Wednesday, 14 November 2018

25 YEARS AGO

HENLEY is nearly 50 per cent down on its complement of firemen while neighbouring stations in Goring and Watlington are about 25 per cent short.

Henley Standard

March 2, 1990

HENLEY is nearly 50 per cent down on its complement of firemen while neighbouring stations in Goring and Watlington are about 25 per cent short. In a report to Oxfordshire County Council?s public protection committee, chief fire officer Maurice Johnson said that Henley?s authorised establishment, based on two appliances, was 20 retained firefighters. ?Within four years we could lose a quarter of these men and it takes two to three years to train personnel up to a proficient standard,? he warned.

The next Mayor of Henley is set to be David Nimmo Smith. At the age of 40, he will be one of the youngest ever mayors and he is looking forward to the challenging role. Cllr Nimmo Smith, who works as a structural engineer in High Wycombe, says he plans to combine his civic duties with his job. ?I?ll try to fit in as many as possible of the invites and daytime commitments expected of me,? he said.

High winds again caused havoc throughout the Henley area this week. Uprooted trees blocked roads and brought down overhead cables, cutting power to homes. Among the victims was Whitchurch war memorial, which disintegrated when a tree fell on it.

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