Saturday, 05 December 2020

Turning back the pages

PLANS to build 800 houses on Henley‘s doorstep are proposed in a council consultation document. Wokingham

PLANS to build 800 houses on Henley‘s doorstep are proposed in a council consultation document. Wokingham District Council is asking residents for their views on the scheme, which would be located off the Wargrave Road, Remenham. The parish council has objected to the scheme because the development is on the Green Belt and in the flood plain.

An application for £30,000 towards the refurbishment of the 200-year-old Kenton Theatre has been rejected by South Oxfordshire District Council. The council’s cabinet would not approve a Community Investment Fund Panel grant to refurbish the front canopy, stage and upstairs toilets because the theatre currently has no plans to provide disabled toilet facilities.

A riverside rumpus has erupted between town councillors and charity trustees over plans for Henley’s boardwalk project. Town councillors say the members of the Henley Municipal Charities Board have met plans for the £200,000 Riverside Heritage project with a stream of derision. And they say the scheme will be sold down the river unless pressure is placed on the board to approve the scheme.

THE expected go-ahead of a £2.5 million scheme to re-develop part of the Market Place, Henley, with shops, offices and a flat was deferred this week after a last-minute hitch. In a catch-22 situation, one of the key land owners refused this week to agree to the use of their land until a complex legal agreement is in place.

Despite the recent slump in the property market, house prices in the Henley area are still well beyond the reach of first-time buyers. At the bottom end of the market a small two-bedroom flat can cost in the region of £58,475 to £79,373 — requiring a minimum joint income of around £26,000 to obtain a 100 per cent mortgage.

The BBC agreed last night to back down over libellous allegations made during a programme about Henley Royal Regatta finances last week and are to make a four-figure donation to international rowing in lieu of damages. The regatta’s 52 stewards were on the brink of suing the BBC for defamation following allegations by BBC2’s On the Line on Thursday of last week that the regatta was guilty of a financial cover-up.

One of the largest gatherings so far held to mark the golden jubilee of the Women’s Institute movement took place at Greys Court on Wednesday evening when Sir Felix and Lady Brunner threw open their home and grounds and were hosts to a party of more than a thousand guests.

A 12-year-old Wargrave boy rushed to the aid of a lorry driver whose vehicle carrying an eight-ton load of orange squash turned over at Carlisle’s Corner roudabout, Twyford, on Tuesday evening. Charles Edwards, of Highfield Park, was quickly on the scene of the accident and pulled the driver, Mr Michael Handley, of Taunton, from the damaged vehicle. Mr Handley, whose lorry had its cab crushed, had a lucky escape as he sustained only a slight cur on his forehead.

When the Plans Committee reported to Tuesday’s meeting of Henley Rural District Council that they had been informed by the divisional surveyor that the temporary surface to the Fair Mile was a necessary preliminary to the final surfacing, which was about to be undertaken, Major the Hon Sherman Stonor referred to recent reports and correspondence in the Henley Standard on this matter and the growing concern being expressed about it.

THE war has been responsible for the abandonment for the time being of many picturesque old-world ceremonies associated with the City of London. The swan-upping on the Thames is the last to go by the board in this way. Generally speaking the swan-uppers of His Majesty and the Dyers’ and Vinters’ Companies, proceed up the river in state barges, and combine pleasure with their very necessary business.

Mr J A Batty, motor engineer, of Hart Street, Henley, was the victim of a very serious accident which occurred on Sunday evening, at the cross roads at Terrick, near Aylesbury. On his return journey, at about 8.30pm, he had to negotiate a rather awkward bend and in doing so collided with a Ford motor car. As the result of the collision Mr Ratty sustained injuries to his head and a fracture of the leg. We understand he is making satisfactory progress at the Royal Bucks hospital.

Saturday last was observed as “French Flag day” in Henley and neighbourhood and donations were solicited in the streets on behalf of the French Red Cross, Committee of London, and the French Relief Fund, by ladies carrying small tricolour flags and armed with collecting boxes, in the French colours.

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