AN antiques trader was snubbed when anti-war French dealers refused to sell to her — because she is British. Sarah McKean, 53, of Basmore Lane, Shiplake, was visiting a trade fair in Valenciennes, near Lille, on Sunday, when she saw a gilt picture frame she liked. She said: “I asked the trader, who was about 55, how much it was. He just said ‘Non! Non! Non!’ and shrugged his shoulders at me. Then a woman, who was about 40, would not even give me a price for a little chair I wanted to buy. She just said, ‘Anglais’ and turned her back on me. At another stall the trader asked me if I was English then muttered something about the English wanting the war.”
More than 800 pupils at Chiltern Edge School in Sonning Common walked out of lessons yesterday in protest against the Iraq war. Teachers watched as they congregated on the playing fields and chanted anti-war slogans. Some had CND peace signs painted on their faces. The protest came as news of the early air strikes on Baghdad came in.
Residents of Fair Mile, Henley, are furious over plans to convert a house into a 46-place day nursery which they say would “over-commercialise” the area. Tom Martin said: “We have been fighting commercialisation of the Fair Mile for years because we bought properties in a residential area in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”
25 Years Ago - March 18, 1988
SOUTH Oxfordshire?s chief planning officer faced the wrath of Henley traders this week over the lack of car parking in the town. Mike Butt faced the businessmen at the Henley Chamber of Trade?s annual meeting on Wednesday and came away with a clear indication of what Henley traders want... more parking spaces. Former chamber president Susan Turner said: "We are inundated at the moment with plans for the elderly and as far as I know they are not the great spenders. They are not going to keep this town alive."
Roger Bell has been given a new lease of life thanks to the wonders of modern medicine. A year ago the 46-year-old couldn?t run for a train or even walk up a flight of stairs without difficulty. Then, with only hours to live, he was given a new heart. Roger, of Purfield Drive, Wargrave, is probably the last person on earth you would imagine to have heart trouble — he has never smoked, does not drink much and there is no history of heart problems in his family.
The amorous toads of Marlow Road are on the move again. On Monday night, a record 2,200 crossed the road from the Hambleden to the river side, where they mate in an oxbow lake, using special tunnels which were built in time for last spring?s migration. Before the tunnels were built, the toads were slaughtered by the hundred as they crossed the busy road.
50 Years Ago - March 22, 1963
WHEN an application was made on Tuesday at Henley Magistrates’ Court for an extension of hours at a public house for what was described as “a stag party”, the chairman, Captain C J Goldsmid, commented: “I doubt if that comes into the judicial vocabulary.” The clerk, Roy H Weeks, said it represented a very special occasion, it usually being the last night of a man’s bachelorhood. “I know,” said Captain Goldsmid. “It was a long time ago in my case.” The application was granted.
The recent severe frosts damaged the carriageway on either side of the Henley-Wargrave road near Ragged Arches Bridge so much so that the road between Johnson’s Hill and Marsh Mills Hill has been closed. This picturesque part of the road was closed on Monday and yesterday (Thursday) the Berkshire County Council’s highways department did not know when it would be re-opened.
An interesting account of the New Zealand rowing championships held at Lake Karapino is included in a letter to his parents by Brian Doble, son of Mr and Mrs F E Doble, of Shiplake Court Farm, Henley. He writes: “The lake was formed by a hydroelectric scheme and dam just after the war and the 2,000m course was wide enough to take nine crews abreast, which was quite a sight. About 15,000 people were watching from the banks.”
100 Years Ago - March 21, 1913
DURING the second week in February, Mr H R Roper, fruiterer and greengrocer, of Bell Street, Henley, supplied about 11cwt of potatoes to Danesfield, Medmenham, the residence of Mr A Hornby-Lewis. The potatoes were, however, stolen during the night of February 16 from the shed in which they were placed.
Dredging in the Thames between Shiplake and Sonning Lock recently, workmen brought up huge specimens of stags’ antlers, the appearance of which suggested that they belonged to a prehistoric species.
Mrs Hartley Batt, of Shiplake, a member of Henley Golf Club, who is wintering in Egypt, has proved to be the winner in a big competition played on the links of the Heliopolis Sporting Club. It was a mixed competition open to ladies and gentlemen for the best score for 36 holes and there were 22 competitors. Mrs Hartley Batt, with a handicap of 16, did the first card in 77 and the second in 81. This was the best score and Mrs Batt was subsequently presented with a silver tray by Lord Kitchener.