Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: October 17, 2003 It was an emotional end to this year’s Henley half marathon for a father and his disabled son as they crossed the finish line together to cheers from the crowd.

10 YEARS AGO: October 17, 2003

IT was an emotional end to this year’s Henley half marathon for a father and his disabled son as they crossed the finish line together to cheers from the crowd. The pair completed the course in two hours and two minutes, living up to their motto that there are no such words as “can’t do”. Phil Curry, 15, has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair but his father Mick, an experienced marathon runner, sacrificed his own running goals so that his son could “enjoy life to the full” and take part in marathons.

A former Gillotts School science and technology teacher, who claimed she was forced to resign because of bullying, was unfairly dismissed, an unemployment tribunal has decided. Jane Cooke complained that the bullyin was in the form of criticism of her work by the headteacher and other members of the teaching staff. The tribunal ruled that Mrs Cooke was constructively dismissed.

Parking permits for Henley residents using Mill Meadows car park are set to rocket from £18 to £250 per year, a fourteen-fold increase. Town councillors revealed plans for the hike at a finance committee meeting on Tuesday. Councillor Barry Wood said: “It is so we have parity with charges on the other side of the river.”

25 YEARS AGO: October 14, 1988

A GRANDFATHER from Shiplake has been named as heir to nearly £500,000 following a High Court hearing over a family dispute. A judge ruled that Desmond Dobson, who is in his late sixties and lives in Crowsley Road, should inherit the estate left by his cousin, Vera Crossland, in a will made 55 years ago. A legal wrangle over the terms of the will pitted Desmond against his brother and sister, who claimed the inheritance should be shared equally between the three of them.

A success story which began 40 years ago when two half-brothers in Henley started out as painters and decorators has culminated in their business being bought for more than £3million. General Decorating Supplies has been sold by founders Don Hookins and Peter Hancock to Wolverhampton conglomerate Manders Holdings.

The sixth annual Henley half marathon on Sunday was marred by the death of a Kidmore End runner who collapsed during the first half of the race. John Edward “Ron” Charlton fell on the towpath and was quickly attended by other runners, marshals, a police officer and ambulancemen who applied artificial respiration.

50 YEARS AGO: October 18, 1963

HENLEY Rowing Club’s need for a new boathouse and the tentative steps already taken by its boathouse sub-committee were outlined at the club’s annual meeting by Mr J P C Palmer on Thursday evening last week. Mr Palmer, chairman of the sub- committee, said: “Any project such as this costs money, which does not grow on trees.”

Two 17-year-old youths were jailed for two-and-a-half years and two others were sent to borstal after they were convicted of robbery with violence at Berkshire Assizes on Friday. After a trial lasting five days, it took the jury just 30 minutes to reject the youths’ claims that police officers punched, slapped and threatened them to obtain confessions. The police denied the accusations.

An “imaginative” scheme which will eventually provide 1,600 houses at Caversham Park came under the examination of Henley Rural District Council at the meeting on Tuesday. Mrs P Medill, presenting the report of the plans committee, said the present reference was to a first instalment of 104 houses of “an extremely good development”.

100 YEARS AGO: October 17, 1913

SEVERAL members of the Henley Working Men’s Fishing Club took part in a bank or punt roving match on the 12th inst. Although the water was more coloured and a good stream running, the fish were not in a feeding humour. Mr H M Clark secured the first prize with two roach, the largest scaling 1lb, 11oz. The weeds are still a great nuisance and clean swims are hard to find.

Walter Amacher, a Swiss who had been employed as hall porter at the Red Lion Hotel in Henley, was found guilty of stealing a cheque for £9 4s 6d, the property of Lady Hamilton, wife of Lord Justice Hamilton. It appeared that in September last, Lady Hamilton, while staying at the hotel, wrote to a Dutch firm ordering a quantity of bulbs and enclosed the cheque. It was never received by the firm but it had been presented and honoured, which led to the arrest. Amacher received two months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

Attention was directed to the danger likely to arise from the use of the narrow road leading from Gillotts Park to Harpsden Bottom by heavy motor traffic. Mr Ovey pointed out that the Local Government Board had power to authorise county and district councils to close it to motor cars.

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