Sunday, 03 July 2022

Our neighbour’s hedge is too big

OUR neighbour’s hedge is more than 20ft high and 60ft long and overhanging our garden by a least 6ft. Over the years I have tried to persuade my neighbour to cut it to a legal height (I have been told that the law says 2m high maximum) but unfortunately my request fell on deaf ears. Leylandii grow rapidly if not controlled. As we live in a chalet bungalow, privacy is not an issue. It’s making ...

27/06/22

Your letters...

Sad to miss experience I was saddened to read both Hugh Archibald’s letter concerning the withdrawal of the regatta boat tent area tickets for residents and Sir Steve Redgrave’s response (Standard, June 17). I fondly remember the look of joy and excitement on my daughter’s and friends’ faces as they collected their badges and then mixed with crews, families and spectators as they embraced the ...

27/06/22

Your letters...

How to help Ukrainians Since this madness of war started in March I have had an idea, which I’d like to share with Henley folk. It is to set up a worldwide initiative to twin with the people of Ukraine. This is not new as the original idea was mooted immediately after the Second World War to repair damaged relationships and help towns that had suffered, pairing them to a town overseas. The aim ...

20/06/22

Who called for the Dynamic Duo?

Sir, — I am not sure what was going on in Bell Street, Henley, but it appeared that someone called for Batman. And Robin? Looks like it was his day off. — Yours faithfully, Kerry Miller Henley

20/06/22

Great fun day out in the sunshine

I thought you might like this image I captured of a red knight mocking the crowd in the blue corner at the jousting festival at Stonor. It was a great fun day out in the sunshine. — Yours faithfully, Charlotte Cottingham

20/06/22

Blue tit and babies

Linda Seward, from Cookley Green, has a camera in her bird nesting box which captured this blue tit and seven babies

20/06/22

Puzzling spider

Judith MacBeth, of Highdown Avenue, Emmer Green, says: “I was puzzled by this white spider that I discovered on a Welsh poppy in my garden. I sent a photo to your Nature Notes writer Vincent Ruane, who identified it as a crab spider from the family Thomisus. He also suggested I sent the photo to the Henley Standard, so here it is.”

20/06/22

Strange sight

This strange sight was captured by Ian Potter, from Woodcote, near North Stoke. He says: “It is the work of the ermine moth caterpillar — they weave a web across a host tree or bush in order to safely feed beneath it, often completely defoliating the host. The webs gradually disappear and the host plant will recover. The moths and their caterpillars should be tolerated as they are an important ...

20/06/22

Headline

Sharon Hewitt, from Wargrave, took these pictures of a pair of goldfinches and a sparrow feeding

20/06/22

Tiny duckling

“This duckling was so tiny that its weight did not even depress a lily pad,” says Veronica Vleck, from Wargrave

20/06/22

Wild flowers

Rosemary Ruane, of Henley Road, Caverham, took those pictures of wild and cultivated flowers, clockwise from top left, a white-flowered columbine, hemlock water-dropwort, Beauty of Littleworth rhododendron, foxglove, the leaves of a pin oak (Quercus palustris) and a mass of buttercups. 

20/06/22

Unusual rose

“This is my favourite rose as it is unsual,,” says Peter Woolsey, from Binfield Heath

20/06/22

Headline

Tony Taylor, of Knappe Close, Henley, took these photographs of bluebells, Loddon lilies and oxeeye daisies

20/06/22

Wild flowers

These landscapes were photographed by Terry Allsop, from Ewelme, and show the field at the end of Icknield plantation known as Swyncombe Woods and a field of wild flowers

20/06/22

Cloud missiles

Terry Allsop also took this picture, saying: “A large, overbearing cloud formation firing a missile at a much smaller one but missing!”

20/06/22

Cricket match

Charlotte Narula, from Wargrave, took this picture of a cricket match at Wormsley

20/06/22

Post-jubilee trees

Ian Shaw, from Aston, submitted thse pictures that he took in Remenham Woods on Thursday morning and says: “In case there’s a lull in contributions post-jubilee!”

20/06/22

Ode to the Queen by Shiplake College’s own poet laureate

The poem below was written by Shiplake College’s poet laureate Matthew Perry (year 8). We held an open-air service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee on Skipwith Lawn when Matthew read out the poem. — Yours faithfully, Katherine Green Director of External Relations, Shiplake College 70 years wearing the crown, People will be talking about the Queen all over town, She’s 96 ...

13/06/22

Your letters...

Finally, MP responds... Sir, — Like many local constituents, I wrote to John Howell in April to tell him how shocked and appalled I was by the behaviour of our Prime Minister. I received a prompt response from his office which was word for word the same as the statement from him that you carried in your paper’s letters page towards the end of that month. Since then, as more horrific details have ...

13/06/22

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