Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: August 1, 2003: POLICE in Henley are to leaflet large areas that have been plagued by car raiders.

10 YEARS AGO: August 1, 2003

POLICE in Henley are to leaflet large areas that have been plagued by car raiders. Dozens of cars have been broken into, leading to fears that a professional gang of criminals is at work. St Andrew’s Road and St Mark’s Road have been most affected. The attacks normally happen after dark. Thieves have taken thousands of pounds worth of property, including laptops, cash, credit cards and stereos.

A Henley charity has made an appeal for funding after income was frozen as a result of the Princess Diana Memorial Fund crisis. Power has asked Franklin Mint, the company in a legal battle with the Diana Fund, to make a £15,000 grant to keep the project afloat while the issue is resolved. Mike Boddington, Power’s country director in Laos, says funds are running low after £200,000 promised by the Diana Fund was suddenly frozen.

Henley councillor Ken Arlett attempted to alter the second draft of the Brakspear brewery site parking plan but was denied at a meeting of South Oxfordshire District Council. He called for the plan to include parking spaces when the old brewery is redeveloped in order to reduce on-street parking.

25 YEARS AGO: July 29, 1988

A LORRY delivering wine to Brakspear’s Brewery in Henley became wedged against the wall of what is reputed to be the town’s oldest house. The house was damaged and the road blocked for some time. The articulated lorry tried to leave a narrow opening that leads into the site. The rear bumper got hooked on a bollard near the house and became stuck. In an attempt to dislodge the lorry, the driver reversed into the wall of No 78, Tudor Cottage.

House-hunters camped out overnight to reserve a dream home at a new riverside development in Hurley last week. About 300 eager buyers raced to the official launch of the eight properties, which range in price from £250,000 to £500,000. One man was so keen to buy, he sent his relatives to sleep in the house he wanted. Despite his family being turfed out the next morning, the buyer got the house.

Swans living along the Henley stretch of the River Thames sampled a brief taste of stardom. Watermen representing Dyers and Vintners, old City of London livery companies, took to the river for the annual “swan upping” along with the Queen’s swan keeper, Captain John Turk. A Japanese television crew filmed the traditional ritual.

50 YEARS AGO: August 2, 1963

AN attempt to force Berkshire education committee to provide school transport for a 10-year-old school boy living at Aston and attending Crazies Hill School was denied at a county council meeting. This follows the closure of Remenham School, when the children were transferred to Crazies Hill and the governors were told that free transport would be provided. Aston is only 2.9 miles away from Crazies Hill school, meaning that children over the age of eight failed to qualify for school transport by 17 yards.

A large congregation gathered at Fawley church to witness the dedication of the oak board containing the names of the Rectors of Fawley, which date from 1312. The dedication was performed by Rev W E Watts, rector of Hambleden, who also preached the sermon. The board was fixed in position by D Humphrey.

As decided by the development plan for the youth service, the education committee is proceeding with the appointment of full-time wardens for youth centres at Henley and Bicester. The committee recommended that £2,000 be spent on improvements at Nuffield County Primary School and £7,297 be used for the purchase of 1.35 acres of land for a playing field extension at Sonning Common County Primary School.

100 YEARS AGO: August 1, 1913

THE Mayor announced the receipt of a letter from Mr J F Cooper, resigning as town clerk, the resignation to take effect at the pleasure of the council. Moving that the resignation should be accepted, the Deputy Mayor said he was sure that every member of the council deeply regretted that the association between Mr Cooper and the town clerkship of the borough had come to an end.

The weekend operations of the Henley Company of the Territorials gave great satisfaction to all who took part. The men took pleasure in carrying out the work. Major Overy and Capt Ponsonby were pleased with the success of the events. The only regret was that the company was not numerically stronger. It is hoped that operations around Wargrave will secure some new recruits. An attempt to revive the old Wargrave section of the Henley Company is likely to be made.

The boys’ band teamed up with the Reading 1st Corps of the Salvation Army and paid a visit to Henley, proving quite an attraction. The musical talent shown by the youngsters was very pleasing to all who heard them and reflected well on their conductor. Open-air meetings were conducted over the weekend and were accompanied by the band.

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