of the moment, like loombands of last autumn. Blink and it’s over. For a well-scripted erotic film one has had to compare it to Last Tango in Paris (1972) and 9½ Weeks (1986). But you just can’t do that because the source material itself is of such poor quality that it’s unsalvageable.

I made fun of the “fem porn” books when they came out. They are so badly written, poorly edited and uninspired linguistically that if my children wrote like that I’d be organising a lynch mob and heading after their school’s English teacher.You might ask why then was it initially such a success? My comparison to loombands is no coincidence and, if you notice, shops just can’t shift either product now.

The Fifty Shades success hinges on the fortunate confluence of four main factors:

1. The technological advent of internet downloads and, more importantly, anonymous purchasing.

2. The convenience of book readers such as Kindle. Allowing anonymity of material, a modern-day plain paper wrapper. Remember stories of adults reading Harry Potter hidden in a Wilbur Smith dust jacket?

3. A low price point structure. For £1.50 it’s worth the risk of disappointment, no?

4. Most importantly, once those were put together, it meant women didn’t have to drop their facade of aloof rejection of pornography. They could at last indulge themselves behind that veil of technological secrecy.

The problem is that the book(s) are not even on a par with the emerging erotic literature that caused such a sensation in 1928 â?? D H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover.Literature directed by men at men had a springboard in the Fifties with Playboy (1953), Mayfair and Penthouse (1965) when cheap, glossy, mass-market publishing exploded on to the high street. Among the pages of titillating photos, writers cut their teeth, editors honed their craft and the saying “I only buy it for the articles” wasn’t so far from the truth.Articles about sport, motoring, clothes and high-living took up more space than the “artistic” photography and articles were often illustrated by famous name artists â?? Foss, Dean, Frazetta, Valleyo. Woodruff. Big brand advertisers fought to have premium pages for their products.With Fifty Shades the female erotica phenomenon has still a century of learning and honing its craft to catch up on before it becomes comfortable with itself and breaks the fake feminist facade of negativity and denial about pornography.So did I go to see the film? No. If I want that kind of thing Kim Basinger and Micky Rourke in 9½ Weeks rock my classic boat, thank you. â??

Yours faithfully,

Edward Sierpowski

Crisp Road, Henley

Learn more about Lent

Sir, â?? What does Lent mean to you? Perhaps it is a season you have heard about and is just about giving something up for a few weeks but you are not sure why.Lent is the six weeks leading up to Easter and, for Christians, it is a time of preparation, remembering the time that Jesus spent in the desert preparing for his ministry, and remembering his death on the cross and then his resurrection at Easter. Perhaps you read the recent Thought for the Week columns by Father Anthony Wilcox, parish priest for Sacred Heart, and Rev Tony Williamson, giving some thoughts about Lent and what it entails.If you would like to know more, there is an opportunity each Thursday at Christ Church in Henley at noon with a series called The Road to the Cross in which each of the church ministers talks briefly about the events of the week before Easter. This is followed at 12.30pm by a simple lunch in the Christ Church Centre.There is also a Lent course in the Chantry House, St Mary’s Church, on Fridays at 10.15am and one in Harpsden church on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm. â??

Yours faithfully,

Mike Hails Secretary,

Churches Together in Henley

Talented architect

Sir, â?? It is was with sadness that we learned David Tapp has passed away (Standard, March 6).David was the honorary architect of the Kenton Theatre in the early Sixties and was central to the restoration carried out at that time. He gave his services unstintingly and without payment.His design for the theatre restoration received national acclaim and it was commented that: “Anyone looking into the theatre now, who saw it before restoration, will be amazed at the work done on a very low budget.“It really is going to be a splendid job and the decor chosen by David Tapp, the theatre’s brilliant young architect, will set a real seal on the project, which should not only make Henley feel very proud, but should also give confidence to other ventures in and around the area.” Our thoughts are with David’s children, Alison and Chris. Chris has also given many years of service as architect and past chairman of the Kenton Theatre. The funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Church on Wednesday at 2pm. Family flowers only. â??

Yours faithfully,

Ed Simons and Wendy Bowsher On behalf of the trustees,

Kenton Theatre,

New Street, Henley

Maintaining memorials

Sir, â?? As a regional volunteer for War Memorials Trust, I would like to bring to your attention the work of this independent charity that works for the preservation of the estimated 100,000 war memorials in the UK and the recognition of those commemorated on the monuments.The rust provides free advice and guidance to those with war memorial related queries or those involved with war memorial projects.The charity also administers grant schemes which can help to fund the conservation of existing war memorials in the UK.The trust relies entirely on voluntary funding and has approximately 2,700 annual and life members who pay a subscription fee which supports the work of the trust.Further information is available from: The War Memorials Trust, 42a Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1W ORE. Tel 0207 834 0200 or 0300 123 0764, email or â??

Yours faithfully,

Alec R Powell

Pyrton Lane,


Great man in dark blue

Sir, â?? In out, one out, two out. Hurrah, we’ve won again.Yet another year rolls by and the Dark Blues of Oxford have passed through the tape to another victory.It was 1985 and I was there with my friend Mollie. I said, “You know who was behind this good fortune? Dan Topolski.” It was their 10th win in a row. They’d done it! Eleven years before I’d made a secret wish while standing on Chiswick Bridge that the Oxford crew would win 10 races and the rest is history. Well done, Dan. You were a great Dark Blues man. â??

Yours faithfully,

Peter M Adams

Oxford supporter since 1949,

Petersfield, Hants

Did you see my accident?

Sir, â?? I write following a collision between my black Porsche Cayenne and a green pick-up vehicle on Monday, February 9 at about 4.30pm on the incline in Greys Road, Henley. I would welcome contact from a lady witness who saw the accident but unfortunately left the scene without any details being exchanged.I was travelling up the hill, passing parked cars and the pick-up was travelling down the hill. I would be grateful if the lady or any other witnesses would get in contact with me via the Henley Standard. â??

Yours faithfully,

Ian Walker

Goring Heath

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