Thursday, 03 December 2020

Ten Years Ago

August 22, 2003: VETERAN pop star Vince Hill has revealed that he has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.

10 YEARS AGO: August 22, 2003

VETERAN pop star Vince Hill has revealed that he has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Speaking at his riverside home in Shiplake, the 66-year-old described his feeling of shock after a routine check-up revealed the disease. “I was stunned,” said Hill. “This is a salutary lesson to every man over 50. They should ensure they have regular check-ups.”

The Open Spaces Society has branded Henley market place as dangerous and detrimental to the town. The argument between the pressure group and Oxfordshire County Council has blown up because pedestrians have no priority over vehicles at the “raised tables” which are confusing residents into believing they are official crossings.

Swathes of ancient woodland in Harpsden will be razed to the ground this autumn unless protesters win a battle with the Forestry Commission. Dozens of acres of Gilsmithers, Redhill and Crowsley Park woods, which provide a home to owls, badgers, foxes, deer, cuckoos and snakes, are to be “clear-felled”. Colin Bruder, the owner of North Lodge at Crowsley Park, is protesting at the imminent loss of the historic and picturesque carpet of rhododendrons planted by the Baskerville family in the 1780s.

25 YEARS AGO: August 19, 1988

THE governors of Hambleden School have dropped a bombshell by proposing to Buckinghamshire County Council that the 120-year-old school should be closed. Parents of the 13 pupils and other local people are to be consulted about the recommendation for closure next month but the council’s school provision panel has agreed with the governors that the school is too small to continue.

Fears that Henley may never have a cinema again were dispelled this week in the wake of an alarming situation in Maidenhead where a cinema building has been constructed and remains empty. A planner at the centre of a scheme for Henley to once again have “big screen” facilities in the Waitrose/Regal Cinema development project gave an assurance that South Oxfordshire District Council would do its utmost to ensure that an operational cinema was provided. Mike Butt, the council’s chief planning officer, said that as a major landowner in the area, the council was in a position of influence to make sure that a cinema was made available.

Henley soldier Chris Tombs was so determined to achieve his lifelong ambition to join the army that he lost seven stones in order to meet the physical requirements. Now, after his 16-week basic training for the Royal Artillery at Woolwich, he has been judged best recruit in his troop.

50 YEARS AGO: August 23, 1963

WARGRAVE and Shiplake Regatta opened on Friday evening under cloudy skies and the following day conditions for both competitors and spectators were most uncomfortable. Although there were sunny periods throughout the day, the regatta experienced a thunderstorm. Despite this, many races continued down the rain-lashed course. This year’s president was Brigadier C M Simpson, whose wife distributed the prizes after the racing had been completed and before the fireworks display.

A frozen foods lorry belonging to Eskimo Foods, of Wokingham, was travelling towards Henley along the Henley-Stonor road midway between Stonor and Assendon on Friday afternoon when it skidded and overturned into the ditch. The driver, Dennis Sherwood, was taken to Henley War Memorial Hospital and later transferred to Battle Hospital with injuries to his shoulder. Single-line traffic operated for about two to three hours as the road was partially blocked.

The death occurred at his home, Huntercombe Place, near Henley, in the early hours of Thursday of Viscount Nuffield, who was 85. He was a great industrialist and philanthropist. He started life as a mechanic, sold bicycles in Oxford and later built up Morris Motors. He is estimated to have given away, mainly to medical foundations, £27million.

100 YEARS AGO: August 22, 1913

THE annual outing of Ive Bros. took place on Monday last, Portsmouth again being selected. Starting from Henley at 6.30am in reserved compartments, the train steamed into Portsmouth at about 9am and small parties were made up for the dockyard, the Isle of Wight and other places. Last but not least, the so-called “annual dip” was taken by many, the weather being all that could be desired.

Gloriously fine weather favoured the annual show of the Hambleden Cottage Garden Society which was held on Wednesday, by kind permission of the president, Mr F J Scott-Murray, in the beautiful grounds of the Manor House. The quality of the exhibits, despite the dry season, were well up to the average. Vegetables were generally excellent and potatoes in particular made an exceedingly good show.

While proceeding down St Peter’s Hill, Caversham, on his bicycle on Sunday, master carpenter and wheelwright Michael James Main unfortunately lost control of his machine in endeavouring to avoid some people who were about to enter Caversham Church. Dashing down the incline at a great pace, he crashed into the wall surrounding the church grounds and received terrible injuries to his head and face. He succumbed at the Royal Berkshire Hospital on Monday without having regained consciousness.

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