Monday, 30 November 2020

Ten Years Ago

10 YEARS AGO: June 27, 2003: CHILDREN at Stoke Row Primary School celebrated its 150th year by dressing in Victorian attire and taking part in period activities.

10 YEARS AGO: June 27, 2003

CHILDREN at Stoke Row Primary School celebrated its 150th year by dressing in Victorian attire and taking part in period activities. The school was visited by Henley MP Boris Johnson as well as alumni from the Thirties. Former pupil Fred Powell reminisced: “At Christmas we would have a real tree in the classroom with real candles on it — and we never had a fire!” Stuart Copeland, who was the last headteacher to live in the school house, said it was like coming home.

An appeal to save the royal regatta fireworks display has had an amazing response with donations flooding into the Henley Standard from all over the country. Geoff Knight, a Henley businessman who stepped in at the last minute to save the display, said: “I have been bowled over by the support and kind offers of help and money. People have even been stopping me in the street and telling me they want to help. One man, who was with his daughter in a wheelchair, said the fireworks were the highlight of the year for his daughter.”

Following fears over the future of Townlands Hospital, it has become clear that plans for redevelopment were rejected nine months prior to councillors’ knowledge. Town councillor Gillian Zakss called for a special meeting so the consultation process can progress.

25 YEARS AGO: June 24, 1988

UNLIKE many of the eights on the river this week, this crew was setting a sedate pace with the average age of its members close on 70. Len Habbitts won the Wyfold Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 1935 and has been rowing ever since. “It’s my only hobby,” he says. “I feel more comfortable in the boat than out of it nowadays.” Every Wednesday Mr Habbitts meets up with four or five other “not so young” Leander members for some exercise on the river.

Residents of Peppard are relenting over their opposition to housing being built on the old hospital site. They now accept that a part of the area could be developed on a low-density basis. Oxford Regional Health Authority would be able to obtain more money for the land if it was sold with permission for housing. The plans will go to South Oxfordshire District Council for a decision next month.

Thames Valley Police have warned of a crackdown on regatta revellers who drive after drinking. It’s part of a new campaign promising tougher action on drink-drivers attending major sporting and social events this summer. Ch Supt Roger Wardle, head of Thames Valley Police’s traffic division, said: “We are trying to deter the would-be drink-driver but some people can’t be deterred and run the risk of being in an accident, or breathalysed and arrested, or both.”

50 YEARS AGO: June 28, 1963

AFTER allowing for four scratched entries for Henley Royal Regatta, there will be a total of 27 clubs visiting from overseas, and 164 from home, contrasting to last year’s figures of 27 clubs from abroad and 171 home entries. There is a new event for coxed fours for the Prince Philip Challenge Cup which has been presented by the Duke of Edinburgh. In its first year it has drawn only six entries, four from overseas and only Nottingham and Union and Thames of the home clubs showing support for it.

Most men take life fairly quietly when they retire but not Arthur Hewitt who, at 66, has built his own Thames-side bungalow. The house that holds a view of Hambleden Lock was created with little knowledge of building terms and without an instruction manual. Mr Hewitt said: “If I made a mistake I pulled it down and started again.” Despite the lack of experience, he heaved 3,000 breeze blocks into place, installed two damp-proof courses and 1,200 square feet of fibreglass insulation. The project took two years and cost £1,500.

A defendant was discharged after his explanation in answer to a charge of stealing a wheel and tyre from a car parked in the King’s Road car park at Henley Magistrates Court on Tuesday. Henry John Davis, who sold tyres for profit, was ordered to pay costs of £2.15s.

100 YEARS AGO: June 27, 1913

THE recent activity of the militant suffragettes and attempts made to spoil sport have given some anxiety to regatta stewards. However, arrangements have been made to circumvent any act that may have the intention of stopping or spoiling the rowing. For many years, one or two policemen have been enough to watch over the boat tents at night but now there will be 30 present over the week in order to keep the public and the boats safe.

A meeting was held at Henley town hall on Monday evening with representatives from local Friendly Societies and other social organisations to consider suggestions made by the hospital parade sub-committee with the object of putting the movement on a sound basis.

On Wednesday morning, the second son of Harold Farr, ironmonger, of Hart Street, had a miraculous escape. Mr Farr, accompanied by his eldest son, had crossed Hart Street to talk to a friend when he heard a child scream. On looking round, he saw the body of a child under a car. When rushing to help, he realised it was his own little boy, Harold. It seemed as if he had seen his father and brother and crossed the street to join them when he was knocked over. Luckily, the boy suffered minimal injuries, with a bruised thigh and grazed leg.

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