Sunday, 29 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: October 24, 2003: CONTROVERSIAL plans to build homes for the mentally ill opposite a school in Henley were put on hold

10 YEARS AGO CONTROVERSIAL plans to build homes for the mentally ill opposite a school in Henley were put on hold for the second time last night. Officers had recommended approval for the plans to build 12 homes, eight for people with mental illness, in Crisp Road, opposite Badgemore Primary School. But councillors decided no decision should be made without visiting the site. There has been a storm of protest over the scheme and in April, hundreds of people attended a public meeting at the town hall to voice their feelings.

Henley Market Place was rededicated as Falaise Square on Saturday in a ceremony attended by hundreds of guests from both sides of the Channel. Mayor Barry Edwards invited the Mayor of Falaise Claude Leteurtre to unveil a stone plaque in the centre of the square “in the spirit of friendship” on the 30th anniversary of the twinning of the two towns. M Leteurtre presented the council with a hand-embroidered panel depicting the crests of Henley and Falaise.

The scourge of graffiti is being tackled in an innovative way by Wargrave Parish Council. It is going to build a “graffiti wall” on Wargrave recreation ground for people to spray paint on and use for football practice. Councillor Marion Pope said she had met youths who use the recreation ground to find out what they needed.

THE phrase “regatta fireworks” took on a whole new meaning in Remenham this week when residents vented their anger over the growth of commercialism surrounding the annual rowing event. “We’ve had enough,” was the clear message to emerge from a public meeting on Wednesday. Residents claim the village is being “urbanised” and the surrounding countryside is under increasing under threat from the spread of hospitality tents before, during and after the royal regatta.

Two men were rescued by firemen as fire raged through a factory at Watlington on Saturday following two explosions. Roy Payne and Tony Dutch, employees at the factory occupied by Atlantia Tool, suffered 10 per cent burns and were taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital, which has a specialist burns unit. A hospital spokesman said the condition of both men was satisfactory.

A teenage driver and his two passengers had a miraculous escape after the Morris Minor they were travelling in crashed on the A423 Remenham Hill and rolled over on to the A321 Wargrave Road in the early hours of Thursday. Patrick Wheeler, 18, of Harpsden Road, Henley, and his passengers, Kate Nichols and Sean Wilmot, all escaped without a scratch but the car was a write-off.

TWO Henley district exhibitors added to the many successes they have recorded at shows across the country at this week’s Royal Dairy Show at Olympia. Dr K Hellman, of Shepherd’s Green, secured a very highly commended and certificate of merit in the bacon carcass class. Harold Long, of Peppard Farm, took two second prizes, one in the class for a pair of porkers and the other for a single porker.

At the meeting of the League of Friends of the Watlington Cottage Hospital held at the hospital on Monday evening, a cheque for 120 guineas was presented to the matron, Miss L Middlemas, by the president of the league, the Countess of Macclesfield. The countess said that members of the league and their friends had subscribed to make the presentation as a mark of their esteem for Miss Middlemass, who had served the hospital so faithfully and well for 26 years.

Following the discovery of a fire in a Dutch barn at Wyfold Grange Farm on Monday afternoon, police interviewed two boys who, it was thought, could help them with their enquiries. Inside the barn were 130 to 140 tons of baled hay and straw, the whole of which is likely to be a total loss.

AMONG those playing on the Huntercombe Golf Links last weekend was HRH The Prince of Wales, who motored up with a party from Oxford. After playing a round, he lunched in the clubhouse. The Prime Minister, the Right Hon H H Asquith, was among those who played on the links on Sunday last, bringing a party over in a motor car.

On Wednesday evening an interesting presentation took place at the White Hart Hotel, the recipient being Arthur Woodley, who has acted as postman in Nettlebed for the past eight years and is now taking up similar duties at Henley. During his years of service in the parish, he has always taken an active part in social gatherings, dances and entertainments. In addition to his own considerable talent as an amateur actor of comic parts, his breezy, cheerful willingness to give up his leisure hours to assist in any way the many affairs in which he took part has earned him the esteem and respect of the parish.

A capital afternoon’s enjoyment was provided at the Trinity Parish Hall on Wednesday when, under the auspices of the Remenham and Henley Branch of the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society (Children’s Union), a successful performance was given of a charming operetta entitled The Enchanted Glen.

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