Saturday, 05 December 2020

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A TEENAGE gardener has drowned in a freak swimming accident in a lake at a millionaire’s

A TEENAGE gardener has drowned in a freak swimming accident in a lake at a millionaire’s home near Henley. The death of Tyson Brown, 16, who was described by his father as a “really smashing boy”, has prompted friends to hold candle-light vigils in his memory. Tyson had been employed as a gardener for three weeks and last Friday was working at Crazies Hall in Crazies Hill, home of property developer Roger Smee. Eye-witnesses believe he and a 16-year-old friend were attempting to race across the lake and got into difficulties on their way back.

A couple rescued an elderly neighbour from her smoke-filled home after fat in a frying pan caught fire. They were alerted by the woman’s smoke alarm sounding and ran into the house in Greys Hill, Henley, where they found the woman. While the wife dealt with the burning fat, the husband carried the woman outside with a “fireman’s lift”.

The people of Henley fighting to save Townlands Hospital have proved they haven’t lost their will to fight after 7,200 put their names to a petition demanding the safety of the hospital’s future. In the same period last year, during a previous campaign, 6,147 people signed up.

A SINGLE mother, her two children and two dogs have spent three weeks living rough in woods because no council house can be found for them. So desperate is her situation that June Hedges has been prescribed Valium and says she is on the way to a nervous breakdown. She said: “I thought it wouldn’t be too bad living rough, we are quite fit, but I just can’t imagine going on for much longer. It’s absolutely awful.” The Hedges family have been offered accommodation but not where animals are allowed.

Nearly 80 homes left empty for the last 12 years in Medmenham will be demolished in the next couple of months because they are considered “out of date”. The Ministry of Defence say the properties will have to be rebuilt in more fashionable designs. The RAF houses are part of an estate of 200 built in the Thirties as married officers’ quarters but because they are considered old-fashioned, they have remained empty.

Green-fingered champ Mike Bradley, of Mount View, Henley, is no fool when it comes down to his prize onions. He’s so worried his beauties might get sabotaged before the world championships in a couple of weeks that he has invested in two geese to keep even the most determined vandals away.

BUILT at a cost of £30,000, Henley’s new telephone exchange in Greys Road was opened on Wednesday when at exactly 1pm the telephone service in the town went over from manual to automatic operation. The Mayor, Coun R L Sadler, was there to make the first automatic call and after that the exchange expected to deal with about 100 calls up to 2pm. In future, the exchange will handle some 5,000 calls a day.

There were surprises in this year’s Wargrave and Shiplake Regatta, held in ideal conditions on Friday and Saturday last. Stuart Mackenzie, six- times winner of the Diamonds at Henley, arrived too late for a heat of the men’s double sculls, the premier event at the regatta. Another Henley resident, Ronnie Howard, regarded as a marathon competitor at this annual two-day event, had a relatively unsuccessful showing.

John Hay, the Conservative MP for Henley, flew to the South of France on Monday to see his 15-year-old daughter, Vicki, who is recovering in hospital in Antibes with a double fracture of the arm after a level crossing accident on Saturday night. Miss Hay’s French companion, Mlle Claudine Stedele, 16, was killed when she was struck by an express train as the girls were returning from the beach.

THE living of the Parish of Henley-on-Thames, rendered vacant by the death of Canon Maul, has been offered to Rev S C Saunders, vicar of Watlington, who, we are pleased to announce, has accepted. Rev Saunders is an MA of Exeter College, Oxford, and has held the living of Watlington for 19 years. He is rural dean of the Aston Deanery. Both Rev and his wife are already known by a number of people in this district and he has sat as a representative of Watlington on the Henley Board of Guardians and Rural District Council since 1907.

For some considerable time it was debated whether we should have our annual Trinity Hall Lads’ Brigade summer camp this year, owing to the war. The officers, taking into consideration the great amount of benefit and happiness that would accrue to the lads by this annual holiday under canvas, decided to fix it up as usual.

Several ladies of Wargrave have started a local branch of the Special Bandaging Emergency Society. A large quantity of old linen etc., was obtained by means of advertisements in the papers. The linen has been cut up into bandages, swabs, pads etc., which are sterilised and packed in parcels for forwarding to hospitals at the front.

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