Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: September 26, 2003: SPECIAL York stone paving slabs used in Henley’s new Market Place development have been dug up by contractors — and replaced with Tarmac.

10 YEARS AGO: September 26, 2003

SPECIAL York stone paving slabs used in Henley’s new Market Place development have been dug up by contractors — and replaced with Tarmac. Town councillors have branded the repairs an eyesore. But contractors Southern Electric, which have left a patch outside Bonus Print in Market Place, claim it was not their fault as the right stones were not available for them to buy and lay.

Actress Penny Cole is selling off more than 1,000 of her stage costumes after her husband, Minder star George Cole, told her he was “fed up with feathers all over the house”. Penny, who started acting at the age of 12, has kept all the clothes she has used in her acting career as well as those used in the numerous shows she has arranged, but now she says it’s time for them to go.

Henley town councillors were given a special preview of the plans for the old Brakspear brewery site this week. The plans, which include a 42-bedroom hotel and bistro, have now been formally submitted to South Oxfordshire District Council. Upper floors of the Little White Hart Hotel, which is currently closed, would be turned into flats with a pub and restaurant below.

25 YEARS AGO: September 23, 1988

EXPERTS have been called in to save rare examples of 18th century wall paintings on Temple Island. The paintings adorn the walls of the river room of the temple, which, along with the island on which it stands, was acquired by the Stewards of Henley Royal Regatta at the end of last year. Now, the Stewards are spending £60,000 on a facelift in preparation for the 150th anniversary of the regatta next July.

Henley residents will be among householders in the Thames Valley who should be able to receive cable television by the end of next year, thanks to an investment programme costing up to £40 million. The Cable Authority will be granting a franchise for a cable system covering towns including Reading, Newbury, Basingstoke and High Wycombe at the beginning of December and has decided to include Henley.

A decision by Henley Town Council not to allow Makins venture scout unit to use the slide in the children’s playground for their fund-raising effort to help the people of Nepal has not put its members off. The attempt to climb the equivalent height of Everest will now take place at St Mary’s Church. They will use the church tower.

50 YEARS AGO: September 27, 1963

A PILE of old wood outside the town hall on Friday evening was eventually reduced to 80 sacks of kindling wood by a chopping party organised by the Henley branch of TOCH in support of its “Keep the home fires burning” appeal on behalf of old people living in the town.

The band of the Henley unit of the Sea Cadet Corps was awarded the junior cup at the Southern Area bugle band contest on Saturday at HMS Collingwood, the RN electrical school at Fareham, Hants. The contest, in which the Henley band was entered for the first time, was organised by Lieu-Comdr (SCC) A W Campbell, RNR, who was the first CO of the Henley unit.

On Wednesday night, Henley firemen went to a farm near the Crown Inn at Eye and Dunsden to deal with a tractor blaze. The tractor, which was burnt out, belonged to Mr White, of Bottom Farm, Mapledurham, on whose farm there have been four mysterious fires in the past year. On this occasion, however, it was apparent that the cause of the fire was accidental.

100 YEARS AGO: September 26, 1913

AT the Henley Borough Police Court on Thursday, Enoch Jones and Percy Greaves, Privates in the 2nd Worcestershire Regiment, were charged on remand from Saturday, when formal evidence of arrest was tendered with burglarously breaking and entering Phyllis Court Club and stealing two bicycles, a quantity of cutlery, two suits of clothes, and other articles valued at about £20.

Beautiful weather again favoured the annual summer outing of the employees of Messrs W H Brakspear and Sons, the Brewery, Henley, which took place on Saturday last. The party to the number of more than 70 assembled at Henley Station in good time to catch the 8.50am train to Paddington, and it was easy to see that all meant to thoroughly enjoy their day’s outing, which they did to the fullest extent.

It is now definitely settled, subject to the consent of the Local Government Board, that Caversham is to be taken from the Henley Union on the 31st of March next and made part of the Poor Law Parish of Reading. The Reading Board of Guardians will pay the sum of £4,000 as compensation to the Henley Board of Guardians for the loss of Caversham, the sum to be paid at the rate of £500 per annum.

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