Monday, 19 November 2018

Ten Years Ago

April 4, 2003: THE mother of a soldier serving near Basra sent an emotional message to her son this week.

10 YEARS AGO: April 4, 2003

THE mother of a soldier serving near Basra sent an emotional message to her son this week. Sue Harris, 49, of Crisp Road, Henley, wrote to Martin Corkindale, 25, a lance corporal serving with the 2nd Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, on behalf of herself, Martin’s sister Laura and stepfather Carl. Mrs Harris wrote: “Martin, you are in our thoughts every day. We are all really proud of you. We love you lots and cannot wait until you come home safe and sound.”

Henley town clerk Colin Barlow is on the trail of a missing lamp-post. The 8ft cast-iron lamp-post, which used to stand in Market Place, has vanished and nobody seems to know where it has gone. The lamp-post was set in the cross in the centre of town in about 1910. It was moved to the station car park in the Seventies before being moved back to Market Place in 1980 when the old station was demolished.

Plans to build homes for the mentally ill opposite a Henley school met with fierce opposition at a public meeting. Parents and governors of Badgemore Primary and nearby residents filled the town hall on Thursday last week to voice their fears over the proposed development in Crisp Road. They fear it could force the school to close because parents would withdraw their children.



50 YEARS AGO: March 31, 1988

AN 83-year-old Peppard man lay in a field with a broken leg for two hours after being knocked down by a cow. Retired farm worker Frank Beeton had gone to the aid of the animal, which was in distress as it attempted to give birth on Sunday. Mr Beeton had succeeded in delivering the cow when it rolled over, knocking him to the ground and breaking his leg in two places.

The strength of oarsmen was illustrated by a Henley man and his crew on LWT’s new programme You Bet on Saturday. Hairdresser David Kartal was in a London Rowing Club four that took up the challenge of pulling world water-skiing champion Liz Hobbs for a minute. David, who also rowed for the former King James’ College in Henley and Leander Club, and his three colleagues had not thought the feat would be achieved.

Six firms have so far registered interest in developing the area of Henley comprising the Waitrose supermarket, the Regal Cinema and King’s Road car park. This is in response to more than 600 sets of particulars for the project being sent out by South Oxfordshire District Council, which co-owns the site with Waitrose.



50 YEARS AGO: April 5, 1963

ON Tuesday last, the second concert of the season was given by Mr E A Fry and friends in the parish room. There was a large and appreciative audience and all the items were well rendered and received. The opening pianoforte solo was played by Miss Page, who kindly came over from Highmoor for the occasion. Mr Page, from Stoke Row, greatly amused the audience with his clever interpretation of a countryman’s song.

On Tuesday evening, a narrow escape of a serious accident occurred in Bell Street, Henley. Dr Dakins was driving his car when it collided with a horse ridden by Mr Holloway jnr., of Remenham Farm. In his endeavour to miss the horse, Dr Dakin turned the car and braked so hard that the car skidded and ran up against Mr Ward’s shop front.

On Friday last, an enjoyable social dance was held in the new village hall at Nettlebed. The excellent floor in the main hall was at its best and the dancers were unanimous in their praise of it. The company present numbered over 120, including parties from Henley, Greys and Peppard. Mr E Clarke’s Orchestra, from Henley, provided the music. The arrangements for the dance and the refreshments were carried out by Messrs. May & Steptoe, of Nettlebed.



100 YEARS AGO: April 4, 1913

A DANCE held at Henley town hall on Wednesday last week marked the launch of the Red Cross carnival appeal. During the evening, the Mayor gave a short speech in which he mentioned the beneficiary of the carnival, Andrew Duncan House in Shiplake, needs further accommodation for its patients at the cost of about £3,000.

Among the 87 successful candidates in part two of the Law Society examination held in February are two Henley candidates. John Bowles passed the conveyancing, equity and succession, commercial law, company law and partnership and family law sections and obtained a distinction in revenue law. The other successful Henley candidate was Mr A I Reid, of Greys Road.

When the general purposes committee reported to the town council on Tuesday that it was requesting the trustees of the congregational church to remedy the inaccurate timing of the church clock, Coun R H Brackston, chairman of the committee, said it was common knowledge that the clock was generally kept a few minutes fast but of late it had been as much as a quarter of an hour fast. Coun C F Weaver said he hoped any alteration to the clock would be well advertised otherwise there would be a danger of people missing their trains.

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