Friday, 27 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

Ten years ago: SUPPORTERS of the Unicorn at Kingwood Common were celebrating a victory yesterday after planners rejected Brakspear’s bid to convert the pub into housing

10 Years Ago: February 14th, 2003

SUPPORTERS of the Unicorn at Kingwood Common were celebrating a victory yesterday after planners rejected Brakspear’s bid to convert the pub into housing. Members of South Oxfordshire District Council’s planning committee accused the pub company of wasting their time and warned that an appeal was unlikely to succeed. Councillor David Sloan said: “This application is so obviously against our policy and there is absolutely no benefit in overturning it.”

One of Henley’s oldest buildings is being wrecked by roadworks, claims a shopkeeper. Joan Bland, owner of Asquiths teddy bear shop in New Street, says that numerous cracks have appeared along walls and ceilings in both the original and newer parts of the Grade II listed building after workmen dug up the road outside to lay cables. Mrs Bland fears further work will have dire consequences for the 15th century building.

A group of travellers used angle grinders to cut through a barricade built to keep them out of a notorious traveller site in Watlington last week. The site was fenced off two months ago by Oxfordshire County Council in an attempt to keep travellers off the land where illegal fly-tipping had become a major problem. The site at Watlington industrial estate used to be a bus garage.

25 Years Ago: February 12th, 1998

UP to 100 new houses may be built in Lower Shiplake if road improvements are made to a nearby junction. The announcement this week angered Shiplake parish councillors who agreed at their meeting on Monday they do not want more houses to be built in Northfield Avenue. Pangbourne developer Rockhold has offered to pay for improvements to the junction of Northfield Avenue and Station Road.

Jennifer Hoyle, first cashier at Lloyds Bank in Henley, has been selected for the Karate Union of Great Britain’s southern region squad. The squad of five will train together six times a year and compete in inter-regional competitions against the three other regions. A second dan, Jennifer trains at Reading Apollo Club and instructs at Reading Shotokan Karate Club.

A speed limit of 40mph is to be imposed on a notorious road. Oxfordshire County Council wants to improve the safety of the A4155 Henley to Reading Road. The news welcomed by Shiplake Parish Council which had thought a new limit would only be considered in a future programme of works.

50 Years Ago: February 15th, 1963

A WHIT Monday carnival in Henley has taken a step forward after many organisations pledged support at a meeting at the town hall. It was suggested that floats decorated by each organisation could take part in a procession around the town before meeting for a fete which would celebrate the centenary of the British Red Cross Society. Collectors would be able to take donations as the procession made its way through the streets.

A 100 per cent increase in drunkenness was reported at the annual Henley licensing session. There were three cases of drunk people and three of drunk and disorderly behaviour. One of the incidents concerned a resident in the division. Supt Mills said: “While this figure remains small, it does represent an increase of 100 per cent compared with last year.” There were no cases of drinking outside permitted hours or reports of the supply of intoxicants to persons under 18.

The most pronounced thaw since the cold spell began nearly eight weeks ago was too late to allow local clubs to play any fixtures at the weekend. Henley Town FC’s games were postponed and the Oxfordshire Senior Cup has now been fixed for March 9. Henley rugby and hockey clubs had their seventh successive blank weekend. Sports grounds are badly affected by frost, which has penetrated the ground to a depth of several inches.

100 Years Ago: February 14th, 1913

A SERIOUS accident, which resulted in several well-known residents of Henley receiving injuries, occurred near Turville Heath. It appears that earlier in the evening a party of ladies and gentlemen left Henley for Turville Heath where they had arranged to gave a concert in the chapel school. On the return journey the horse was suddenly startled and broke into a gallop with the result that the wagonette tilted over and all the occupants, including the driver, were thrown out. One man hurried to Henley to call for the doctor.

People attended Highmoor church to take part in national mourning for the Antarctic explorers. At the high mass the names of those who lost their lives on behalf of their country were mentioned in the list of the faithful departed. At evensong the hymns were those used at St Paul’s and the Dead March was played at the conclusion of the service.

Two men were summoned for causing a disturbance at the cross in Henley. Police Sgt Day deposed to seeing the defendants fighting. He separated them and asked what the trouble was about. One said that while he was having a drink at the Argyll, the other had tipped his beer over. Witness requested them to go away and they did so. The defendants, who pleaded guilty, said they were now friends again. They were fined 10s each, including costs.

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