Friday, 27 November 2020

Turning back the pages

POLICE have praised the actions of a Henley rugby player who tackled a thief he had

POLICE have praised the actions of a Henley rugby player who tackled a thief he had seen stealing from two town centre shops. Nick Smith was walking into Boots in Bell Street with his girlfriend and four-week-old daughter when a man ran past and fled towards Market Place. “I could see he had a box with the security tag showing underneath his arm,” said Mr Smith.

Two men threatened staff at a newsagents in Goring with a metal pole before making off with around £1,700. The pair raided Forbuoys in High Street at 8am on Saturday. Police believe they have struck twice before and have warned other businesses to beware.

The row over the footpath in St Mary’s churchyard in Henley took another turn this week when a historian claimed it had been a right of way for more than 120 years. Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths wants to have the path closed at certain times after elderly residents in the almshouses complained of drunken louts relieving themselves in the churchyard and couples “behaving inappropriately”.

ANGRY pensioners are preparing for a battle to stop the Henley Day Centre being converted into offices. The trustees of the Henley Educational Charity, which owns the building revealed on Monday that they had submitted an application to change the use of the 20-year-old centre. Members say they are being forgotten about.

Post Office officials have brushed aside anger at plans to relocate Henley’s counter service and announced they are going ahead with the move to a high street business. They are now looking for a town centre shop to take on the service. Residents claim this will lead to a deterioration in standards.

A last-ditch attempt to stop the controversial redevelopment of Henley town centre failed at the High Court on Monday but campaigners have vowed to continue the fight.  Mr Justice Nolan dismissed an application for a judicial review but indicated there may be room for appeal. He said there was insufficient evidence to warrant investigation but added: “This is a matter which should be re-addressed to the members of South Oxfordshire District Council to see whether there has been a misunderstanding.”

CHILTERN Edge School in Sonning Common, which opened in 1957, is to have its first comprehensive intake in 1966, said the headmaster, Mr E M Martin, at the school’s annual prize-giving on Wednesday. He added: “We cannot take up the attitude of King Canute. We must face the tide and we must try to understand it.”

Sixty-one children were presented with awards for passing the national child cyclist proficiency test by the Mayor of Henley, Councillor R L Sadler, at the town hall on Thursday last week. The Mayor told the youngsters that the tuition they had gained while taking part in the scheme would keep them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

Among this year’s entry for the annual London to Brighton RAC veteran car run on Sunday, November 7 are two vehicles owned by local people. Mr J D C Allen, from Cookley Green, will be driving a 1903 Oldsmobile. Mr M Scott, from Kingwood Common, is entering a 1904 Wolseley, which he will drive.

MR and Mrs Teague, of Greys Hill, Henley, have received a letter stating that their son, Sgt A V Teague, of the 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment, has been missing since October 8. When last seen he was throwing bombs into the German trenches. Teague, who was a very smart soldier, enlisted at the outbreak of the war. He was a good football player and was a member of the Henley team that won the Oxfordshire Charity Cup two years ago. His two brothers are both serving in the forces.

At the Oxford Cage Bird Show on October 21, Mr A Lovegrove, of King’s Road, Henley, was awarded two first prizes, one third and a special prize for Norwich Canaries bred in 1915. Mr Lovegrove has 20 young cocks (guaranteed) for sale at 6s 6d.

The Rev J Crowther, who retired from the pastorate of the Henley Wesleyan Church about two months ago and has since been living in retirement, has received a call to undertake the duties of chaplain at Dartmoor Convict Prison. Owing to a shortage of ministers, Mr Crowther felt it incumbent upon himself to accept the offer and he left Henley on Wednesday.

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