Friday, 27 November 2020

Ten Years Ago

April 25, 2003: TENANTS in Hambleden fear for their future following the shock news that the village is to be sold for £30 million.

10 YEARS AGO: April 25, 2003

TENANTS in Hambleden fear for their future following the shock news that the village is to be sold for £30 million. Landlord Henry Smith, heir to the W H Smith fortune, is selling up to 45 properties, according to agents Savills. Tenants received letters two weeks ago telling them that the land was being sold. One resident, who has lived in the village since 1945, said it would change the village forever. She told the Standard: “If it’s sold in bits and pieces, I will call it the rape of the village.”

A dog proved its bite was worse than its bark on Saturday when it bit Henley Deputy Mayor Lorraine Hillier. The incident happened as she pushed a campaign leaflet through a letter box. She was treated at Townlands Hospital. Cllr Hillier was canvassing for next month’s town council elections. She said: “I put my hand through the letter box, felt the bristles at the back, and then something bit me. I think it was probably a Henley Residents’ Group dog!”

It took staff at the Henley Tesco store seconds to get to the seat of a fire and flush it out. Shoppers were evacuated on Tuesday evening when thieves accidentally set a loo roll on fire while burning a security tag off a stolen bottle of alcohol in the toilet roll aisle. Staff only noticed when the fire alarm was activated and the thieves had fled.

25 YEARS AGO: April 22, 1988

A WOMAN was left bruised and badly shaken after being attacked in Henley. The 49-year-old was punched in the face after she tried to resist an assailant who demanded money from her. The attack happened when she was working behind the reception desk at Swiss Farm caravan site on Friday morning. Dc John Dixon, of Henley police, said: “The man came in and demanded money and at first she refused. He then lunged at her and assaulted her. The woman then handed over some cash from the till but the robber continued to threaten her.”

Henley MP Michael Heseltine was reluctant to talk this week about his new appointment. Using his experience of international affairs gained from when he was Defence Secretary, Mr Heseltine is to join a panel in Moscow at the end of May commenting on the Russian-American summit for BBC’s Newsnight programme. He told the annual meeting of the South Oxfordshire Conservative Association at Henley town hall on Friday that he would be taking the job but declined to expand on what it would entail.

Monday was competition day for Henley Flower Arrangement Club with members trying their luck in five classes. The cup for best in show was awarded to Pauline Bannon for a delightful arrangement in the Blossom Time section. It incorporated a potted plant and figurine with pear blossom.

50 YEARS AGO: April 26, 1963

ALTHOUGH the accounts for the year 1962 revealed income in excess of £5,600, St Mary’s annual parochial church meeting at the Chantry House on Wednesday evening heard that further extraordinary expenditure would have to be faced in the near future in connection with the completion of repairs to the church roof, the rebuilding of the organ and repairs to the rectory.

Watched by a large number of parents and friends, the cubs, scouts and rover scouts of the South Chiltern district paraded in King’s Road, Henley, on Sunday. Led by the band of the Henley Sea Cadets, they then marched to St Mary’s Church for a service to honour St George, the patron saint of scouting, and commemorate the birthday of the movement’s founder, the first Lord Baden-Powell of Gilwell.

At a meeting of the Henley house committee of the Reading hospital management committee held last week, a tribute was paid to the work of Alderman C Luker, who retired from the chairmanship after serving in that position since the committee’s inception in July 1948. Appreciation of Mr Luker’s services was expressed and it was mentioned that out of the 162 meetings of the committee which had been held, Mr Luker had missed only four.

100 YEARS AGO: April 25, 1913

THOMAS BROWN, road sweeper in the employ of the Henley Corporation, was the victim of an accident which occurred in Reading Road on Monday afternoon. It appears that as Messrs. Wilkins’ furniture van was proceeding along the road, one of the horses swerved and caught the truck of which Brown had charge. He fell with considerable force against the truck and received a nasty cut on the face.

Mr G Allen, an old Henley footballer, had an unpleasant experience on Saturday last on a visit to the Crystal Palace to see the Cup Final. With the idea of obtaining a good view of the titanic struggle between the stalwarts of Aston Villa and Sunderland, he and several other enthusiasts climbed a tree and perched themselves upon one of its boughs. On a branch above were two sailors, one of whom, having temporarily lost his sea legs, overbalanced and fell on the party on the lower branch. The branch broke with the result that one and all were precipitated to the ground. None of the party was seriously injured.

Members of the Henley Girls’ Club singing and drill classes entertained Lady Esther Smith, the lady helpers and friends of the girls’ committee and members on Saturday evening in the gymnasium at Melbourne House. The items of an interesting programme were admirably rendered, the drill being particularly smart.

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