Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: August 8, 2003: HENLEY was truly H-O-T on Wednesday when the temperature rocketed to 100F in the Market Place.

10 YEARS AGO: August 8, 2003

HENLEY was truly H-O-T on Wednesday when the temperature rocketed to 100F in the Market Place. While the Met Office recorded an official high of 32.5C at the Benson weather recording station, the Henley Standard braved the conditions to measure what people were really feeling in the heat of the day out of the shade.

Long-standing links between the McAlpine family and the village of Fawley are weakening with the impending sale of Fawley House, which has been owned by David McApline for 20 years. He is the brother of Sir William McAlpine, who also lives in Fawley, and is a director of McAlpine construction company. He is set to receive around £4.5 million for the eight-bedroom Georgian house, which has its own cinema and museum as well as two cottages and is set in 34 acres.

A heartbroken family are appealing for the return of their son’s puppy, believed to have been stolen on Christmas Common. The seven-month-old English setter called Arosa disappeared when the Roddan family took her and her mother Shade for a walk. Both dogs went missing but Shade returned to their home nearby several hours later with an injured back and paw.

25 YEARS AGO: August 5, 1988

COUNCILLORS are to look yet again at the possibility of building houses for first-time buyers on recreational land at Freeman’s Meadow. Although they are still reeling from the public outcry when a similar idea was suggested last year, Henley town councillors have decided to apply for outline planning permission for a housing development on the 5½ acre site.

Noel Edmonds dropped into Shiplake this week together with a BBC film crew to record park of his new television series, The Noel Edmonds Saturday Roadshow. The visit was just one of many nationwide stops being made for the show, which is due to be shown in the autumn in the early evening.

Two farming brothers are the best in their field. David and Roger Emmett, of Rockwell End Farm, Hambleden, were honoured in the Standing Crops and Best Farmed Farm Competition. The farm, which the brothers have been running together since 1971, was first choice in the best 2 ha of winter wheat and the best 2 ha of oil seed rape categories.

50 YEARS AGO: August 9, 1963

HENLEY Town Council decided on Tuesday to register a protest against a proposal to close the post office half an hour earlier each day. It said the change was likely to result in considerable public inconvenience. The council’s general purposes committee reported that a letter from the head postmaster stated that an investigation found the amount of business transacted at the counter between 5.30pm and 6pm was negligible and in consequence it had been decided to advance the closing time to 5.30pm.

Only on a very few occasions has Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta attracted a larger crowd than was present when the event was held in unexpectedly warm and dry conditions on Monday last. The change in the weather came as a great relief to the organisers after two successive rainy days and last year’s appallingly wet day. The programme commenced at 9.30am and concluded with the final race at 7.40pm.

British Railways Western Region announce that from Sunday, August 11 Mr G W Lomer, station master at Henley, will assume control of the working of the whole of the Henley branch line. Located at Twyford, Mr Lomer will be responsible for the administration previously carried out by separate station masters at Henley, Shiplake and Twyford.

100 YEARS AGO: August 8, 1913

THE Henley Hospital Fund Committee, of which the Mayor is chairman, has decided to dispense with the usual Friendly Societies’ Sunday Parade and to substitute it with a house-to-house collection which will be made on the 23rd and 24th inst. The object of the fund is to assist the sick and distressed of the town.

On Monday afternoon about 130 Royal Engineers from Chatham arrived in Henley and marched to Fawley Court where they are now in camp. A further contingent of pioneers from different cavalry regiments stationed at Aldershot arrived on Tuesday.

Fairly fine weather, though not nearly as fine as those who reposed faith in the forecast of the meteorological experts had been led to expect, favoured the Liberal fete and demonstration which took place on the bank holiday, by kind permission of Sir Frank Crisp, in the beautiful grounds of Friar Park. A holiday attraction, the fete has but few rivals in South Oxfordshire.

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