Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Families have fun on the hills

FAMILIES took full advantage of the snow at the weekend.

FAMILIES took full advantage of the snow at the weekend.

Drawback Hill in Harpsden, Henley Golf Club and Streatley Hill were among the most popular choices for people of all ages to go tobogganing.

Lizzie Thomas, 14, of Rotherfield Road, Henley, who was among the dozens of children who went sledging at Drawback Hill on Saturday, said: “You can go pretty fast, especially on one side of the slope, and it is really good fun. I love it.”

Jenny Brady, 10, said: “There are a lot of people here and I can see everyone else going down so that does not make me as nervous. It is really good fun, although I always bash into everyone.”

Tyler Chidwick, seven, who attends Sacred Heart School, said: “I like it when you go right up to the top of the hill because it keeps throwing up snow when you go down. It is really cool.”

Sophie Print, 10, added: “It is a lot of fun going down because you go really, really fast.”

Sheila Humphries, from Binfield Heath, said: “It is great to see children indulging in some good, clean fun.

“Being outside in the fresh air is important and is a bit of a novelty when all children seem to do is sit inside on their computers. I love seeing the look on their faces as they slide down the hill over and over again.”

The 1st Henley scout group set up a tent and food stall behind Rotherfield Road, a renowned sledging hot spot.

Derek Harding, one of the leaders, said: “We have seen about 50 of our kids come down as well as lots of others and we have given out 120 bacon rolls and 200 hot drinks. If people want to make a donation they can. This is about the scouts trying to provide a service and do something for the community — it is just a nice day.”

Cub leader Michael Moran added: “We have had many parents and adults thanking us and saying what a brilliant idea it was.”

Drawback Hill and the golf course were both packed again on Sunday as light snow fell throughout the day.

Nick Bradbury, from Lower Shiplake, said: “People have been coming in the morning, going off for a while to have lunch and then coming back. It really has been great fun.”

His son Jack, four, said: “We have been right from the top of the hill and all the way down. It’s so much fun.”

David Line, of Reading Road, Henley, said: “I love that we have had proper snow here, thick enough for it to lay and for people to come down and get involved. It is such good fun, even for adults, although it takes us longer to get back up the hill again.”

Ron Bridle, from Goring, said: “Because of their location on opposite sides of a deep river valley, Goring and Streatley come alive with winter sports and pastimes when the snow comes.

“Hundreds of people climb the hills to enjoy sledging, especially the steepest hill, Lardon Chase, which is part of the National Trust land overlooking the villages.”

“There were no major traffic hold-ups but some delivery lorries failed to get through and there were shortages of bread and other essentials in some shops.”

Jenna Avent, from Crazies Hill, said: “Droves of jolly children and their parents came from as far as Henley to enjoy the snow and slopes above Wargrave on Saturday and Sunday. Although there were mainly sledges and lids, some skis made an appearance.”

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