Saturday, 28 November 2020

Turning back the pages

10 YEARS AGO: May 9, 2003 -BRAKSPEAR’S brewery in New Street has been sold to developers in a £10 million deal.

10 YEARS AGO: May 9, 2003

BRAKSPEAR’S brewery in New Street has been sold to developers in a £10 million deal. After two centuries in New Street, the former brewers have scaled down and moved into smaller offices behind the Bull pub in Bell Street. Developers exchanged contracts with Brakspear last week to purchase the site and introduce “new uses” for the building.

After all the years of planning and months of building, the newly pedestrianised Henley town centre was officially opened last Saturday afternoon. Falaise Square was packed as residents came out to enjoy the festivities in spring sunshine and watch as the Mayor Mike Owen buried a time capsule put together by the children from Badgemore Primary School.

New road signs in South Oxfordshire will tell drivers where they’re going but not how far. Under a new county council “initiative”, certain road signs will no longer display mileage details. Oxfordshire County Council told the Standard that distances had been deliberately left off minor road signs and a number of major signs as part of the Country Ways scheme.

25 YEARS AGO: May 6, 1988

RECENT steps to develop the upper section of Henley market place as a site for market stalls were outlined in a report presented to the meeting of the town council on Tuesday. Some members objected to the possibility of outside traders being able to come into the town on days other than the prescribed market day, to the detriment of local traders.

To students Richard Syme and George Almond, Henley seemed an impossible destination when they climbed on to the horses at Gibraltar on February 28. But on Saturday, nine weeks later and after 1,500 miles in the saddle, they arrived back without having suffered any serious injuries. They usually spent the nights in stables, in haylofts over their mounts. In one such loft they received flea bites. However, the 19-year-old adventurers have vivid memories of olive groves and colourful sunsets over Spanish mountains. Even if Gibraltar is only three hours distance from London Airport, it is nine weeks on horseback and should anyone feel like copying their journey, the lads would certainly furnish details.

Basic designs in general use in Japanese flower arrangements were demosntrated by Miss Stella Coe at Henley Flower Club’s monthly meeting on Monday last week. A vote of thanks was given by Mrs Rollings.

50 YEARS AGO: May 19, 1963

A SCHEME to set up a national rowing museum in Henley sparked angry exchanges between councillors this week. Tempers flared when one councillor urged the council to take prompt action on the museum idea. Another retorted: “We will get a museum over my half dead body.”

Parents and pupils are to stage a last-ditch demonstration on Tuesday in an effort to stop Oxfordshire County Council closing Ipsden Church of England (Aided) School. Every pupil and their parents are to congregate outside county hall in Oxford with banners, hoping to catch the eye of councillors who are being recommended to shut the school from the end of the summer term next year.

World famous pianist Peter Donohoe will make an appearance in the less fashionable surrounds of South Oxfordshire on Sunday night when he gives a recital at the Oratory School chapel in Woodcote. Donohoe, who is English and was the winner of the prestigious Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow in 1982, has been booked by the school’s music society to play pieces by three composers.

100 YEARS AGO: May 9, 1913

THERE was a good attendance at the sacred concert, given at the Greys Hall on Tuesday evening by the members of the junior YMCA. Miss Pardon was responsible for the training of the children, who acquitted themselves admirably. In the course of the evening the Rev B S Batty gave a short address in which he congratulated Miss Pardon on the able manner in which she had trained the children.

Promoted with the object of raising a sum of money sufficient to extinguish the debt on the Henley Wesleyan Church Renovation Fund — for which purpose the sum of £40 was required — a very pretty bazaar was held in the town hall on Wednesday. The Maypole Bazaar was so designated for the reason that Maypole Revels, including the picturesque ceremony of the crowning of the May Queen, formed the chief of the many special attractions provided.

There will be no lack of athletic sports in Henley on Whit Monday for two fixtures are arranged, one open to St Mary’s parish which will be held on the Crosby House ground, Fair Mile, and the other in connection with Trinity parish hall which will be held on the Recreation ground, Mill Lane.

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