Saturday, 28 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: October 31, 2003: HENLEY MP Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the Conservative leadership battle.

10 YEARS AGO: October 31, 2003

HENLEY MP Boris Johnson has ruled himself out of the Conservative leadership battle and firmly backs Michael Howard as the next leader of the party. Mr Johnson said he was not one of the 25 MPs who had written to the 1922 Committee but admitted he voted against the vanquished leader Iain Duncan Smith in Wednesday’s vote of confidence. Parliamentary Conservative MPs voted 90 to 75 against continuing with Mr Duncan Smith as leader.

Former Henley police chief Ali Dizaei has got his job back. Supt Dr Dizaei, who had been suspended in full pay since January 2001, will now return to work with the Metropolitan Police. He will also resume the course he was due to start at the time of suspension to “fast-track” him to the most senior ranks in the force. He told the Henley Standard: “I am delighted with this outcome. It is what I have wanted all along — to return to doing my job as a policeman.”

The former Two Brewers pub in Wargrave Road, Remenham, may be converted into an antiques shop. Derek Smith, of Christmas Common, also wants to build a a cottage on the site, which is in a conservation area. Town planner Christian Leigh said: “The site has been derelict and the pub was never really profitable. There was not a single objection when Brakspear closed it.”

25 YEARS AGO: October 28, 1988

WARGRAVE residents are set to take Thames Water to court over complaints of sewage pollution in the village. Villagers are preparing to bring a private prosecution against the water company which, they claim, has failed to take proper action to stop pollution of the Thames and Loddon and prevent the nuisance of foul smells from the Wargrave treatment works and uncovered sewage lorries which travel through the village.

The last glimmer of hope that Townlands Hospital’s GP maternity unit could be saved faded this week when the patients’ watchdog body failed to come up with any alternative plans. West Berkshire Community Health Council, which opposed the closure of all three small maternity units in the health district in June, had until October 31 to put forward its own proposals but the document has no suggestion for the retention of the maternity units.

Campaigning residents have won a double battle to put the breaks on speeding motorists at Lower Assendon, Middle Assendon and Stonor. A 40mph limit is being imposed at Stonor from today and a similar restriction is on the way for the Assendons. In both cases, residents have been to the fore in campaigns to reduce the speed of motorists.

50 YEARS AGO: November 1, 1963

SEVERAL adults and children were treated for shock and two passengers were taken to Henley War Memorial Hospital after the 6.59pm Twyford to Henley train came into contact with stop locks at Henley station on Saturday. The two passengers on the single-car diesel train who were taken to hospital were John H M Lee, of St Andrew’s Road, Henley, and William Webster, the Chez Peter Club, Remenham Hill. Mr Lee sustained a cut on his head and Mr Webster was still in bed recovering from his injuries on Tuesday. Other passengers were treated for cuts, bruises and shock by ambulancemen at the scene. The train driver was unhurt.

A two-year-old filly had to be shot after being in collision with a van in Fair Mile on Sunday afternoon. It was only three months ago that Miss Susan Mary Borlase, 20, of Swiss Farm, Henley, obtained the horse and since then she had ridden it along Fair Mile and Bix on numerous occasions.

After more than 20 years without a contested election, the parish of Woodcote went to the polls on Friday last to elect a member to fill the casual vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr F Parsons, who had represented the village on Henley Rural District Council for 19 years. Of the electorate of 785, only 234 voted. The majority voted for civil servant Mr Smith, of Beech Lane, Woodcote.

100 YEARS AGO: October 31, 1913

ON Wednesday afternoon, the 13th rowing match between officers of the Royal Artillery and the Royal Engineers was decided over the Henley Royal Regatta course. Each had claimed victories in previous contests. The Artillery won by three lengths.

The Pride of Nettlebed Court of the Ancient Order of Forresters held their ball on Wednesday evening in the village hall and the event proved a most gratifying success both in numbers, in the music supplied by the Military String Band, the splendid condition of the polished oak floor and the catering arrangements.

A letter has been received from various lessees and houseboat owners on the Henley reach complaining about the derelict houseboats moored in the reach and of the dilapidated state of the bathing place. Henley Town Council’s general purposes committee recommended that the Thames Conservancy be approached on the question of the houseboats.

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