Saturday, 17 November 2018

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A HENLEY waterman, who nearly died after falling from a bridge, is making such good progress

A HENLEY waterman, who nearly died after falling from a bridge, is making such good progress it is “little short of a miracle”, his mother said this week. Mark Wagstaff was on his way to the F.A. Trophy final when he fell from a wall on top of a footbridge at Wembley Stadium station and landed on the concrete platform. The 23-year old Thames Water employee, who lives in Northfield End, was on a life support machine but now, only three weeks later, he has taken a few steps, is trying to talk again and has even started to smile.

A battle to stop the move of Henley’s crown post office to Martin’s newsagents in Bell Street has been launched by town councillors. The Mayor Ken Arlett said at a meeting of the town council on Tuesday that he wanted to see a sub-committee formed to fight the proposals. Last week Post Office Counters claimed the move would mean lunchtime opening  and better access for the disabled and elderly.

 Henley’s “Mr Rowing” Harry Porter has died in Townlands Hospital at the age of 89. He was the longest serving member of Henley Rowing Club, had rowed at Henley Royal Regatta and completed 70 years as a committee member of the Henley Town and Visitors’ Regatta.







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