Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Turning Back the Pages

Ten years ago: A LAST-DITCH effort to save the Chiltern Resource Centre has been launched by a group of parents who are trying to raise more than £300,000 to buy the building from the county council.

10 YEARS AGO: January 17, 2003

A LAST-DITCH effort to save the Chiltern Resource Centre has been launched by a group of parents who are trying to raise more than £300,000 to buy the building from the county council. The centre, in Greys Road, Henley, has been facing the axe since the council decided to make a £9million cut in social services funding. Hopes of a reprieve were dashed in December when the health care scrutiny committee decided not to refer the closure plan back to the executive for further consideration.

Motorists in Henley are to pay more for their parking than in other towns in South Oxfordshire “because they can afford it”, according to a district councillor. A suggestion that charges be reduced was rejected by members of South Oxfordshire District Council at a meeting last week. Paul Harrison, a district councillor for Henley, claimed the town was being over-charged to cover the cost of free parking in Watlington. The charge for five hours of parking in Southfields will be £2.

A property giant was stopped in its tracks by a single walnut tree this week. Wargrave villagers won a long-standing battle against Michael Shanly Homes when its plan to build 22 homes on the site of 10, Dark Lane, was turned down unanimously at appeal. The decision was largely due to a 70ft walnut tree which would have been felled.



25 YEARS AGO: January 15, 1988

THE maternity ward at Townlands Hospital in Henley will close on April 1 if health authority members give the go-ahead on Tuesday. The unit, which has been called the “Henley Hilton” by mothers, is one of three GP maternity units in West Berkshire Health District that are threatened. This week, members of the local branch of the National Childbirth Trust pledged to fight the closure. They plan to launch their campaign with a pushchair demonstration before Tuesday’s meeting.

Results of an independent survey into whether people in Henley and district want the Regal Cinema re-opened were published this week. The Save the Regal Trust is claiming they show “massive” backing for its campaign to save the old picture house from demolition to make way for a bigger Waitrose supermarket. Some 12,000 householders were sent questionnaires and out of nearly 1,200 replies, more than 71 per cent were in favour of keeping the cinema.

Henley police station has been closed down overnight since the start of this year. Police say the station will be unmanned between midnight and 8am each day to enable an extra officer to be on patrol in the area. The move, which took effect from New Year’s Day, has taken townspeople by surprise. Councillor Margaret Day said: “Obviously, one always regrets these moves.”



50 YEARS AGO: January 18, 1963

THREE young Henley men who admitted the theft of seven fir trees valued at £14 were each fined £20 at Henley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. The chairman said to them: “You are of hitherto good character but this sort of thing cannot be tolerated. There is too much of it going on and, apart from the stealing, for which you could be sent to Quarter Sessions and imprisoned, it is damaging to the interests of silviculture and to the interests of the countryside, where you live and were born.”

After two-and-a-half years as curate at St Mary’s Church, Henley, during the last four months of which he had oversight of the parish before the appointment of the Rev Michael Payne as rector, the Rev John Bone is leaving to become vicar of Datchet. He will be instituted and inducted later this month. His departure was marked by a social gathering at the Chantry House on Tuesday evening.

Firemen worked in frozen tunics when they fought a blaze at Bottom House, Bix Hill, soon after midnight on Sunday. Their movements were hampered by tunics that froze stiff in the biting temperature and by snow 2ft deep across a field they had to traverse to reach the nearest available water supply. Screams from the servants’ quarters led to the discovery of the fire.



100 YEARS AGO: January 17, 1913

PROOF of the popularity of the Rev O Aylen, the commanding officer of the Henley Lads’ Brigade since its formation, was not wanting on Monday, when the annual entertainment and prize distribution was also the occasion, in a sense, of saying goodbye to him — at least so far as his connection with the brigade was concerned — and the opportunity was taken of expressing to him in a tangible manner, by the presentation of a marble clock with an accompanying album, something of the thanks which all the members of the brigade, both past and present, felt for one who had been, in the truest sense, a great friend.

On Thursday, the Baptist Sunday School held their Winter Treat. Through the kindness of friends, the children were enabled to have a tea and a Christmas tree, with each child receiving a large and small present, a bon-bon, sweets, an apple and an orange. The happy party broke up with the singing of the hymn Praise Him All Ye Little Children.

A very gratifying measure of success attended the sale of work and entertainment which took place at the town hall on Wednesday. The objective was to secure substantial financial help for the Free Churches’ Nurse Fund and that laudable object, we gather, was attained. There was a good attendance at the sale of work, which was opened by Mrs Martin J Sutton.

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