ROYALTY and celebrities pooled their energies to raise funds for Henley’s River & Rowing Museum at the second Splash Ball on Saturday. There were more than 600 guests, including Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, footballer–turned–actor Vinnie Jones and Olympic rowing heroes Sir Steve Redgrave and Sir Matthew Pinsent.
Henley town planners have come to the aid of 11 small businesses in the town which are threatened with eviction. They have recommended that plans by Walden of Henley to relocate and redevelop its Empstead Works site in Greys Road for offices and flats be refused. The plans mean that 11 small businesses that rent units from the company would be looking for other premises.
Dog walkers and the RSPCA have appealed for the owner of two black dogs who killed a deer to come forward. The attack in Bowsey Woods was witnessed by an Australian, who was visiting family in Wargrave. The dogs’ woman owner hauled the animnals off the deer but it had suffered fatal bite wounds to its nose, face, body and back.
25 Years Ago
A DAIRY farmer from Remenham Hill is outstanding in his field — and that is official. DonaldÂ Dawes, who has farmed Park Place Farm for more than 30 years, has been given the Award of Honour by the South of England Agricultural Society. A surprised Mr Dawes said he was left “speechless” when the chairman of the award committee rang him to break the news.
The future of a proposed new cinema for Henley is under threat before work has even started. The Save the Regal Trust is unhappy about an agreement signed by South Oxfordshire District Council and developer Arundell House which states the 250–seat venue will stay a public cinema for at least eight years but if it is not commercially viable by then an application can be made for a change of use.
A councillor stormed out of the public session of this week’s meeting of Sonning Common Parish Council amid accusations about to his integrity. Members of the public, angered at Brian Wright’s allegations of mismanagement of local charity, called for him to apologise to the trustees or resign from the council — or both. Mr Wright had claimed there were irregularities in the administration of the Poor’s Land Charity’s allotments.
50 Years Ago
TWELVE former mayors of Henley were present at Monday’s annual meeting of the borough council when Coun R L Sadler was unanimously elected to succeed Coun Mrs Rowe as chief citizen of the town 10 years after he was first elected a councillor for North ward.
When Henley Rural District Council discussed the dumping of rubbish and the disposal of old motor vehicles at its meeting on Tuesday Maj the Hon Sherman Stonor agreed that the council was most helpful about collecting rubbish. He said the real villains were those who lived in the country, adding: “They will take great steps to take a load of rubbish two miles and then dump it in a wood.”
A Henley woman was saved from the Thames on Friday when Ronald North, from Crookham, Hants, dived fully–clothed into the river near Marsh Lock. The woman was sent to Henley War Memorial Hospital.
100 Years Ago
MR and Mrs Benjamin May, of Henley, have received an intimation that their eldest son, Benjamin, a private in the 2nd Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry, was killed at the front during an action last Sunday week. May, an Old Territotial and member of the Henley National Reserve, had been one of the first to volunteer for active service. Mr and Mrs May, with whom much sympathy is felt, have another son at the front serving with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry.
The bank holiday was used by the officers of the Henley Lads’ Brigade to give the lads the fullest amount of enjoyment and training possible but it is doubtful if ever they have had such enjoyment as that they were privileged to take part in on Whit Monday. Field operations on a more extensive scale than previously occupied the first part of the day when, in conjunction with the Shiplake scouts, they formed the attack for the capture of Col Baskerville’s house and lawns in Crowsley Park.
The quartermaster of the Red Cross Hospital is most grateful for eggs, vegetables and fruit received. She would be glad of more jam and gifts of cake once or twice a week. The hospital is also in need of socks, which should not be very large and not too heavy for summer wear.