FEARS over the future of Townlands Hospital in Henley intensified this week amid warnings of imminent cuts in nursing staff and facilities. Staff at the hospital have been scared to talk to the Henley Standard in case they lose their jobs. Patients have been concerned that the X-ray and minor injuries departments have been run down over recent months.
Henley Royal Regatta has now donated more than £1 million to rowing projects since setting up its charitable trust 15 years ago. This year, £91,000 was distributed from the regatta’s overall income of nearly £2 million, an increase of 7.6 per cent on the previous year.
Greedy horses have landed their owner in trouble with the council. A young hawthorn hedge at Gillotts Field is too tempting for cob Bilbo Baggins and Shetland pony Frodo who live in an adjacent field. The hedge was planted as part of a conservation project two years ago, with funding from Henley Town Council. The council has threatened to sue unless the animals stop eating the hedge.
25 YEARS AGO: December 9, 1988
HENLEY’S Regal Cinema could be saved if new plans put forward win the support of the developers. More car parking spaces and 10 bedsits for young people are included in the proposals for the Waitrose site drawn up by Henley architect Christopher Leeming.
When his little sister tumbled into the river at Henley, eight-year-old Joseph Paines didn’t think twice — he jumped straight in to pull her to safety. Joseph leapt into action after three-year-old sister Lauren fell off the floating stage of this summer’s Henley Festival. The children’s father, Richard, recalls: “Joseph didn’t think about anything. He just went straight in after Lauren, grabbed her and surfaced with her and they were pulled out by a security guard.”
An ambitious plan for houses and a school at Gillotts Corner in Henley has been called “utterly outrageous” by a town councillor. Martin Cresswell said the idea was unworkable and would ruin that part of town. The devlopment would include 173 houses and a primary school with recreational facilities.
50 YEARS AGO: December 13, 1963
A HINT about a major project to be undertaken by the Henley League of Hospital Friends was given at the annual sherry party at the town hall on Thursday last week. Those present were told that the War Memorial Hospital would be the beneficiary on this occasion.
Members of both sections of Henley Bowls Club attended the annual dinner and prize distribution at the town hall on Wednesday evening. Proposing the toast of the prize-winners,” Mr H W Lovell said the men’s section of the club was not particularly strong and could do with more members. After congratulating all the winners, including those in the ladies’ section, Mr Lovell recalled that ever since they had presented the cup for the singles championship, Messrs. Brakspear had provided presentation prizes for the winner and runner-up every year.
Supt Ronald Mills, Henley’s superintendent of police for the past three years, is leaving this month to become commandant of the No 7 district police training school at Chantmarle, near Dorchester, Dorset. As well as being known for his police work, Supt Mills has been closely associated with various organisations in the town.
100 YEARS AGO: December 12, 1913
HENRY FANE, the prospective Conservative and Agriculturalist Candidate for South Oxon, addressed his first public meeting in Caversham on Friday last when he met with an enthusiastic welcome from the audience assembled at Balmore Hall. Admiral Sir Francis Powell resided. The chairman referred to what he termed the magnificent result of the Reading election, saying he thought it showed that the people were getting tired of the present government.
An enthusiastic and crowded audience greeted Miss Fleming when she took the chair at the Primrose League meeting and entertainment in Swyncombe Schools on Monday evening last. The concert began with a duet by Mrs Ruck Keene and Miss Dove after which Miss Hall gave a charming violoncello solo accompanied by Mrs Ducat Hammersley. Miss Syer sang Moonstruck and Edward Langston kept the company in roars of laughter with his humorous songs and stories.
A very gratifying measure of success attended the first annual show promoted of the newly-formed Henley and District Fanciers’ Society, which was held at the town hall on Wednesday. The show aroused an extraordinary degree of interest among local fanciers and the 284 entries was far in excess of that anticipated by officials.