Saturday, 20 October 2018

Matches called off as winter arrives

THE first snow of this winter caused only minor disruption.

THE first snow of this winter caused only minor disruption.

Henley and the surrounding villages got off lightly compared with other parts of the country, where there were several inches.

A few millimetres fell during last Friday night and there was another 1cm during Monday night as temperatures plunged to -2C. There were also a few flurries yesterday (Thursday) morning.

Many of Saturday’s sports fixtures were postponed due to frozen pitches, including football matches in Wargrave, Sonning and Gallowstree Common and seven Henley Hockey Club games. The hockey club’s ladies’ 2nd XI were able to go ahead with their game against Bicester at Jubilee Park after borrowing snow shovels from the Tesco store nearby to clear the pitch.

The only reported problem after the second snowfall was the 24-hour postponement of bin collections in Benson on Tuesday.

In Henley, town council staff spread salt on the pavements and the steps of the town hall.

Gareth Bartle, manager of the parks team, said: “We were out salting on Monday and Tuesday but the snow went as quickly as it arrived.

“We have all the gear and we took care of Market Place, Mill Meadows and Mill Lane car park. We are always prepared if the weather gets worse.”

A cold weather warning is still in place but no more snow is expected over the weekend.

In December 2010, four inches of snow fell in one day, bringing Henley and outlying areas to a virtual standstill.

Night-time temperatures plummeted to -15C, making roads and pavements treacherous. Sporting fixtures were cancelled and schools were closed.

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