Saturday, 20 October 2018

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AT 5.25pm on Saturday the Henley fire brigade received a call to an outbreak at Shiplake.

AT 5.25pm on Saturday the Henley fire brigade received a call to an outbreak at Shiplake. The motor tractor and steamer were quickly prepared but through a misunderstanding as to the exact locality of the fire, the brigade journeyed to Wargrave. Here the mistake was discovered and the firemen returned immediately, reaching Shiplake at 6.20pm and finding a large rick, estimated to contain 60 tons, ablaze and threatening an adjoining rick of equal proportions. After four hours, the rick was cooled to such an extent that it was time for the brigade to withdraw, leaving the farmhands in charge.

A fete in aid of Red Cross Day was held at Sunnyclose, Fawley, on Wednesday and was well patronised. The weather was stormy and the marquee, lent by Mrs Hoare Nairne, was blown down in the night so that everything had to be concentrated in the house. Luckily, the weather cleared before Viscountess Hambleden arrived and it was possible for the opening ceremony to take place in the garden.

At 8.55pm on Friday the Henley fire brigade received a call to a gas leak at Phyllis Court Club. In the event, staff dealt with the leak, which was in one of the upper rooms.





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