THERE has been a “dismal” response to a government questionnaire on a plan that will decide where thousands of homes in South Oxfordshire are built. Just one per cent of people have so far bothered to have their say on the draft South-East Plan set out by the South-East England Regional Assembly.
A thief with “sticky-out ears” was foiled in his attempt to steal an £8,000 diamond ring after being tackled by a have-a-go hero. The man walked into a jewellers in Bell Street, Henley, on Friday and snatched the ring before fleeing towards Northfield End, chased by a member of staff. A passer-by joined the chase and caught up with the thief, wrestled with him and managed to snatch the ring back but he could not hold on to the man, who escaped.
There was good news for great grandmother Vera Vernon this week after a Henley businesswoman rang the Henley Standard, offering to replace the money she had stolen while out shopping. The 83-year-old from Nettlebed had her purse containing £206 stolen while she was in King’s Road car park after shopping in Waitrose last week.
25 Years Ago
April 6, 1990
AN internal report was ordered for today as a drama student at The Henley College plunged through an open trap door during a Kenton Theatre rehearsal on Tuesday. Caroline Smith, 18, from Lower Earley, was trapped at the bottom of the stuffy shaft for nearly half an hour before being freed and taken to hospital. Ambulancemen carried out tests before they moved her in case she had broken her back.
An 11-year-old gelding which broke down five years ago has given his Middle Assendon owners a maiden win in the maiden stakes at a Hampshire point-to-point. Bishops Blaize confounded expectations as he romped home by a length at Hackwood Park. A late starter, the gelding has not been on a point-to-point course since he broke down with bad legs in the 1984-85 season.
Shock waves from Monday’s earth tremor were felt in and around Henley. There were reports of buildings shaking, windows rattling and furniture rolling. People paused in disbelief as their teacups rattled and plant pots moved, yet most were unaware of what was happening.
50 Years Ago
April 9, 1965
TWO major development schemes for Henley were mentioned at Tuesday’s meeting of the town council, one being for 10 houses, nine maisonettes and 27 flats at Countess Gardens, Bell Street, and the other for an arcade of 14 shops at 16/18 Hart Street. Coun. L Weston enquired if the proposed gardens development would exceed the height of the present Phyllis Court flats. “It would be a good principle to keep buildings to a uniform height in that area,” he said.
Despite a day of sunshine and a record attendance in the enclosure, the finances of Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta suffered their biggest setback for many years, the annual meeting was told on Tuesday evening at the town hall. Mr A C Waring, the treasurer, who presented the accounts, explained that expenditure had risen by £114 to a total of £1,251, the biggest item of which was the tenting bill.
Parishioners of Henley’s Holy Trinity Church have raised more than £2,000 towards their target of £2,967 for the new vicarage which will be ready for occupation at the end of this month or early in May, it was reported at the annual parochial church meeting held in Trinity Hall on Thursday last week.
100 Years Ago
April 9, 1915
MR R B WHITEHEAD, late headmaster of the Chestnuts in St Andrew’s Road, Henley, has disposed of his school and has left Henley to take up a commission in His Majesty’s Army. Although Mr Whitehead has not been in the town for long he had made for himself a large circle of friends, who will wish him every success in his strenuous duties. His school has been purchased by Mr C L Grugeon, who, for the last three years, has been the principal of a university tutorial establishment at Bournemouth.
Yesterday, Leonard Gurdon, an errand boy at Mr Pither’s establishment, was cycling along Greys Road when he collided with another boy named Victory Gosby, son of Mr Gosby, the baker. Both lads were injured as the result of the collision. Gurdon was much shaken by falling from his bicycle, while Gosby had a lacerated ear and injured his hand.
Mr and Mrs Douglas, of West Hill, Henley, have been notified by the War Office that their son, Pte Harry Douglas (Royal Berks Regiment), was wounded in the recent battle of Neuve Chapelle. Yesterday the couple were glad to receive a letter stating that their son was now in Cardiff Hospital and was progressing favourably.