Thursday, 23 May 2019

Warbler’s marvellous melody encapsulated beautiful landscape

Warbler’s marvellous melody encapsulated beautiful landscape

I HAVE read in the press that going for regular walks in the countryside is of great benefit to mental health. I’m sure it is. I’m out and about at least twice a week and this forms part of my life. I simply can’t stop so maybe that is why I’m always...
Past has a vote but not power of veto

Past has a vote but not power of veto

HOW democratic is our faith? Have you noticed a curious issue facing people of faith over the Brexit issue? Whether you are for or against leaving the EU, everyone agrees that it has to be a democratic decision... and yet...
No daytime TV for Kyle

No daytime TV for Kyle

A FORMER pupil of Reading Blue Coat School in Sonning has lost his role as one of the nation’s most controversial broadcasters. The Jeremy Kyle Show has been permanently axed by ITV after one of its guests died shortly after filming an episode in...
Horsepower’s a hit

Horsepower’s a hit

VALERIE ALASIA has suggested an alternative to Henley Town Council’s decision to spend £25,000 on a new diesel vehicle for its parks services staff. She read in the Daily Telegraph how Lambeth Council is using two shire horses to rake sections of...
A hundred years ago...

A hundred years ago...

MEMBERS of staff and patients of the Sanatorium have presented Dr and Mrs Lillingston with an entrée dish as a memento of their stay at Peppard. Harry Cole, who is the senior member of staff, said that some people thought sanatorium life meant long...

Fifty years ago...

HENLEY’S Congregational Church was on the air on Sunday when the BBC broadcast the morning worship in its Radio 4 service. Because of ...

Twenty five years ago...

A TRAIN was delayed and police tracker dogs were called in after three boys were seen on the railway line at Lower Shiplake on Sunday. ...

Ten years ago...

A WAVE of grey and green wheelie bins that has swept into Henley is infuriating residents. Bins have been dumped and stacked ...

What a pleasure to visit this copse as flora and fauna revel in spring

What a pleasure to visit this copse as flora and fauna revel in spring

MANY swifts (Apus apus) have reappeared in our skies. It is only the beginning of May but these supremely agile birds always seem to ...

Woodland walk with nothing but the sound of nesting goldcrests

Woodland walk with nothing but the sound of nesting goldcrests

WAY back in the Seventies, when I was a young lad (and with my parent’s permission), I started to explore the local woods and lanes. I ...

I can smell summer coming thanks to nature’s perfect perfume

I can smell summer coming thanks to nature’s perfect perfume

AS I get out of bed on this spring morning and open my window, I reflect that the most wonderful aspect of the onset of a new summer ...

Charming village with much to discover in surrounding countryside

Charming village with much to discover in surrounding countryside

TO many people passing through, Binfield Heath may look like a hamlet that sits along a minor road between Henley and Emmer Green. But ...

Woodland haven within stone’s throw of busy main road (and pub)

Woodland haven within stone’s throw of busy main road (and pub)

THE A4074 is a busy main road, there’s no doubt about that. The notorious “13 bends of death” runs between Chazey Heath and Cane End ...

Westfordhill, a special place where the wildlife helps lift the spirit

Westfordhill, a special place where the wildlife helps lift the spirit

I WAKE up this morning to bright sunlight. It’s only 6.30am but I get up with the knowledge that I have hours to go before my walk to ...

Perfect spring day for a walk in the woods (ignoring HM prison)

Perfect spring day for a walk in the woods (ignoring HM prison)

IT is another sweet early spring day. The sky is clear, leaves are emerging from their winter cloaks and birds are singing. There is a ...

Rediscovering a rare plant from childhood... and it’s just as glorious

Rediscovering a rare plant from childhood... and it’s just as glorious

MY word, hasn’t it been windy of late? I had intended to visit some nearby woodlands to see the early flowers but, being a cautious ...

I dread to think how yew trees called Devil’s Churchyard got the name

I dread to think how yew trees called Devil’s Churchyard got the name

ENTERING the Church of St Peter and St Paul in Checkendon, one is reminded of the sheer age of the building. The scent of the past ...

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New wardens

THREE churchwardens have been appointed in Wargrave. Sandra Baker, Helen Gradon and Peter Mayes were elected at the annual meeting of the parochial church council of St Mary’s ... [more]

 

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