Monday, 30 November 2020

Turning back the pages

TEACHER Tim Coulson, from Henley, battled to save the lives of London bomb victims trapped on

TEACHER Tim Coulson, from Henley, battled to save the lives of London bomb victims trapped on the underground — after narrowly escaping death himself. Mr Coulson, 50, was in a packed train passing the one targeted by bombers when both trains were blown off the tracks and into each other by the force of the explosion. He got on a Circle Line tube train at Paddington, bound for a business meeting when the bomb went off near Edgware Road.

Henley MP Boris Johnson will lead the march for Townlands Hospital next month. Mr Johnson, who will speak at the march, is hoping thousands of people will take to the streets of Henley on Saturday to show support for the hospital, which remains under threat of closure. A petition will be launched in the town and in the Standard next Friday aimed at getting 10,000 names in support of saving the hospital.

Town and district councillor Ken Arlett has resigned from the Henley Residents’ Group over internal disagreements. Cllr Arlett, a member of the group for the past 15 years, said he had left for personal reasons. Members of the party said the problem had arisen over procedural matters and they were sorry that Cllr Arlett had left the group.

HUNDREDS of local travellers may find themselves stranded after a shock announcement that Henley’s main commuter bus service is to be axed. They learnt this week that the Oxford—Henley—London service is to cease on September 29. Around 450 people use the service daily and it is a vital link between Henley and villages such as Nettlebed, Bix, Nuffield and Hurley.

Daphne Parish, the former Wargrave woman jailed for 15 years in an Iraqi prison, was freed this week and arrived back in London to be met by family and friends. Four of her friends from Wargrave made the journey to Gatwick Airport on Wednesday morning. Mrs Parish, 53, was working as a senior nursing advisor at the private Ibn al—Bitar Hospital in Baghdad when she was arrested last September suspected of spying.

A scheme for first—time buyers’ homes in Huntercombe was launched this week meaning by early next year up to 16 couples and small families could be moving into their first homes. Henley builder Mr Frank Williams told the Standard he hopes to build eight one—bedroom flats and eight two—bedroom flats in four blocks at Bradley Road, Huntercombe.

IT was announced yesterday (Thursday) by the hon. treasurers of the appeal that the restoration fund for the Kenton Theatre had reached an estimated total of £7,345, not far short of half the target of £15,000. This news is particularly encouraging in view of the fact that the appeal was only officially launched on June 11, six weeks ago.

After the recent decision of the Henley Players and Henley Drama Club to amalgamate, the inaugural meeting of the new club, which is called the Henley Players, was held at Rupert House, Henley on Monday evening, when there was an attendance of 29 members and four new members. It had been generally felt that the town of Henley was too small for several small groups and the combined talents of the clubs could be put to greater use.  

The Thames Conservancy list of awards for the best kept lock gardens on the river shows that in the section Boulters to Caversham the first prize goes to Mr V P Dyer, of Sonning Lock, who also receives the Sir Reginald Hanson Challenge Cup for the best of all lock gardens on the Thames. Second in the same section is Mr J J Thame, of Marsh Lock.

MEMBERS of the Leander Club, in common with members of other rowing clubs, have responded nobly to their country’s call. Many names of the wearers of the cerise have already appeared in the casualty lists. Last week Mr W F C Holland, of The Gables, Wargrave, the old Oxford Blue, who has acted as judge at Henley Regatta since the death of Mr Fenner, was gazetted temporary Captain.

News has been received by his friends in Henley that Pte C Gurdon has again been seriously wounded. Gurdon was a member of the Henley National Reserve and volunteered for foreign service at the commencement of the war. He joined the 3rd Oxon and Bucks Light Infantry and was severely wounded on November 30th. When he had recovered he was attached to a different regiment, with which he went to the front a second time, and has been wounded more seriously than on the first occasion.

Despite the rain, which fell practically the whole of the afternoon and evening, there was a fairly good attendance at the Musical Fete, which, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Mackenzie, was held at Fawley Court, on Friday evening. The object of the fete was to augment the funds of Dr Barnardo’s Homes.

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