Monday, 19 November 2018

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THE continuous heavy rains in December and the early part of January and the blizzard of December 28 have resulted

THE continuous heavy rains in December and the early part of January and the blizzard of December 28 have resulted in a great overflow of the Thames. The Thames Valley has been afflicted by such a flood as to surpass those of 1900 and 1910 and which is second only to the very high flood of 1894. Fortunately for Henley there are no streets on a level with the river wall and no great inconvenience has been found, although the roadway along Thames Side has been submerged for some days.

The casualty list of petty officers, non-commissioned officers and men serving in His Majesty’s ship Formidable when the vessel was sunk on the 1st inst. includes the name of Signalman E Sheldrake, son of Mr H Sheldrake, of Bell Lane, Henley. Sheldrake was an old member of the Henley Lads’ Brigade which, since the war broke out, has been represented in various branches of the fighting services by 43 old boys.

Mr Baker, the sanitary inspector, reported that, in accordance with the directions of the council, a sample of the water in the rainwater tank that supplied the children of the undenominational school at Rotherfield Peppard had been submitted to the county analyst whose report thereon was to the effect that the water was suitable for domestic use but was not palatable as drinking water.

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