Friday, 23 August 2019

Twenty five years ago...

VIOLENT storms which battered Henley on Friday have been branded the worst the town has ever seen. The monsoon conditions left roads impassable and numerous homes and shops flooded. The emergency services were besieged with calls as the equivalent of April’s total rainfall descended in just hours. Near-hurricane winds and frequent lightning strikes combined to force the first ever abandonment of the qualifying races at the royal regatta.

Radical plans to turn the Leichlingen Pavilion in Henley into a profitable venture have been suggested. It could become a tea room if the town council decides to build a new pavilion for Henley Bowls Club incorporating public toilets. The existing pavilion was built less than three years ago for more than £600,000.

Inserting a cashpoint machine at the Woolwich Building Society in Duke Street, Henley, would be a “gross disfigurement” of a fine, grade II listed shopfront, according to South Oxfordshire District Council’s conservation officer.

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