Saturday, 05 December 2020

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AS Henley’s town hall clock struck 11am on Saturday they brought the town to a standstill. More than 4,000 men,

AS Henley’s town hall clock struck 11am on Saturday they brought the town to a standstill. More than 4,000 men, women, children — even an Alsatian — played their part in relaying a stark message to the health authority — Save Townlands Hospital. Crowds gathered in Market Place to join the march through Henley bearing placards and banners calling for the safety of the hospital.

After more than 20 years serving the people of Henley, Bailey’s butchers is closing down. Paul Bailey and his wife Susan have run the Duke Street shop together and lived above it for more than two decades. Tomorrow they will hang up hats and aprons for good but not before offering customers and friends a parting glass of wine.

The chairman and president of Stuarts Bowls Club in Henley have vowed to fight for its future, despite members voting by 16 to 10 at a special meeting last week to close down the club. The Fair Mile club is faced with falling membership, the retirement of the club secretary and the need for a greenkeeper. Some members felt that the shortage of members meant keeping the club running was consuming too much of their time.

A £2.5MILLION scheme to re-develop part of Henley’s Market Place was refused permission by district council planners on Wednesday. Plans by Kingham Developments for 20 Market Place, previously Simon Thomas’ furniture shop, were for two shops on the ground floor with a residential flat on the first and second floors. Also proposed for the rear of 25 and 25A Bell Street were three shopping kiosks, a further three shops and six offices with associated car parking and landscaping.

A Wargrave couple are frantically awaiting further news of their daughter who is still trapped in war-torn Kuwait. After days of anguish, Joe and Sheila Hodgson only heard yesterday afternoon that their married daughter Josephine was believed to be safe. The news came after a week of waiting described by the couple as a “living hell”.

A lease due to be signed between the trustees of Henley Youth Centre and Oxfordshire County Council has angered town councillors who say it will mean the end of youth facilities in the town. They believe that at the end of the three-year lease, the county council will have the option to buy the building and the town will lose the only purpose-built youth facility in the town.

THE enforced switch in dates from the bank holiday Monday to the first Saturday in August hit Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta finances. It is estimated that a drop in entries and in the number attending will result in a loss on the year approaching £300, which is a large slice out of the reserves built up by careful management over a number of years.

Henley firemen, police, ambulance men and staff of Waitrose’s Henley store fought for 25 minutes to free a boy’s arm which had been caught in a conveyor belt at the Bell Street shop on Tuesday morning. John Banks, seven, was at the shop with his father, a lorry driver, who was delivering goods. John was taken to Battle Hospital, where it was found that no bones had been broken.

A near tragedy was only avoided at Wargrave on Sunday by quick-thinking when three youths who could not swim were thrown into the Thames after the punt they were in was in collision with a motor boat. They had hired the punt from Swancraft (Henley) and were steering across the river when the collision with Natalie II occurred. One of the women on board Natalie II jumped fully clothed into the river and another member of the party threw a lifejacket in and all three boys were rescued.

TWO Henley school girls have been busy during their summer holidays painting on postcards the flags of Great Britain and her Allies. Last week Miss Edith Green, of Harpsden Lane, and Miss Dorothy Wieter, of Reading Road, set out with collecting boxes to sell the postcards. They announced that whatever money they took was to go to the fund for British prisoners in Germany. They made a total of £1 11s 10d.

George Pedder, of Farr Lodge, Henley, has five sons performing military duties in connection with the war. The eldest, who is married, is working in an army canteen at Aldershot. The other four have all given up good situations to go and “do their bit”. Two of them are in the Oxfordshire and Bucks Light Infantry and one is in the Rifle Brigade and all three are at the front while the youngest is in the RAMC and stationed at Saffron Walden.

We regret to announce the death of Mr John Weyman suddenly on Wednesday at New Malden, at the residence of his eldest daughter (Mrs Cherrill). For many years Mr Weyman carried on business in Henley as a builder. He was a member of the town council for a considerable period and filled the office of Mayor of 1893. He was 68.

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