Monday, 30 November 2020

Turning back the pages

PEOPLE from Henley and its neighbouring villages are being urged to join the march for Townlands

PEOPLE from Henley and its neighbouring villages are being urged to join the march for Townlands tomorrow. MP Boris Johnson will lead the march, which will start from the Market Place at 11am. Everyone who joins in is being urged to make banners calling on the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority to keep the hospital open.

Extended drinking hours could make life in the centre of Henley “intolerable”, says a Hart Street resident. Pubs and clubs are applying for new licences under laws that come into effect in November. Wine merchant Adrian Lake is urging residents to get involved in the process. He is particularly concerned about applications to stay open later made by the Catherine Wheel, Latinos and Magoos.

South Oxfordshire District Council has objected to plans for 800 homes in Remenham and is supported by Henley Town Council. The proposal for Wargrave Road is one of five options outlined in a consultation document from Wokingham District Council about where it should site the 8,100 new homes that must be built in the next 15 years.

HEALTH officials confirmed this week that Henley’s ambulance station could face night-time closure within the next couple of months. If moves to cut the service go ahead, Henley’s emergency ambulance, currently stationed at Townlands Hospital, will be removed for eight hours each day from 11pm to 7am. The suggestion has angered leading public representatives on health committees who fear this will lead to a poorer service for local residents.

A £70,000 fire engine was severely damaged when it was marooned in a blazing field of corn at Hambleden. Some 30 acres of unharvested corn on George Bowden’s Mill End Farm were destroyed in the blaze on Wednesday. Eight fire appliances, including two from Henley, dealt with the blaze. The new fire engine from High Wycombe raced into the field and then found itself surrounded by blazing corn which at times reached the height of the farmhouse.

Daphne Parish, freed from a 15-year jail sentence in Iraq, came home to Wargrave on Saturday to a rapturous welcome. The gathering of some 50 friends, neighbours and family was a closely guarded secret. Ms Parish was jailed in March after being found guilty of spying with executed Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft.

A SMALL column of 10 cadets, led by Pilot Officer R E Tackley, of No. 447 (Henley-on-Thames) Squadron, Air Training Corps, marched the length of Hart Street and Market Place on Saturday evening. A burst of spontaneous applause from the watching public greeted them as they swung into their place of honour in front of the town and were welcomed home by the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor and Mrs R Sadler, and other civic dignitaries.

The 17th annual Binfield Heath and District Flower Show, held at Holmwood on Saturday, was extremely lucky to have exceptionally fine weather and the event attracted an attendance of more than 700. There were about 650 entries, a record, and the number of people showing was also a record, 169. The July weather was against a good standard of cut flowers but vegetables were satisfactory.

Following the Amateur Rowing Association trials held this week over a 2,000m course at Henley, none of the winning crews was selected for the European championships at Duisburg later this month. Colin Porter, chairman of the selection board, said that all the times recorded were 15 to 20 seconds too slow by international standards.

TWO Henley girls, whose parents had a crop of lavender in their garden, had the happy idea of gathering it, tying it into bunches and selling it on behalf of the Henley Red Cross Hospital. May Cooke and Ada Moffatt, of New Street, received the sanction of the hospital authorities and on Saturday set out to sell their bunches. The total of £1 13s 11d has been handed over to the hospital authorities.

Mrs Smith, wife of Mr E Smith, hairdresser, of Reading Road, Henley, had an unpleasant experience on Tuesday while out for a row on the river. Two lads called Aubrey Grey and Albert Wise were at the oars and Mrs Smith, in trying to change places with one of them, slipped and fell into the water. The lads effected a prompt rescue and then rowed to the houseboat Water Lily where Mrs Smith proposed to land.

Mr T Bartlet, of Grange Road, Henley, has received notification that his son, Bandsman F M Bartlett, has been wounded in the Darenelles. Bartlett, who was in Australia when the war commenced, went to the Dardenelles as a bandsman in the Australian Imperial Forces and has been on that battleground for some time. He suffered shell wounds in both thighs but is slowly recovering.

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