Friday, 17 September 2021

THE Mayor of Henley left the borough bench in order to answer as a defendant a summons in respect of a chimney fire at his residence in Greys Road. Pc Burberry said that at 10 o’clock on the morning of March 2 he saw smoke and flame issuing from the chimney. He went into the house and in one of the rooms saw a large quantity of burnt soot falling into the fireplace. The defendant pleaded guilty but said he had not much to do with household matters as he had so much other business to attend to. He had been burning a good deal of wood lately and that might have accounted for the chimney fire. A fine of 2s 6d was imposed. Alderman Clements said the bench had treated the Mayor the same as other defendents.

The 51st annual general meeting was held in the Orderly Room at the fire station where the Mayor of Henley, Alderman W Hamilton, occupied the chair. The Hon Sec, Mr T H Seymour, presented the report for the last year. He stated that in 1916 the usual general and committee meetings had been held and that 12 drills and 10 fire calls had been attended.

Pte George Henry Wootton, Royal Berkshire Regiment, son of Mrs Wootton, of Bell Street, Henley, has been promoted to Lance Corporal.

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