Saturday, 28 November 2020

Turning Back the Pages

10 Years Ago

10 Years Ago

BOLLARDS installed as part of a £79,000 “improvement” scheme will have to be ripped out because of a mix-up over plans. They were installed on pavements around junctions in Vicarage Road as part of Henley’s integrated transport strategy being carried out by Oxfordshire County Council. The work went ahead despite the town council agreeing with a senior transport officer that the bollards should not be included in the plans.

Having been pelted with balls from a neighbouring golf course for a decade, two Chazey Heath residents say they have been driven out of their gardens. They have accused South Oxfordshire District Council of putting them at risk after it forced Mapledurham Golf Club to take down protective fencing. Maureen Martin, of Bardolphs Close, said up to four golf balls a week landed in her garden, which is close to the 10th tee.

Henley’s new police station will be open to the public from Monday. It is 18 months since officers left the old station in Market Place and moved into Noble House in Greys Road but the new premises were not accessible to the public.

25 Years Ago

A HEART attack victim was stranded on an island in the Thames for an hour as emergency services battled to get him to the mainland early yesterday. Nand Lal Thukral, from Ealing, collapsed on Rod Eyot, which is home to six houses. Two ambulances, a fire engine and a police vehicle were called but the crews were unable to find a boat to transport him to safety.

Fire calls may be delayed by up to 10 minutes because staff shortages have left stations at Henley and Goring desperately struggling to maintain a full emergency service. Oxfordshire’s chief fire officer said yesterday that manpower is so depleted in these two areas that crews from nearby stations often have to cover emergencies.

There was a brisk start to voting in Henley’s first ever parish poll yesterday. After 50 minutes, more than 200 people had registered their vote at one of the two polling stations at Trinity Hall. The result of the referendum, which will quiz electors on their views about the controversial town centre development, was due to be announced late last night.

50 Years Ago

HENLEY and District Housing Trust is progressing towards its appeal for £10,000 to help pay for three old people’s dwellings at Henley and four at Greys and to re-roof Barnaby Cottages and the five cottages owned by the trust in Henley, it was reported at the annual meeting held at the Chantry House on Friday.

At the annual meeting of the South Chiltern Boy Scout Association, held at Henley town hall on Monday and attended by the Mayor, presentations were made to Maurice Burge to mark his retirement as district commissioner. An inscribed ink-well stand, carved from Chiltern beech, was presented by assistant district commissioner F B Walker.

Henley firemen were called to a fire at the rear of Shaftesbury Stores in Duke Street, Henley, on Tuesday morning. Men working at the shop had built a small fire which spread to some nearby fish boxes. The fire was quickly extinguished. The road was closed for about half an hour.   

100 Years Ago

LATE on Wednesday night or in the early hours of yesterday morning, Friar Park, the residence of Sir Frank Crisp, was forcibly entered by a thief. A broken window in a room on the ground floor of the mansion indicated how the unwelcome visitors had effected an entry, while bloodstains in the vicinity of the window proved the intruder had not accomplished his purpose without experiencing a little personal inconvenience. A quantity of cutlery was removed from the house, but some of it was subsequently found under some bushes.

The brisk recruiting of the past few months, while it has achieved the patriotic purpose of swelling the numbers of the new armies, has had the effect of handicapping the discharge of their ordinary business obligations to customers. Take, for instance, the case of Mr O A Critchley, fishmonger and poulterer, of Duke Street, Henley. Since the war broke out six of his staff have joined the colours and the seventh would have done likewise had he not failed to pass the doctor. Mr Critchley hopes, however, that his customers will realise their orders may occasionally be delayed.

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