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Man bids to run eight marathons

A MAN from Henley plans to run 350km for charity. Matthew Jackson, 39, who of Wootton Road, began yesterday (Thursday) in the Lake District and will finish in Snowdonia next Friday. He hopes to complete the equivalent of eight marathons in eight days. Mr Jackson, who is a director of BWP Commercial ...

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Hedge loss decision delayed

A DECISION on plans that would mean the destruction of an ancient 100m-long country hedge has been delayed. Satwell Properties, which owns the Satwell Estate, has applied for planning permission for a new entrance and driveway off New Road. The developer says this would create “a stunning journey ...

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Artist to sell copies of his Parkinson’s drawing

A MAN with Parkinson’s disease will be auctioning copies of a £10,000 painting in Watlington during Oxfordshire Artweeks in aid of a research charity. Rob Smith will be at the town hall, which will be open from 11am to 5pm from tomorrow (Saturday) to Monday, May 27. It is venue no 357. Mr Smith, ...

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Bluebells day centre celebrates five years of support

A CHARITY which supports people with dementia has celebrated its fifth anniversary. The Bluebells day centre, which is located at the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, provides social engagement, activities and care. More than 20 people attended the celebration, which included refreshments and c...

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Vintage transport festival returns

THE Fawley Hill Vintage Transport Festival will take place this weekend. Lady McAlpine will once again host the event at her Fawley Hill estate, despite saying last year that she didn’t think she would host another one. Attractions will include the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car, a flyover by a Secon...

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Urban landscapes photographer makes Artweeks show debut

A PHOTOGRAPHER from Watlington is to take part in his Oxfordshire Artweeks debut tomorrow (Saturday). William Cooper, 24, will be exhibiting a range of his urban and natural landscapes at a show in Bella Luce in High Street. Mr Cooper, who uses the stage name George Shelley, has previously exhibited...

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Let’s get down to business: Jo Bausor

Jo Bausor, 54, is the chief executive of the Henley Festival. She joined the festival in 2012 and worked in marketing, becoming chief executive in 2021. Married to Daniel, and with two daughters, Tabitha and Esther, they live at Bix. She likes going to live music and has taken up running. Describe y...

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Fascinating insight into legal process and how values have changed

A NOTORIOUS local murder case is the subject of Mike Rowbottom’s wonderful play, Mary Blandy — A Retrial, revived as a fundraiser for the Kenton Theatre. The drama fuses past and present seamlessly as Mary’s conviction in 1752 for poisoning her town clerk father is revisited and re-examined. T...

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I think positively despite my husband’s dementia

THIS is Dementia Action Week, which is designed to highlight the help available for the 944,000 people in the UK known to be living with the disease and their families. ALEX CARTER reports on the services available locally. PAM Soley doesn’t shy away from the reality of caring and living with a lo...

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New health food store

A HEALTH food chain shop is to open in Henley. Holland & Barrett will move into the Mountain Warehouse unit in Bell Street once it relocates to the former M&Co premises five doors away. No dates have been confirmed for the relocation or the opening of the businesses. M&Co closed in Febru...

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Charity cricket game on top of mountain

ELEVEN friends from Henley are to participate in the highest ever altitude cricket match in England to raise money for a team-mate. Past and present players from Henley Cricket Club will play a game at the summit of Helvellyn in the Lake District, which is 3,116ft above sea level and the third highe...

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Boy, nine, does the double in Hairy Legs challenge

MORE than 400 children and adults took part in this year’s Hairy Legs challenge in Goring. The event took place at Sheepcot recreation ground, off Gatehampton Road, on Saturday. Runners warmed up beforehand but were warned not to overdo it in the sultry weather. Adults ran either two laps of a hil...

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Former Tory council leader changes party in bid to become MP

THE former Conservative leader of Wokingham Borough Council has switched to the Reform UK party in a bid to become an MP. John Halsall, who lives in Remenham, used to represent the Remenham, Wargrave and Ruscombe ward but stood down at the local elections earlier this month. Now he is standing for R...

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Pink-themed party to start summer season

A GARDEN party was held outside Leander Club in Henley on Saturday to mark the start of the summer season. About 250 members and friends relaxed in the warm sunshine during the afternoon and evening, making use of the decking and seating by the river. There was an outdoor bar and “gourmet” burge...

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Festival agrees to remain at regatta site

THE Henley Festival is to remain in the town for at least the next five years. Organisers have agreed a new deal to remain on the Henley Royal Regatta site. It comes 10 years after they agreed a deal that came after the festival had proposed to move out of the town. This year’s festival — the 42...

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School says joining multi-academy trust would benefit pupils

GILLOTTS School in Henley is set to join a multi-academy trust. The secondary academy’s governing body is considering joining the River Learning Trust, which the school already collaborates with. It has sent a letter to parents to outline the reasons for the move and signalled the start of a forma...

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Founder of child sex abuse charity marks first year

A CHILD sex abuse charity which was started by a Henley woman has marked its first anniversary. Project 90/10 was founded by Emma-Jane Taylor, who was abused as a child. Ms Taylor, 51, began the #NotMyShame movement which spread worldwide via social media last year after she posted “Being abused a...

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Rory Hunt elected Henley Mayor

RORY Hunt was officially elected as the new Mayor of Henley today (Monday). More than 100 people, including family and friends, former mayors and charity representatives, gathered in the town hall to witness the formal mayor-making ceremony. Councillor Hunt succeeds Councillor Kellie Hinton, who had...

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Falle and Marcel qualify for end of season national series final

DEBUTANT Pete Falle was a revelation in winning the Phyllis Court heat of the National C-Level Series last week despite only answering a call-up from the reserves bench with only an hour’s notice. Four days later, club mate Michael Marcel stayed undefeated to win the Sussex County heat of the same...

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Water fountain plan for meadows

A DRINKING water fountain could be installed at Mill Meadows in Henley. Henley Town Council’s recreation and amenities committee unanimously backed the proposal drawn up by town clerk Sheridan Jacklin-Edward to install a fountain in the park. It has previously been suggested by councillors that wa...