Friday, 04 December 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 YEARS AGO: December 5, 2013: THE former Chilterns Resource Centre will re-open in a few weeks under the control of an independent organisation set up by parents and supporters.

10 YEARS AGO: December 5, 2013

THE former Chilterns Resource Centre will re-open in a few weeks under the control of an independent organisation set up by parents and supporters. The Chiltern Centre for disabled children will lease the building from Oxfordshire County Council, which closed it earlier this year due to budget cuts. The not-for-profit company aims to buy the site for around £350,000 by the end of next year.

Henley Cricket Club’s ground has been saved from development after the club signed a new 30-year lease with owners Brakspear this week. The club hopes to buy the land within the next decade to ensure cricket will be played there “in perpetuity”.

A shop owner in Friday Street, Henley, has collected nearly 400 names on a petition against plans to pedestrianise the road. David Harley, who runs Autolex with his brother Brian, says cutting off the top half of the road to traffic would kill the business and could force him to close it and move out of Henley.

25 YEARS AGO: December 2, 1988

A £15 MILLION scheme to transform the centre of Henley has been strangled at birth by town councillors. Arundell House Securities and Lynton’s plan to turn the Waitrose/Regal sites into a major shopping complex with a bigger supermarket, more retail units and a partially decked car park came in for severe criticism. It was described by the planning committee as “ludicrous” and “appalling”.

Plans for an out-of-town supermarket could mean a reprieve for Henley’s Regal cinema. Town councillor Brian Jones came up with a blueprint to solve the long-running Waitrose/Regal saga. His rescue package includes an out-of-town supermarket on land at the Mill Lane sports centre with the retention of the Waitrose store and Regal cinema.

The counter at Henley Post Office was closed on Monday as staff joined a nationwide programme of strike action. Customers calling to collect pensions, draw cash or use other counter services were directed to the town’s other sub-offices, which remained open. Staff at the Reading Road office were backing protests at plans to regrade some 250 offices to sub-office status.

50 YEARS AGO: December 6, 1963

SOME outspoken comments were forthcoming at Tuesday’s meeting of Henley Town Council. In one case it was agreed to ask the county planning authority to look into a complaint made in reference to a planning application for 24 terrace houses and 24 garages with access at Highlands, St Andrew’s Road. It was felt that the planning authority be informed that the proposal should have some relation to the character of the surrounding properties in numbers and density.

Tributes to the services of Alderman Charles Luker to Henley were expressed by a number of members of the town council on Tuesday last when the council was informed that he had decided to resign his office after 56 years of unbroken service on the council.

Mr J H Cridlan, of Remenham Farm, gained a notable success at the Royal Smithfield Show on Wednesday when he won the beef carcass championship with a classic Aberdeen Angus steer aged 21 months.

100 YEARS AGO: December 5, 1913

A PUBLIC meeting was held in the the town hall on Tuesday evening, the object being to receive a report from the Henley Royal Grammar School governors as to the proposed additions to the present buildings and improvements to the headmaster’s house. They found that the work necessary to be done satisfactorily at a less cost than £3,000 for buildings and £500 for furniture.

A Lovegrove, 48, of King’s Road, Henley, was showing at the South West London Cage Bird Show and won four firsts, four seconds, four thirds and eight specials. He also won one first, two thirds and a cup with Norwich canaries at the Reading cage Bird Show. Please note all these birds will be on view at the Henley and District Fanciers’ Show on Wednesday next at the town hall.

We understand Miss Riby K Coventry, NDD, of the Stonor Farms Dairy, Henley, has been invited by Dr Wm. Goodwin, principal of the Midland Dairy and Agricultural College, to contribute a paper on dairying at the forthcoming conference to held at Kingston.

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