Friday, 27 November 2020

Ten years ago

April 4, 2003: HENLEY’S Mayor has delivered an ultimatum over the ever-changing completion date of the market place.

10 YEARS AGO: April 4, 2003: HENLEY’S Mayor has delivered an ultimatum over the ever-changing completion date of the market place. Councillor Mike Owen said: “The opening ceremony is going to be on May 3 — whether you’re finished or not.” He spoke out after Oxfordshire County Council officials again told him they could not set a date for completion. The redevelopment, which began in August and has cost nearly £1million, was due to be finished before Christmas but has been beset by problems. The final straw came last month when the opening ceremony, which had been planned by the Henley Youth Festival, was postponed.

Shops and businesses in Henley will be asked to contribute £3 a week towards installing CCTV in the town. Henley Town Council is negotiating a security camera scheme with South Oxfordshire District Council. Although the cost is not known, the town council said it will contribute up to £21,000 but could reduce that if traders agree to donate £3 per week.

Residents gathered on Gravel Hill in Henley on Sunday to sign a petition to stop traffic speeding up their street. The protest came just days after a woman had a car wing mirror smash into her arm and hip as she was walking on the pavement. This is the third such petition.

25 YEARS AGO: April 8, 1988

TONY LANE leads such an active life that his heart attack came as no surprise to his wife. “I was expecting something like this to happen,” Mrs Freda Lane told the Standard this week. “I don’t really think it’s the stress or strain of his life that’s caused the attack because he’s not a worrier, it’s his lifestyle.” As well as running his shoe repairing business, Mr Lane serves on the town and district councils, is chairman of the Save the Regal Trust and Midnight Matinee Committee and is a governor of Trinity School.

Developers are queuing up for the chance to tackle a scheme involving a new Waitrose supermarket, a replacement cinema and new layout for King’s Road car park in Henley. Sue Lynch, of Drivers Jonas, the chartered surveyors acting as agents for the two landowners, Waitrose and South Oxfordshire District Council, said: “Henley is very attractive to developers.”

A Henley woman has vowed to continue a 12-year fight to persuade the Post Office to introduce lunchtime opening at Henley’s main post office. Valerie Alasia, who chaired the Henley branch of the National Council of Women, campaigned successfully to have a single queuing system introduced but the post office insists there is insufficient business to warrant lunchtime opening.

50 YEARS AGO: April 12, 1963

ON Sunday at about 12.10pm an ambulance was sent to the home of Miss Florence E Hollister at 33 King’s Road, Henley. She was found to be suffering from accidental coal gas poisoning. Miss Hollister was taken to Henley War Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Park Hospital, Reading, where her condition was stated to be “satisfactory”.

Running eight miles in 56 minutes was just one of the many varied activities which helped Senior Aircraftman Brian William Moss, son of Mr and Mrs Cyril Moss, of Perseverance Cottage, Harpsden, and the grandson of the late Mr J W Moss, to qualify for the gold award in the Duke of Edinburgh’s scheme. Moss, who must be one of the few holders of the award in the Henley area, attended Harpsden C of E School and Langtree Annexe School, Rotherfield Greys.

Henley magistrates bade farewell on Tuesday to Insp Ralph George Hovard, who was attending his last court before his retirement on May 5. He was thanked by the chairman, Captain C J Goldsmid, who also extended good wishes to him in his retirement. Insp Hovard has been a member of the Oxfordshire Constabulary for more than 26 years.

100 YEARS AGO: April 11, 1913

WE record this week the deaths in Henley and Henley Rural District of five persons, aged 80, 83, 85, 89 and 90, making in the aggregate of 427 years. Henley’s reputation as a first-class health resort is certainly well-maintained by this interesting record and it is obvious that if the longevity of its inhabitants be regarded as a conclusive index of a town’s general healthiness, Henley has every reason to be satisfied.

While a bread van belonging to Mr B Hales and a butcher’s cart owned by Mr A Davis were standing side by side serving the Flower Pot Hotel, Aston, on Monday, a bull which had evaded his keepers at a neighbouring farm came madly down the road and directly charged the pony in the butcher’s cart. With considerable dexterity, the pony, seeing the animal’s approach, jumped to one side, leaving nearly enough room for the animal to pass clear. A portion of the bull’s hair and skin was left on the pony’s collar and a shaft of the cart. The bull was eventually enticed back to its proper quarters.

The bell ringers of the Henley Parish Church celebrated the centenary of the bells by ringing peals during Saturday last. After the evening peal, they were entertained to supper at Mr Hawker’s restaurant by the rector Canon Maul.

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