Saturday, 28 November 2020

Ten Years Ago

10 Years Ago - June 20, 2003: HENLEY’S “Mr Nice Guy” Martyn Arbib, founder of Perpetual, has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his charity work.

10 Years Ago - June 20, 2003

HENLEY’S “Mr Nice Guy” Martyn Arbib, founder of Perpetual, has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of his charity work. Author Alistair Horne, from Turville, also received a knighthood for services to UK-French relations. Mr Arbib built up his multi-million pound business from an attic in Hart Street in 1974 and it was bought by American investment giant Amvescap to become Invesco Perpetual in 2000. Dr Horne CBE is the former foreign correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and is the author of several historical books.

A consortium hoping to buy the entire Hambleden Estate has warned that unless it is given more time the village will be fragmented. The landowners have appealed to the owner, Henry Smith, to extend the deadline for bids. They have until midday on Wednesday to put their bid together and come up with a deposit of 10 per cent on the £16.5million price tag.

World champions James Cracknell and Matthew Pinsent are expected to top the billing at Henley Royal Regatta. The 494 crews entered include 110 overseas crews from 15 nations. Cracknell and Pinsent face strong opposition from South Africans Di Clemente and Cech in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Cup and will also compete in the Prince Philip Cup.

25 Years Ago - June 17, 1988

OARSMEN seeking selection for the Seoul Olympics in September are among an all-time record entry for Henley Royal Regatta later this month. British, Australian, Canadian and American crews head a quality entry as a stepping stone for South Korea with most of the fancied British oarsmen lined up for the five-day Henley event. In all, the entry of 386, excluding 24 for the special race for schools, is 15 more than last year’s record number while the “home” entry, at 312, is one higher than the previous record, again established last year.

A 4th century lead font has been unearthed at a gravel pit at Sonning Eye. The font is the earliest evidence of Christianity in the Thames Valley. It was found at the bottom of a Roman well with a hoard of fascinating items including a spear, an iron scythe and a number of complete 4th century pots.

Councillors have welcomed the news this week that car parking charges in Henley may at last be altered to ease the town’s traffic problems. The news came at a meeting of the plans committee when Tony Lane announced that from July 11, motorists will pay 20p for 1½ hours and 50p for three hours of parking in King’s Road car park, where the maximum stay allowed will be three hours. At Greys Road car park, there will be a full-day charge of £3.

50 Years Ago - June 21, 1963

TWO girls, aged 10 and 11, admitted breaking into the house of Mrs Maddox in Mount View, Henley, and stealing £8 10s in cash. Insp Coxell said that on the afternoon of May 15 the pair were seen at their school to be in possession of an unusual amount of property — new shopping bags, purses and aprons. One girl had £1 7s in cash and the other had £1 10s. Dc Ricketts saw the girls and asked them for an explanation and they readily admitted they had taken money from Mrs Maddox’s house. They were placed on probation for two years.

The first balloon in a gas balloon race was released by Roland Culver, the well-known actor and resident, as he opened the Fawley fete on Saturday. A lovely afternoon and the support of local residents and friends made the fete a great success. The cake and produce stall run by the local branch of the WI was second in takings only to the bottle stall on which all the bottles had been given. So far balloon tags have been received back from as far as Hove and Littlehampton.

Mr C W Pedler, the professional at Henley Golf Club, has been elected an honorary associate member of the Professional Golfers Association. Mr Pedler joined the association 50 years ago, two years after being with the late Lord Burnham at his golf course at Hall Barn, Beaconsfield.

100 Years Ago - June 20, 1913

HENLEY people had accepted the statement that the King was not coming to the regatta this year and while they were regretting the fact at the end of last week, one or two London papers foolishly published the statement that their Majesties would visit the regatta in their state barge on Wednesday, July 2. Many people’s hopes were again raised but there was, unfortunately, no truth in the report. It was another of those cases of statements being rushed into the press without the accuracy thereof having been previously verified.

Mr H C Pickett, the Henley postman who composed a march entitled The King’s Visit in honour of His Majesty’s visit to the regatta last year and sent a copy of his production to the King, has received a letter thanking him for his kindness. Mr Pickett has begun another composition which he hopes to finish before the regatta.

It has been decided by a few enthusiasts of the game to establish, if possible, a democratic bowling club for Henley and district. An excellent ground has been offered and everything points to a successful issue. A general meeting of those interested in the game of bowls will be held shortly after the royal regatta and the time and place of meeting will be duly advertised.

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