Friday, 14 December 2018

Your letters...

Unappealing town centre Sir, — I have lived in Station Road, Henley, for the last 28 years. My husband and I walk into town every day after a long walk along the river. We are therefore privy to noticing the deterioration in cleanliness/care in the town centre over the last few years. To say the centre is dirty is an understatement. I list below the main offending areas: •The pavements are ...

10/12/18

Taxi drivers: thoughtless or caring?

Sir, — How is it that every day, at least one of Henley Taxis’ vehicles can be found parked on double yellow lines in Gravel Hill? In my pictures, one is parked outside a private garage and the other in a bus stop. Have they been given a special allowance to do so, or is it a case of don’t “give a damn”? — Yours faithfully, Caren Donnelly Henley Taxis responds: “Firstly, we would like to ...

10/12/18

Rather ornate gate for a car wash

Sir, — With reference to your weekly Hidden Henley item, I thought you might be interested in this. I spotted this very ornate gate at the entrance to the car wash underneath electrical distributors Medlock in Newtown Road, Henley. It seems odd on a very Seventies industrial building. — Yours faithfully, Fred Edwards

10/12/18

Black and white conveys the light

Sir, — Hopefully, this photograph demonstrates that a monochrome image conveys that light and shade are still the essential elements in photography. Just for interest, it was taken early one morning and shows the fence and gate leading on to Ewelme Common. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

10/12/18

Snowflake like Christmas tree

Sir, — I have previously sent you photos of snowflakes showing six different shapes. On Saturday, March 17 light snow was falling and I noticed you could clearly see the different shapes. To my surprise and joy, I saw this snowflake in the shape of a Christmas tree. The snowflake was approximately 3mm wide and 5mm high and very unusual as normally they are six-sided. The photograph taken with a ...

10/12/18

Your letters...

Don’t vote for EU ‘deal’ Sir, — John Howell’s comments on the EU withdrawal deal (Standard, November 23) were hardly a ringing endorsement for Theresa May’s Brexit proposals. His lack of enthusiasm would seem to be shared by a growing number of MPs for whom this document pretty much manages to create the worst of all worlds for the future of the country. So here’s the big question: what will Mr ...

03/12/18

Beautiful afternoon by the river

Sir, — I took this photograph in the afternoon of the Sunday before last while waling along the towpath by Mill and Marsh Meadows in Henley and thought it might be of interest. It was a beautiful, sunny, crisp afternoon. — Yours faithfully, Barbara Cleminshaw St Andrew’s Road, Henley

03/12/18

Not my beard...

Sir, — I took this photograph while on a walk at Huntinglands, Ewelme. I know I am leaving myself open to ribald comments when I say it is of wild clematis, generally known as “old man’s beard”. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

26/11/18

Your letters...

I worry about medication Sir, — I am writing regarding the possible disruption to prescriptions due to Brexit. Theresa May has already highlighted her worries regarding the importation from Europe of her own diabetes medication. It is a very serious concern. My own Parkinson’s disease medication is vital as it replaces the missing dopamine in my brain. The medication has to be taken at regular ...

26/11/18

Golden foliage soon gone

Sir, — The Himalayan birch briefly frames my unkempt garden before divesting itself of its golden foliage as winter approaches. — Yours faithfully, Ron White Milton Close, Henley

19/11/18

New bus service is so much better

Sir, — After getting off a train at Henley station, I took a short walk along Station Road to the bus stop and had to wait only a few minutes for the 152 bus service that goes past at 22 minutes past the hour. There were about 12 passengers, including my dad, who loves using the new, improved bus service. From Monday last week we had a lovely new bus driver called Marion. She has had a really ...

19/11/18

Never mind my fairy lights, is our bridge going to stay up?

Sir, — I would like to add my final comment on the Henley Bridge lights saga (Standard, November 2). As you have reported several times, Henley Town Council was going to have a meeting about the lights after the various festivals had finished and then decide whether to recommend a retrospective planning application should be made or that there should be another form of lighting or perhaps none at ...

12/11/18

Your letters...

Community care, my foot Sir, — As the full-time carer of a disabled senior citizen, I must concur with Barry Wood’s letter headlined “Madness or what?’ (Standard, September 17). While the NHS has a plethora of skills and commitment at ground level, the management of it has removed the authority of doctors and consultants to refer or prescribe treatments in the timely manner they would wish for ...

12/11/18

Fruit and flowers... in November!

Sir, — Like many gardeners last summer, I spent hours watering favourite vegetable plants and flowers. Sadly, my raspberries withered under the constant heat. Remarkably, owing to refreshing rain and steady autumn sunshine, all my raspberries canes are fruiting now in November! I’m picking 1lb daily. There is one difference — our resident blackbirds leave them alone and I’m allowed to pick them ...

12/11/18

Waste of our money

Sir, — Lovely! What a marvellous facility we have at Jubilee Park in Henley (opposite Tesco). Until you realise this is 5.30am and there are no matches scheduled. Whose pockets is this being paid from? Let me think... Oh yes, ours of course! Never mind saving for a treat at Christmas, let’s just floodlight the whole area. — Yours faithfully, Edward Sierpowski Crisp Road, Henley

05/11/18

Beware hedgehogs in your bonfire

Sir, — Henley in Bloom is championing the hedgehog and it has been delightful to work with year 2 at Sacred Heart Primary School who have created a very colourful window display at the library to bring awareness to the plight of hedgehogs nesting or hibernating in bonfires. A bonfire is a very attractive nesting or hibernation site for a hedgehog and they will be attracted to them at any time of ...

05/11/18

Letters to the Editor...

Allocation not agreed Sir, — Dieter Hinke wrote to you in the belief that South Oxfordshire District Council had allocated the 95 houses to be built on Thames Farm to Shiplake, even though the land is in Harpsden parish and therefore in the area previously approved by the district council for the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan (Standard, October 26). Fortunately, we have the ...

05/11/18

Couldn’t help snapping this scene

Sir, — This photograph was taken in Henley from the corner of New Street. As we had a few minutes to spare on the way to Henley Vets on Friday, I managed to park and had the compact Nikon A100 with me. The light and the rowing enthusiasts, not to mention the birdlife, were just too good to miss. I hope you like it. — Yours faithfully, Terry Allsop Ewelme

29/10/18

Your letters...

Not so good neighbours Sir, — After months of speculation, Shiplake has announced that Lower Shiplake has been allocated the 95 homes at Thames Farm and probably 40 more at the former Wyevale garden centre, even though they sit in Harpsden parish (Standard, October 19). This was agreed to in principle, according to Shiplake, by South Oxfordshire District Council policy makers. (As a point of ...

29/10/18

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