Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 years ago

10 years ago

May 13, 2005

HENLEY Town Council has been left disappointed after plans for a new Townlands Hospital suffered a setback. The case was sent back by the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority, saying it required more information on issues such as finance, public consultation and the young disabled unit.

A vulnerable 90-year-old man from Peppard Common was robbed at his home on Tuesday. He woke up to confront a gang of men who claimed to be from a local nursing home. The men then left but the pensioner discovered that his wallet, containing £230 and his driving licence, had been stolen.

Town councillors are furious over the roadworks taking place outside Henley town hall that could last up to 18 months. They say the roadworks could lead to an accident after Councillor Barry Wood witnessed several near-misses caused by people trying to drive around the town hall the wrong way.

25 years ago

May 11, 1990

RESIDENTS of Vicarage Road, Henley, claimed victory on Wednesday after all four plans for a car park were dismissed. Henley Town Council originally raised no objections to the plans but after a barrage of public opposition, including a 200-signature petition, it reversed its decision. Resident Sally Bohling said the victory was down to the perseverance of residents who had campaigned hard.

A decision on a plan for a golf course in Rotherfield Greys was delayed this week, so that councillors can visit the 370-acre site. Rosalie Monbiot, from South Oxfordshire District Council, called for the site visit, saying the plan was the “most important in the history and future of the village”.

A barman fired an air pistol at a group of youths in Henley after they disturbed his sleep. Nicholas Russell Joelson frightened the group when he fired two shots in the air during the early hours. He pleaded guilty at Henley Magistrates’ Court to using threatening behaviour and received a £70 fine.

50 years ago

May 14, 1965

THE Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr A M Ramsey, visited Henley on Tuesday for a conference with senior members of the church assembly. He went to St Mary’s Church for compline and celebrated holy communion the following morning.

A racehorse trainer with 13 horses in his charge was fined £20 and was disqualified from driving for three months by magistrates at Henley on Tuesday. A solicitor entered a guilty plea to dangerous driving at Gangsdown Hill on February 25 on Patrick Upton’s behalf. The defendant admitted that he was hasty in trying to overtake two slow-moving lorries and claimed that when he overtook the first one he was not aware that there was another one in front but thought it would be better to continue with the manoeuvre.

Thirteen defendants have been called to court for leaving their cars in the streets of Henley. Last week the fines were £1 but they went up to £2 for those who parked outside the town hall. All 13 defendants wrote to the court pleading guilty but many were left frustrated by the matter. John Malcolm Hale, of Talltrees, said in a letter accompanying his plea: “For goodness sake, I am saving up to get married and I would hate a whole month’s saving go on a fine.”

100 years ago

May 14, 1915

HENLEY is starting a penny fund for the sick and wounded. The Mayoress, with the co-operation of Miss Janet Cooper, is arranging for a penny collection to be held in the town between now and the end of the month. The money will go to the central fund of the St John Ambulance Association, which is doing good work for our brave fighting men.

Isabella Frewin, 26, appeared in court for assaulting Agnes Wootton, 36, in Adwell Square, Henley, on May 1. The complainant made a comment to which Frewin retaliated by flying at her, pulling her hair and scratching her face. The defendant was fined 6s and was asked to pay the sum of £5 to keep the peace for 12 months.

The pastor of Henley Baptist Church, Rev G S Woodeson, celebrated his third anniversary on Wednesday. A special service was held in the afternoon, where the pastor was accompanied by Rev W H Matthews, of Salisbury. A special service was held, followed by public tea. The anniversary was celebrated by not only the Baptists but also members of other free churches in the district.

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