Friday, 04 December 2020

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HENLEY’S town management committee was told that CCTV had played a key role in helping police deal with trouble

HENLEY’S town management committee was told that CCTV had played a key role in helping police deal with trouble on Christmas Eve. Officers said the cameras had alerted them to several incidents in the town, most of which took place after midnight. A number of cautions were given out for assault and public order offences.

A “rabbit crossing“ set up by a member of the public was removed as it was distracting drivers. A triangular sign warning drivers of a sharp bend between Greys Court and Rotherfield Greys had been pasted over with a silhouette of a rabbit and the unauthorised crossing had been painted on the road. Oxfordshire County Council, the highways authority, said there had been an accident recently and the sign might have been to blame.

A Binfield Heath parish councillor has launched a campaign against parking enforcers at Reading station. Sue Summerland said OPC was unfairly issuing £100 demands to drivers who stopped on the slip road to the station car park. She asked others who had been ticketed to get in touch and said the DVLA should not be giving people’s details to the company.

A HENLEY furniture shop manager showed no fear when confronted by a youth carrying a knife and claiming to have a gun. Instead, Alison MacDermott held open the door of Leather Options in Reading Road and ordered him to leave. A police helicopter was scrambled to search for the young man but was unable to locate him.

Woodcote Amateur Dramatic Society staged a last-minute perform-ance of its pantomime despite previous dates being cancelled due to power cuts. The cast hit the stage at the village hall for the last of three scheduled showings after the village’s supply was suddenly restored. Afterwards, it was announced that two more performances would be held in place of those which were called off.

Two members of a Greys Green family thanked paramedics for saving their lives after they were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes. Ronnie Ball and his daughter Caroline, 25, collapsed while calling 999 after fumes from a generator in their garage seeped into the house. Mr Ball’s wife Eileen returned home moments later and gave directions to the ambulance crew.

PROPOSALS for a Henley bypass were criticised at a meeting of the Henley Society. Some residents had suggested building a new bridge over the Thames linking Marlow Road with the Remenham area, which they believed would alleviate traffic problems. But Mr K Summerfield, who was giving a talk called “Traffic in towns“, said the scheme would cost up to £2 million and was therefore impractical.

Two possible sites for a proposed swimming pool in the Reading Road and Friar Park areas of Henley have been dismissed as the landowners are unwilling to sell. Instead, Henley Town Council’s estates and parks committee has recommended that the council seeks outline planning permission for a swimming pool in the town’s Deanfield area. Councillor L Weston asked for assurances that the authority was not committing to building one.

Harpsden parishioners took part in a memorial service and solemn requiem for the late Sir Winston Churchill. Canon A J Watts, the village rector, gave a short address prais-ing the former Prime Minister as being of “bulldog breed“ and having “the freedom-loving peoples of the world behind him“. The villagers were joined by many people from further afield paying their respects.

HENLEY Rural District Council heard that the water at the Nonconformist School in Rotherfield Peppard was unsafe for children to drink. The school had a rainwater tank for this purpose but its medical officer Dr Hill said pupils should only be drinking from the district’s mains supply. After carrying out a study proving the water was unclean, the council agreed to write to the school expressing its concerns.

In aid of the Mayor’s Fund, a highly successful whist drive was held in the concert room at the Royal Hotel on Wednesday evening and it proved a very suitable and comfortable place for such a function. The company pre- sent numbered nearly 140 and the competition for the prizes was very keen. The prizes were awarded by the Mayoress and Mayor, who thanked guests for attending and donating money.

The rowing season promises to be a complete blank for the first time in the history of the sport. In De-cember the Henley Regatta stewards announced that no arrangements would be made for a regatta during 1915 and for the first time since it was organised in 1889 it would be abandoned. Now it has been decided that the Goring & Streatley, Reading and other regattas will not be held this year.

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