Tuesday, 01 December 2020

Turning back the pages

JAILED former AIT boss Carl Rigby has been ordered to pay back almost £400,000 or risk

JAILED former AIT boss Carl Rigby has been ordered to pay back almost £400,000 or risk spending a further 18 months behind bars. Rigby, 43, and the company’s former financial director, Gareth Bailey, 36, were sentenced to a total of five-and-a-half years at Southwark Crown Court after being convicted of misleading investors.

A good Samaritan was given two parking fines while donating a mountain bike to a raffle organised to help save Townlands Hospital — despite having a valid ticket on display in his car. When Rob Warner returned to King’s Road car park from Henley town hall he found a parking attendant had given him two £60 tickets.

A simple game turned into a mini-drama this week after a four-year-old boy ended up being trapped in handcuffs. Thomas Andrews was playing games with his nanny who slipped a pair of toy handcuffs over his ankle as he dived under a table. She then realised the key was with Thomas’s dad — who was away in Derbyshire!

MICHAEL HESELTINE revealed yesterday that the Henley Standard set the ball rolling for his Conservative Party leadership challenge. Speaking from his London office, the Henley MP explained that it was “the point at which the upsurge of support began”. Mr Heseltine took the greatest gamble of his political career on Wednesday when he announced his intention to oppose Mrs Thatcher.

Residents will soon be asked to approve a new local plan, which is set to take Henley into the next century. Policies of preservation and protection run through South Oxfordshire District Council’s local plan. Residents will be asked what they think of the draft plan at a public exhibition next month.

A Harpsden landowner’s plans to build stables for 24 polo ponies could pollute Henley’s water supply. Urs Schwarzenbach’s scheme, which was turned down by South Oxfordshire councillors, was proposed for land at Bolney Farm, near the Harpsden borehole abstraction station. Council officers reported to the planning meeting that the development was “likely to result in the pollution of water supplies to the Henley area”.

THE police have made an appeal to the public for any information which might lead to the identity of the person who left a newborn baby’s bones and clothing on Peppard Common. The discovery of the bones was made by a dog being taken for a walk on the common on October 30 by its owner, Jim Knight, who lives nearby.

Henley’s traffic problems formed the basis of some questions asked of John Hay, MP for the consistuency, when he spoke at the Conservative Association meeting at the town hall on Friday. He accepted a petition from the council asking for his support in tackling the difficulties from the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Mrs Monica Rowe. He assured those present of his unqualified assistance.

Hooligans are believed to be responsible for damaging chain link fencing which was erected on land owned by Oxfordshire County Council at Friar Park, Henley, in September. The estimated cost of the damage is £250 to £300. Some 300 yards of plastic-covered chain link fencing and concrete posts and about 50 panels of about 9ft in length had been cut and damaged.

M Henri Moonens, son of Monsieur and Madame Moonens, who is serving as a volunteer in the 2nd Regiment de Guides, Armee Belge, has just made a brief visit to his parents’ home in Witheridge Hill. Stormy weather and difficulty to source a berth on the Channel boats detained him at Calais for several days and so allowed him to spend only a day or two with his family. M Henri Moonens joined the Belgian Army (cavalry) about six months ago as a 17-year-old volunteer and has for some time been serving with his regiment in the trenches at Dixmude.

The committee of the Hambleden Institute has opened a fund to provide gifts at Christmas for the sailors and soldiers from Hambleden and Skirmett. The committee successfully carried out this work last year and the response to their present appeal for funds has been so good that they hope to be equally successful this year. The number of names on the roll of honour has doubled since last Christmas and there are many more men now serving abroad than a year ago.

Mr F Rowe, of Greys Hill, Henley, has received notification that his son Bert has been wounded in action, having been hit in the arm by a German sniper when going to the trenches with his battalion.

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