Friday, 04 December 2020

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THE first floodlit rugby match to be played at Dry Leas was cancelled on Monday after some of the lights

THE first floodlit rugby match to be played at Dry Leas was cancelled on Monday after some of the lights shattered, showering parts of the pitch and spectator areas with glass. The Wasps A team was just about to kick off against Bath United in a Guinness A league match when the floodlights, which cost more than £70,000, exploded. As a result, the match was reduced to a practice game of four 20-minute periods under training lights at Regatta Meadows.

Henley residents have expressed serious concern about the dangers of lorries using narrow streets if and when a proposed new traffic scheme is introduced. Many fear an increase in lorries using Thames Side and River Terrace will make the roads more dangerous for pedestrians.

Girl boarders are to be admitted to Shiplake College next year. The college was boys only until 1998 when the sixth form was opened to day girls. Now 10 places are to be offered to girl boarders. They will stay in specially-designed study bedrooms in College House.

A CLOSE friend and confidante of the Kuwait royal family has fled the war-torn Gulf to take refuge in a South Oxfordshire nursing home. Dame Violet Dickson, 94, made the dramatic escape from the oil state on Saturday and later arrived in secrecy at Thamesbank in Goring. She has been a friend of the Kuwaiti royals for 60 years. She travelled to the country in the Thirties with her husband, Major John Dickson, who was an adviser to the Kuwaiti ruler Sheikh Ahmad, and had intended to stay there for the rest of her life.

Henley’s emergency ambulance station, which was threatened with night-time closure, has had a reprieve. Following pressure from the public and the ambulancemen’s union, West Berkshire ambulance chiefs have shelved plans to transfer the town’s ambulance crew to Reading for the night shift.

Police have recorded a 20 per cent rise in the number of crimes committed in the Henley area in the past eight months. Since January, more than 900 offences, including robbery, car theft and criminal damage, have occurred compared with 754 in the same period last year.

THE report of the primary education sub-committee to be presented to the meeting of the Oxfordshire education committee on Wednesday states that, following publication of the notice of intention to close Bix County Primary School, the managers lodged an objection with the Department of Education and Science on the grounds of an anticipated increase in the number on the roll.

At a Henley Post Office Sports and Social Club dinner-dance at the Red Lion Hotel on Friday last presentations from the staff were made to A E Ball, who retired from the post of assistant head postmaster earlier in the month. Mr Hulme, head postmaster, paid tribute to Mr Ball’s long service with the Post Office, extending over 46 years.

BBC Television presented a film report at 11.30pm on Tuesday on the problem of rabbits, most of which are now immune to myxomatosis. Farmers in some parts of the country had shown unwillingness to pay a shilling an acre for the service of exterminators but in South Oxfordshire farmers were taking the matter seriously. The programme showed rabbit clearance in progress at a Woodcote farm.

A CRICKET match between wounded soldiers of the Henley Red Cross Hospital, assisted by the nurses and doctors, and a team of ladies’ and gentlemen members of the Henley Sports Club got together by the Mayoress was commenced on Friday last. The Mayoress led her team into the field and bowled the first over. Some of the soldiers, notwithstanding their injuries, batted remarkably well. Before the close of the innings steady rain began to fall and continued for the remainder of the day so that it was impossible for the Mayoress’s team to try their skill with the bat.

Mr C H Honeysett, having completed 44 years’ service with the Post Office, including 18 as postmaster of Henley, retired yesterday. In the course of a few days he will leave for France where he has accepted an appointment in connection with the admirable work which is being done at the front by the Young Men’s Christian Association.

Seven applications were received in respect of the vacant almshouse, No 9, Humphrey Newbury’s Foundation. After the trustees had interviewed the candidates, six of whom were in attendance, a ballot was taken. As a result Mrs Merricks, a widow, of 29 Albert Road, was declared duly elected to the vacant almshouse.

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