Sunday, 29 November 2020

Turning back the pages

FORMER jet fighter pilot Peter Williams has become the latest victim of the raised manhole covers

FORMER jet fighter pilot Peter Williams has become the latest victim of the raised manhole covers at the Vicarage Road bollards site. The 74-year-old was walking home from Henley town centre when he fell over a raised iron gas inspection cover at the junction of Vicarage Road and St Mark’s Road. He suffered abrasions to his face, chin and mouth and bruising to his nose and thigh.

Health authorities have delayed a decision to close six hospital beds at Townlands Hospital in Henley following a threat of legal action. The beds are among 37 at hospitals across the region threatened with closure following last week’s announcement by the South-East and South-West Oxfordshire Primary Care Trusts.

Two former town councillors will contest the by-election on July 14 for the Henley Town Council seat vacated by Alan Rooke. Former mayor Tony Lane will stand as an independent candidate against Conservative Laureen Williamson for the Henley South seat.

A NEW initiative in the fight to stop Henley’s town centre redevelopment scheme was launched yesterday. Deputy Mayor Tony Lane said he would propose a motion at next month’s meeting of South Oxfordshire District Council that it withdraws from the project. Usually once planning permission is granted it is irrevocable but in the case of this project the landowner is, in part, the district council which granted itself planning permission.

Rumours that the Regal Cinema site in Henley is about to be put back on the market by its owners, Waitrose, were not denied by the supermarket chain yesterday. The Standard has been told by several sources that the former cinema is to be sold again. It has been said that the site would be put on the market with the benefit of planning permission for shops, making it more valuable than a cinema.

A teenager who suffered a setback in his rowing career after being crushed by heavy doors at Gillotts School in January last year was awarded £8,750 on Wednesday. Andrew Ovey, 19, of Hernes Estate, was a “large and strapping” 17-year-old and an “extremely competent oarsman” when the accident happened, a London Court heard.

HENLEY Royal Regatta, which will begin on Wednesday next, has this year attracted the heaviest entry ever. The total is 208 — 32 from overseas and 176 from home clubs — compared with the previous best of 200 in 1962. The previous highest number of overseas entries was 29 in 1954.

The front of a recently renovated house was extensively damaged when a car went out of control as it travelled towards the town in Bell Street late on Thursday last week. The vehicle, driven by Colin May, of Turney Road, Dulwich, caught fire after hitting the building. Mr May escaped uninjured.

The opening of new buildings and the progress made during the last year at Shiplake College was reported on by the headmaster, Mr J D Eggar, at the founders’ day prize- giving on Saturday. The opening of the new school house in the old vicarage and two new form rooms had been important events in the college’s year, he said.

MR Thomas Bartlett, of 7 Grange Road, Henley, has received a letter from his son Fred, who is on active service with the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, in which he speaks very highly of the Australian soldiers. He writes: “We left Egypt on Easter Sunday for an unknown destination and eventually came in touch with the Turks. We effected a landing and drove them back two or three miles and for the next five or six days we had a warm time. Of course we lost a good few pals and a good few were wounded but the Turks lost more, so we got a bit of our own back.”

General Sir George W A Higginson, the distinguished Crimean veteran, entered his ninetieth year on Monday. He served for 30 years in the Grenadier Guards and afterwards commanded the Brigade of Guards. In honour of his birthday the 3rd Grenadier Guards marched to his residence for a ceremonial parade.

A very delightful hour was spent in the Henley YMCA hall on Sunday when some 50 men of the Royal Engineers stationed in the town were entertained to tea. It had been felt that a change of menu, and board, would be appreciated by the men, who have sacrificed so very much for their king and country.

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