Thursday, 18 October 2018

Your letters...

Dog owners, please think Sir, — The town of Henley-on-Thames is blessed by lungs all around it, the most prominent of which is Remenham where most notable events occur — Henley Royal Regatta, the Henley Festival, Henley Half Marathon, Henley Women’s Regatta, Henley Masters Regatta, Rewind etc. Remenham offers the good people of Henley many tens of miles of footpaths and country roads to walk, ...

15/10/18

Morning salute

Sir, — I took this picture of an angler the other morning when the light was pretty good. I think it has caught the atmospheric qualities quite well. I still find it strange to accept one can take more than 36 images before running out of film. I managed to shoot 35! I think the fisherman is either shading his eyes against the early morning sun or could be saluting the passing of an oncoming ...

15/10/18

Full moon over Higgs

Sir, — I tried to photograph the full Harvest moon rising behind Henley on Tuesday night last week but couldn’t get a suitable viewpoint so went to a restaurant instead. On the way back along Reading Road we got this view of the full moon over your offices. — Yours faithfully, Hugh Archibald Greys Road, Henley

08/10/18

It’s already chilly in the country

Sir, — This picture of the River Thames was taken just downsteam from Benson lock/weir early one morning last week when Bisto the dog demanded her “walkies”! With the misty light, it is just so peaceful and evocative. The other image is of the frost pattern on the roof of the car — one of the dubious benefits of living near Benson frost pocket! — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

08/10/18

Your Letters...

Cut pollution, not speed Sir, — I agree with Thames Valley Police and object to the proposed new 20mph speed limit in Henley town centre (Standard, September 28). It is a pointless waste of £18,000 of taxpayers’ money, which will actually increase pollution. The amount of pollution a vehicle causes is not really a result of its speed but is caused by the amount of time the vehicle engine is ...

08/10/18

Lorries too large for ancient town

Sir, — Following your story about the Waitrose delivery lorry getting stuck at the junction of King’s Road and West Street, Henley, (Standard, September 21), I thought I’d send you this photo taken during the same week. It shows a lorry attempting to manoeuvre into Bell Street and being forced to mount the pavement outside Monsoon. While understanding the need to keep our stores and shops ...

01/10/18

Your letters...

Don’t close this hospice Sir, — Having previously written to the Henley Standard, I want to reiterate my and our family’s concern about the closure of the Sue Ryder hospice at Nettlebed. It is quite possible that there are sometimes empty beds — who knows when the demand will come but I can only say that when my husband needed a bed in September 2017, we had to wait for two days, which was very ...

01/10/18

Pub’s wonderful hanging baskets

Sir, — I just wanted to say a big thank-you to the people responsible for the wonderful display of hanging baskets outside the Three Horseshoes pub in Reading Road, Henley. For someone who travels regularly along Reading Road, the baskets have been an absolute joy to behold every time I have driven by. The pub has done a wonderful job keeping the displays going all through the hot summer months. ...

01/10/18

Your letters...

Vulnerable need support Sir, — With reference to your report from the inquest on my son Daniel James (Standard, September 14), I feel he was let down by “the system”. While I appreciate that the Government provides, through local councils, a social care system for young people and adults with a diagnosis of autism, its “one-size-fits-all” approach is far from effective. Autism is a spectrum ...

24/09/18

Hurricane Florence was here too!

Sir, — I thought this photograph might make you smile as I think it shows that for once the great (his opinion) Donald Trump may be right about fake news. It would appear that Hurricane Florence was not a threat to the USA because it was in fact in the River Thames at Benson weir! — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

24/09/18

Town looks good in the sunshine

Sir, — The market in Henley coincided with the return of the beautiful weather and showed the town at its best. Aren’t we lucky? — Yours faithfully, Hugh Archibald Greys Road, Henley

24/09/18

I spotted headless chicken at show

Sir, — Here is a slightly unusual photo of a chicken, my favourite exhibit at the Henley Show on Saturday. The second photo proves it really is a chicken! — Yours faithfully, Andrew Moberly St Mark’s Road, Henley

17/09/18

Your letters...

Madness or what? Sir, — My adventures with the NHS in the last two years illustrate how the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group fails to communicate policy with the residents of Oxfordshire. In July 2017 I had a replacement knee. I was ejected from the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading within 48 hours of the operation and re-admitted within five hours with complications. After four days in ...

17/09/18

Is combine driver a fan of cubism?

Sir, — To acknowledge the start of what, meteorologically speaking, is now autumn, I took this image on September 1 from the Ridgeway, not far from Swyncombe. May I suggest that the stripes created by the driver of the combine harvester show he is truly an artist and has attempted to create an impression of cubism? — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

17/09/18

Your letters...

Slipway is dangerous Sir, — On July 21 I wrote to Henley Town Council in support of the comments about the town slipway which were made in your paper by Lyndon Yorke, from Booker Common. This is what I wrote: “Condition of the New Street slipway, Dear Mrs Wheeler [town clerk], I am writing in connection with the recent letter to the Henley Standard and your response on behalf of the town council. ...

10/09/18

Golden rain tree thrived in heat

Sir, — I enjoy your letters page every week, especially the spectacular photos your readers send in. I am sure your readers would like to see this glorious golden rain tree in our small garden in Whitchurch Hill. My husband and I have been marvelling at it all summer. It absolutely adored the very hot weather. It is known as the pride of India and its Latin name is koelreuteria paniculata. ...

10/09/18

Delighted by these bigger blooms

Sir, — My Gloriosa superba rothschildiana seems to grow bigger and bigger every year with more and more blooms. I am so delighted! — Yours faithfully, Sheila Ferris

06/09/18

Cyclists dumping in countryside

Sir, — We read with interest Andrew Huyton’s letter headlined “Respect? Cyclist threw water at my car for tooting him” (Standard, August 17). Unfortunately, water is not the only thing some cyclists throw as they make their way through our lanes and countryside. Here is a recent collection of primarily cyclist detritus, collected just between Maidensgrove and Russells Water — punctured inner ...

03/09/18

Your letters...

Hospice must not be sold Sir, — At the meeting of the Townlands Steering Group in Henley town hall last week, the main item on the agenda was end-of-life care in Oxfordshire with particular reference to the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed (Standard, August 24). Members of the Sue Ryder management in London had agreed to attend and answer questions about the future of the hospice. By the start of ...

03/09/18

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