Hellish motorbikes

I used to be very unhappy to learn concerning the accident wherein Anna Tomson was badly injured (Commonplace, Could 22).

To me, it epitomised the irresponsible and cavalier angle of so many bikers.

I stay in Truthful Mile, Henley, and, like so many residents, our lives are ruined by the insufferable noise of bikers opening full throttle, ignoring all velocity indicators and roaring alongside this lovely highway to affix the gangs of bikers assembly at Benson.

This isn’t a brand new drawback however, regardless of infinite pleas up to now, our police appear unable or unwilling to sort out this blatant breaking of the regulation. What’s the level of a brand new velocity restrict when it’s by no means enforced?

I personally have attended a course for breaking the regulation by doing 35mph in a 30mph zone. How can these boastful, egocentric bikers be allowed to spoil each sunny day for thus many individuals, making sitting in a single’s personal backyard nearly inconceivable?

This can be a determined plea. Please, if the native powers that be learn this letter, do one thing about these hellish bikers with their complete lack of concern for anybody or something and restore our highway to acceptable noise ranges. — Yours faithfully,

Christine Wright

Truthful Mile, Henley

Spring peace destroyed

Sir, — For the previous 30 years we’ve been lucky to stay in a village solely somewhat greater than a mile from Henley.

Just lately, with the calm of no industrial plane and little highway site visitors, with the ability to hear the birds serenading their lovers with particular spring songs has added an additional dimension to our enjoyment of Decrease Assendon.

Sadly, that has now come to an finish.

Noise air pollution, particularly on Sundays, has begun another time. Motorbikes can’t wait to hit the open highway and are heard as they emerge on to Truthful Mile, ignoring the 40mph restrict not too long ago imposed so far as Lambridge Highway and continuing up the twin carriageway to Bix, quickly altering gears and creating an increasing number of noise as they achieve this.

At instances, it’s inconceivable to carry a dialog within the backyard, reminding us of the times when Concorde handed overhead on its common timetable.

The bikers proceed to Nettlebed and will be heard for many of the means there.

There appears to be no restrict and nobody has accountability for quelling noise air pollution, or so it appears. Has anybody any smart solutions? — Yours faithfully,

Ginny Batchelor-Smith

Decrease Assendon

Joyful that saga is over

Sir, — I learn with aid and pleasure that the misguided mission to mild up Henley Bridge has now, lastly, been laid to relaxation (Commonplace, Could 29).

I applaud Wokingham Borough Council and South Oxfordshire District Council for his or her opposition and likewise Peppard Parish Council, the Henley Archaeological and Historic Group and Historic England for talking out in opposition to it as properly.

Nevertheless, it’s shameful that Henley City Council and sure city councillors supported this mission.

Regardless of the various explanations given why it mustn’t occur (the harm to a listed construction, the environmental harm of sunshine air pollution at night time harming the riverside wildlife, the difficulty of a personal particular person taking on and making alterations to a public and listed constructing as a pricey self-importance mission and the dearth of style and so forth), Mr Hemsley continued to bulldoze his means by means of two planning purposes.

Though he has complained concerning the “private feedback” of his detractors, private feedback appeared to stem from Mr Hemsley and his supporters too.

Certainly, there was various “unfavourable and private feedback” concerning the detractors, together with labelling opponents “Luddites”, which many might have discovered offensive and narrow-minded.

As regards the general public assembly organised by Mr Hemsley concerning the fairy lights, I and doubtless many others didn’t find out about it beforehand and thus couldn’t attend.

I additionally suspect that detractor attendance wouldn’t have been welcomed as it’s far simpler to talk to your supporters.

In putting in his fairy lights over two years in the past, Mr Hemsley commited an offence underneath the Listed Constructing Act. There needs to be an investigation and presumably a prosecution.

Extra instantly, an knowledgeable ought to take away the lights and their fixings and an expert inspection of the bridge à propos the harm brought on by the lights and fixings needs to be undertaken, with the prices for each these operations being borne by Mr Hemsley.

I do even have a suggestion for illuminating Henley Bridge in a delicate, non-invasive and acceptable to wildlife means.

Maybe putting in on every pavement on the bridge a couple of old style, conventional lantern-type lights to wash the bridge in a gentle creamy glow, not dissimilar to these on Studying Bridge.

Earlier than Market Place turned what it’s now, it was a ravishing area bordered by a low, elegant brick wall with flower planters and two lovely, old style lights within the center (oddly, these lights vanished through the semi-pedestrianisation).

A smaller-scale model of these now lacking lights would look fairly pretty on the bridge. — Yours faithfully,

Nicola Robinson

Sonning Widespread

Answer is floodlighting

Sir, — The most effective resolution for illuminating Henley Bridge may be very easy — floodlighting!

Floodlighting the bridge would complement the gorgeous lighting of St Mary’s Church tower and would look fairly excellent whether or not considered from upriver or from the Berkshire facet close to Leander Membership. A advantageous instance of that is to be seen within the new lighting of Putney Bridge in London linking the 2 floodlit church towers of Fulham and Putney.

Has this concept been considered beforehand? — Yours faithfully,

Raymond Mitchell-Heggs

Truthful Mile, Henley

Ultimate phrase on bridge

Sir, — It’s solely pure that Clive Hemsley, having given up on illuminating Henley Bridge nevertheless well-intentioned, goes down with all weapons blazing, spluttering like a dying firework.

The time is nigh to attract a line underneath this native drama however earlier than I do I want to appropriate some “faux information” said in Mr Hemsley’s letter (Commonplace, Could 29).

1. I did attend February’s public assembly within the city corridor.

2. I spoke from the ground and was subsequently quoted within the Henley Commonplace.

3. I attended the Wokingham Borough Council planning committee assembly at which his utility was mentioned.

4. I really useful refusal of the appliance and was subsequently quoted within the Henley Commonplace.

5. Neither Mr Hemsley nor any consultant attended that assembly.

6. Wokingham Borough Council and South Oxfordshire District Council are collectively chargeable for planning purposes referring to the bridge.

As an everyday kayaker, I’ve many alternatives to see shut up the underside and exterior of the bridge.

The Berkshire facet of the bridge is in good order. The arch closest to the Angel on the Bridge has been extensively repaired however there’s harm evident to the central arch.

I’m happy Councillor Will Hamilton has this matter now in hand and want him success within the general rectification. — Yours faithfully,

John Whiting

Chairman, Henley Archaeological and Historic Group

Cummings has to go

Sir, — That is an open letter to John Howell MP about Dominic Cummings.

That is the primary time I’ve written to my MP in additional than 50 years since I turned eligible to vote. Whereas many “scandals” have induced me to query the standard of our governments of all persuasions, so strongly do I really feel concerning the present debacle that this letter seeks to convey that and I hope that you simply agree that no motion is just not an choice.

This man’s behaviour beggars perception whereas frequently throughout lockdown all who’ve appeared on the media, whether or not authorities ministers, consultants, scientists, clinicians, docs, nurses, care employees or households of the unwell and bereaved have repeatedly strengthened the message to “keep at dwelling”.

Certainly, many tons of and doubtless hundreds of households in related and much more excessive circumstances have “carried out their obligation” (as Well being Secretary Matt Hancock put it) and stayed at dwelling.

Their “instincts” would most certainly have been screaming at them to do in any other case however they didn’t, they adopted the foundations, pointers and exhortations.

To so blatantly have disregarded the foundations is a matter grave sufficient for dismissal. To then go on, with out apology, to aim to justify the unjustifiable takes the difficulty to a complete new stage of breathtaking vanity.

Cummings clearly takes us all for fools and believes that he alone can function in his personal self-interested and self-satisfied means and, I believe, is delighting in placing two fingers up at everybody.

This have to be particularly galling to all those that have both misplaced relations to covid-19 or are struggling post-infection difficulties.

However it doesn’t finish there. We have now the spectacle of the Prime Minister indulging his adviser with but extra feeble rhetoric which absolutely fools nobody besides an entire idiot.

There will be no excuse; there is no such thing as a interpretation of the foundations that allows this behaviour.

At this significant time of pandemic, when folks look to their authorities and consultants for recommendation, assist and help, one of the vital necessary guidelines have to be for them to set an instance.

Two folks have already resigned for failing to set that instance.

Now, in response to the current report within the Monetary Instances (absolutely not a “campaigning” newspaper), this nation has up to now suffered the best price of deaths from the coronavirus amongst international locations that produce comparable knowledge, in response to extra mortality figures.

Name this achievement what you’ll, however hoping that “transferring on” with out the dismissal of Cummings actually does present up the PM as a weak man.

Not solely is he pusillanimous, he’s making himself and his authorities a laughing inventory all over the world.

I urge you and your fellow MPs to exert the strongest strain on the PM to dismiss Cummings.

Failure to take action will end in but extra deaths as some folks use the “Cummings rule” to excuse their inappropriate behaviour, trash any residual respect they’ve for the PM, his cupboard and the broader authorities and additional undermine what little esteem folks have left for our political class. — Yours faithfully,

Invoice Peachey

Decrease Shiplake

What about the remainder?

Sir, — I’m wondering if John Howell can be backing particular person inquiries into all of the tens of hundreds of people that flocked to seashores and parks over the financial institution vacation weekend with complete disregard for social distancing?

Why simply decide on one man? — Yours faithfully,

David Gealy


Affect over energy

Sir, — John Howell says it could be for the cupboard secretary to resolve whether or not Dominic Cummings acted appropriately (Commonplace, Could 29) however the cupboard secretary, Sir Mark Sedwill, himself identified that he has no authority on this matter as a result of Cummings is just not a civil servant.

Paragraph 9 of the code of conduct for particular advisers states that “the accountability for the administration and conduct of particular advisers, together with self-discipline, rests with the minister who made the appointment”.

So Dominic Cummings had no proper to fireplace Chancellor Sajid Javid’s particular adviser, Sonia Khan, however he did, and the Prime Minister didn’t restrain him.

Affect is extra necessary than energy. — Yours faithfully,

Patricia Mulcahy

Milton Shut, Henley

Blinkered response

Sir, — As somebody with no medical {qualifications} by any means, I’m typically requested: “What’s one of the simplest ways to check my eyesight throughout a pandemic?”

For Henley residents I all the time advocate placing the household (unit) within the automotive and driving to someplace like Oxford — 20 to 30 miles is the optimum distance — to verify the way you cope.

I’m additionally requested: “Are there any doable unintended effects?”

For the overwhelming majority of individuals, sure there are. If you’re caught by the police it could possibly imply a advantageous.

In a tiny variety of circumstances, termed “distinctive circumstances”, it could possibly result in life help being offered by clinicians like Michael Gove who will declare that it was sensible to make sure you have been “comfy behind the wheel” earlier than occurring to busier roads.

In just one reported case up to now — worldwide — the Prime Minister himself will pull a pair of specs from his high pocket to indicate that he too is scuffling with this burden.

Our native MP can be reserving judgement till all of the unintended effects of the eyesight driving take a look at make themselves recognized.

He’ll hope it will take till judgement day, which for a few of us can’t come quickly sufficient. — Yours faithfully,

Damien D’Souza

Queen Avenue, Henley

False hope helps nobody

Sir, — How good to listen to from John Howell, our native MP, that “we’ve nearly crushed this illness” (Commonplace, Could 22). Would that it have been so.

I sincerely hope that these taking selections on our behalf have a greater grasp of the information.

The coronavirus is one which we must study to stay with for a very long time to come back. False hope helps nobody. — Yours faithfully,

Ann Legislation

Binfield Heath

How dare you, Boris?

With regard to the letter from Chrissie Godfrey on the Thursday clapping (Commonplace, Could 29), I very a lot agree along with her.

I, too, have been feeling more and more uncomfortable with it, though it undoubtedly offers a gap for neighbour to speak to neighbour.

My drawback is each report of it’s accompanied by an image of Boris Johnson smiling proudly at his heroes.

All all the way down to him? How dare you look so happy with your self, Boris? It’s you and your authorities which has diminished our marvellous NHS to its current state.

Pay and situations have been drastically lower and nice chunks of the NHS offered to the non-public sector. What’s extra, Boris continues to do that whereas sweet-talking to his adoring public.

Over the previous 5 years non-public corporations have been handed nearly £15 billion in NHS contracts for which the NHS was unable to bid.

Two of the largest winners within the non-public sector have been corporations equivalent to Virgin Care and Care UK.

How dare you inform us the NHS is protected in your palms, Boris?

My husband and I labored for the NHS for greater than 40 years and noticed many modifications, some good, ,some not.

However none was made with such deceit and untruths as underneath this Authorities.

America is ready within the wings. Please don’t fully destroy us. — Yours faithfully,

Lyn Wright

Grove Highway, Sonning Widespread

Deceptive, minister?

That is an open letter to Studying West MP and Enterprise Secretary Alok Sharma.

Like many different folks, I adopted the financial institution vacation weekend’s occasions with growing anger.

Throughout the covid-19 disaster, folks throughout Studying West, together with my constituents in Whitley, have made huge sacrifices, typically not seeing their family members, dad and mom, grandparents and grandchildren, typically in distressing circumstances and present process distinctive hardship.

As they have been requested to do by ministers, they’ve been following the federal government steering to guard the aged and susceptible, NHS workers and keyworkers.

This consists of the steering that if you present signs of covid-19 don’t depart your home for any motive.

As a member of the Cupboard who has led a few of the day by day briefings, I’m positive that you simply perceive the important significance of constant messaging to save lots of lives.

With the revelation that the Prime Minister’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings left his dwelling, whereas experiencing signs of covid-19, to drive 260 miles from London to Durham and that he additionally took a visit to a city 25 miles from Durham, public confidence within the Authorities’s messages on covid-19 has been severely broken.

On Could 23, you tweeted in defence of Mr Cummings, saying “the steering was adopted”. You have got since repeated this following the press convention referred to as by Mr Cummings.

Boris Johnson defended Mr Cummings’ behaviour in his press convention on Could 24, saying that he adopted his instincts.

May you, subsequently, please reply the next questions:

What briefings did you obtain that led you to tweet “The steering was adopted” regardless of the admission that Mr Cummings left his home whereas experiencing signs?

What was stated on the press convention on Could 25 which led you to consider that Mr Cummings “complied with the steering”?

Ought to residents of Studying West now ignore the Authorities’s steering on covid-19 and easily observe their instincts?

Many people in Studying West are in troublesome conditions. To take only one instance, a constituent of mine in Whitley is presently self-isolating and has younger kids, together with one with a incapacity, and is reliant on meals parcels being delivered to her door.

She has household elsewhere within the nation who might assist if she travelled to them and have become unwell.

Are you able to affirm what the Authorities’s steering for my constituent is?

Is your recommendation that they need to journey tons of of miles to remain close to a member of the family? If not, why not?

Will you reiterate and make clear the present authorities steering publicly? — Yours faithfully,

Councillor Rachel Eden

Whitley ward, Studying Borough Council

UK should get again to work

Sir, — Ultimately the worm is popping. It seems that we’re retrieving our capability to assume extra fastidiously concerning the covid-19 disaster.

In response to various public intellectuals, the lockdown we’ve been by means of has not been one of the simplest ways to sort out this disaster.

Peter Hitchens says: “There isn’t any proof that crashing your financial system saves a single life and there’s an excessive amount of proof that it prices lives.”

Niall Ferguson additionally says the lockdown has been a mistake.

David Starkey means that there are celebration political points behind the lockdown.

Lord Sumption, a former member of the Supreme Courtroom, is way extra essential of the Authorities’s coverage, referring to it as a type of “collective hysteria” and stating that there is no such thing as a “clear objective in persevering with the lockdown apart from sparing themselves ( i.e. the Authorities) public criticism”.

His argument is that we should always have targeting serving to the susceptible and let nearly all of the inhabitants keep on residing their lives as regular.

There are additionally growing requires the Authorities to confess its errors.

Sadly, that is all wanting backwards whereas we now desperately want assist in fixing the issues forward of us.

The most important drawback appears to be the doubt, suspicion and worry which has been created.

More and more, it’s being stated that most individuals practising social distancing and hygiene guidelines shouldn’t be fearful of the virus.

After all, all of us should keep vigilant and develop a extremely fine-tuned frequent sense about staying protected.

However having harm almost each side of the financial system and the nation’s social life we have to get again to work urgently.

There are certainly many ambiguities, contradictions and ironies in life.

Our most admirable slogan “Save the NHS” can’t be achieved with a crippled financial system.

The UK financial system must be working at a comparatively excessive and environment friendly stage to have the ability to afford the well being service which everybody within the nation expects and is entitled to.

It isn’t doable to think about the lockdown won’t produce one of many best financial setbacks in historical past. The longer the financial system is locked down, the better the hazard to the NHS.

The return of youngsters to high school and permitting teams of six folks to satisfy are necessary steps in getting ready the way in which for a significant return to work however this must be adopted as rapidly as doable by a extra basic opening up of the financial system.

After all, we’ve to remain protected however most individuals can do this with out the federal government lockdown.

Nobody is aware of tips on how to ascribe a value to the harm which has been carried out to the financial system however I gained’t be stunned if someday an economist tells us that it’ll have exceeded tons of of billions of kilos and perhaps even a trillion or extra. — Yours faithfully,

Prof Dan Remenyi

Kidmore Finish

Lourdes of the North

Covid-19 is certainly a horrible virus which has had a devastating and unprecedented impact on everybody that comes into contact with it.

With steady tales of lives being torn aside, it is rather troublesome to glean any positives from this pandemic.

Nevertheless, don’t despair, there’s all the time one thing good that comes from a significant disaster and this one is not any exception.

A city on the banks of the River Tees within the North-East has proved that it’s not all doom and gloom.

Barnard Fortress has develop into referred to as “The Lourdes of the North” due to current unexplained occasions.

The place else are you able to journey 600 miles with your loved ones, setting out with signs of the covid-19 virus and return to your own home, only a few days later, fully cured and combating match?

A marathon journey to Durham plus a brief drive and a stroll alongside the leafy banks of the Tees is all that was wanted.

A contemporary-day miracle certainly. If solely superior medical science was as efficient.

Not solely that, however when you have been fearful about your dodgy eyesight for driving dwelling safely, simply return to your magic automotive and, after a brief journey, your eyes can be crystal clear.

Low and behold your 20:20 imaginative and prescient will return as if by magic. “Take up thy keys and drive” can be ringing round your head.

One more mysterious taking place inconceivable to elucidate, even to the native police.

As if to underpin these miraculous occasions, there’s apparently no must put gasoline into your automotive or cease for refreshments on the lengthy journey, even with a four-year-old youngster on board. These of you who’ve kids or bear in mind travelling with a four-year-old will mirror on what a miracle this should have been.

Most spiritual websites on the planet have been based and primarily based on some type of ghostly apparition or a miracle and even some miss-mash of confused occasions.

This one seems to be primarily based on the misunderstanding of the phrases, “You probably have signs of the virus keep indoors and self-isolate” which seem to have been mistaken for, “Drive so far as you possibly can on a full tank of gasoline”.

A simple mistake to make when the press are outdoors of your home every morning if you are consuming three Shredded Wheat.

So now that quintessentially English market city of Barnard Fortress is rightly a part of people regulation and may justly add “miraculous” to its identify.

Even the Prime Minister is now conscious of its existence and its magical powers. When listening to this wonderful story, he was recognized to shake his head barely earlier than slowly wanting as much as the skies and murmuring reverently, “Nil desperandum auspice Dominic”. — Yours faithfully,

Allen Appleby


Heroes of my avenue

Sir, — I wrote this poem within the early days of the lockdown and thought you would possibly wish to publish it. — Yours faithfully,

Jane Handley

Emmer Inexperienced


Our avenue has develop into stuffed with heroes,
Although we’re a fairly atypical bunch.
However the world has gone mad for some time now
And I wager yours is similar, at a hunch.

Phyllis subsequent door is a hero,
You wouldn’t assume so at a look,
However she picks up the purchasing for neighbours,
However by no means makes a tune or a dance.

Then residing at No 6 there’s Harry,
He by no means stops utilizing his cellphone,
Simply checking on all the outdated people,
He can’t bear to think about them residing alone.

Now additional down there’s Malcolm,
Goes off early every day and again late,
He’s working lengthy hours on the hospital,
Every day, not realizing his destiny.

He’s married to Joyce who goes with him,
As a nurse, her work is intense,
And not using a thought for herself, I’m advised,
We put a banner of “Thanks” on their fence.

Dr Metcalf lives simply not far away,
I believe his first identify is Jim,
Additionally on the hospital working endlessly,
The place would they be with out him?

Down the tip is Mick the firefighter,
Extra used to saving lives in a hearth,
However now he’s referred to as on to do additional,
Some conditions he’s in are simply dire.

Janet, No 12, on the chemist,
So busy, come rain or come shine,
She doesn’t consider herself as a hero,
However she’s working proper there on frontline.

I need to point out the person residing reverse,
At all times able to do an excellent deed,
And works very lengthy hours for Tesco,
Delivering the issues that we want.

Now I’m positive when this disaster is over,
When this nightmare involves an finish,
I’ll look spherical at my neighbourhood heroes
And be proud to name every one “my buddy”.

Ode for a misplaced buddy

Sir, — Two weeks in the past, you kindly revealed two poems about coronavirus.

I assumed it might be of curiosity to know the mixed age of the 2 “poets” was 176. Sadly, many individuals could have misplaced family members and pals.

Maybe, subsequently, you may additionally like to incorporate in your wonderful native paper the next poem, which I wrote years in the past when my greatest buddy was killed in an accident at work. — Yours faithfully,

Colin Robinson

St Andrew’s Highway, Henley

My Good friend

We humble folks can’t fake
To know the methods of God,
However should discover consolation within the data
That we tread the trail He trod,
The nice, the dangerous, the wealthy, the poor,
Should all attain their journeys’ finish,
As so tragically it appears to us,
You got here to yours, my buddy.

Trad simply can’t occur

Sir, — From the outset of those very troublesome and fast-evolving instances, the committee of the Thames Conventional Boat Competition took the choice to judge fastidiously and sensitively all doable choices which may enable the pageant to be held in some type this yr and to not cancel till we actually believed there was no various motion accessible to us.

Whereas the cancellation of the Henley Royal Regatta offered new and costly challenges, with saved cumbersome regatta infrastructure and heavy tools blocking essential sections of the Higher Meadows web site, it’s the prolonged timetable that we are actually seeing utilized to the easing of restrictions that in the end stands in the way in which of us with the ability to maintain the pageant this yr.

Whereas we now actually don’t have any choice on this matter, we nonetheless write with very heavy hearts.

The Thames Conventional Boat Competition is a massively well-liked characteristic in the summertime calendar, drawing guests from across the globe whereas supporting so many native companies.

The small committee works arduous from the shut of every “Trad” to make the next yr’s occasion as excellent as doable and we have been very excited concerning the occasion we have been providing this yr.

We thought of arranging an informal one-day get-together on the location later within the yr however even this now appears to be like beset by ongoing restrictions.

We’re, after all, dedicated to refunding promptly any monies paid to the pageant for this yr, if that’s what you want to.

Some folks have already generously pledged their advance funds as donations in direction of the staging of the 2021 “Trad” in anticipation of cancellation this yr,

The pageant stays a not-for-profit occasion with the final word intention of helping younger folks to take up boat-building apprenticeships.

It’s run by volunteers, together with the committee, which is dedicated to welcoming everybody again to Fawley Meadows subsequent yr.

Please put the dates in your diary, Friday to Sunday, July 16 to 18, 2021. — Yours faithfully,

The Hon. Woman McAlpine, Adam Toop and the Thames Conventional Boat Competition committee

Lesson for litterbugs

Sir, — Thanks for publishing my letter relating to the overflowing bins in Riverside, Henley (Commonplace, Could 22) and the sort response of Andrew Hawkins.

I’d identical to to say I used to be conscious of the third choice (eradicating the bins) however thought it too scary to contemplate. I’d totally help a scientific take a look at to see if it really works.

In the meantime, I can solely go on empirical knowledge.

I stay in Shiplake and along with strolling into Henley I additionally stroll on the riverside in Shiplake, between “the outdated chapel” and Shiplake lock.

Over the previous week it has been thronged with children, with which I’ve no drawback.

Nevertheless, there aren’t any bins, so the bulk (that’s my estimate, no science) depart their **** on the fields and path.

Can I request that on the subsequent “home-schooling” lesson dad and mom inform their darling offspring to deliver their **** dwelling.

I’ll depart a bin bag on the gate throughout my subsequent stroll. — Yours faithfully,

Malcolm Gregory


Convey again attendants

Sir, — After I was younger I lived in Ealing and my mum and I used to typically go previous Deans Gardens.

Earlier than the doorway to the gardens there was a public bathroom and I bear in mind we all the time made use of the services.

I recall we needed to wait till the attendant took our penny and put it within the brass slot to open the door and take a material and polish the mahogany bathroom seat earlier than we used the rest room.

Wash basins and cleaning soap have been offered for us to clean our palms earlier than we left.

There was a snug chair and sitting space for the attendant when instances have been quiet.

Every little thing that might be polished was polished: the brass handles and coin containers on the doorways, the brass faucets, the furnishings on the home windows and home windows sills and mahogany bathroom seats have been “Mansion polished”.

There was even a vase of flowers on the window sill and every part smelt clear and contemporary.

Now, if you consider the variety of outdated individuals who have to make use of the bathrooms when they’re out, the thought of taking away public bathrooms is mad.

Methinks that it prices just one particular person’s wages to make use of an attendant.

The fees to make use of the bathroom might be 5p for youngsters and 10p for adults (and even 20p — consider the aid).

There could be a turnstile to watch and depend folks moving into.

It could be good to present some girl the job (and save using cleaners). Consider it, somebody in cost and no mess.

Come on, Henley, set an excellent instance. As a substitute of automation, assume animation and make use of somebody.

Additionally assume how straightforward it could be to take care of virus management in a pandemic scenario with wipes and social distancing.

Oh, and have an alarm button for security measures. — Yours faithfully,

Jane Gascoigne

Sonning Eye

Why fences are wanted

Sir, — I learn your article about fencing and footpaths in Birchen Copse with combined emotions (Commonplace, Could 22).

As kids, we performed in native woods and when a bit older rode our ponies by means of the fantastic open woodlands all the way in which from Woodcote to Henley.

It by no means occurred to me that I’d attempt to declare a proper of means by means of these non-public woods.

Now a lot older, I nonetheless like to see open, unblemished woods, created and managed by their house owners, however more and more they’ve needed to be fenced and ditched off.

First there was the annual invasion of “travellers” every autumn and, in recent times, folks more and more wandering wherever they need, on foot, horse, bike and bike, unaware that the majority woodlands are non-public property, identical to their very own homes and gardens.

As house owners now, we’re completely satisfied to see folks having fun with our small woodland, properly served by two public footpaths and a bridleway.

Nevertheless, they do are likely to take brief cuts and attempt to create round paths.

Horse and bike riders appear to not realise that they need to solely use the bridle path.

Not wishing to be overly awkward, we remind walkers and riders when they aren’t on the general public rights of means and easily block off the “non-rights of means” with branches, small banks and so forth, along with well mannered notices to make the purpose.

Sadly, these are sometimes eliminated inside days, if not hours. However we’ve to do it no less than someday a yr to keep away from folks attempting to assert new rights over our land.

So what ought to a woodland proprietor do to attempt to hold customers solely on the general public paths?

I don’t like pointless fences in woods however I perceive why they’re put up. — Yours faithfully,

Jon Hatt

Goring Heath

P.S. We had a household stroll by means of the center of a wheat area over the financial institution vacation weekend and have become “misplaced”, having left the footpath!

In defence of badgers…

Sir, — Concerning James Munn’s feedback on badgers taking the chance to feast on Jonathan Steward’s fallen sheep/lambs (Commonplace, Could 22), I’ve to agree that is way more seemingly than predation by our largest native carnivores.

Mr Steward farms uncommon breed sheep, which have a really small gene pool because of their rarity.

Because of this they’re extra liable to genetic abnormalities that may simply result in untimely loss of life.

Moreover, Mr Steward has a very excessive sheep inhabitants for the dimensions of his grazing. The Division for the Atmosphere, Farming, and Rural Affairs recommends a density of six to 10 sheep per acre however Mr Steward has advised this paper he has greater than 200 sheep on simply 12 acres, which is nearly double the really useful density.

This may additionally result in issues, not simply with potential ailments, but additionally with harm to the setting itself.

The poor chap should spend most of his life selecting up sheep poo to stop an explosion within the native fly inhabitants or poisoning the close by watercourse.

I’m wondering if folks could be so eager to destroy a complete species in the event that they weren’t badgers, however pandas? (I went with the black and white markings, however I might have stated elephants or tigers.)

There does appear to be giant loathing of badgers. Personally, I fairly like them. It’s a disgrace that cattle farmers hold infecting the poor badgers with TB. (Hey, I needed to have no less than one controversial bit in so lower me some slack.) And may somebody please develop a take a look at for TB that doesn’t go ping for something inoculated in opposition to TB? That may make life simpler for everybody. — Yours faithfully,

Simon Brickhill

Goring Heath

…and of farmers too

Sir, — Following on from Vincent Ruane’s letter of help for farmers (Commonplace, Could 29), I want to add my feedback of their help too.

Tony Chandler wrote that he solely heard a robin on Daybreak Refrain Day.

Migratory birds such because the cuckoo and turtle dove are shot from the skies as they make their option to the UK every spring.

Mr Chandler lives in a village the place there have to be loads of cats who kill small birds. Squirrels steal eggs and child birds from their nests.

Birds of prey equivalent to pink kites DO kill stay birds (as witnessed).

For greater than 20 years farmers have been inspired to indicate concern for the setting.

The place there was as soon as intensive farming, farmers are inspired to plant bushes and hedges.

Set-aside is inspired. Arable fields have buffer strips and margins round their edges the place birds and bugs are free to stay. Strict measures are in place stopping farm autos from driving on these areas.

Areas are planted with various kinds of specialist seed — the vegetation develop, birds flock to those areas and benefit from the seed offered.

Farmers are working night time and day attempting to offer meals for everybody so I’m undecided why they all the time appear to get such dangerous publicity.

Like Mr Ruane, we hear birds singing from early morning till late at night time It’s an exquisite sound. — Yours faithfully,

C Robinson

Rotherfield Greys

College problem

Sir, — Would possibly I presume to counsel a presumably acceptable addition to Professor Dan Remenyi’s article (Commonplace, Could 29), particularly that as a result of synthetic intelligence goes to so dramatically change the way in which in which leads to so many topics are arrived at (e.g. in medical analysis), as we speak’s universities additionally should be very conscious of:

• The fundamentals of AI and machine-learning.

• Its promise, but additionally its dangers and limitations

• Which diploma programs are most certainly to be positively impacted by AI and which much less so.

Clearly it might be very undesirable to speculate time studying tips on how to do “x” when a confirmed AI already exists that may knock it off in a couple of microseconds whereas explaining its actions/selections to its customers/undergraduates.

Among the many very many associated challenges can be “whose AI can I belief and the way can I confirm it?”

So can the schools additionally satisfactorily mix this big impending knowledge-handling sea develop into their present curriculae or not? — Yours faithfully,

Jim Munro

Blandy Highway, Henley

Make room for others

Sir, — Studying Professor Dan Remenyi’s article gave me an concept.

Why not take him, Philip Collings and Chrissie Godfrey on to your paid workers?

They may take it in turns to put in writing articles and thus liberate the letters pages for the massive variety of atypical people whose differing opinions could be of added curiosity to your readers. — Yours faithfully,

Christine Bland


TV service gone once more

Sir, — But once more we’ve suffered from lack of sign from our native TV transmitter, giving us a clean TV display screen.

This appears to occur most incessantly when there’s advantageous climate. It isn’t a transmission fault as Freesat is unimpaired and this guidelines out an tools fault.

I do know that a few of my neighbours in Northfield Finish have skilled the same fault. When can we count on a greater service? Can something be carried out? — Yours faithfully,

Ian Tiffin

Northfield Finish, Henley

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