Thursday, 18 April 2019

Councillors must commit

Councillors must commit Sir, — Well, the Henley Town Council elections are not far away and we have to select the 16 people to represent us and look after the best interests of our town. This will be an important choice as this council will have to deal with the 500-plus new homes with the resulting extra traffic congestion, parking difficulties, further deterioration of our air quality and many ...

15/04/19

Christmas Festival date is perfect

Sir, — I cannot believe that our town councillors are spending so much time discussing when Henley’s Christmas Festival and tree lights switch-on should be this year (Standard, April 5). The date had already been agreed in January but because some councillors have another opinion it continues to be discussed. When considering the sense of national indecisiveness that we are currently under, it ...

15/04/19

Early morning fisherman catches...

Sir, — Before I upset any of your readers regarding this image of a young man fishing, it was taken just a day or so before the close season started on the River Thames downstream from Benson Lock. I hope the photograph will not send avid coarse fishermen into a fit of depression. Suffice it to remind them there are less than 10 weeks to wait. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

15/04/19

Red Lion Lawn about 120 years ago

Sir, — This postcard of Red Lion Lawn in Henley dates from about 1900. Is the river higher now? — Yours faithfully, Sophie O’Sullivan Ipsden

15/04/19

Your letters...

People don’t want to leave Sir, — “At one moment in time nearly three years ago less than half of you voted to leave the EU. “And however bad it turns out to be, and no matter that what you are about to experience bears not the slightest resemblance to what you were promised, I am going to follow without question my party line to deliver on it. “Because the advice the minority of you gave me, ...

08/04/19

Unusual sight in the countryside...

Sir, — I thought my girlfriend Meg was going mad as I drove through Rotherfield Peppard on Saturday morning during a visit to my parents in Highmoor. As she looked out of the window of my car, I heard her scream, “Stop, there’s an ostrich!” I drove on thinking she had either gone mad or got her dates wrong in a premature attempt at an April Fool’s joke. However, she persuaded me to turn around to ...

08/04/19

‘Rocket’ seems to have lost its way

As far as I can see the Ministry of Defence has been conducting secret tests around Sonning and by chance one of the rockets has landed on the Playhatch roundabout. As usual, I’m outraged! — Yours faithfully, Tom Fenton Sir, Madam, Ms (or whatever you are identifying as today), — This rocket, which should have been aimed at Parliament, has embedded itself harmlessly in the roundabout at Playhatch....

08/04/19

Swan in spring sun

Editor, — I thought your readers would like to see this photograph of a swan nesting in the late afternoon spring sunshine. The picture was taken on the Thames towpath in Remenham last week. Swan Support has put up some protective rush screening. — Yours faithfully, Sue James Gravel Hill, Henley

08/04/19

My father was quite a sportsman

Sir, — I have sent you this photograph of the Henley YMCA football team from 1949 because I only recognise four team members — my father Fred Taylor, who was the captain and is seen holding the ball, Reg Francis and his brother George and Roy Sadler. I wonder if the other players can be identified by your readers? An article in the Henley Standard in 1957 headlined “Personality this week” read as ...

01/04/19

Your letters...

Let’s be more welcoming Sir, — The decision by Henley Town Council to make permanent the ban on barbecues in Marsh Meadows left us feeling dismayed at such narrow and small-minded thinking. Why should the action of a few affect the fun and enjoyment of so many well behaved visitors to the meadows? Many of the visitors who enjoy an afternoon spent with their extended families in Marsh Meadows are ...

01/04/19

Getting rid of litter bins: councillor’s suggestion is common sense... or ridiculous

Sir, — I was delighted to read (Standard, March 15) that Henley is represented on South Oxfordshire District Council by Joan Bland, someone with that increasingly rare faculty... common sense. My observations have focused on the abuse of litter bins in rural lay-bys, particularly those at the M40 junction at Lewknor which are quickly bunged up with bags of kitchen waste and worse. Nine months ago ...

01/04/19

What a difference sunshine makes

Sir, — What a difference a day (or two) makes. Hopefully, this photograph shows it. It was taken in Ewelme as my wife and I were on our way back from a morning walk with our Labradoodle Bisto. We have used the ford on many occasions to give the dog a wash! While writing, can I say I had a wry smile when I read Vincent Ruane’s response to the article about the three “B’s” in Reading and noticed ...

01/04/19

Your letters...

Town needs new strategy Sir, — The opening paragraph of your story about the King’s Road car park in Henley loosely paraphrased as “sometime never for the extra level”, looks ominously true. (Standard, March 6). How absolutely wonderful that South Oxfordshire District Council carried out a survey in 2015 which enabled the top brass to covertly rule out an extension to this car park. The trouble ...

25/03/19

Stormy weather... like Parliament

Sir, — I couldn’t resist sending you this picture, which seems relevant to the current state of the Palace of Westminster. The forecast is as follows: “Don’t know why, there’s no sun up in the sky, Stormy Weather!” — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

25/03/19

Thank you for clearing footpath

Sir, — I would like to draw your attention to this footpath between War Memorial Place and the Henley YMCA that has been cleared by the town council. This has enabled many of us dog walkers and others to use this delightful off-road path, which is much appreciated! Thank you. — Yours faithfully, Bruce Brown Henley

18/03/19

Your letters...

Sham of plan consultation Sir, — I am writing as chairman of Sonning Common’s neighbourhood plan revision working party to challenge the way South Oxfordshire District Council chose to conduct the recent consultation on its draft local plan and to question its purpose. The online form for submitting comments on the plan was, in my view and the view of many of those who grappled with it, ...

18/03/19

Prunus blossom is spring delight

Sir, — The clouds of prunus blossom are one of the delights at the moment. On Tuesday morning last week my attention was caught by this little cloud at the top of West Street, illuminated by the early morning sunlight. — Yours faithfully, Ron White Milton Close, Henley

18/03/19

Henley Standard goes global with advice on ‘Sir’ debate

Sir, — My aunt is English and she and I live in Sonoma, California. She is 93 and I take care of her in the mornings. She was reading the Press Democrat, our local newspaper, when I heard a loud, “What’s all this?” It was an article about Liz Hatch wanting to get rid of “Sir” when you write a letter to a male editor. Sir and Ma’am or Miss or Mrs — you get the picture — are all words of respect to ...

11/03/19

Your letters...

Why I must switch sides Sir, — In November I announced that I had left the Henley Conservatives. I would now like to announce that I have joined Henley Residents Group and plan to stand as an HRG candidate in the town council elections on May 2. In the year since my election it has become obvious that HRG are the best choice for Henley. They work hard and get things done. I campaigned to save the ...

11/03/19

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