BATTLING poll tax vicar, Paul Nicholson, is fighting a court order which will take the charge from his earnings. The Hambleden Valley rector still refuses to pay the “unjust” tax and is currently questioning the powers of the Church Commissioners to deduct the tax from his earnings. If he proves the commissioners have no legal powers to do this, he says he would go to prison rather than pay.
Grandstand tickets for the Henley Festival were snatched by a bungling burglar who thought he was stealing royal regatta badges last week. The dismayed thief realised the mix-up and left a note at the festival’s Bell Street offices saying he didn’t want the tickets after all but, because his fingerprints were on them, he would have to keep them. He then left details of seat numbers, so the tickets could be reprinted and sold.
Air rifle victim, Gris the cat, is making a miraculous recovery after being shot through the chest. The prize cat became the target of a vicious sniper and was left for dead at Remenham Hill last week. But a battling vet saved the Burmese champion and he is now almost back to health. Owner Mr Scott MacGregor agreed that his pet has already lost one of his nine lives in the gruesome attack.