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POLICE are investigating complaints of drug-dealing, vandalism and antisocial behaviour on the former Hallmark Cards site in Henley. One resident of nearby flats is moving out because of the problems.

10 YEARS AGO: March 14, 2003

POLICE are investigating complaints of drug-dealing, vandalism and antisocial behaviour on the former Hallmark Cards site in Henley. One resident of nearby flats is moving out because of the problems. Another said: “Now I know what it is like to live in an inner city”. In the car park next to the unoccupied building by the station there are two vandalised cars. Nearer the former office are broken beer and spirits bottles, empty cigarette packets and signs of possible drug taking.

A time capsule could be buried in Henley Market Place at the official opening ceremony. Mayor Mike Owen told the town and general purposes committee meeting this week: “Instead of a ‘topping off’ ceremony, we should have a ‘filling in’ ceremony which could include the burying of the capsule. We could ask some of the schools to contribute ideas and objects.”

Brakspear has angered Henley Town Council with a one-line response to concerns over the Little White Hart Hotel. The council wrote to the company following reports of dirty rooms at the riverside hotel and received a reply from chief executive John Burrows, saying: “I write to acknowledge your letter of 24th February 2003, the content of which is noted.” At Tuesday’s town and general purposes committee, chairman Tony Lane called the reply an “appalling” insult.

25 YEARS AGO: March 11, 1988

THE Old Peppard Hospital site is being eyed up as a prison, the Standard can reveal. The Home Office is anxious to find a number of new locations for jails because of the growing prison population and problem of overcrowding. It has asked South Oxfordshire District Council about the 40-acre site of the former hospital. The prison would be for between 500 and 700 offenders.

The way is being cleared at long last for work to begin on a new supermarket and cinema in Henley later this year. The scheme would almost certainly involve the demolition of the former Regal cinema, replacing it with a Waitrose store of 28,000 sq ft, another 21,000 sq ft of shops and a new cinema with a minimum of 250 seats while retaining at least 327 car parking spaces off King’s Road.

A young policeman who dived into the River Thames during last year’s Henley Royal Regatta to save a Henley businessman from drowning was presented with a special award on Wednesday. Pc Stuart Combeer, 24, who is stationed at Slough, was off-duty and on a boat on the river when he noticed Philip Norris lying face down in the water. Mr Norris, who runs his own estate agents in Henley, had fallen off another boat but was unable to swim and it was only the quick-thinking action of Pc Combeer that saved his life.

50 YEARS AGO: March 15, 1963

THE League of Friends of the Henley Hospital Group is already halfway towards raising the £2,000 needed to provide a new comfortably furnished sitting room for walking patients at Townlands Hospital. The league is confident that the remainder of the money will soon be raised, it was stated at the annual meeting on Thursday last week.

Henley’s annual civic ball was again held at Phyllis Court Club on Friday last. The Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor and Mrs G E F Goring-Thomas, welcomed some 196 guests, including the mayors and mayoresses of Wallingford, Reading, Windsor, Abingdon, Maidenhead, Newbury, Chipping Norton, Slough and Wokingham and the chairman of Marlow Urban District Council.

There was an excellent attendance of about 30 members and guests at Tuesday’s meeting of Henley Round Table at the Red Lion Hotel to hear a talk by Roland Bryant, assisted by Ian Kidd, on German wines. Mr Bryant, who brought along a few samples, was subjected to a barrage of questions on wines, all of which he dealt with very ably.

100 YEARS AGO: March 14, 1913

A TEAM representing Henley Football Club experienced a novelty last weekend when they visited France to play a match. The game came about through Club Rounaise advertising for an English team to visit them and guaranteeing to pay all the expenses. The visitors lost the game 5-3.

The Henley Guardians and Rural District Council election is not, apparently, arousing much interest and, except in the case of Swyncombe, where there may be a contest, no opposition is being offered to the retiring members, all of whom are seeking re-election. Only in Swyncombe is there likely to be a contest, the Rev C A K Irwin having been nominated in addition to the retiring member. The election, if it does take place, can only be ascribed to the feelings of admiration which each candidate’s fitness for the position at issue has inspired in the minds of both gentlemen, for each has proposed the other.

Messrs Simmons & Sons held their annual sale of cart horses, nags and colts at the White Hart Hotel on Friday last. There was a large attendance of buyers and a fairly brisk trade was done. Good prices were realised. A bay mare, entered by Mr W Clark, of Bix, was sold to Mr A Butler, contractor, for 60 guineas. The total proceeds of the sale amounted to nearly £1,000.

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