Friday, 27 November 2020

Turning back the pages

THE long-term future of Townlands Hospital is looking bleak after campaigners suffered two massive blows this

THE long-term future of Townlands Hospital is looking bleak after campaigners suffered two massive blows this week. The South-East and South- -West Oxfordshire Primary Care Trusts announced six beds would be closed at Townlands, leaving just 14. Meanwhile, the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority has once again rejected the outline business case for the redevelopment of the hospital.

Angry shopkeepers who say their businesses have been blighted by the burnt-out Henley Sports shop are demanding a rates cut. At least four shop owners in Duke Street have applied for a reduction. They have labelled the gutted building a “giant pigeon loft” and say they are constantly having to clean up bird droppings from their premises. Some say their custom has suffered because of the “eyesore”.

A driver got the surprise of his life when he returned to his car in Mill Meadows in Henley on Saturday morning and found it had been covered in chocolate cake. The silver Citroen Pluriel had been left in the car park at 2.30pm the previous day. A police spokeswoman said: “We don’t know who the culprit is but he is clearly a fruit cake!”

RUMOURS are rife that the Henley post office sorting office will be moved from Reading Road to the Newtown industrial estate. It has also been suggested that the counters would be moved elsewhere. In a statement to the Henley Standard, the Post Office denied the claims, saying: “We’re not moving”.

A cricketer who joked that his ambition was to die while playing almost got his wish on Saturday. Horace Bradshaw was playing for Mapledurham when he collapsed as his heart had stopped. Only prompt action by off-duty district nurse Christine Clark and her husband, a paramedic, saved the 50-year-old’s life.

South Oxfordshire district councillors were in deadlock on Wednesday over controversial plans for a 336-acre golf course at Greys Green Farm. Due to absences, an abstention and mandatory abstentions only just over half of the 17 councillors voted on the issue with four for and four against the scheme. The plan was eventually rejected after a second vote.

AN evening’s swim for two local youths almost turned into a tragedy on Monday evening when one of them had to be rescued from the Thames at Marlow Road Meadows, Henley, by his friend. James Baker, of The Folly, Lower Assendon, and Barry Eycott, of Fawley Green, both 18, went in at about 9pm and decided to swim across to the booms. Barry reached them but then saw James struggling and had to come to his aid, He swam with him back to the bank, where he applied artificial respiration before James was taken to hospital.

Young Soo Lee-Giles, a 16-year-old pupil at Gillotts School, was injured in a mishap at the swimming baths on Friday. He took a low dive and struck a submerged log on the riverbed which punctured his stomach. The boy pulled himself off the log before being helped ashore by school friends and taken to hospital.

With covenants amounting to more than £3,000 already promised, the Kenton Theatre Society’s public appeal for £15,000 was launched ata well-attended public meeting in the town hall on Friday. Support for re-opening the New Street theatre was voiced by local people, including actress Celia Johnson, who lives in Nettlebed.

MRS C Lee, of 1, Niagara Road, Henley, whose youngest son has been wounded at the front, has just received the following letter from the sister of an officer whose life Pte Lee was instrumental in saving. It said: “It appears that my brother, Lieut. C A G Broodworth, of the 23rd County of London Regiment, was shot in the stomach in front of the Germans’ third trench and was helpless. Although Pte Lee had also been shot in the leg, he managed to drag him back into safety. I understand the Germans were firing the whole time and that it took him three hours to get him safely into the trench.”

The report of the death and funeral of the late Canon Maul which appeared in last week’s Henley Standard has been reprinted in pamphlet form. This has been done as all the papers were sold out on Monday morning when it was too late to print more and many people expressed a wish to have the account.

Mr Henry T Simms, of Oldacres & Simms, who passed the final examination of the Auctioneers’ and Estate Agents’ Institute of the United Kingdom in 1912, has now obtained the grade of fellow of the institute.

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