Sunday, 29 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: October 3, 2003: A FAMILY home in Henley was gutted by a blaze this week.

10 YEARS AGO: October 3, 2003

A FAMILY home in Henley was gutted by a blaze this week. Justin and Georgina Larter and their two children had to evacuate their three-storey home in Haywards Close when the fire broke out at 7pm on Saturday. One person was treated by ambulance staff for slight burns at the scene.

A call has been made for a controlled crossing at the spot where an elderly woman was knocked down. Katie Aspinall, 80, was seriously injured as she tried to cross Hart Street, Henley. Residents and a former mayor have called for urgent action before another accident occurs. A woman was killed at the same spot seven years ago.

A smiling Princess Anne appeared to enjoy her tour of a family’s Binfield Heath home on Monday. The Princess Royal was visiting Kings Common Close to officially open the scheme of affordable housing when she was given a private viewing of the Boughey family’s home. Luke Boughey, three, had the honour of showing the guest his bedroom.

25 YEARS AGO: September 30, 1988

HENLEY may lose a lifesaving river service because of a decision by town councillors. The Thames Rescue Service will be forced to quit its headquarters at the baths site when buildings are demolished at the end of this year. Lifeguards set up the service to patrol a stretch of the Thames from Henley Bridge up to Marsh Lock where they are on hand to save the lives of river-users who get into danger.

A thieving magpie stole the show when the Bix and Hambleden cricketers played a match at Bix Common on Sunday. The bird kept stealing the scorer’s pens and even flew off with a lighted cigarette in its beak, much to the amusement of onlookers. Hambleden batsman Nick Arnold said: “Fortunately, the magpie couldn’t fly off with the ball, although he did try.”

Henley councillors are still investigating the possibility of building housing for first-time buyers at Freeman’s Meadow, despite continuing opposition from local residents. The 5½ acre site off Fair Mile was first plunged into controversy in March last year when it was suggested as a possible area for starter homes.

50 YEARS AGO: October 4, 1963

A MOST attractive and successful exhibition of floral arrangements was held at the town hall on Saturday last, when approximately 70 exhibits were staged by members of Henley Flower Arrangement Club and visitors. These were judged by Mrs Jackman who gave a demonstration in the afternoon of how to correct some of the weaker points.

A car which was brought to Henley and sheeted to hide its identity made its debut at the premises of Reidex Motors on Thursday evening last week. It was the new Vauxhall Viva and was introduced to about 80 invited guests by Mr A G Sharp, managing director of the firm.

The Dean of Windsor paid his first visit to Shiplake on September 25, when he gave an address at a special service to launch an appeal for £2,000 to restore and preserve the parish church and renovate the organ.

100 YEARS AGO: October 3, 1913

ON Monday evening, the fire brigade received a call to No 23 Market Place, Henley, occupied by Messrs J Hatton & Co, where a small outbreak of fire in the packing room, at the rear of the premises, rapidly developed into a considerable blaze and some anxiety was caused as to the safety of the adjoining premises owned by Messrs Ive Bros. A splendid stream of water was directed into the premises in the nick of time.

After 63 years of continuous service on the same farm, William Middleton prides himself on being the doyen of agriculture labourers. Now in his 81st year, he started working at Remenham Farm in 1850. Since then the farm has changed hands seven times and on each occasion Mr Middleton has transferred his services to the new owner. The farm is now in the possession of Viscount Hambleden.

There was a large attendance at all the services held at Henley Parish Church on Sunday on the occasion of the Harvest Festival. The church had been splendidly decorated with fruit and flowers by the ladies of the parish. In the morning the rector, Rev Canon Maul, preached an appropriate sermon from the text “Give us this day our daily bread”.

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