Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Turning back the pages

AN unholy row is brewing after “inappropriate behaviour” in St Mary’s churchyard in Henley prompted the

AN unholy row is brewing after “inappropriate behaviour” in St Mary’s churchyard in Henley prompted the rector to call for a fence and lockable gates. Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths wants the area to be enclosed and locked at certain times of the year, such as the royal regatta. But town councillors have called it an overreaction and want the pathway that runs through the churchyard to remain unhindered.

Thieves have wrecked the dreams of a teenager with learning difficulties who was saving up to buy a motor-cross motorcycle. John Carr, 18, had been working in the Family Farm shop in Reading Road since last summer and was saving all his money to buy his dream machine. But while he was with his mother visiting relatives at the weekend, thieves broke into the family home in Northfield Avenue, Shiplake, and stole the cash he had hidden in his bedroom.

Less than two years after it was saved, the Chiltern Centre for disabled children is again under threat. Recalculations by Oxfordshire County Council of the Direct Payments scheme to parents has sent the cost of overnight stays rocketing, pricing the centre out of many people’s pockets and threatening to make the centre unviable.

AMBITIOUS plans to breathe new life into the town’s youth centre were launched by a group of Henley residents this week. A £20,000 scheme to refurbish the Deanfield Avenue building was proposed by the Henley Residents’ Group. Town councillors gave the idea enthusiastic support at Tuesday’s meeting of the general purposes committee.

A unique part of Henley’s life came to an end last weekend when the Regatta café in Station Road closed. It had been run by Seekit Ma for 11 years and will be sorely missed by scores of regular customers. With the expiry of the lease, the landlords, Thames-Side (Henley) Property Co are to redevelop the property.

Concerned ramblers battling for access to two Oxfordshire hills had a police escort as they walked along paths near Watlington on Sunday. The rally was part of a nationwide campaign called Forbidden Britain Day, staged to draw attention to areas of the countryside which ramblers claim are being unreasonably denied to members of the public. More than 90 members of the Ramblers Association turned out at Cowleaze Wood in protest at being denied the right to roam in Shirburn and Pyrton.

ANGLERS were scratching their heads when a fish, believed was to be a golden tench, was caught just below Henley Bridge by a chef. David Joseph Martin made the catch last Friday. “It caused quite a commotion,” he said. Mr J Thame, lock-keeper at Marsh lock, thought it was a golden tench but his friend had doubts, saying that it was a plain tench.

A plea for off-street parking in Bell Street and Duke Street, Henley, as a temporary step in advance of any full-scale scheme for the alleviation of the borough’s traffic problems was made at a meeting of the town council on Tuesday. A report of a joint meeting held between representatives of the council, the Ministry of Transport’s divisional road engineer and Oxfordshire’s county surveyor was presented by the general purposes committee.

Discovering metal wire in a brown loaf she had bought, a Henley housewife reported the facts to the public health inspector, who in turn referred the matter to Oxfordshire County Council’s weights and measures department. The sequel was heard at Henley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday when Price & Co (Bakers), of Coldharbour Lane, Camberwell, pleaded guilty to selling a loaf to the prejudice of the purchaser and was fined £10.

MR C H Honeysett, who retired from the postmastership of Henley on September 30, has been presented by the whole staff, including the sub-postmasters, with an officer’s holdall, a case of pipes and a walking stick.

Messrs Simmons & Sons, of Henley, Reading and Basingstoke, held a most successful sale of live and dead farming stock at New Hayward Farm, Hungerford. There was a brisk demand and the sheep and pigs made good prices. The horses were an exceptionally good lot and realised the extraordinary average of £76, 10s each, the five best making an average of £85.

Our ward at the Red Cross Hospital is now quite full. The quartermaster is most grateful for the gifts that have been received in the last fortnight. Woollen vests are much wanted as large numbers will be required during the winter.

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