Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Turning back the pages

HENLEY publisher Victor Bingham has lost a legal battle over a strip of land next to a cottage

HENLEY publisher Victor Bingham has lost a legal battle over a strip of land next to a cottage adjoining the Fleming family’s Nettlebed estate. Mr Bingham, who co-owns the land with Rosemary MacKenzie, had claimed they were in their rights to cut down trees next to Kiln Cottage because the land was theirs by virtue of long-term use. But members of the Fleming family — relatives of James Bond author Ian Fleming — obtained an injunction banning Mr Bingham from going on the land.

Police raced to Gillotts School in Henley after being tipped off that a gang of teenagers had gone on a wrecking spree. But they were too late to prevent more than £3,000 of damage being caused. Police praised members of the public who dialled 999 after seeing the boys rampaging around the school buildings on Wednesday morning.

Arsonists destroyed one car and attempted to torch another in the early hours of Sunday. Residents of Deanfield Avenue, Henley, were woken at 2.45am and watched as a Fiat Punto, with a full tank of petrol, exploded into flames. The arsonists also forced open the fuel cap of a VW Golf and stuffed chip paper into the tank but failed to set fire to it.

PROPOSALS to relocate Henley’s post office counter to a high street business has caused concern among union officials, town councillors and Post Office representatives who fear the move will lower standards. Dave Ring, deputy secretary of the Union of Communication Workers, said: “They have no concern about the quality of service to the Henley community. The only reason they want to relocate is to cut costs.”

The future of Henley’s town centre redevelopment still hangs in the balance after the Mayor David Nimmo Smith received a letter from Environment Secretary Chris Patten which is believed to say the decision over the development lies solely with South Oxfordshire District Council.

Young James Mulcahy caught every fisherman’s dream at the weekend when he hauled in a 6lb 8oz brown trout. Some anglers can go a lifetime without such a huge catch but the seven-year-old of Milton Close, Henley, did it on his third fishing trip. His father Pat, a veteran angler, was with James on the River Test in Hampshire. In 20 years’ fishing his best catch was a modest 4lb 12oz.

HENLEY Royal Regatta’s first two days produced a spate of record times in a range of events from the Grand down to the Diamonds, the former’s previous best time being cut by no less than five seconds and the latter by eight seconds. In each case the record-breakers were Americans. Attendance on both Wednesday and Thursday was well above average and the conditions were appreciated by spectators and competitors alike.

Thieves stole a large quantity of jewellery and other valuable items from a jewellers in one of three raids in Henley on Monday night. The raid on Normans in Hart Street netted gold watches, gold and silver pencils, tie-pins, gold bracelets, chains, silver cuff-links, cultured pearls, gold earrings and necklaces, gold wedding rings and eternity rings worth an estimated £3,000. The thieves also took £32 in cash from a pub and stationery from a newsagents.

The BBC’s Town and Around cameramen spent about an hour at Sydney House Hotel in Henley yesterday for interviews with pupils of Emanuel School taking GCE O-level and A-level examinations. The 11 boys have taken several exams while completing their training for and participating in Henley Royal Regatta.

NEXT week would, under ordinary circumstances, have been Henley Regatta week, but the war has put a stop to the event as practically all rowing men have given up the oar for the sword or the rifle. We are, however, to be favoured with a few eight-oar races over the famous regatta course. These races will be between crews from the public schools and will take place tomorrow afternoon. As far as we have been able to gather, there will be two crews from Eton, two from Radley, two from Shrewsbury and one from Beaumont.

Henley has had its Belgian Day and its Red Cross Day and now it is to have a French Day. In the majority of places Wednesday, July 7 is observed as “France’s Day” but as Wednesday is early closing day in Henley the Mayor has decided to make Saturday, July 10 France’s Day here. A similar course will be adopted as prevailed on Belgian Day and Red Cross Day, i.e. the selling of small tricolour flags by a number of ladies.

Lieut G W Phillimore, of the Highland Light Infantry, who has been lying wounded in a nursing home in London, has made rapid progress towards recovery. He has been moved to Cam House, Campden Hill, Sir Walter Phillimore’s town residence.

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