Thursday, 03 December 2020

Turning Back the Pages

Ten years ago: DISRUPTION caused by The Henley College buses in the mornings is concerning town councillors.

10 YEARS AGO: January 31, 2003

DISRUPTION caused by The Henley College buses in the mornings is concerning town councillors. Mayor Mike Owen said: “We need to arrange a sensible pick-up and drop-off point and then have a small shuttle bus to convey the students to and from college. We have too many 50- or 80-seater buses rumbling through the town half full.” Councillor Barry Wood said: “I have spoken to the principal twice. He was of the opinion that we should have a meeting with the college and governors.”

House prices in Henley are the second highest in Britain. The average cost of a home in the town is now £388,105, a rise of 181.1 per cent over the last 15 years, according to Halifax, the country’s biggest mortgage lender. Esher in Surrey is the most expensive town.

There was traffic chaos yesterday as heavy snow followed by rain made roads treacherous. Councils had gritted all major and many minor roads in the area twice overnight but some still iced up under the snow. The A4155 between Henley and Reading was blocked near the Flowing Spring pub as cars became stuck.

25 YEARS AGO: January 29, 1988

HENLEY shopkeepers were furious this week over the sudden appearance of road markings which they say will create a “ghost town”. Traders in Hart Street arrived at work to find new zig-zag markings on the exit side of the pelican crossing in the street which will prevent them from receiving deliveries. Michael Farmer, manager of the Brakspear off-licence, said the lines were in front of his only delivery entrance.

Antique furniture and silverware worth more than £10,000 has been stolen from a house in Hambleden. Four chairs and some antique clocks were among the items taken during a burglary last week.

Residents of St Andrew’s Road, Henley, who had hoped to see a ban on massive trailers using the hill outside their homes have had their hopes dashed. A public inquiry last week placed no restriction on access routes for the 32-ton lorries belonging to Associated Asphalt at Highlands Farm. Now the residents plan to ask Oxfordshire County Council to place a weight restriction on St Andrew’s Road and St Mark’s Road due to the noise, pollution and possible danger from the vehicles.

50 YEARS AGO: February 1, 1963

THE slow thaw which began last week and continued in the early part of this week reduced the depth of the snow which has been lying about the countryside for more than a month. However, colder weather with snow showers returned on Wednesday and Thursday and with the likelihood of night frosts the prospects for a resumption of sporting fixtures this coming weekend were less bright.

On behalf of himself and other people living in remote areas, the Hon Sherman Stonor expressed appreciation of the services rendered by various people during the recent severe weather at Tuesday’s meeting of Henley Rural District Council. He particularly highlighted the efforts of postmen and the men who come out in the middle of the night to repair overhead electricity lines.

Henley Flower Arrangement Club’s first meeting of the year was held in the town hall on Monday. The goodly number of members present heard Mrs Marwood, the new president, give news of the area meeting on February 6. Unfortunately Mr and Mrs Medlen, the expected demonstrators, could not attend owing to illness, but a very able substitute was found to take over at a moment’s notice in Mrs Gibson. Her arrangements of spring flowers, as well as being extremely attractive, gave a reminder that spring is on the way.

100 YEARS AGO: January 31, 1913

THE employees of Henley Brewery held their annual Christmas dinner at the Broad Gates Hotel on Saturday evening last. About 70 sat down under the presidency of Mr A B Brakspear. The substantial menu, which consisted of good old English fare, was done ample justice to, especially by the younger fraternity who gave ample proof of their healthy constitutions by consuming considerably more than any of the men.

There was a good attendance at the meeting of the Henley Brotherhood, which was held on Sunday afternoon at the Baptist Church. Alderman Clements presided and the speaker was Mr Sepwright, from Shiplake, and the soloist was Mrs Leaver, who sang No, Not One and Somebody.

On Friday last, the women of the Friends’ Adult School were very kindly entertained at tea by their president, Mrs C Clements. About 80 sat down to tea and thoroughly enjoyed the good things provided. After tea a very enjoyable time was spent reading and singing. A short address was given by Mrs Charles Raymond, of the Home Mission Gospel, while Mrs Clements spoke on adult school work and what it should mean to each member.

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