Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: September 12, 2003: NOT so happy campers Harry and Judith Coy caused a 17-mile tailback on the M4 when their Volkswagen minibus towing their caravan caught fire.

10 YEARS AGO: September 12, 2003

NOT so happy campers Harry and Judith Coy caused a 17-mile tailback on the M4 when their Volkswagen minibus towing their caravan caught fire. The couple, of Crowsley Way, Sonning Common, were heading for a campsite in Pembrokeshire, when Mr Coy noticed acrid smoke coming from the rear of the vehicle. There followed a frantic dash to unhitch the caravan from the minibus. The Coys bought a new people carrier in which they returned home.

Willow Bicknell is offering to sell his 5ft high watering can. The unusual decoration usually adorns the space outside his business, Nettlebed Antique Merchants, but this weekend will be on display at Henley Show. Mr Bicknell has already received an offer of £700 for the giant can and says he will consider bids over that amount.

A burglar broke into a house in Shiplake on Monday by reaching through the cat-flap to grab the keys. He made off with computer equipment, jewellery, power tools and the spare keys to the owner’s car. Police want to trace the owner of a white car, possibly an Audi, that was seen outside the house in Orchard Close.

25 YEARS AGO: September 9, 1988

THE national postal strike finally hit Henley on Tuesday when postmen walked out in sympathy with a Reading colleague who had been suspended for refusing to cross a picket line. It is the first time industrial action has been taken in Henley since 1971. The town’s main post boxes were sealed up on Wednesday and it is not known how long the disruption will last.

A hole in a Woodcote road with a sign saying: “Gas, No smoking” has alarmed residents. One villager said the hole had been there for more than a month without receiving any attention and it was a hazard to motorists. A British Gas spokeswoman told the Henley Standard: “We are aware of the hole in the road at Woodcote and would like to apologise for the delay and inconvenience it has caused.”

An elderly woman was left badly bruised after being sandwiched between a milk float and a fish van outside her home in Nettlebed. Julia Carr, 72, of Priest Hill, was buying her regular order of fish from the van when the accident happened. The milk float suddenly reversed, squashing Mrs Carr and Gary Fields, from Cleethorpes, against the van, police said.

50 YEARS AGO: September 13, 1963

TWO Caversham youths pleaded guilty to the theft of a gallon of petrol from a car and attempting to steal petrol from another car when they appared at Henley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. They were fined £15 each for each offence and the chairman of the bench, Mr J E Chalcraft, told them: “You both realise you have done a very foolish thing and you must also realise that something has to be done to prevent you from getting into these bad habits.”

Five fire appliances from Henley, Reading, Wargrave and Maidenhead attended a fire in a barn at Manor Farm in Templecombe on Monday. The barn, which contained about 100 tons of hay and straw, was well alight when the firemen arrived. After using the contents of a swimming pool to fight the fire, the firemen had to relay water from a point about a mile-and-a-quarter from the farm. It’s thought the blaze may have been started by sparks from a bonfire.

A number of motorists who exceeded the 50mph speed limit which was placed on all roads except motorways and roads with a lower speed limit for the holiday season weekend were fined at Henley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Clifford Maidment, of Crossways, Wargrave, was summonsed for travelling at 70mph on the Reading to Henley road at Eye and Dunsden. The magistrates imposed a fine of £3.

100 YEARS AGO: September 12, 1913

MR W F Stonor, the well-known Henley athlete, was to have competed at the Wycombe Athletic sports meeting on Saturday last but was, unfortunately, prevented from doing so by a mishap which befel him while on his way there. He was making the journey with Mr H Lovell in a side car when, just below Marlow, it ran into a bank. Mr Stonor was thrown out of the car and hurt his knee so seriously that he had to return home.

William Hayes, job-master, of Friday Street, Henley, was summonsed at the Marlow Petty Sessions for permitting a vehicle to be on the highway without a rear red light at Hambleden on August 20. The defendant, who pleaded guilty, said he was very sorry but on that day he was away from the town and the brake was used without his knowledge.

Stonor made holiday on Wednesday when the villagers joyously struck work for the greater part of the day in order to participate in a round of festivities to celebrate the homecoming of Lord and Lady Camoys. The village was gaily decorated with flags and bunting as well as the Stars and Stripes to compliment the young lord’s wife, who was born of a wealthy and influential New York family. The happy villagers were all in holiday attire and there were but few who did not wear the Stonor colours of yellow and blue.

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