Saturday, 28 November 2020

Turning back the pages

HENLEY Town Council has sacked the contractors who installed the town’s hanging baskets and may give

HENLEY Town Council has sacked the contractors who installed the town’s hanging baskets and may give a total of £5,000 in refunds to everyone who bought one. The news comes as the town was beaten by Marlow in the Britain in Bloom competition, finishing second out of two entries in its category. Some 146 baskets were sold to shops and businesses as part of the council’s efforts for Henley in Bloom but this week most were removed after complaints about the standard of the plants and flowers.   

The quest to get 10,000 signatures on the Save Townlands Hospital petition has been successful. The target was achieved just 25 minutes before the noon deadline on Saturday. It was just over five weeks ago when the Mayor Ian Reissmann challenged the people of Henley to get behind campaigners fighting to save the hospital. This week he praised all those who supported the campaign, stating: “This was a brilliant response.”

Police believe a local gang is responsible for an increase in burglaries in Henley. Since the royal regatta, almost 40 houses have been targeted — more than treble the number compared with the same period last year.

POLICE are hunting two masked men who held an 89-year-old woman at knifepoint and threatened to kill her dog unless she handed over cash and jewellery. The pair took off in the victim’s car with between £30,000 and £40,000 worth of silverware, paintings and other valuables and then phoned police to warn them of the old lady’s distress. Now the woman has had to leave her secluded country home between Marlow and Henley for fear of her life.

Two houses in Henley town centre being left empty for three years has angered one local woman who claims they could have been used as emergency accommodation. Ruth Gibson, who is a member of the Henley Archaeological and Historical Group, was shocked to find the homes in King’s Road in excellent condition.

Lack of lighting in Market Place Mews, Henley, is posing a risk to women, a district council warned town councillors this week. Rosalie Monbiot, former leader of South Oxfordshire District Council, told the town council’s planning committee that she was concerned the entrance to the King’s Road car park through the mews was unlit at night.

VALUABLE oak panelling was included in the contents of a garage at Dower House in Bolney Avenue, Shiplake, which was destroyed by fire on Wednesday. When firemen arrived the flames were shooting 30ft into the air so the fire must have been burning unnoticed for some hours before it was discovered by a workman at about 8am. The garage was used as a store for building materials.

After many years of waiting and much agitation, Henley Trinity School moved into new premises on Wednesday, the first day of the new term. The design of the new school is imaginative, practical and delightful. The plans were drawn up by a team from Oxfordshire County Council’s architect’s department and the construction was carried out by Sydney Green & Son.

Residents of Western Road, Henley, have a budding Burt Bacharach in their midst. Peter Chester, who lives at No 37, wrote the music for a record which has sold more than 1,000 copies since being released about a month ago. The record is called Money Will Not Mean A Thing and was recorded by a local group, Platform Six, on the Pye-Piccadilly label.

MR H Burr, from Satwell, has received the following letter from Pte A S Heckman, from Henley, whom he was instrumental in getting into the Army Motor Transport: “Dear Sir, — I have had some very rough experiences out here but I do not regret having joined; I should have missed something and no mistake. Unless one has sampled it out here, they cannot possibly realise what war is like. I hope the old country will manage to do without compulsory service and I hope sincerely that those who anyways can will still roll up and help finish the job.”

An open-air meeting was held in Henley market place on Monday evening, when the Rev A Golding, the vicar of Milcombe, delivered an address on the war situation and emphasised the need for every man and woman to do all in their power to help the Government to prosecute the war to a successful conclusion.

It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of Herbert Thomas Steward, of Courtfield Gardens, London, a senior partner in the firm of Messrs Hunt & Steward, and the venerable chairman of the Henley Royal Regatta committee of managament, after a short illness. He was a member of Leander Club and was secretary for 20 years.

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