Wednesday, 06 July 2022

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: May 2, 2003 -BORIS JOHNSON has flown to Baghdad on a fact-finding mission to satisfy his conscience that his decision to back military action had been the correct one.

10 YEARS AGO: May 2, 2003

BORIS JOHNSON has flown to Baghdad on a fact-finding mission to satisfy his conscience that his decision to back military action had been the correct one. Writing to the Standard from Baghdad, Mr Johnson says: “I voted for the war in Parliament and I went to Baghdad to see if I was right and whether American and British forces have done the right thing. I believe they have, overwhelmingly.” Mr Johnson said his postbag was dominated by people against the war in Iraq. “I respect their opinion but I believe those who took part in this operation can be proud of what they have done,” he said.

Organisers of a charity event at Henley town hall have praised TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson and his wife Jay after the couple offered to take over the catering. Harriet Wynn Jones, chairwoman of the Henley branch of the Thames Valley Adventure Playground, said: “We raised more than £25,000 but that figure would have been smaller had it not been for the stunning generosity of Antony and Jay.”

An amazing collection of hidden treasures and documents that tell the story of the survival of Catholicism in this country is being displayed at Stonor Park for the first time. The collection includes rare manuscripts and relics dating back to 1474.

25 YEARS AGO: May 6, 1988

TRAFFIC chaos resulted when several crowd-pulling events coincided in Henley on Monday. Queues of up to three miles were reported as vehicles flooded into town, where the annual May Fair, a car boot sale, a caravan rally and a fun run were all taking place. Police had to tow away parked vehicles in a bid to ease congestion. “We had put out ‘no waiting’ cones but they were ignored,” said an officer at Henley police station. Three officers and a special constable were needed to deal with the jam when it was at its worst. The situation was described as “madness” by Stephen Borlase, owner of the Swiss Farm caravan site in Marlow Road.

Nettlebed art exhibition has once again surpassed all previous records in the number of paintings sold and money raised. A total of 56 paintings were bought, raising a total of £2,200. The success of the annual exhibition even gave one exhibitor, Deana Price, from Watlington, the idea of setting up her own exhibition, which is now in its third year.

Aces were served at Peppard Tennis Club on Monday to celebrate the opening of the club’s new pavilion. A year-long fund-raising effort, including a barn dance and jumble sale, and donations from the club’s 300 or so members, raised the £5,000 needed.

50 YEARS AGO: May 3, 1963

A GOOD attendance of subscribers and others interested heard the hon. secretary describe the 1962 regatta as “a success in all aspects other than the weather” at the annual meeting of the Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta at the town hall on Monday. Presenting his report, the secretary, Mr J C Luker, expressed the committee’s thanks to the honorary officials who did “a tremendous job in the worst of conditions” and to the subscribers whose generosity had proved very valuable in helping reduce a large deficit.

So effective were members of the Casualties Union in simulating injuries — broken arms and legs, heads apparently almost cut off and profuse bleeding — at a Civil Defence Corps exercise held in Oxfordshire and Berkshire on Sunday that a number of onlookers passed out. Colonel Gentry-Birch paid high tribute to the realistic way in which members of “this remarkable body of people” depicted their “injuries”.

The annual dinner of the Harpsden branch of the British Legion was held at the Territorial Drill Hall, Henley, on Thursday, April 25. There was a big attendance. It was a most enjoyable evening, the highlight of which were the entertainers Delia and Frank who delighted the audience with their charming songs.

100 YEARS AGO: May 2, 1913

ON Saturday last, 24 girls attending the Henley Church of England Girls’ School were awarded first prize in one competition of the Three Counties Music Festival in Oxford. Special commendation came from the judge, Dr Vaughan Williams, who said that their rendering of the test piece was a musical performance charmingly sung. There were four entries for the festival from Henley and two firsts and two seconds were awarded to the competitors, the Misses Walker, of Normanstead, securing one of the firsts for their cello and piano solo.

The heavy storm which burst over Henley and the surrounding area on Tuesday evening was one of the worst experienced in this part of the country for many years. It rained in torrents for over an hour, to the accompaniment of heavy thunder and remarkably vivid flashes of almost continuous lightning. The rainfall, as measured at the Henley Water Works, was .49 inches.

The Henley Technical Institute entertainment party gave a performance in the parish room in Hambleden on Monday last in aid of the Camp Fund of the local troop of boy scouts. The whole performance was most successful and an audience which nearly filled the room showed their hearty appreciation of the fare served up for their pleasure.

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